Just a few days ago I wrote an article about a little cottage in the forest. Today I stumbled upon this creation by the Midwest Builders. A big cottage in the forest! Well, calling this a cottage might not do it justice. It is actually more of a house —- a Tudor style house, and I am a sucker for Tudor style houses. So let’s discuss all the yummie goodness this creation has to offer. First of all, the woodwork on the tudor style part of the house is really nicely done. I especially love the use of the 4×4 macaroni tile . The exposed bricks behind the woodwork also looks amazing. Then the shingles for the roof are just the right amount of crooked, giving this building great character.
One of the best things has to be the pentagon and half-ellipse-shaped windows. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the LEGO spider web part because it is so chunky and you have to attach it, which can sometimes be a bit tricky to do without the attachment parts being visible. Midwest Builders managed to hide the attachment spots, giving it a more organic feel. The purple trees, graveyard, and the crops with the scarecrow further add to the Halloween feel. Are they decorations or is this house just a bit creepy all year round? Last but not least, have you seen the cute cobblestone wall that has been crumbling down for ages and is now only three plates high?
This LEGO Grave Walker made by Alex looks like something straight out of a Tim Burton film. The microscale graveyard looks very good and spooky. But the absolute stunner of this creation has to be the catlike skeleton with the pumpkin for a head.
I am not a huge fan of taxidermy, but I would consider displaying this animal-friendly type of taxidermy in my home. The skeleton looks super fragile but, at the same time, quite sturdy and, above all, quite posable. If anyone figured out how the pumpkin head is made, please do let me know. I have been trying to deconstruct it in my head for the past 10 minutes, but I can not figure it out…
Spooky builder extraordinaire Covus Auriac is back with another creepy Halloween scene. The bony arm of a skeleton bursting from the ground may be a farily common trope, but this is one of the best LEGO renditions of it that I’ve seen. I’m particularly fond of the construction on the hand – the combination of white lipstick tubes and a cow horn works disturbingly well. The minifigure hands on the bones give a hint of rotting flesh, and a minifigure skirt is a great way to suggest tattered clothing.
If you’d like to make your own, Corvus is ready to help you get started with step-by-step instructions for the skeleton arm. If you want hints on the gravestone, you’re currently on your own. Maybe you can find some inpiration in the Hidden Side theme?
Let’s avoid the “pumpkin spice” joke this time, and just take a moment to enjoy this elegant build by Corvus Auriac. The fluted exterior of the pumpkin hints at a complex interior structure – getting those curved slopes to nest that closely is both a trick and a treat. I also like the small touch of adding minifigure hands to the spider web to make it feel a bit more organic.
Corvus has been kind enough to share instructions for other spooky builds in the past. Hopefully we’ll get a look inside that pumpkin soon, too.
Don your Uggs and yoga pants as Pumpkin Spice season is upon us once again. But where do all those pumpkin spice lattes, lipgloss, scented candles, and dog shampoos come from? It’s probably all harvested by this creepy fellow constructed by Brothers Brick regular and LEGO builder extraordinaire Joss Woodyard. He tells us this is Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks, a character from the game League of Legends which, upon further research, seems to have nothing to do with harvesting pumpkin spice. Well, there goes my humorous holiday tie-in! No one said we were good journalists, did they? Regardless of your opinions of my journalistic integrity, you’ll have to agree Joss is a pretty formidable builder. We offer a well-deserved pumpkin spice latte salute to all things Halloween and maybe you should too.
Maybe it’s not the most stealthy LEGO mech ever built, but Marin Stipković has created a truly spooky machine, none the less. Ghostlord’s Ghoul Mech and Minions adds a new element to the mix: Glow in the dark parts. You may see it coming, but it may still be the last thing you’ll ever see. Marin has also shared a cool 3-D view with the lights on. You know, for comparison’s sake.
This is Marin’s latest entry for Mech Monday. If you’ve been inspired to get involved, there’s a Flickr group with more information.
I have resorted to cheap puns to grab your attention with that title but now that you’re here, you’ve got to admit this is pretty cool. You’re looking at (or looking through) a new LEGO creation by Tino Poutianen called Glass Cerberus. The traditional guardian to the gates of hell is fearsome enough as a three-headed dog but the mythical creature has now seeped into nightmare territory. We’ve seen a lot of gutsycreations lately, what with it being close to Halloween and all. Now if only I could gain this hound’s favor perhaps we can find a favorable end to this post. Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good widdle boy? Just kidding! It all ends in unspeakable horror.
I’m not the kind of guy who likes to watch horror movies; real life is scary enough, so why should my entertainment be scary, too? I mean, have you ever considered how much money you pay in interest on a 30-year mortgage? Terrifying! Add in taxes and maintenance, and it really does feel like my house is eating me. Now, I realize that Pieter Dennison built this incredible LEGO monster house after watching, well, Monster House, but I haven’t seen it. That doesn’t stop me from being frightened. Seriously, look at the state of those shingles, probably a slate roof that would take more than my left kidney to repair. And that siding needs fresh paint, if not a total tear-off (unless you slap some vinyl siding on top, like lipstick on a pig). And that front porch? There’s no way that railing is up to code. This is true horror, folks.
You may have noticed that there’s been a lot of Christmas set news lately. But personally, I think we should be focusing more on Halloween. Luckily, delayice finds the middle ground with these great LEGO character builds from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Both Jack Skellington and his pet ghost-dog Zero are very recognizable. They’re also very cute, with big round tile eyes that are reminiscent of POP figures. I like how both Zero’s ears and Jack’s eyebrows (eye sockets?) sit at unconventional angles, making this build feel less static. The gravestone behind Jack is a nice touch, too, expanding this into a micro-scene, rather than just a character build.
If you’re like me and want to fend off the incoming elf hordes for a few more minutes, why not peruse our Nightmare Before Christmas archives? I promise nothing there is that scary.
Autumn doesn’t really start until later in the month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get hyped up now for fall festivities. (After months of quarantine, I’m pretty sure time is meaningless, anyway. ) So who’s up for a haunted hayride? Oh. Right. COVID. Staying indoors is still the better part of valor, so maybe not. But wait! LEGO has come to the rescue! 40423 Halloween Hayride is available in North America from the LEGO Shop Online for US $12.99 | CAN $16.99. But is this set a trick or a treat? Read on and see!
August has arrived and that means new LEGO sets! LEGO has launched 108 new sets and items available today. In addition to new sets like the Nintendo NES and Super Mario lineup, Ideas Grand Piano, Star Wars 501st Battle Pack and LEGO Art, fans in the US and Canada can finally celebrate the summer arrival of Harry Potter, Creator 3-in-1, City, and Ninjago waves that you’ve waited so patiently for. Nearly every LEGO theme has some new sets–it can be a lot to process!– so we have your complete guide right here detailing each and every new set and item. [EDIT: It appears that LEGO may have delayed the US & Canada release of some of these sets until September. We’ve asked for clarification.]
LEGO is also offering two free gifts-with-purchases at the start of August. The first is 30385 Super Mushroom Surprise, free with purchases of LEGO Super Mario sets more than US $40 through August 16th or while supplies last.
What are your Halloween plans? Mine are to buy a bag of candy for trick-or-treaters, stay in and watch a few schlock horror flicks, but leave the lights out in hopes trick-or-treaters won’t actually come so as to have all the delicious candy for myself. What? Don’t judge. I like schlock horror flicks. It would seem Pieter Dennison has some schlock Halloween plans of his own that involve surviving the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Shipping containers make great zombie deterrents (right up until they learn to climb) and a rickety ladder serves as optimum transport between the two of them. I can’t see how that can go badly. Cattails (nature’s corndogs) populate the center area while the power lines in the background are an excellent touch. If this layout was a movie, I’d totally watch it with a bag of candy. Trick-or-treaters be damned!