As a whole, the LEGO community’s original works of 2023 were absolutely astounding! Over those 52 weeks, we covered so many beautiful works of art, trying to highlight the very best created by builders all over the world. And with our shortlist in hand, we’re ready to identify our favorite of the bunch. The days of 2023 were marked with massive collaborative work, giant themes and creations that brought us together after pandemic isolation over the prior two years. And in that vein, we selected the excellent collaboration between Joshua Morris, Rod Fiford, Gavin Rich, and Handoko Setyawan. The Brothers Brick LEGO Creation of the Year 2023 is Cerulean Straits.
You know you’re in for a seriously large LEGO creation when four great builders (Joshua Morris, Rod Fiford, Gavin Rich, and Handoko Setyawan) put their heads together on a pirate scene. And with the Cerulean Straits clocking in at a fully-detailed nine square meters, they did not disappoint! All 144 baseplates of brick were on display recently at Brickvention in Melbourne, Australia. I’ll do my best to cover as much of the 800,000 bricks as I can….
This epic LEGO diorama sees Wolverine squaring up against impossible odds; somehow you know your money’s still going to be on Logan though. Builder Joshua Morris notes that this sense of scale and danger was the inspiration behind the model.
The use of the knee-high walls and the devastated street do a great job of framing the scale and power of the three sentinels. Lower the lights and the menace–factor increases, the glowing eyes and chest plates setting the mood; looking to the entire world like the very best comic book illustration.