When thinking about LEGO brick built characters, a few names spring to mind and LEGO 7 is absolutely one of them. His creations seem to prove themselves, time and time again, and I find myself really looking forward to any of his new works of art. There is just so much to love about his newest build, Animal Music Box, that it’s hard to pick where to begin. This handiwork is booming with colour, expression and simulated sound. As this is an all inclusive show, the speaker stacks and attached lighting rig frame the background banner superbly, leaving the band to focus on the music. Though there is a lot going on in the main image, he has been kind enough to break it down into individual elements too.
Often considered one of the best lightsaber duels in the entire Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the face-off between former-Jedi-master-turned-pincushion Qui-Gon Jin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul has inspired many LEGO fan creations over the years. This tribute by LEGO 7 features sculpted figures on a simple base. Both Obi-Wan and Darth Maul are fully poseable and ready for action.
And after the director yells “cut!”…
Obi-wan: “Wow, those lights are hot. Hey Maul… wanna grab a drink at Dexter’s later?”
Darth Maul: “If You’re buying.”
Video games are a major source of inspiration for a number of LEGO builders, and while many focus on shooter games, some prefer titles that are more light-hearted. This trio of characters built by LEGO 7 manages to celebrate both by showcasing a team of characters from Splatoon 2, a colorful game available for the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon is a squad-based shooter that uses paint instead of more lethal ammunition.
Not only has LEGO 7 captured the distinct paint drip style for the characters’ hair and clothes, but each one is armed with a different paint-spewing arsenal. Each character stands on their own pillar, splattered in paint using a number of newer tiles to create some awesome coverage. These pillars are even covered with greebly details and stickers, enhancing each model’s overall appearance.
Do you ever wonder what a polar bear thinks as he or she travels hundreds of miles, alone, across the vast ice? Other than, “I can smell a seal about 14km away,” there has to be something they daydream about. Doesn’t this tiny LEGO version of the half-ton carnivore, built by Chi Hsin Wei (LEGO 7), look like he has a lot on his mind?
My favorite parts are the tiles in clips for ears and the car hoods on his sides. This build is great, but it’s only one of many incredible creations by LEGO 7, our 2018 Builder of the Year. This talented artist builds just about everything!
When communicating with other people, have you ever noticed that LEGO pieces can be much more effective than words? Especially when describing unusual things, like, uh… a hilarious red T-rex on a six-wheel drive with a wrecking ball instead of his tail? Words are helpless! However, LEGO 7 manages to convey the idea just perfectly and designs an amazing creature. Now, this is what I’m talking about!
As if a raging gorilla wasn’t imposing enough, this one wears body armor, has a jump jet, and shoots lightning from a massive Tesla cannon. You don’t have to be a fan of the squad shooter Overwatch to appreciate this impressive model of the hero Winston by LEGO 7. One of my favorite details, aside from the organic sculpting of Winston’s body armor, is the eyes, which look like yellow lightsaber blades inserted into the center of a headlight brick and covered with clear tiles. And that nose made from a binocular is just perfect.
There’s one more detail that is easy to miss. Take a look at that base, made from tinted window panels, which catch just enough light to look like polished steel.
For more great Overwatch content, check out our recent coverage of the new sets based on the game, as well as our full reviews of LEGO Overwatch 75974 Bastion, LEGO Overwatch 75953 D.Va and Reinhardt, and LEGO Overwatch 75987 Omnic Bastion.
“Dashing through the snow, on a rocket powered board. O’er the slopes he’ll go, with his elven horde. Jingle build! Jingle build! Jingle all the way! LEGO 7‘s clever Santa makes us shout ‘Hooray!'”
With the singing out of the way, I love this unconventional portrayal of old Saint Nick. Santa’s pose captures the spirit of snowboarding, right down to the jumper plate representing his mouth shouting “woo!” His white beard flowing in the wind conveys a sense of speed.
I’d always imagined that a Stormtrooper’s lot was a hard one. Endless patrols beyond the Dune Sea hunting down pesky Rebels; and for what thanks! These LEGO Sandtroopers by LEGO 7 go some way to humanising the Empire’s faceless heavies. Built with dirty and distressed body armour and posed reminiscently of soldiers from real-world conflicts, I absolutely buy into their battle-weary plight. It’s a genuinely touching human tribute to one of Star War’s most recognisable bad guys.