Gamabomb has been on a red suitcase rampage lately, and I love it. His most recent build in the series is a police SWAT drone reminiscent of concept art designs by Theo Stylianides. The builder uses a combination of System and Bionicle parts to achieve some amazing shapes and mechanical detailing. Rather than using the Scala suitcase as he did with his two previous creations, the head of this drone is actually a Playmobil part. I have no beef with non-LEGO parts, and have used a couple myself, as long as it looks good — which is definitely the case here. And the custom stickers add an additional level of realism to an already great build.
It’s easy to get over-excited while constructing mecha, since it’s easy to over-greeble details to the point that it becomes too complicated and loses its humanoid look. Khairul Nizam’s build stands out as it has good proportions and great flexibility in poses. That huge rotary canon-like weapon looks like it could do some major harm if someone gets upset. What makes this build stand out is that even thought it’s built in shades of grey and black, you still get a great visual which sometimes can be hard to pull off with a minimal use of colors to separate one section of the build from another.
The Transformers was a US animated television series which originally aired in the 1980s, but has been transforming throughout the years into different generations of TV series and film franchises. The original US series was based on Hasbro’s Transformers toy line and involved giant mecha that can transform into vehicles (although Hasbro’s own toy line was based upon other toys made by Japanese manufacturer Takara) with the opposing teams of Autobots and Decepticons at war with each other. Alex Jones has built a fantastic collection of LEGO Autobots including Optimus Prime at the centre next to Jetfire the jet, Bumblebee in his yellow VW Beetle state on the left and Windcharger the red sports car on the right. How many of these Transformers can you name and remember playing with as a child?
Alex has just co-authored a book with another builder whose work we have featured on TBB, Joachim Klang. Tips for Kids: Transformers: Cool Projects for your Lego Bricks is due out at the end of July 2017 and will help budding builders transform their bricks into Autobots and Decepticons. We also recently highlighted Alex and Joachim’s incredible LEGO diorama of Optimus Prime in position in a tranquil street which gives a taste of the book’s theme.
“Poultry: Weak. Unintelligent. Delicious. But no more. Mankind’s only remaining food source has been converted to the ultimate weapon against the evil alien overlords”. This is how Will Galbraith begins the sales pitch for the Mega Chicken aerial weapons platform. He continues: “Once known as a flightless bird, Mega Chicken now owns the skies with its enhanced flight capabilities made from technology so cool, its wings are literally made out of swords”. Click the image below to read the rest of what is probably the best description I’ve read in a while (because it’s either that or have me start making chicken puns, and you don’t want that). Then package your poultry for shipping, and place your order!
One of my most played heroes in Overwatch is tank hero D.Va. I thought her mech was an interesting enough design to build, so I built it in late 2016 using the legendary B.Va skin and Stormbringer’s LEGO D.Va mech as inspiration. Today, I share a building guide for viewers to construct their own MEKA. View the parts list (299 in total), then follow the video below and call in your own Korean mobile exoskeleton.
Marius Herrmann has built several excellent LEGO Titans from Titanfall 2, including Ion and Northstar, along with Ronin. Now, he shows some love for the campaign’s protagonist, the lovable Marauder Corps death machine that is BT-7274. BT’s lightweight frame was captured accurately using orange, white, and custom spraypainted military green bricks. His model is detailed down to an array of individual rockets ready to fire from the shoulder-mounted missile pods.
Can you picture this mech wandering across a post-apocalyptic wasteland scavenging for parts and power? Bregma Nicle has built a scavenger mech called Bad Diesel who packs plenty of attitude and more than a little intimidation into his bulky frame. I love the breathing apparatus and his ridiculously oversized weapon system. There are a host of scavenged parts that help to emphasise his hunter-gatherer nature, for example the “lobster sighting device” on the weapon or the round light tiles from the racing buggy sets as goggles.
You can see more of his scavenged equipment on show with his weapons system dismounted and on display. Bad Diesel has plenty of pose-ability despite those thunderous thighs and heavy armour.
The use of pearl gold and light gray LEGO bricks to depict machinery and greebly technical elements is the hallmark (and something of a cliché) of the Steampunk genre. You don’t often see this color scheme deployed in modern or futuristic themes, and that’s what makes this excellent mech creation by Marco Marozzi so eyecatching. The gold armour plating makes a formidable protective shell for a frame bursting with greebles and functional-looking details. The shoulder-mounted guns provide plenty of firepower, but it’s the squat stance and those creepy-looking manipulator arms which give this beast a dose of real character.
Mecha legend Mladen Pejic has built an interesting pair of quad-legged rovers in Blactron I & II livery, using an ingenious technique to create spherical rollers as opposed to wheels. The resulting ‘legs’ give the rovers a wonderful sense of character and allow all manners of dynamic posing.
Of the two, my favourite has to be the Trespasser shown above…mainly because of the surprising cockpit.
While most mechs stand on two feet and resemble a humanoid shape, builder David Liu explores a new subject with an unexpected mech in the form of a lobster! It’s more likeable than one might expect, especially because it has a tiny lobster as a pilot and a cannon mount to blast anything into smithereens. In this case, Batman and his plate full of lettuce and butter are the target!
There’s a term in the aftermarket car hobby known as “murdered” where you try and make every part of the vehicle black. Brian Kescenovitz has applied this same principle to this mech, the VIOLISE Stealth Sniper, and it’s a real beauty. While you could just replace the pieces of any mech with black bricks, the design of this build really compliments the colour choice. The sleek lines are expertly done and the tall stature goes perfectly with that.
We should also point out what an outstanding job Brian did with his photography. Working with black is a challenge and we’re sure the builder spent a long time polishing it to remove any fingerprints. Another point worth mentioning is that this is a true mech, as it sneaks a full minifig into the cockpit.
Builder FLAVIO continues his “Wiffy” series (years in the making) with one such robot fitted with twin rotors. His mech is full of brilliant parts usage, color blocking, and unique design choices; I don’t even know where to begin noting my favorite parts. What I can say is FLAVIO’s mech is one of the finest examples of mech building I’ve seen in a while.