Until 3 years ago, it would have been hard to predict just how ubiquitous an item the soap dispenser has become. So much so that they now pop up in LEGO models, like this one by Pedro Sequiera. It’s a neat model, very nicely presented – it looks worthy of being a still-life piece regardless of its brick-built nature! It’s spring-loaded, so it has some built-in functionality to it. But the best detail might actually be the labeling on the side. A selection of printed tiles make up the typical warnings you might expect to see on soap bottles. Mainly these are re-purposed number plates, but the use of piano tiles for a barcode is so clean!
LEGO builder Pedro Sequeira takes us back to one of the most memorable moments in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Harry’s last return to Hogwarts starts off in one of the most unusual locations on Hogwarts grounds, the Room of Requirement.
It’s the place Lord Voldemort used to hide one of his Horcruxes while applying for the job of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. The place where Draco Malfoy spent the majority of his sixth year, fixing the Vanishing Cabinet, in order to smuggle death eaters into the castle to help him assassinate Dumbledore. The place Professor Trelawney attempted to hide her sherry bottles. And last but not least, the place where Dumbledore’s Army could safely meet. At least that’s what they thought.
So of course, a LEGO build of it should capture as much of this history as it can. And indeed, this build is filled with fantastic details. Everything you need is there, from the portrait swinging open to reveal our heroes, to the makeshift beds and hammocks everywhere, to Nigel’s potterwatch radio setup and even the columns with the glass and wood display cases.
The players of the game that settles it all can get a little carried away sometimes. In this cute LEGO vignette by Pedro Sequeira some of our favorite players; rock, paper, and scissors are brought to life in three dimensions and we can see the consequences of such rough play!
Each player – rock, paper, and scissors are made up of some pretty standard small elements such as slopes, tiles, and small bricks. The faces on the objects and their expressions are what make this scene both adorable and hilarious. The rock and paper characters feature woodoo balls with eye prints, while printed round 1×1 tiles with mischievous squinting eyes decorate the face of scissors. A stream of tears on poor cut-up paper’s face is cleverly rendered with a couple translucent clear dragon’s fire elements. I enjoy the lines on the paper created with grey plates to give it that loose-leaf paper aesthetic. Maybe rock can talk some sense into scissors while poor paper heals its wounds from battle. Sequeira does mention that this brick-built vignette is based off of an illustration which can be viewed here.
You can now determine the fate of the World’s Finest, aka Trinity, aka the three most popular characters in the DC Universe — Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — by building them as LEGO Miniland characters using these video instructions created by Tiago Catarino in a collaboration together with Pedro Sequeira.
That 2×2 corner wedge plate used for Superman’s insignia has always reminded me of the Man of Steel, and I’m glad someone else sees that too! Up up and away!
LEGO builder and Instagram user Pedro Sequeira reminds us that George Floyd was…a human, just like us. George’s May 25th death, his suffocation under the knee of a police officer, has sparked outrage around the globe. This phenomenon is not new, not by a longshot. People of color have not had an easy go, or even a fair go, in the US and elsewhere. Peaceful protests, while admirable, often go unheard, and can in turn sometimes lead to violence and looting, which is also not the answer. This leaves us wondering what can be done to enact change — real lasting change. If leadership cannot address civil injustice at their level then it is often best to begin to enact change ourselves with our votes and our wallets. Treating others fairly should be a no-brainer but often this requires the help of grassroots organizations, and the SPLC and the ACLU come to mind as good places to start. Please support them if you can.