Straight from the 1970’s, Jason Cichon provides us a LEGO-built gaming machine with a bit of extra character. I’m immediately transported back to my grandpa’s basement, playing games via 8″ floppy on his revived IBM. The standard tan casing I remember is brought back here in this build, now sculpted into an anthropomorphic visage complete with an 8-bit face. I love the plate work used in the monitor’s simple smile, and the washed out baby blue panel on the body of the computer-bot. But the highlights for me are the bright joystick hands on this retro gaming steward. The red and orange color palette feels perfect for the products of the age, and the use of carrot parts for the sticks themselves is inspired. Now, if you’ll excuse me, they need me back on the Oregon Trail.
One of the themes I wish LEGO would pick up is the cyberpunk theme. The visibility of segregation between rich and poor is something that always strikes my interest. The same goes for this latest build by Swestar. We can see a clear separation between the poor and the rich. The world is filled with neon signs. These have been made with an assortment of tiles to create LEGO letters. The result is stunning. We get references to Tron and Atari and a lot of other references that are lost on me because I am not much of a gamer.
The best thing about this beautiful build is the fact that the triangular sign which features retro game characters can actually spin. Check out the video.