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Sketching out the Diary of a Wimpy Kid in LEGO

While Jeff Kinney may be the original creator of Manny Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, builder SDR. may be the first one to immortalize is visage in LEGO. Younger brother of series protagonist Greg, the smallest of the Heffley clan is also the most spoiled (or at least from the perspective of the Diary, he is). And this brick-built doodle looks like it’s been lifted – or rather torn – right off the page! There’s quite a bit of minifigure headgear used in this caricature, notably relying on the standard space helmet to form those great big buck teeth. And the paper background is no slouch either, with some brilliant linework forming that wide rule on the notebook paper. The blue lines are even show the varied shades of color thanks to cheap printing on thin paper. What a great detail!

Manny Sketch

A wagonload of LEGO technique

I’m absolutely enamored with this covered wagon LEGO creation by builder SDR. Such a tiny build contains so many interesting techniques. For starters, there’s the seated dress added to the female minifigure, allowing her to sit on the seat of the wagon. Then, there’s the brilliant idea to lace wooden beam-printed tiles through the gap of this difficult-to-use 1×2 with bar piece. The end result is a texture on the side of the wagon perfectly befitting its wood construction. Similarly, the brown brickwork on the underside of the vehicle feels obsessively accurate to the subject matter.

Covered wagon

But the best bit of building brilliance is the design of the wagon’s white cover. Utilizing clips on the interior, sections of the cover are held in place, leaving a seamless appearance on the exterior that left me wondering how it was achieved. Thankfully, SDR. included a behind-the-scenes pic.

Covered wagon building techniques