Here come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks! I am not a sports guy, but I respect athletes who have brought a semblance of glory to their hometowns. Especially when I have lived in that town for over a decade, and exceptional athletes become the local heroes. Teacher and LEGO artist Dave Kaleta has built a large sculpture of a Chicago Blackhawks player Jonathan Toews. Being a Chicago native, Kaleta chose the Blackhawks team captain as the subject to commemorate the new hockey season. This build not only serves as cultural imagery for hockey fans and Chicagoans but as just a realistic and detailed representation of a talented sportsman. In addition to the dynamic posing of the skating Toews, this massive sculpture is packed to the brim with interesting building techniques.
One can examine the photo for at length to see how he has assembled the details like the numbers and the Blackhawks logo. Since I don’t have much to say about hockey, I can talk about the build itself!
Read about the details and a little bit of LEGO-related hockey trivia I could conjure up!
If you’re a hockey fan, you should be pretty excited to learn that hockey will continue to be a very popular sport in the future. With this striking model of a High-tech hockey player by JakTheMad the sport gets some impressive upgrades, including a jetpack for body checks, and some serious skate feet, made with the weighted ring from a Ninjago Spinner base.
For those who are not familiar with the sport of Folkracing, it’s a popular and inexpensive form of rally racing with older beat-up cars, which originated in Finland. The races take place on specially designed gravel tracks, and Nybohov Creation Ltd has created this beautifully colourful LEGO track for some micro rally cars to race around. The details and textures look fantastic, with everything from trees and foliage to landscaping with a couple of colourful buildings.
See more details of this tiny race track
Builder Martin Harris took a break from his usual Star Wars fayre to build something requested by a family member. The result is this charming minifig scale tennis court. There are so many neat little touches here – the choice of pink for the playing surface, the brick-built line markings, the ball in motion (thanks to a few transparent pieces) and use of older fence pieces to create the net. The inclusion of lights, bleachers and a cast of minifigs brings the whole scene to life.
This windsurfer figure by Dmitriy and Anna is awesome, but just glancing at the picture hurts as my summer vacation is still too far away! Even though there are no huge waves around and the board has no actual sail, the posture of the figure is what makes this vignette so good. The figure on the board’s edge, with its body leaning back, makes it look as if the surfer was struggling with a pretty strong gust of wind.
After 8 months, 20 races and plenty of drama, the 2016 Formula One season is now finally over. As a kid, F1 was regular TV viewing in my household and the cheers were always for Team Lotus drivers like Mansell, Andretti and Senna …which was probably because my dad worked for John Player! In my mind there is no race car more iconic than a 70s/80s era Lotus decked out in black and gold JPS livery. So this stunning LEGO model of a Lotus 72D by Hungarian builder zipar gives me all the feels.
The scale of this model means that the builder has managed to capture all of this vehicle’s angles and many small details (right down to the cockpit and V8 engine). But most impressively, it has allowed him to not cop out and use stickers to recreate the gold decals – they’re all brick built! Check out the full album for many glorious closeups.
While it may look like some kind of extreme ballet, or very unusual form of back therapy, wrestling fans may recognize this move – expertly recreated in LEGO by simplybrickingit – as the suplex. But can you tell which of the 50+ variants it is? Or what happens next? (…without looking at the script?)