Whether he’s hurling barrels at Jumpman, riding a rhino through the jungle, or power-sliding around a tight corner in his go-kart, Donkey Kong is one impressive ape. And vincentkiew‘s LEGO Kong has all the charm and style of the iconic gorilla. Just look at those opposable digits! There’s also some tremendous Nice Parts Usage (NPU) in the necktie, mouth, and banana peels.
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.
Toronto builder Mel Finelli has built a rather wonderful model of the character from the 2012 indie game Journey. I am the first one to admit that apart from Mario Kart I don’t know a ton about most video games, in particular when they are indie, but that doesn’t take away from the appreciation I have for Mel’s beautiful model. She has done a fantastic job of layering curves and slopes to create the flowing robes of the character, something that is anything but easy to do with LEGO.
The resulting 15″ character is interesting to look at from every angle, which Mel was nice enough to provide in her composite image. Those of you that are lucky enough to be going to BrickCan this weekend will be able to see the model in person.
In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the second week of April 2017.
TBB NEWS, REVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: Star Wars ruled the week with a new movie trailer, new LEGO sets, and even free instructions. May the force ever be in your favor!
- Review of LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series Snowspeeder 75144 – TBB has your exclusive early review of the most iconic Rebel vehicle of The Empire Strikes Back, the Snowspeeder, clocking in at 1,703 pieces and a $199.99 USD price tag.
- Build your own Twin-Pod Cloud Car from Empire Strikes Back – Fly through the clouds of Bespin in your own orange, iconic two-seater.
- BrickCan LEGO convention is back in Vancouver next weekend – Next weekend, April 22-23, hundreds of AFOLs will converge on BrickCan, and tickets are selling fast!
- LEGO City Undercover now available – Chase McCain is back and better than ever, solving puzzles and defeating bad guys in the crime-ridden LEGO City, now remastered for the Switch, Wii, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
OTHER NEWS: There was a good amount of LEGO news from other places around the web this week. Here are a few items we noticed and thought you might enjoy.
- Thousands of LEGO daffodils are blooming in Britain, Smithsonian – Nearly 2,000 daffodils have packed the town square there—each made entirely of LEGO bricks.
- At 90, a great grandfather latches onto LEGO, Hartford Courant – Only nine more years to go before the box says he can’t play with them anymore.
How LEGO could change what we know about plants, Smithsonian – Researchers are using toy bricks to study how plants react to environmental factors.
- LEGO on the hunt for top marketer as Taylor exits for Asia role, Ad News – LEGO is on the hunt for a senior marketer as Australia’s top marketer Troy Taylor is exiting to take on a senior management role at LEGO in Hong Kong.
Four years ago, Chase McCain embarked on a journey through LEGO City (one of the most crime-ridden cities that has ever existed, based on the abundance of police sets) to uncover plots and solve perplexing puzzles. Now, he is back and better than ever, remastered for the Switch, Wii, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
In the game, Chase is a loose-cannon cop patrolling the city and tasked with ending a citywide crime spree orchestrated by underworld boss Rex Fury. He uses his humor, wit and building ability to find clues, fight thugs, and even build himself an array of vehicles superheroes would lust after. Of all the LEGO open-world-type games, this one is used most effectively, and the game has a strong accompanying storyline as well.
The game is full of LEGO humor and cameos from other famous detectives, and even plays at times like a PG-rated Grand Theft Auto, showing that both kids and adults can enjoy this game on different levels. Chase McCain is also coming to LEGO Dimensions later this year in a scaled-down world, so it will be fun to see him interact with the likes of Batman, Voldemort, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
As his final entry for a building contest run by German fan site Imperium Der Steine, builder Ben Tritschler has crafted something extraordinary: a working Rogue One themed pinball machine! It features elements from many scenes in the movie, such as Jedha, Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar,
the Battle of Scarif and the final Star Destroyer “ballet”.
In some ways the choice of a pinball machine makes perfect sense; these were everywhere right before the original Star Wars movie A New Hope came out (since video games were still relatively new back then) and Rogue One takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope.
Ben demonstrates the play features of his machine in the video above. With it’s working plunger and flippers, this thing looks like more fun than bulls-eyeing womp rats in a T-16 (whoops, wrong movie). Just keep your fingers moving, or the balls will be slipping past you faster than star systems through Tarkin’s fingers (ok, I’ll stop now).
Limbo is an indie video game about a young boy wandering in an intimidating forest, that was first released in 2011. Since then the game has been praised for its unique atmosphere made up of visuals, sound, and gameplay. German builder grubaluk has managed to balance these three fundamental components as perfectly as in the game — not with code, but with LEGO bricks.
The best thing about this work’s presentation is that only one picture is needed. The boy, the grass in the foreground, and spooky trees in the background look exactly as in the game. You really do have to double-check each piece just to make sure that the whole build is a small masterpiece somewhere between a children’s toy and an iconic story of a child.
I have fond memories of (badly) playing games with my best friend as kids. She always beat me, so I didn’t get to play much. When she got the N64, there were more options to play side by side …and I still did quite poorly. However, Old School Brick‘s LEGO Nintendo 64 with controller is executed beautifully. It almost looks like I could pick up the control and key-mash until I manage to not die and find the proximity mines before anyone else.
Duck Hunt brought new game dynamics to the Nintendo Entertainment System with light guns that players could aim at the television screen to shoot ducks as they popped up from the bushes. While brick-built LEGO consoles like this LEGO NES (including a light gun) are popular subjects, faithful recreations of early console games are more rare. Eero Okkonen does Duck Hunt justice with this “Game Over” screen featuring the laughing hound, score, the number of ducks hit, and more.
As the final entry in his month-long Iron Builder challenge using the Duplo grass part in every build, “Game Over” seems an appropriate conclusion.
Eero Okkonen showcases his excellence in LEGO character building once again with his build of the goddess Palutena of the Kid Icarus and Super Smash Bros series. Eero first constructed Palutena back in 2015 but his new version is quite a beautiful improvement on a great build. The flow to her green hair and variety of gold embellishments are eye-catching.
Bryce Dempsey expands his arsenal of LEGO gaming weaponry with the Zeus X27 taser featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Accuracy to the in-game model in the various thicknesses throughout the body of the stun gun make Bryce’s replica stunning. Watch the builder discuss his replica taser and demonstrate the working trigger and simple firing function in this video.
A Pokemon trainer from northeast Ohio named Adrian Drake recently took a break from sneaking up on squirtles and evolving his eevees. What did he do with his spare time? He built the Niantic logo out of LEGO bricks, of course!
If you’ve played any Ingress or Pokemon Go (and seriously, who hasn’t?), you’ll probably recognize this hot air balloon that also kinda looks like an atom carrying a ship. But even if you don’t recognize the Niantic logo, you have to admit Adrian’s 3D LEGO version is pretty sweet.