One of my favorite video game stories is told in Wolfenstein: The New Order and The New Colossus. It’s a powerful story set in an alternate history 1960 defined by Nazi world domination. The German tech in this game as as fascinating as the story, so I combined my love of the plot and tech with a bit of flair in my LEGO replica of a gold plated Pistole 1946, wielded by antagonist Frau Irene Engel.
This handgun takes clear motifs of a Luger P08 with some modifications. Building it entirely in pearl gold was quite challenging; if 2×2 plates and tiles weren’t made in pearl gold, this build would not have been structurally sound. I talk about some of the limitations I overcame and the resulting techniques created in this video (as well as demonstrate its removable magazine).
With this, I can check “gold weapon” off the list for my LEGO arsenal!
Back in 1999, the Sony PlayStation was the undisputed king of home video game consoles. If you owned a PlayStation and were a fan of turn-based RPGs (role-playing games), Squaresoft delivered a treat in the form of Final Fantasy VIII. Those of you who’ve played the game will instantly recognize this awesome model of Squall’s Gunblade by Letranger Absurde. I think it’s safe to say Letranger Absurde has earned enough experience points with The Brothers Brick to level up!
According to Star Wars lore, the DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, the weapon of choice of Han Solo, is considered to be one of the most powerful blaster pistols in the galaxy! Daryl Mark Ng, known for creating all things Star Wars in a fashionably UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) scale, presents an amazing replica of the DL-44, down to a custom sticker plate and display stand.
The build, including the stand, has over 500 pieces and took about 5 days to design digitally. With the right parts in hand, Daryl built it in a day with a few modifications to his digital design. The only warning I can give to stormtroopers and bounty hunters is to stay clear if you want to live to see another day.
Recently, my favorite entry in the Call of Duty franchise — Black Ops II — was added to Xbox One backwards compatibility. I picked up Treyarch Studios’s 2012 vision of combat in 2025 again, and felt inspired to build my favorite rifle in the game: the M8A1, a rifle based on the real H&K XM8.
In addition to being inspired by the design of the gun itself, I was motivated to build by the color scheme. Most of the rifle in game is tan, but its carry handle has a subtle bronze color. I showed this color difference with two LEGO colors: tan, and medium dark flesh. The latter color is fairly limited in parts selection, which made its implementation a fun challenge.
Working features on the LEGO M8A1 include a moving trigger, removable curved magazine, and a sliding ambidextrous charging handle. The tactical rail on the carry handle can attach a LEGO reflex sight that projects a red aiming dot onto a window piece. I show and discuss these functions, as well as a few techniques used to achieve the detail on the weapon, in this four minute video.
We see plenty of well-built LEGO recreations of weapons from videogames, and I’m full of admiration for the scale modelling skills on display. But I also love when builders produce something which doesn’t rely on existing sources for inspiration. This steampunk machine gun by Martin Redfern is a lovely model — full of chunky cartoony detail and classic ray gun styling. The bullets on the belt are excellent, and the flared muzzle and touches of gold give this a wonderful Flash Gordon feel. And don’t miss the use of a gold elephant trunk part for the trigger.
You won’t need biceps the size of watermelons to look tough with this Lancer Assault Rifle from Gears of War 4 built by Alec Doede. His replica of the iconic gaming weapon is incredibly detailed, with accurately constructed sights, grips, and angled paneling. I can hear the aggressive sound of the chainsaw bayonet revving up just looking at it.
I have to admit, I never really gave much thought about Chewbacca’s weapon of choice until Han Solo gave it a go in The Force Awakens. What I can’t believe is that in all those galactic years, Han never had a chance to wield this weapon, not even for target practice. What I do know is that this build by LEGO Admiral does the bowcaster justice with the level of detail on it.
Other weapons wielded by Ray and Solo respectively have been built with equal care and attention, with the bases making for excellent for a table top display. I’d certainly like to have these on my office desk, as would any self-respecting Star Wars fan.
Canadian builder Nick Della Mora shows his love for Destiny with his life size LEGO replica of the Young Wolf’s Howl, an exotic tier sword first appearing in the Rise of Iron expansion. It would have been difficult to construct the engraved Iron Lords crest on the blade and still have the blade hold together when wielded, but it would also look inaccurate to skip that detail altogether. Nick’s choice to instead focus on the red-orange glow of the crest was a creative idea, and led to a neat light-up effect.
In the video below, Nick shows the light-up crest and the techniques used in the blade to maintain stability.
Following up their firing LEGO Nerf gun, YouTuber AstonishingStudios shows how to construct another working Nerf blaster. Using pieces in your own LEGO collection and an additional spring, scissors, and Nerf darts (and tape and logo decals if you’d like), you can follow along his clear instructional video to build your own Nerf pistol.
YouTube channel AstonishingStudios has created a nifty little build: a LEGO Nerf gun that works much like the original. Modelled after the Maverick REV-6, the creation not only manages to be almost the same shape and size, but even possesses the ability to fire Nerf darts thanks to a non-LEGO piece – a large spring – which is compressed and held down by a Technic mechanism. Pull the trigger and the spring is released, firing off the dart.
Those who are familiar with the new Kaladesh Inventions cards from Magic the Gathering should recognize this spectacular creation right away. For everyone else, it’s a rare version of the Sword of Feast and Famine that, if you find one, is basically like finding a crisp $100 bill. Builder Alysa Kirkpatrick used tons of curved LEGO pieces to replicate the delicate filigree of the sword and attached plenty of greenery to the hilt. The resulting effect is lovely and spot on to the original art.
ZaziNombies built perhaps my favorite replica from him yet in terms of screen accuracy with his LEGO Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle prop from Overwatch. The V-shape of the muzzle area and the blue barrel paneling are especially outstanding when compared to source material. The build is rounded out with nice touches like a removable top-loaded ammo cartridge and a light-up, wearable tactical visor. See it all in action in the video below. If you’re not familiar with Overwatch, don’t worry; some Soldier: 76 gameplay captures are also shown.