This Lego Link BrickHeadz style figure is created by Andrés Bevilacqua. The blocky figure works well with Link, probably because his original design came from 8-bit graphics in The Legend of Zelda. With a sword and shield he looks ready to go on an epic quest. The hat is a great shape and instantly recognizable, it also looks like it fits on his head. A lot of times hats end up looking like they are just set on top. The studs being exposed for the hair is a great detail. Giving Link that trademark voluminous hair. There are even the pointy elf ears sticking out from the hair. Seeing this BrickHeadz figure makes me want to see all the other classic Nintendo characters in Lego. Imagine a Lego BrickHeadz Donkey Kong, Mario, Luigi, Samus, and Kirby!
The popular video game Undertale has a lot of memorable characters. You have Frisk the main character, Mettaton a robotic entertainer, Flowey the flower, and the pun loving Sans. Anthony Forsberg has built this collection of Lego Undertale characters. They started out building Mettaton and then decided to include the main cast. These brick built figures are proud of their studs, which seems fitting. In a way the studs are reminiscent of the 8-bit style graphics from the game. Frisk and Sans are wonderfully three dimensional, the faces are not just flat which complicated the models and was worth the effort. Mettaton contains fully posable hands and arms and is holding a microphone. Flowey is a charming creation, especially the petals. A few custom stickers for the face, which represent the full range of emotions during the game.
In The Simpsons the show started with the focus on Bart, but over time Homer Simpson won the hearts of viewers and writers. What better way to celebrate this iconic character than this Lego Homer Simpson Bust built by Julius von Brunk. This Homer is life-size, which mean this model is a lot bigger than you would expect. The model proved to be more difficult than expected, especially the curved shape of the head. This Lego Homer has all the expected hair, which along the sides is made out of angled Lego horns, and the two strands on top are made out of slopes. The ears in particular turned out well and give the final model a lot of personality. A good example of how a Lego build will change over time is that the original model had a different eye design that even had eyelids. But, at the last minute they were redesigned with the more classic wide-eyed look. D’oh!
The Pixar film Ratatouille captured the spirit of being a struggling chef in the city of Paris. This is a wonderful Lego vignette called “Ratatouille” created by Miro Dudas. This build is completely centered around the camera. The use of forced perspective and back lighting is how this scene has been created. This is a great micro build of Paris. The city is a collection of various 1×1 Lego pieces in silhouette. While the iconic Eiffel Tower is a just a few pieces. The curving sides is achieved by bending black Lego antennas. The French flag is just 3 pieces. The Ratatouille sign is much more complicated than it looks at first glance. Remy is made up of Lego wrenches and clips which do a great job of holding everything together.
This Lego build called “A Little Bit of Magic” is created by Midwest Builders. It is a part of the Guilds of Historica, specifically from the west, the Guild of Avalonia. A community of builders who are creating a whole fantasy world. An active group that is always adding new characters, maps, and stories. This scene is a streetscape of the town called Albion. Everything pictured is a jumping off point for stories. The local Flower Merchant seems to know ancient magic. A knight on horseback notices the magical display of talent. And a mysterious rogue seems to watching everything. Some of the stand out details include the brick built tarps / canopies, the lovely signage at each merchant stand, the peeling green paint on the inn, and all the magical trinkets strung up. You can even spot the eye of Sauron. The use of some hidden LEDs is a nice touch, and brings magic to life in this Lego MOC.
When it gets hot outside there is something about spending all day fishing that just seems relaxing. All your worries from work are left behind as you fall asleep on the warm pier. Catching a fish would be nice, but it doesn’t really matter. You already have everything you need for a sleepy weekend. This scene is perfectly captured with this Lego MOC called “Fishing Cabin,” which is created by Nathan Hake. The simple cabin is actually hiding a lot of little details. Everything that you need to live is nearby. Lego Pumpkins and Vegetables in the nearby garden, a friendly dog to keep you company, a woodpile to supply your fireplace, fresh water, a canoe, and even a scarecrow to talk to when you get lonely. In this build the water looks especially nice. A layer of transparent blue 1×2 tiles on top of other colors creates a body of water with depth. There are even a few 1×2 transparent bricks mixed in giving the impression of moving water. The Lego tree looks appropriately old and gnarled. And the little cabin features a very nice color palette and interesting wooden roof. You can even find a little Lego radio out on the pier.
The Belle Epoche is a modular style Lego building created by Utanapishtim. This five story building is inspired by Brussels architecture. The building is mainly white, tan, and gray with some red and brown accents. The limited color choices helps to make this building look like it is from a real life example. The use of repeating patterns is one of the key features of modular buildings. The alternating white and tan strips look especially good. One of the stand out details is that most of the windows feature archs that are brick built. A very fragile technique that has all the pieces connected with half set studs. It is also good to see two different style of balconies. The droid arm style which can be found in some of the official buildings, and the more detailed column design that can be seen on the sides. The brick built lamp posts are an excellent design, a more classic and detailed design. The Minifigure sextant pieces are put to good use. The only question left is how to detail the interior…
The Ultra Mecha Dragon is a Lego MOC built by Christian Lintan. This is a scaled up version of their Mecha Dragon. This big beast is over four feet long, and two feet high. Just big enough to ride most rollercoasters. Monochromatic Lego creations are pretty rare. The only thing not white on this dragon are the eyes, which are transparent clear pieces. It is hard to build something interesting when you limit yourself so much. This dragon is a great example of overcoming that challenge. The use of patterns is excellent. Alternating between SNOT building techniques and reverse studs helps to give the impression of scales. Each segment of the body is also accented with some Lego teeth. The end result is a good example of not over detailing a model.
Bag End is a warm and cozy hole, located above Bagshot Row along a perfectly gardened hillside in Hobbiton. It is the desire of many Hobbits, especially the Sackville-Bagginses. But its owner, Bilbo Baggins has no intention of giving up his home. Every once in a while some unexpected visitors arrive, usually leading to grand adventures. This Lego build of Bag End is created by Dylan Lane. It expands and goes way beyond the official Lego set, released in 2012.
This build is interesting in that it incorporates lighting into the design. The creator has actually varied the green bricks on the hillside to reflect the sunlight that is shinning through tree branches. Dark green pieces can be found along the back representing the shadows over the grass. Brighter green can be found on the front facade, where the sunlight is directly hitting the hillside. An interesting effect that stands out in certain lighting conditions.
This Lego Bag End took over two years to complete. It has been packed with little scenes and details from the film / books. On top of the hill Frodo Baggins can be seen relaxing by a huge tree, while Gandalf is riding into town with fireworks in tow. Placing this scene at the very beginning of the Lord of the Rings. Gandalf and Bilbo can take a break from birthday party planning to smoke some pipe-weed in the garden. A great mini-build, especially the white 1×1 round bricks being used with a transparent pole to represent smoke. Inside this Hobbit hole are two rooms. The main entrance and hallway with the iconic round door. Then off to the side you can find the little writing room, where Bilbo works finishing the Red Book of Westmarch, a collection of stories about Bilbo’s adventurous past.
In The Lord of the Rings, the Nazgul almost found the One Ring a few times in their search. In the Two Towers, one of the most scary moments is when Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are hiding in the ruins of Osgiliath. The Witch King almost uncovers the Hobbits, but Frodo perseveres and they remain hidden. This scene has been recreated by Aaron Newman in this Lego MOC called “Wraiths With Wings!” The build features two main parts. The ruined tower base, and the massive brick-built Fell Beast that can perch on top. The dragon like beast is fully posable, and even features folding brick built wings. The full range of movement in the wings and in the body means that the beast has to be designed very carefully. There needs to be enough support to hold up all the weight, and all that weight needs to be perfectly balanced on two feet (and sometimes a tail). For some added support when perched atop the tower, there are a few technic pins holding it on. According to the designer this ended up being the hardest part of this build. One of the best details is the work done in the head and mouth of the Lego Fell Beast. The bright red tongue and sickeningly pink mouth contrast with the muted colors of the dragon. The end result looks terrifyingly great, it almost looks like it could be an official set. The final model 1,251 pieces, which is a bit less than expected.