Can you see what I see? …A frightened cat on a window sill… This little village street is hiding a lot of secrets. “On a scary scary street” is a Lego MOC created by Caleb Saw. In the picture book “Can You See What I See?: On a Scary Scary Night” there are incredibly detailed images with hidden puzzles centered around a spooky story. The scary street Lego MOC is an extremely accurate recreation of one of those pages. A lot of time and thought has gone into preserving the hidden objects. This Lego scene has even recreated the lighting from the original. The buildings and street are lit up with a bunch of warm LEDs. This gives the impression of a recently abandoned street. There are a lot of really well done details here, the brick built road, the multiple street signs, the variety of window designs, and ominous dark cave. Even the digitally added sky and moon match the book.
Les Misérables has been a cultural icon ever since the original novel was published in 1862 by Victor Hugo. Since then the story has been adapted to all sorts of media, with the musical and film standing out. You can now add Lego to that list. This is “The Barricade” a Lego MOC based on Les Misérables and created by General 尓àvarre. This is the pivotal scene from the story, and the point that everything changes. The barricade is an iconic mound of furniture, wooden boards, and trash. This Lego scene has a lot of nice details. The background is a blue sky, and here it is brick built. A subtle detail but worth the effort. The three buildings help to create a focal point on the Minifigure holding their ground with the French flag. That flag is an excellent build. The flat 1×2 tiles line up nicely and can be posed in a way to make it look like it is waving in the wind. The smaller flag looks great too, created from three 1×2 jumper plates held on with a clip. The whole scene has been photographed well, with a hazy look to the scene. You can feel the tension.
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.
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 General Store can be the last bastion of civilization before heading out into the wilderness. The calm before getting mixed up in a dark forest, or getting lost in the desert. A scene that has played out hundreds of times on film and television. This Lego General Store is created by Norton74. Inspired by these classic small town and rural American locations. A place where you can find a little bit of everything. You can fill up gas, buy some tools, pick up a soda, and make a phone call all in one place. This Lego diorama has a bunch of fun features. A really creative flag built with Lego 1×1 clips, the old time gas pump with a sea shell on top (shell gas), and the slightly uneven yellow siding on the main building. With a nice old man watching over everything. There is also a collection of Lego animals helping to fill out the scene, you can spy a pig, a cat, two dogs, a bird, a few chickens, and a skunk. This is a very busy store.
King Kong vs. Godzilla is one of those classic film match ups. Everyone imagines how they think the fight would go down. In the film King Kong vs. Godzilla, from 1962 the two monsters fight it out on top of Mount Fuji, with Kong eventually emerging as the winner. An interesting story, but a lot of fans wanted to see them fight in a big city. This Lego MOC called “Filming a Giant Monster Movie” is created by Luis Peña. He imagines a big city battle between the giants in a film studio. The lighting trusses are a great use of the large Lego pieces. The black boxes work well as a frame, giving the scene the appearance of a set without adding too much detailing. The Lego architecture style buildings are a perfect use here, but the best detail might be all of the mini cars and vehicles. There is even a tiny fire engine doing its best at damage control. Maybe this time Kong will let Godzilla win?
Animal Park is a huge Lego creation built by Anne Mette Vestergård and Lasse Vestergård. This Lego Friends styled Zoo is full of plants and animals. Originally created in 2015, Animal Park got an update in 2020. The new version features new animals and new plants that were released after 2015. Animal Park was recently on display at Lego World in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is one of those massive Lego models that is best seen in person.
Just like many theme parks and zoos around the world, this park features a train circling its border. Once inside the Lego Friends can enjoys a water show by the entrance fountains. Afterwards they can grab a bite to eat in the food court. Pizza is always a good choice!
This Lego zoo has all the animals. The bears are enjoying some fish, while the polar bears and their cubs are also having a fish snack. The penguins and seals seem happy, but may be a bit jealous watching the bears eat.
The Friends might spot some elk, a pack of wolves, some hungry panda bears, a few giraffes, some turtles, a flock of flamingos, and even some deer. Basically, any and all of the Lego animals are here.
There are even a few secrets to look out for. Olaf from Frozen is hiding around the park, as is Sweet Mayhem from the Lego Movie 2. Before you finish the day, make sure to visit the ferris wheel, and catch a ride on the train!
This is “Getting Carried Away on Holiday” a Lego creation built by Ted Andes. A humorous scene with a bunch of out-of-towners getting caught up in some sheep. There is a lot going on here. The European style cottage is a great build on its own. With a gray sloped roof and very clean white walls. The white Lego snake piece used for chimney smoke is a great detail. The farm grounds, and the small street in front look like the proper scale. And the herd of sheep are great. These little animals have exposed studs recreating their wool fur. A great example of using texture in a Lego build. The best detail might just be the brick built background. With giant 3D clouds and an ocean horizon, it helps establish the rest of the scene. The barge in perspective is just genius.