Lego Fabuland has a storied past. The Lego theme ran from 1979 to 1989, and had over 100 official sets released. Not quite Duplo and not quite Lego, Fabuland was in this weird in-between space. They were one of the first themes to be licensed out to non-lego products. Including books, vinyl records, and puzzles. There was even an official Lego television program called Edward and Friends that aired in 1987 and 1988. The most recognizable part of the Fabuland theme are all the characters. There are well over 50 of them. They were bigger than Minifigures, and included sculpted unique faces/heads.
This collection of Lego Fabuland Maxifigs is created by Koen Van Der Biest. These MOCs are expertly made and really show off the personality of their Fabuland characters. It looks like Catherine Cat, Bonnie Rabbit, Wilfred Walrus, and Maximillian Mouse make up the first group. Then there is Hannah Hippo with a wheelbarrow. In the next group is Peter Pig, Freddy Fox, Charlie Crow, Clive Crocodile, Bianca Lamb, Peter Panda, and Edward Elephant. (I may have mixed up a couple of them…)
Here is a super fun project. These are the Animal Stackers, created by Adam Dodge. They are based on 3×3 cubes and feature a single stud on top. Allowing them to easily stack on one another. A sort of Lego Totem. This series has 2 sets of six. The North American set contains an Owl, Raccoon, Moose, Polar Bear, Beaver, and a Narwhal. The African set contains a Monkey, Tiger, Elephant, Panda, Rhino, and a Crocodile. There are also a few Stackers on their own, such as the Eagle and Penguin.
Hilary Leung and Steadibrick created this wonderful 3D mosaic window display titled “Do Not Feed.” This display is currently up in the Sherway Gardens Lego store in Toronto. It is not everyday that you see people combining a typical Lego mosaic with 3D objects, which is a shame because it can look great. As usual the pixelated 8-bit style design is a great fit with the blocky Lego. Everything is just so cute.
Lego Mosaics are a great fit for pixel art. The standard 2×2 and 1×1 brick is a perfect match for a pixel. The constraints put onto this style of building can make for wonderful results. A great mosaic can even be created with a relatively small collection.
Hilary Leung’s Lego Mosaics started out how most projects do, as a neat side project. His inspiration is to create a book to give to his son showcasing the idea to “Make Something Cool Every Day.” At the beginning of this year, he started creating 8-bit animals and posting them on various websites.
These little 8-bit animals have so much personality. There are 31 of these in the series, ranging from a beaver, to a donkey, to a tiger, and even a snake. The key to these animal mosaics is the eyes. The theme changed slightly after a month, to creating mosaics based on Hilary Leung’s list of top 28 picture books.
These 28 mosaics are all extremely well done and instantly recognizable. Featuring such picture books as, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Olivia, Curious George, the Sneetches, and many more. Ultimately being limited to a relatively small selection of colors can create interesting solutions, and these mosaics are better for it.