This Lego MOC is the creation of Ben Cossy, and titled “Fighting the Beholder.” It looks like these five friends have an uninvited guest on their quest. The Beholder is one of the more famous baddies from the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. A giant floating eyeball with tentacles caped with even more eyeballs (eleven eyes total!). Adventurers need too beware the petrifying eyebeams, sharp teeth, and over sized jaw. Not only that, but they are telepathic and psychokinetic so make sure your brain and intellect are up to the challenge.
This quest through the Underdark is an excellently built scene. The D&D theme captures the spirit and danger of the game. Check out the slightly uneven Lego tile flooring, and the cavernous walls. This is another example of great lighting, making the Lego look as best as it can. The special effects added in later are also well done, and help to animate the magic effects. Lego does similar effects for their marketing too. Now lets just hope this Lego Beholder is the last boss…
The deadly cute duo of Arthur and Tristan is the creation of Aiden.Builds. This inseparable pair have each other backs in a fight. The Lego MOC features an anthropomorphized sword and shield. Each equipped with a smaller version of themselves. This build uses some of those Lego printed eye tiles to great effect. The posable arms, and the mouths also helps to give these weapons some personality. This is a great use of the clear bricks, to help hold and display the characters. These two guys look ready to go on a grand adventure, while getting into some wacky hijinks.
There is that moment in fantasy, when the adrenaline is running high, and a group has to decide: “Can we trust you?” Generally the answer is no. There is nothing more dangerous than an unknown person crashing your party. Do they want help, a place to stay the night, are they a messenger, what do they want? This Lego MOC is called “A mysterious figure approaches…” and is the creation of Mark of Falworth. There are a lot of small details to take in. The palm tree places this scene in a coastal area. It is a great lego palm tree with more brown 1×1 slopes than you can count. Also check out the uneven stonework in the ruins, and the curve of the terrain created with stacked plates. This is a great lego scene that brings a lot of story telling potential with it.
This Lego Elf Retreat is the creation of Inthert. It was built as an entry into the MOC Wars 2020, in the Armless category. Which meant the scene had to feature weapons that were not being used as weapons. With that in mind you might notice that almost everything in this Elf Retreat is built out of weapons. Check out the guns used for the tree trunk, the axes and rifles used as lumber, and even the quiver full of arrows being used as a stair step. The most inventive use though is in that chair at the lookout spot. The crossbows used for chair legs is inspired. The end result is one of the best looking minifigure scale chairs around. Ultimately, there are seven different types of weapons hidden around. It’s hard to tell if all of these walkways are built to stay out of the purple water because it somehow looks relaxing and poisonous. The lego doors being used for these walkways is also a great detail. Giving a recycling vibe to these elves. It seems very fitting.
Lego and dragons go way back. With all sorts of official and MOC models created out of lego. This one might be one of the most impressive beasts yet. This Lego Fire Dragon is created by Mark, of The Brickman team, and titled “The Sad Tale of Sir Warick the Overconfident.” It seems that an overconfident knight has found themselves overpowered by a giant dragon. It didn’t help that a local witch mislead Sir Warick into thinking he was dragon-proof. The finished model contains well over 10,000 lego pieces and took over 100 hours to put together.
This dragon is seriously huge. The final model had to be made with transportation in mind. It also features gigantic folding (and removable) wings made out of pleather. A complicated collection of ball joints and curved slopes. The dragon is also breathing fire, with an impressive light feature. The whole scene is then set on a massive rocky (and snowy) base.
Lego Winnie the Pooh is one of the next Lego Ideas sets. Featuring Poohs house in the 100 Acre Wood. The submitted design features a removable roof, with a fully furnished interior. It also features minifigures and brick built figures for Eeyore, Piglet, Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl. It will be interesting to see what the official set will be, and if it will contain so many custom minifigs.
Also approved by Lego is the Medieval Blacksmith. The announcement specifically complimented the colors and overall design. The submitted model is a rather large set. With removable roof/floors (like in the Modulars) and fully furnished interiors. This is an extremely detailed Blacksmith model and it will be interesting to see what Lego cuts out before the official release.
Lego also offered an update on the Anatomini project. They announced that ultimately they would pass on the design. It was a very cool project, but maybe some people don’t like to think about what is inside a minifigure…
The Lego Minifigures Series are fun to collect. They always look great too, especially when displayed in a group. One of the best ways to show off your collection is to build little mini MOCs or vignettes. These Lego Minifigures Series 19 vignettes are super cute. Created by zaru_soba, they show off all the different figures and create a mini story. The personality of each minifig matches up perfectly with their scene. The video gamer battlestation, the bathtub wave surfer, the dog sitter, and the retro gardener are some favorites. What is great is that these type of MOCs take relatively few pieces to build.
“A quite simple, but very decent looking wall technique using 1×2 jumpers (the newer ones!) and 1×2 door rail pieces. It looks a little bit simpilar to just plates and tiles, but you can actually add much more texture with this one.” Simon NH
It is super easy to build a wall out of Lego. They have a few newer pieces that you can use to create more detailed (and less manufactured) walls. Even then you might need something different to help your MOC stand out. So, it is always good to be on the look out for new Lego building techniques. Some Lego builders are great with sharing their techniques, and that is the case with Simon NH. He recently shared a way to create a brick wall that is relatively simple. Using just 2 different bricks to achieve the effect.
Make sure to check out the whole gallery. Simon NH has also shared other building techniques. Check out this brick built gallery of 9 different options.
Fantasy and Castle based MOCs are usually extremely limited in their color palette. Mostly gray, green and brown. It always seems that you cannot have enough of these colors. But, every once in a while an MOC comes out that explodes with color. This is Root Canal, created by Lab Synth.
“Root Canal takes its name from the old tree that adorns its small plaza (some say its double entendre is an ironic allusion to the pain one feels when learning about the prices of its palaces). It is made of a tight succession of palaces, whose proprietors strive to maintain in tip top shape in a sort of non verbal competition that neighbors of the area like to have between them. The richer the material the better, leading to some extravagant decorations and architectural details.
Although direct access to the canal was originally intended for deliveries to be stored easily in the palaces’ grounds, they are now mainly used as recreative ways to arrive, by boat, to one of the prestigious parties that make Root Canal glimmer and sing until the wee hours of the night.”
All of the Lego Friends and Lego Disney Princess figures need a place to stay. Especially if they need to fend off a horde of baddies. This glimmering white castle is the creation of Hrczs1. It features a keep and two towers, making an amazingly compact castle. There is very little room to spare. While the overall design is compact it is tall. Creating a kind of forced perspective trick that creates the illusion of size. The design is highlighted with purple, pink, teal, and gold trim. The most charming detail is the balcony attached to the central keep/tower. It looks like something out of Sleeping Beauty. A nice detail is that Cinderella’s Carriage fits perfectly inside of the gate. See if you can spot some of the other hidden details.