One of the seven wonders of the world. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are named after the ancient city they were built in. They were also known as the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis which is named after the Queen who had them built. This lush garden was built on a sort of ziggurat, with water flowing down each level. Pumping the water up to the top was achieved by a system of giant screws, known as Archimedes Screws. This Lego version, called “the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis,” is built by Simon Hundsbichler. The gardens were built for three different challenges: the Style it-up challenge (no exposed studs), the Iron Builders challenge (use Minifigure legs/pants), and the Switch My Lantern Up challenge (use a lantern). There is a lot going on here. If you look as some of the details you might notice: stairs built out of stacked tan window inserts, Minifigure legs both short and normal representing columns and even water, green Minifigure hair as a tree, blue Minifigure hands as water detail, and tan Minifigure side bags (satchels) as stairs. This plastic garden is almost as wondrous as the original.
Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) has been a huge success for Lego. Most of the proposed projects involve established properties that need to be licensed in order to release them. The program has been so popular that a few of the projects have even been supported by companies who would like to see their properties licensed through Lego. For instance, Lego Minecraft. It is super rare that a company actually supports and even submits their own projects into Lego Ideas. Here is an example of such a project.
Firaxis Games has submitted a Lego Ideas project based on their Civilization series of video games. The set would include a Worker Mech based on the Civilization: Beyond Earth unit. The mech would be accompanied by a worker, a minifigure with options to be either male or female. The designer, AndrewClark2, built 180 of these sets as a studio gift on the release of the game. Since this has been produced (although not officially) a set of instructions have been drafted. The whole build only uses 187 Lego pieces. Even if this never makes it through the Lego Ideas process, it is an extremely nice gesture from AndrewClark2 and Firaxis Games to share.
“When human beings settle alien planets, they’re going to need to build farms, quarries, paddocks for alien wildlife, habitation domes, and generators. Who gets to do all that hard work? The Worker unit! Designed by concept artist Mike Bazzell, the worker unit in Civilization: Beyond Earth will change equipment depending on its current job. This model is based on the front end loader, used to build quarries and mines. This Worker is ready to tackle any world, from harsh arid planets to miasma-laden fungal planets.”