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…
Gregor Samsa woke up one morning to find that he had transformed into a giant cockroach type bug, or as the story says a “monstrous vermin.” Maybe in some parallel universe Gregor also turned into Lego. Based off the classic novel by Franz Kafka, the Metamorphosis is a Lego MOC created by Water Snap. This build has a bunch of great details. The sheet has been built using a bunch of slopes and curved bricks, it creates a perfect wrinkled / used look. The bed is a simple frame with a very thin mattress which uses a whole lot of 1×1 flat round plates. A Lego pillow hiding behind the carapace is a great detail. The bug itself is well done. With Lego hoses used for antennae, and Lego wrenches to create the insect feet. This is one Lego creation that you probably don’t want hanging around the house. But if you do find a giant Lego insect in your house, make sure to feed it.
Forbidden Planet is a classic science fiction film from 1956. The film had a character that for its time, was one of the most unique robots. This Lego “Robby The Robot” is based on that character, and is built by j-p-30. This robot is completely built out of official Lego pieces. Lots of hoses and tires went into this build. The technique of folding a tire inside-out is used here for the lower torso area. The smoothness breaks up the tire tread texture from the legs. Giving the robot more contrast between its parts. The glass dome is a Lego cockpit filled with all sorts of tiny pieces to recreate the mechanical face and brain. A few custom stickers helps to lend detail to the control panels. These retro robots would prove popular in all sort of movies, tv, and toys.
Space Drag Racing is all the rage throughout the universe. An extremely competitive and dangerous sport for the drivers, and spectators. The Neo Classic Space inspired dragster, known as the DR4G-5T3R, is the work of Rubblemaker. The blue spaceman pilot is the only guy brave enough to drive the fastest land vehicle in Space Drag Racing. This Lego MOC features a two wheel design, with a gigantic engine, and more exhaust pipes than a fuel refinery. The dragster is based on swivel-ball tech, meaning super fast all terrain turns. This is achieved with the gigantic rear wheel, which is actually a Lego Death Star piece from the Lego Star Wars Planet Sets. A tough piece to work with, as it doesn’t have a lot of studs and connection points. The blue, grey, and yellow design is a perfect call back to classic space, which makes you go faster. But, is it enough to win the drag race?
Grab your Awesome Mix cassette tape, a few batteries, and don’t forget your Walkman. It’s time to go on an adventure, and maybe save the galaxy. This is the Lego Walkman, specifically the Sony TPS-L2 Walkman, built by H.Y. Leung. The iconic blue, silver, and orange portable cassette player was first released in 1979. This Lego version has the clear window, all the various buttons and sliders, and even the duel headphone ports. The orange foam headphone covers stand out, a very hard shape to make with Lego. A smooth flatish oval with no studs showing. The only thing not Lego here is the headphone cord. The whole build even come with two different cassette tapes. Featuring the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians fo the Galaxy, and a blank tape ready to record whatever. Both can be inserted and removed from the Lego Walkman.
Mr. Radio is a Lego MOC built by Brohirrim. It was inspired and submitted into the Lego Ideas “Music to our ears!” contest. A challenge to build “anything and everything to do with music” and the top four winners get prizes, and maybe even a chance at a Product Review. This Lego radio is an old cabinet design, with built in speakers and even a surprise or two. The gold colored detailing and the cut out design for the speakers is a really great detail. Even the channel indicator in the center, being a Lego compass, works well. The big secret is the radio lab hidden inside. Where you can go tinker and broadcast all day and night. The front panel opens up and you can even see the backside of the speaker drivers.
The Nintendo Famicom looks a lot different than the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). In 1983, Japan was introduced to the Famicom, also known as the Family Computer. It would take three years (1989) until the rest of the world could play the updated grey box design. The Famicom is a top loading video game system, with a distinct red, white, and gold design. This Lego Famicom is the creation of qian yj. Recreating the original design in Lego, with a period accurate television. The system even comes with a Lego Contra cartridge. So when you pick up your controller make sure to enter in the Konami code. You will probably have a very hard time beating the game without the help.
The Lego TV is completely made out of bricks. It features a Lego made screen showing off Contra’s title screen. There are a variety of knobs and switches on the front, even the classic rabbit ears style antenna. The design also includes a handle on the top (not load bearing), and a fully detailed back. With all the hookups, ports, and power stuff you can find on a TV from the 70s/80s. With the volume of this thing, I don’t know if the weight of a cathode TV or this Lego version is heavier. There is a lot of Lego in this build.
The Lego Famicom with Contra game, is a perfect recreation of the original. The SNOT style building here gets pretty complicated, with moving buttons, and a sliding cartridge eject system. Even the video game cartridge can be removed. The cords and hookups are also made of official Lego pieces. It is all brought together with the use of a few custom stickers.
Every kitchen needs a stand mixer. The easiest tool to mix up bread and cookies. But they are much more versatile than expected. With a few attachments these mixers can make pasta, grind meat, cute veggies, make ice cream, and make juice. One of the biggest brands of stand mixers is KitchenAid. Their design has stayed roughly the same for decades. This KitchenAid Lego Stand Mixer is the creation of Breado’s Bricks (Who recently made a Lego Coffee Maker). Featuring a bright red mixer, with shinny chrome parts. A nicely printed decal/sticker helps to complete the model. The curves of these mixers are very hard to recreate with Lego pieces, and this version is instantly recognizable. The neatest feature is that the KitchenAid folds open, just like some of the real versions. The bowl can also be tipped open. Making this a super easy way to cook in a Lego kitchen. The whole build is sitting on a classic black and white floor. This checkered pattern is a classic design that fits perfectly with these Mixers.
A wooden Fire Engine (or Fire Truck) is one of those classic children’s toys. Lego is also a classic toy. Combine the two together and you get a Lego Wooden Fire Engine, which should also be a classic. Created by Jens Ohrndorf, the Wooden Fire Engine is a replica of their own beloved wooden Fire Engine. It even has a few play features such as a movable ladder, removable Firefighters, and working wheels. The SNOT (studs not on top) style design is impeccable. With very clean lines, and well-defined shapes this Lego MOC almost looks like the real thing.
“ARRRR! The Space Pirates are here to plunder yer moon treasures.”
This Classic Space Pirates Lego MOC is a creation by captainsmog. Built as an entry into the MOC Wars 2020, category 23, Thar Be Pirates. The goal is to take any of the Lego themes and add pirates. The scene features an innocent Spaceman being hunted down by a small group of space pirates. The star of the build is the space ship. (Or is it a land space ship?) The six wheel vessel is manned by the four meanest pirates this side of Luna. Being lead into battle by a mean skeleton spaceman figurehead. The classic blue and yellow design is a perfect fit and makes everything feel old. Perfect for a pirate theme. What kind of treasure could they be hunting for? Maybe the are on a quest for the fabled moon cheese.