There are many great ways to display Lego Minifigures. One of the most creative is the vignette or diorama style display. A small scene featuring a few Minifigures, with a background or a few props. This “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Lego MOC is the creation of gonkius. The scene features the Jack Skellington and Sally Minifigs from the Lego Minifigures Disney Series 2 packs. A giant yellow moon is set against a dark blue background. With the iconic spiral hillside, and a few pumpkins to finish the setting. This is a great SNOT style build that really shows off the Minifigs. The contrast between dark and light really makes things stand out. This diorama is a great display to have out whether or not it is Halloween, Christmas, or any Holiday.
Banksy is well know for his graffiti art, activism, directing and painting. So well known that his most famous works are being recreated in Lego. The Brick Fantastic has produced 20 different Lego Banksy vignettes based on the artists work. These are expertly made images. A great deal of work went into recreating each scene, with lighting and backgrounds that do their best to create a believable Lego world. These vignettes are also good example of using perspective and depth-of-field in your Lego photography.
You can even buy prints of your favorite pieces.
“Strong-arm Flower Delivery specializes in tragically forbidden love.”
“There is always hope. Especially if you tie it to your wrist.”
Legoland in Carlsbad, California has recently opened a new exhibit. Finn’s Basement, which is the actual set that was used in the filming of The Lego Movie. It is a massive set with almost every scene from The Lego Movie built in Lego. The whole set up is just like every kids (and adults) dream. A massive basement level Lego studio, with a whole collection of Lego spanning decades of collecting. Even though this is only a set, it is extremely awesome!
It appears that these photos were taken before the final exhibit was finished. In newer photos there is a plexiglass wall surrounding each set, making sure that hands stay away from all the hard work on display. The amount of work that went into building this set is staggering. A few poor souls are probably still recovering from calloused hands. The detailing involved in this set is amazing. With hand drawn signs, warning labels and posters which all appeared in The Lego Movie.
Finn’s Basement is organized into different sections. Each one representing a theme from the film. Represented are City, Castle, Wild West, Pirates, Space, Cloud Cuckoo, etc.
Based on the Classic Space section it looks like Benny got his spaceship! Spaceship!
Legoland California has a great exhibit here. Hopefully it will stick around for a long while.
The Lego Movie is a great example of set design. With very visually different scenes, such as the city, the Wild West, and Cloud Cuckoo Land. All of which are included in this diorama built by OliveSeon. This great MOC does a great job of summing up the movie in a relatively tiny space. OliveSeon has even integrated a whole lot of the official The Lego Movie sets into their build.
The use of the Lego Modular Buildings is a nice touch, and they have been customized to take up as little space as possible while retaining their full size. These buildings are a backdrop to the epic vehicle battle across the city streets.
The backside of the diorama features two smaller scenes. A Wild West battle and a final showdown with President Business.
The whole thing is topped off with a great representation of the Cloud Cuckoo Land. It looks like Unikitty would love it in this candy colored setting.
The whole diorama is topped off with The Lego Movie logo, which is especially nice. Completely built out of Lego bricks it is instantly recognizable. Some of the detailing in the Korean logo stands out. With a whole lot of greebling giving the Logo a great texture. Plus, having Emmet dangling off the Logo is a cute detail.
Team Fortress 2 is a free-to-play first person shooter. The whole economy for the video game is sustained by an elaborate real world market for hats. Everything from iPod earphones to Sam & Max caps. The game has a certain timeless charm to it, and that is because it has some great art design. The cartoonish look translates into Lego pretty well. CaptainInfinity has created this MOC diorama titled Upward. Based on one of the most famous and popular levels in Team Fortress 2.
Upward depicts the epic struggle between team Blue and team Red. It appears that team Red is currently in the lead, as 1 of the Blue team members has met their untimely end. Thats not even counting the Spy sneaking up on the Sniper. There are a few details in this MOC that really stand out. The “Red” billboard is a good example of some advanced building techniques. Especially that “R.“ The other charming detail is the skeletal remains buried underneath the mine.
In A Game of Thrones, the castle of Winterfell is the capital of the North. In the beginning of the series, the continent of Westeros is ruled by the Iron Throne, and it can be divided up further into 7 smaller kingdoms. The northern kingdom is home of House Stark who live in Winterfell. The castle Winterfell supports Winter Town during the winter years, but during the summer years most of its citizens spread throughout the kingdom.
This Lego Winterfell is the creation of Sered, who spent a whole lot of time on this MOC. The castle contains a surprising amount of details, including some fully furnished interiors, a Godswood, the Broken Tower, the Great Keep, and even little Bran Stark climbing around the walls. I wonder what he will find inside those closed doors.
Winterfell is a part of a greater diorama based on A Game of Thrones. Besides Winterfell, the locations of the Frey’s Twin Towers, and Castle Black are also showcased. The whole diorama is 288 studs wide, and 576 studs long. The project is the creation of Sered, Marco Cancellieri, Lothard McLotti, and Itaria No Shintaku. Recently the whole project was displayed at ItLug Latina 2013 Lugfest.
In A Game of Thrones, Castle Black is the headquarters for the the Night’s Watch. A group of men who devote their lives to maintaining the Wall. Which is the primary defense against the Wildlings and the other things that live in the north. The castle is mostly built from ice and rock, and is nothing more than a small keep. One of the most defining features of Castle Black is the man powered elevator to the top of the wall. At one time there was also a huge staircase…
This Lego Castle Black is the creation of Marco Cancellieri (The Chancellor) who included it in a larger A Game of Thrones diorama. The amount of white Lego bricks present here is mind boggling, it must be a lot of work making sure they don’t yellow. The larger diorama also features Winterfell, and the Frey’s Twin Towers. The diorama is 288 studs wide, and 576 studs long. The whole project is currently being expanded. Maybe someday the whole of Westeros will be built…
Lego and Science Fiction go together perfectly. You might even say it is one of the most preferred ways to render futuristic ideas in the present. Here is a starship hanger that shows off exactly what Lego can do. With a lot of great details, for instance: the LCD display (not Lego), Japanese signage, two rafts, two owls, and even a tiny frog. This is also a great example on how to repurpose your seemingly useless Lego pieces.
Most important to this Hanger is the use of color. By using complementary and contrasting colors, Raoulosos, is able to highlight certain details that would otherwise go unseen. Especially apparent with the starship, the tan and green make sure that it stands out from the scenery.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s Warehouse 51 scene is the focus of this MOC, created by Brian Williams (aka: BMW_Indy). Here, Indiana Jones is being chased by Irina Spalko and her soviet soldiers through Warehouse 51. An action packed scene that would set the tone for the entire film. Lego Indy had a very short run as an official theme from Lego, so it is always nice to see these minifigures pop up in MOCs.
This box diorama style is incredibly well made. This Indiana Jones Warehouse 51 is surprisingly tiny, at 48 x 32 studs this is only 50% larger then the size of a common base plate. The illusion of great space is created with some well placed mirrors. With great custom LED lighting, and over 60 custom stickers for the crates, the whole thing comes together in an incredibly lifelike diorama.
The science fiction universe of Stargate is one of those series that has managed to find its audience. The fans have managed to keep Stargate alive, from a Movie to multiple TV shows. There are theme park rides, video games, fan fictions, and books. Even Lego haven’t been left behind in the Stargate movement. This MOC, created by Brian Williams (aka: BMW_Indy) is a great build. Featuring some seriously good lighting, and a tightly controlled perspective. The Stargate itself is the center piece, and is integrated with a tablet display to create the wormhole special effect. At first glance, it is easy to assume you are looking at a scene from the movie. This style of building is being called a box diorama, and many of them were on show at Brickworld.
Check out the video below to see how the lighting interacts with the Lego: