This Lego space fighter is landing, or maybe taking off in this Tensegrity Sculpture built by Lego Mfr. The optical illusion is a popular new trend in Lego MOCs, and there are some surprising creations. Some of the best are the ones that emphasize the space between the two parts. In this build, that would be the rocky outcropping and the hovering space fighter. Lego ropes and chains have been the favorite pieces to use for the key tension based structure. The ropes blend into the scenery better, while the chains work best when they are supposed to be seen. This build is one of the taller tensegrity creations out there. It uses a lot of SNOT techniques, and the end result would look great on its own. A quick question though, did the space ships engines start a fire, or is the ship hovering over an open lava pit?
Lego Bionicle is a completely separate theme from Lego, with its own lore and specialized pieces. These type of models live on today in the recent Star Wars figures theme. This Lego MOC called “Tahu Uniter,” and created by Patrick Biggs is a reimagining of two popular Bionicle characters. Combining the 2016 versions of Tahu and Ikir, the two fire characters who worked together. This version is much more detailed than the official one. This build has a very striking red, gold, and blue color theme. The wings in particular look amazing. The use of 2×2 flat round gold plates overlapping created a great effect. Looking like scales and like armor at the same time. The circles are carried over onto the chest armor which creates a nice flow to the design.
Beaker from the Muppets might just be one of the greatest lab assistants in the world. He is often working with the famous Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. These two always seem to have their science experiments go comically wrong, usually involving something catching fire. This Lego bust of Beaker is created by j-p-30. Everything (except the pupils on the eyes) is made out of official Lego pieces. Recreating wispy hair with solid Lego pieces is a challenge. Here the hair is a collection of red snakes, knives, sausages, horns, and even crowbars. It works well. Another interesting detail is the way the lab coat collar has been created. It uses grey Lego flexible tubing which gives an impression of a collar without actually having one. In most cases a good Lego build is never finished and that is the case here. Beaker’s nose was originally an orange carrot shape, and the newest version it is a yellow cone shape. The cone is closer to the actual muppet, but is not orange. Which version is better sounds like a great excuse for a science experiment.
The Black Seas Barracuda is perhaps the most famous Lego pirate ship to sail the brick seas. There is the original 1989 version, the 2002 re-release, and a mini version in 2018, and the ship wrecked version in 2020. Thats a lot of plunder. If you ever wondered if the ship could be even bigger and more detailed that would probably be this version. This Black Seas Barracuda is a “UCS Flagship” inspired Lego MOC created by Brick Ninja.
This version of the Black Seas Barracuda has a lot more room for an extra mast, and set of sails. Even the flags are have been updated. It is loaded with 28 cannons, which means this galleon can go up against even the best equipped Imperial ships. Even the row boat is brick built. This ship is bigger in every dimension. The whole ships is a bit wider. There are two levels below deck and even a larger captains cabin. The whole build also contains a lot less Lego studs exposed to the elements.
The Barracuda also comes with an elaborate display. A raised up base, showing the ocean waves, and the deadly sea life beneath. The waves in particular are extremely well done. There is also an option to display the ship firing cannons. The Lego explosions looks great, with smoke and fire propelling the cannon ball away from the ship. Even the Lego waves are reacting to the cannon fire.
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.
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.
Game of Thrones is back on TV and that means a whole lot of intrigue and trickery is afoot. Legoagogo has taken his fandom of Game of Thrones and Lego to create a whole series of photos and vignettes. So far they have created Minifigures for the Hound, Arya Stark, Brienne, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Theon Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton, Jon Snow, Ygritte, Hodor, and Bran Stark. This small selection of the possible characters just happens to represent some of Legoagogo’s favorites.
The little vignettes have all been photographed extremely well. They are all instantly recognizable. Check out Ramsay Bolton getting ready to eat some Lego sausage.
And, if you happened to catch the most recent episode then this scene (or something similar) will be fresh in your mind. That Red Witch sure knows how to build a fire.
The Lego dragon is one deadly category of MOC builds. There is a lot of great competition. Even Lego has made some pretty good brick built dragons in their Ninjago theme. Although Lego also seems to favor a custom big figure for these. A lot of people were let down that the Hobbit theme didn’t include a giant brick built dragon (Smaug deserves better).
Sean and Steph Mayo have recently participated in an Iron Builder competition, and this “A Song of Ice and Fire” is their entry. They went all out and created a crowd pleaser. This Lego dragon actually breathes fire. Making this the most deadly Lego dragon ever created. Most people think about putting and LED or two into their work, imaging working with propane. The Iron Builder challenge here was to incorporate the silver tubing into a build. They describe it better below:
“The seed part is used as wing veins, stomach scales, horns, spines, and most importantly his throat. The tubing runs all the way through his neck, body, and tail. At the end, it is attached to a small portable propane tank.”
“From reckless corporate consolidation of the media industry to the Presidential persecution of whistle blowers to the targeting of independent wartime journalists by our military, our system has completely failed us. The continuous stream of sensationalism feeds our addiction to drama, hyperstimulating the senses with fear and novelty. The war drums beat to the tune of our racing hearts – which rage with fury over manipulated messages driven by those in power.
Shut off the TVs – which drive us away from any meaningful existence. Ignore all mainstream messages – they are rooted in profit. Focus our thoughts and hearts to kindness, forgiveness and tolerance. The Fourth Estate will burn on its own.” — Mike Doyle
Sometimes you see something that you know will be the inspiration for many in the AFOL (Adult Fans of Lego) community. This MOC, called Sign of the Times is one of those that deserve renown. Created by Mike Doyle, Sign of the Times shows off a most impressive technique for building Lego smoke. Smoke is one of the toughest things to create out of Lego, typically the hard shapes and overall blockiness do not render the billowing clouds very well. What really sells this, is the combination of transparent pieces, and the color palette (only 8 colors!). Plus the decision to contrast the organic smoke with a very geometric building.