In the Guilds of Historica the northern guild of Mitgardia rules over cold and harsh lands. Mitgardia has a series of fortifications to provide safety to travelers. This Lego MOC called the “Kiruna Watchtower” is created by Andreas Lenander. Set in the Historica project, which is a collection of fantasy themed Lego creations working towards creating a fictional world full of lore and adventure. This Lego Watchtower has been built as an entry into the Summer Joust. There are a lot of interesting techniques and details on show. The frozen river and snow break out from the base, a great way to communicate how wild and uncontrollable the environment is. The wooden pier is a great mini build as are the various pine trees. The tower itself is a good example of using texture to increase the detail of Lego. The brick patterned 1×2 pieces can look fake when too many are lined up, which has been avoided by adding in some green details.
In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo finds himself in some trouble while on Cloud City. Lego has released an official set (75137) based on this exact moment back in 2016. If you imagine what a much more elaborate version of that set would be, than you would get this Lego MOC. The Carbon Freeze Chamber is the creation of I Scream Clone. A huge build, with fancy LED lighting that really helps to set the mood. The design is built around a giant decagon that uses a lot of 1×2 flat Lego grills. This allows the light to shine up through the structure, which is accurate to the film version. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and C3p0 are all in attendance. Along with a whole host of Stormtroopers and other onlookers. A few of the many great details includes Chewy carrying C3P0’s broken remains, the various tubes and tanks around the room, and the maintenance workers down below. The center of the machine can even lower and raise as Han Solo gets frozen.
The designer, I Scream Clone, has even created a set of instructions for this Lego Carbon Freeze Chamber. You will need around 3,000 Lego pieces and a few LED strips to recreate this. You can find those instructions over here: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-12879/
Just finished watching Frozen for the millionth time and you need more? Are the Lego mini-doll figures are just not enough? Then your only option is to build your own. Which is what YOS Lego has done with their Lego Anna & Elsa (Frozen) figures. These figures have a little bit of movement to them, you can turn their heads and hands. They also feature removable arms so that you can give them different poses. Not only that but Elsa has a whole giant ice “snake” as an accessory. The details are great, just check out the hair (which is way more complicated then it looks), and check out the details on Anna’s dress.
If you want Lego to know you want more Frozen stuff you can vote for project over on Lego Ideas. These Anna & Elsa figures have their own Ideas page here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/165550
Lego has the ability to make and sell Disney Frozen themed sets, and yet they only have one release so far. It seems that anything with the Frozen logo is instantly popular, and sells out in no time. This theme is a license to print money. The first Lego set is called Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle (41062), it is $39.99 and has 292 pieces. There are also three exclusive figures: Elsa, Anna, and Olaf. The piece to part ratio is extremely high, making this one of the more expensive sets for what you get. So is the Frozen Castle worth it? Check out the full review, by mostlytechnic, over on Eurobricks: here.
The full set is actually a bit different then what you would expect. The design of the castle does not reflect what is in the film, and is a weird white and transparent blue. This is more of a Frozen mountain then a castle. But, for most people that won’t matter, because the figures are what they want. And, Lego really went all out. The resemblance to their movie counterpart is extremely close for Lego figures. Elsa and Anna look good in Lego. Olaf looks good, but is not as special.
Lego has had a massive hit with their Lego Friends theme. They quickly expanded it to include a new Disney Princess theme, and an upcoming Elves theme. The first wave of Disney Princess is currently on shelves, and a second new wave will be released in 2015. This release will include the super popular films Frozen and Aladdin. These new sets will more then likely sell out quickly.
Lego Disney Princess, Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle (41062) is based off of the Ice Castle in Frozen and will include Elsa and Anna. There is even a Lego Olaf.
Lego Disney Princess, Sleeping Beauty’s Royal Bedroom (41060) is the smallest set and features the famous spinning wheel.
Lego Disney Princess, Jasmine’s Exotic Palace (41061) is a small set that features Aladdin’s Jasmine and the cutest Rajah. The Gennie’s lamp is also hiding out.
Lego Disney Princess, Ariel’s Undersea Palace (41063) is the big set for the theme. Featuring Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder from the Little Mermaid.
Usually these Lego Friends, and Lego Princess sets can be found on the “girls” isle at stores. Although some places (like Target) have been placing these with the rest of their Lego sets. Hopefully more stores will do this, as it makes finding these sets a whole lot easier.