Today (January 28th) is the start of the Lunar New Year 2017, and the celebrations will last though most of February. This year stars the Rooster. People born in years of the Rooster are supposed to be honest, intelligent, confident, and diverse. All perfect traits for Lego builders. ZiO Chao has been hard at work building a bunch of Lego Lunar New Year MOCs honoring the Rooster over the last month or so. The star of the build is the Rooster himself. A highly detailed and voluminous bird made of Lego pieces. The shapes and feather details are not easy to work with in Lego. Check out those tail feathers!
The bird is accompanied by a few builds of writing. These super complicated shapes are not at all friendly to the squarish Lego brick. What is amazing is just how legible the final MOCs are.
Check out these Lego Lunar New Year MOCs by ZiO Chao over here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12373821@N05/31724447844/
Winter is here, which means peaceful white landscapes, bitter cold, and a lot of hard work shoveling. Hornet Razvan has created a charming Lego Microscale Winter Vignette. An iconic red building is the center piece, but the giant clouds and snow Lego built background is what makes this stand out. There are even some extremely tiny cars trying to drive, and two little snowplows keeping the roads safe.
Hornet Razvan created this Lego MOC for the Winter 2015 Brickenburg contest, and won 1st place. Check it out over here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/razvy_cluj_ro/23414471601/
Get ready to ring in the lunar new year. The year of the sheep (goat, ram) has officially started. If you happen to see any giant Lions dancing, make sure to join in the fun. Those Lions are hungry for green. Flickr user, Donna Liem, has created four “Barongsai in action” Lego scenes. Featuring the traditional Lion Dance, with drummers, and even an old lady feeding the lion. Barongsai is the Indonesian word for the Chinese Lion dance (採青).
The four Lego Lions are all distinctively different. There are two red and yellow Lions, a black and yellow Lion, and a black and white Lion. Interestingly the Black Lion is the youngest of all the Lions.
There is also another series titled the Chinese Lion Dance (採青), which features the same four Lions but in a more simplified display. These guys look awesome. Check out the different ways the eyes have been used to show their personalities. Each one is extremely similar but they are all different too. Check out the red Lego mug being used to connect the eyes to the body in the second Lion. Gung Hei Fat Choy.
You can find all four of these Lions over on Donna Liem’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/105128883@N07/16389140339/
Check out this relief sculpture of the Australian Coat of Arms made out of Lego. This model was posted by Ryan McNaught over on Flickr, it is noted that the Lego Coat of Arms was made by Mitchell. The detail work here is amazing. Check out the tiny inset mosaics in the shield. Each of the states in Australia are easily identifiable. There is New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The shield is surrounded by a Lego Kangaroo and a Lego Emu. With a nice leafy background. All completely made of Lego. This Lego Australian Coat of Arms was built in celebration of Australia Day 2015, which is celebrated on the 26th of January.
Check out Australia’s Lego Coat of Arms over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanmcnaught/15744743454/
Lego is going strong with their Collectible Minifigures theme. The recent Series 13 has proven to be extremely hard to find, with most retailers sold out long ago. 2015 is going to be another weird year for this theme. The next release will be the Simpsons Series 2 (a bunch of early production images were leaked). After that the official Series 14 will be released in the late summer or early fall. Breaking with the normal formula this series will be completely themed for Halloween. There will be 16 various monster and horror themed Minifigs in this release, some of them will even feature some extremely cool new molds.
So far 11 of them have been leaked, with the other 5 still hidden away somewhere. There is the (80s?) Frankenstein, Zombie Office Worker, Zombie Cheerleader, the Tigeress (a female tiger), a Mad Scientist, a Werewolf named Kel, a Zombie Pirate Captain, a Plant Man, a Witch and her Black Cat, a Vampire (actually a Vampiress), and a Skeleton Costume Man.
The Tigeress might be one of the most popular of Minifigures, coming with one of those new Minifig tails, and a neat 1960ish hair piece with ears.
The other stand out is the crazy Mad Scientist. This is the first Minifigure to come with an elongated head. This is a super cool piece but most likely it is attached to the glasses/hair. Making it a little less interesting.
The Werewolf is looking pretty familiar (Monster Fighters) and the Undead Pirate has some awesome printing. Check out the skull and crossbones, this one is looking extra dead.
The Plant Guy is maybe the least interesting figure, and the Witch represents a pretty popular Halloween style.
The Vampiress is looking deadly, and the plainish Skeleton Guy is pretty charming.
These leaked images of the Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 14 (71010) were posted over on Baidu, but have apparently been taken down. http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3544398851
Spend the year of the Sheep with everybody’s favorite Shaun the Sheep. Shaun stars in his own animated TV Show, which in turn is a spin off of Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave. This cute Lego vignette shows the titular sheep hanging out with a much more angry looking sheep. Maybe it needs to be shorn? Which, in Lego would mean removing a couple of plates? No matter, these two sheep are excellent builds.
“Shaun the Sheep in the year of Sheep” is the creation of ArzLan and can be found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/32161137@N08/16034677968/
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) December 31, 2014
A new Lego set is coming just in time for Valentines Day. This new set is a couple of Minifigures having a romantic dinner. But before dinner is served a surprise marriage proposal takes place. This is an interesting set as it can serve two purposes. First, it is a pretty sweet Valentines Day set. Second, it is a romantic engagement set. A sort of companion to the Lego Wedding Set (853340). This little vignette comes with some fun Lego pieces too, the heart gem, pink cupcake piece, and even two fezzes. To top it all off there are two extremely happy Lego Minifigs.
Check out Brickset for more details: http://brickset.com/sets/40120-1/%7BMarriage-proposal%7D