Connect Four is one of those games that seemingly everyone has played. Plus it has one of the most memorable theme songs / jingles. It is remixed vertical version of tic-tac-toe. Tiago Catarino has created a Lego version of Connect Four, and best of all has uploaded video instructions so you can make it at home. The build itself is relatively simple but surprisingly complex too. The most difficult thing is getting the bottom tray just right. It is a horizontal build that has the vertical board held on with two technic pins, and a some exposed studs. The vertical part of the game is actually a bit more labor intensive than at first sight. Each lane has been designed so that the game pieces stay in their lane. Make sure to check out the video below to see how it all works!
The solar system is a magnificent display of physics and gravity. Huge planets spinning around the sun, each in their own orbit. Somehow not hitting each other in the process. Models that show how the solar system moves over time (an Orrery) can be extremely complicated. This Lego MOC of the Solar System is created by Thomas Rodger. There is a lot of math involved in trying to get the speeds of the planets as accurate as possible. And, that is with out Pluto! The designer has figured that this Lego Orrery is about 96.5% accurate. It uses one power functions motor to drive everything, which adds up to be about 4,000 Lego pieces. There are instructions on how to build this yourself that have been made available, but if you need to buy everything it will cost around $350-$600. Even though a lot of the pieces are common and cheap, there are some extremely rare ones found in the gear rack system. A very interesting note, is that brand new gears are needed. As any wear and tear will effect how this model works. Make sure to check out the video to see it in action!
Every film version of Batman’s greatest enemy, the Joker, has been memorable. But none are as memorable as Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight film. With smeared on lipstick, uneven white makeup, and oily green hair. This Lego MOC tries to recreate that look. “Why So Serious?” is a Lego bust of the Joker created by timofey_tkachev. This build uses a lot of olive green Lego leaves to recreate the hair, and it works well. A few dark green leaves help to give the hair texture and definition. The smile is built out of a variety of Lego horns, and a red crowbar, it is a fine detail that gives the model personality. The purple suit is recreated just enough to give an impression of more, while still putting focus on the face. A SNOT style Joker playing card is also included.
This Lego Joker model has a full set of instructions available. The finished bust uses 1,093 pieces, and takes 413 pages to build. The playing card is a separate build, that also has a set of instructions. With 102 pieces and 23 pages. Check below for more information.
The Octan Office is a Lego MOC created by Łukasz Libuszewski. This Modular style building uses 2,542 pieces. The office is actually an alternate build of the Corner Garage (10264) Modular Building. It uses about 90% of the pieces from the original, and 240 or so pieces have been added. The ground floor features the Octan office and an automotive parts store. A small pet clinic takes up the second floor, and a small apartment gets the third floor all to itself. This Lego build features a lovely roof line, with some very steep slopes and sweeping curves. Besides the three modular floors, the back features two huge window sections that can be removed for easier access. If you find your Modular City has too many corner buildings, it may be time to try an alternate Corner Garage.
The designer of the Octan Office has drafted up a set of instructions, which goes over the 2,303 pieces conversion of the Corner Garage, and the 240 that you will need to add. That manual can be found for sale over here, and you can find more details, and more photos of the finished build: https://brickative.shoplo.com/category/modulars/octan-office
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/
Spending all day writing code can be a lonely experience, so why not build your own little office worker. You can watch him work all day, instead of doing your work. This is the “Office Worker Lego Automaton” created by JK Brickworks. This little build features one office worker, one office chair, a PC style computer tower, a monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, desk, mug, headphones, and a potted plant. All the stuff you need to compile code, pivot excel spread sheets, or play Doom. This Lego build is also an automaton. You can turn the crank and watch the little worker type. The design can even be motorized so he can work on his own. A neat feature is that the vignette can be modified to reflect your own settings. You can easily add duel monitors, change to a standing desk, change the speakers, change the potted plant, and modify the appearance of the worker. So compile code, commit to GitHub, and start debugging now with this Lego automaton.
Emmet Brown would approve of combining Lego and Tensegrity Sculptures. The concept of a system of tension that can support itself, while not actually interacting with itself is a neat idea. They often create optical illusions where heavy things can appear to be floating. This Lego Delorean is perfectly balanced and is ultimately being help up by just three strings. There have been some basic versions of this trick, but lately they have been more and more complicated/themed. This Lego Back To The Future Tensegrity build is the creation of hachiroku24. The theming is great. The base depicts part of a road, and the unpaved shoulder on the side. With Marty on a brick built hoverboard. He is connected to one of the stings, which is a clever way to make him look like he is really hovering. In the end this is a perfect way to display a Lego Back to the Future 2 themed Delorean.
A neat bonus is that hachiroku24 has provided video instructions on how to build this yourself. Showing how the support structure is built, and even showing how to balance everything at the end. Check out the video below, or over here: https://youtu.be/9HjtvKjwe0k
This is the Modular Bait Shop And Grocery Lego MOC created by Versteinert. This whole building is an alternate build for the Old Fishing Store (21310). It uses 1,995 pieces of the original 2033. These type of builds are always really interesting. Being constrained by the parts of another set forces you to get creative. The end building looks like it could be an official Lego set. The Bait Shop and Grocery store are fully detailed inside. The Grocery specializes in seafood, and the Bait Shop is fully stocked for any outdoor outing. The second floor is an apartment with bed, sofa, and even a telescope. Perfect for looking into rear windows. The stairs up from the apartment lead to a neglected attic hiding some forgotten TNT. This is a great modular building, the green planks work well, and the food sign is full of a lot of character.
It you happen to have the Old Fishing Store, and want to transform it into the Bait Shop and Grocery Modular Building the designer has created a set of instructions. They look just like the official manuals, and even cover such topics as what to do with stickers.
There are so many different types of Terminator robots. You have the tank version, a bunch of different android versions, some are made out of liquid metal or nanomachines, and some are a mix of all the different versions. Now we have a Lego Terminator. This deadly T-800 Terminator was built by Aaron. The finished model is over 500 pieces. Which is enough to give it an amazing range of movement. The articulation in the arms and legs (neck and hands too) gives it a lot of different ways to pose for display. The Lego MOC robot has some fun details. The piston/shocks in the chest area, all the tubes and hoses look great, the red center of each eye, and the pipe based chrome dome looks good. Another great detail is the light tan 1×1 round plate, and the 1×1 round plate with no stud, the two combined create rather believable teeth. I wonder if this Lego Terminator takes a shotgun blast to the chest, if it could rebuild itself? One brick at a time.
Panda Bears eat bamboo almost exclusively. Although delicious, bamboo is not so healthy for these cute bears. Their bodies are not fully adapted to their vegetarian diet. It causes gas, and is very low in energy. They mostly sleep all day, and try to avoid walking too much. Maybe they need to switch it up. A little variety might help. This Lego “Panda Bear Buddy” has just that dilemma. Maybe it should try a carrot, maybe not? This Lego MOC is the creation of JK Brickworks, who “…decided to build a panda bear, because who doesn’t want a panda bear for company? They are super cute and seem so cuddly. I call her my Isolation Buddy (or Iso-Buddy for short).” They also put together very official instructions to build your own. So make sure to check those out.