Just in time for the season premiere of Game of Thrones, Guy Himber, has created King Joffrey, Long May He Reign. This television shows most infamous villain is looking appropriately evil. Some of these Lego pieces have been put to novel use. Check out the Minifigure arms, used for fingers. And, it even looks like the One Ring is adorning the top of the crown. Even in Lego you still want to slap Joffrey across his smug face.
The Lego Architecture line has proven to be extremely popular. Which has lead to a whole lot of people creating their own Architecture inspired creations. This is the Monasterio de El Escorial built by Gabriel Riutort. The Monasterio de El Escorial is a residence of the King of Spain, located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Construction of the building started in 1563 and completed in 1584. The Lego version would be built from 1000+ bricks, and contain the whole landmark. The red roof of the monastery is extremely iconic, as is the symmetrical system of rooms surrounding the main building. Even the Gardens of the Friars is instantly recognizable. The best part is the inclusion of a mock box, set in the typical design of the Lego Architecture theme.
Lego is on a roll with their Collectable Minifigures. The newest Lego Collectable Minifigures Series 13 (71008) has a release date of January 2015. Which means you can probably expect a few retailers to sell them at the end of December. So, make sure to save up your Christmas money because there are a lot of great figures. Series 13 continues the trend of extremely detailed Minifigs, while increasing the quality. These figures are still made in China but a lot of the production problems of the past have been worked out (slightly off colors, tight or loose connections, etc.). Interestingly, there is also some sort of code/contest thing going on with each figure. The only bad news is that these are at the, now permanent, price point of $3.99. Although some retailers (notably Target) may be selling them at $2.99.
Lego has made a few breakthroughs in Lego Minifigures during the Collectable Minifig theme. This time around there seems to be a breakthrough in cloth capes. Featuring multi-piece capes with color printing! Whoa!
As has been the case for the past few years Lego reviewer WhiteFang has received a full set of Collectible Minifigures early. This allows WhiteFang to be the definitive source for Minifigure reviews. Check out the full Series 13 review over on Eurobricks, it features part analysis, detailed photos, and commentary about the latest release. A full box of Minifigs will include rare, uncommon, and common figures. The common Minifigures include the Goblin, Carpenter, and Galaxy Trooper at 5 each per box. The uncommon ones include the Classic King, Sheriff, Snake Charmer, Alien Trooper, Egyptian Warrior, Evil Wizard at 4 per box. The hardest to find, rare, Minifigs will be the Unicorn Girl, Paleontologist, Fencer, Samurai, Disco Diva, Hot Dog Man, and Lady Cyclops at 3 per box.
Hothbricks has revealed some new details on the upcoming Lego Minifigures Series 13 (71008). They revealed the first images of the packaging and boxes for Series 13. The artwork confirms 9 of the 16 new Minifigures. There will be an Alien Trooper, King, Snake Charmer, Female Cyclops, Paleontologist, Sheriff, Disco Diva, Unicorn Girl, and Egyptian Warrior. Other rumored Minifigs include a Galaxy Trooper, Evil Wizard, Goblin, Carpenter, Hot Dog Guy, Samurai, and Fencer. Stay tuned, as these leaks are usually followed by official announcements and artwork.
“They arrived at the docks and Durstan saw it: his own ship, repainted in the King’s colours but as proud as when he’d last seen it quarter of a century ago.
The Sea Hawk.
The King himself was there to see them off. Durstan swore his loyalty and promised to do what he could to restore order. And then they took to sea, and finally he was homeward-bound again.”
The Sea Hawk is one of the most grand Lego galleons ever built. It is a large Minifigure scale MOC ship. The overall shape, size, and volume of this ship is spot on. It also features custom sails, and detailed rigging. The end result is amazing. It also shows how some solid Photoshop skills can make an MOC even more believable.
The Sea Hawk is the first MOC created by Janjy Giggins. Which is going to be hard to top with future builds.
Lego is very good at designing a very particular Castle. The recent Lego Kings Castle (70404) is a good example. They usually contain a massive gate house, two wall towers (bastions) and usually one big tower. The design is always extremely modular, with movable walls, and reconfigurable layouts. The only problem is that Lego has made this castle manymany times. Once you own one or two they start to blend together and get boring.
Durazno33 has proposed a CUUSOO project called “The King’s Castle Keep.” Which sets out to fix the lack of variety in Lego castles. A three level keep meant to compliment your Castle collection. Featuring a throne room, treasury, kitchen and dungeon. The design would be able to open up from the sides, but still look great from all angles. It even includes an obligatory catapult.
“Welcoming The King” is an almost perfect Lego scene. The biggest disappointment is that the display is not larger. A great way to show off your Lego MOC is by taking great photos of them. The overhead view with a plain or cutout background is standard, but when the camera is zoomed into the scene it can help liven it up. This is a great example. The crowd shot above, makes this parade look extremely lively, full on energy and sound. You can almost hear the crowd. Zooming in even further can highlight some of the tiny detail that would otherwise go unnoticed. For instance the banner (flag) saleswoman at the very edge of the scene is easy to miss. Yet here, the details have been brought out, creating what looks like a special Lego moment.
A Lego Castle MOC usually focuses on the main keep, but it is nice to see the rest of the castle and village. For instance this gatehouse leading into the city has been extremely well made. The classic Lego red roofs have never looked better. Check out the tiny windows that hint at a forced perspective.
Lego has recently restarted its Castle theme. This may be the first time that two fantasy based Lego themes have overlapped. Lego Castle and Lego the Lord of the Rings / the Hobbit are both themes that share common designs. It has never been a better time for fantasy Lego fans. The new Lego Castle theme is actually very similar to the previous Kingdoms theme. Almost matching up set for set, with very few new ideas. For collectors of Lego Castle the minifigures are going to be the main draw here.
oo7 has recently posted up a full pictorial review over at Eurobricks of the new Lego Castle: King’s Castle (70404). This is the big flagship set for the theme and seems to have hit all the checkboxes for a Lego Castle. The standard Gatehouse, Kings keep, curtain wall, and two towers all combine to create a great modular castle. Perfect as the Crownies seem to be defending against the included siege engine and Red Dragon minifigs.
This castle comes with the Lego King, Knight, and two Archers. While on the “bad guy” side you will get a Red Dragon Knight and two Raiders. The Lego King usually comes with a chromed sword, but here comes with a pearlized sword. It comes off looking not as regal, but is also not that much of a loss. The best minifigs here are the Crown Knight, and Red Dragon Knight.
As usual the Castle set is modular and can integrate with other Lego Castle sets. For instance adding the Lego Castle: the Gatehouse Raid (70402) to the castle will match the design and scale perfectly. There are a lot of different options that you can choose for the castle layout.