In the Lord of the Rings, the hilltop town of Edoras is the setting of some of the most important scenes. It is most well known as the location of Meduseld, the golden hall, where King King Théoden holds court. The film trilogy found the perfect location to create their version of Edoras. The set was constructed in New Zealand on top of a place called Mount Sunday. After visiting this location in person Balbo2 was inspired to create a Lego MOC of Edoras. The final build is an entry into the Colossal Castle Contest, a challenge to create a micro scale castle. The grasslands of Rohan have been recreated as an elaborate base for the town. The layered tan plates mixed with the rock work looks great. A few fun details include the use of Minifigure hands as flags, a Minifigure crossbow used for wooden detail work in some of the buildings, and a micro scale horse and wagon by the gates.
Some Minifigures prefer to live under expansive domes topped with red roofs, while others like to live in rectangular buildings with classically sloped blue roofs. And, even though they have a river flowing between them, they still have a bridge connecting them. This Lego build of a micro Castle City is created by Isaac. The little Lego city is a Summer Joust 2020 Vignette Prize. An incredible amount of details has been fit into this city. By using a variety of pieces with different textures, it gives the illusion of more detail. Check out the 2×2 round flat plates sandwiched together which creates windows. The use of the 1×2 bricks with technic beam holes is another great way to create windows. Another good small detail is the Nexo Knights shields used so show the water flowing.
The giant rogue wave is a rare event that can happen almost anywhere. There have been many documented waves reported from lighthouse keepers and ships. The real life version can reach up to 100 feet or 30 meters. Over time these rogue waves have been elaborated on, and have reached mythical proportions. This Lego MOC called “New Wave” depicts one of those mythical waves. The scene is built by Ralf Langer. The wave effect was achieved by using a lot of Lego hinges, and a lot of transparent blue pieces. The end result is awe inspiring. You can spot two tiny ships probably in the process of battening down the hatches. A brick built peninsula is getting ready to hold its own agains the forces of nature. The tiny village is well built, and the local lighthouse is a great mini build all on its own. There are a lot of interesting building techniques here. Check out the mini tree; built with a Lego carrot top, and two Minifigure hands.
These glass dome Lego castles are created by Petronel22. The presentation of these Lego MOCs is above and beyond most creations. Each castle fits inside of an Ikea Härliga Glass Dome, this make them feel like a unique (and fragile) miniature world. Plus they get the added bonus of not having a dust problem. Another way to present these is that each castle has also been digitally composited against a background. These images almost feel like travel posters. The red roofed castle is called Tar’Cen Burg. It occupies all the available room on top of a rocky island. There is even a little Lego stream descending into the ocean. The yellow topped castle is called YuDita has been built on top of a grassy hill. Both of these are great micro scale castles. Each of them feature a lot of well built towers, keeps, bridges, and other small buildings.
This nano scale Lego AT-ST is created by NS Brick Designs. A neat thing about this little mech is that it is made out of very common parts, usually the kind you get two or three extras of in a set. You can find lightsaber hilts, the small Lego guns, and even a Minifigures hand in this build. The chicken walker style design of the AT-ST is surprisingly sturdy at this scale, and is not as fragile as it looks. The scene is finished off with a SNOT style rock base, and a little Lego antenna (which represents a Stormtrooper).
NS Brick Designs made a quick set of instructions to show how to build your own nano AT-ST. The whole thing uses just 18 common Lego pieces. The most confusing part is in step two. There are three 1×1 clips and a 1×1 brick. The two on the bottom are facing away from each other and connected by the clip on the top. This is a fun little build
These microscale Lego Star Wars models are the work of Rod Gillies. You cannot get much smaller than this. Each tiny model features a vehicle or two in its iconic setting. Most of these vignettes have been built off of a 4×6 grid, with a few exceptions going up to 6×6 studs. Microscale is an interesting challenge, you need to include just enough detail to get an impression while building as small as possible. These three sets are each based off of the original trilogy. The sets from A New Hope feature the Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, and a X-Wing and Tie Fighter. The little radar dish on the Falcon and the tiny s-foils on the X-Wing are especially well done. The sets from The Empire Strikes Back feature an AT-AT Walker, Luke’s X-Wing and Yoda’s Hut, and the Cloud City of Bespin. The X-Wing being sunken into the swamp is a great effect, as are the sunset stained clouds on Bespin. Finally, the three sets from Return of the Jedi feature Jabba’s Sail Barge, the Imperial Shuttle, and another Millennium Falcon. The tiny Sarlacc pit, and the pipes from the Death Star are a couple of the stand out details.
Purple is an extremely unfamiliar color for most Lego builders. In the past Lego has associated purple with Lego Friends or other girl-targeted themes. But, purple is on the rise. A lot of the Super Heroes sets feature a good amount of purple, and the color is popping up in small amounts everywhere. The popularity of Lego Friends also means that it easy to acquire a lot of purple bricks quickly. Tim Goddard decided to create a whole Lego Space fleet in micro scale using purple. This collection of spaceships is known as the Aquilax Fleet. Featuring a Destroyer, Frigate, Flagship and a few smaller starfighters. The gold accents and white base color contrast with the purple perfectly. Creating very clean, but almost alien looking starships. By restricting the part selection, and focusing on a micro-build, the designer has forced themselves to get creating with the Lego pieces.
Tim Goddard has also put out a call for other Lego builders to contribute to a Micro-/Nano-Space Fly-In. Where you can “contribute to the rag-tag fleet of space-based Refugees, Imperiums, Federations, Independents, Raiders, Pirates, Aliens, Ancients & More.” Check out http://www.mocslug.com/fly-in2014/ for more details. Contributors will be able to display their collection at the AFOLCON/BRICK 2014.
If there is one The Lord of the Rings set that everyone is waiting for an official release it is Minas Tirith. The problem is that almost any set that Lego designs will disappoint LOTR fans in some way. It will be either, too small and toy like, or small and expensive. A minifigure scale version of Minas Tirith is just not feasible. With this in mind, Flickr user, lisqr proposes a Lego Minas Tirith in micro scale. Even in the tiny scale this is a huge MOC at 65 studs across and 35 bricks tall. The gleaming white walls look ready to withstand any invasion. All the major details of Minas Tirith are here, the 7 ringed levels, the Citadel, the Tower of Ecthelion, and the White Tree.
A Lego CUUSOO page has been created for this project. As lisqr says: “Minas Tirith, the greatest fortress in Middle Earth, deserves to be immortalized in Lego bricks. The Lord of the Rings theme feels incomplete without it.” Check it out here: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/58380
One of the most ambitious Lego models this year, Contact 1 is almost dream like. This micro scale scene is full of so many details that it is overwhelming to view. Calling this model micro scale is a little misleading, it is 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. This thing is tall enough to ride a roller coaster.
The official concept behind Contact 1 reads like no other MOC ever built.
“This is a story where human consciousness rediscovers the art of intuition and the subtle – but powerful – forces of the universe. Here, groups of modern humans use ancient rituals which – in combination with expanded consciousness – initiates communication with the great space faring cultures of the universe. Vectoring extraterrestrial beings to their position on earth, these humans invite the visitors to help heal the planet through the ETs’ transformative powers and bring the greater Earth community closer to the spiritual nature of the universe.”
Contact 1, by Mike Doyle, has been so successful that a Kickstarter campaign has been formed and completely funded. With rewards offering prints, posters and even Lego models, this whole project is one of the most unique Kickstarter campaigns yet.
If I lived in Contact 1, my house would be the little red roofed one thats located at about 2 feet from the bottom.