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
“Giant-Kin: Mammurok, the Last Mammoth Giant” a Lego MOC created by War Scape. Are those Lego trees small, or are the Mammoths really big. Either way those microscale trees look great. The wedges being used as leaves works surprisingly well for evergreen style trees. And the stack of plant stems works great as a more spindly tree. The main star of this build is Mammurok, a huge humanoid mammoth. The combination of a big figure body and the mammoth head (from the recent Arctic theme) looks almost like they were always meant to be together. Helped by a bunch of Lego Minifigure hair pieces that hide the seam. Wielding an old stone pillar as a huge club. Mammurok puts in a hard days work herding the more normal mammoths around the world of Warscape.
This build comes with a lot of back story: “The story of the Mammoth Giants is a story of misery and sadness. Once a great race of majestic guardians, the Mammoth Giants of old have been whittled down to just a fraction of their once great might. …”
In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Empire has occupied the holy city of Jedha. Sending a Star Destroyer and a whole legion of Stormtroopers and TIE Fighters. Things did not turn out very well for the city. This Lego MOC depicts just that moment. Titled “The Empire Over Jedha City” and built by onecase. The scene contains over over 5,000 Lego pieces. The land has been expertly built up with a huge stack of plates. The color variety and differing shapes is a great way way to recreate the mesa. The whole scene is topped off with a giant floating Lego Star Destroyer. A few well placed transparent bricks do their best at hiding the structure involved to achieve this effect.
Even though the finished build is massive, everything is set in a microscale. With most of the tiny building being done inside the city walls. Check out that skyline. It has mini TIE fighters flying around the jumble of rooftops. The tallest building is actually the Temple of the Kyber, which was one of the most important buildings for the Jedi order. Full of history and a major source of Kyber crystals. Jedha City is what really makes this Lego MOC work.
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.
This “Teeny Tiny Treehouse” is the creation of Andreas Lenander. This microscale build has a very unique way to create a tree. A bunch of Lego whips/lasso’s have been twisted up and stacked together to create the tree trunk, and tree limbs. A very interesting technique that makes a tree that fits into a tropical jungle, rather then an evergreen mountain tree. There just isn’t a lot of good Lego trees designed for jungle and swamp style trees. A lot of Lego leafs, and plant tops are used with the standard Lego tree branches to make a dense canopy. The treehouse itself is a bunch of the new rounded 1×2 technic plates. The house is a bit big for the tree, but kids wont mind.
There is something about a train that can capture the heart and imagination. Offering a scenic ride through mountains, forests, farms, and cities. Trains are often a more relaxing way to travel. Even commuter trains tend to put their riders to sleep with their rhythmic movement along the tracks. As a way to combat anxiety, Elemental_Lego built this Lego MOC, called “Train Ride.” An imagining of a steam train rolling through a forest in the midst of fall, crossing across a calm lake. This is an excellent Lego build. The microscale train ride uses some surprising Lego pieces. The most interesting is the Unikitty Lego scarf, repurposed as steam exhaust. Then there is the forest being a variety of hairbrushes, blades, unicorn horns, and other miscellaneous horns. The whole scene is tied together with a well built black base. Now where can a Minifigure or Microfigure buy a ticket?