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?
If you are going to start making models you are going to need the proper tools. Nobu_tary has decided to make their own Model Making kit out of Lego. The most impressive achievement here is just how lifelike these are compared to their real life counterparts. The Lego plies are perfect. What also helps them is the plastic model kit make out of Lego. Looks like it could be some sort of spaceship.
The Lego paint brush is another tool in this collection. Here a Minifigure broom, and Darth Vader’s Lightsaber (from Darth Vader 75111). If you weren’t looking carefully you might not even know these were Lego pieces.
If those other Lego Pikachu MOCs were too small for you, then this is the one you have been looking for. Dirk Van Haesbroeck was commissioned by Game Mania, a Dutch video game store, to build two giant Pikachu models. The end product stood 1.5 meters tall, which is just about 5 feet tall. Each giant Pikachu model is built with just over 25,000 Lego pieces. In the end it looks like these models were auctioned off for charity, with one of them going for €3,500, or $3,700. That puts it at 15¢ per piece.
The model is mostly hollow inside, but there is some supporting structure hidden around. In the build video (below) you can see a system of Technic pieces were used to hold Pikachu’s massive tail.
Here is a life-sized Pikachu (Based on the Pokemon video game) made out of Lego. Slightly sharper and less fluffy then a real one. That just means you need to hug it more. Alanboar created this Lego Pikachu out of 3,000 pieces. It could have been more pieces, but this MOC is hollow inside. There are only five colors used; yellow, brown, black, red, and white. This limited palette keeps the cartoon quality that has made Pikachu so famous. In order to get the proportions and design correct this Lego Pikachu was first sketched out on paper. While it is holding a Pokeball; Ketchup may be a more fitting prop.
Not everyone has 3,000 or so yellow Lego bricks. In that case there is a mini version of Pikachu that used a fraction of the life-sized model. The mouth and nose area is simple, and a perfect detail.
You can build almost anything out of Lego. Including extremely detailed model replicas of bedrooms. It is easy to say that a huge chunk of the Adult Lego fans grew up in the 1980s. This was a decade that is responsible for some of the most famous Lego sets out there. Including Lego Pirates, the Lego Monorail, and a good chunk of Classic Space. All of these sets were assembled in bedrooms across the world. LegoJalex has created an amazingly detailed replica of a stereotypical 1980s bedroom. Everything in this kids room is Lego. There are Lego versions of an Etch A Sketch, View Master, an RC Car, robots, and even a model builders desk. Everything is impeccable. Check out the fringe of the carpet, made from white Lego grill pieces, the slightly messed up look helps sell this as a well loved kids room.
If you happen to live in Europe you may have seen this giant Lego Netto Scottie Dog helping out at your local Netto supermarket. This giant yellow Lego dog was created by Bright Bricks and is about 2m tall, 2m long and 80cm wide. Most interesting is seeing the behind the scenes photos. It looks like the Scottie Dog is hollow. Supported with a lattice work of Lego beams. It is also cool to see a digital model being used as a guide for the real model. The Bright Bricks studio looks like any Lego fans dream.
This Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery (also known as Paro Taktsang, and Taktsang Palphug Monastery) is the creation of Anu Pehrson. This is an extremely accurate Lego MOC, almost every major detail from the real life inspiration is represented here. The four main temples have been expertly recreated. With the red, brown, gold, and white color palette accurately represented too. Even the windows match up with the source. The original model took over 8 months to create using 200,000 Lego pieces. This Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a great example of a project that is never complete. The current model is up to version 1.2, with landscaping and prayer flags added in the previous updates.
The original temple was built in 1692 at the location of the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. A holy site where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, and 3 hours. The temple is credited as being built by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. Today the temple is an icon in Bhutan, hosting the Tsechu festival in the Spring. Comparing the real temple to this Lego creation shows just how much detail and work went into this. Even the Lego landscaping is mostly accurate to the real life source.
With a Lego model like this it is usually hard to appreciate the scale of the work. This is a huge display. Easily 6+ feet wide and 3+ feet tall. In fact the designer, Anu Pehrson, has posed next to her work in order for people to understand the scope of this Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Lego has done a great job with its architecture theme. One of the best models is the Lego United Nations Headquarters (21018). Some of these models are small, and have been shrunk down. The UN Headquarters is one of the most successful examples of this. Even though it is small, a good amount of detail is still present. If you have ever wondered what a Lego architecture set would look like if money and piece count didn’t matter, then this United Nations Headquarters by Spencer_R is perfect. This is a spot-on recreation of the UN Headquaters and has recently been updated with the newer trans blue pieces. The flags and adjoining park have been recreated perfectly and give this Lego MOC a sense of scale.
The newest set in the Lego Architecture theme, the United Nations Headquarters (21018) is now available
(Amazon). With 597 pieces and a $49.99 price tag this is one of the more reasonably priced Architecture sets. Over at Toys N Bricks, Brickbuilder0937 has recently posted a full pictorial review of the set. The Lego United Nations Headquarters seems to be one of the best Architectures sets with an extremely accurate (for Lego) and professional design.
The set depicts not only the U.N. tower, but the other four surrounding buildings too. By the time you complete the base, the layout of the complex is very apparent.
If you have been looking around for “1 x 2 trans light blue” bricks then this is the set to get, with 155 included. They are put to good use, creating some beautiful windows. This set also features some of the “smoothest” brick built slopes. Achieved by combining “headlight bricks” and the “1 x 1 with stud-on-one-side” bricks. These half step slopes can be seen on the smaller surrounding buildings.
The little Lego lever is a perfect representation of a flag pole, one of the best details in this set. Making the building instantly recognizable as the U.N. Headquarters. Just don’t accidentally brush up on those levers.
The whole build is quite a bit larger in person then it looks on the box. Which, is the opposite effect from most of these Architecture sets.
“In the past I was skeptical of buying the Architecture series sets because they seemed small for their price, but after seeing how accurate and profesional this model was, I was impressed.” — Brickbuilder0937
The LEGO Architecture Studio (21050) is a very mysterious set. Currently only available in the United States, this set can be hard to find. Because of this, the set is wrapped up in mystery. Jim Butcher got his hands on this massive set and broke it open to document and review what he found. The Architecture Studio contains 1,210 pieces and comes in a very unconventional box. Most official Lego sets are released in a flat(ish) rectangle shaped box, not so for the Architecture Studio. This is a huge package. Taking up the space of 3 or 4 normal Lego sets. Inside is a very unique set, that Lego has never produced before.
Besides the 1,210 Lego pieces the set comes with two clear sorting trays. Fun fact: these sorting trays are official Lego pieces. They work well, and help to manage the massive amount of like sized/shaped pieces. Speaking of which, almost every piece is white. With the exception of a handful of transparent pieces. The whole point of the Lego Architecture Studio is to use the included pieces to begin building technically minded architecture models. The monochrome color scheme helps break the Lego models down to their core concept, while reinforcing the minimalistic goal of the set.
The large Lego piece count and sorting trays are not the main focus of this set. The instruction manual or book is the star. A huge 272 page perfect bound book. Featuring tips, building techniques, styles, history, and general information about Architecture and Lego. The book does not contain standard instructions. No step by step builds of famous architectural models. Instead the book features very general instructions, often showing the building of a model across only 3-4 steps. The Lego Architecture Studio (21050) is an educational and inspirational set, sharing more in common with Lego Mindstorms then Lego Star Wars.