In the Guilds of Historica the northern guild of Mitgardia rules over cold and harsh lands. Mitgardia has a series of fortifications to provide safety to travelers. This Lego MOC called the “Kiruna Watchtower” is created by Andreas Lenander. Set in the Historica project, which is a collection of fantasy themed Lego creations working towards creating a fictional world full of lore and adventure. This Lego Watchtower has been built as an entry into the Summer Joust. There are a lot of interesting techniques and details on show. The frozen river and snow break out from the base, a great way to communicate how wild and uncontrollable the environment is. The wooden pier is a great mini build as are the various pine trees. The tower itself is a good example of using texture to increase the detail of Lego. The brick patterned 1×2 pieces can look fake when too many are lined up, which has been avoided by adding in some green details.
“Dreri, Light of the Forest” is a Lego MOC created by Cody Avery. Originally built for the Bio-Cup 2020, which the theme was Eastern Europe. The word Dreri means Deer in Albanian. Based on folklore where the cult of the sun is connected with deer, which is one of the sacred animals. This brick built animal is made up of a combination of Bionicle and Lego System parts. The deer has a lot of interesting things going on with it. The hooves are created with two claws which have been angled toward each other to get the final shape. You can also find a pair of wings being used as butt cheeks. And, the massive antlers use a bunch of white bananas and hot air balloon pieces. A hidden support structure is used to balance the figure, which allows more delicate building techniques in the feet and legs. In the background, a old knobby tree is holding on to life. Built with a bunch of Chewbacca figure parts. Cody Avery assures us that no Wookiees were hurt in the process.
When it gets hot outside there is something about spending all day fishing that just seems relaxing. All your worries from work are left behind as you fall asleep on the warm pier. Catching a fish would be nice, but it doesn’t really matter. You already have everything you need for a sleepy weekend. This scene is perfectly captured with this Lego MOC called “Fishing Cabin,” which is created by Nathan Hake. The simple cabin is actually hiding a lot of little details. Everything that you need to live is nearby. Lego Pumpkins and Vegetables in the nearby garden, a friendly dog to keep you company, a woodpile to supply your fireplace, fresh water, a canoe, and even a scarecrow to talk to when you get lonely. In this build the water looks especially nice. A layer of transparent blue 1×2 tiles on top of other colors creates a body of water with depth. There are even a few 1×2 transparent bricks mixed in giving the impression of moving water. The Lego tree looks appropriately old and gnarled. And the little cabin features a very nice color palette and interesting wooden roof. You can even find a little Lego radio out on the pier.
“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. …”
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.
This Lego Elf Retreat is the creation of Inthert. It was built as an entry into the MOC Wars 2020, in the Armless category. Which meant the scene had to feature weapons that were not being used as weapons. With that in mind you might notice that almost everything in this Elf Retreat is built out of weapons. Check out the guns used for the tree trunk, the axes and rifles used as lumber, and even the quiver full of arrows being used as a stair step. The most inventive use though is in that chair at the lookout spot. The crossbows used for chair legs is inspired. The end result is one of the best looking minifigure scale chairs around. Ultimately, there are seven different types of weapons hidden around. It’s hard to tell if all of these walkways are built to stay out of the purple water because it somehow looks relaxing and poisonous. The lego doors being used for these walkways is also a great detail. Giving a recycling vibe to these elves. It seems very fitting.
This is a Lego version of the Eurasian Pygmy Owl. These cute little owls are particular, they like to hang out in forests, prefer cold weather, and likes the mountains. This Lego Owl probably prefers to hang out on your shelf, or bookcase. This Eurasian Pygmy Owl is the creation of Cyclopic Bricks as an entry into the MOC Wars; category 15: Little Big Animal. The rules for the challenge was to “Build a non-fictional small animal at a large scale. Does not have to be 1:1.” One of the best details is that the head is able to turn, just like a real owl. The little bird is perched on a mossy tree branch, lending the finished creation a more dynamic pose. Check out the skeleton feet around the beak, they are a great detail.
Almost everybody’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy is Groot. This character has an interesting past, he started out as a villain all the way back in 1960. He didn’t reform his ways until he met Peter Quill (Starlord). It turns out that Groot is a Monarch (Floral Colossus) from Planet X. With the recent rise in popularity comes a whole lot of Lego MOCs. Not surprisingly most of them are trying to recreate the dancing “baby” Groot scene at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. Here are just a few of the many Lego Groots out there:
Lego has been releasing a wide variety of brown and green Lego pieces in the last few years. These colors were amazingly limited compared to the more basic colors (red, blue, gray… ), so it is great that these colors are being expanded. This lovely Lego Dryad, created by Anton Sundström, is an example of a build that couldn’t have been done in the past. The new flower pieces, and carrot tops are put to good use in the Dryad’s hair. But, what really sells this is the face. It is very simple but full of personality.