Hidden amongst the trees of the Golden Forest stands a friendly house. No better place to rest and spend some time. This Lego MOC is created by Carter Witz. The focus of this scene is actually the color palette. A lot of thought went into using bright colors. The new yellow leaves are the main focus, but some new azure bricks are used in the river, and the new brighter greens can be found all over the place. This creation has a brick built base which has been selectively broken through in a few different places. The effect creates a contained scene that feels like it is a lot bigger. A few of the special details include the ivy plants growing up the chimney, the green Minifigure hand extending the vine running up the house, the classic bay window on the front, and the slightly disheveled shingled roof.
When you need a good hammer, a new breastplate, some horseshoes, or even a trusty shield just make your way over to your local blacksmith. Josh Nilson created this Lego Blacksmith to encourage your Minifigures to shop local. The whole scene has been built on a standard baseplate. The most striking feature of this build is the shingled roof. Created by layering a bunch of 1×4 flat plates then in a semi random pattern lifting up some of them on one side. It puts stress on the pieces but in this situation looks great. The brick built birch tree looks great, and looks a lot healthier than the official Lego version in the new Bookshop. A few neat details include the classic dragon shield on display, the LED lighting, the ice cream based smoke from the chimney, and a terrible hair cut.
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.