The Wizards by the Coast is a Lego MOC built by Josh. A few wizards are enjoying their time off from saving/destroying the world. The build has a bunch of interesting and odd details. The first is the giant terraced garden with water magically flowing down each level until it meets up with the sea. A fun part of the scene is how the water changes from transparent clear, to transparent blue when it hits the ground. There is a giant butterfly feeding on some flowers atop a spiraling spire. And a very tiny Wizards tower is topped by a glowing crystal. A magical spell must fit a glorious interior inside the small tower. A few details that are neat include the Lego Minifigure ice cream being used for waves, the bee hive above the rocky cliff, and the Wizard using magic to grill up some fresh fish.
The students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are split into four different houses. Which house would you be? There are the brave Gryffindors, the loyal Hufflepuffs, the intelligent Ravenclaws, and the ambitious Slytherins. Some houses might be more evil than others. This Lego MOC of the Hogwarts Crest is created by CheeseyStudios. Each quadrant of the crest represents each house. There are four animals which on their own are great Lego mini builds. The lion, snake, eagle, and the badger. The crest features the initial H, in this scale it is rare to see lettering with serifs. Usually there is only enough room for sans. It is easy to imagine what house you would fit in best (for some reason I think there would be a lot of Gryffindors), but a magical hat gets to choose for you.
Four powerful mages have been fighting it out, and it has come down to one final battle. Each mage is fighting to protect and expand their own season. This is a Battle of the Seasons, a Lego MOC created by Blue Builder. The whole scene took over four months to build, but took over two years to plan. With 73 Minifigures this battle will change the world. The idea for this build was inspired by the Heroes of Might and Magic video game series. Real time strategy games that are well known on the PC. The spring warriors feature humans, fauns, fairies, and even a dragon. The summer time is mostly humans with pegasus and other winged creatures. Fall warriors include snakes, wolves, minotaurs, and orcs. And, the deadly winter army is mostly undead, skeletons, vampires, and ghosts. The whole scene is centered around a magic scroll, setting the scene with some text: “In a battle of might and magic who will prevail…”
A neat feature in this Lego MOC is the lighting effects. Hidden behind the scroll, in the center, are multi-colored LEDs. They shine up through the transparent bricks, representing magic rivers. All combining in the center where the winners crown is perched.
Micah Schmidt is back with a new entry in their The Lord of the Rings Lego Series. They have set upon a long journey of recreating the famous trilogy with Lego MOCs, one chapter at a time. This build is titled “Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party” and features Gandalf rolling into the Shire with a bunch of fireworks. On a short hillside, Frodo is there to greet him. This is an interesting build, as Lego released an official set based on this exact moment all the way back in 2012. This version is an upgraded and much more detailed build. Some of the stand out details include the horse bridle (created with some Lego grippy ropes, and a rubber band), the wagon (using Lego whips as wooden detailing), the super smooth autumn tree, and Gandalf’s sword Glamdring. Hopefully Gandalf can make it to Bag End in time, there is about to be a birthday party that no one will ever forget.
This Lego MOC called “Symmetrio’s Workshop” is the creation of Markus Rollbühler. Built as part of the “Style It Up!” challenge put on by InnovaLUG, where the specific goal was to build with symmetry. Symmetrio’s Workshop is a mysterious place where you will be seeing double everything. Everything is so exact, it almost feels like a spot-the-differences or hidden-items challenge. Not one (to my eye) item is different between the two sides. All of this has been built using the SNOT style. Most notably with the walls and windows, there sure are a lot of tiles. Ultimately, there is an insane amount of fun little details hidden away in this scene. For instance, look at the treasure chests for the desk legs, the patterned floor boards, the buckets of crabs, and even matching mouse traps. The question now being, are there two mice, or just one really clever one?
Lego is back with an all new release of their Collectible Minifigures theme. There are a total of sixteen unique Minifigs in the Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 12.
With a recent departure to do some spinoff (The Lego Movie, and The Simpsons) it is good to see Lego pick up where they left off. These new figures will be available in October, although if you are lucky you may find them in stores now. This new series is by far the most detailed, with a whole lot of fancy new sculpts and printing. The only bad news is that Lego has carried over the higher price point that was first used in The Simpsons, $3.99. This feels like the maximum price Lego can sell these for.
One new thing about this release is that every figure comes with a code to activate itself on Lego Minifigures Online.
A super detailed review of each figure has been posted by WhiteFang over on Eurobricks. These reviews have earned their reputation for greatness. You cannot find a better review anywhere. In each box of Series 12 you will find 3 complete sets of Minifigures. Lego seems to be doing a better job of choosing which ones are the most wanted. With the most common being: Video Game Guy (5), Space Miner (5), and Swashbuckler (5). The uncommon Minifigs are: Wizard (4), Battle Goddess (4), Dino Tracker (4), Pizza Delivery Guy (4), Rock Star (4), and Piggy Guy (4). Finally, the rare figures are: Hun Warrior (3), Fairytale Princess (3), Lifeguard (3), Prospector (3), Jester (3), Genie Girl (3), and Spooky Girl (3). The biggest surprise here is that the Princess is a rare figure, with the recent popularity of the Disney Princess Lego theme it doesn’t make sense.
The best thing about these figures is that everyone has a different favorite. As for me, I will spend my time looking for a Gamer (and maybe a Wizard).
This is the first complete set photo for the upcoming Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 12. After taking a break from the standard format (The Lego Movie, The Simpsons) Lego is back with an incredibly strong line up. Lego has this down to a science at this point. A few historical figures, a few modern characters, a few sci-fi minifigs, and one person in an animal suit.
It looks like there is a Gamer, Prospector, Rocker, Swashbuckler, Jester, Princess with a Frog, Goth, Pizza Deliver Man, Hun Warrior, Genie, Lifeguard, Wizard (Merlin?), Hunter (Lara Croft?), Space Miner, Athena, and a man in a Pig Suit (maybe one of the Griswolds from a Pig in a Poke?)
There are rumblings that the recent price increase with the Simpsons set will be made permanent. Meaning that the Lego Minifigures Series 12 will probably retail around $3.99 each.