Archive for January, 2013

Micro Planet Express

January 29, 2013

Planet Express

Good news Everyone! Okay Yaramanoglu has created a Micro Planet Express!

Yet another reason why I love Micro is seeing iconic TV shows like Futurama made really tiny. πŸ˜€

Planet Express

Now if he just did the rest of New New York…Oh, wait, Matt De Lanoy already did that. πŸ˜‰

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Giant Sushi!!!!

January 28, 2013

Lego Sushi: Giant Centipede Roll

Need I say much more than that? Even the black “nori” (seaweed) are black baseplates. This is pretty epic in shear size and scale.

I guess Sean and Steph Mayo were pretty hungry after creating their Coral Reef. Which is equally epic!

Coral Reef

Look at it in large size to get the full effect and all the complex building. I think one of my favorite part is the use of the clickits bracelets.

The small side of life β€” in Space Part 2

January 26, 2013

Two more awesome creations that would be perfect for the Micro Sci-Fi Contest

Kristi “McWii” has created this iconic scene from The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Jason Allemann has gone old school with this tribute to the Amazing Stories magazines
The City of Tomorrow

Both have levels of awesomeness. I really like the mini tanks. And the whole retro futuristic (is that an oxymoron? πŸ˜€ ) look of Jason’s is very cool!

The Ultimate Showdown

January 26, 2013

The Ultimate Showdown

Okay Yaramanoglu has created the ultimate show down between Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. I’m not exactly sure who is on who’s side, or even who is winning, but I don’t think it really matters.

Ever since Disney annouced that they were buying LucasFilms the inevitable desire for all the characters to prove who’s the favorite would occur. πŸ˜€

Luke vs. Darth Mickey

Put even more confusion J.J. Abrams is set to direct the newest Star Wars moive.
JJ Abrams To Direct Star Wars VIIPicture Via FBTB

Now if we could only get LEGO to make Star Trek…

One can dream right? πŸ™‚

Monstrous Red Plated Beetle

January 24, 2013

Monstrous Red Plated Beetle

I wouldn’t want to find this out side my room, at least not if it was real. But hey, this cool LEGO beetle by Bart De Dobbelaer is awesome!

This is just the latest in the Iron Builder contest.

Here’s a couple more he created
Total Wipeout

the Gateway

Keep it up Bart!

The small side of life — in Space!

January 21, 2013

I love Micro Scale. Its one of those building scales that just doesn’t get as much attention as it should. People always seem more impressed by the large massive models like the LEGO Elvis that I blogged about earlier.

Now don’t get me wrong, the large models are impressive. But what is just as impressive is when you can manage to create something tiny that actually looks good.

Now with the Micro Sci-Fi Contest on Eurobricks there are some pretty stunning things popping up on Flickr.

This creation by Sean and Steph Mayo is jaw dropping in its complexity and awesome part usage.
Ice Planet (Micro Base)

I admit, I had to stare at it for a few minutes to figure out just what was going on with certain areas of the build (the tank treads for example). The integration of Bionicle parts feels natural and totally works — something that doesn’t always happen with some of the awkwardly shaped parts.

Its funny, but when Ice Planet 2002 was introduced in 1993, that seemed like a really long way away. Now, twenty years later (man I feel old) and 11 years after 2002, we still haven’t found that Ice Planet. πŸ˜€

Here’s a couple more of the entries Micro Sci-Fi Contest —
Micro Space the First Frontier: DS9
Micro Space the First Frontier: DS9

Loftus Base on Graidarrn
Loftus Base on Graidarrn

The Year 2980, Asteroid Hephaestus 32b
The Year 2980, Asteroid Hephaestus 32b

I look forward to seeing what else comes from this contest. I might just enter my self. πŸ˜‰

And on a completely non Sci Fi, but related Micro Scale note there’s this little gem —
A tiny slice of suburbia

I love the use of the new roller skate element as cars!!

So if you haven’t built in it — give Micro a chance. πŸ˜‰

Baby Colby

January 18, 2013

So you’ve probably been wondering why I’ve been off the radar for the past few days. Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for very long you know that when I have a project, I tend to let everything else slide.

So here’s my latest creation
Baby Mosaic 1

I have decided to start selling portrait mosaics but in order to do that, I needed a sample to show my skills. This is a picture of my friend Tiffeny’s baby Colby. Its the first time I’ve done a portrait, although my Remembering 9/11 mosaic was my first based off a real picture.

I wanted to make a smaller mosaic than my standard size of 2 feet tall, so I decided to go with 1 foot tall as I felt it was a nice size, but I could still retain the likeness of the image.

Since I know you are always curious about my process I took a picture of the brick paper design I made for this mosaic.
Brick paper Baby Mosaic

It looks like kind of a mess, but trust me, it makes sense. πŸ˜‰

What I do is take the original picture, then I use Photoshop and Bricksaic to find the color values. If you are not familiar with Bricksaic it is a freeware program created by Bob Kojima. Bob is also the man behind BrickShirts. Bricksaic is a program to help you design mosaics. It can be helpful, but it doesn’t work fully for my technique. The best part of it though is that you can constrain the image to only the LEGO colors you want to use. So instead of the mosaic having weird colors in random places you only have the colors you want.

Here’s an up close shot so you can kind of see what I’m doing.
Baby Mosaic Close up

The model took my 40 hours or so to make.

Its funny, I never would have thought that I would be able to create something like this a decade ago when I started in the Model Shop. But after so many years, and so many mosaics, it was relatively easy.

I am selling them on my Etsy shop, if you’re interested, but I admit, it’s not cheap. πŸ˜‰

Lollipop Forest from Candy Land

January 13, 2013

Lollipop Forest (Candy Land)

This was one of those models that the thumbnail fooled me. I really thought that the lollipops were real and that only the base and figure were LEGO. Once I looked at the actual photo, I realized it was all LEGO and even the plastic coverings were poly bags from sets!

The model was made for the current Iron Builder contest between Siercon and Coral and Bart De Dobbelaer.

If you are not familiar with the Iron Builder challenges. Two builders are given a specific part and have a time frame to make multiple models with that part. You can read the details of this challenge here.

This is Bart De Dobbelaer’s first model for the contest:
Set Phasers to Obliterate

Iron Builder Contests are always fun as the builders push themselves to the edge of building. I look forward to what other creations will emerge.

LEGO “Elvis”

January 11, 2013

LEGO "Elvis"

Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional has created yet another mind blowing LEGO model of staggering proportions! And no, its not Photoshoped, its just that big.

Close-up you can start to get an idea of size
LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO β€œElvis” Erickson Air-Crane.
100,000 bricks.Built for Brickvention 2013.
At just under 4m and over 1m high (that’s a little over 13 ft long and 3 ft tall), this is by far the largest Helicopter I have made.
It took me just over 1 month to design and build, with its unusual shape and virtually no ground contact made it technically challenging to build.

Last year’s model was a Saturn V rocket and the year before that the Love Boat. So Ryan building big isn’t all a surprise to me, he just had me waiting on the edge of my seat for him to reveal this year’s creation.

If you happen to be in the Victoria area of Australia next weekend, BrickVention is being held on Jan. 19th and 20th. Public tickets are available through the website and selling fast.

And like last year a batch of my LEGO jewelry, keychains and stickers will be available for sale.

Welcome to Fhloston Paradise

January 10, 2013

Welcome to Fhloston Paradise

Fifth Element is still one of my favorite films. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I tend to watch it whenever its on TV. And I’ve got 2 DVDs of it (mainly because of the one time I couldn’t find the original DVD and bought a replacement, only to find the first one again).

So you can understand how happy I am to see Matt De Lanoy’s model. Some how I missed it last month when he posted it.

Matt is no stranger to creating simply awesome models. I’ve posted some of his previous creations here like his Andy’s Room of Toy Story. And his New New York is pure epic-ness to behold! Trust me, I’ve seen both in person. πŸ˜‰

Fhloston Paradis is yet another epic model that is a nice 40 x 20 inches in size.
Full Stage

But its not just the overall model that’s fun, its all the little details like this clearly befuddled Ray
Ray

The furniture
Furniture

Bar
Bar

Action on the Right
So many cool details, I just might have to watch the movie again. You know, so I can check the accuracy. πŸ˜€