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Ken Robichaud | February 18th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight

Xenomurphy’s Battle Above The Bugle

Spider-Man vs. Vulture - Main

I sat on this one for a couple of days to let Ace’s Toy Fair coverage soak up some much deserved attention, but I can’t stands no more! Xenomurphy is at it again with this gigantic Spider-man themed vig of a battle on the rooftop of the Daily Bugle. The attention to detail and scale is exactly what I’ve come to expect from this builder and as much as I love the custom figs he’s created, the real crown jewel here is his excellent font work.

Spider-Man vs. Vulture - Scarlet Spider FightScarlet Spider 01

He may not have made the custom Scarlet Spider fig himself, but his addition of the painted Wyldstyle hoodie is what sets it apart. The fact that Ben Reilly’s outcast outfit is a favourite of mine goes a long way to me ignoring the custom aspect. Xenomurphy has quickly become one of the builders I anxiously await the next build from.

Ryan "chief" Wood | February 9th, 2014 | MOC Spotlight

MOC Spotlight: Star Wars Planets Mobile

I’m super jealous flickr user goatman461‘s kid, who gets to enjoy this superad Star Wars Planets mobile every time he or she gets a diaper change.

Lego Star Wars Planet Series Mobile
Ken Robichaud | December 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight, Off Topic

Bricking The Halls! – Part 2 (The Tree Topper)

Trimming the TreeChristmas Tree Topper 2012
2011 & 2012

Well now you’ve decorated your tree. As you stand there basking in the glory of all the ornaments you built, you start to think that perhaps the angel that’s been in your family for the last five generations just isn’t going to cut it this year amongst all the beautiful ABS that adorns your tree. Maybe it’s time to build your own tree topper out of LEGO and that’s where I found myself three years ago.

I’ve never been one much for angels as tree toppers, but I’ve always loved stars. Even though, the one my wife and I bought our first Christmas together had lost its luster and we were ready for something new. Everything I saw in stores was ‘meh’ at best and then my wife suggested I build one with LEGO. Challenge accepted! The first year I went for something more classic and it was a big hit with everyone, so it was decided (by my wife) that it would be a yearly occurrence. Last year I found myself under the gun and hastily threw together my gaudy Death Star topper that was influenced by the flashy Death Stars from Futurama: Bender’s Big Score. I was happy with the garish attempt regardless of the rush job.

The plan for this year was to make a dragon, inspired by Smaug, perched atop the tree with a long tail that wound down around the tree like garland. I wanted it to be red with a golden underbelly, but as the time approached I was disinterested with doing it this year. In part due to not enjoying the first Hobbit movie, but mostly due to it being the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

TARDIS Tree Topper 2013

The idea of a TARDIS on top of the tree was a big hit with the family and away I went. I had to make some creative sacrifices to ensure sturdiness and I didn’t have certain parts in blue, but I’m still pleased with the results. I picked up a string of LED lights that had a “phasing” (actual setting on the battery box) feature and threw on some much needed decals against my purist urges.

I wanted to share these because in making them, I have had more then a few other people mention that they’ve done the same thing and yet, I haven’t seen any pictures. So let’s see them people. Let your geek flag fly and trick out the tops of your trees with some wicked LEGO creations. Your friends and family already think you’re crazy anyway.

Ken Robichaud | December 19th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight, Off Topic

Bricking The Halls! – Part 1 (Trimming The Tree)

Updated Guides Available

Looking for something fun to do with the kids, shut-in roommates or that feral cat you found in your Christmas tree? Why not start decorating that cat infested tree with some fancy LEGO ornaments?

You could head to your local Hallmark store and grab this years official LEGO Star Wars ornament and I highly suggest that you (or a loved one looking to get you something geeky as a gift) do, or you could build your own! “But buriedbybricks,” you say because you spend far to much time talking to your computer (I CAN’T HEAR YOU GUYS!), “I just don’t have the time. If I sit down to design an ornament, my kids or shut-in roommate may loose interest and I’m already feeling a little woozy from the feral cat bites.” No problem.

Chris (Powerpig) McVeigh has got you covered. He’s added a sweet Slave I ornament to his Star Wars collection and even gone back and tweaked his previous models for 2013. “But buriedbybricks, I don’t really like Star Wars, do you have any other suggestions?” Again, I can’t hear you and I don’t know how you even ended up here at this point, but YES! Chris has plans for over 40 ornaments! Choose from the classic gaming question mark box or the even more classic box associated with question marks and many, many more.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start bricking the halls.

Ken Robichaud | October 31st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, MOC Spotlight

Xenomurphy’s Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum 1

No stranger to large scale super hero themed builds, Xenomurphy takes a crack at crazy with his rendition of Gotham’s revolving door psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. I’d suggest clicking the picture and viewing it larger on Flickr to take in the details. Xm even provides a link to download what is essentially a book detailing the projects inspirations and development for this easily escapable nut house and it includes more pictures of the build. Is that insensitive, calling it that? Too bad, they’re straight up crazy.

Oh, and Happy Halloween FubTubbers!

Ken Robichaud | October 14th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

“He’s no good to me dead”

"He's no good to me dead"

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada and I’m thankful for more things then I could list here. Right now though, I’m very thankful that Dave Shaddix made this.

I’m just going to leave it right here.

Ace Kim | October 10th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Ultimate Helm’s Deep MOC

I first ran across this back when it was posted on over two weeks ago but finally getting around to posting it now. There isn’t much I can say about this that wouldn’t be a cliché. Massive, mind-blowing, overwhelming, all appropriate and somewhat trite at this point. What can you say about huge MOCs of this caliber that hasn’t been said before? Maybe… expensive? That’s an adjective. I don’t even want to think about the financial investment. 150,000 bricks and 1,700 mini-figures ain’t cheap. Check out Goel Kim’s flickr stream for way more pics.

This, OneLUG’s Tower of Orthanc, now we just need a proper Minas Tirith.

Nick Martin | October 2nd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

MOC Showcase: Veynom’s Tantive IV

I’ll admit it… I’m really bad about showcasing MOCs on the front page, but every so often, you see something so amazing you just have to post it. Luckily, here, forum member Veynom posted his own thread on a build that had escaped my notice on Flickr. Built for SHIPtember on Flickr, this thing is one of those rare examples of a build that takes two decent sets, cranks it to 11, and makes you want the version over anything official from LEGO. Seriously, if this was for sale (and he won’t sell his), I would be trying to work it into my budget right now.

I’ll just plagiarize what he said about it in his post:

It had been a while that I wanted to modify the old 10019 Tantive IV in order to improve it seriously. When the 10198 set was released, I jumped on it but was also disappointed by several aspects of the model.

His MOC certainly succeeds at addressing those problems, and is packed with play features, jokes, and nice little touches. I especially like the use of the Escape Pods for the engines at the back (yet not for the escape pods). Maybe it’s the special position that this ship has in the heart of us old Star Wars fans, being the very first ship we ever saw, or cheering for the little guy right up until the Empire erased him from existence.


Oh, and it’s swooshable! You can check out more pictures on the forums, including a link back to his gallery, and see exactly how much awesome he managed to pack into this build.

Nick Martin | August 30th, 2013 | MOC Spotlight

“If You’re Gonna Build a Time Machine into a Car…

… why not do it with some style?”

I saw this pop up in the Flickr LEGO Group, and knew it was something that we certainly had to feature. Misterzumbi has his own take on the DeLorean from back to the future that does more than a few things right. First and most obvious, it’s silver. Second, it showcases the changes throughout the movies, which is very nice. Third, it’s just nice looking! Look at how nice that inside looks!

This shot really shows off the design of it, getting the 50s madcap on the front and whitewalls added by Doc Brown, and the good-ole Mr. Fusion in the back for running the time circuits. You can check out some more pictures on Misterzumbi’s photostream on Flickr.

Powerpig’s Remarkable Brick Sketches – Part Deux!

The Empire's Finest

Deux means two, for those of you who don’t speak French… like me. Chris McVeigh hasn’t slowed down in his creation of pop culture LEGO marker sketches and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to make exact copies of them and put my favourites up in a frame.

Man in the Iron MaskShellraiser