So, yeah, I’m really enjoying the new TMNT cartoon. And when I ran across the above MOC (thanks to ninnymuggins), I was thrilled. M.R. Yoder (yoderism) is reconstructing the underground turtles’ lair in the sewers of New York along with a section of the city above ground all the way up to April O’neil’s apartment. It’s a work in progress, but even at this stage, it’s coming along rather nicely. Check out the full flickr set for more pics.
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For more Hobbit related goodness, Pate-keetongu over on Cycloptic Bricks has begun building large scale Dwarves from the Hobbit and has three under his belt already. The detailing on Balin and Oin’s clothes is inspired and I really hope he finishes the company regardless of my opinion of the film.
Add in Iain Heath’s Bilbo & Gollum and the fan community is off to a fine start!
I got behind on my posting while off to Toy Fair, but I’m going to try and get caught up this weekend. The first MOC I wanted to post not only because it very nicely captures the scene from the film, but because it points out what the official LEGO set 79002 Attack of the Wargs could have been. Legopard did a great job on the scene and you can bet I will reference it again when I post my review of that set in the next week.
Not sure if I should post this under MOC Spotlight or not, but that’s basically what it is. If you haven’t gotten a good look at The Lone Ranger’s 79111 Constitution Train Chase, head on over to Marcos’ Flickr page and check it out. I have to admit, I might have to shoot for a review of this one after talking a close look. Let Marcos know how you think he’s doing if you’re so inclined, I think those comments should be pretty positive overall. I really like knowing who designed what and while that might not be a good thing in some cases, I think Marcos is off to a great start. Well played!
Remember the Party Wagon from the old TMNT late 80′s toy line? Well Orion Pax does and he’s been waiting to cross it off of his to do list for a while. It sounds like he was willing to jump through quite a few hoops to get it done, but as usual it paid off in the end. It’s funny, because looking at it makes the new TMNT theme play in my head as it seems to have replaced the old one. In with the new and all that.
Steve Poulsen built this massive version of the fortress at Helm’s Deep for ULUG’s presentation at the Great Basin Train Club when they decided to add some LotR scenes to their layout. He says it took him around 100 hours and lists not only building stats, but future upgrades he plans to make because he’s not satisfied yet. I don’t even care if the rockwall make it more of a Helm’s Shallow because it looks impressive and the desire to frame it off from the surrounding displays not only makes sense, but makes for better pictures.
I love this gorgeous recreation of the perilous scene from Fellowship of the Ring, as depicted by Adam Dodge (dodge_a)
My favorite part is the snowy mountain that dominates the entire feature, but I also dig the poor minifigs who look in constant danger of falling off.
A whole series of creative vignettes like these from the LOTR saga would make for a really fun and impressive home display of minifigs (and building skill!)
I’m not much of a Lord of the Rings fan, and the Hobbit isn’t exactly high up on my list of things to do in my spare time. I can, though, appreciate the art direction of the films and the world that is created. Those Hobbits, as much as they try and not get involved with whatever else is going on in Middle Earth, they seem to be in the thick of it like all the time. Anyways, Brick Vader created a really nice diorama of a Hobbit’s home-in-a-hillside in a circular format. On the hillside edge, you can peek inside to view the living quarters. I thought that was a nice touch. More pictures on Imperium der Steine.
Ok, so my idea of tying one on probably differs from most. LEGO never seems to tire of tinkering with the iconic vehicles (or the stinkers for that matter) and neither do the fans. Jerac has taken advantage of some of the newer rounded parts to give his TIE a real pod feeling and he’s even provided instructions for those inclined to make their own. No doubt, this will promote even more tinkering.