Project Azazel draws inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy for this neat little vignette. It features ol’ Batsy and Commissioner Gordan. While Gordon’s coat and the LifeLites may not be official LEGO elements, he uses them in a way to they enhance the scene rather than become the focus like so many custom parts tend to do in a MOC. My favorite part is the micro-scale buildings in the background giving a sense of perspective. And they way they’re lit really gives a sense of realism; I had to look twice to make sure they were really built out of LEGO.
Archive for the ‘MOC Spotlight’ Category
Another Monday, another metric tonne of neat stuff to post. It’s hard to resist the urge to spam everyone into oblivion, but some things are just to good to resist. This replica of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber by the always busy (where do you people find all this time to build??) Bruce Lowell comes complete with a full blade comprised of 300+ 3×3 dishes. Well played Bruce! When I was building 1:1 scale lightsabers a couple years ago, I tested out the 2×4 half cylanders topped with a 4×4 dome and it worked pretty well. Well enough that I purchased enough in trans-blue (the pic I have of the expperiment was a fugly rainbow) and played around with the idea of running a rope light through it, but the purist in me won out again. This dish technique gives the edge a fuzzy look that really adds something in pictures. Bet it wasn’t cheap though.
LEGO isn’t waiting until the highly anticipated Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd to release it’s sets based on the property and the fans aren’t waiting to build either. Legohaulic built this version of what many are calling the “Hulkbuster” armour as a commission and the overall shape of the body is great. Seeing it in the trailer bust through the shipping containers in a full tilt dash reminded me much more of Marvel’s unstoppable Juggernaut. The only info attached to the original concept art where it appeared in the standard red and gold described it as “Brute” armour and that certainly fits. Its chunky design, hunched back and forearm hazard stripes (not included on the model, but that would have been impressive to pull off in purist form) indicate this guy was built less for busting monsters and more for Tony’s heavy lifting. I expect to see a great many suits pop up when the movie comes out and everyone has had a good look, but the early bird gets the worm.
With suits of armour in the trailer resembling the Stealth, Deep Space, Silver Centurion and other classic looks, which would you most like to see in LEGO form? Brick-built or minifig? I’m still down for Iron Patriot, but I’d take a Silver Centurion any way you build it as well…
Turtles are where it’s at right now and I hope our Teenage Mutant Ninja Vignettes: Heroes in a Half Scene Building Contest has those creative juices oozing. This mini tribute to the full-size original toys by LegoJalex has been in my “to blog” for over a week, but I’d say now would be an appropriate time. It’s a fun build that makes me once again nostalgic for the old cartoon, even if the Shreddermobile was a ridiculous toy. I’m still waiting on the latest episode of the Nicktoon… and I was all caught up too.
Time to get building.
If you haven’t been keeping up with this interesting thread, Recreating expensive UCSset by purchasing individual pieces?, it discusses exactly what the title suggests, recreating UCS sets by sourcing the parts individually. Forum user jmfbtb has done just that for 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon. But he’s not done with it just yet. He’s doing what I’m sure many of us have considered doing: building a special display case for it. And not just any old display either. It’s a display recreating the escape from the Death Star scene from A New Hope. The render you see above is from LEGO Digital Designer and he has plans to build it and put that here:
It’s still a work in progress and you can follow his progress in a dedicated thread here. I have plans of my own to build a special table for mine, low profile, and one that I’d like to put in the living room to use as a coffee table. We’ll see if I ever get off my lazy butt to do it.
A few years ago when I attended Brickcon up in Seattle, I think it was 2011, there was this gigantic Hogwarts display built by Alice Finch. At the time, the roof on the main spire wasn’t complete, instead having a sand green paper roof in its place but despite that, it was really, REALLY impressive. Alice has finished the castle now and won both Best in Show and People’s Choice honors at Brickcon 2012, a rare feat for one MOC to win both. It is just now making its official debut online and The Brothers Brick has an in depth interview with Alice. I invite you to read up on the interview and check out the flickr set for all the professional quality photographs. There’s a ton of details, and I don’t think Alice has left anything out.
I feel bad for anyone who’s building a Hogwarts layout of their own. As this is sure to kill those endeavors. Sorry, Tohst.
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.
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.