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!
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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.
When looking at Thorsten Bonsch’s (Xenomurphy) MOC of what I am sure is a McFarlane-era Spider-man, it’s amazing how he was able to capture the essence of ol’ webhead using LEGO elements to form the mosaic. Look a little closer and it’s even more mindblowing to realize that the pieces are just scattered on a black dropcloth and then photographed. It definitely showcases how LEGO can transcend from toy to art.
Super Hero fan mmccooey spent the summer building large scale super poseable figures of some of comics’ greatest characters and why not, it was definitely a summer of heroes. He started with the Dark Knight, moved on to the Merc with a Mouth and finished with a Spectacular showing before going into stand-by mode. Before his temporary self imposed exile, he teased at an Avengers themed build for the holiday season. Well Happy Holidays, Iron Man has arrived! This is a great model that’s packed with functionality and play features, so take a look through the gallery and let the work speak for itself. I hope his other Avengers turn out this good. Excelsior!
I think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is another of those minor polarizing themes. Some people sit firmly in one camp and refuse to acknowledge the others or simply comtemptify them. Others don’t care whether it’s the comic book Turtles, the cartoons or the movies, they’re just happy to watch these ridiculous characters do their thing. I guess I sit in the later catagory, though (as with many properties) I prefer the original comics. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the first film and was a fan of the original cartoon as well, so I was pleased to see this new build from bruceywan last night. It’s a great likeness and before anyone complains, the scale is perfect when you consider that Krang’s body had a circut that allowed him to grow into a giant version of himself. What, that’s a dealbreaker for you? Take a second and think about the entire premise of the franchise and really let it sink in…
You know, with the advent calendars offering ultra small models everyday for 24 days, some models really just suck hard. Of course, it could be worse. You could end up with a single element for the day. Larry Lars proves that great things can come in small packages. His micro-scale Tumbler pictured above is only 12 pieces. As a comparison, the AT-AT from day 10, which isn’t terrible, has the same piece count.
Now I’m wondering if a LEGO Super Heroes Advent Calendar is feasible. LEGO would probably have to make two separate calendars though, one for DC and one for Marvel.
And they would sell like gangbusters.