Lego seems to be doing something a little different this time around. With their new Lego Minecraft 2015 (Minifigure Scale) theme they have been releasing sets early to the fan community for reviews. That is completely normal. What is different is that instead of the usual sites getting the exclusive reviews (which normally focus on the AFOL scene), Lego has sent sets out to sites that target to a younger crowd, and famous Minecraft fans. It seems that Lego understands there are two completely different markets for Lego Minecraft. What is also cool, is that these lucky people are creating really slick video reviews. Here we have EvanTubeHD reviewing most of the upcoming Lego Minecraft 2015 sets. It seems that The Ender Dragon (21117) and The Cave (21113) are still pending review. These sets look a lot bigger when they are finished then expected. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more Minecraft stuff from Lego in the future…
Check out these fun video reviews:
Lego Minecraft (21114) The Farm: http://youtu.be/SUkM-bggqeo
Lego Minecraft (21115) The First Night: http://youtu.be/wUJcXAxfFmQ
Lego Minecraft (21116) Crafting Box: http://youtu.be/5g86Y16BDhQ
Lego Minecraft (21118) The Mine: http://youtu.be/-203WBDtyK8
There is a lot more Lego Minecraft stuff out there, some of which you can find here: http://legogenre.com/tag/minecraft/
Lego Minions are still going strong. There are so many of these things, and each one is different. This little dude was designed by Oliver Kude and features a great open smile and stumpy little legs. I could probably see a hundred more of these things and still enjoy them. Did you know that the Despicable Me Minions have their own language? It is actually a combination of various earthly languages into a kind of recognizable gibberish. For instance “Kanpai” is “cheers,” “Pwede na?” means “can we start,” “Gelato” means “ice cream,” and “Papoy” means “a toy.”
You can see this Lego Minion, by Oliver Kude, over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/okude/15449063937/
And you can see many more Minions over here: http://legogenre.com/tag/minion/
Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) has been a huge success for Lego. Most of the proposed projects involve established properties that need to be licensed in order to release them. The program has been so popular that a few of the projects have even been supported by companies who would like to see their properties licensed through Lego. For instance, Lego Minecraft. It is super rare that a company actually supports and even submits their own projects into Lego Ideas. Here is an example of such a project.
Firaxis Games has submitted a Lego Ideas project based on their Civilization series of video games. The set would include a Worker Mech based on the Civilization: Beyond Earth unit. The mech would be accompanied by a worker, a minifigure with options to be either male or female. The designer, AndrewClark2, built 180 of these sets as a studio gift on the release of the game. Since this has been produced (although not officially) a set of instructions have been drafted. The whole build only uses 187 Lego pieces. Even if this never makes it through the Lego Ideas process, it is an extremely nice gesture from AndrewClark2 and Firaxis Games to share.
“When human beings settle alien planets, they’re going to need to build farms, quarries, paddocks for alien wildlife, habitation domes, and generators. Who gets to do all that hard work? The Worker unit! Designed by concept artist Mike Bazzell, the worker unit in Civilization: Beyond Earth will change equipment depending on its current job. This model is based on the front end loader, used to build quarries and mines. This Worker is ready to tackle any world, from harsh arid planets to miasma-laden fungal planets.”
Go vote for the Lego Civilization: Beyond Earth Worker Mech over on Lego Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/83016
Clue (or Cluedo for most of the world) is one of the classic board games. With the resurgence in gaming in general in the last decade, most of the older games have been replaced with games that are just more fun to play. Monopoly is a great way to start a fight, or to fall asleep. Candy Land is super simple. Shoots and Ladders takes no skill to play. Risk takes all day. All of these games are having a hard time keeping up with the modern era. Clue doesn’t quite have that problem. It is still fun to play, doesn’t take 6 hours to finish, and doesn’t rely on one player having all the power. But, Clues biggest problem is that people forget it’s around.
Lego builder Ian Spacek pays Clue (Cluedo) a wonderfull tribute with his Lego version. All of the main characters are here, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, and others. They all have access to a wide verity of weapons hidden throughout some of the popular rooms in the mansion. There is even a wonderful score card accompanying the board game. The logo on the score card is one of the best details here.
Now I am off to watch one of the best movies ever.
“In your hands, you each have a lethal weapon. If you denounce me to the police, you will also be exposed and humiliated. I’ll see to that in court. But, if one of you kills Wadsworth now, no one but the seven of us will ever know. He has the key to the front door, which he said would only be opened over his dead body. I suggest we take him up on that offer. The only way to avoid finding yourselves on the front pages is for one of you to kill Wadsworth. NOW.”
Go check out Ian Spacek’s Lego Clue (Cluedo) Boardgame over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/89235500@N02/15646261445/
If you are looking for a way to spice up your Lego pumpkins this year, then this Pumpkinbot is for you. The whole thing transforms from an innocent looking pumpkin into a deadly battle bot. This Lego Pumpkinbot is the work of Chris Maddison. Who wants everyone to have a Happy Halloween this year with these complementary instructions. Now you too can build your own. The first thing you will need is a part list:
- 30602 – 16 Orange slopes
- 3020 – 8 Orange 2×4 plate
- 6141 – 15 Dark Bley Circular 1×1 flat
- 6141 – 2 Reddish Brown Circular 1×1 flat
- 6141 – 1 Trans-Red Circular 1×1 flat
- 87087 – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 with Stud on 1 Side
- 61252 – 8 Dark Bley 1×1 with open O clip
- 3794b – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 with 1 stud center
- 60478 – 2 Dark Bley 2×1 with handle on end
- 2540 – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 with handle on side
- 2555 – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 with clip on top
- 3062b – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 round grey tall
- 30162 – 2 Dark Bley Binoculars
- 3023 – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 Plate
- 32002 – 2 Dark Bley Technic 3/4 Pin
- 30033 – 1 Dark Bley 2×2 with bar frame
- 11090 – 1 Dark Bley Bar holder with clip
- 98138 – 1 Trans-Red Flat-top 1×1
- 6246a – 1 Dark Bley Utensil Tool Screwdriver
- 4740 – 1 Orange 2×2 Radar dish
- 4081b – 1 Dark Bley 1×1 with clip
- 4081b – 1 Reddish Brown 1×1 with clip
- 4285b – 1 Orange 6×6 Webbed Radar Dish
- 4599 – 1 Orange 1×1 Tap
- 33183 – 1 Bright Green Carrot Top
If you need to purchase everything it should add up to about $15-20 depending on shipping. And, if you are lucky enough to own everything already… get building.
Check out Chris Maddison’s Pumpkinbot and the Instructions over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmaddison/10601306324/
Thanks to Reddit and JimmyLegs50 for the parts list: https://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/2kfkqb/pumpkin_bot_with_instructions_not_by_me/
Hulk Smash Lego bricks. These Lego versions of comic book covers are the creation of monsterbricks. The Lego comic book covers are also relief sculptures. Where a 3D image/figure is sculpted in front of the background. In this case it is The Incredible Hulk breaking through the ground, literally breaking out of the background and into your face. This is even more pronounced with the Captain America cover below. These Comic-Bricks (Lego Comics) are extremely fun. The overall design is greatly supported by the typography and logos, which is difficult to replicate with Lego bricks. Here the lettering is using a combination of brick built letters, and custom printed tiles. The end result is great. Check out the custom UPCs, price tags, publisher icons, etc. These are great recreations of their real life comic book inspirations; The Incredible Hulk #59, and Captain America #109.
Lego has had great success with their Super Heroes theme. It is a little bit weird that they have managed to license both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Lego has been releasing mostly modern themed comic book stuff. With just a little of the classic or silver-age represented (The 1966 Batmobile). It would be awesome if Lego were to release 1 or 2 sets a year based on the golden-age or silver-age stuff. Imagine all the possibilities with Minifigures based on Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, and John Romita designs.
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Check out monsterbrick’s Brick-Comics (Lego Comics) over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/monsterbrick/15408223229/
“Interrupting Lord Vader in his meditation chamber, Admiral Piett quickly found himself at the top of the imperial execution list.”
Who knows what Darth Vader gets up too in his meditation chamber. Whatever it is, you do not want to be the officer who interrupts his private time. Cpt. Brick imagines Darth Vader clowning around in his spare time. This Lego Star Wars MOC, titled A Bad Day for Admiral Piett, is a great example of the humor found in Lego.
Check out A Bad Day for Admiral Piett over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cptbrick/15005338104/
The Mouth of Sauron is Ravenous.
This Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery (also known as Paro Taktsang, and Taktsang Palphug Monastery) is the creation of Anu Pehrson. This is an extremely accurate Lego MOC, almost every major detail from the real life inspiration is represented here. The four main temples have been expertly recreated. With the red, brown, gold, and white color palette accurately represented too. Even the windows match up with the source. The original model took over 8 months to create using 200,000 Lego pieces. This Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a great example of a project that is never complete. The current model is up to version 1.2, with landscaping and prayer flags added in the previous updates.
The original temple was built in 1692 at the location of the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. A holy site where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, and 3 hours. The temple is credited as being built by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. Today the temple is an icon in Bhutan, hosting the Tsechu festival in the Spring. Comparing the real temple to this Lego creation shows just how much detail and work went into this. Even the Lego landscaping is mostly accurate to the real life source.
With a Lego model like this it is usually hard to appreciate the scale of the work. This is a huge display. Easily 6+ feet wide and 3+ feet tall. In fact the designer, Anu Pehrson, has posed next to her work in order for people to understand the scope of this Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Check out all the details of Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anupehrson/15433956257/