Pictures In Boxes is a great comic, that has consistently used Lego for inspiration. Most Lego comics use photography and it is rare to see an illustrated one. The goofy Lego Minifigures have a certain charm when drawn. Pictures In Boxes has recently “flooded” their site with Lego Superhero (Batman) Comics. Make sure to check them out.
Guardians of the Galaxy is almost upon us. The early reviews are looking good. It is great to get some of the more obscure Marvel characters the attention they deserve. Maybe, they will be featured in an upcoming Lego Marvel game?
Check out this super awesome Lego Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #2. Starlord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and Rocket have never looked better.
And, if you haven’t seen the original non-Lego version, check it out too:
This is the first complete set photo for the upcoming Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 12. After taking a break from the standard format (The Lego Movie, The Simpsons) Lego is back with an incredibly strong line up. Lego has this down to a science at this point. A few historical figures, a few modern characters, a few sci-fi minifigs, and one person in an animal suit.
It looks like there is a Gamer, Prospector, Rocker, Swashbuckler, Jester, Princess with a Frog, Goth, Pizza Deliver Man, Hun Warrior, Genie, Lifeguard, Wizard (Merlin?), Hunter (Lara Croft?), Space Miner, Athena, and a man in a Pig Suit (maybe one of the Griswolds from a Pig in a Poke?)
There are rumblings that the recent price increase with the Simpsons set will be made permanent. Meaning that the Lego Minifigures Series 12 will probably retail around $3.99 each.
The official Lego Friends sets can be a bit limiting. They are completely rooted in a city theme, with no signs of expanding into the other Lego themes (Pirates, Space, etc.) A great way to work around this is to create your own Lego creations. One of the best features about Lego is just how modular the pieces are, almost every Lego part can be used with another Lego part. Mark Stafford used his imagination and created a sci-fi themed Lego Friends mecha titled the Ultra Violet. The best part of these MOCs is the innovative use of obscure Lego pieces. Check out the pink baskets, lipsticks, telephones, lightsaber beams, and wood panels. Check out the Friends section for more examples of this.
Ultra Violet, by Mark Stafford, can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nabii/6812390569/
There has been a trend developing of creating Lego MOCs with Friends theming. This means usually sticking to a pink and purple color scheme, but some of the best (the Lovely Hotel) add other details. DJ Quest has created a Battlestar Galactica Viper, with the Friends theming, titled Paradisa Viper – Friends Remix. Here the color highlights and other details work extremely well. If you look carefully you can see a standard Lego Minifigure in the cockpit, I wonder if a Lego Friend figure could fit.
Check out this Paradisa Viper Lego Friends Remix over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/djquest/6845579866
Summer time is here and a good portion of us will be visiting the beach. Even Minifigures need to take a vacation. This MOC, built by zaberca, is titled Beach House 2. The whole thing was originally designed digitally, but when building it in person the project changed quite a bit. Which is great, because this house is impressive. The house itself is built using a lot of SNOT techniques. Make sure to check out the details on the top floor, which is built sideways compared to everything else. This helps give the structure a distinctly modern design.
The interior is fully furnished, and puts most (real) homes to shame. These Minifigs have style.
Make sure to check out Beach House 2 over on Flickr, where you can view all the details: https://www.flickr.com/photos/15902478@N02/14760877455/
“When Chief Engineer Zhang was tasked with designing a compact starfighter, he came up with a fast and agile craft. However, the economy of the design did not allow for placement of weapons, so Zhang remodeled the engine core to contain a uranium detonator. He wasn’t going to be piloting one anyway.”
Some of the most creative work being done in the Lego AFOL community is with starfighters/spaceships. Nannan Zhang is responsible for this little starfighter, known as the Black Fly. Here the use of some obscure Lego pieces is combined with an excellent understanding of color and shape. Usually these type of Lego MOCs are criticized with being extremely delicate; falling apart with the slightest touch. It is extremely rare to find one that is as solid as an official Lego set. Make sure to check out the video below for a detailed look at the Black Fly and just how well made it is.
The Black Fly, by Nannan Zhang, can be found over at Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nannanz/14710493005/