The Massive Samurai Code Lego Project

Ben Pitchfork Samurai Code Lego Project

Lego MOCs come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the most remarkable are the also the largest. This is the Samurai Code; a gigantic MOC created by Ben Pitchfork. Just the cost to build something like this is something to marvel at. Thousands and thousands of Lego pieces make up this huge Japanese volcanic island. This project has a little bit of everything, a huge MOC, a Lego Ideas proposal, and time-lapse video.

Ben Pitchfork Samurai Code Lego Project Light

Featuring an ancient shrine (or samurai dojo), a huge mountain lake, multiple waterfalls, a volcano, beach, rope bridges, islands, steep cliffs, winding paths, and lots of little secrets. This is a masterpiece.

Ben Pitchfork Lego Samurai Code Detail Ben Pitchfork Lego Samurai Temple

The best part is the whole thing has been wired up with LEDs. Giving these twin peaks a whole new atmosphere in the dark. The lighting brings out new details, while creating dangerous shadows.

Ben Pitchfork Samurai Code Lego Project Night

Lego Ideas Samurai Code

A piece of the Samurai Code has been carefully recreated as a Lego Ideas project. Go vote!

“Recreate the old tales of traditional Japan with a highly detailed, yet realistic model of ancient Japanese architecture. Featuring one model that you can customize into an ancient shrine or a samurai dojo. Includes a cherry blossom tree, 2 decorative lanterns, and 3 minifigures with a horse.

Designed with lots of exterior and interior details, advanced building techniques, and inside lights for displaying. Unlike previous dojos, this is geared more for adult fans and displaying. There is a detachable roof to allow access and play ability also.” — Lego Ideas

Lego Ideas Samurai Code

Time-lapse Video

Also, make sure to check out this quick time-lapse video of the project going from concept to finished MOC. It shows off some great building secrets, such as hallow mountains…

If you need more details and more photos of the Samurai Code Lego MOC you can find that over here: Flickr, Lego Ideas, YouTube

The Epic Lego Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu Revealed (70751)

Lego Ninjago Temple Of Airjitzu 70751 Box

The epic Lego Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu has just been announced. It is a massive 2,028 piece set, making this the ultimate Ninjago set. Not only that but it includes 12 Minifigures. These will include Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Nya, Wu, Misako, Dareth, Postman, Jesper, and Claire. An easy way to get a full collection of the Ninjas in their rare black outfits.  The main Airjitzu Temple is flanked by a Blacksmiths workshop and a Smuggler’s Market. All connected with a charming bridge. This set is very reminiscent of the super popular Medieval Market Village from a few years ago. There is even a fully working Shadow Theater in the Temples basement. With moving parts, and light up features. Another great thing about the Airjitzu Temple is that Lego has kept the craziness of the Ninjago theme to a minimum. Making this a great set for collectors.

This announcement is perfect timing for the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), where it will be displayed for all to see. The official release date of the Lego Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu will be September 2015, and if you are a VIP Member you can pick it up a few weeks early on August 18th.

Lego Ninjago Temple Of Airjitzu 70751 Box Back

“Join the Ninja at the beautiful Temple of Airjitzu!
Enjoy the ultimate LEGO® NINJAGO™ building experience as you construct the majestic Temple of Airjitzu and surrounding village! The highly detailed Temple building has many delightful architectural features including Oriental–style decorated windows and sliding doors. The intricate wooden-frame-style walls of the nearby Blacksmiths and beautiful curved roofs of the Smugglers Market will also test your LEGO building skills. And with every Ninja included in one set for the first time, plus loads of other key characters, you can role-play all your favorite NINJAGO adventures. Take tea in the reception area of the Temple, practice your Ninja moves in the training room or join Wu in his study to read or paint. Discover the Ninja glider upstairs at the Blacksmith’s workshop, cross the bridge guarded by the stone dragons and seek out hidden treasure at the Smugglers’ Market. Then turn off the lights in your room to watch the Temple’s illuminated spinning shadow theater!

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
September 2015 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone

• Includes 12 minifigures with assorted weapons: Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Nya, Wu, Misako, Dareth, Postman, Jesper and Claire.

Ages 14+. 2,028 pieces.
US $199.99 – CA $229.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.”

Lego Ninjago Temple Of Airjitzu 70751

There a whole lot of details hidden away in this set, so make sure to watch the Designer Video below.

https://youtu.be/1J86gGzMCkQ

Lego Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang)

Anu Pehrson's Lego Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro Taktsang

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.

Anu Pehrson's Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro Taktsang

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.

Anu Pehrson's Lego Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro Taktsang. Detail.

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.

Anu Pehrson's Lego Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro Taktsang. Creator.

Check out all the details of Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anupehrson/15433956257/