The world is smaller today…

I do not think the Australian builder Karf Oolhu needs an introduction, but I do suggest you take a look through his photostream if you are not familiar with his work. One of his latest creations are these two globes, taking advantage of the similarities of the Pirates of the Carribean globe piece and Star Wars Tatooine planet pieces, as well as some classic Karf-Oolhian ingenuity. Paired with a pun, “Global Issues – They’re all a matter of perspective” it makes for a well-rounded creation. I do wish the builder had made the bases of the globes more similar, but then again, it might have looked worse then.

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Dragon mountain

I presented this MOC at the last KockeFest exhibition in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since I got my hands on the green dragon from the Elvese series, I was really hooked to its cuteness. It was so bad, I had to get another dragon to keep it company. After a while, the dragons got lonely, so I went and build them a playground – a beautiful landscape with lush green forrest and crystal blue water. I enjoyed planting all the greenery to make the land look rich in vegetation. The only thing I don’t like is to take it apart and sort all the thousands of small bricks and pieces.

The less popular retro gaming console

There is an on-going Iron Builder challenge (a piece usage duel lasting one month, with one sadistic part chosen in advance by the judges) using the DUPLO 1×4 grass brick as the seed part and Jonas Kramm built an amazing Nintendo Gameboy Advanced SP with the seed part used as the cartridge slot. It is interesting how many people have made classic colourless Gameboys, but almost no others. As a person growing up in the early 2000s, I actually have more nostalgia for this incarnation of the Gameboy (+ I think it is the best one that ever existed) than the original.

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A battle of matrial masters

It is great to see a new creation from one of your favouite builder, especially if you can learn something new from it. Obviously, W. Navarre will never disappoint with his landscaping, but some other aspects of his builds can be hit or miss. (It should be pointed out at this point that I have great personal respect for this builder.) This time, W. is faced with a problems many builders know very well, and that is his build looking better in real life than on photographs (I would not know, I have not seen it). While I love the technical detailing of the brickbuilt figures of the sensei and the ninja, the 2D nature of a photo prevents us to see the figures properly and the ninja does too good of a job at blending in… The “special effects” are interesting too. The sensei’s lightning has more to be desired, but it compliments its wielder well. On the other hand the stone spike created by the ninja is excellent, but it first off blends in too much and the ninja is in a strange position for it. Still, the figures should be given closer inspection, because they have potential and good poseability. Personally I will stick to my own design, but I migh take some inspiration from this for the next time.

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I should state that this build is better the longer you look at it, so if you have time, go look at the largest size of the photo and have fun learning. I sure had.

Scala is weird…

I could end this post at the title and just skip to the photo, but we should really analyze this creation more in-depth. First of all, scala is odd to begin with, being a very non-LEGO theme, but still having some degree of success. It is interesting though, that I see more Galidor pieces used in MOCs than Scala. Slowly becoming one of my favourite builders, Gamabomb, shows us this time that Scala has loads of potential too. While there are many obscure pieces from said theme, there are also useful ones, most notably clothing and some utensils. The Cyberpunk-Rigger MOC uses the weirder Scala bricks (the figure) to its advantage, with very interesting greebly elements as helmet and extremities which makes for great contrast between the clean organic and complex mechanical shapes. Technique-wise, I really like the connections the builder used to attach the arms (and probably the leg too, but we do not see it). Gamabomb says he is planning to do a Scala-scale cyberpunk diorama, for which I am quite excited. He also provides us with another W.I.P. picture.

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Robot’s bicycle uses nice techniques

Now, I like to be “the first one” to use an interesting progressive new technique, but it makes me even happier to see someone use that technique independently before I even get the chance to build it or manage to incorporate it into a MOC. Such is the case with Gamabomb, who has used the thin technic tyres as bicycle wheels on a larger scale figure (I realize this is actually a very light motorcycle, but honestly the style is nearly the same) in his Robokalypse MOC. Speaking of figure, there are some fun techniques and ideas in it too.

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A splash of modular color

Everyone knows I have a soft spot for modular buildings. Afterall, it’s the modulars that brought me back to LEGO, and they’re still a great source of inspiration. I always enjoy it when I stumble upon new modular buildings or new modular builders. Łukasz Libuszewski is one of the new builders (at least from my perspective), but his modulars don’t show it. I found the yellow building first, but this shot of three buildings, each in a different colour pallete and texture is by far my favourite.

In the arms of the sea you will live as hypnotized

To enter into the Kockice LUG Brickstory contest that has just concluded, I have built a shipwreck with a complex backstory. This was directly inspired by the song Lemuria by Therion. Lemuria is a hypotetical continent over which lemurs would have reached Madagascar from India millions of years ago, but after scientific community abandoned the idea, writers and esoterics picked it up as an inspiration for many stories, which describe it as a lost continent that housed an ancient civilization in the distant past, much like Atlantis. Therion describes this continent as “El Dorado for the seaman” in their song. While I did not put much gold or treasure in my diorama, I did try to capture both the futility of the quest for Lemuria with the overgrown shipwreck and the lost civilization represented by some broken ruins scattered around. The ship is built using tubes with plates and tiles clipped on them. The end result is extremely fragile, but I believe the decreipt effect was captured successfuly. I have used different colours of algae depending on what they would grow on, as would happen naturally. The first version of the diorama had much more colourful underwater life, but it looked too chaotic and inconsistent.

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