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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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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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Just another gear in the wall…

Indeed, Tommi Vainionpää is not mostly a LEGO photographer, as his Flickr gallery is filled with classic photos. Recently though, he has uploaded this interesting picture of gears, different colours and shapes.

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And this photograph sure is a work of art! And as all works of art, it has a hundred ways to be interpreted. The author seems to have a very optimistic view of equality and cooperation, but there is more to the image than just what it seems like at first. According to Tommi’s words, we are all cogwheels turning other cogs, and we do this no matter our colour, shape or size, as we are all part of a greater whole. Large gears will turn many smaller gears at the same time, but even one tiny gear can make a difference in the greater machine. Tommi urges us all to make at least one person happy each day to move the clockwork of humanity for the best. I, on the other hand, wonder about all the details the photographer probably did not even mean to put into the picture.

Technical analysis: the gears are not connected to anything, they seems to be locked together and some of them are even tilted off the surface. Plus, there seems to be a piece in the image that is not even a real gear.

Interpretation: the image opens the question, does our society function? Are there too many of us? There seem to be many elements of society that stop it from running… And some gears are just ran with no goal or benefit. If a “gear” starts “spinning”, does it even move any others in reality? Is a “gear” here even able to start “spinning”? From this picture I get the thought that there are only two ways all the gears could spin – perfect order, with very careful arrangement of pieces – or complete chaos and anarchy, with no two gears touching, which would be the only way for a system of complete freedom. But is any of these systems really good for anything? The real question that requires an answer here is, what does this gear system power? What is the purpouse?

Overthinking? Definetely. But fun to think about it neverhteless.

The (Brick)Beatles

I know these were made by professionals, but I just can’t pass them. I’m a fan of the best (boy) band of all times, and I was really impressed by the Fab 4. The (Brick)Beatles can be seen at The Art of The Brick, and because I care about the BrickHamster followers, I’m not including a video of me singing my favourite Beatles’ tunes. You’re welcome.:-)

In nomine patris

Jens Ohrndorf created this amazing church. The amount of details is amazing, and one is easily fooled by the scale of this church. The intricate details on the facade create a grand atmosphere, and it’s hard to believe this church was done in microscale. It sits on a 32×32 base plate, which is pretty large for microscale. Some of my favourite details are the wooden front door with some “carvings”, and the roof dome.

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Hot wheels

This Cadillac Fleetwood by bricksonwheels is a fine example of using chrome parts to add the wow factor. The car itself is a stunning 1/10 replica of the convertible, yet the chrome parts add the extra look to this machine. Make sure to have a look from different angles as well.

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The LEGO Architect

With increasing interest in architecture and microscale, I found this interesting book entitled The LEGO Architect written by Tom Alphin. What’s special about this book is that it introduces architecture and different building styles through LEGO built models. It’s a combination of historical architectural facts and step-by-step instructions for building LEGO models. The book explores popular architectural styles like Neoclassical, Art Deco, Modernism, and Postmodernism all presented through LEGO. Since the book is due in September, I’ll have to wait a while before getting my hands on it. Until then, Tom kindly posted some page samples to get a feeling what this is all about. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this book when it comes out.