Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Black Starfighters

Three nice, greebly starfighters from Master Shifu Leo J. My favorite is the one in the upper right corner. More photos here.



Bonus white starfighter from Master Shifu Leo J.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fire truck

Inspired by the vehicles in the Tower Bridge set, Sir Jayko built this fire truck, along with 4 other micro vehicles.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Andy's room

Pepa Quin's Andy's room MOC is one of the best things I've ever seen built out of LEGO. It doesn't really fit any of my blogs, since the scale is significantly larger than Miniland scale, but I can highlight this great little airplane:



Even by itself that would be a nice little MOC worth highlighting - made from only 11 pieces and yet instantly recognizable. If I were more of a masochist than I already am, this MOC alone would be enough to prompt one of the other niche blog ideas I at one point entertained - DisneyBricks. There are tons of great MOCs out there, and over the years there have been various Disney licenses - like the Mickey and Minney Creator sets, the Pooh DUPLO line and the more recent broad license including Toy Story, Cars, PoP, and PotC. If any Disney fans out there are interested in starting a niche blog, I'd be happy to help you get it set up.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Little in Japan

Not sure how I missed this, but Lino made this great Ultraman Vs. Baltan! for the Big in Japan collaborative display at BrickCon earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

On the fourth day of Christmas ...

Okay, I know, that's actually December 28, but the December 4 offering from the 2010 LEGO City Advent Calendar was this micro crane (here photographed by Dave Bond). This year's calendar features several micro vehicles - or perhaps they're meant to be fig-scale toys.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The late Nate Nielsen

Most readers of this blog probably remember Nnenn, an extremely prolific and creative space builder, whose microscale work was featured here many times. This spring he was tragically killed in a car accident, so you can understand the shock when two new MOCs showed up in his photostream today, including the Arthinean Forces. Apparently Nate had three MOCs left when he died. Peterlmorris and Dablackcat were able to get the photos and Fredoichi helped edit them, so that Nate's wife could place them in his photostream. This was a real labor of love, but also a very bittersweet moment. I guess there is one MOC left to post, so watch Nnenn's stream for his final work.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deck Designs

Chris Deck recently posted some new MOCs, the F301 Interceptor from Stargate Command and the Imperial Theta Shuttle and the Marauder Corvette from the Star Wars Universe.



Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

One more Vic Viper

Wondering what to do with those skis from the Series 2 collectible minifigure skier? Mainman used them to build this sleek Vic Viper. In the caption, he offers a few hints about the building techniques he used. Apparently, this piece plays an important part.

Here it is paired with a nano VV.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Spend, spend, spend

In the U.S., the weekend after Thanksgiving is considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. Many stores offer steep discounts to entice shoppers. LEGO retail stores offered discount scratch cards on Friday. I used my 10 percent off coupon to buy set 10197, the Fire Brigade

Could have saved even more if I had just bought the parts for this micro version, created by Alex Eylar.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Olympus

The Home of the Gods, perched atop Mt. Olympus, as created by Auric.

I'm one of those builders who starts by putting pieces together, but I admire those who plan out their work. Auric started with some concept sketches, which he includes in his photoset. Be sure to check them out.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

microscale modeling

Here's a micro castle that Jeff VW made as a planning model for a minifig-scale castle. So far, only half of the big castle has been completed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mini-Eames

Stacy Sterling made a microscale version of the Eames House. Previously, she made a minifig-scale version. Here's a side-by-side comparison.

Update: Full photoset of the minifig scale Eames House is here. Nice detailing on the interior.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm dreaming of a micro Christmas

Nannan has made a number of great Christmas ornaments. I'm hoping that over the next month he'll come up with a whole tree's worth of these.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Space Cruiser

Wow, this takes me back. When I was a kid, I was so excited to get Space Cruiser (487 in the US, 924 in other countries). Chris Deck has created a micro version.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Star Wars

Angus MacLane takes on Star Wars with the trash compactor and an X-Wing.







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Friday, November 12, 2010

Dancing bricks

Brian Stark made a series of animations of the construction of the Architecture sets.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HispaCity

A member of HispaLUG presented two cities, one modern and the other futuristic, at a public event in Granada.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MCC Winners

The winners have been selected in the Mini Castle Contest over on Classic Castle.

Runner-Ups for the Ancient category are:

Skalldyr with his War Has Come


porschecm2 with his Solus Saxum

Avocado with his Temple

Second Place went to Shmails with his Micro Abu Simbel

First Place went to 2 Much Caffeine with his Atlantis Before the Fall


Runner-Ups for the General category are:

Blake Baer with his Journey to Camelot


Shmails with his Windfell Castle


bartosza6m with his Castle


Second Place went to Avocado with his Mountain Hall


First Place went to 2 Much Caffeine with his Village of Sandchapel

Souvenir booth

One of Loozrboy's photos from Miniland Billund includes some great microscale models as toys for the miniland figures. For more on miniland building, check out MinilandBricks.