Friday, March 25, 2016

Amazing Amazon discounts on 2015 Airjitzu sets

I don't post news or set-discount information that much, but while browsing the discounts on Brickset today I came across something too good to pass up: 
That's an 80% discount on two of last year's Airjitzu flyer sets from the Ninjago line. In other words, they're down from $10 (already a pretty reasonable price for what you get) to just two dollars. You could get five of these sets for the original price of one! 

Aaron reviewed the Airjitzu Morro Flyer here last summer, and while it's not one of the sets on sale, it's similar, so check out that review if you want to see if an Airjitzu flyer is right for you. There's a lot to like as far as cool and useful pieces go, and getting all that for $2 could be a dream come true for builders. 

At the time of this post only a few sets are left in stock, so do yourself a favor and go take a look!
- Zane

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Frog squad

I'm sure my co-blogger Frog will enjoy this post. Frequent Brick Bucket bloggee Deltassius returns with a trio of frog-themed warriors! The charming cuteness (and color choices) remind me a bit of Pokemon...or maybe that's just because of my Pokemon post from a couple weeks ago. 

In any event, check out these adorably feisty critters before they hop out of sight...


Sunday, March 20, 2016


That's one of the best words I know, and also one of the most obscure: it means "the act of working studiously at night," but the literal definition of the original Latin elucubrare is "to compose by lamplight." If I was going to elucubrate, I'd want one of these fantastic miniature desk lamps built by Kosmas Santosa (kosbrick) to illuminate my workspace. 
These were built for kosbrick's Iron Builder battle against Rod Gillies (2 Much Caffeine), which you can check out here. The seed part, which you probably can elucidate from the image above, is the paint roller handleIf you want to see kosbrick elaborate on his build process, check out his blog post here


Computer bug

Djokson's MOCs are always full of character. He mainly uses BIONICLE-type parts but adds a few System parts as well to create excellent details. Here's his latest, a digital mantis with a fantastic color scheme:
Every part seems to enhance the model, and it's amazing how nicely the BIONICLE/HERO FACTORY headpieces and ball shooters integrate into this model. Also take note of the positioning of those red ball pieces for the eyes. It's simple, and subtle, but they're oriented so the small hole appears as the pupil. Brilliant!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Modern bedroom

I've been putting off blogging it for a while but the truth is this ABS Builder Challenge entry from Faron* deserves to be featured! 
The seed part, the lime green telephone, does find its way in there a lot but there are plenty of other things to like, my favorite detail being those "bamboo" shades. Plus I just like the bright, nature-inspired color scheme. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beware of the Draygon

One of my favorite sci-fi builders, Tromas combines unorthodox, creative vehicle designs with a great cast of minifigures, as well as detailed descriptions and backstories. His latest is a prototype YB-81 "Draygon" Bomber from the Incom Corporation, the Star Wars manufacturer responsible for (among other things) the X-wing and the Snowspeeder. Although Tromas's build isn't a real Star Wars ship, it certainly seems like it could be one. 
We recommend that you check out more images (including underside and interior shots and some hints at the construction methods) in the Flickr album, and there's also a video - because this bomber lives up to its name! Also, take a look at that minifig: while not the main focus of the model, it really completes the look, combining some rare parts into an interesting and fitting character. 

This mech is bananas

Sometimes I blog MOCs, because they're really well built, sometimes because they're really innovative. But this MOC is straight up so ridiculous, I just had to blog it.

This is literally the funniest/weirdest thing I've seen, ever since I modded Skyrim so much that I was running around, shooting ballistic cabbages (Which is definitely NOT the reason I've not been blogging).

All in All, this little creation by Caleb L. is just... bananas.

Banana Mecha

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pretty in pink 
That's actually magenta, but either way this hoverbike by nobu_tary is a delight to look at. The colors pop but aren't overstated and the shape is fantastic-the subtle angle the back thrusters are set to is perfect. Lastly, lest you miss it, I'll point out the use of parts from the Cars line in the undercarriage. Brilliant.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Brass bug

I'm a trumpet player, I think trumpet is awesome, I've ordered antique LEGO trumpets from Bricklink, and somehow I missed this creation from Legopard amidst the frenzy of building that was the recent Iron Builder contest. But now I've seen it, and the combination of trumpet, insect, and steampunk makes me happy. Although maybe that design is more of a mellophone. Or a flugelhorn...

13-piece plane

When you're building with only a tiny handful of parts, every piece counts. As far as I can tell, this Fokker D VIII plane by Karf Oohlu uses only 13 pieces, 14 if you count the 6x6 tile base. But even at this scale the model is still easily recognizable, and is full of details thanks to the minifig guns, 1x1 cylinder with "wings," and Batarang (!). 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Knot again!

For years the classic knot puzzle has befuddled the brains of countless kids (and adults) all over the world - or not, as the case may be for some of you. But today is the first time I've ever seen one of these puzzles built out of LEGO. O0ger is the culprit and here is the video of the brick-built mini masterpiece being solved: 
LEGO Knot Puzzle

Friday, March 4, 2016

Gotta catch 'em all

willgalb continues his long trend of pop-culture builds with this fantastic new idea: Pokemon cards, but made out of LEGO! Well, sort of. He constructed accurate models of the final evolutions of the three Generation 1 starters (Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise - but who doesn't know that?), and edited them into real-life cards. The result is a fantastic mashup of two well-known hobbies!
The famous (and no doubt expensive) originals of Charizard and Venusaur are represented, but I wonder why the builder used the HeartGold/SoulSilver card version of Blastoise? (See, I still know a bit about Pokemon!)

"We're making today a perfect day for yooooou!"

The latest round of ABS (maybe the best one yet) just wrapped up, and I realized I missed this fantastic model of Elsa from Frozen Fever when contestant Cody Purviance posted it a couple weeks ago. The lime green telephone seed part is used nicely, but that's not all - check out the bananas and ice cream cones that have been used as well! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Get out of my cabbage patch!

Grantmasters has been creating a whole bunch of builds that revolve around the Belville shoe element. His fantastic astronaut and game console have been deservedly featured on The Brothers Brick, but this little vignette seems to have evaded blog coverage thus far:
The Exo-Force hair as cabbages is not a new technique - in fact, it's been employed by LEGO in at least one official set - but its cartoonish style works well here in combination with the battle droid-arm fence and those simple yet effective rabbits. Only a handful of pieces and they're still so cute!