Thursday, October 27, 2016

What is this, Ma.K for ants?

October is Ma.Ktober, a theme month based on Maschinen Krieger or Ma.K, a specific strain of sci-fi that focuses mainly on powered suits with smooth shapes. However, Ma.K aircraft and autonomous craft are thankfully all regularly built, as well as more creative takes on the theme like what I've found for our readers today.

Brought to you by D-Town Cracka / Andy is this deceptive toy robot. The presence of Lego's Belville dolls, opposed to standard minifigs, may make it difficult to quickly identify the building scale for those unaccustomed to the dolls. Closer inspection, however, will probably give you a bit of a shock: this killer biped, hilariously advertised as a toy, is not much taller than a minifig itself! Careful use of stickers has helped furnish this bot with a level of detail normally found only on far larger MOCs. As for the pieces it's built from, see if you can spot:
  • Pirate hook
  • Hero Factory figure arms
  • Ski poles
  • Nexo Knights arm pieces
  • Minifigure arm
I haven't posted in a long time, but this tiny treat was too good to pass up. Bravo, Andy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Micro monsters

LEGO 7 has put together two expertly built microscale monster trucks, in a race to the finish on a dusty desert track. 
The bush element used as a dust plume is great, but my favorite detail is how the wheels are connected - the hubs aren't specifically molded wheel pieces, but just 1x1 cylinders. This allows them to be attached to a pair of handlebar elements, giving the splayed-out look of heavy-duty suspension as these monsters bounce across the rough terrain. Fantastic microscale building!

Cherry pie

I love pie. Here in New England we eat it for breakfast from time to time, and there's always four or five varieties on the table at my house come Thanksgiving. Homemade is of course best, but there's something to be said about a slice of storebought cherry pie, bursting with gloppy, sweet, red-food-coloring cherry filling. W. Navarre has recreated it perfectly:

Casa Kolonihagen

Not to be confused with BrickNerd head honcho Tommy Williamson, Tommie Wilhelmsen is a Norwegian architect known for the simple, two-room Casa Kolonihagen house. This modern-style home has now been recreated in LEGO by Lego Fjotten, and I think he did a great job - although if you don't believe me, check out the source images of the real-life building.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Kingdom of ABS

As ABS Round 1.6 rages on (and I keep struggling to come up with more uses for the seed part), we seem to be heading off in the Castle direction - usually not my preferred genre, but when the builds are as cool as my competitor Mark of Siloam's new microscale MOC, I really can't complain! 
The seed part was used six times: four times in the castle, one in the windmill, and one in the cathedral (the builder's favorite). I really like the rockwork and the SNOT techniques in the castle walls and the cathedral. Really nice work, and some more tough competition for me in this round! 

Stay tuned for more ABS coverage, including some personal insights into the contest...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ABS Round 1.6 now in progress...featuring The Brick Bucket Editor Tate Whitesell!

The ABS Builder Challenge is back! This time, the four competitors are...
I'm a little bit of an "outsider," as my three competitors are primarily castle builders, while I focus more on sci-fi...but I'm sure there will be plenty of excellent MOCs of all genres in this contest!

I'm incredibly excited to participate in ABS and I'm grateful to the contest's organizers for including me. I will be posting some updates from this round right here on The Brick Bucket, so stay tuned for some insights into my building and the contest in general. 

Now I'm off to go figure out this seed part... may the best builder win!
You can follow this round of the ABS Builder Challenge here: