I’m not the biggest fan of TLG’s official Batman minifig by any means, particularly with the bobble head cowl. This concept for a new Batman by HJ Media Studios is a very good improvement. Given that the cowl needs to be a bit oversized due to the overall scale of the minifig head, the necessary thickness for the plastic, and so on, the overall minimal approach to its shape gives it a more sci-fi helmet look that I think actually makes up for the weird sizing issues. It means that the head’s printing will be a little…interesting…what with the weird white eyes, but that’s what front and back printing is for, in my opinion. Either way, this image is pretty exciting. Click through to download it as a desktop wallpaper image.
And what’s a Batman without a rogue’s gallery of baddies to give him something worthwhile to do? sok117 seems ready to give any Batman, official or unofficial, a run for his money with these minifig beauties—Ras Al Ghul, his dangerous daughter Talia, and one of many silent assassin ninjas that comprise the League of Shadows. Ras is definitely the stand-out here with his perfect head and hair combination. With just a little gray in his do and we’d have a hands-down winner. These are a part of sok117‘s series of MOCs depicting an all-out war between Bane and the rest of the Bat-villains. And who’ll be caught in the crossfire? Look out, Gotham!
In Greek mythology, it’s said that a hybrid being that was part woman and serpent bred with a fire-breathing giant producing a vicious multi-headed dog-beast of a love child. If the Ancient Astronaut theorists are to be believed, this mech could have been what our ancestors actually saw: The Cerberus by Izzo’s LegoStyle. A simple mistake really…the three cannons look like heads and the tank treads could be mistaken for a dog’s legs if they were ready to pounce. Once again, proof that it must be aliens!
Sometimes LEGO’s TV spots are just fun to watch, magically transporting AFOLs back to happy childhood memories. Above is a LEGO Lord of the Rings commercial that hits at both the building toy and fantasy geek inside many of us. It pretty much speaks for itself, so enjoy on this fine Saturday Morning.
Yes, I’m old…old enough to remember listening to a cassette copy of Green Day‘s Sweet Children while working on my punk rock / hardcore fanzine in 1991, and later buying Kerplunk on 12″—or as it’s more commonly referred to now as “vinyl”—while the band was still releasing stuff on Lookout! Records. I love this band, despite many of my old fogey punk rock friends’ declaration that the band “sold out” and poo-poo their signing to a major label. In my opinion, the band showed that major labels could be useful and even eclipsed their punk rock / pop punk days during the period of American Idiot, when they channeled their Gilman St. political roots to try and snap their huge major label derived fan base out of a post-911 malaise. Fittingly, this period in the band’s life saw an embrace of an even older punk rock tradition of appropriating fashion to provide a striking visual, giving the band what has so far become their “signature” look, as depicted here in LEGO by *|dan|*. If you’re not familiar, meet Green Day‘s “frontman”, Billie Joe Armstrong, who’s often commented that their decision to get all spiffy was largely inspired by The Clash. This custom minifig is pretty spot on, though we need a minifig face with proper eyeliner, “guyliner”, or as its lovingly referred to in the Bay Area scene, “AFI-liner”. (Still makes me chuckle after all these years.) Be sure to click through the image above to see more of *|dan|*‘s minifig musicians.
Mission Viejo’s LEGO Store is the site of an epic battle between a maxed out Hero Factory Hulk and a giant purple octopus all by NorbyZERO. He’s put together these two MOCs into the fight scene known as Hulk vs. Midnight Octopus by NorbyZERO. Perhaps this is another gamma-irradiated beast that Bruce Banner feels responsible for creating or a creature from outer space…or an Ozymandias creation meant to look like a creature from outer space. Either way, it’s on! If you’re in the Southern California area and feel the urge to go shopping for LEGO, check it out in person inside this LEGO Store’s Community Window.
Following up on yesterday’s Marvel-centric superhero dress-up meme, I decided to give our DC heroes some airtime and get some insights on how the big names from this camp get ready for a night of
cosplay crime-fighting. Here’s an oldie-but-goodie by ZetoVince depicting The Dark Knight’s Batcave complete with Bruce Wayne, his evening wear in a fancy display case, and his loc’d out g-ride. (Nerd Alert: Technically-speaking, that’s not actually the Batcave but some undisclosed über-fluorescent-lamp-using staging area from Nolan’s second Bat-film. Okay, I’m done now.) If you’re so interested, ZetoVince was offering instructions for his phenomenal version of the Tumbler, so click through the image above for more info.
It’s one thing to create an effective vignette of Captain America getting ready to suit up for action as seen in Marvel’s The Avengers, but it’s another entirely to make it an interactive folding box. Oh, and did I mention said MOC looks amazing as well? Yeah…Choisanghun has built an amazing homage to Cap with this MOC (as photographed by stick_kim). It was hard to choose the image above because this thing has so many amazing views. Be sure to click through the image above to see them all. (And for the record, I think Cap’s outfit is the single, most cheesy superhero get-up ever.)
Never one to be outdone, Tony Stark couldn’t let Ol’ Man Rogers have all the LEGO fun. Continuing with the epic superhero-gets-suited-up-for-action-in-a-box theme, Choisanghun graces us with this beautiful vignette…interactive display, really. In IRON MAN gantry machine vol.2 (photographed by stick_kim), Iron Man is technically getting out of his armor via his balcony runway. Choisanghun has managed to create an interactive piece that demonstrates how Iron Man goes back to being Tony Stark with every step. Please note that the image above only shows the creation from one stage in the “undressing” (un-ironing…de-armoring…dis-armoring…whatever) phase. There are plenty of other photos that show the process step-by-step, including one that reveals how it’s all put together, so be sure to click it to check out how ingenious this thing is. No really…genius! Worthy of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Henry Pym, Hank McCoy, Peter Parker, or even Mister Fantastic himself, Reed Richards.
Sorry, but I can’t get enough of Choisanghun‘s work, and I really wish there was a Flickr account of all this builder’s amazing work. For now, I’ll settle for stick_kim‘s gorgeous photography, which really manages to make these well-built and -designed MOCs look even better. With IRON MAN Gantry Machine Choisanghun captures Tony Stark in mid-transformation. The above shot is a close-up focusing on the action, but click it to see this thing in its entirety. It really is a highly-detailed display that really should be a UCS-worthy official set, but, since that hasn’t happened yet, let’s use CUUSOO to get TLG to give us the goods. Luckily doing so will be that much easier with this existing CUUSOO Project that you really need to support asap!