Finally, a nemesis worthy of my vast intellect

Following his amazing GLaDOS from Portal 2, Brandon Bannerman (Catsy) miniaturizes a turret to minifig-scale (or near enough), alongside an adorable custom Chell fig, complete with ASHPD.

Chell, ASHPD and Turret

For all of you out there who’d like your own turret to keep you company during the long twilight of civilization, Brandon has kindly posted instructions.

Turret Breakdown

Another interesting thing about Brandon’s design has been watching it evolve based on feedback from fellow builders. See the earlier iterations here and here, together with the comments that inspired the final version.

New hardsuit frame design by Ironsniper

Even though I’m a sucker for adorably squat hardsuits, there are only so many gray, greebly little fellows I can take after a while. This new design by Chris (Ironsniper) made me sit up and take notice.

Warrior

There’s some nice color blocking with the brown arm, along with one of the coolest details I’ve seen on any hardsuit, even though that knife may be quite useless to a mechanized warrior. But it’s the posability built into the shoulders, knees, and feet that sets this hardsuit apart.

Lawn Day on Planet X

Before the historic achievements of the Mariner, Pioneer, and Voyager probes cleared the mists of fantasy from our planetary neighborhood, even “hard” science-fiction like the early novels of Arthur C. Clarke posited the existence of flora (and sometimes fauna) on the surface of Mars, Venus, and our moon. There’s a certain sense of loss knowing that’s not true.

Joshua Morris (I Scream Clone) restores some of that wonder with this little diorama featuring a mushroom-mowing spaceman.

Lawn Day

Sandvik TH550 underground truck

Marek Markiewicz (M_longer) heads deep under the surface of the Earth with his LEGO version of the 50-ton articulated mining truck.

Sandvik TH550

I’m always a sucker for schematic-like compilation shots, and I’m not disappointed by all the angles in this one:

Sandvik TH550

CEC Gauss Aufseher

Dane Erland (Lord Dane) gives a very big gun to a tall mecha with tiny arms in a surprisingly effective combination that I wouldn’t want to face down on a dead-end street.

CEC Gauss Aufseher

Day of the Moon

It’s wonderful to have Doctor Who back on the air, and even better that those of us watching it on BBC America don’t have to wait weeks for it after it airs in the UK. This week’s episode wrapped up the season opener rather nicely, and this LEGO treatment by Legoagogo is rather nice as well.

Dr Who

Royal wedding

Even though we Americans threw off the shackles of monarchy more than 200 years ago, we still find something fascinating in the pomp of a royal event, like the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton today tomorrow in London. Justin Ramsden made a name for himself with his Amy Winehouse sculpture last year, and even got a job as the youngest-ever Model Maker at Legoland Windsor as a result. His latest sculpture honors the wedding couple.

LEGO Wills & Kate (Best Wishes)

L’Entité d’Atlantis

Underwater LEGO dioramas present some unique challenges. For example, how do you illustrate the complex ecosystem present in the water column? Captain Spaulding does this by suspending a variety of lifeforms above the seafloor, but that’s hardly the most notable thing about this creation, built for a contest on the French Brick Pirate forum.

MOC l'Entité d'Atlantis 01

The enormous statue dominates the scene with his heart of gold, while a microscale Atlantean temple creates some forced perspective behind a lovely cuttlefish.

Via Legobloggen.