It’s sheer steampunk balloonacy

Lego Fjotten continues to be one of the most interesting builders in the steampunk genre. Hot on the heels (wheels?) of his recent LEGO steampunk creations comes this cracking little hot air balloon. There are great details on display here — particularly the use of droid arms for an effective basket texture, and the mechanical boiler elements are simple yet believable. However, it’s the clean composition of the image and the cobbled base which elevate this model out of the steampunk norms. Plus, I love how the builder isn’t using the “same-old same-old” minifigs which constantly seem to show up in steampunk creations. Long may this builder’s refreshing foray into the genre continue.

Steampunk - Hot air balloon

Life’s a LEGO beach

Michael Jasper has pulled off a difficult trick with this image. I’m not normally a fan of minifigs and models appearing in the natural environment in photos. Having real foliage or objects tends to destroy any impression of scale within the models, making it obvious how small they really are. However, this beach scene is enhanced by the sandy setting. It obviously helps that the beach chair model is a sweet little build, and don’t miss Michael’s inspired parts-usage for the bikini top…

life's a LEGO beach

Spider robot creeps out of your nightmares

David Steeves has created a fabulous “spider drone”. The legs and various greebly bits give this a wonderful steamy/dieselpunk feel, and the smart use of the net across the “eye” makes for a frankly brilliant Bioshock-esque porthole effect. To top it all, the spider’s body is made from a large rubber LEGO wheel turned inside-out. All-in-all, an excellently creepy and clanky model with smart parts-usage — good stuff.

Spider Gunner VIII

Taking the devilish dog out

I have no idea what the story is behind d’Qui Brick‘s Lone Druid creation. I don’t even know if that really is a dog, or some kind of sinister skeletal big-cat thing. But it doesn’t matter — this is a burly, beefy, terrifying beast of a model which makes excellent use of a mix of parts: Bionicle, Chima big-figs, and regular System bricks.

MOC - Lone Druid

The face of the figure is particularly striking and I like the little touches of the hanging chains and skulls. The various spiky bits add an obvious menace, and the whole thing carries an unsettling sense of sinister heft. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is in the photography rather than the building itself — that black background might make for a moody setting, but it makes it difficult to see the details of the model.

LEGO Gargamel is on the prowl, seeking the Smurf village

Excellent brickwork by LEGO 7 lends character to this brick-built portrait of Gargamel, the villain from The Smurfs. The face is great, but the posing of the arms and fingers give a real sense of the figure’s creeping motion…

Gargamel

Just exactly what Gargamel was going to do if he ever found the Smurf village was never entirely clear to me as a child. At various points I think he wanted to destroy them, eat them, or turn them into gold. His greatest achievement, of course, was the inadvertent creation of Smurfette — something for which I think the male Smurfs, previously starved of female company, should offer a vote of thanks.

LEGO 7 has also built Azrael, Gargamel’s long-suffering cat…

Gargamel and Azrael

The vastness of LEGO Space awaits beyond this door

A good solid door. On any space station, it’s the only thing standing between you and the dark, dangerous, cold of hard vacuum. Sad Brick‘s latest model focuses in on this essential part of any space facility — and this door certainly looks like it can take the pressure.

Freight station

The vehicle and the little droid are cool, and I like the details and texture on the walls. But the door itself is the undoubted star of this show, with huge hinges and the use of slope bricks suggesting an appropriate heft. This is clearly a serious portal — not for casual opening.

In Soviet Russia, moon lands on you

Tyler Clites does it again. One of our favourite builders’ latest model is a fantastic scene of a Soviet moon lander. The spacecraft itself is pretty smart, with some lovely believable-looking greebles around the legs, and tiny details like the attitude thrusters up top. But the photo-editing is something else, with the addition of a subtle grain effect to create a real old-school space feel. All-round retro lunar goodness.

Russian LK Lunar Lander

My office is panelled in the finest LEGO mahogany

Nice woodwork here from KaiNRG/Geneva. This courthouse is appropriately grand and intimidating with some excellent parts usage to create the wood panelling and the strip of carpet. Those NEXO Knight shields also look good — nice to see these parts showing up in a low-tech Castle creation.

High Court of Eslandola

LEGO hamburgers this good are rare

We’ve featured some of nobu_tary‘s fabulous LEGO recreations of food in the past, and here’s another excellent meal-based model—a burger with an egg topping.

Hamburger steak with Egg

The individual elements of the build are spot-on, and the overall presentation is excellent. Just looking at the image is making me hungry. This burger definitely came with a side of awesomesauce.