Gotham brick-figures, part 2

The second half of Forms of Gotham collection includes many of the staple Batman characters. The dark knight himself finally makes an appearance, as does his arch-nemesis the Joker. Building such a large group with wide-ranging styles and colors was particularly fun, as was bringing to life some of the most famous faces in comic book history.

The Batman
The Batman by Tim Lydy
The Joker
The Joker by Tim Lydy

The Riddler
The Riddler by Tim Lydy

The Mad Hatter
The Mad Hatter by Tim Lydy

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy by Tim Lydy

Mr. Freeze
Mr. Freeze by Tim Lydy

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn by Tim Lydy

Do not tap the glass

Considering the depths of the oceans, there are practically countless species of fish to inspire new LEGO creations, such as this particularly dangerous-looking Needlemouth by Serbian builder Djordje. No doubt this is one fishy fellow you wouldn’t want to antagonize!

Needlemouth by Djordje

Gotham brick-figures, part 1

As a license-theme builder, I’m always looking forward to the latest story, book, or film to get inspiration. And with Batman being a particular favorite of mine, there’s always something inspirational around the corner. So for Brickworld Chicago this year, I dug to the root of Batman—its renowned characters—to construct a collection of twelve figures that depict the worst criminals of Gotham, as well as its famous dark knight. Here are just a few of those characters:

The Penguin
The Penguin by Tim Lydy

The Catwoman
The Catwoman by Tim Lydy


The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow by Tim Lydy

Ra’s al Ghul
Ra's al Ghul by Tim Lydy

Two-Face by Tim Lydy

Make sure to keep checking TBB to see the rest of the lineup!

Ready, Set, Escargot!

This past weekend saw one of the world’s great annual LEGO conventions arrive, Brickworld Chicago. With it came dozens of new builds and spectacular collaborations to dazzle the public. One such dazzling display came from the builders of Eurobricks, a popular online LEGO forum, who built a spectacularly intense and hilarious snail race for the ages.

Ready, Set, Escargot! by Peter Strege

This award-winning collaboration was a truly large and world-spanning operation kept together with tight planning and a singular cohesive snail design made by team leader Mark Larson. His design, which was itself awarded the title of Best Creature at the convention, was used by nine other builders to construct more snails which were individualized with unique colors and themed castles–and then finally placed into an epic race.

Giant Troll Castle by Mark Larson (Photo by Peter Strege)


As the snails raced around the track, other inhabitants took up residence in the center field, constructing buildings such as the Mollusk Mosque and the spectator stands. Baby snails were hatched and trained to become racing champions, as butterfly transports and a very cool moving airship floated above.

Spectator Stands, Photo by Peter Strege

Mollusk Mosque, Photo by Mark Larson

Airship by Garey Conley

The full collaboration team consisted of the following builders: Mark Larson, Pete Strege, Kristel, Garey Conley, Ace and Cecilie Fritzvold, Ben Hauger, Mikael Sjostedt, Adam Myers, Marco den Besten, Vincent Kessels, Bob de Quatre, Phred, Prune Face, Quarryman, Rogue Angel, and TBB’s own Simon Liu and Tim Lydy.

For more images, see the Ready, Set, Escargot! Album