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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Vapors and Craters




Moko has made 2 neat vignettes that capture motion very nicely.

Never before have I seen smashed earth and ethereal fumes created so effectively in the brick.








This one also has some neat sculpturing in the underground part. It's a lot cooler than the rock on the other one.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Damn Europeans


I mean, WTF? Classic Castler Teup, like a big huge jerk, simply excretes architectural detail. In addition to the "just some ideas" pictured, this city project of his seems to be equally on a lark. I can imagine him building a fully minifig-scale Hagia Sophia and saying, "Just a little something I whipped up".

Where does he get off with all these unusual part usages, deft schleim, and eye for composition? Say "natural talent" all you like, but my money's on the European Pick-a-Brick. That's it! I'm moving to Amsterdam!

Art Deco My Brains Out! <3

Brickshelf's DecoJim makes a bold statement with this retro-tastic Miami beach hotel. It's too bad there doesn't seem to be any inside, but I can't complain as my moonbase module was similarly empty...

Like all good MOCs, this one plays fast and loose with scale- the minifigs are dwarfed by the fire hydrant and the patio furniture, and there's even a 4-wide car to mismatch the 6-wide car. Just the way I like it.

Regardless, I hope this trend towards building interesting architecture continues. Maybe it'll get the spacers' attention, ahem ahem.

Update: The builder is named James Garrett.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Suey! Suey!

MisaQa of Brickshelf has created a series of pigs, at approximately minifig scale.

Great use of slopes, teeth pieces, and minifig hands.

Bugship

CSF user Big-X took a rather useless canopy and transformed it into a really nice ship.

Check out the unique color scheme, unique shape, and some bad-ass guns.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Suck-up

Easiest way to get on Golden Shpleem? Make 2 kick-ass creations in a theme that one Argonaut invented, and the other loves to death!

Lenny Hoffman presents 2 Fantasy-Tech creations, "Astronomer's Rock" and "Lord Lenyu's Floating Rock".

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Reminds me of TMNT


Jon Palmer, international man of mystery, believed to be currently hiding in an elaborate underground cave system underneath northern Guinea-Bissau, hiding from Interpol agents (which explains why he is so rarely seen these days in the LEGO community) has created a pair of life size nunchucks that are quite nifty.

He is selling them on eBay, with the proceeds to go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Good cause, good creation, check it out.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Crown Jewels


Brickshelf user Mr Zumbi has created a really sweet mech, I believe based on ones from that game "Mechwarrior" but I never know for sure about these videogame things.

Anyway, it has chrome and darkgray and darkred, and neat guns and sleak panels, and it simply looks really super cool.

Also, while browsing Brickshelf, I found Jonesy and I (The Argonauts) in action.

Nifty Hardsuit

Brickshelf user Eshton has made a neat little minifig hardsuit.

Warning: The pictures are ridiculously large. 2048 x 1536 pixels! I wish people would resize their pictures!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Pinocchio


Brickshelf user Mijasper has created a really neat Pinocchio in minifig scale. I don't know what part he used for the head and nose, but it's perfect!

Click "Up" to see a few more famous people and characters.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Moto Mosa


Bill Vollbrecht has taken the genre of mosiacs to a new level, with his recently commissioned Motorcycle Mosiac.

It is really cool how he created chrome reflections using plates in bricks in shades of gray.

Evil Robo


Brickshelf user cboLEGO has created a neat robot guy with cute little legs and mean guns

Monday, August 15, 2005

Whipped


"Orlan" Pobursky was asked to photograph every single vignette present at this year's fest (he somehow missed mine though, but I'm not bitter ;)

Some you may have seen before, some have even been featured here on Golden Shpleem, but many are brand new, and all are worth a look.

I took a few photos too, but some didn't turn out great. I mainly photographed details I want to remember, no good overall shots of layouts.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Ry and Felix


CSFer and FBTBer and all around cool guy Ryan Wood has created a super sweet Matrix vignette. Bullet time, the creative base, and the posing of the figs falling through the air make this so ridiculously cool I almost fainted.





Fellow cool guy Felix Greco returns to his SalonBot, created for the First Bot Contest, with an upgrade, furthering his worrying obsession for hair and hair care products.

Sometimes a strange fascination with hair care products is just a strange fascination with hair care products. But sometimes it's a cigar.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Never Finished


Brickshelf user Teup has been slowly but surely creating an intricately detailed modern day city. He has built some excellent facades, and decorates many of his buildings with minifig statues.

Also check out the neat tree.

You may remember Teup from his stunning viking village, worth a second (or first) look. Keep an eye out for clever roofs.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Moko Robo


Moko made a cool robot, you should take a look.

It is neato-keen.

I am pretty sure it has 4 legs, but he somehow managed to make it totally unclear because of the picture angles; there could be a forth leg hidden from view in every picture. It is mind-boggling.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

A Man's Home is His Castle


It seems that the famed dragon-lover Anthony Sava has completed his latest and largest-yet castle, "Ulmaris". It features numerous towers and turrets, pleasantly inexcessive mottling, and an understated courtyard.

He's been stringing along the poor dears at the Classic-Castle.com forums for quite some time now, and appears to have gotten it done just in time for Brickfest. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I can't wait to ogle it in person. However, the gallery offers an excellent view of the castle from many angles, as well as a rather revealing look at what I assume to be The Savas's dining room. Nice wallpaper, Anthony!

"Aerodynamically Curvaceous"


Now here's a spaceship with a good set of child-bearing hips. Kenn Oldham brings us his "Bluebell" which features some thoroughly awful Bionicle lids put to good spacey use.

New from an Oldie


Zac Soden, a space builder of yore, whose old work can be found here, along with the work of the currently missing John Henry Kruer, is back!

He returns with the "Magellan Deep Space Charting and Exploration Vessel". Inspired by the creations of Mladen Pejic and Soren Roberts, the ship features many studless surfaces and lots of neat techno-bits and greebles.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Bots!


Check out the 51 Bots entered in the Second Annual Tim and Kevin's Bot Contest.

Although not as many entries as last year, there are some very clever, unusual, and sometimes just plain fun designs this year.

Full Disclosure: I am the "Kevin" in "Second Annual Tim and Kevin's Bot Contest"

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Fart jokes.


Perhaps inspired by Ryan Wood's Tank Droid, Brickshelf user Legohaulic presents this "Fully Autonomous Recon Tank"

He did a great job making it look cool in a variety of formations.

Zelda!


Check out Flail's rendition of the King of Red Lions from Zelda : Windwaker for Nintendo Gamecube. I don't own a Gamecube, but I've played Windwaker and it is sweet and when I saw the boat I thought that it would be awesome in LEGO form and it turns out it is so yay!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Octagon


Martin Jaspter's has created this really neat City Square (although it's more of an octagon). It is full of cool details, but for a MOC that could display sweet interiors, it's entire lack of any is slightly disappointing.

Still, what is there is great.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Corner Pocket


Check out the Moonbase Bar and Pool Hall by CSF user LEGOzilla

Moving parts, a unique shape, and a bright color scheme combine to make this a great addition to any moonbase!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Well Played


The Viagra Moonbase Module, by Brickshelf user Crazy LEGO Man.

Seen at Brickfest 04 with a Dr. Terrible fig standing proud on top of the fully extended corridor.