Friday, 15 August 2008

The end has come...and gone by.

Of all the different themes in the legoverse, postapoc is by far my favorite. I'll read books written by illiterates, watch movies so bad they make you consider a lobotomy; as long as they feature the world going down - I'm in.

Disasters, plagues, wars, evil forces, outer horrors; it's sick but I can't get enough of such pulp fiction. And so I'm pretty happy to present you the Monoraiders, three guys and a tire:

Besides watching the world burn, I'm also very fond of the insane but strangely attractive concept of the monowheel. If you also think that this world's can't take a joke-physics justify judgment day, click here for more pics on flickr.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Streeeeeeaamliner 2000

I'm really not into cars - never liked them too much, can't tell them apart from each other and most important, don't own a driver's license. None of the above stopped me from participating in the earlier mentioned Lego Creativity Challenge, although the rules might seem a little stretched in the eyes of a purist:

The butt:

If you're a purist and enjoy rampaging, click here for more.

Retro Future

Now what the hell is retro future? Ever seen a popular science magazine from the 50's or 60's? That's what retro future is. Think of this, or this or this. Get it?
Since we talk about Lego here, you probably wanna see what Chrispockster over at flickr has to say about it, and of cause gambort again, whom I intrduced before related to cave racing. The awesomeness of that great creations is just inspiring.

So here goes my first attempt, the Atomic Cruiser. I built it for this weeks Lego Creativity Challange. It's a little clumsy, but I like it anyway :-)

Fazoooom! More to see at my flickr gallery.

Sunday, 10 August 2008


Back, back, back.

Under the soothing influence of my fellow blogmate, I finally managed to pull of the first decent creation in weeks - the curse is broken! Some pics on my new flickr-account.

First this suit's purpose was aerial armed reconnaissance, the usual militaristic futuristic crap I'm so fond of. But during the build things quickly took a step towards the inane - therefore the brain instead of a minifig's face - and now the thing resides somewhere between white fantasy (evil brain) and fatuos horros from outer space (damaged brain).

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Gay Pride

Two things happened last week: I bought the incredible Dwarf Mine and went to see the Cristopher Street Day parade in Hamburg. Both was/is a lot of fun and this vignette was just inevitable.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Look, a car!

As a kid I built nothing but cars with Lego. Well, except when I played space. Or castle. Or pirates... Anyway, I built a lot of cars, trucks and the like. I was a boy after all. And although I fancy more imaginative creations today I still take pleasure in building something that goes wrooom! once in a while.

In his comment to the first post of this blog my dad said something about a T3 Bulli. A Bulli is what the Volkswagen Van is called by it's german fans, T3 referring to the third model from 1979-1992 – the car my dad happens to own. To be precise, he owns one of the 2500 "Limited Last Edition" Multivan models from 1992. It's red and it's blocky – I knew what to do. So here is the result.



Last Volkswagen to be rear-engined by the way. The round thing up front covers the spare wheel.

It was quite a fun build. The detachable upper part wasn't intended at first, but with all the SNOTing (?) going on it sort of happened by accident.

Lots of pics on Brickshelf.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

The basics of survival

After years of nuclear winter, a simple plant is worth a fortune.
This vignette is my entry for the Picking up the Pieces Contest on flickr, where I just opened an account. See the gallery and read more about post-apocalyptic gardening. You can also spot my blockbird and his new profession there.

Blockbird on my desk

Sitting there at my desk, lost in thought, randomly assembling some bricks ... when suddenly I see this little chap sitting on top of my small-parts-box, looking at me kinda reproachfully.

He's been staying for quite a while now and I begin to think I'll have to find a use for the little blockbird. After all, his motionless stare starts to annoy me ...

Monday, 30 June 2008

Very old bricks go swoosh!

Ahh, classic space. The era between 1978 and 1987, where space minifigs didn't have visors on their helmets and spaceships were blue, gray and blocky. Blocky? Not necessarily. Building classic space is all about makang swift and swooshable models. Either using modern parts and building techniques, such as legoloverman from flickr does, or using only old parts. I did the old part thing, trying to keep my ship smooth on the surface, greebly underneath and wierdly angled all around. Check it out!

That's right, classic city parts like car jacks and fences serve well as greebles. But my absolute favourite: The Fabuland mailbox cap right behind the pilot. I have this piece like forever and now finally found a use for it...

Friday, 27 June 2008

Wednesday night in Germany

Although they played worse, in the very last minute of the semi-final the german soccer team kicked Turkey out of the european championship tournament. Nevertheless both german and turkish fans partied together through the night without any mockery, agression or even a nasty look. A truly amazing sight.

Friday, 13 June 2008

About Cave Racing

Are you familiar with Cave Racing? Then just skip the text and enjoy the pics.

But I guess most of you have never seen a Cave Racer before, so I try to sum it up for you. Cave Racing is a theme probably created by Tim Gould, known as gambort on flickr. A Cave Racer is best described as a motorized flying vehicle for poeple who consider, say, overpowered racing motorbikes just not dangerous enough.
Racing through the depths of caves the presumably suicidal pilot hangs behind the vessel, clutching some kind of handlebar to steer the thing. Like race cars, Cave Racers are all about style, power, speed and risk, often combined with hilarity. And they require a special set of items like wings, an engine of cause, hover thingies and they really schould be ribbed for pleasure. Gambort himself explains this point-blank in his great Cave Racer Building Guide.
If you browse flickr you will find tons of well-designed models by different builders in lots of different styles, shapes and sizes. But enough for the theory, here are the Cave Racers I've built so far.

Small Cave Racer for beginners.

Lean but powerful. And my only Cave Racer so far with a colour scheme to speak of...

Batmans Cave Racer

Robins Cave Racer

Taking Cave Racing straight to the next level of insanity...

There's even more to see, for example two entrys for a Cave Racer contest, where a shovel, a spear and an animal as pilots are required.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Robin wants to join the cool surfer gang!

Hooray, Robin hurls himself into his first great adventure! Joining the wildly popular surfer gang! Well equipped our hero dashes down the beach to check out the scene and make his appearance.

See for yourself: Here's the gallery.

Fun fact: This scene instantly sprang to my mind when I thought about using the torso and legs of Spongebob's buddy Patrick in a different context. It pretty much started from there...

Coming up: The Adventures of Robin, World's lamest Superhero

It all started this spring. A couple of friends with a brilliant taste for presents got me the awesome Batcave set for birthday. My fellow blogmate Flo and me took all night to build it and had a lot of fun, which basically was the point of it.

One little thing though utterly touched us: The hilarious wackiness of Batman's Sidekick, Robin, both as character and minifig. Of cause we knew him before, but here he was suddenly right in front of us, all shiny and moronic! His goofy hairstyle and silly smile, the disconcerting colour scheme of his outfit, the painfully awkward ride he uses in the set...

It occured to us that night that such a lame superhero deserves to be punished! Such beeing the case we hereby officially kick off a new MOC theme called "The Adventures of Robin, World's lamest Superhero" – and we mean every single capital letter.

Wait for it!

Monday, 26 May 2008


Although the weekend didn't turn out to be overly fruitful, I at least managed to build these little guys:

More Pics on Brickshelf

I don't know why I am so fond of microscale, it just turns out to look ravishing, even after only a few parts assembled and since I bought some minifigs at the legoshop in hamburg, which happen to be allowed to carry as much tools and gadge
ts as one can stick into their tiny hands and since my fellow blogmate Moritz assured me that the shop's staff didn't mind a little creativity when combining several parts into rather wild, out-of-proportion-blown SUPERTOOLS/SUPERGADGETS - I by now possess like ten closed wrenches, 5 or 6 screwdrivers and other very useful microscale-parts.

With this macroscale sentence, I conclude with today's post and hope to post something bigger next time, maybe justrightscale.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

VanShrapnell is on the loose again

Damn it, I'm late! Work's a bitch, but now I managed to pull off a decent creation worthy this neat little brand new part of the internet called beauty and the brick.

VanShrapnell is on the loose again!

Chosen mad Scientist of the year according to last april's issue of the infamous "It's alive!!!-magazine", VanShrapnell managed to escape from royal custody and is about to play some seriously disturbed jokes on the townfolks.

More Pics on brickshelf

Obviously, the walker is incredibly fragile and couldn't be played with for a second, it was even hard to pose this thing for shooting - but I instantly fell in love with the grotesque, sheer legs and just had to do it. As usual the bots were pretty much a byproduct and just happened along the build, I like the way they enhance the walker's scale.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Doctor Dreadful and the Mechanical Monkey Machine

Here it comes, the first post in our brandnew blog. Since I started taking pictures of my Lego creations a while ago, I was gonna post them chronologically. But my collection has grown steadily over the past few months and frankly, the old MOCs (?) wouldn't make a good start. So screw chronological order and start with the latest piece of fun:

Doctor Dreadful and his monstrous steam-powered monkey walker. The townfolks are shocked but still impressed as the famous and feared Doctor takes his latest invention for a test ride. Complete with two steam boilers, the inevitable number of valves, gauges, gears and some brassy stuff. Oh, and a clever Banan-o-Vision® device to keep the monkey dedicated to it's noble endeavour.

This started out as an experiment on how much stuff one can add to a monkey figure. Note that everything in this machine ist attached exclusively to the monkey. Each limb holds one of the walker's legs, all the rest is connected to it's tail and stomach. Poor monkey.

Click here to see the complete gallery.