LEGO Minifigure Photography

legophoto03I sometimes buy LEGO sets just for the minifigures because they are so cute and cool.  Most fans display and play with their minifigs, but this guy does one step further by photographing LEGO minifigs in action poses or funny scenes.  Photographer Sofiane Samlal aka Samsofy has an eye for photographing LEGO minifigures, while making the political statement or social commentary in our world around us.

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Custom LEGO Star Wars Battlefront Diorama

legobattleofrhenvar00A popular Star Wars campaign took place on the icy planet of Rhen Var.  Known as the Battle of Rhen Var, LEGO custom builder Markus builds an awesome recreation of the Rebel base with fighters in action and Imperial troopers on the attack.  The detailed diorama features LED lights, a command center & hangar bays with X-Wings, Y-Wings and Landspeeders.  It was a 10-month build with over 250,000 LEGO bricks and 250 minifigs.

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Custom LEGO Gundam RX-78-2 Mobile Suit

legogundamjanlegoI always find it amazing what LEGO builders can do with LEGO bricks.  I remember as a kid buying those Bandai Snap-on Gundam models and this custom LEGO Gundam RX-78-2 Mobile Suit looks just like those model kits.  This huge mecha unit is highly detailed with articulation built by LEGO builder JAN LEGO.

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LEGO The Disney Castle 71040

disneycastlelegoOne of the most iconic theme park places is the Disneyland castle and LEGO has just announced their Disney castle version.  The LEGO Disney Castle 71040 will be one of the neatest builds with over 4,000 pieces and 5 minifigs:  Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Tinkerbell.  The Disney castle will have 5 floors of play features.

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Mega Bloks TMNT Collectors Series – Eastman & Laird

tmntrooftopcombatMega Bloks pays homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with this neat TMNT Collector Series Rooftop Combat edition playset.  I really like the black & white feel and details, a clear tribute to the original comic book run.

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Custom LEGO Star Wars First Order HQ MOC

firstorderbaselegostyleDon’t bad guys always have cool HQ’s?  If you watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the First Order Garrison base was pretty incredible.  Now LEGO master builder No More Bricks builds a big custom First Order Garrison HQ.  It was displayed in Philadelphia at the 2016 Philly Brick Fest.

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Custom LEGO Transformers Soundwave by Joe Perez

customlegosoundwavecoverFor LEGO fans who can build cool stuff, like a detail car, action figure or robot might find it a little easy.  Joe Perez aka MortalSwordsman not only built the iconic Decepticons Soundwave in robot mode, but also made it transformable into the classic cassette Walkman player with transformable cassette tapes Laserbeak, Ravage and Frenzy (headphones not included).

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Massive LEGO Star Wars Death Star

legolandukdeathstarukOver 500,000 LEGO bricks took to build one of the world’s biggest Star Wars diorama, the Empire’s Death Star.  Fifteen LEGO builders took 3 months to build this special effects laden LEGO diorama/playset for Legoland Windsor in the UK.

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Custom LEGO Build: One Huge SHIELD Helicarrier

ultimateshieldhelicarriercoverOne of the most iconic large playset toys from the 1980s was the G.I. Joe USS FLAGG aircraft, a monster 7-foot long toy of joy.  If I had the room I would own one and another iconic ship, is the SHILED Helicarrier.  Only LEGO has come close to making a identical carrier from the Marvel’s Avengers flick, but it wasn’t scaled well enough and to be able to move planes around.  From Taiwan, LEGO builder and fan ZiO Chao and his friends Dada, Kimura, Kuan-Wei, Stephanie, Tiger and Will from Formosa LEGO club builds the ultimate SHIELD Helicarrier.

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Teaching Young Architects with Arckit

arckitdesigncoverMore than just playing with LEGO bricks, Arckit winner of many toy and design awards in 2015, Arckit is about making kids learn design elements, modifying structures and free-form thinking to build amazing houses or buildings.

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The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827

legoghostbustershqThis LEGO Designer Video takes a look at the new and official LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827.  The design team mention taking some fun parts of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 and putting it altogether into the firehouse.  And if you’re a minifig fan, this includes 9 minifigs: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost.  And it comes with 3 cool ghosts:  Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.

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LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy

starwarslegobookphotographybookIf you’re a LEGO Star Wars fan and like building cool dioramas and sets and then taking cool imaginative photos, then this is the book for you, the LEGO Star Wars:  Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy by DK Publishing.

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Lite Brix The Peanuts Movie Playsets

litebrixpeanutstoyAnother LEGO-style brick company Cra-Z-Art offers officially licensed Lite Brix The Peanuts Movie toys.  The Lite Brix The Peanuts Movie School Dance features 104-pieces, 2 figures – Sally & Schroeder, lights and sounds.  The set requires 3 “AAA” batteries that are not included.

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LEGO IDEAS The Big Bang Theory 21302

bigbangtheoryFans of the geeky CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory will enjoy this LEGO-style playset from LEGO Ideas.  The Big Bang Theory 21302 set features the iconic Leonard and Sheldon’s living room with 7 minigures:  Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette.

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LEGO The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034

legobatboatIf you’re on a LEGO budget like me, then I find myself liking this LEGO DC Comics The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034.  Recently I wanted to get some type of LEGO Age of Ultron product, so I settled for The Hulk Buster Smash 76031, which to me had all the mini-figs I wanted.  The Batboat is an okay build, but I like 3 minifigs in this set:  Batman, Robin and Deathstroke.

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The LEGO Sushi Bar Restaurant

legosushishopLike my fellow Retrenders super blogger Stevie Jang, we like LEGOs, but we usually follow the instructions.  Yes, I like having a the manual in-hand and looking at the pictures to see how it’s been built.  I’ve seen lots crazy imaginative LEGO builds, but this MOC Ito Sushi Bar LEGO build is insanely neat.  Built by Denil Oh, this sushi bar has incredible details and even right down to the sushi pieces with custom stickers to enhance the diorama restaurant build.

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The LEGO Etch-A-Sketch!

etchasketchlegobuildThis past July 12, 2015, was the 55th birthday of the childhood toy Etch-A-Sketch.  I have lots of fond memories doodling away and asking my parents how is this possible?  LEGO builder Kristi gets into the celebration with this LEGO Etch-A-Sketch.  Looks like the really thing?  Not bad.

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LEGO Sneaker Creations

legokickcoverforrealTOMYOO aka tomyoo23 on Instagram is known for making sneakers out of LEGO bricks.  Here’s one of his latest creations: A Jumpman/Yeezy cut & paste edition.

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Glastonbury Music Festival LEGO-style

legolandglastonburyfestivalOne of the biggest live music events on this planet is the Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain.  Now Legoland Windsor Resort taps it’s LEGO model makers to build a big diorama of the Glastonbury music festival.  Over 2 months of work and over 15,000 LEGO bricks were used.  The Glastonbury LEGO scene will be on display until this November 2015.

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LEGO Friends’ Death Star

legofriendsdeathstarcoverOne of the most iconic planet destroyer from the Star Wars franchise was the mighty Death Star.  This Death Star is supposed to carry weapons of mass destruction, but instead gets a beauty salon, candy store, pet store and more.  Custom LEGO builder Steve Price adds some humor here using bricks from the LEGO Friends line.

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LEGO Friends Mecha-Suits

This is LEGO Friends:

legofriendsmallMany custom LEGO builders are now getting on-board and building customs from the LEGO Friends product line.  I like the size of the LEGO Friends mini-figures and now custom builders like 3D Foundry has built custom mecha-suits for the Friends mini-figures.

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Destroying a LEGO Build

legodestroyerOf course as everybody knows, yesterday was Star Wars Day and WIRED magazine celebrated by spending $800 bucks in building a LEGO Super Star Destroyer ship and then dropping it.  Just like a little kid, sometimes it’s fun watching a big grandiose LEGO being smashed into pieces.

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Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon

legostarwarsfalconCelebrating International Star Wars day in Melbourne, Australia, the goal was to build the largest LEGO Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.  LEGO approved Master Builders Chris & Dan Steininger and fans help in building the biggest Millennium Falcon spaceship.

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LEGO Star Wars Movie Posters

legostarwarsposteroneLEGO’s Star Wars product-line has been very successful over the years and now they celebrate it with their own LEGO-style inspired movie posters.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Hulk Buster Smash 76031

hulkbustersmashlegoThere are many cool toys coming out for the Avengers Age of Ultron film and if you’re like me, on a budget because some people just can’t buy every toy out there.  This is great pick, the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes:  The Hulk Buster Smash 76031.

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