Tuesday, September 26, 2006

All aboard the SNOT train!

Brickshelf user dagealka has created a neat little train car that is chock full of SNOT that castlers, spacers and other trainheads could really find useful:

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

There's always a bigger fish...

Megan Rothrock returns with a great new creation:

Note the clever construction of the mouth and the use of Clikits parts. Also, don't miss Megan's latest podragon, Phergy.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Curved Roof

Each year Brickfest produces a roomfull of awesome new creations, and this year was no exception. It's going to take me a while to go through all of the pictures to pick out cool new parts usage and building techniques, but this house by Taylor Pluzak caught my eye:

That smooth, curved roof is created by building a wall of 1x2 bricks and bending it slightly. Because of the natural flex of LEGO bricks, the wall bends. The longer the wall, the bigger the curve. I wish I knew how the roof was attached, and how smoothly the walls meet up with the roof. Special thanks to Bill Ward for taking pictures of many cool creations at Brickfest, including this one.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Castle Wall Offsets

The "Coolest New Unique Brique Technique Award of the Month" goes to Ben Ellermann, creator of this beauty:

The UBT may not be obvious at first, but check out this awesome article by Ben for more info and step-by-step instructions.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Carney's Castle

Bob Carney is well know for his large, historically-accurate and massively gray castles. Torre de Belém is his 110th castle, and while it's size and grayness is impressive as usual, it also features some clever parts usage. The fancy railing of the balcony is made out of the bases of 2x2 turntables.

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Friday, August 25, 2006


Nelson Yrizarry has created a very interested vignette depicting Q*Bert the classic video game character in all his glory. Check out the use of a carrot as Q*Bert's snout and the SNOT construction of the cubes.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Various SNOT Techniques

Today I'm going to bypass creations that use great building techniques and just focus on the techniques themselves, such as Studs Not On Top. Check out these classic techniques presented by Chris Malloy:

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Classic-Castler TJ has created some orcish creatures called Squigs. It's a pity they're mostly black, since it's hard to see how they were built, but if you squint you can spot some clever connections:

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Monday, August 14, 2006


There's only one word to describe this bike by Brickshelf user arvo: sexy. Just check out that smoothness! In my opinion larger-than-life LEGO models are few and far between and way too under appreciated.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

That's no moon...

It's a freakin' huge exhaust port by Flickrite Jon Palmer! Check out the use of blue skateboard ramps and the round shape.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Brick-Built Onion Dome

The LEGO company already provides a large prefad onion dome piece, but it's size and color solution is limiting. Kevin Blocksiege has created a brick (or rather plate) build onion dome that could easily be expanded to fit any size:

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Nelson's Cookin' Up A Storm!

I declare Nelson Yrizarry the LEGO Vignette God. I mean, just take a look at his vignette Brickshelf folder! Recently, Nelson has posted a new series cooking-themed vignettes. All of them are awesome, but two in particular are perfectly suited for UBT.

Dinah, while being both a funny and jibbly MOC as the same time, also uses the arms of a dino from the Dino Attack line for the monster.

First Megan Rothrock used Clikits hair clips in a MOC, now Nelson has incorperated a LEGO egg timer into his PizzaMan vignette! Awesome.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Duplo Castle

Well, I feel lazy, so I'll just show off an old MOC of mine that uses -- of all things -- a Duplo brick to make a castle wall:

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sporty SNOT car

At first glance, this sports car by LUGNETer and Flickrite Derek Schin doesn't look very impressive...but then, examine the photos. Check out the half stud- offset on the already SNOTty car hood:

Also check out the impressive SNOT on the rear:

It's a pity there isn't breakaway pictures.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Chick Brick

Go girl power! Megan Rothrock's recent batch of critter creations are colorful, creative and cartoony in a cool sort of way.

Urple the purple podragon uses a light blue and trans-purple X-pod container as a stomach.

Clickit-Nessie uses hair clips and Bionicle kraata as fins. I mean, Clickits hair clips? Awesomeness.

Finally, the Clickapillar's whole body is made up of X-pod lids, Bionicle claws and Clickits bits.

Thanks to Bruce Heintbrink for posting these on Classic-Castle.com.

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Friday, July 07, 2006


Well, if you're a regular visitor of fellow LEGO blogs The Brothers Brick and VignetteBricks, this post may seem like a broken record to you, but I just had to feature it. Annie Preston has recently posted some vignettes that recreate the works of Mondrian, Picasso and Pollock in LEGO. Check out that SNOT!

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

"Holy Spider-vigs, Batman!"

Wait...wrong comic. Nevermind. Anyway, Nelson Yrizarry has recently blown away the LEGO fan community by posting 16 -- count 'em, 16 -- Spiderman vignettes featuring our favorite web-head battling classic villians. This is an impressive feat in itself, but Nelson has also used some particular clever building techniques and parts in some of the vigs.

Check out Madame Web's snaking dress:

And the microscale buildings that create and excellent forced perspective.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Say it ain't so!

I never saw this coming. Ben Ellermann, founding admin at Classic-Castle.com, has made a space MOC!

After I got over the shock, I had to admit the SNOT on this thing was pretty cool.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bows and Goats

Classic-Castler Nathan "Sly Pig Enigma" Cunningham has created another vignette illustrating a scene from the Book of Mormon. Check out the use of Viking horns and a lightsaber as a (broken) bow. Also check out the goat, which Nathan says is based upon a design by Brickshelf user schlimps.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Brick-built ATV

The LEGO Company already makes a one-piece ATV for minifigs, but Classic-Castler lego2000 has built an ATV out of bricks that's ten times cooler. I only wish there were more pictures to examine. Note the was the front mudguards are attached and the use of the Technic gears as hubcaps.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Berger Strikes Back -- Part 3

Recently master of brick-built beasts Micah Berger has posted a huge load of new creations, most of them already featured here at UBT.

It took me several viewing to spot all the great brick construction techniques used in Grotesque, not to mention the unique usage of parts. Check out the minifig wrenches as knees, Doc Ock claws, minifig hooked hands and revolvers as hands, and minifig hands as claws and ears on the face. Also note the pecular hip connection.

Next is an odd creature Micah calls Thumper. According to Micah, Thumper is a...wait for it...elephant-hippo-dog-gorilla-bunny monkey, or elehipogoribunkey. Uhm, right. Anyway, check out the plethora of parts used in Thumper: lever bases, turntable tops, minifig helmets, minifig flippers, and various droid parts.

The last creature for this edition is my favorite. The Ork is short, squat, and totally menacing. Check out that huge chin and teeth made out of minifig hands and minifig neck brackets. Also note the connection of the arms.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

It's been a good month for figures!

I was browsing fellow LEGO blogger Sean Mykael's BrickBrick today and I ran across this awesome figure feature in the sidebar. Flickrite stuartimmonen's Mighty Atom figure is impressively smooth (look at all those tiles) while still managing to be very posable. I'm having some trouble linking directly to pictures on Flickr (help!), so please just click the link above. Note the use of minifig wrenches as elbow hinges in the arms, and battle droid torsos in the legs.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Moko's Sculptures: More Than Meets The Eye

Brickshelf user Moko has recently posted pictures of two new anime-style sculptures. When one first looks at the thumbnail pics, they look like a pair of plain old sculptures. But when one looks at the big pictures --

WOW! Check out that SNOT -- or, rather, STEWW, a term coined by BrickTales meaning STuds Every Which Way. Note especially how the arches and tiles fit smoothly into the head to make eyes, and the use of minifig chairs as the girl's skirt. Moko was nice enough to include some construction shots:

Special thanks to BrickTales for pointing these out to me!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Berger Strikes Back - Part 2

Well, I'm back from my vacation. I had a blast, but I'm also now healing recuperating from sunburn, bugbites and allergies. Fun.

But enough about me. This blog is a cool building techniques, and so I'll continue from where I left off: Micah Berger's latest batch of sweet brick built beasts:

The Sneak once again uses the lever-and-skeleton-arm connection technique, but I particually like the incorperation of the Green Goblin mask from the Spiderman line. The twisted grin and big eyes suit this troublesome creature perfectly.

This unnamed creature is once again an example of pieces being used in ways I don't think the original designers and molders ever envisioned. Check out especially the connection between the black Doc Ock claws and the binoculars.

Lastly for this blog post, there's the Vargouille, a flying head. Uhm, yeah. Interesting use of Green Goblin mask and handlebars.

Stay tuned for more creations from Micah Berger!

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Berger Strikes Back!

The Master of Brick-Built-Beasties, Micah "The Green Knight" Berger, has recently displayed another motherlode of great creations, and every single one is a showcase of interesting building techniques and unique parts usuage.

First off is a crab. Note the connection between the minifig hands, skeleton arms and levers.

Next is an Ibixan. This ax-wielding creation uses minifig hands, levers, binoculars and various clips in ways I'm sure the original molders never intended.

Micah's third creation comes from the land of Narnia. Puddleglum the Marshwiggle uses the same technique as the crab for it's legs, but really stands out is the use of a pirate hook, minifig hand and two levers to make a hauntingly expressive face.

Dang, I've out of time, and Micah's still got a ton more critters. If you can't wait for my follow-up posts (I'll be gone all this week on vacation), check out Micah's thread on Classic-Castle.com.

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LEGO Bloggers Code

Back when Unique Brique Techniques was first started up, there were very few LEGO blogs out there. But check out the lists on The Brothers Brick and VignetteBricks! There's over 130 LEGO-related blogs in English, Japanese and a smattering of other languages. Sean Mykael of the blog Brick Brick has proposed a LEGO Bloggers Code. Head over to Brick Brick and discuss!

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Motorbike Mecha

Sugegasa's latest mecha uses some new Catwoman motorbike pieces in unusual ways to create a funky but cool looking mecha:

Yeah, yeah, I know I totally ripped this off from the recently renamed The Brothers Brick. Sue me. :P

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Made in the style of Micah Berger, Classic-Castler wunztwice has created a great little gnome:

Note the use of various clips and the minifig hand for a nose. It's a pity a pictures are so dark, because it's a little hard to see how this little fella was put together.

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