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

Gnome

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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Saturday, June 03, 2006

"Borrowing" from Dunechaser

If you are also a reader of the soon-to-be-renamed Dunechaser's Blocklog, this post may seem redundant, but these creations are not only cool but use some really good brick techniques:

Tac's Unit Level 032



BaronSat's Crocodile:



And Mark Stafford's Silverfish:



They all use odd parts in interesting and new ways, and they also have some impressive building techniques.



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