Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chibi Grond

The Brothers-Brick Chibi Contest has inspired lots of cutesy-fied scaled down vehicles, but I really had to laugh at Vitreolum's Grond.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hobbiton Open-air Museum

Ivan Storm imagines that centuries after the War of the Ring, the Shire has become a tourist destination for men from around the realms of Arnor and Gondor, who are particularly excited to visit the Hobbiton Open-air Museum, wit displays about Frodo, Sam, Meriadoc and Peregrin.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Tolkien LEGO fans in Toronto can have a treat. If you go to the Toronto Eaton Centre (looks like it's a shopping mall), the Smaug sculpture by Eric Varszegi that was seen at ComicCon is on display.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Azog's Battle Plan

Brotherhood Workshop has released another film just in time for the Battle of the extra The: Azog's Battle Plan.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Eurobricks Middle Earth Contest

Hi all,
First up, I just wanted to apologize for my six month hiatus. I've been blogging about LEGO for nine years now, and from time to time I've just gotten a bit run down and distracted from my family of blogs. However, in the meantime, I'm constantly going through Flickr, Brickshelf, and other sites, and probably every day I bookmark a few more things that I keep meaning to post. I've gotten a couple of nice notes asking where I've been, and I guess it's time to come back. Also, during the year I save up LEGO books to review as people are getting ready for Christmas, and want to get those posted. And so, back to blogging. Hopefully I won't have too many interruptions in the near future. I've certainly got a backlog of great creations to feature.

Alright, over the last couple of months, Eurobricks has been holding the Eurobricks Middle Earth Contest, and there are enough great MOCs in there to keep me blogging for months. For now, though, let's note that it's time to vote on the winners from a short list of entries.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quick Comic-Con post

Sorry it's been so long since I've regularly blogged. I just wanted to put up some real quick news regarding San Diego Comic Con. Those attending will have the opportunity to win exclusive giveaway minifigs each day, two comic-themed figs, one from the LEGO Movie, and, relevant to Tolkien LEGO fans, an exclusive Bard the Bowman. According to Ace at FBTB you'll have a chance to scan your badge at the LEGO booth once each day and will have a randomized chance at winning a fig. Also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, one of the large-scale LEGO sculptures on display will be of Smaug, built by Eric Varszegi.

Monday, June 16, 2014

More MELO round 1

I've been just horrible at this - I keep meaning to go through much of the 2013-2014 MELO, but I keep getting distracted, and have gone through long blogging hiatuses (hiati? Haiti?). Anyway, here are some additional selected MOCs from round 1, again, all based on riddles from the riddle game:

Zoltan went on to round 2 with wargs of the Misty Mountains for the Mountain riddle.

General Magma just missed advancing with Smeagol and Deagol's fishing trip for the Fish riddle.

Kyle Ransom built the Gates of Edoras for the Wind riddle, because, um, I guess the flags were flapping when Gandalf and the three hunters arrived in the movie version. Sketchy, but it's a great MOC and went on to round 2.

Eli Willsea advanced with his Mountain riddle entry, out of the mines.

LukeClarenceVan the Revanchist advanced with his Dark entry, There is no light, Wizard, that can defeat darkness based on the Desolation of Smaug movie.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

More Melo round 1

More selected entries from MELO Round 1, again illustrating riddles from the Hobbit riddle game.

Matthew B's Bilbo Fishing illustrated the fish riddle, and brought him on to round 2.

David FNJ showed us wind, and went on to the next round.

Finn Tegotash advanced with Dark, showing Radagast's glimpse of the Necromancer.

Time all things devours, including, sadly Arwen. Stuart Lucas' Arwen's sepulchre was a lovely MOC, and also an alternate build of the Elrond's Council set, but sadly did not quite make the cut for round 2.

Friday, May 2, 2014

MELO Round 1, Dark and Mountain

Four more from round 1 of the MELO:

Legopard's Fire and Water was his way to illustrate 'dark'. He argues that Smaug's attack happened at night, and brought metaphoric darkness into the lives of Lake-Town. That's quite the stretch, but it's an awesome MOC and earned him a spot in Round 2.

Jacob Pennington took a more literal take on dark with the Mines of Moria. A great MOC, but it just missed the cut to go on to the next round.

Elliott Feldman's Mount Doom is his take on the mountain riddle. Another really nice MOc that went on to round 2.

Lee Muzzy also made a mountain for the Goblin Caves. He even includes Gollum's cave inside, and went on to round 2.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

More MELO round 1

Continuing my look at selections from round 1 of the MELO. Remember, these are all based on riddles from Bilbo and Gollum.

Dodge illustrates wind.

Disco86 made a mountain.

KW Vauban illustrates time.

Josh Walter does a more literal take on the fish riddle.

Friday, April 25, 2014

MELO Round 1

Okay, I've been really remiss in not focusing much on the Middle Earth LEGO Olympics, or MELO, which started in late 2013 and led into the first part of this year. The first round was wide open, and anyone was invited to build creations based on the Riddles in the Dark. There were 68 initial entries, the top 32 went into a single-elimination tournament. I can't focus on all of the round 1 entries, so I'll pick out a few of my favorites over the next few days.

Alive without breath. David Alexander Smith brings his unique silhouette/woodcut style to Fish.

A box without hinges. Aaron L unfortunately did not advance with his scene of a young Smeagol teaching his grandmother to suck eggs, but I like his take on a hobbit-hole.

Grant Davis got one of the highest scores and easily advanced with his Lothlorien. He took a little bit of liberty with the egg riddle - his take is the golden wood is the golden treasure, and there's no lid on a forest. Whatever - it's an awesome MOC.

Finally for today, David Hensel had one of the other highest scores with his Dark of Mirkwood - Radagast's home as an interpretation of Dark.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Members of ArchLUG built a collaborative Lake-Town that they displayed recently at Emerald City Comic Con.