Angus MacLane On Tested

I'm a maker at heart. I don't just build with bricks, I'm just as comfortable with an X-Acto in my hand as I am with a brick separator and I've been building something out of nothing as long as I can remember. So naturally I'm a fan of Tested.com, where the overlap of that venn diagram is squarely in my wheelhouse. They love LEGO too, and this week they're kicking off another "LEGO with friends" with creative powerhouse and all around swell guy Angus MacLane. He shows off his work in progress Blade Runner gun with Adam and Simone. I should point out this is premium content, you have to be a subscriber to see it, but in my opinion it's money well spent to virtually hang with like-minded individuals and see some amazing stuff get made and reviewed. 

Skirmish At Nassau

Sometimes things don't go the way you'd like on a series you're watching. A favorite character dies, the heroine falls for "that guy", or for some reason a polar bear shows up. Most people just grumble about it, and tune in next week, but if you're builder Mpyromaxos you build a huge MOC that reimagines how things should have gone. This is his interpretation of the events at Nassau in the series (spoilers?). I especially like the Spongebob and Patrick cameo.

Here's a fun fact: I worked on the last season of Black Sails. I could tell you who dies, if I only watched the series and knew anyone's name. All I know is I spent day after day killing pirates, lots of them.

Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground!!!
Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground!!!
Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground!!!

T-Rex

I don't know what's more frightening, a distant past where tyrannosaurus rex roamed the world, or a distant future where robo-tyrannosaurus rex, like this totally sweet MOC from ToyForce 120, roam the world. At least in the future we can all looks on with sincere admiration and awe as this thing bears down on us. Truly impressed with it's stunning mechanical design and intimidating aesthetics, I mean before it chomps down on you of course. 

LEGO T-REX_17
LEGO T-REX_19

Your Friendly, Cute, Neighborhood Superheroes!

With the recent announcement of LEGO's very own BrickHeadz line, fans will be excited to collect a different kind of figure.  Builder J.B.F. has gotten in on the action, creating his own style of collectible brick-built figures!  His starring line-up contains some great characters, including: Iron Man, Batman, the Flash, Superman, Captain America, and Hulk himself!  (I hope more will join the collection soon!)  Each character is made with the builder's new and creative building style, displayed on a base unique to that figure.  I would love to buy some of these in stores! 

Presenting the CHIBZ brick figures
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Nathaniel Stoner

     My name is Nathaniel Stoner, and I am an very active LEGO builder.  I mostly build in the themes of castle and science-fiction, but I also dabble in other genres and create occasional random MOC's (My Own Creations). 

     When I was younger, I would get and build small LEGO sets for my birthday, but I was never really into them.  When they fell apart, I would become frustrated attempting to put them back together and would throw them in a box in my closet.  I couldn't stand them!

     Then, miraculously, I became addicted to the LEGO brick later in my teen years.  Ever since, I have continued to build up (pun intended) my collection of bricks and to expand my knowledge of techniques and building skills.  LEGO is truly more than a toy, its an art form and a way to express yourself.

     For the most part, I collect LEGO Star Wars (mainly the minifigs), which is probably my favorite LEGO theme.  I have a fairly decent collection, including some of the original 1999 sets, such as the Snowspeeder, X-Wing, and Naboo starfighter.  I also collected LEGO the Lord of the Rings when those sets first came out.  The minifigs are great, and the story remains one of my favorites ever. 

     My hope is to inspire other young (and perhaps even older) LEGO builders to unleash their inner creativity!  You can find me on my Flikr here

The Happiest Place On Earth

You all know what a Disneyland fan I am and whenever LEGO meets the happiest place on earth you instantly have my attention. To this day when I pick up a classic LEGO wavy flag I don't think castle, I think Disneyland. So this recreation of the classic Disneyland sign along with all these other fantastic MOCs by builder TJJohn12 makes my geek heart go pitter patter. Look for this and many other Disney inspired MOCs in the latest issue of BrickJournal, including some instructions by me!

Disneyland Sign (1958)
TWA Moonliner (July 1955)
Jungle Cruise (July 1955)

Home On The Go

I've never been caravanning, or trailer camping, but I've always wanted to. I've been yearning for an Airstream all my life (in fact I just got a truck capable of towing one so I'm one step closer). So this little MOC by Gilcélio appeals to me on many levels. And not only does it look like a splendid time traveling, it looks sharp doing it. The color coordinated pairing makes this just that much better.

Travel trailer

Island of Catan

Feast your eyes on this colorful scene by Simon NH!  You've got all the elements you need in a Medieval Scandinavian village: Town hall, check; market, check; dock for the weekly supply run, check; and monastery (presumably for beer production), check.  What really stands out in this build, aside from all the interesting details and techniques, is the use of every single LEGO color.  Nicely done!

Island of Catan

Beep Beep! Coming Through!

Another wonderful sci-fi vehicle created by Sad Brick.  This is possibly my favorite spacecraft that I've seen done by this builder, mostly because of its sleek craftsmanship. The different light gray elements incorporated into the main body of the rover are connected in interesting ways.  The flexible tubing on each side fits perfectly with the windscreen very well, giving it even more intricate curvature.  And lastly, it's always great to see a terrain scene to display such fascinating vehicles!  Would you drive this craft?  I would!

FebRovery-BlueCab
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Nathaniel Stoner

     My name is Nathaniel Stoner, and I am an very active LEGO builder.  I mostly build in the themes of castle and science-fiction, but I also dabble in other genres and create occasional random MOC's (My Own Creations). 

     When I was younger, I would get and build small LEGO sets for my birthday, but I was never really into them.  When they fell apart, I would become frustrated attempting to put them back together and would throw them in a box in my closet.  I couldn't stand them!

     Then, miraculously, I became addicted to the LEGO brick later in my teen years.  Ever since, I have continued to build up (pun intended) my collection of bricks and to expand my knowledge of techniques and building skills.  LEGO is truly more than a toy, its an art form and a way to express yourself.

     For the most part, I collect LEGO Star Wars (mainly the minifigs), which is probably my favorite LEGO theme.  I have a fairly decent collection, including some of the original 1999 sets, such as the Snowspeeder, X-Wing, and Naboo starfighter.  I also collected LEGO the Lord of the Rings when those sets first came out.  The minifigs are great, and the story remains one of my favorites ever. 

     My hope is to inspire other young (and perhaps even older) LEGO builders to unleash their inner creativity!  You can find me on my Flikr here