Lake-town (also known as Esgaroth) was so under-appreciated in the Hobbit film trilogy.  A city built in the middle of the lake?  How cool is that!  In the story, it is said that Esgaroth was once a wealthy and prosperous city, but was affected (like Dale) by the dragon Smaug.  In the films, Esgaroth seemed to be a city filled with poverty.  I wish we could have seen it in its prime.  Marcel V. has done a wonderful job capturing the visual appearance of the town, while making it seem a bit more cheerful, even if it is cold.  The woodwork that he has done in his latest creation is well executed, especially the supports on the tower and that slightly bowed bridge.  I can never get tired of seeing well done Lord of the Rings MOC's!


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