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12 May 08:08

Classic Space doesn’t get much better (or smaller) than this

by Jonathan

Can you feel the nostalgia oozing out of this gorgeous little trophy-scale homage to LEGO Classic Space? The diorama by Paul Lee is a perfect micro replicant of a Galaxy Explorer, Rocket Launcher and Moonbase as they would appear in a 1980s LEGO catalogue. Special attention has been paid to getting the moon craters as close as possible to the classic baseplates. This build is simple and elegant with a lovely warm after-glow of sentimentality.

Classic Space Trophy Scale

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11 May 07:18

Too many cooks in the kitchen...

by Matt Hocker

LEGO photography is an art in and of itself, as demonstrated by brickexplorer’s images shared on Instagram. This particular scene is cute and funny thanks to well-executed visual storytelling. It’s a tale of the guy who thinks he can cook but is so distracted by his pets that he sets his food on fire. Meanwhile, Brickexplorer’s failed little chef is oblivious to the woman shouting at him from behind. If the fish flopping around near the dishwasher is any indication, this guy is about as good at taking care of his pets as he is making dinner.

Everything about this scene is lively and fun to look at, thanks to the builder’s use of color and lighting. The way the sun shines brightly through the window reminds me of a morning sunrise. And editing the image to include smoke makes this scene all the more believable.

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11 May 04:25

Diapers for your chickens

by Minnesotastan

These are real, offered by My Pet Chicken in a variety of styles for your indoor chickens, which according to the elves at No Such Thing as a Fish, are very hip household pets in Silicon Valley. 
11 May 04:24

They could be called "oxterpeckers"

by Minnesotastan

As reported by National Geographic:
Scientists have long known that yellow-billed oxpeckers hang out on massive African mammals like giraffe, water buffalo, and eland during the day—an often beneficial relationship that provides hosts with cleaner, healthier skin. These small brown birds can often be seen perched on top or hanging off the animals, picking through their hair in search of tasty parasites like ticks.

But a series of rare photos from a large multi-year camera trap study in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park have revealed that the birds actually roost on some of their hosts overnight...

"You look at them on the giraffe and they're just right up in there," says Meredith Palmer, a Ph.D. candidate in behavioral ecology at the University of Minnesota. "It's a very safe, comfortable place for the birds."..

Yellow-billed oxpeckers nest in trees or other vegetation when it's time to lay their eggs. But the rest of the time they're perfectly happy dangling from a giraffe—sometimes, seven birds are seen clustered in a single armpit
Re my tongue-in-cheek title for the post:
Definition of "oxter" - chiefly Scotland and Ireland : armpit. (etymology: Middle English (Scots), alteration of Old English ōxta; akin to Old English eax axis, axle).

Photo credit Meredith Palmer. 
08 May 18:36

Woodpile

by Minnesotastan

Click the photo to enlarge and appreciate.  Credit uncertain - probably Alastair Heseltine (or someone who copied him).  Via.
08 May 18:36

The first use of "O.M.G." was in 1917

by Minnesotastan

Credit to Anorak at Flashbak for finding a letter from Lord Fisher to Winston Churchill, written in 1917.

Via Smithsonian.  Image cropped for size and contrast-enhanced from the original.
07 May 18:38

Driving Cars

It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
07 May 15:06

It’s not the beauty of a building you should look at, it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time

by Jennifer

Taking a break from creating stunning LEGO characters, Finnish builder Eero Okkonen has assembled an equally-stunning, 360-degree city block filled with gorgeous early-1900s modular buildings. Each of the four buildings (“Grand Hotel Masaryk”, “Olofslott”, “Louhi” and “House of the Brick Wall”) has its own unique style and charm. But the block as a whole still feels very cohesive.

New Century City Block II

Eero says he began sketching the design for his creation after a train ride from Helsinki to Tampere. His design incorporates Finnish Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) elements and tries to avoid 90-degree angles wherever possible.

Each of the buildings pulls inspiration from real-world buildings such as the Hotel Europa in Prague and the Tampere Cathedral in Finland. Eero also borrowed from architectural philosophies like Camillo Sitte’s urban planning theories and Finnish national romantic architecture.

New Century City Block II

There are a ton of interesting details to observe if you get close up. From rowboats and rope bridges to dinosaur tails and butterflies, Eero has used a wide variety of LEGO pieces to construct his colorful city block, and the results speak for themselves.

New Century City Block II

For more photos and an in-depth article written by the builder himself, visit Eero’s blog.

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06 May 12:16

chilaquiles brunch casserole

by deb

I have never met an intersection of tortillas and salsa and cheese and eggs I did not love excessively, or at minimum, could leave a restaurant where it was on the menu without ordering. Things were relatively controlled between the earliest iteration of huevos rancheros on this site, to a still-favorite, almost shakshuka-ish baked eggs in ranchero sauce with beans, a cheesy broiled lid, and strips of fried tortilla chips in my first cookbook. But it was during a brief trip to Mexico City two years ago that my obsession really went off the rails as I realized I’d need a month to get through all the glorious ways to eat eggs/salsa/tortillas, see also: huevos revueltos al gusto, rancheros mexicanos, divorciados, motuleños, al albañil, and ahogados, not to mention chilaquiles.

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06 May 12:15

Take Flight into the Winds of War with these Fantastic Aircraft

by Matt Hocker

World War I (1914-1918) marked a turning point in military technology. While the age of aircraft was still quite young, it did not take military strategists long to recognize their advantage on the battlefield. The era produced legendary pilots like the Red Baron and Eddie Rickenbacker. 100 years later, we can add Wesley to the list of flying aces with his brilliant aircraft from the Great War.

By themselves, Wesley’s models look really slick, but his excellent photography really kicks things up a notch. He does an excellent job of setting the scenery, with believable landscaping and cloud laden skies. The muted colors used to present the images are reminiscent of turn-of-the-century hand-tinted color photographs. Wesley has created a number of planes for us to enjoy, including…

The French Nieuport 17

The German Albatross

And the British Sopwith Camel

He has even celebrated the famous Christmas Truce in LEGO form!

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06 May 12:15

Micropolis block packs a lot of Microscale punch

by Daniel

The Micropolis standard is what allows LEGO builders from around the world to come together at a convention and build a sprawling but tiny city that fits together. Here, LEGO creator Tammo S demonstrates some great microscale building techniques in this city block, featuring a hotel, some apartments, a pizzeria, a few residential buildings and a lovely courtyard. The model has a very European vibe, with a variety of dormer window designs, satellite dishes, and landscaping.

City Block (Micropolis)

Some of the best details are easy to miss, as they are built into the central courtyard.

Pizzeria & Insurance Office (Micropolis) Apartment Building #2 (Micropolis)

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05 May 17:48

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Vavilov

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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05 May 06:56

This sign at the party for Jana...

by Minnesotastan


Via the Funny subreddit.
05 May 06:56

The red line is a straight line

by Minnesotastan

And not just any straight line.  It is the longest straight line on the surface of the earth that traverses water without touching land (approximately 20,000 miles).

Here's a video demonstration:

05 May 06:55

I think we can call this manhole cover "metal"

by Minnesotastan

Located in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Via the Manhole Porn subreddit (I kid you not - and despite the name totally SFW).
05 May 06:54

"Is Curing Patients A Sustainable Business Model?"

by Minnesotastan
That's the question asked by financial analysts at Goldman Sachs.
In an April 10 financial report titled “The Genome Revolution,” company analysts allegedly posed the question “is curing patients a sustainable business model?” The report broke down the pros and cons of new gene therapy treatments being worked on by biotech companies. Turning the search for medical remedies into a numbers game, analyst Salveen Richter called potential “one shot cures” a bad business decision that will hurt a company’s bottom line...

Goldman researchers pointed to pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, which developed a treatment for hepatitis C, as an example of the financial impact treating diseases can have on profits. “In the case of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, curing existing patients also decreases the number of carriers able to transmit the virus to new patients,” the memo argued.
Offered without comment.
05 May 06:52

IMHO

"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
04 May 05:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Clown Humor

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03 May 08:20

A 4×4 fit for an adventurer...and a puppy

by Matt Hocker

Johnny Thunder would be proud of this epic ride from iamkritch. Named the Black Crow 4×4 (thanks to its special hood ornament), this off-road vehicle has just about everything you might need in traveling through the desert to an archaeological dig-site. The roof is covered in crates filled with useful tools, and there is even a fold-out awning to beat the heat on sunny summer days.

The Black Crow 4x4 02

And what would an adventure be without bringing man’s best friend along for the ride?

The Black Crow 4x4 01

The black, brown & gold color scheme of this Land Rover-like vehicle works well, giving off a rugged but classy-looking appearance. However, the gold trim makes me wonder if our little explorer is melting down priceless artifacts to customize his ride. If so, he had better watch out for Indiana Jones who is probably already hunting down his father’s missing shirt.

The Black Crow 4x4 03

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01 May 20:47

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Jesus

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01 May 11:57

Who....Who....Who can make an amazing owl?

by Matt Hocker

Chungpo Cheng, that’s who! You might remember Chungpo’s work from a few weeks ago when we shared his stunning, super-sized Star Wars battle droidsThis time, he chose to make big versions of the classic LEGO owl, rat and “cheese slope” elements. In particular, the owl is packed with lots of personality. Those big eyes and upturned eyebrows make Chungpo’s owl look warm and approachable. I almost want to hand-feed the little guy some birdseed!

Owl, Rounded Features 40232

Chungpo has sculpted an excellent likeness of the original owl piece. He has even photographed the two side-by-side for comparison.

Owl, Rounded Features 40232

Owl, Rounded Features 40232

It’s also pretty cool to see the brick-built rat next to its little LEGO sibling.

Owl, Rounded Features 40232

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30 Apr 02:44

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Platypus

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28 Apr 15:20

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Evolved

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27 Apr 05:06

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Robins

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26 Apr 20:27

Microscale ISS model is out of this world!

by Daniel

One of the trademarks of a successful microscale model is when it can be mistaken for the real thing at first — or even second — glance! This spectacular microscale model of the International Space Station by Jussi Koskinen is a great example of this. So much attention to detail and photography make this creation really stand out!

International Space Station

International Space Station

For comparison, here is the real thing 254 miles above Earth’s surface.

Image courtesy of NASA

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26 Apr 15:19

LEGO unveils massive 10261 Creator Expert Roller Coaster [News]

by Dave Schefcik

Today LEGO unveiled the massive and heavily-rumored 10261 Creator Expert Roller Coaster. Clocking in at 4,124 pieces, the set includes 11 minifigures, new red track, and a functioning chain-lift. The huge set will retail for $379.99 USD beginning May 16 for LEGO VIPs followed by general availability on June 1.


Ever since the introduction of the new roller coaster system in 70922 Joker Manor, track pieces have appeared in LEGO City Mining, Marvel Black Panther, Speed Champions, and even an upcoming Pirate-themed Creator set. These pieces stoked the rumor that a massive roller coaster was coming, and LEGO has delivered.

A natural follow-up to the Creator Expert 10257 Carousel and 10247 Ferris Wheel, the roller coaster is BIG and dwarfs its fairground brothers in size. The behemoth measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep. That is almost as big as laying out a total of six standard 32×32 baseplates, three wide and two deep.

The set comes with the red and white coaster, two car trains, a photo booth, a cotton candy stand, and even a lost orange hat at the base of the coaster.


The roller coaster comes with 44 pieces of red track consisting of seven different rail pieces including a new steeper slope element. The long chain lift (with a total of 203 links, a number inflating the piece count considerably) and push wheels are operated by a hand crank, though the roller coaster is instantly compatible with LEGO Power Functions and is even “Boost-able” to incorporate a motion sensor and sound effects.

Previously, The Brothers Brick attempted to power the roller coaster from Joker Manor using a chain lift to great success, though it is a relief to see that LEGO has accounted for wear on the pieces by suspending the chain slightly above the track. The loading platform also includes a sliding portion of track for loading a second train of cars.

The best way to get a feel for the size and functionality of this set is to see it in action. Here is a demonstration video from LEGO showing the roller coaster set in motion and how easy it will be to power it.

The eleven minifigures include a plethora of pieces in new colors and prints, in addition to the ingenious use of an upside-down pink beehive and minifigue head to represent cotton candy. Eagle-eyed fans might also be able to spot a formerly BrickHeadz-exclusive piece used for an internal gate.

The ride operators interestingly have LEGO Store printed yellow uniforms, a subtle suggestion that this set could be meant to represent a LEGOLAND ride (which makes sense given this is the 50th anniversary year of the original park). Each minifigure adds to the overall charm of the set, though we are particularly delighted with the frightened grandpa who was brave enough to go on a coaster ride anyway.

10261 Creator Expert Roller Coaster will no doubt be in high demand when it is released. This is the first set to have LEGO VIP early access since the UCS Millennium Falcon (momentarily in stock at Amazon) so we hope the company has learned its lesson and has enough product available May 16.

As a side note, even with sales down last year, it seems LEGO is still betting on going big with premium sets targeted to affluent buyers and AFOLs. The Creator Expert Roller Coaster edges out the Disney Castle for 7th place on our list of the top 13 largest LEGO sets (with some iteration of the sets all available for purchase from LEGO simultaneously by the end of 2018).

  1. 75192: Millennium Falcon; 7,541 pieces; $799.99 (read our review)
  2. 10256 Taj Mahal; 5,923 pieces; $369.99 (read our review)
  3. 70620 Ninjago City; 4,867 pieces; $299.99 (read our review)
  4. 75827 Firehouse Headquarters; 4,634 pieces; $349.99 (read our review)
  5. 10214 Tower Bridge; 4,287 pieces; $239.99
  6. 10253 Big Ben; 4,163 pieces; $249.99 (read our review)
  7. 10261 Roller Coaster; 4,124 pieces; $379.99 (available May 16)
  8. 71040 Disney Castle; 4,080 pieces; $349.99 (read our review)
  9. 75159 Death Star; 4,016 pieces; $499.99
  10. 10255 Assembly Square; 4,002 pieces; $279.99 (read our review)
  11. 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator; 3,929 pieces; $279.99
  12. 42083 Bugatti Chiron; 3,599 pieces (available Aug. 1)
  13. 70922 Joker Manor; 3,444 pieces; $269.99 (read our review)

The full press release for the new roller coaster, a stop motion video, and a complete photo gallery are included below.


10261 LEGO Creator Expert: Roller Coaster
4,124 pieces | Ages 16+ | LEGO VIP Availability May 16 | General Availability June 1
$379.99 US – $479.99 CN – DE 329.99€ – FR 349.99€ – UK £299.99 – DK 2699DKK

Take a ride with the ultimate Roller Coaster!

Enjoy the thrills and excitement of the fairground with this chain-lift Roller Coaster featuring a wealth of brick-built details and 11 minifigures. Upgradable with LEGO® Power Functions and LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects!

Capture the speed, thrills and excitement of the ultimate fairground attraction with this incredible LEGO® Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster. This fully functional chain-lift model comes with 2 trains and an array of authentic features and functions, including a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, height marker, and a covered boarding station complete with opening barriers and a control panel. Lower the lap bars to secure the riders into the cars and release the brake to send the train to the foot of the first climb. Then activate the chain lift and enjoy the ride as the gravity-driven cars hurtle through the Roller Coaster’s twists and turns.

Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO Power functions for a motorized chain lift or LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects! This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 11 minifigures.

  • Build a fully functioning Roller Coaster with 2 trains, lots of big dips and upgrade options
  • Upgrade with LEGO® BOOST and LEGO Power Functions for an even more immersive experience
  • Roller Coaster model measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep
  • LEGO® Creator Expert building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
  • Includes 11 minifigures: a cotton candy vendor, 2 ride attendants, 2 grandparents with their granddaughter and 5 riders. 8 of these minifigures feature reversible heads to display different emotions.
  • Fully functional chain-lift Roller Coaster model features a classic brick-built sign, control panel, 2 trains—each consisting of 3 train cars with low-friction wheels, and a 44-piece track consisting of 7 different rail elements.
  • Also features a ticket booth, fountain, cotton candy cart, concession stand, waiting area with bench, camera element and a pond with a frog figure.
  • Buy your ticket at the booth and make your way to the covered plaza.
  • No cheating at the height marker—the ride attendant has an accurate measuring stick!
  • Help the riders into the cars and secure the lap bars.
  • Release the brake to send the cars to the foot of the first climb.
  • Activate the chain lift to pull the train cars to the top of the first drop.
  • Move the rails to launch a second train.
  • Serve refreshing beverages at the concession stand or spin some cotton candy.
  • Don’t forget to smile as you race past the camera!
  • Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO® Power Functions for a motorized chain lift, or with LEGO BOOST for automated chain lift activation and realistic sound effects!
  • Decorated elements include a ticket, money, arrow tiles, pressure gauge, number pad and a ride control panel.
  • Special new-for-June-2018 elements include a 2x8x6 Rail Slope, 1x2x1 Bow Brick, plant leaves, stalks and flowers.
  • Other elements include a height checker and 2 cotton candy treats.
  • Makes the perfect fairground addition to the 10257 LEGO® Creator Expert Carousel and 10247 LEGO® Creator Expert Ferris Wheel
  • Measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep.


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26 Apr 07:11

Whatever floats your tugboat

by Luka

Every now and again we see a realistic civilian minifig-scale LEGO boat, and they keep getting better. The latest is this steam-powered tugboat by Koffiemoc. It is actually a recreation of the last steam tug in Germany, the Saturn. The builder was inspired by this photo and I think he has captured it almost perfectly.

Saturn en profile port

I love the shaping and colour blocking on the hull, but my favourite parts are all the realistic details on the deck. Notice the different minifig headgear used as lights and how the tile on top of the smoke stack is pressed in only halfway to give it a gentle slope. The realistic look is especially facilitated by use of tyre pieces on the side of the boat.

Saturn top view port

Saturn detail boiler house, smokestack down and counterweights up

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25 Apr 18:43

Meteorologist

Hi, I'm your new meteorologist and a former software developer. Hey, when we say 12pm, does that mean the hour from 12pm to 1pm, or the hour centered on 12pm? Or is it a snapshot at 12:00 exactly? Because our 24-hour forecast has midnight at both ends, and I'm worried we have an off-by-one error.
25 Apr 09:30

LEGO City 60204 Hospital revealed [News]

by Alexander

This year the LEGO City is getting a new hospital building — a gorgeous 60204 Hospital set. A long-rumored set has been finally revealed today. Let’s have a closer look at the new medical center opened for the citizens of the LEGO city.

Considering the amount of firefighters and policemen arriving to the LEGO City every year, the new Hospital was a very long wished for set. It’s been more than 6 years since the last time a hospital building was added to the city as 4429 Helicopter Rescue set. Finally, we’re getting a very decent-looking three-storey building, even though the concept of the set very similar to the old 4429.

An ambulance and a light helicopter both look like they could have been released as smaller City sets. Instead, this set has everything you need to set up medical service in any LEGO City. Obviously, both the vehicle and the aircraft provide a lot of playability to the set, but the only thing which could made the set better is a heavier version of the helicopter with possibility of transportation of an injured minifigure. On the second thought, a set like 60197 Ambulance Helicopter can be a perfect addition to the new Hospital.

Another brilliant trend of the recent years is a huge number of ordinary citizens in City sets. The new Hospital set is no exception. The set includes 12 minifigures including a baby which makes it a yet another awesome minifigure pack.

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25 Apr 07:12

LEGO City 60202 People Pack – Outdoor Adventures revealed [News]

by Edwinder
Luke.stirling

This set should be called "Lego eagle plus other stuff"

People packs are meant to complement City sets to add more life and scenes with characters and activities. The first 60134 Fun in the Park – City People Pack released in 2016 was quite a hit with the introduction of a long-awaited baby minifigure, and last year’s version, Fun at the Beach, featured lots of beach activities. This year’s pack, 60202 People Pack – Outdoor Adventures, features a new set of minifigures doing everyday things with an outdoor adventure theme, such as camping, hiking, and rafting. There are a few new interesting elements to watch out for including a baby carrier and a bald eagle. Consisting of 164 parts, we’re expecting it to cost $39.99 USD, as the previous version did.

60202 Outdoor Adventures Box Art

60202 Outdoor Adventures Rafting

60202 Outdoor Adventures Field Trip

 

 

60202 Outdoor Adventures Box Art Back

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