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  1. This '8x8 Vignette' concept started with 'The Dark Knight - Interrogation Scene' vignette, which as based on the #40120 Valentine's Day Dinner and #40121 Painting Easter Eggs. This is loosely base on the #76005 Daily Bugle Showdown set. I didn't want to have the set displayed but the top floor I had to keep as it was the highlight if the set. I have changed the design of the the office and the exterior of the top floor and kept is simple and small as possible as it could be whilst using all the cool stickers used in the building. 'MOC: J Jonah Jameson's Office - 8x8 Vignette' Album: I really hope you enjoyed this MOC; feedback and criticism is much appreciated. Adeel
  2. Hi to all, I have the pleasure to present 3 of my latest MOCs. 3 iconic building of Madrid. ​TORRESPAÑA (PIRULI) Torrespaña (literally "Spain Tower") is a 231 m (757.87 ft) steel-and-concrete television tower located in Madrid, Spain. National terrestrial television channels RTVE, Telecinco andAntena 3, as well as the autonomic channel Telemadrid, along with a few radio stations, broadcast from the tower. The tower was built in 1982, commemorating the FIFA World Cup celebrated in Spain that year. The building was administered by RTVE until 1989, when control over radio and television emissions in Spanish territory was given to Retevisión. It is not open for tourists. The Torrespaña tower is generally known in Madrid as the "Pirulí", given the similarity between the tower and a particular type of lollipop of conical shape very popular in Spain in the eighties. It is located in a depression, next to the M30 highway. Most of central Madrid lies to the W and NW. According to Google Earth, the terrain altitude at the site is 660 m (2,170 ft) whereas about 1 km (3,280.8 ft) to the NW it is about 700 m (2,296.6 ft) and rises to 720 m (2,360 ft) even further north. Add about 20–30 m (66–98 ft) height for the average building and the base of the tower is about 60 to 90 m (200 to 300 ft) below the rooftops in that area. The top of the tower is directly visible from most rooftops of Madrid, but it initially was thought and built to enhance television coverage in Southern Madrid. All pictures in full resolution TORRE PICASSO Torre Picasso (Picasso Tower) is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain designed by Minoru Yamasaki. From 1988 until 2007 it was the tallest building in Madrid, measuring 515 ft (157 m) and with 43 floors. Torre Picasso is located next to the Pablo Picasso Square, within the commercial complex AZCA along the Paseo de la Castellana. At its opening in 1988, Torre Picasso was surpassing the elder office tower Torre de Madrid. However, it was not Madrid's tallest building, as the television tower Torrespañacompleted in 1982, was higher with its 231 m (757.87 ft). Notable surrounding skyscrapers are Torre Europa, Banco de Bilbao Tower and Windsor Tower, now demolished after a fire. The Torre Picasso was Spain's tallest building until 2001,when it was overtaken by the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Alicante,the Torre Espacio in 2007,and Torre Caja Madrid, Torre de Cristal and Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso since 2009. All pictures in full resolution ATOCHA STATION Madrid Atocha (Spanish: Estación de Madrid Atocha, also named Madrid Puerta de Atocha) is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Barcelona (Catalonia), Zaragoza (Aragon), Seville (Andalusia) and Valencia(Levante Region). These train services are run by the Spanish national rail company, Renfe. The station is in the Atocha neighborhood of the district of Arganzuela. The original façade faces the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, a site at which a variety of streets converge, including the Calle de Atocha, Paseo del Prado, Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona, Calle de Méndez Álvaro, Paseo de las Delicias, Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza, and Ronda de Atocha. The Atocha station is really a railway complex, formed by the Madrid Atocha Cercanías and Madrid Puerta de Atocha stations of the Spanish national railways and the Atocha Renfe station of the Madrid underground. At this site, Madrid's first railway station was inaugurated on 9 February 1851 under the name Estación de Mediodía (Atocha-Mediodía is now the name of an area of the Arganzuela district, and means south in old Spanish). After the building was largely destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. The architect for the replacement, in a wrought ironrenewal style was Alberto de Palacio Elissagne, who collaborated with Gustave Eiffel. Engineer Henry Saint James also took part in the project. The name Atocha has become attached to the station because of the nearby basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha. The train platforms were partly covered by a roof in the form of inverted hull with a height of approximately 27 meters and length of 157 meters. The steel and glass roof spreads between two brick flanking buildings. This complex of railway tracks expanded through the years. In 1985, a project of complete remodeling began, based on designs byRafael Moneo. In 1992, the original building was taken out of service as a terminal, and converted into a concourse with shops, cafés, and a nightclub. Like the Orsay Museum in Paris, the concourse has been given a new function, this time a stunning 4,000 m2(43,056 sq ft) covered tropical garden. A modern terminal was also designed by Moneo, and built in adjacent land to serve both the new AVE trains and local commuter lines. The main lines end in the new terminal; commuter train platforms are located underground, at the ingress to a rail tunnel extending northward under the Paseo de la Castellana. The station is served by two Madrid Metro stations, Atocha and Atocha Renfe. The latter was added when the new terminal building was constructed and is directly linked to the railway station. All pictures in full resolution Enjoy it
  3. soccerkid6

    Katoren Palace

    This is my third and final module for a large collab build with LittleJohn. The bell can be 'rung' via the bell rope. Katoren's palace is well known for its elegant architecture and impressive belltower. See more pictures here: link And stay tuned to see all 6 modules connected :)
  4. Chorduroy

    MOC: Acropolis in micro

    Hello, This is a MOC I made as a contest entry for a challenge our LUG had at a show to use only one colour. It's supposed to be the acropolis in Greece. : ) Micro Acropolis by Trent, on Flickr Micro Acropolis II by Trent, on Flickr
  5. Hello all, Here is the second of my series of downtown buildings in my city. Enjoy! photo by Trent, on Flickr 1975 Scarth Street SW by Trent, on Flickr (This photo from http://unworthydomin... and the Temple) 1975 Scarth Street by Trent, on Flickr 1975 Scarth Street by Trent, on Flickr And a couple of WIP shots: 1975 Scarth 2nd Floor by Trent, on Flickr 1975 Scarth Street by Trent, on Flickr
  6. Hello, last year, I have seen the fantastic Flatiron Building in Manhattan: What an impressive building. And I have to say: The high-rise building as an archicture-set is impressive, as well. So, this is my review (german language) of the Lego-Set and pictures of the "original" building - to compare both: Best wishes Andres
  7. Previously I made a MOC modular building, a bank, which has a piece of land on its side waiting for construction. It was to be a restaurant and finally it is done! It is not a big one as it only takes half of the 32x32 plate, but it contains what all the Lego citizens' needs for food! This building is a break from the typical European style that prevails in the original Lego modular building sets. I think a city should be developing, advancing, and things change including building styles. I tried some new elements here, with a more open façade (basically removing the façade for balconies and setting back the entrance), while taking a cleaner approach on detailing. Quick overview with the bank on its side: Let's go inside now! The entrance on the G/F floor is set back a little for a bar area. This is where people gather at night especially on Fridays! I also try sliding doors for the entrance :) At the entrance, you will see a little fridge next to a green counter. On the other side is a cake rack. In the morning, there will be breads for those who want to grab a quick breakfast. 1/F is a restaurant. Utensils are stored neatly. Someone is celebrating her birthday with friends! Well that's a huge cake! The other half of 1/F is a balcony area for semi-open dining experience. Looks like someone is not pleased when serving a rich man... "Hey that's not the tips I am hoping for..." The top floor is also a restaurant area, with an open grill kitchen. Look at the hood! Now an overview with some of my modular buildings, which are easy to recognize. The building style is a little different but still, to me, harmonious with the others. Hope you all like this creation! Let me know if you have any comment on how I can improve this!
  8. Mark of Falworth

    The Conquest of Lampsacus.

    The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr Enjoy!
  9. TenorPenny

    [MicroMOC] Washburn City

    Washburn Washburn is the US capital city of New Kansas, Kepler System. True to it’s namesake, New Kansas is a fertile farming world from which a wide variety of crops are cultivated and animals raised. Settlements range from small, old fashioned farms to large, mechanised outposts of synchronised machines and technology. Typical Washburn city block, complete with florist, house, bridge and traffic. Washburn is the hub for all manner of activity; business, education and pleasure. It is the port by which New Kansas feeds a large proportion of the Core Worlds. The city is home to several of the top biochemical and veterinary colleges of their kind. A giant spaceport sits on the outskirts of the city, big enough to accommodate the larger interplanetary barges for the transfer of crops and livestock. There is also quite the lively nightlife; most of these bars and cantinas centre around the American Cool Revival trend. They feature music and décor reminiscent of American days gone by. There exists a quiet acrimony the settlers who reside solely within Washburn and the more isolated farmers. The latter consider their city-based fellows stuck-up and pretentious. The former consider the farming population crass and uncultured. Above: a typical Washburn home The city is home to the New Kansas Senator, when she is not involved in democratic discussions back on Earth. Although officially neutral during the Pan-Eurasian War, several of the large farmers sold food to the under-siege Coalitionpopulation of Kepler II. One side of the story paints the farmers as saving the lives of starving children. The reality was that rich agricultural groups made huge profits breaking a neutrality clause set by the government. The US investigation into the food smuggling found no person or organisation culpable is considered a whitewash by the Coalition.
  10. Hello, in March, I have been to Billund and bought an exklusive Billund-Architecture-Set: The "LEGO House" (4000010). Beside the nice building, a fine booklet and a minifigure are included, as well. This is my video review - in German language. But if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me at any time. The "real" Lego House will open in about two years from now. Have you already seen this set or have you visited Billund in the past? Best wishes Andres
  11. Hi everyone! Just thought i'd share my latest Architecture build, in case anyone in here would find it interesting. It's a scale model on Richard Neutras Lovell Health House, a modernist piece from the late 20's, based in California. A house which was also featured in the movie L.A Confidential best wishes -Mat
  12. soccerkid6

    Darraor Castle

    Credit for the tree design goes to Brother Steven. This is my second largest build ever at 64x48 (plus the border), and weighing over 21 pounds. It was built over a period of 8 days. There's a full interior, and the castle doors work. Sir Glorfindel attends a feast held at Darraor Castle, a Mitgardian fortress located near the Avalonian border, the feast was supposed to promote diplomatic relations between the two guilds, but not all of the guests seem pleased about this: View from a tower window: Check out all the details here: http://brickbuilt.or...raor-Castle.php Your comments and constructive criticisms are always appreciated
  13. Hello to everyone! Today I would like to introduce my last speedwork. Why speedwork? Because I designed it in a spare hour and built in 30 minutes. I'm a big fan of manga and japanese animation and I really love what Miyazaki sensei has gifted to us. All of his works deserve more than a vision to discover new meanings and details. A couple of weeks ago I decided to design Indastria, the tower of the sun in which is set a good part of the anime Mirai Shounen Conan. I am particularly fond of this Tv series, having seen it when I was still a child. It is an "architecture-style" realization, and I think that it complied well the shape and proportions of what's seen in the anime. I'm going to propose on Lego Ideas, so if you like, rate it.
  14. So after my Westminster Digital moc was a success, I decided to try my hand at another London landmark. It's taken 6 months, but I've finally cracked it! After months of pining after the Tower Bridge set and not being able to afford it, I've finally managed to downsize and create a little budget Tower Bridge to compliment the architecture Big Ben set. Now I know some of you might say some of the model is like another moc that is on this site. I will say now I got my inspiration from that wonderful MOC plus another one I found elsewhere. It took me ages but I've finally got it right. AND to top it all off, I've just ordered all the bits on bricklink so will be able to post a photograph of this moc built in reality. I cannot wait for that! Anyhow, here is the pictures! Tower Bridge Tower Bridge With Big Ben to show Size comparison. I hope you like it. Next London landmark coming? I haven't the foggiest. Let's just say I have a few in mind ;) Javert
  15. I saw this competition announcement on a few other sites, is anyone going to try for it? Here is a link to info about it.
  16. Title Edit: NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BRAZIL The final design of the National Congress of Brazil, originally made in 2013. The model uses 262 pieces. If you guys like it please show your support on LEGO Ideas!
  17. Update: for an updated version, please scroll down ----------------------------------------------------------------- Ancient Greece has always fascinated me. I studied their language in high school, and this year I visited Greece itself. And although I've been fond of their architecture since a long time, I was impressed by everything I saw there . People say that Greece is just a pile of ancient rocks . But I say that pile of rocks is quite a sight . This inspired me to build some columns in Lego. The Dorian order is very typical for Greece, but not much of a challenge for Lego . I had a go at the Ionian order, but that turned out way too big. Spirals are really hard to do. I was left with the Corinthian order. Although not the most typical for Ancient Greece, the design fascinates me. With the acanthus-leaves, it looks like a tree. It makes temples look like an extention of nature. Not a better thing to do if you want to provoce the super-natural, the divine. [MOC] Corinthian column - capital by Bert.VR, on Flickr So this is what I came up with. The model consists of 412 bricks. _________ [MOC] Corinthian column by Bert.VR, on Flickr______[MOC] Corinthian column - exploded by Bert.VR, on Flickr I wanted to make it more or less in minifig scale, and I think I managed that . The tooth pieces (part ID 49668) made nice leaves, and the rest followed. The problem was fitting as many as possible in a small space. The eight-bar-rings (part ID 75937) prooved to be pretty handy. I used three of them in the capital, and one in the base. It really is the heart of this model. The actual column was rather hard to make. The technique from the Lego website made a column with eight tiles forming a cilinder. That was too small. I ended up with twelve tiles, connected by the cross/steering wheel/winch handle/I-don't-know-what-to-call-it-piece (to make things simple: part ID 48723). It turned out quite well, although I have some minor doubts concerning the strength of the construction. I'm not too happy with the base , but that's not the main focus, and perhaps the pillar should be a little longer. But that shouldn't be too hard to change, and it had to fit on the picture anyway. [MOC] Corinthian column - base by Bert.VR, on Flickr So despite its flaws, I hope you like it. This design could be used in numerous Greek or Roman builds, and I made sure there were studs on the top and on the bottom to connect it. I hope you get inspired...
  18. viracocha

    MOC: Sverdlovsk '86

    SVERDLOVSK '86 In 1986, the confrontation between the two superpowers reached its climax and turned into the third world war. Nuclear strike razed to the ground dozens of major cities on the continents turning them into a lifeless desert. Millions of tons of radioactive dust raised into the air by the powerful explosions that led to large-scale environmental disaster. The remnants of humanity were thrown back in the development for centuries, and leading a losing battle for survival. Spiral of evolution on Earth has completed its turn and start a new one ... One of the places where you can meet the survivors became Sverdlovsk. This city with a million people was once the main administrative, industrial and cultural center of the Urals. Perhaps being in the interior of the continent away from the object of the main attack saved it. SVERDLOVSK by vir-a-cocha, on Flickr A handful of survivors settled on the right bank of the dry river Iset in the former building of the circus. The unique design of the dome withstood the shock wave. A second preserved building is unfinished TV Tower maden from the heavy-duty concrete. It was not finished in time of peace, and construction stopped at around 219m. SVERDLOVSKby vir-a-cocha, on Flickr Now, it's just concrete structures buried under the dust . The right bank of the Iset River, between the streets of Kuybysheva, 8-go Marta and the Dekabristov, and all the buildings are made in the scale of 1:2000. (geotaged) SVERDLOVSK by vir-a-cocha, on Flickr Somewhere in another reality ... In 1986, a meeting of Gorbachev and Reagan in Reykjavik, which marked the beginning of a new foreign policy of the USSR. From this moment the relations between the countries have warmed. In Soviet Union Perestroika has began, then another serie of events occured during which the Soviet Union ceases to exist. Sverdlovsk in 1991, was renamed into Ekaterinburg. Circus, located on the corner of Kuibysheva Str and March 8 Str, continues to delight children and their parents. The famous TV tower was never completed. After 1989 began construction financing shortages, and it was frozen. In 90s the tower was a popular place for suicides, adventurers, climbers and BASE jumpers. After a series of resonant accidents access to it was closed. Video aerial view shows the beauty of the center of modern Ekaterinburg.
  19. niteangel

    [ MOC ] The Flower Box

    Hi all, I would like to show you my latest creation, the Flower Box. When you hear the florist, what do you think? A shop stuffed with flowers? Since the opening of my studio Box N, they have been working on different projects and finally the first commission for them is completed. I don't explain much as my presentation board will tell you the design story behind the iconic building! Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Flower Box by niteangel, on Flickr Visit the Flickr album for a little more images! Do you enjoy the new modern architecture in my V City? Thanks!
  20. Hello everyone, What is this mysterious LEGO Architecture package? Read on to find out! Revealing the latest 21021 Marina Bay Sands Architecture Set I am really very pleased to bring this exclusive new review to our Eurobricks Community. Special thanks to The LEGO Group (TLG) and Eurobricks Staff/LEGO Ambassador, CopMike for facilitating and giving me this exclusive opportunity to review this superb new LEGO Architecture set! Before I was given this chance to review, I was determined to buy this set as soon as it is available locally, so I can also do a review of this new iconic architecture that is the first international feature of my country, Singapore. Without further ado, let's bring you a tour of this newly acclaimed building structure. Before I begin in proper, some of you is wondering why the first two opening images look particularly unique as compared with the mainstream release. It is because this is a special edition for very special release for publicity purpose and it will not be available at retail front. The content is the same but the packaging is very different. Other than that, the main focus is the LEGO set itself. Name: 21021 Marina Bay Sands (Republic of Singapore) Theme: LEGO Model Making / Architecture Year: 2014 Pieces: 602 Minifigs: 0 minifigure Price: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD $89.90 Resources: Brickset, BrickLink An original box image of the 21021 Marina Bay Sands (Republic of Singapore) Back view of the original box image of the 21021 Marina Bay Sands (Republic of Singapore) By seeing the front and back of this box image, has certainly impressed me very much. The packaging for the LEGO Architecture products is very remarkable and is of the usual high standard that we have seen earlier. There are lots of details that can be found in the front and back. At one easy glance, you could have realised that this building, Marina Bay Sands is designed by the famous architect, Moshe Safdie. The box even reflect his signature. This iconic building landmark is designed by the LEGO Architectural Artist, Rok Zagalin Kobe. His name can be found at the front of the box, located at the bottom left hand corner. In this image, you will be able to view a very brief description touching on the Marina Bay Sands. Different side view of the original box image of the 21021, Image 1 Different side view of the original box image of the 21021, Image 2 Different side view of the original box image of the 21021, Image 3 Different side view of the original box image of the 21021, Image 4 The very first Singapore Landmark which is being featured by The LEGO Architecture Product Line The Marina Bay Sands is a state of the art modern day marvel, even with its bricks built design. Through the LEGO Architecture Series, TLG has officially iconise the first ever Singapore building landmark into the world of LEGO, which I am very proud to associate with. As you may have recall that there was a poll even though the poll link seem to be in non-existence, conducted by TLG, one of the choices was the Marina Bay Sands and I was very pleased that the choice that I have voted for, has actualised into a formal product offering in this series later this year. I was thrilled and elated by the results in early February 2013, when news that the Marina Bay Sands won the poll. The Marina Bay Sands is a model of a Singapore recent new landmark. The building is a hotel by itself, and is an integral part of the beautiful Singapore's city skyline which is mesmerising at day and night. The LEGO building model focuses on the signature hotel complex that showcases the three tall towers and the rooftop Sands Skypark. The building dimensions for the LEGO building model is measured at 224mm length and 136mm height. The official information for the Marina Bay Sands is as followed, first opened in 2010, the Marina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2560 hotel rooms and suites, casino (one of its two in Singapore), the rooftop Sands Skypark, shopping mall, celebrity chief restaurants and an outdoor event plaza. Its two theatres showcase a range of leading entertainment performances including world-renowned Broadway shows. Completing the line-up of attractions is ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands which play hosts to permanent and marquee exhibitions. You may visit the official website for more information. This 21021 Marina Bay Sands is marketed as Limited Edition. From my understanding, there is only 10,000 sets produced and is rumoured only to be exclusive for sales in Singapore. As of now, I can tell you that all of the local toy retailers and even the Marina Bay Sands gift shop is currently out of stock. Apparently, the first shipment had been wipe cleaned off the shelves and I am glad to manage to be able to grab a few before it is totally out of stock. I do believe that there will be a second shipment but I am not sure how or when it will ever appear again. Because I don't believe that all 10,000 sets had been wiped clean in Singapore 'for good' in this single shipment within less than two weeks of retail sales. I really hope there will be more stock appearing, because it will be a huge disappointment for many LEGO Architecture fans especially to our international friends. I also heard that the set is available in Hong Kong, and perhaps in other parts of Asia as well. I sure look forward to see more of these sets appearing in other places, than Singapore. Enjoy your building experience There is lots of hype and anticipation when I opened this! It look as if the packaging is communicating with me and it is definitely effective, when it convey such a simple message across to my mind. I will certainly enjoy this building experience that I have been waiting for. The content of the sealed box Within the sealed box, it comes with five packages and a beautiful instruction manual to build up the set. It also come with a single promotional leaflet which feature the recent LEGO Architecture highlights and a survey request by TLG. I will encourage you to do your part and send your feedback to this survey if you happen to buy the LEGO Architecture series. I am sure the LEGO Architecture design team is keen to find out your thoughts on your latest purchase. The construction materials As you can see from above, it is a good assortment of white and transparent blue bricks that form the main building structure, while the dark and light grey form the building foundation. Let's see how this building transform itself in LEGO bricks. I like the part, that the Marina Bay Sands is feature as a printed tile which is shown in the next image. The beginning of the construction of Marina Bay Sands Laying the building foundation The various dark grey flat tiles, mainly 2x4 size, are placed in a systematic manner that laid the foundation of this building structure. Front view of a single tower This building component form the main structure of a single tower. We will be repeating these steps for the other two towers as well and combined them shortly. As of now, it only show the half-completed tower of the front building. As you rotate to the back, you will see many of these white grids. These are the illustration of the hotel rooms balconies. The bottom of the walkway of the building show the connection of the base from one end to another. Back view of a single tower All of the three towers together ready to be constructed This is the back view of the building structure which depict the hotel rooms There are individual supporting layers within each towers We also need to create these three individual supporting layers that are meant to be placed within each towers to represent the different floors from within the towers. This is the design of the glass front of the building structure Now you add in the main design of the glass front onto the individual towers with numerous levels of transparent blue to show the glass levels accordingly. From the actual building design, I personally felt that this design is lacking of, is the gradual curves of the three towers. It is not as perfect as I hope it will be, but at one glance, people can still instantly recognise it as the Marina Bay Sands. Placing the glass windows onto the building front Building the top level of the building structure After completing the three towers, we will turn our attention to the top level that will be featuring the Sands Skypark and within the attraction, you will probably noticed the Infinity Swimming Pool from the top aerial view. It is amazing to swim in such a spectacular scenery which is 57 stories above ground floor and enjoying the Singapore's city skyline. Front view of the Marina Bay Sands Back view of the Marina Bay Sands Top view of the Marina Bay Sands This is the side entrance of the building It appears to be an exit shelter Black and White feature The base and the building structure can be removed as two distinct pieces Lining up the Marina Bay Sands building structure Some of the nice pictures of the real Marina Bay Sands The completed building can be kept safely into the original box At the end of the day by separating the two distinct pieces away, I will be able to keep this whole set nicely in the original nice packaging for storage. I wasn't feeling so well lately and I failed to take a good picture of the actual LEGO set with the scenery behind. I am planning to take a picture within the next few weeks! The weather was not very good lately due to the rainy season. Still, I will love to get an actual shot from my camera together with the completed built. I will keep all of you posted later on. To conclude, I am very pleased with this LEGO Architecture of the Marina Bay Sands. This deserved a very special place in my own collection, especially since this is my second LEGO Architecture set that I own, after the 21006 White House. I like how the designer capture the essence of this whole building design and present it in our favourite LEGO bricks. Even though the gradual curves are not captured perfectly for the three towers, but the overall appeal is very nicely done up and it made as a fine masterpiece to placed in a display cabinet. Not to mention, that I am proud to see a Singapore building landmark being made into my favourite toy hobby, LEGO and to showcase this icon to the global scene. I really wish to see more of other Singapore landmarks being able to capture in the LEGO Architecture series. Summary review Playability: 7/10 (LEGO Architecture sets can't played well with regular LEGO System sets because of the lack of the minifigures.) Design: 8.5/10 (The design is done up very nicely and it is almost perfect, minus the imperfection of the gradual curves for the towers.) Price: 7.5/10 (The set is a little pricey and furthermore with the 10,000 sets released worldwide, will expect the price to rose further in the secondary market.) Overall: 7.7/10 (Complete your LEGO Architecture series and don't give this set a miss, for Singapore fans, you ought to grab this iconic landmark by showing your support for it.) I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are strongly welcomed. Pictures can be found in My Flickr and My Brickshelf (When moderated)
  21. Hello, and welcome to my review of the brand new Architecture Studio set, 21050 Create Your Own Architecture. First of all, I would like to thank The LEGO Group and all of those who are involved on Eurobricks who've made this review possible. This is a very exclusive set that has just been released in the United States (and is rumored to appear worldwide soon), and I'm sure many are curious to know the details. Well look no further, because this review will investigate this new set in-depth. Read on! Set: 21050 Create Your Own Architecture Theme: Architecture (Studio) Pieces: 1210 Minifigures: 0 Price: $149.99 USD Brickset Bricklink Catalog The Box The first thing to notice about this set is that the box is HUGE. Unlike most boxes, this one has square sides, which make it larger depth-wise. It is also sizable length- and height-wise. A few other things to note are the relatively large piece count and the age. 16+ years is the oldest recommended age I've seen on a set box, so that might hint at the nature of the set. However, the contents prove to be a mystery; I wasn't sure what to expect when the set first arrived. This may also be the case for the casual customer who would only glance at the box on the shelf in the store. The back of the box is much more helpful in determining what this set is all about, and provides a description as well as pictures. The lack of focus on the actual pieces or builds of the set may be of some interest here. Aha, so this is no traditional LEGO set. In reality, it's more of a beginners guide to Architecture and LEGO, which I will touch on more later in this review. This set can be compared to LEGO parts buckets, in that no real set design is given, but creativity and building your own creations with the parts given is encouraged. Here's a shot of the box from an angle, showing the proportions. Have I mentioned that it's huge? The top and bottom of the box depict inspirational models and production information. I'd like to highlight the note on the bottom of the set for a moment. The inspiration is all well and good, and encourages builders to combine these parts with the rest of their collection, but I find it a bit of a letdown to not be able to build these models with the pieces given. This occurs several other times in the process of exploring this set. The sides of the box show the parts listing (which is fairly uncommon in my experience) as well as all of the contents spilled out and sorted. Opening the box was a bit of a challenge since there were no punch-holes or flaps. The only way to open it would be to rip the cardboard partially, which is what I had to do. I imagine the reason for this design would be to prevent theft, but the box would have been nice for storage because of its shape and volume. The Contents: Moving on to the actual contents of this set, the first thing to slide out is a pair of clear sorting trays, which will be used to hold some of the parts. I'm not sure if these are new, but they sure are neat, and would be helpful for sorting parts of any collection. The plastic tray is also an "official" LEGO part, so I challenge MOCers to incorporate it somehow into their creations. Next up is a small double-sided slip of paper advertising a survey that allows entry for a raffle for the Fransworth House set. Both sides are the same except for the language. These things were used to protect the contents from getting damaged in the box, but they can also be used for holding pieces. Innovative! Next come the bags of parts, and there are a lot of them. I'll go into more detail later on. And finally, the true focus of the set: the booklet. It comes in a protective cardboard case that, like the other cardboard trays, doubles as a place to put parts. The Pieces: Before we head into the booklet, I would like to show the pieces included with the set. As I'm sure you've noticed, the pieces are mostly all white - only a few trans-clear parts mix it up. This has its pros and cons. On one hand, the monochromatic parts selection is simple and easy to use. Since the focus of this set is to serve as an introduction to architectural techniques used with LEGO parts, this allows builders to explore the techniques discussed in the book and design things with ease and without much distraction. This set also makes for a good source of white parts in bulk. On the other hand, having all white pieces is very bland and is extremely limiting for some tasks. Here's the first half of the pieces organized by type into the provided trays. Larger 2xX bricks are left loose since there was no room to put them; another tray might have been nice, but the set box itself can also hold pieces if needed. As you can see from this picture, there are healthy portions of all types of pieces, even if the selection is monochromatic. And here are the cardboard trays filled with 1xX bricks, slopes, and plates. Again, there is a wide variety of pieces, and each piece type comes in a large quantity which is extremely helpful for building. There aren't any rare or unusual parts, but plenty of basic and universally "useful" ones. It seems this set leans more towards basic building where a lack of parts rarely becomes an issue. I think that's a plus if this set is considered to be a beginner's guide to architecture and LEGO. Click here for a complete parts listing. Let's move on to the main focus of the set, the book. The Book: For those who were expecting a simple instruction booklet (myself included) are in for a pleasant surprise. The focal point of 21050 is in fact this hefty 272-page book with tons of information held inside. So, what's inside, exactly? Basically, the book features many techniques, tips, and tricks for using LEGO as a medium to design architecture. Real buildings and other examples of architecture are featured, and renowned architects share their wisdom on some of the knowledge involved in the profession itself. Moreover, the focus is using LEGO as the medium (versus drawing, rendering, or some other method of sharing ideas on architecture). The set as a whole can viewed as a bridge for young builds and Fans of LEGO who have an interest in pursuing architecture as a career. We already know that our favorite interlocking bricks can spark an interest in such things even from a very young age, and with the new Architecture Studio line that idea will be reinforced and encouraged by TLG. Or at least, that seems to be the goal of this first Studios set. Back to the book itself, the spine reveals the impressive thickness of the book. There's no deception involved, either: the book is chock full of information and images. Let's take a look. The two-page index gives an overview of what will be featured. There's a variety of different areas explored as well, from techniques to real-world architectural workshops and projects. The actual method in which architects design, propose, and follow through with their ideas is also explained, as are aspects of building to consider (such as space, mass, density, visual appeal, etc.). There are even a few pages in the back for taking notes and drawing sketches. Now, let's look at some pages. As you can see from this snapshot, there is a good balance of visuals and text for the most effective appeal to readers. Also seen on this page, there are constant connections between LEGO and actual architecture. The official Fallingwater set is featured here. This page shows some brainstorming techniques used by architects, and how that process can be transformed with LEGO. As mentioned previously, there are sections in this book that will require pieces not included in the set. This particular page focuses on the use of color to distinguish separate parts of a building. However, this technique cannot be practiced with this set as there are only white pieces included. While the typical FOL should have the parts necessary to something as simple as this, it is still slightly annoying to not be able to do the techniques with the set they were intended for. Some of the wordier pages are broken up by stunning visuals such as on these pages. The model featured can actually be built with the parts included in the set, and the illustration is indeed very inspirational. Creativity and "thinking outside the box" are really hit home within this book. Remember when just a few bricks could represent a car to a child? The same imaginative qualities are encouraged here. Throughout the book, architectural techniques and strategies are demonstrated through the use of LEGO bricks, and most of the time the demonstrations are able to be copied by the builder with the provided parts. The directions given for shown models aren't so much instructions (as seen in traditional LEGO set booklets), but rather guidelines to instigate deeper thought into designing with LEGO parts and to spark creativity. In other words, the models shown in the book aren't meant to be followed to the T and recreated perfectly by the builder; they're meant to exemplify architectural strategies translated into LEGO. Conclusion: As a beginner's guide to using LEGO as a medium for communicating architectural design, this set is excellent for those interested in such things. The set's focus seems to be on teen-aged builders with an interest in pursuing architecture as a career, but AFOLs may be interested as well. Younger builders will probably pass this one up in favor of themed, traditional sets. 21050 also makes for a good parts pack, but buying the set solely for that reason might be unwise financially since all of the parts are common and can probably be bought cheaper from Bricklink. As mentioned earlier in the review, the book is chock full of information and is presented well. All of the tips and tricks are interesting and cohesive, and the concepts discussed are easy to grasp even for beginners of architecture. I'd recommend this set to anyone with even the slightest interest in architecture, which I imagine includes many AFOLs and TFOLs because of the ties between the study and the hobby of building with LEGO. This set is the embodiment of those similarities that teaches at a basic level, and promotes creativity. 21050 may not necessarily make you want to study architecture as a profession (although it can certainly reinforce the desire, especially in TFOLs), but at the very least it offers plenty of useful parts as well as tips that can even improve your MOCing skills. Here are the ratings and rundown of the set. Build/Design: N/A (There are no official builds for this set; instead the builder's own creativity using the tips from the book guide is encouraged.) Playability: 9/10 (The book offers hours of reading of strategies and techniques used by real architects, and translates them for use with LEGO pieces. The parts provided can perform most of the examples, and can otherwise demonstrate the techniques in hundreds of ways. By no means traditional, this set acts as more of a guide for beginning builders and/or architects.) Minifugres: N/A Parts: 8/10 (Plenty of basic, useful parts in bulk are provided. The only downside is that the selection is limited to mostly white pieces with a few trans-clear ones to mix it up. This flaw becomes especially apparent when the book calls for pieces not included in the set to demonstrate an architectural technique.) Price: 10/10 (Considering the main focus of this set is the 272-page beginner's guide, the value of the 1210 basic pieces is pretty balanced with the price. Not to mention the very useful sorting trays included. The set isn't for everyone, but for those are interested in all it has to offer, it's a pretty nice deal.) Final Score: 27/30. It was hard to quantify the ratings for such an nontraditional set, but I would say it earns top marks. There doesn't seem to be anything majorly lacking in any area. My main gripe with the set has to do with the limits placed on color selection, but I suppose including more colors while keeping the large quantities of parts would only increase the price. As it is, 21050 makes for an excellent beginner's guide to architecture and LEGO. --- ...And that about wraps this review up, thanks for reading! Feel free to leave a comment below discussing this set. If you're interested in making professional-looking reviews, please consider signing up for the Reviewers Academy.
  22. This MOC is mainly based on virtual pictures because the OneWTC tower is still under construction (the top has been reached) and the 9/11 Memorial is near completion. Two virtual pictures which have inspired the MOC : The final MOC will be a mixture of both virtual images. The 9/11 Memorial does not present any major difficulty : the two fontains are made with black tiles and explain the relative thick base. The OneWTC tower is more challenging because of the straight lines running from the corners of the square base to the corners of the 45 degrees rotated square top : The construction is inspired by the one of set 21001 where similar lines are represented by small steps. Some pictures of the MOC Close view of the Memorial Any comments are welcome.
  23. “There it is.” Dressed in smuggler clothes, we approach our destination. Just agent An and me, two pilots, on a rapid reconnaissance mission while the rest of the troops continue to search Ord Mantell. There’s only a small chance we will find him here. But the files on the datapad have led us to this once beautiful temple, hidden between the forests on the surface of Bothawui. They are rumoured to be infested with Rebels. Still, nothing indicates this place is of special importance… not anymore. “See that antenna hidden on the roof? We’re here alright... Yes, here is some kind of hatch. Let’s go in and take them by surprise!” Things always go so quickly with agent An. Frightfully quickly… “We aren’t wearing these smuggler clothes just to blow are cover the very second we enter the place. You don’t even know what we’ll find. It could be a Rebel cell wiped out by the Bounty Hunter. Or it could be a whole battalion of Rebels. If you’re not careful, you drop right into a sarlacc pit.” “What do you propose then, genius?” My colleague can be awfully sarcastic. Like a little boy robbed of his favourite Ackay action hologram… “Why don’t walk in casually? Pretend to be one of them, whoever is down there. Talk them into giving you the evidence. Why would you make this a massacre?” “Oh, I see… What if I go in and… improvise, while you stand guard here. Someone has to watch my back. Just blast anyone who makes a fuss here…” Sarcastic as his proposal may sound, I consent. I’m not getting involved in whatever happens down there. And the chances someone comes here are slim. “That’s what we’ll do. And if someone shows up here, I’ll… improvise.” He already threw open the hatch and descends the stairs. A muffled cry. I’m not staying here to find out from who. I’m not going to stay here to witness yet another tragedy. I don’t want to be part of this scene of death. I turn away. That temple… it seems like it is consecrated to life, to nature. Those two beautiful columns, with a closed bud and an open flower, the geometric patterns evoking foliage… I wonder what it was used for, what it all means. Yet, I’m attracted to it. It’s strange how nature is destroying the homage to itself. And even then, there might be a meaning to it all. This really is a sacred place. A reflection by… [soNE Ep. VI] 4 - What's the meaning of all this? by Bert.VR, on Flickr That was close. I got behind this rubble just in time. I don’t think those Bothans have seen me. But what now? What if they enter the hatch. I can’t just kill them… they might be civilians. I don’t know how it will help me, but contacting Goatm is the only thing I can think of. Our communication only makes things worse. Below, there will soon be an even greater ruin than up here. Gunfire and cries. The Bothans seem as distressed as I am, and decide to leave quietly. I guess they don’t want to be in this as much as I. So far for giving my colleague back cover. [soNE Ep. VI] 4 - Ruins among ruins by Bert.VR, on Flickr I can think again. So it is true: there really are… or sadly were Rebels down there. How did they get involved with the bounty hunter? Why would Boba Fett bother to steal a genuine Rebel datapad somewhere? Surely, a smaller clue would have done to blame the Rebels for that atrocious deed on Ord Mantell. Unless… he had it already with them, stolen it from Rebels that he had encountered. Maybe the datapad still holds some information. It was never meant to be investigated, but that might be the reason there is still useful information in there… It doesn’t take me long to find what I’m looking for. Indeed, the mission of the Rebel this datapad once belonged to, was to track down Boba Fett, in an attempt to rescue a certain Solo. So the Rebels are after the bounty hunter as well, at the same time. What a coincidence. At least, they have reason, unlike our own absurd mission… The truth is simple and astonishing. Our mission isn’t to get Boba Fett and deliver him some ridiculous ‘Thank you’ card at all. Sure, finding the bounty hunter is our priority, but the reason is something else entirely. This mission is a mere excuse to get to the Rebels. We only want to track the bounty hunter to know where to find the Rebels. It isn’t about finding him, it’s about finding those that are searching for him. Our real bounty, are the Rebels… Ruins. But why? Why weren’t we just told that we were hunting Rebels? Why did they try to conceal the real purpose of this mission from us? Is it to give us a false feeling of safety? Is it so that we ask as few questions as possible? Or is it to make us forget what we’re actually doing, to turn us into mindless machines? Why? I don’t know why. But what I do know, is that this is intolerable. One cannot just conceal a war from the people that are suffering the consequences! If there is a war, you can’t hide it. People have the right to know what’s going on. So that they either can support or resist it. There’s a difference between people that live to ignore the war, and people that live in ignorance of the war. But neither of them can have an opinion, neither of them gets listened to, neither of them gets a chance to stand up and change things. And both of them should be awakened. It’s hideous to hide things from people, without hiding the consequences for them. If people don’t know what’s happening, they have no chance of fighting back. Hiding these things, silencing them, is a crime. It is just like that bounty hunter, who’s example the Empire is apparently obediently following. He commits an atrocious crime, and walks away, blaming it on someone else, so that people are powerless to fight back. It’s like blaming the supernatural for something you did, so other people can’t do a thing about it. It’s hiding what you did behind an unbreakable façade. And that hiding, is a crime. And it has to be stopped. There’s only one way to break this wall of ignorance down. People have to know what’s really happening. Somebody has to tell it to them. No, not somebody, someone far away. Everybody. I have to tell the world what’s happening. Maybe that’s my purpose in life. It’s a nice feeling to know that… Of the whole world, I already informed one, myself. Next up, someone that has to know what he is doing himself… Boba Fett. ___________________ LDD file is available right here. As you might have noticed, the story is a collaboration with goatman461. The link in the middle leads to his entry, as the story could be inserted there. Be sure to check his fantastic entry out as well! And thanks a lot for the inspiration, goatman! With 1411 bricks, this is a rather parts intensive MOC (there are more pieces in the creation, than there are words in the enormous story above, 1133 words to be exact). That's due to the different patterns, on the wall and in the floor. When I look at it in reverse, there could be less, with areas of the ground that are already covered, but with this tight deadline, I'm leaving it as it is. Apart from the different patterns, I also tried to incorporate some extra nice features. I'm very pleased with the columns, and I tested the design in real life, so they're absolutely clean, and maybe I'll post a tutorial someday on how to make those shafts. I admit that the tree is probably a very fragile construction. I already tested this technique, but i can't assure this particular configuration will hold, so I hope you're fine with the fact that the idea is possible. The roof construction is overly complicated, but I like the way the bricks form nice patterns, so let's stick to this fragile design. There are also some features that aren't clearly visible on the pictures, like some cracks in the ceiling and ornaments towards the roof. You can check these out in the digital model. So I hope you like the MOC and the story, as I put a lot of work and thought into it. Let me know what you think. PS: I hope the story made you think once again, and I would be very pleased to know what you think the 'hidden' meaning of the temple (and the way it is destroyed) is (yes, I really put a meaning in there!). Cudos to the one that gets it right!
  24. Hello! About a year ago I presented a digital model of Battersea Power Station. You can find the original topic here. But since then, the model has been through 7 or 8 redesigns, so I think this justifies a new topic. This has sort of been a labour of love. In the past year, I went back to Battersea, visited the Britannia Row Studios and went on a Pink Floyd bender. I reworked and reworked this model until I finally decided it was finished, and ordered the bricks to build it. Here we go: EDIT: See more photos at Flickr. It's a shame I don't have a good photo set-up at the moment, but the pictures came out OK (if a little washed-out). C&C are welcome. Thanks for looking!
  25. Here's my latest: I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. Roughly 1/650th scale. The tower footprint is only ~10x10 studs. As a bonus, I built a second model as a structural demonstrator to illustrate with color the different internal structural systems used in the MOC.