Mariachi wagon and Mexican house

Mariachi wagon and Mexican house

One of the most vivid traditions of Mexico is surely the Mariachi culture. I’ve been always intrigued by Mariachi musicians and when LEGO released the Mariachi in Series 16 Collectible Minifigures I thought it was really cute and perfect for a Mexican themed MOC.

My latest creation represents a classic Mexican scene: the Mariachi Wagon with the musicians on board ready to play the serenade to the beautiful girl on the terrace. On the right her father with his eyes well opened.
The house boasts a multi-level terrace structure, a couple of arbors covered by flowers and a large patio. Cactus and plants of all kind are all around.

In addition to the Mariachi, I also included in the diorama the Maraca Man (Series 2), Flamenco Dancer (Series 6) and the Taco Tuesday Guy (the LEGO Movie).

“Most Western-themed LEGO creations take their architectural inspiration from the single-street towns of the Gold Rush — clapperboard buildings, usually saloons and general stores. It makes for a pleasant change to see something a little more Southwestern in tone with Andrea Lattanzio‘s build of a classic whitewashed adobe flat-roofed house. And even better, there’s not a gunfighter in sight; instead, we’re treated to a mariachi band arriving in their wagon to serenade the farmer’s beautiful daughter. The house is a visual treat, covered with nice details, from the use of printed 1×1 round tiles on the protruding ends of the logs to the plant-covered arbors that provide shady spots on the flat roof. The use of woodgrain tiles above the windows and doors adds some welcome texture amongst the white. Bien hecho, Andrea!”

(“Jumping on board the Mexican bandwagonThe Brothers Brick – September 15, 2019)

LIfe’s a beach!

LIfe’s a beach!

It’s that time of the year when we all want to be on the beach possibly with a windsurfing board and a cold beer.
And that’s what’s happening to the bearded hypster/hippy in my latest creation.
I can’t explain why, but it seems to me like a scene from the eighties: a classic van with a vivid livery, the Hawaiian shirt of the guy, a pink windsurfing from Paradisa series, the boombox…

The little Chevy van has been used before with different livery and in different creations. Top to bottom, left to right: Life’s a beach; Stranger Things; Andy’s Haburger Stand; Santa needs a bigger van.

Enjoy the summer guys!

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

This July marks half a century since the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on to its surface.
To celebrate the anniversary I go back to 1975 when LEGO released the first Lunar Lander, the “Moon Landing”set No. 367.
Despite its simplicity, this set has something special and I’m happy to have it in my collection.
The set does not represent the Apollo 11 program because there is the Moon Rover. It probably depicts the scene on the moon during one of the last three missions of the Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972 when the Moon Rover was actually used to move acroos the surface of the moon.
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Chevy delivery van

Chevy delivery van

The bearded hipster in the picture is delivering fresh beef and vegetables to ANDY’S hamburger Stand, my latest little diorama I presented few weeks ago. He proudly drives a classic Chevy Van decked out in Andy’s livery. This guy will still appear here with his trendy Hawaiian shirt and his smart beard.

Andy’s | Hamburger Stand

Andy’s | Hamburger Stand

I must admit I’m a big fan of hamburgers, especially if served in a beautiful restaurant marked by a modernist architecture.
This creation joins my passion for the most famous sandwich in the world and the vintage architecture.
Andy’s stand boasts a retro modernist design, with an elegant V-shaped roof, bustling terrace and googie style signage. The building design comes from my previous Esso Gas Station and it was designed by the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok in 1953.
A large burger stands out on the roof and makes sure you don’t pass this one by.

The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy hamburgers and other delicacies under the umbrellas. On the the back a guy is unloading his vintage van and delivering fresh beef and vegetables. The Van a is a III generation Chevrolet G-series made by General Motors from 1981 to 1983 and used in previous MOCs with different livery.

Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great hamburgers of all kinds, fries and coffee.

Moon Cat | S-Class Armoured Rover

Moon Cat | S-Class Armoured Rover

This space vehicle is a Small Class Armoured Rover decked out in Classic Space livery.
Named Moon Cat, it’s mainly used as a mobile research laboratory and is equipped with only one weapon, a machine gun on top (not much used actually.).
The canopy opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of retro-tech computers and equipment.
The design of the Moon Cat is neat and retro-tech at the same time.
I’m especially satisfied of the usage of the crutches as lamps protection bar. If I’m not wrong they have never been used in that way before (NPU).
I built it more than a year ago but only recently I take good pictures.