The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

A few weeks ago while I was watching Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, I spotted a large tank that caught my attention. From that I built this menacing ‘bad boy’ full of details and features and wrapped in a total dark gray color scheme.
It’s called The Hedgehog and the reason is quite obvious: dozens of dark tan claws guarantee maximum grip on all types of terrain. And the appearance resembles the small spiky mammal.
The shape is deliberately awkward and a little cartoonish. I added details and features without ever going overboard. The upper part with the turret opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of armaments and equipment.
Last but not least, the moustached commander looks like he came out of a WW II Panzer.

The Hedgehog joins my other tanks that I have built in recent years, give it a look it’s worth it.
The Hedgehog is heavily and loosely based on Hayao Miyazaki’s Akuyaku, a multi turreted tank appeared in some sketches of the master illustrator. Miyazaki has always been very fascineted by the tanks and planes used in the two world wars. I tried to transfer that style into my latest work too. And I dig it!

Credits:
Miyazaki’s tanks and Tyler’s beautiful Bad Guy No.1 inspired this latest tracked MOC of mine. So thank you!

The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The ADOBE HOUSE (or MEXICAN HOUSE) is on BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM and could become an official set!

It now needs your support, if you like it you can support it, click here!

I created the digital model including instructions as required by the BDP and then I built the brick version as you see in these photos.

The iconic southwestern style house now in LEGO form!
This whitewashed adobe flat-roofed house is a classic example of so-called Southwestern architecture.
Adobe had been in use by indigenous peoples of the Americas in the Southwestern United States, Mesoamerica, and the Andes for several thousand years. You can still see these kind of homes in Mexico and in the southwestern of the United States indeed. It’s packed with all the details and features you’d expect to find in a house like this in the middle of the desert.

About the set
The house is a visual treat, covered with nice details, from the use of printed 1X1 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.
The set includes eye-catching floorings reflecting the designs of Central American cultures. You can find them both outside and inside the house.
Don’t miss the chile ristras which hang next to the doors, the wrought-iron lever fountain and the Aloe Vera plant.
The set includes 7 minifigures including the master of the house Don Carlos, Señora Magda, the groom, the farmer, the housekeeper and two boys.

Fully detailed interiors!
The adobe house features a complete interiors with two floors: the ground floor with the living room, the bedroom and kitchen. Furthermore, on the left is the stable for thoroughbreds. On the upper floor there is the owner’s study and a simple but very useful toilet.
The whole interior is chock full of details that make the set very playable. You can easily lift up the four roofs to access inside and play with the utensils and surprising accessories including table and chairs, a wood stove, a complete kitchen and many more.
And it’s all so enjoyable!

With your support, hopefully we can turn the Mexican House into an actual LEGO BDP set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!

Fab-Boat

Fab-Boat

While I was rummaging through old pieces, a hull from the Fabuland series caught my eye.
It seemed perfect to build a small fishingboat. By the way, a boat had been on my wish list for many years.
Here is the Fab-Boat, a small fishing vessel equipped with everything you need for fishing at sea.
The boat has a small hold and the engine compartment which you can see by lifting up the captain’s cabin and the front cover.
The captain has already been seen in my recent version of the Stilt House. While the character on the dock appeared in my Theo’s Trabuchet fishing hut back in November 2021.
I had a lot of fun building the Fab Boat, fitting the details into such a small space was very challenging.
And now let’s weigh anchor!

Building the gentle curve of a boat hull in LEGO bricks can be a challenge. That is, unless you find an old Fabuland boat part in your collection like Norton74. He promptly put it to good use as the start of a fishing boat full of the kind of details we have come to expect from Andrea. The simple dock gives a good setting without taking attention away from the vessel. It includes a small cargo hold and a rig for hauling in the day’s catch. Round, white studs give the boat a proper wake in a bed of transparent blue as it approaches the dock at the end of a long day.

(This small LEGO fishing boat is simply Fabu-lous!”  The Brothers Brick – January 14, 2024)

Santa’s Stilt House (and the tiny outhouse)

Santa’s Stilt House (and the tiny outhouse)

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas and as usual in this period it’s time for a Christmas themed creation.
This is a tiny shelter for Santa Claus and his husky. And there is a useful out-house on the right.
Santa also has a nice and very well equipped off-road vehicle painted with a color scheme matching with the cottage. You can spot it on the left. This dwelling features a classic Xmas color scheme and many funny details.
The red/white color combo is simple but effective, and the snowy trees in the background match well.
If this sounds familiar, you’re on the right track; my new creation is the Christmas version of my previous work built in January and called “A cute outpost with a useful outhouse”.

Even if it’s a little early, I wish you a merry Christmas!

Off the wall

Off the wall

Have you ever thought about living “off the wall”? That’s what the two characters of my latest creation did. They probably ended up living like this because of an all-out war that wiped everything out. However they seem quite happy.

This diorama joins my two previous post-apoc works, namely Floating Dystopia and Crazy Bus.

I included some references and easter eggs: the tile with the Blue Cottage as a tribute to set 21338; the Citroën 2CV as an homage to Hayao Miyazaki; the white boat (on the roof!) for my recent 1OK IDEAS Stilt House; many other details that come from my previous works.
Have fun spotting them all!

“Famed LEGO builder and Ideas set designer Andrea Lattanzio proposed the question; have you ever thought about living “off the wall”? That got me thinking; does he mean off the grid? While I use the term “off the wall” occasionally, I went ahead and looked it up and the definition is cited as eccentric or unconventional with their example being
“a zany, wacky, off-the-wall weirdo”. In that regard, to answer your question, Andrea I give you a resounding hell yes! Eccentric and unconventional all the way, mio amico! However, he goes on to say that the characters in this creation “probably ended up living like this because of an all-out war that wiped everything out.” So does that mean off the grid, then? Andrea goes on to say that they seem quite happy, so that’s a good thing.

Whether they’re off the wall or off the grid there’s no denying these great shapes and build techniques. He pays homage to plenty of creations from his past; the tile with the blue cottage is in reference to the 21338 A-Frame set that he designed and the white boat on the roof may be the very one taken from his Stilt House Ideas concept. Can you spot other references? There are Easter eggs a-plenty!

(Off the wall or off the grid, you decide”  The Brothers Brick – June 9, 2023)

Stilt House: behind the scenes

Stilt House: behind the scenes

While the Stilt House is looking for supports on LEGO IDEAS it’s time to show you as some extra shots of the MOC building process.

Follow Stilt House “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of my fishing diorama. Have fun!

Don’t forget to support the Stilt House on LEGO IDEAS, with your support hopefully we can turn the Stilt House into an actual LEGO Ideas set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!