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!

Stilt House

Stilt House

The iconic Stilt House now in LEGO form!

SUPPORT IT NOW!

One of my favorite builds, the Stilt House, is now on LEGO IDEAS and you can support it to give it a chance of becoming an actual LEGO IDEAS setClick here and support the Stilt House!

May 31, 2023: Stilt House LEGO IDEAS UPDATE!

A few days ago my Stilt House achieved the coveted 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas: it’s unbelievable!
I’ve worked hard to promote the project and I am delighted to have achieved the goal.
I thank everyone who helped me in this incredible journey. I don’t know how it will end up but I am already very happy and satisfied with it.
Thank you all! You’re awesome!

Have you ever dreamed of living in a Stilt House?
Stilt houses are houses raised on stilts, or piles, over the surface of the soil or a body of water. Stilt houses are built primarily as a protection against flooding and have been used for millennia, with evidence in the European Alps that stilt houses were constructed on a lake over 6000 years ago. Settlements primarily composed of stilt housing are common in Micronesia and in Oceania.

As children or adults, everyone has dreamed of living at least for one day on a Stilt House and if you can’t live in a real one then you can build it with LEGO bricks!

From the Tree House to the A-Frame House to the…Stilt House!
Those who love LEGO bricks also love odd and bizarre houses such as the beautiful Tree House or the cozy A-Frame Cabin (this last one sounds very familiar to me). A Stilt House like this cannot be missing in our collection, isn’t it?

The story behind this Stilt House
My little Stilt House is the home of Theo, an old bearded fisherman who loves spending his days fishing and preparing the nets. The stilt house is in fact equipped with an ancient fishing machine, called Trabuchet. From the platform, two long arms called antennae stretch out suspended some feet above the water, supporting a huge and narrow-meshed net.
Every now and then Pablo, Theo’s best friend, visits him by boat, since the azure hut can be reached by a little wooden dock or by an unstable ladder starting right from the sea. Today Pablo is docking at the Stilt House, he’s going to visit his best friend Theo, they’ll have fun for sure.

The relationship between human and sea
The relationship between Theo and the sea in this set shows as a relationship of appreciation and respect. Theo loves everything about being a fisherman. He is lonely at sea and his sea friends are his companions. He has great respect for the sea as well as the inhabitants that swim and live in it. 

“He looked across the sea and knew how alone he was now. But he could see the prisms in the deep dark water and the line stretching ahead and the strange undulation of the calm. The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.”

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

About the set
The brick-built Stilt House amazes for the extreme similarity to the real ones and for the attention to detail. The set is composed by the main building and many minor details all around such as the fishing machine, the tight dock made of wooden boards, the ladder and others. The entire scene is like a postcard. Two minifigures are included in the diorama, Theo and Pablo. The set is built with many special and fun techniques, for sure you will love to build it!

If you’ve always dreamed of a Stilt House like this now you can build it and have fun!
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!

At times dreams come true: the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!

At times dreams come true: the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!

The LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!

I’m so happy and honored for this incredible goal, never in my life I would have thought to end up here. Everything is so special these days.
A lot of things have happened in the last few hours that have brought forward the announcement of the set, however here it is.
I wasn’t ready but still managed to snap a picture quickly to thank everyone. I can’t wait to build the set in the next few days and enjoy it.
Thanks to LEGO designers for making my dream a reality, you’re awesome!
A massive thank you to everyone who supported this project back in Lego Ideas and made this entire journey possible! Thank you all!

BREAKING NEWS: Meet the Fan Designer!

A-Frame Cabin Signing Set Tour 2023 CONFIRMED!
I am very happy to announce the dates of the Signing Set Tour:

Feb 1 (10am–12pm) Grenoble (Fr) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 3 (4 pm–6pm) Milano San Babila (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 4 (10am–12pm) Nice (Fr) LEGO Retail Store
Feb 10 (4pm–6pm) Firenze (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 11 (10am–12pm) Napoli (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 18 (4pm–6pm) Assago Milano (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
March 12 (4pm–6pm) Torino (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
September 9 (12pm–2pm) Paris (Fr) LEGO Retail Store Paris, So Ouest

I will be more than happy to meet you and, if you wish, to sign the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin set | No. 21338 # 46.
See you there!

Relive the journey of the A-Frame Cabin from the beginning until the very latest news of the release as an official set, below you can find all my articles published on my website:
A-Frame Cabin (first post ever)
A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process
Support the A-FrAme Cabin on LEGO IDEAS!
A-FrAme Cabin fully detailed interiors are out now!
A-frame Cabin reaches 10K supporters on LEGO Ideas!
A-FrAme Cabin approved as next LEGO IDEAS set!
The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Brick cover photo for November 2020!
Santa’s Cabin

Below the story of the A-Frame Cabin on official LEGO and LEGO IDEAS website:
The A-Frame Cabin set No. 21338 on LEGO shop on-line
Introducing LEGO IDEAS 21338 A-Frame Cabin
Original project on LEGO IDEAS

Below some official images of the LEGO IDEAS set A-Frame Cabin no. 21338