A cute Outpost with a useful Outhouse

A cute Outpost with a useful Outhouse

While I was waiting for the official release of my A-Frame Cabin as an LEGO Ideas set I built a brand-new creation. My first build of the year is a little diorama featuring a very cute sea outpost combined with a very useful…um…outhouse.
Both the building has the same color scheme, medium azure for the walls, tan for little details and medium nougat for the roof. It’s the first time I’ve used lavender plant leaves and I’m very happy with this color. Probably some details will seem familiar to you, in fact some parts come from my previous works such as Theo’s Trabuchet fishing hut which I built in the autumn of 2021.
The little outpost is built half on rock and the other half on stilts. I added a handful of little details to let it fun and lively. Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

Hayao Miyazaki, his Nibariki (Citroën 2CV) and Tokyo snowfall

Hayao Miyazaki, his Nibariki (Citroën 2CV) and Tokyo snowfall

A few months ago I built the personal studio of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s greatest animation director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, best-loved of all the Japanese animation studios.
Now it seems that it snowed heavily in Tokyo, so much so that Hayao is walking in snow with his snowshoes and with his Husky.
A pair of skis are already loaded on the Citroën 2CV, heading towards Mount Fuji!
楽しい時間をお過ごしください

Back in 1998, Hayao Miyazaki designed and built a house for his production company, called Nibariki. This house is located nearby Studio Ghibli’s main building. Nibariki means 2 horsepower in Japanese and the name is a clear tribute to the beloved Citroën 2CV that the artist has been driving for more than forty years.
Above you can see both Mr. Miyazaki’s new office and his Citroën 2CV. And of course our beloved masterful storyteller too.
Miyazaki bought his first 2CV as a university student in the early 1960s. It was a right-hand-drive model, imported from the U.K. and painted bright yellow.
A 2CV first appeared in Miyazaki’s first feature-length film, 1979’s The Castle of Cagliostro. An action-adventure tale involving a mischievous gentlemen thief, the well known Lupin III, and featuring multiple car chases, including the heroine, Clarisse, escaping in her 2CV.
Miyazaki’s current Citroën is a 1987 2CV 6 painted in light gray and is exactly like the one you see in my latest creation.

Haunted A-Frame Cabin | Monster Fighters tribute

Haunted A-Frame Cabin | Monster Fighters tribute

While I’m looking forward to the release of my A-Frame Cabin, chosen as one of the next LEGO IDEAS sets, I built a spooky variation of the rustic house based on the 2012 LEGO Monster Fighters series.
It is a kind of tribute to the MF Haunted House released in 2012 by TLG.
Size and shape are basically the same as the A-Frame Cabin, colors, details, setting and Minifigures are completely different.

If you take a deeper look, you can spot many references and Easter eggs directly related to the LEGO horror theme.
The gramophone, the trunk with the top hat, the glass dome with a bone inside are all objects from the MF set. The gate is also a clear tribute to the Haunted House.
And take a look at the zombie heads above the gate columns, do you remember where they were in the MF set?
Last but not least don’t miss the magic Bat Moonstone of Lord Vampyre, the villain of the series.

Enjoy and happy Hall🎃ween!

The Guardian of the Abyss and the Wolf Fenrir

The Guardian of the Abyss and the Wolf Fenrir

My latest creation is loosely inspired both by the story of the writer Xavier Liras, creator of the Spiral Universe, and by the illustration of the artist Alexander Shatohin.
Below you can read a very brief summary of Xavier’s story that describes my creation well.

The story goes that the Guardian of the abyss lives right on the edge of the abyss. His job for generations has been to explore the Abyss and its mists and gain insight into what is happening in the world.
The Abyss has many levels, it is the manifestation of the psyche of humanity.
There is a terrible war going on in this world now that could plunge us into extinction. The Guardian must lure Wolf Fenrir to the surface and be devoured. But the wolf will not be able to kill him completely and, back in the abyss, he will be forced to spit it out. Only then will the initiation of the Guardian into the deepest Abyss begin.

It is the first time that I have built an animal made of bricks, in this case the head of a wolf, and it was fun and challenging. I think I can still improve the shape but for now I’m happy with that. I hope you enjoy!

“Drawing inspiration from author Xavier Liras and illustrator Alexander Shatohin, builder Andrea Lattanzio shares a tense moment as the Guardian of the Abyss lowers himself into the jaws of the mythical wolf, Fenrir. There are great details throughout this immersive LEGO scene, as well as some innovative building techniques. I particularly like the shaping of the olive-green fir tree, the use of cloth elements for roof patches, and the use of a minifigure accessory molding sprue for the doorknob. The wolf emerging from the mists is also worth a close look, with a yellow gear-shift base for an eye and a maw full of pointy teeth.”

(There seems to be a wolf at the door.  The Brothers Brick – October 12, 2022)

Crazy Bus

Crazy Bus

The Crazy Bus is the funniest, weirdest, and strangest bus out there.
I built the Bus these days when I was forced to stay at home alone (!) and the thermometer touched 40 degrees, I felt like I was in hell!
I was probably a little “dazed and confused” when I thought about it, however here it is.
It is a sort of post apocalyptic refuge where two survivors, after yet another environmental disaster caused by human beings, find shelter to spend their days waiting for a new era.

In some ways it can be considered as a continuation of my previous Floating Dystopia, they have many things in common (and also some parts of the MOC itself).

The front and the back of the bus can be connected with two simple technic pins thus forming a mini bus. This way it’s even more bizarre! In the next few days I will show you the Mini Crazy Bus with some new brand photos, stay tuned!

There are a lot of tools, objects and weird parts, check them out and have fun spotting them all. Enjoy!

Crystal Mill (Colorado)

Crystal Mill (Colorado)

The Crystal Mill, or the Old Mill is an 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado, United States.
Although called a Watermill, it is more correctly denoted as a compressor station, which used a water turbine to drive an air compressor, and was originally built with a horizontal wheel. The compressed air was then used to power other machinery or tools.
The building is built on a mining claim named “Lost Horse”, it fell into disuse in 1917 when the Sheep Mountain Tunnel mine closed.

I spotted the Crystal Mill while browsing in search of new rural houses to build and it caught my eye.
For the first time, I built two blocks of rocks and a waterfall made from hundreds of 1×2 trans-clear plates. Many other builders have tried their hand at this type of build so thanks for inspiring me.

The story goes that an old gold digger* accidentally discovered the now disused Crystal Mill, and immediately decided to live there isolated from the rest of the world. One day an explorer* on a small boat while sailing on the Crystall River came across the old shack…What will happen when the explorer and the gold digger meet?

*Mainly based on the CMF Prospector (Series 12), without a doubt one of my favorite Minifigs.
**Probably the explorer was part of Johnny Thunder‘s Adventures team 😉

“When it comes to beautifully constructed LEGO cabins, Andrea Lattanzio is in a class of his own. Whether you’re looking for perilously perched adventure or a little holiday magic, odds are good Andrea has you covered. Andrea’s latest build is the Crystal Mill, a real-life Colorado landmark as it might have looked back in the 19th century. The realistic trees and gorgeous waterfall catch your attention right away, but don’t overlook the smaller details of the cabin, like the minifigure wand elements on the front-door and the creatively crafted ladder.”

(Go back in time to Colorado’s Crystal Mill  The Brothers Brick – June 16, 2022)