Tuesday 16 April 2019

Custom LEGO BrickHeadz - Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker

Finally we have Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight joining the custom Darth Vader redeemed I made previously. Special thanks to young Han Solo for the printed shirt brick. The rest of the build is pretty standard and boring black, but that's just how it was in the movie really. The Headz portion has been directly transplanted from the Luke & Yoda set. This is Luke in my absolute favorite form and needed to be in my collection!

"I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
- Luke Skywalker, Star Wars

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Custom LEGO BrickHeadz - Darth Vader Redeemed

Sometimes seeing a single part can inspire an idea and create an opportunity for something custom. This build was inspired by the 4x2 white printed tile from the Captain Armando Salazar set. The main custom portion of this BrickHeadz is the... Headz portion. Using 2 of the previously mentioned tiles to make up the large scar tissue on Vader's bald head. Additionally I've used a wheel axle plate to represent the severed right hand since this takes place after the throne room climax.

"Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes."
- Darth Vader, Return of the Jedi

Thursday 4 April 2019

Custom LEGO BrickHeadz - Original Trilogy Han Solo

A nice wave of Star Wars Original Trilogy BrickHeadz are being released later this year. But missing among them is an 'adult' Han Solo set. We already got the Young Han Solo model earlier in 2018, but I definitely needed one (or two) to go with the original cast. Having the head and hair already designed and readily available made the extras easy to design. The 1x2 white printed brick from the Jack Sparrow set made for an excellent, ready made, Han Solo shirt.

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
- Han Solo, Star Wars

"I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big bright blur."
- Han Solo, Return of the Jedi

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Custom LEGO BrickHeadz - Hawkeye

With Thor done it is time to add Hawkeye to the Avengers team in BrickHeadz form. Not the most interesting addition in terms of building. I do like how the hair turned out though. The one thing that would have benefited the build the most would be printed bricks for the chest.

"Better clench up Legolas"
- Iron Man, The Avengers

Saturday 23 February 2019

Custom LEGO Modern Metroliner Passenger Train

One set I loved as a child was my 4558 Metroliner 9V set. I actually don't remember what happened to it, but today I'm showing off a modernized version of it that will service my City's middle loop.

My layout doesn't have any 9V compatible tracks so rather than buy the original again (at today's crazy prices) and butcher up such a classic set with Power Functions, I went with making a more modern looking version from scratch as more of a tribute. The major change aesthetically is the swap from old light grey to black and now the main locomotive no longer houses any passengers.

Primary locomotive, passenger car,
passenger luggage car, secondary control cab

I went with a passenger-less primary control locomotive. The idea being that the entire area is taken up by motors and electrical systems and other complicated technical train engine stuff.

The passenger car is structurally very similar to the one from the original set but mine has brick built doors that are not functional.

The club car... I mean the combined passenger and luggage car is obviously inspired by the original set 4547 Railroad Club Car, that was sold separately to the Metroliner. I never owned it myself and I still don't... BUT this is kinda close design wise. I really didn't think sleeping quarters would be required for my use as an inner city train.

The final part is the secondary control cab which can also house a smaller amount of passengers. Where I live nearly all our passenger trains share the control cab and passenger space.

Thursday 21 February 2019

Custom LEGO Modular Town Hall 10224

The first modular building I ever got around to building and then soon after expanding by one extra floor is set 10224 Town Hall. A fantastic looking set and a staple for any official modular city block.

Some of the additions I have made are tiling the ground floor auditorium in a black and white striped pattern, continuing the color theme from the main entrance. This includes the use of the newish 2x2 half tiles, also known as triangles. The first time I've ever used them in a set or custom build and they allowed me to not have to go through the trouble of raising the entire build to fit tiles underneath.

For the extra floor I dedicated this to council workers offices. I don't think the mayor can run the city alone and he definitely needed workers to audit forms and prepare permits that would otherwise slow down the progress of building the entire city. Giving them a place to eat and take a break was a good use of the spare space off to the side.

Only a single additional floor added to this modular.

Black and white tiled auditorium floor.
My first use of 2x2 half tiles (triangles).

Inside the new 2nd Floor you'll find
council worker offices and their lunch/break room.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Custom LEGO BrickHeadz - Thor

Tragically missing from the initial and further BrickHeadz Avengers lineups are Thor and Hawkeye, two valuable members of the team. So first up out of my LAB is a tripple take of different Thor variants

"I like it! Bring me another."
- Thor, Thor

"Are you Thor, God of hammers?"
- Odin, Thor Ragnarok

"Bring me THANOS!"
- Thor, Infinity War