the brothers brick

a collection of my writing collated during my time writing for the brothers brick

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haere mai! come here! welcome! - the brothers brick
Tēnā koe e hoa (Greetings. Hello to you, friend.) from Jed Cameron of New Zealand with his “Not 100% historically accurate” Early European Settlers arriving at a Māori Village. Inspired by a treasure trove of colonial art he found online, Jed has done a great job recreating the look and feel of a pre-colonial Māori wharenui (large communal house).... more

a good dentist never gets on your nerves - writing for the brother brick
The Brothers Brick features many LEGO models created during build challenges like “Iron Builder” and the “ABS Builder Challenge.” Lucky builders get mailed “seed” pieces and are asked to create a series of wonderful, amazing designs in a short period of time. As luck would have it, Brick Samson (aka yours truly) was invited to participate in the ABS Builder Challenge round 2.8.... more

flitting hither and thither, the fantail always appears in a dither
The New Zealand fantail, or pīwakawaka in Te Reo (the language of the native Maori), is one of the cheekiest little birds you will ever meet. Beautifully recreated in LEGO by BrickMonkey MOCs, the fantail is known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics. Smaller than a house sparrow, these audacious little guys flit around twittering and swooping within centimetres of your head if you find yourself outdoors in the native bush. The aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland.... more

acquired immunity – the only way to be sure
once again, Grantmasters has created something outside the box — and to think it all started with a bulk lot of LEGO Belville purchased online. wanting to make something reminiscent of an old toy catalogue with all characters posing for the photograph, he has included an array of various doctoring devices. i love how the X-ray seems the perfect scale, and the discarded plaster cast boot on the floor by the bin.... more

if banksy started building in LEGO
Graffiti has been a fact of life since the pyramids were built, but you may not have ever seen LEGO graffiti before (unless you’ve been reading The Brothers Brick for a really long time). Roman says he started with the minifig street artist and then came up with the larger build. The backward bandana as a hood is inspired and it’s good to see he takes his respiratory health seriously.... more

computer, end prog... ok, never mind.
Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 30 years old this September! This gave TBB’s very own Iain Heath just the excuse he needed to created this STNG diorama. Inspired by Kadigan Photography‘s printed tile version, Iain came up with a way to brick-build the holographic environment simulator’s famous yellow grid (you can even see how he did it in his Flickr album).... more

i saved the world again today. it was off the chain.
Black & white. All important photos are taken in black & white. And atmosphere. Edgy, rainy atmosphere that would make small children and adults nervous. And lighting. Really subtle and aesthetically pleasing lighting.

This portrait of Bruce Wayne by legomeee would certainly get LEGO Batman’s brooding stamp of approval for appropriate tone. I’m not sure what he is looking at, but that umbrella is macho. I dig it.... more

please excuse the mess – kids are making memories
Did you ever design your own “dream room” when your were a child? I did, and it looked something like this boy’s room by John Snyder. Built for the final round of the ABS builder challenge and largely inspired by César Soares‘ amazing kid’s room, John says of his latest creation “it was really enjoyable to build a modern interior for a change, something outside of minifigure scale”. The scene is stocked to the gills with toys including (but not limited to) LEGO, action figures, costumes, planes, trains and even a castle! The stand out features for me are the working bi-fold door, fish tank, and brilliant red telescope.... more

i am a leaf on the wind – watch how I soar
Shown at Bricks Cascade 2017 and winner of Interstellar Bella trophy, Jonathan Walker‘s breathtaking Shadowcaster is a masterpiece. At 133ish studs in length, the leaf-like beauty is massive. Inspired by a train station in France by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Jonathan spent a lot of time building curves, stressing LEGO in ways it shouldn’t be stressed; the results are extraordinary. Each 4 stud section is attached by a single stud to the spine and they are all held in place by the curve of sand green on the edges. I love the colors he has used and the multi-directional engines mounted underneath. A spectacular spaceship to demonstrate the limitless potential of our beloved plastic brick.... more

piecing it all together
Do you ever feel like the pieces don’t fit? That you don’t fit in? Anne Mette V illustrates many examples of the seemingly insurmountable social chasms that can exist in today’s world. Superbly staged and photographed, each thought-provoking situation is sitting on its own brick-built misfitted puzzle piece perfectly juxtaposed against the black backdrop.... more

The stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun!
Ever wondered where those yellow sticky notes came from? Well as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Arthur Fry was tired of losing his place in his hymn book, wanted a reusable bookmark, and viola – the Post-it note was born! Builder JD Keller has created an hilarious scene featuring Mr. Fry on a fantastic wheelie chair surrounded by his beloved little yellow re-stickable notes. Clearly he has a lot on his plate – not only are there stacks of memos on the table, stuck on the walls, filing cabinet and classic old CRT monitor, but they also feature on the pot plant, telephone and (my favorite) the bottom of his coffee mug.... more

full steam ahead on this classic engine!
Both my father and my grandfather were train drivers, so you could say trains are in my blood. When I saw this incredibly accurate classic steam engine by Britishbricks, I just had to share it. In Great Western Railway dark green, this beauty is very reminiscent of the classic British engines from the 1950s and 60s. There are so many things to enjoy about this beauty: check out the tip of the pirate hook and black sausage front buffer, along with the LEGO rubber bands as ribs around the boiler. From the working wheel assembly and Power Functions all the way to the tail of the coal tender, this spectacular replica has steamed its way into my heart.... more

a blip patrols the executive corridor in Alpha Zero Niner
At first glance Jeremy Williams‘ Night Patrol might not look like much is going on, but this atmospheric space corridor with patrolling “blip” is fantastic. Simple yet brilliant, I love the clever use of the 1×4 spring shooter for the door details. Combined with clever creative lighting, the scene feels real. You can almost feel the silence, waiting for the whhhhhsht of the door as it opens and the automated electronic beep as the blip passes through. Then whhhhhsht the door closes again, leaving the corridor silent and empty once more.... more

so what if a few people have to die? that’s show business, baby!
Alexander Blais has perfectly captured Mettaton, the mono-wheeled, human-killing robotic television star of the Underground, from the fantastically quirky retro role-playing game Undertale. This charming rendition uses simple techniques to create the robot with a SOUL. I like the use of minifig hands to represent the dials under his screen, which cleverly uses flat plates to mimic the heart on his display. How would you fight this maniacal metal menace?... more

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