People at the recent Christchurch Brick Show in New Zealand ("a wondrous land full of knights, castles, mutton, torture weapons, poverty, leeches, illiteracy, and, um ... dragons") were lucky enough to see Legonardo Davidi's most recent MOC, the House of Chaos. He very deservedly won both AFOL choice and first in show. You may recognize his style from several of his great CCC entries. Look around back for a little surprise. Check out this, along with Legonardo's other MOCs on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
This 2012 set was an exclusive, only available at Target. It included four orcs (two from Mordor, and two, including Lurtz, from Orthanc). The forge suggests that this is meant to represent the arming of Orthanc, though the mixing of orc kindreds really fits better the race of the mingled group of orcs across the northern frontiers of Rohan with captives Merry and Pippin in tow.
Alice Finch, aka Bippity Bricks, is no stranger to large builds, having been known previously for her massive Hogwarts and Rivendell, among other MOCs. Here she presents her Green Dragon inn and Hobbiton marketplace (that I believe was previously displayed at the Emerald City Comic Con). Check this out along with all of her other builds on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
At BrickWorld, a group of builders composed of Paul Vermeesch, Dan Church, Max PointnerIan Spacek, Casey McCoy, Philip Berntson, Matthew Oh, Ben Merrill and Lee Muzzy unveiled the Princess Bride collaborative. Check out all the MOCs and discuss them in our forum.
Yesterday was the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a significant Scottish victory in their war of independence in which Robert the Bruce defeated the forces of Edward II of England. This MOC is about five years old, but I figured it was fitting to feature Cuahchic's rendition of this statue of Robert the Bruce that stands near the battle site. You can see this along with all of Cuahchic's other creations on Flickr and then discuss it, and the famous battle, in our forum.
Released in the 2013 wave of Tolkien sets, this set introduced the figures of Elrond (who had previously only been available in a promotional tie-in) and Arwen, along with Gimli and another Frodo. 79006 saw the introduction of the new gothic half-arch piece, and also had foliage elements in dark orange and lime green.
If you flipped through the 2014 Classic-Castle Calendar (still available, btw, you saw Sharon Vance's, aka Shaylegoluvr's, great Smaug mosaic. If you attended BrickWorld, or checked out photos of the show online, you saw a new mosaic done in a similar style. Sharon revisited the subject matter to come up with Dragon's Lair. See this, along with all of Sharon's other MOCs, in her Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.
I Scream Clone built Uktror as part of the Guilds of Historica. The Moruth Orcs have taken over an abandoned fortress on the outskirts of the kingdom of Abyssian to use as a base for their operations. If you think the castle looks vaguely familiar, you're right - this is ISC's homage/re-imagination of the original Yellow Castle 375. Check out this along with all of I Scream Clone's other MOCs on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
The Iron Builder has been one of the most prominent drivers of amazing MOC building in the past couple of years. This competition sets up head-to-head matches between elite builders to come of with a month of creations based on a specific element. The current round pits Onosendai2600 against 6kyubi6, based on the new micro ball joint found in Mixels sets. Some of the creations include a micro castle, a giant sculpture of a mosquito, a video game, and this Iron Dragon by 6kyubi6. See this along with all of 6kyubi6's other MOCs on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
Castle Cavalry is part of the first wave of LEGO Movie sets, officially coming out at the start of this year. The set has two designs. The first, a more traditional castle set, has two soldiers (Sir Stackabrick and Gallant Guard)s guarding a gatehouse. Then, along with Sharon Shoehorn (of everyone's favorite sitcom), they rebuild the gatehouse into some sort of fighter jet/spaceship thing to fight off Lord Business and his Micromanagers.
One of our newest forum members is Brick Burger, and he started off with a bang, sharing Ragoth attacks. See this along with all of Brick Burger's other MOCs on Flickr and the discuss it in our forum. Be sure to welcome him to Classic-Castle.
In the Lands of Rowia, the Lenfald faction is having a local challenge called the Wipeout. According to SergeantChipmunk44's entry, "Some of the remaining soldiers of the Queen have tried to hide themselves among the people of Lenfald. In this small Lenfel village, a disguised soldier of the Queen is discovered and trapped." There is Nowhere to Run. See this, along with Sergeant Chipmunk's other MOCs, on his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.
Felix recently presented Trivel Castle, the latest addition to his growing village. The castle is built with a modular design, so it can be easily changed or expanded, and much of it opens up to reveal furnished interiors. See this along with Felix' other work in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.
"As soon as the scouts had reported to Glorfindel that a Black Spire army would be traveling through Skergat Pass, Glorfindel ordered his men to prepare for an ambush. The Mitgardian soldiers were soon concealed along the ridges on both sides of the ravine. Once the Black Spire army was well into the pass, Glorfindel signaled for the attack. Pouring down the sides of the ravine his men had both the advantages of surprise and the higher ground."
Try your hand at the June Seed Part challenge. Come up with a castle MOC that somehow incorporates the part of the month - the space air tanks - for fame and prizes. For complete details and entries, see this thread.
A new trailer has been released for the LEGO Minifigures Online game, highlighting the medieval world adventure. The game is about to enter the open beta phase, so you can sign up to play it very soon. Watch the video and discuss it in our forum.
It is a sad day in Solitude - their lord has died and left no heir. Michal Herbolt, aka Gearcs, set this scene in a border stronghold of the Arboria Empire. You can see all of Michal's MOCs in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum
Tyler, aka the Deathly Halliwell, built this great Green Dragon bust. He's planning on bringing it to BrickWorld, so if you're going there you can see it in the brick. If not, you can see this dragon, as well as all of Tyler's other MOCs, in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.
Another set from the 2012 run of Lord of the Rings sets. This set might have been more properly named The Chamber of Mazarbul as it is focused on the battle between the company of the Ring and the orcs of Moria that takes place around Balin's tomb. This set includes four of the nine heroes, two Moria orcs, and the cave troll. It also includes lots of pieces of the chamber, many weapons, and a few action features.
Another set from the first wave of Lord of the Rings sets, this one includes two Nazgul, Strider, Merry, and Frodo (with a different torso than in the Gandalf Arrives set) bearing the Ring. The hill is built up of bricks and opens up to reveal a chamber. Geeky detail - the stand inside that chamber once held a Palantir back in the days when this wasn't just a ruin and instead was the fortress of Amon Súl.
I usually try not to feature the same builders so close together, but when I saw this this morning I just had to. I think we can crown the king and queen of NPU based on Sean And Steph Mayo (aka Siercon and Coral) and their Sun Salamander. This is just one of their MOCs for the Iron Builder competition based on the rounded 1x2 slope in yellow. Check out this and all of their work in their Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.
Dave Ware designed this mosaic of Sam Gamgee. Attendees of the recent Calgary Expo 2014 put together 6x6 squares, which were then assembled into the whole mosaic. It was even signed by Sean Astin, Sam himself, who was at the Expo. Check out all of Dave's work on his site BrickWares.com or in his Flickr stream, and then discuss it in our forum.
Gandalf arrives was one of the first sets to include the new articulated horse. It also included the Gandalf and Frodo figs, a small cart, some fireworks for the Long-Expected Party, and a carrot, just in case Gandalf got a little peckish.
Congratulations to Buurli for winning the Taste the Rainblow contest with his Rainbow Castle! See the announcement, including runners up and special prize, and congratulate the contestents in our forum.
Lord Tarris has been working for a long time on an amazing Cathedral. It's taking so long because, in addition to being a huge project, he's adding all kinds of careful details. He's recently made this cupola that goes on top of his Baptiserium. You can see the construction technique via WIP and alternate views, and discuss the MOC in our forum. All of Lord_Tarris' work can be seen in his Flickr stream.
Iron Builder is a head-to-head match that pits two individuals, or in this case two pairs, against eachother to come up with MOCs based on a specific piece. This month Siercon and Coral are facing off against Legohaulic and Littlehaulic, with the 2x1 curved slope in yellow as the seed part. Siercon and Coral came up with Zelda's loftwing and a companion steed for Link. Check out these and all of the great creations in this competition, and be sure to discuss in our forum.
Isaac, who goes by soccerkid6 in our forum and as soccersnyderi on Flickr, is in the middle of a modular castle project. He is building different walls, towers, and other pieces that will fit together to make a larger castle. His second piece is this Ballista Siege that includes a defender on a wall and an attacker with a working ballista. Check it out and discuss it in our forum. You can find all of Isaac's MOCs at his personal LEGO site, Brickbuilt, his Flickr, and his YouTube.
LEGO take note - you should be designing sets like this.
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This week’s set is 10656 - My First LEGO Princess.
My First LEGO Princess includes a unique fig, an articulated horse in brown, a cart, a small building, some fences, and some random bricks and elements.
Polish TFOL and CC member Lukasz aka LL aka Lolino recently posted this Japanese castle MOC, Midnight Training. This was a submission for Mike Doyle's Beautiful LEGO II: Dark contest, for possible inclusion in the second volume of Mike's book series, which will focus on 'dark' creations. You can see all of Lukasz' MOCs on his Flickr, Brickshelf, and MOCpage sites. Discuss this MOC in our forum.