Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Some Interesting Ideas

Pick of the Week

Brownout: Pythagoras Chase

I have been waiting for some good "space western" material to show up on Ideas. Firefly is off limits but that does not mean the genre has to be avoided completely and this Brownout seems to fit the bill.

If the style looks a bit familiar it is, because this project is brought to you by Nick Royer formerly of "Space Troopers" and currently also working on Hyperborea.

If you like rough and tumble sci-fi adventure, or you just want to see what a really impressive LEGO Ideas project looks like, well here you go.

Honorable Mentions


LEGO Vehicle models Package (Mini figure scale ve

LEGO has made big version of each of these vehicles and slightly less than minifig version, so this might be a hard sell to get LEGO to produce a third, but it would certainly be nice to see these guys driving around in front of some Modulars and other City sets.

Ninjago Dragon Arena
by Imagine

This is just plain gorgeous.   The only problem is I don't see how you could get your fig spinning very well.  There does not appear to be any room to get your arms in there, well, not without whipping your arm out and destroying one of those factions.

Still, an amazing display piece and worth of note.



William Tell

I had not idea the legend of William Tell was so detailed.  This is one of the things I love about Ideas, finding out new things I never expected.  Make sure your project has interesting or fascinating qualities that make people want to share it with other, like I did just now. 

Notables

LOTR - Doors of Durin
Impressive MOC but as an Ideas project it has way too many figures based on traditional LotR sets and it relies too heavily on retired elements to give the right look to the monster.

Not only retired elements, but parts prone to breaking.
Muppet Theater
This is a great build but it will always be handicapped by the fact that it can't use custom elements for the muppets.

You can certainly get away with Miss Piggy, people will forgive you for Kermit's head, but Gonzo's giant nose just can't be forgotten.  It is a defining character trait.

To be blunt, minifigs don't do a very good job of replicating characters that are not nominally human in scale and form.  Projects intended to be minifig scale and including abstract characters will always have an issue garnering support.


The Secret of Monkey Island - Guybrush and Carla t
Probably my favorite of the Monkey Island projects to date. 
Apollo 17 Lunar Rover
Eventually someone is going to get a Lunar Lander project to 10k...
HUN - Heavy Starfighter (Galaxy Command)
LEGO and FOLs are going to get a lot of mileage out of that new cockpit element.  It looks great everywhere.
Car crane LTM 1400 8axes
If it moves on its own, you need a video. 
The Day of The Doctor 50th anniversary special set
Very well done Doctor Who project.
Dreamgirl
I got a soft spot for LEGO motorcycles, but I am not sure what it is going to take to get a fan model to 10k
Mini Laputian Robot
by speshy
LOVE THIS.