This microscale duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort is absolutely on fire

I would say that Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix is my favorite Harry Potter movie, but then again, it’s likely that on another week I could say the same about the other seven. However, two things are for certain: The duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic is one of the most epic wizard battles in the series, and Buggyirk has done an excellent job creating a microscale version of this intense battle in LEGO.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

I love the use of trans-bright green Nexo-Knights helmet accessories as the green fire used for transportation via the floo-network. Voldemort’s giant fiery dragon, which he hurls at Dumbledore (likely the most difficult part of the scene) is instantly recognizable and well done using a combination of simple solid orange, yellow, and trans-orange parts.

This LEGO model was built as an entry for TBB’s Microscale Magic contest. Coverage on TBB of an entry will not be taken into consideration during judging, and will have no effect on its ability to win, either positively or negatively.

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Obey the monolith, slave people of Earth!

From the hands of our otherworldly overlord Rat Dude comes a glorious machine to see our every movement and feel our every emotion, so that we can serve our master with utmost efficiency. Love the Monolith. Trust the monolith. Thought of rebellion is punished by immediate execution.

The builder says that the Monolith’s four mechanical legs each think independently and work together to overcome any terrain and its organic tentacles can feel slaves’ emotions. The sharp angle of the main body reminds its followers of the Monolith’s sharp wit and its white colour of the purity of its purpose–justice. Not only does the glorious Rat Dude bring us a sight of the Monolith, but he even graces us with every aspect of its magnificent construction.

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First ever LEGO Overwatch set, 75987 Omnic Bastion [Review]

The first ever set in the LEGO Overwatch line was revealed last week as 75987 Omnic Bastion. The set is a Blizzard exclusive with a limited production run for BlizzCon 2018 next month, however a small amount has been made available for purchase online in the Blizzard Gear Store.

The exclusive set contains 182 pieces and sells for $25.00 USD until supplies run out. More than likely, this set will not be part of the full LEGO Overwatch line available generally when it launches sometime in the next few months, so we suggest getting it before it becomes unavailable if you are interested.

The set comes in a small box with Bastion and the Overwatch logo on the front and the “Blizzard Exclusive” marking on the back. The “epic-level” orange Omnic skin reflects the appearance of Bastion units during the Omnic Crisis, not his default skin from the beginning of the game.

To open the box, you sadly have to rip it since it is perforated and not taped. Inside there are three small bags of parts, the instruction booklet, and a sticker sheet.

Paying a premium for not too many parts, I had hoped the exclusive set would come with printed elements (especially the “Blizzard Exclusive” one). But it appears stickers were included instead either to ease production or lower costs.

The instruction book contains 93 steps spread out over 57 pages. I’ve included the set inventory below for those curious about which exact elements make up the set.

The mech is made from quite a bit of black and grey parts (no surprise there), though the orange highlights provide a nice contrast. While there are no new elements or part colorings specific to this set, there are several newer pieces including both overhanging and inverted 1×1 brackets as well as 13 flat silver ingots.

The build begins with three sub-assemblies to create Bastion’s torso and head. Bastion can rotate at the waist, a key movement for him to both pose in interesting ways and to enter other configurations later on.

Bastion’s legs come next, using ball joints to attach at the hip and ankle. The knees are not moveable likely for stability reasons. This does limit the poseability somewhat (much like 21311 Voltron which we reviewed earlier this summer). Interestingly, the black 1×1 round plate with bar will be used to attach the standing figure to the base at the end of the build.

The legs have to remain somewhat angled out from his hips, but the ball joints on the ankles make it possible for Bastion to both remain flat-footed and stand upright. At this point, he looks like a cute mechanical T-Rex.

The next four sub-assemblies are Bastion’s arms and decorative shoulder plating. The left arm includes a blaster to represent his rapid-fire submachine gun as well as some tiny greebling. His right arm is weapon-less, with a black 1×1 round plate with handle to represent his hand. The first stickers are applied, and thankfully are all rectangular on flat surfaces.

The last bit of detail is Bastion’s Sentry-mode gatling gun, made with a barrel (bringing back fond memories of the 21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit) and secured in place with two 1×1 round plates with open studs. It connects to a dark red minifigure shield, only available in two new sets including the UCS Hulkbuster.

Bastion is now complete and looks close to his videogame form. He is not decorated in the default tan and green skin Overwatch players begin with in-game, though it would be quite easy to color-swap the orange to other variants. He poses remarkably well and can exude quite a bit of character for a mech with only a trans red 1×1 tile for a face.

The build is not quite done yet. A base is made out of tan bricks stacked horizontally including two Technic bricks with axle holes used to secure Bastion’s feet. The final sticker is placed on a 2×4 tile used as a placard for the exclusive set. Bastion’s bird companion, Ganymede, is included as a microbuild using only nine parts.

Overall, the first ever LEGO Overwatch set does not disappoint. Bastion stands over 4 inches tall, with Ganymede perched atop his shoulder plate. It remains to be seen if and how LEGO will make the character at minifigure scale, but at this small mecha-scale, Bastion works well and can be posed in many different positions.

The main model features the robot in his standing Recon-mode, though Bastion has two others modes in the game: Sentry and Tank. Instructions are not given to transform Bastion into Sentry-mode, so I tried to get the look with as few adjustments as possible. (I moved a few pieces around from the arms to get the two shoulder armor plates in the right position, and I removed his head since there is no room for it to descend into the torso–I shoved it under the back of the build to prevent it from tipping backwards.)

At nearly 14 cents per piece, the set seems a little overpriced if it were a typical LEGO product. But as a limited Blizzard exclusive and the first ever LEGO Overwatch set ever produced, the cost seems more justifiable (even with a few stickers). I am personally looking forward to see what else LEGO has planned, based on this first entry in the Overwatch line.

75987 Omnic Bastion comes with 182 pieces and sells for $25.00 USD from the Blizzard Gear Store online until supplies run out.

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The restoration of a hot rod

Builder Pixeljunkie’s latest creation is a charming old auto shop where a group of builders works to restore a classic car to from its barn-fresh state to a splendid showpiece. A series of images transcribe the journey, beginning with the mottled and rusted car and a simple blueprint of what might be.

Vintage Garage Diorama Scene 4

Throughout the scenes, the workshop is packed full to bursting with intricate details that bring the scene to life. Surrounding the crew is all the detritus common to a mechanic, from tools and dusty equipment to overflowing waste bins and parts shelves. This shop truly feels lived in.

My favorite shot is this one, where the crew first gets the chassis running with shiny new parts and are too excited to wait for the body to be complete before taking it out for a spin.

Vintage Garage Diorama Scene 3

Finally, the new shiny new body panels ready to be lowered onto the chassis. Check out the Scala bucket handle for the grille frame, and more excellent details like the jerry can in the back corner or the old engine on the pallet.

Vintage Garage Diorama

You can check out the whole journey on Pixeljunkie’s Instagram, including watching the shop restore other old cars.

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