Hobbiton is more than just Bag End!

The excellent photography and advanced building techniques may be what drew my attention to this creation by Patrick B., but they are not the most interesting part to me. What is so unique about this creation is the accompanying description, crediting a handful of builders who inspired Patrick’s Sandyman’s Mill, either by building their own versions prior or as Patrick’s sources for some techniques used. It is normal for builders to both reuse previously discovered techniques and credit their sources, but I rarely see it like this particular example. It almost reads like a scientific publication!

Sandyman´s Mill

When I started my Shire project one year ago I wasn´t sure if I should make a Sandyman´s Mill creation, because there are some fantastic versions from @TheBrickAvenger and from @Roanoke Handybuck and I really enjoyed their MOCs. Nevertheless my Hobbiton project would never be complete without a Sandymans Mill creation, for that reason I finally I decided to make that MOC. The versions from @TheBrickAvenger and from @Roanoke Handybuck were a big inspiration for me, so please be sure to check out their versions,too :)

I tried to include some new techniques, like for instance for the fishing pole, the stork´s nest and I also used the head of the Bith musician as a bag.

Credits to @Markus Rollbühler for use of the epaulette´s as a flower & the use of the 1×1 slopes for the roof, to @jsnyder002 for the water and like in my previous Shire creations the flower box is inspired by @Travis Brickle and the door with the upside down plates is inspired by @Simon NH.

Of course, the description is far from the main part here, it is merely the most unique. The photography, as mentioned at start, is gorgeous, with the water fading into the clean white background and without a bothering reflection visible anywhere on the build.

Sandyman´s Mill

The diorama is full of realistic textures, details and clever usage of parts. Great examples of the latter are a Bith musician’s head used as a bag and a flower made out of minifig epaulets. My favourite part is the beautifully textured wall, made out of stacked plates connected with minifig hands, which makes the whole thing at least a little bit sturdier.

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Sebulba’s Podracer Revenge

I’ve been a fan of Podracers ever since they made their debut in The Phantom Menace. These strange vehicles have two bulky engines towing a cart that has very little protection if things go wrong. Jon & Catherine Stead take a spin on the iconic scene where Sebulba is defeated. However, unlike the movie, this time the Dug pilot has a souped-up, mean machine ready to take out any other future Jedi wannabes.

"Eagle" Podracer MOC - 1

I guess one thing Sebulba didn’t quite learn is bigger may not necessarily mean better, as he opted for oversized engines yet again. Probably unseen and hidden are all those illegal mods to take out any other podracers that may be of threat.

"Eagle" Podracer MOC - 8

"Eagle" Podracer MOC - 9

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Sure to be smooth sailing, wind or no

The Esmeralda is an unusual LEGO ship for several reasons. First, it’s a steam corvette from the 1800s, a period when many ships were rigged with sails and outfitted with steam engine-powered screws. Despite the abundance of source material, not many LEGO builders have recreated these ships. And secondly, builder Luis Peña has chosen an interesting size, scaling the ship to the game microfigs.

Steam Corvette Esmeralda

The finished result looks excellent, with a ship that’s big enough to incorporate lots of details like the anchor pulleys, while still small enough to be manageable with a reasonable number of pieces. Other great details include the Technic panels as sails (a technique LEGO employed on the Sea Cow) and the excellent little Chilean flag.

Steam Corvette Esmeralda

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The LEGO Movie 2 officially announced [News]

Today LEGO and Warner Animation Group have officially announced the sequel to their mega-hit film The LEGO Movie. Slated for release in theaters next February, exactly 5 years after the original, the new movie will be titled The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. We don’t yet have any word on the plot, but the movie has lined up the same all-star voice acting cast as the original, including Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, and Will Arnett as Batman.

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