We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still

Fifteen years of unprecedented discovery came to an official end last week when NASA bid a final and touching farewell to its Opportunity rover. The announcement was marked by profound, even personal, loss for those who followed the rover’s journey across the Martian landscape. Outpourings of sorrow for the fallen explorer prevailed as at any funeral. I’ve seen few remembrances, however, as expressive or poignant as one shared in LEGO form by Stefan Schindler.

Farewell, Opportunity

With her mission over, Opportunity appears to be guided by Curiosity, who alone remains to carry on the mission. Awaiting Opportunity is her departed twin, Spirit, and Sojourner, the first to land and travel on the red planet. There is a subtle, almost heartbreaking glance between Opportunity and Spirit. As if a few more discoveries would have made her inevitable end a little easier. It’s a small but incredibly eloquent scene, both honoring the history of the Mars program while conveying its current hope.

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LEGO Ideas 21316 The Flintstones now available for VIPs [News]

Newly revealed LEGO Ideas set 21316 The Flintstones is now available for VIPs (LEGO’s loyalty program that is free to join). The set comes with 748 pieces that make up the Flintstones’ rock-made home, their iconic foot-propelled car, and minifigures of Fred and Wilma Flintstone as well as Barney and Betty Rubble. You can read our review for all the dino-details.

The set sells for US $59.99 | UK £54.99 | CA $79.99, with general availability to non-VIPs beginning on March 1st. As always, when you click through from The Brothers Brick, a portion of each sale goes to support the site, so thank you in advance!

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Set your sights on this Scandinavian sea house

Certain builders have a distinct flavor running through their models, certain ingredients that make every build a masterpiece. Sarah Beyer is one of those crafty LEGO creators who I’m really starting to enjoy for the tranquility imbued in each of her models. Take a look back at her Lilium eco-house, the Vanilla House, or even the Jungle Cottage: there’s a clean simplicity in the homes she’s built, and a bit of a running theme of how each unique abode is connected to the natural environment it’s been built in. Now, compare her previous models to her latest production, a Scandinavian retreat by the sea.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Front.

There are elements at play here that remind me of previous models — striped colors, slanted roofs, delicate furniture, bountiful greenery… And that I can’t help but want to live there.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Master bedroom sofa and table.

The furniture, though simple, helps to embellish the peaceful life the owners of this home might have, watching the waves crash against the rocks below while seagulls caw outside the window. I don’t think you can often call a LEGO model soothing, but Sarah’s work makes a good argument.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Guest bedroom with sea view.

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Set your sights on this Scandinavian sea house

Certain builders have a distinct flavor running through their models, certain ingredients that make every build a masterpiece. Sarah Beyer is one of those crafty LEGO creators who I’m really starting to enjoy for the tranquility imbued in each of her models. Take a look back at her Lilium eco-house, the Vanilla House, or even the Jungle Cottage: there’s a clean simplicity in the homes she’s built, and a bit of a running theme of how each unique abode is connected to the natural environment it’s been built in. Now, compare her previous models to her latest production, a Scandinavian retreat by the sea.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Front.

There are elements at play here that remind me of previous models — striped colors, slanted roofs, delicate furniture, bountiful greenery… And that I can’t help but want to live there.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Master bedroom sofa and table.

The furniture, though simple, helps to embellish the peaceful life the owners of this home might have, watching the waves crash against the rocks below while seagulls caw outside the window. I don’t think you can often call a LEGO model soothing, but Sarah’s work makes a good argument.

Scandinavian Sea House MOC. Guest bedroom with sea view.

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