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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®


Tag: brick built animal

Riverside Stroll, originally uploaded by Erdbeereis1.

Erdbeereis1 mentions that this was MOC was mainly an effort to test out the water concept he had, that he’ll probably use later in a bigger scale.

LEGO Water

The water turned out very well — by using 2×2 peaks in an alternating pattern he has effectively portrayed in LEGO water that is moving — perhaps we have a river here, or a boisterous lake. Definitely not calm water, but nothing so unusual to scare off the people sitting around on the observation deck of the bridge.


The fence is another awesome technique. Interwoven into the tiles that give the smooth surface of the bridge, are the dark gray 1×1 plates that are the base for the 1×1 cylinder bricks that then hold mechanaical claw (part #48729, which in turn holds up the chain.


I’ve seen a number of arches where the builder has used 1×1 or 1×2 plates underneath for a decorative effect, but this goes a little further. By using a 1×2 Jumper Plate, he’s also been able to show a curve that juts out for an a bit of an overhang effect. Very well done!

Brick Wall

This technique is not so uncommon any more, but it’s always refreshing to see it on an otherwise “big gray wall.” A different-colored tile that juts out a little farther than the rest of the bricks. This is typically achieved by using headlight bricks in the wall and then slapping the plate on top of that.


And did you notice that the pigeon just left a present on one of the benches? Hilarious!

This Rock Bug is courtesy of »hobo« via Flickr. I like the similarity of this to the LEGO scorpion, though this one is brick built. He’s used two rock monster arms for the front pinchers, three sets of binoculars held together by a small lever (not visible, but he points it out in the comments on Flickr). Follow this up with some minifig hands on the sides to act as the legs, as well as one minfig hand off the back as a tail.

A stranded pirate by Jalkow (via Brickshelf).

A couple cool techniques to point out here,

  1. The Lobster.
  2. Use of carrot green (pushed all the way through so just the top is showing) to create a small grass sprout
  3. Use of barrels for the coconut tree
  4. Very nice use of cheese in conjuntion with other slopes to create the rocky island.

The visors are an interesting idea, but I’m not really sold on their effectiveness here. Would like to have seen a snot base, mostly blue with some with washing up close to the shore. I’m also not convinced on the fire technique.