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


Tag: minifig

from my lego lens, originally uploaded by slackware.

This is not a complicated MOC, and we’ve seen the LEGO camera have an added lens to it. But add the camera bag on the side, the pose, and the fact that this is a beautifully taken photo, and you have a very simple, yet revealing portrait of a photographer.

Here’s a great technique that is pretty self explanatory. Use a bunch of headlight bricks in a circular fashion.

Now I’d like to see a whole tower built with them.

Order_Up: Wide Shot, originally uploaded by BrickWares.

Having worked in various aspects of food service for about 16 years of my life, I appreciate what BrickWares has going on here. There are enough details in the shot to keep you looking for quite a while.

What are some things that I really liked?

The tiled kitchen floor definitely!

The cases of lettuce off to the left (making use of the green Exoforce hair)– I used to have to move those from the delivery truck up to a walk-in salad fridge, until the ladies were ready to slice them for the salad bar.

I also liked the shelves and the wide assortment of items stored up there. Not to mention the rat. There goes their health rating! =)

And it’s hard not to appreciate someone who has tracked down all these various food pieces, and food service establishment-looking torsos!


Jojo put this vignette together in his folder of work on Classic Space; it has been shown on a few blogs, but I wanted to highlight the “minifig MOC” technique here.

The humor is great, but the thing that really stood out to me is his use of a “minifig MOC”, that is, a creation that is presented as if built by the minifig. The castle and space MOCs are clearly recognizable for what they are in miniscale, and would have worked well as standalone models, but put the minifigs around them and you’ve created a LEGO fan convention or perhaps a LUG. This is a beautiful technique, and I hope to see more of this sort of thing here and there.

Hell’s Kitchen, originally uploaded by Fanboy30.

One thing I’ve found extremely helpful for building inspiration is to type some keywords into Flickr and see if there is an existing group for what I’m wanting to build.

In my Lego-built web comic, The Brick Side, I have an upcoming series that will start out in a medieval kitchen. I haven’t done a lot of building interiors, and never a kitchen, so I went in search for Lego kitchen stuff. I found lots of entries, but no groups, so I went ahead and started one and then invited a lot of the photos I’d found helpful. Check out my kitchen group, and add something if you’ve got it.

On the other side of this, don’t be quick to start a group. I put in the search term “lego minifig scale furniture” and didn’t find a group, so I started one, invited a bunch of images, and then found out there were some other groups called “lego furniture” and such that I might have been satisfied with.

I’m not completely dissatisfied, though, because the group I started was particularly for minifig scale, whereas the other groups weren’t quite that niched.