Micro Steamship Convoy
Micro Steamship Convoy originally uploaded by 2 Much Caffeine.

All LEGO builders have a comfort zone—those couple of types of things we prefer to build. Whether is is 16×16 Vignettes, Mechs, cars, or castle … your LEGO comfort zone stereotypes what kind of builder you are, and the types of builds you return to time and time again.

Don’t get me wrong—there’s nothing wrong with building the types of things you’re good at … and it helps “build” your reputation as a certain type of builder. But, we all get stagnant, and if we ever want to bring to the table new ideas, and new twists on an old technique, then maybe it’s time to get out of your rut and intentionally build something else for a while. It could help you improve your overall technique and give you some new ideas to bring back to those things you build every day.

Here are a couple cool creations from 2 Much Caffeine. He normally does various vignettes in minifig-scale. Here he is trying is hand at varying degrees of microscale.

Not sure what to build instead? Here are a few ideas ideas to get your started …

  1. Look at the ideas coming through the Flickr LEGO Photostream. Pick the first one you see that you don’t normally build.
  2. Try Fadmasher from Swooshable. Fadmasher has a database of a lot of cool themes and randomly gives you suggestions of two themes to combine for something completely different and new.
  3. Into a good book right? Try building out a scene, or a vehicle, or even just the cast of characters.

What do you do to get out of your ruts? How do you decide what themes outside “your comfort zone” you should build?