Tremble at the Might of The LEGO Lord of the Rings Oliphant MOC Set!

If there is one particular scene in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that really send shivers down my spine is that scene in The Return of the King where the noble Army of Rohan was overwhelmed at the sight of several gigantic beasts looming on the horizon (similar to how the Resistance may have probably felt when faced with a line of formidable First Order Heavy Assault Walkers as we saw from The Last Jedi trailer). Perhaps other than the TLOR classic fight scene between the hellish Balrog and Gandalf (which Tyler impressively re-enacted in brick form with his LEGO LOTR Custom Balrog Battle set), the war elephants used in the Battle of Pelennor Fields is one  LOTR scene that I really wish LEGO has included in this theme.

Thankfully, Brickshow’s master builder Tyler knows how much we love Lord of the Rings, and has a good grasp of LOTR lore as well. For his third LOTR-themed MOC, we now present to you, the mighty and proud Oliphant!

Fighting the Oliphant in battle as seen in The Return of the King, proved to be quite a Herculian task for our heroes. The mere sight of the massive war animal is enough to make even the bravest warrior cast doubt if such a creature can be taken down. This overwhelming feeling of sheer size and raw strength was perfectly captured by Tyler in this custom built LEGO Oliphant. Now honestly, we wished LEGO could have made one, but it was a bummer that LEGO didn’t make that call in adding the Oliphant in the TLOR line-up. So for now, let’s see all the nice features that Tyler included in his latest LEGO TLOR wishlist. Check this out.

First off, the LEGO LOTR Oliphant MOC has excellent articulation in all of its four massive legs starting with its knees using Technic joint pieces. Tyler also used sturdy ball joints for the ankles which can flex and be posed in various directions. The hips of the Oliphant are also articulated which allows the legs to be rotated at various angles, allowing the behemoth to be posed in different positions.

The Oliphant’s head is attached to its body using a strong ball joint that also acts as a support to counter the weight of the head. It also allows the head to be moved from left to right, creating a swaying motion as seen in the film. This swaying motion of the Oliphant’s head, coupled with its menacing 2 pairs of tusks, is perhaps the most devastating feature of the Oliphant in the battle field. The trunk and primary tusks are also articulated using a variety of Mixel joints, allowing it a more flexible and fluid motion, while the jaw can also be opened and closed using a hinge.

This LEGO Oliphant also comes with a variety of battle accessories as we see in the film, including a chain connected to its tusks to use in sweeping the battlefield, and the menacing, three-tiered Haradrim tower mounted on its back. The tower also comes equipped with several spear launchers to add an extra punch to the Oliphant’s lethal capabilities.

One of the best parts in this scene is when Legolas single-handedly defeated an Oliphant using a combination of acrobatic moves and top-notch archery skills. This particular scene has been nicely re-enacted by Tyler by adding a simple carrottop piece on the sides of the Oliphant’s legs, allowing Legolas’ minifig counterpart to grab hold of it and maneuver his way up to the tower. As seen from the film, these are actually arrows that got stuck to the beast’s extraordinarily thick skin. It is so embedded in the Oliphant’s skin that the arrow itself can support the weight of Legolas.

Overall, this is such an excellent MOC that LEGO designers may find worth considering. Both AFOLs and KFOLs will certainly appreciate its play features and aesthetic value. Frankly, there is still a lot of potential in the LEGO Lord of the Rings theme that I sincerely wish LEGO will give it a second look and perhaps create more sets than just the 16 builds that they previously came up with. However, if you are impressed as much as I am with this latest LOTR MOC wish set from Tyler (you may also want to check out his LEGO LOTR Custom Balrog and Prancing Pony sets), then you have the option of building one of your own by simply heading over to BuildBetterBricks.com and download this MOC’s building instructions. For a minimal fee, you can have the building instructions in PDF format plus a parts list to see if you have any of the pieces needed to create the Oliphant, and a Stud.io file to export the parts list via Bricklink.

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LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) Now Available!

Let’s take a break for a while for all the hype and excitement surrounding LEGO Force Friday II, and let’s take a look at another impressive build brought to us by LEGO Ideas. As mentioned in the LEGO September Store Calendar, the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) is now available both in shop.LEGO.com and on Amazon.

This largest LEGO Ideas set to date comes in at 2,049 pieces and retails for a good value of $150. Other than its great price point and modular design, what I like most about the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) is that it comes with plenty of sand green pieces which are pretty nice for a build at this scale. It has plenty of details that bring to mind the nostalgia of the good ‘ol fishing days. Check out the set’s product information below, and the rest of the Old Fishing Store’s official images.

Stay tuned at our YouTube channel where Stephen will build and review this cool set over the course of the week.

LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310)

Prepare for the ultimate fishing trip!

Visit the beachside Old Fishing Store, featuring a shop packed with fishing-themed elements, and a connected watchtower with a 360-degree viewing balcony and office on the lower level. Ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: a captain, fisherman, fisherwoman and a child, plus cat and 3 seagull figures.
  • Old Fishing Store features a detailed exterior, shop and connected lookout tower with office, all standing on a sand-colored LEGO® 32×32 baseplate with rock-style elements.
  • Exterior features steps to the front and side doors of the store, railings, a tap with 2 pipes with meters on the back wall, ventilator and assorted elements including: ‘Anton’s Bait Shop’ sign (2×4 tile), opening times sign, ‘gone fishin’’ sign, anchor, barrel, 2 tires with chains, 3 crates with 2 fish and transparent ice-style elements, 4 fish hanging on hooks, 2 life preservers, box of hooks (1×2 tile), and a toolbox with a drill, oil can and wrench.
  • Shop features an opening back wall and removable roof with mismatched timber-style elements and decorative stickers, 2 ceiling light elements, 2 opening entrance doors, 2 glass-style windows, green and beige floor tiles, 4 opening windows, shop counter, display racks, plus assorted elements including: cash register, mug, bottle, hook boxes, cash, desktop lamp, 2 oars, fishing gear including rods, harpoons and fishing nets, 3 diving helmets, 3 oxygen tanks, 4 diving flippers, a sextant, decorated map tile, TNT box, plus a spider and spider’s web under the floor.
  • Lookout tower lower level features an office with 2 opening windows, boarded-up window with newspaper sticker, desk, chair, lamp and newspaper elements, plus a ladder to the upper level.
  • Lookout tower upper level features a removable roof with a weather vane, 2 opening windows, 360-degree viewing balcony, plus assorted elements including a telescope, flag, ship’s wheel, lantern and 2 decorative crabs.
  • Great for display or role-play fun.
  • Includes a booklet about the fan designer and LEGO® designer of this set.
  • This set includes over 2,045 pieces.
  • Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

 

More LEGO Star Wars 2018 Reveals.

While most of the LEGO Star Wars faithful has now fixed their gaze on the grandest reveal that LEGO has slated this Force Friday II, it seems that we can expect more LEGO Star Wars sets to be unveiled towards the end of the year and even until the first quarter of 2018.

Our brick intel (courtesy once more of RebelScum) suggests that we’ll be seeing more battle packs, a new wave of microfighters, and another Ultimate Collectors Series in the works. Here’s a breakdown of what we know regarding their set numbers, titles, and brief descriptions whenever they’re available. If you’re looking for watermarked images, I trust that you’ll know your way around. Some of these names are not final and may be changed anytime at LEGO’s discretion.

Sets and Minifigures

Tatooine Battle Pack (75198)

Features a small tracked utility sled. Minifigures include two Jawas, a Tusken Raider and a blue-topped astromech apparently suspended on the utility sled.

Battle Pack Classic (75206)

Includes a mini version of the Republic Dropship with two Clone Troopers, Coleman Trebor and Ki-Adi-Mundi minifigures.

General Grievous’s Combat Speeder (75199)

Coming straight from the Clone Wars, this set includes a repulsorcraft with a pair of spring-loaded shooters and a movable column that serves as a steering mechanism as well. Minifigures include Mace Windu and General Grievous.

Yoda’s Home (75208)

The set consists of the iconic retirement home of Yoda at the planet of Dagobah. It consists of brick-built hut with some plant and foliage elements. Included are the minifigures of Yoda, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. Yoda may also be placed on Luke’s back via another minifig accessory to recreate the latter’s Jedi training as seen in the Empire Strikes Back.

There’s also a next wave of The Last Jedi sets placed in four generic grey boxes all numbered 75197, 75200, 75201 and 75202 respectively. Rumor has it that one of these sets will include Rey’s training in planet Ahch-To, which means we’ll get to see the highly sought after Old Man Luke in his minifigure form.

MicroFighters

Millennium Falcon (75193) – with Chewbacca minifigure.
First Order TIE Fighter (75194) – with Special Forces TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure.
MicroFighters (75195) – unknown set and minifigure.
MicroFighters (75196) – unknown set and minifigure.

Buildable Figures

Boba Fett (75533)
Darth Vader (75534) – with removable helmet
Darth Maul (75537)

Other than Darth Vader who already has a buildable figure of his own in 2015’s LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader (75111), it is a first for Boba Fett and Darth Maul to have ultrabuilds of their own. There are two more buildable figures (75535 and 75536) whose boxes have been blacked out, but our info suggests that these may be tied up with the Han Solo anthology, similar to what LEGO did when it introduced several Rogue One characters in their buildable figure versions.

As a last note, there are also rumors that may suggest that another LEGO Star Wars UCS is currently in the works, with all the signs pointing on what could be a remake of 2004’s Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134). If this is the case, then we can certainly see this UCS set probably released during the first half of 2018.

 

Ever Wished For A LEGO-Nintendo Team Up? Help Us Start With This LEGO Ideas Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian and Link Minifigure.

If you liked Tyler’s LEGO Yoshi MOC, then probably you’ll be interested to find out that this is not the first time that our resident Master Builder dived into creating a Nintendo-themed set. Last month, we were fortunate enough to have our very first LEGO Ideas submission approved for posting by the LEGO Ideas Team. If you’ve been following my posts regarding several LEGO Ideas projects, you probably know already that LEGO Ideas has revised their fan submission guidelines which state that projects based on currently active licenses and restricted IPs will no longer be accepted. As stringent as the rules may be, it did not deter our Brick Show team to still give it a shot knowing how much we love to see a LEGO and Nintendo collaboration later on in the future.

So to start our LEGO Ideas adventure, Tyler sets off to recreate one of the most recent Nintendo hits released for the Switch – The LEGO Ideas Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian with Link Minifigure!

Here’s a brief description about this project, and Tyler’s take on this excellent MOC.

 

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian and Link Minifigure

About This Project:

Now you can battle against ancient mechanical robots in LEGO form. Guardians roam the peaks and valleys of Hyrule, and it’s your job to destroy them! Using Link’s bow and arrow, take them down in this epic, original creation by Tyler Clites.

This project comes from a passion for Nintendo consisting of a lifetime worth of gaming memories, and a deep understanding that we need to make Nintendo LEGO sets happen. Seeing The Legend of Zelda come to brick form is something I’ve wanted since I was a child, and hopefully this is one step closer to that dream.

By far, Tyler’s version of this ancient mechanical robot is the closest representation of the Guardian in its LEGO brick form. I like how Tyler was able to capture those organic shapes, and other minute details of the Guardian. One example is his use of new, gold tentacle pieces which first appeared in several LEGO Elves sets. He also included several circular 1×1 plates with holes, and chain pieces to add a more golden accent into this build.

Though there are quite limited play features on this LEGO Ideas set, Tyler was able to work around this limitation by adding several flexible legs (all six of them), a head that spins around, and a spring loaded shooter. The legs are articulated using a lot of click joints, which allows this brick-built Guardian to be posed in many ways.

One fun feature that Tyler added to this LEGO Ideas Guardian is that the articulated legs can be removed from the main body, similar to how you systematically defeat these six-legged machineries in the video game. These legs can be ‘broken off’, and when the Guardian is eventually defeated, you can dismantle the entire robotic combatant and leave a rubble of ancient screws, springs, and cogs.

As a bonus, Tyler managed to come up with a customized digital version of Link to go along with the Guardian. The Link minifigure comes in his trademark blue garb, and choice of weapons. It also features a unique hairpiece, nicely detailed body straps on the torso, and double molded legs.

Again, if you wish to see this become an official LEGO Legend of Zelda set, remember to support this project over at LEGO Ideas. You can join us in this journey by voting for this project and helping us reach that much desired 10K landmark. Just click on the support button and hopefully, will be one step closer in having an actual LEGO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian.

So what do you think brick fans? Do you have other LOZ BOTW characters that you wish Tyler to build? Let us know in the comments below, or head over to our official social media channels (by clicking on the icons below) and share us your thoughts.

 

Yoshi Gets The LEGO Treatment In Our LEGO Nintendo Yoshi Wish Set MOC.

Talk about Nintendo and dinosaurs and there is only one thing that will immediately pop in every one’s mind – Yoshi! I have to admit, this may be a long overdue project but thankfully, Tyler also shares our same love with the most faved Nintendo dinosaur of all time. Coming in at 247 pieces, Tyler’s next wish set MOC features a fun version of Yoshi complete with an extendable tongue and the iconic green spotted egg. Watch this.

Tyler’s version of Yoshi is really spot-on. Though Tyler would personally prefer a somewhat brighter green color scheme for Yoshi, his use of nice, lime green pieces certainly makes up for that. These lime green pieces are also readily available which means we have a better chance of building one of our own LEGO Yoshi without searching for the necessary pieces far and wide.

As you can see from the video, there is a lot of articulation that goes on with our LEGO Yoshi MOC. His arms have a certain degree of mobility, while his legs, which are mounted on ball joints, are very much posable as well. It’s kind of fun to have Yoshi posed on different angles, whether standing up or sitting down.

LEGO Yoshi’s head is also movable thanks to Tyler’s use of a sturdy Technic ball joint. The mouth may also be opened or closed which, together with Yoshi’s articulated head (or neck, depending on how you look at it) allows a wide range of poses and a certain natural look typical of Yoshi’s character.

Tyler also managed to cleverly recreate Yoshi’s trademark turtle shell at the back of this build by using SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques. This is one of the reasons we are so impressed with Tyler’s brick-building skills considering how he comes up with solutions or alternatives for relatively hard-to-find LEGO pieces. He originally thought of using a red-colored, half-dome piece which is quite difficult to find since they only come in certain Atlantis sets. So to make up for this rare piece, Tyler managed to recreate Yoshi’s red turtle shell by substituting certain red colored cheese slopes.

Of course, one of the other things that goes well with Tyler’s Yoshi MOC is the iconic green-spotted egg and his extendable, chameleon like tongue. The egg itself is brick-built, with the same green accents that we see from the video games. An extendable tongue piece may be mounted inside Yoshi’s mouth by removing the red, circular plate which was originally placed inside. The tongue itself may also be moved up and down, striking fear into the heart of any Goomba.

This is one build that will definitely be added to our LEGO Nintendo wish list. Thankfully, for all Nintendo and LEGO fans out there, you may be pleased to know that Tyler has a lot of Nintendo themed builds on the works so be sure to stay tuned in our YouTube channel and here in our blogsite. In the meantime, if you wish to build your very own LEGO Yoshi, just head over to BuildBetterBricks.com and download the instructions. For a small fee (which covers not just the site’s maintenance, but also Tyler’s seemingly endless supply of LEGO bricks), what you’ll receive is a digital pdf copy of how to build Yoshi, a parts list, and a Stud.io file that lets you seamlessly export its parts list to Bricklink. As a final note, if you’re like us who would like to see a possible mash-up between Nintendo and LEGO, then you may want to head over to LEGO Ideas and check out our proposed Ideas set – the LEGO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian with Link minifigure, courtesy of Tyler of course. I’ll talk more about this outstanding Zelda MOC later on so just stay tuned.

Happy building!