Whilst slightly out of the realm of our usual posting, the latest release from premium Lego customisers Citizen Brick was simply too good to ignore… presenting the Superlab Playset! Following the continued success of their Breaking Bad inspired “Chemistry Enthusiast” figure, CB’s first ever fully fledged playset takes the concept one step further, accurately replicating Heisenberg’s meth lab to a tee in Lego form! Consisting of over 500 custom parts including the original bio-chem suit wearing White, 2 lab assistants (plus Pink-Man) and even Methylamine Wasp branded drums, the deluxe set is currently up for grabs directly through Citizen Brick right here for $250 plus shipping. Due to the shear scale of this release, purchasers can expect to wait 2-3 weeks for delivery…
Sitting alongside the recently revealed “Smiley Copper” action figure (check it out here), 2bitHACK has been hard at work on yet another project, the as yet untitled “visible skeleton LEGO Stormtrooper” bootleg! Revealing an initial kit-bash test pull last week featuring a de-armed, mini-legged LEGO Stormtrooper with the strap-line “Test pull… The nontest pulls will be boneshakingly cool…”, 2bitHACK has since revealed that the figure is to be cast over the top of a LEGO skeleton! As you can see from the image above, the awesome figure is due to be cast in clear pink, revealing the skeleton’s design beneath. No news as to whether this will be a full bootleg, or a custom LEGO (using individual skeleton LEGOs as pictured), so stay tuned for further developments soon…
International collectors will be glad to know that 2bitHACK is now offering cheaper flat rate shipping on ALL products stocked in his store (we just picked up a Mini-SUCKaws!), head over and take a look…
If we hole up, I wanna be somewhere familiar, I wanna know where the exits are, and I wanna be allowed to smoke! -Shaun
Whilst sifting through the many brilliant Lego concepts on Cuusoo, we stumbled upon the latest project by Yatkuu- a startlingly accurate diorama of the Winchester pub from Shaun of the Dead!
Intended to sit alongside Lego’s recent Modular Houses series, the set features a full cast of characters (including zombie clown!), many of which have been custom created by the guys over at BrickArms. Anyone interested in seeing this project realised should head over to Cuusoo now to place a vote- 10,000 are needed for a set to go under review by Lego.
The interior of the pub would allow everyone to replay the “Don’t Stop me now” scene to their hearts content!
(photos/info via Yatkuu/Cuusoo)
Exclusively revealed on leading art toy blog Toys R Evil last week, Saddest Devil creator Toby Dutkiewicz, aka Devilboy, has been working on a concept toy line that melds the accessibility of Lego with the style and flare of Super7’s renowned kaiju toys. Created alongside Super7 artist and designer Brian Flynn (who supplied both the original vinyl toys and hand cast resin Lego heads), the Lego re-interpretations feature four of the company’s strongest designs- Mummy Boy, Zombie Fighter, Rose Vampire DX and Doku Duo.
Dutkiewicz, who works for Lego in between running a record label and designing art toys, has recently pitched the concept to the construction toy giants, so we live in hope that the art toy scene’s ultimate crossover will come to fruition some day. Check Toys R Evil for more info and pictures on the project.
Drawing to a close yesterday, the world famous Sarasota Chalk Festival featured over 250 artists across seven days, all proudly working in the versatile yet evanescent medium of chalk.
Entering in the festival’s newly formed ‘3D Pavement Art’ segment, Dutch collective ‘Planet Streetpainting’ stole the show with their witty piece, the ‘3D Lego Army’. Inspired by China’s Terracotta Army, the team replaced the soldiers with several iconic Lego designs, working their trademark 3D magic to breathtaking effect.
Using a chalk grid (pictured) and some clever geometry, the Planet Streetpainting crew are able to create the sense of added depth and perspective on any 2D plain. A technique born from American artist Kurt Wenner’s experiments with anamorphism in the 80’s, the so-called ‘anamorphic’ style has seen a massive resurgence in recently years, largely down to groups like ‘Planet’.
Art director, Leon Keer, has pioneered this style within the street art community, with the collective’s work featuring across the world at many different festivals and exhibitions. Here are a few of their most recent projects, with words from Keer himself…
Netherlands 3D Street Painting Event
First 3d street painting that has been made to be viewed from 3 different view points. From 3 different angles you can see a different 3d illusion within the same picture. The painting was made during the first 3d street painting event in The Netherlands. To start the new cultural season of Lelystad, a total of 9 streetpaintings were made in and around Lelystad by several International madonnari. With Tony Cuboliquido, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum, Juandrés Vera, Gregor Wosik, Marion Ruthardt, Remko van Schaik, Ruben Poncia and Leon Keer…
Stoppelhaene Festival, Raalte
During the famous Stoppelhaene Festival in Raalte, Planet Streetpainting were invited to make 2 large 3d street paintings. Leon Keer, Peter Westerink, Ruben Poncia and Remko van Schaik made this 3d street art by painting an underground parking garage with an escalator and and a subway with station clock.
Dublin Chalk Festival
The first chalk festival in Ireland was organized by diffusion events on 20th and 21st of august 2011 in Dun Laoghaire Dublin. Leon Keer and Remko van Schaik were invited to make a 3d street painting. The result is a surreal landscape with some strange flying objects.
For more information on the collective’s work, check their web page here.
Launching at the beginning of last month, NASA’s Jupiter space probe, the Atlas V rocket, was secretly carrying a few unique stowaways. In a collaboration with Lego, three mini-figures were especially created and attached to the space craft for it’s five year journey to the fifth planet from the Sun.
The toys, based on the god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Italian astronomer Galilleo, were designed alongside NASA’s scientists, ensuring minimum interference with the spacecrafts sensitive instruments. Milled from titanium, each of the individually customised 2.5 inch figures has cost Lego around $5,000 a piece. Used to launch the “Bricks in Space” project, a series of events organised by Lego to help raise awareness about space, the mini-figures can be tracked at any time through the program’s “Lego Space” web page. Upon their arrival in July 2016, the figures will be the farthest travelled toys in history; How long this will last is anyone’s guess, but with numerous state space agencies interested since the success of the project, the record could be broken sooner than we think…
“In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor). Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.”
(photos- legospace via- wired)