Last week, we were left agog by an amazing, detailed recreation of Ghostbusters HQ in LEGO form. Now we’ve been equally bowled over by another pop culture holy place lovingly realized in tiny brick form: Alice Finch’s mind-blowing LEGO model of Harry Potter’s alma mater, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Finch told The Brothers Brick she spent a year recreating the school, drawing from both the film and books, using 400,00 bricks (“give or take a few”) and an unknown amount of cash (“I do not know how much it costs and I don’t really want to know”) on the project. The awe-inspiring results won the Seattle-based artist both “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show” at BrickCon, the annual gathering of LEGO builders, collectors, and fans. Finch recently made 75 photos of her work available via Flickr; we’ve selected a few of our favorites after the jump. … Read More
We’ve gone to some pretty elaborate lengths in the name of fandom around here, but even we’re agog over the efforts of LEGO artist and Ghostbusters enthusiast Orion Pax, who spent two months studying the film, its sequel, and its animated series to create the ultimate replica of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddmore’s HQ. Pax went room by room and prop by prop, recreating the Ghostbusters’ New York firehouse home in painstaking detail; check out the jaw-dropping photos after the jump. … Read More
It seems to be a weekend for nostalgia, because as well as the ’70s space colony illustrations we featured earlier today, our other favorite internet discovery has been these wonderful hand-carved wooden Lego figures. They’re made by French designer Thibaut Malet, who was selling them through his Etsy store. Sadly, the figures are sold out — Malet only made 20 of them, and we imagine they went like the proverbial shot — but they’re still worth admiring via these pictures, which we spotted via PSFK. (Both designer and website get an extra gold star for not using the dreaded “Legos” plural, too.) And if they do go back on sale, you know what to put under the Christmas tree for us, eh? … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a small French village that is supposedly the only town safe from the Mayan Apocalypse. We revisited our 10 favorite Joe Biden moments. We found out how to do Thanksgiving on a fifty-dollar budget. We talked to a real-life vampire about the Twilight series.… Read More
We’ll admit that it has been quite a while since we cracked a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, but it’s still easy to recognize the nine circles of hell, recreated here in LEGO by Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu. The epic project took him seven months to complete, and he used some 40,000 little plastic bricks to realize his vision.
“I didn’t read the Divine Comedy, only the small descriptions of the circles I found on Wikipedia and on other websites,” Mihu has explained. “I didn’t want to be much influenced by the original descriptions because I wanted to give a whole new fresh approach for each circle. I thought more about the significance of titles and from then on it was only my imagination.” Click through our slideshow to see his depictions of the circles, from limbo all the way to treachery, and let us know what you think of his hellish pieces in the comments. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wished LEGO a very happy 80th birthday. We read the first few entries to Dave Eggers’ 90 Days, 90 Reasons, a political project which currently includes contributions from cultural icons like Roger Ebert and George Saunders. We were fascinated by this infographic of every trip… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we couldn’t wait to go to the pizza museum in Philadelphia, and then we pondered pizza tacos. We wished recreational vehicle Airstream a happy birthday. We chatted about Natalie Portman’s wedding gown. We compared how the poor and the middle class spend their money. We read stories… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we discovered a new Bible translation that has been formatted like a screenplay. We were happy to see cartoonist Chris Ware and literary comics mainstay D&Q get behind Rookie Yearbook One, which will be published next month. We looked at images from Joss Whedon’s low-budget take on Much… Read More
The Wire has already been dubbed the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years, so you might find it hard to believe that there’s something that could make David Simon’s beloved show even better. But there is: LEGOs. OK, so maybe this LEGO version of The Wire created by Austin-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi isn’t exactly better, but it is extremely entertaining to watch a minifig version of Omar Little running wild through streets of inner city
Baltimore Bricktamore. Drunken LEGO McNulty and LEGO Snoop and his tiny drill are also quite amusing. Or maybe we just really miss The Wire… Either way, a job well done.
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