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June 28, 2013 7:53 PM   Subscribe

"The apartment block behind my shop wasn't there when I moved in either. That was just shanty houses stacked one on top of the other. It's tough these days for a developer to legally purchase a patch of land and everything above it, but 'connected' guys can be pretty persuasive. They kept the boat dock at water level, but demolished the rest. I know some of the folks who live in the lower levels of that building, but the guys up top keep to themselves. One thing I've learned living here for so long is not to ask too many questions." - Henry Li, On the Neighborhood
The Cyberpocalypse is an incredible build featured at Brickworld 2013. Shuppiluliumas has been describing different bits of it in this photoset More pictures can be found in the creator's photostreams, linked inside

Created by Carter Baldwin, Chris Edwards, Nate Brill, Kyle Vreze, Forest King, Ignacio Bernaldez, Sam Wormuth, and Alex Valentino. More images posted by BroLUG
posted by rebent (17 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

Beautiful. My first thought went to Kowloon Walled City (plz make, lego gods)? Are these pieces made by hand or can they be ordered from some super lego manufacturing facility?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:02 PM on June 28, 2013

That is incredible.
posted by Apoch at 8:03 PM on June 28, 2013

I keep searching for a good Shut Up And Jam Gaiden joke to make, but failing to find one.
posted by JHarris at 8:04 PM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]

Foci, what custom pieces are you seeing that you'd like to know more about? I haven't noticed any non-lego pieces in the sets except maybe some string or something. Most of it is just incredibly-cleaver SNOT construction, I think.
posted by rebent at 8:09 PM on June 28, 2013

rebent, to my untrained eyes stuff like the tires on the boat, the flag and the lime panels look custom.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:38 PM on June 28, 2013

well, I am no expert and haven't bought a set in ten years, but I believe lego events frown on outside parts. That said, I did a bit of googling and may have found tires and flag you mentioned. I'm not sure which green pieces you mention and I don't know the code names for basic pieces like that, but you can see all those colors in different sets.
posted by rebent at 8:48 PM on June 28, 2013

Wow, so enthusiasts buy specific sets just to get a specific brick? That's charming in a surprisingly purist way.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:57 PM on June 28, 2013

Foci, you don‘t even know the half of it. Take a wander through any of the many Lego sites out there, and you‘ll find reviews of various Lego sets based on what cool bricks are included. I was bored earlier and decided to look up one of the Technic sets I bought a few years back (this one) and found a comment somewhere where some guy said he bought two, one to build and one for the pieces! And there are lots of places where you can buy individual bricks, too...

I considered myself a bit of a Lego Maniac, but these folks have their own language (like the gross-sounding term rebent used above, which stands for Studs Not On Top) and culture...

Man, my brick-fu is weak compared to these people!
posted by Jughead at 9:25 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

rebent, to my untrained eyes stuff like the tires on the boat, the flag and the lime panels look custom.

The tires are from a technics set(i believe it's the small yellow wheel shown here), and the flag and those lime panels are like.. on the tip of my tongue. The panels especially are from some more recent set made in the past 10 years.

They're definitely all OEM lego bits though. That lime window is just usually seen in see-through yellowish-green.

And mostly people buy individual parts online, directly from lego or other places. There are a few parts that you have to buy specific sets to get, and parts that are rare now and no longer made... but nothing caught my eye in any of those scenes as being some weird rare old part.
posted by emptythought at 9:28 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh, and also from Brickworld 2013; this massive, seven-foot-long Serenity replica.

Like I said, strong brick-fu!
posted by Jughead at 9:30 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh, and also from Brickworld 2013; this massive, seven-foot-long Serenity replica.

Previously. Adrian has a rep for building big stuff.

It's generally a matter of cred with the AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) community not to mod or use non-Lego parts, although some third party makers like Brickforge and Brickarms have been welcomed. Opinions vary. Some are more purist than others.

The Brothers Brick is the go-to site for keeping track of excellent builds.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:39 AM on June 29, 2013

Unfortunately, the link broke for Adrian's big stuff. This one should work.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:50 AM on June 29, 2013

Holy. Freaking. SHIT.

I love this. I want to live in a massive never ending cityscape. Tokyo was perfect; Blame! is a wet dream.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 11:21 AM on June 29, 2013

Wow, so enthusiasts buy specific sets just to get a specific brick? That's charming in a surprisingly purist way.

Sometimes, but often third-party resellers buy that set and sell on that specific brick via Bricklink.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:54 PM on June 29, 2013

seriously??? No Blade Runner quotes yet? You're letting me down, Mefi! Here, let me help out.

"If only you could build what I've built with your bricks."

"They're my friends. I made them. I'm a Lego Master Builder."

"10190 Market Street." "That's the Modular Building set where I live." "Nice place?" "Yeah, I guess so."

"Tell me, in single words, only the best things about... Duplo."

"You ever buy pieces from Bricklink, Taffey?"

"This was not called execution. It was called parting."
posted by luvcraft at 2:57 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hey now... Duplo actually make for pretty good "structural" bricks in larger builds. Biggest problem, the lack of interfacing parts. They'll connect to 2x4 Lego bricks, but not really much else (meaning you either need to modify them - No, not a purist, my Lego collection contains a Dremel - or encapsulate them in 2x4s).

Funny story, when looking for my current house, I seriously considered building a house out of Lego. I came up with a fairly detailed model and priced it out at roughly $35,000 for a 2000sqft place (including a double outer wall for insulation fill). Biggest problem? Have you ever built a plain wall out of 2x4 bricks more than a foot long? They get REALLY wobbly. Going back to my comment about Duplos, you'd most likely need to start from a self-supporting steel-frame building and "wrap" in it Lego to make it structurally sound. It'd still cost only on the order of another $20-30k, but that takes a lot of the charm out of the idea, at least for me.

/ And you could never, ever take a date home again. :)
posted by pla at 5:27 PM on June 29, 2013

James May made a house out of Lego on one of the episodes of his Toy Story TV series.
posted by Hello, I'm David McGahan at 6:37 PM on June 29, 2013

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