A LEGO Odyssey

Some stories are so good they can inspire us for thousands of years, which is good news for those of us who need, NEED, to see Homer’s Odyssey captured in LEGO bricks, which have only existed since 1949.

*Hat tip to The Brothers Brick.

LEGO Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies.  A love that I have shared with my true loves, my children. I’ll never forget the way my youngest squealed with the perfect mix of delight and horror at the moment of the ROUS attack. We also say goodbye at school by yelling, “Have fun storming the castle!”

Therefore, I’m always going to like a series of LEGO vignettes capturing iconic scenes from the film.

*Hat tip to The Brothers Brick.

Ball Pit of DOOM!

“Ball Pit” by eldeeem (CC BY-NC-SA)

A fellow graduate student in my thesis lab at Washington University in St. Louis once told me about a fraternity brother of his who had a ball pit in his room at the frat house. I believe this LEGO creation from eldeeem is a metaphor for how creepy and gross that would be.

*Hat tip to Tromas at The Brothers Brick

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

“The Sperm Whale and the bowl of Petunias” by Stefan Schindler (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

If you are incapable of loving this LEGO vignette based on the whale and bowl of petunias scene from Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you and I can no longer be friends.

My four year-old loves the perspective created by the miniature trees and mountain.

I appreciate that the work captures the idea that the terminal velocity of the bowl of petunias would be lower than that of the sperm whale, and that creator Stefan Schindler is a fan of science:

I’m also a great enthusiast of the scientific method and reason…

His LEGO renderings of the ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” space vehicle and his favorite t-shirt (a play on a classic evolution image) lends credibility to that statement.

*Hat tip to Ralph at The Brothers Brick.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Jason Allemann (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

Sure, it’s pure nostalgia. I’m ok with that. Jason Allemann’s LEGO rendering of the iconic artwork from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends is spectacular in every detail. His other works (eg, a ball clock, a UFO visited farm, and a be-squided marble maze) are no less impressive. They, however, do not allow me to drop my favorite bit of Shel Silverstein trivia on y’all. Continue reading “Where the Sidewalk Ends”

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