Sunday, June 10, 2018

Nothing But Brick's Top 5 MOCs @ PhLUG's Abrickadabra 2018

Howdy, folks! May has been pretty busy for me and I had difficulty finding time to write for the blog. First, it was my last month at my old job which means I had to tie loose ends before heading off to my next venture. Second, I've been busy building for my LUG's major brick event, PhLUG's Abrickadabra 2018. As part of the Sci-fi SIG, I spent the past couple of months building for our dio. Lastly, I've been running errands for both the fambam and my new job. It was pretty tough juggling these things but I'm glad I got through them just fine. Anyway, apologies for the neglect. 

Speaking of Abrickadabra, today's entry will be Nothing But Brick's Top 5 MOCs at the event. As always, the MOCs are presented in no particular order. These are the MOCs that really made my head turn more than once. On with the show! 

Food Trucks 
Food trucks and Lego are a perfect fit especially for builders who are into vehicles. I really like the concept of this display: a food truck event inside a posh subdivision.

First of all, the food trucks were really well made particularly each trucks' signage. They have everything from drinks, tacos, ice cream, sushi, pizza, fries and even ramen! Most importantly, there's a Brick Burger truck parked in the lot. Check 'em out!

As a bonus, a mini Wish 107.5 Wish Bus, is parked there as well. By the way, if you're a fan of the Wish Bus and would like to have one as an official Lego set, you should head on to the Lego Ideas website to support the submission of fellow PhLUG memer and local Lego builder, Mark Gotidoc. Click here for more details.

Let's move on to the houses. Man, these really blew me away. Just look at the pictures. You could tell these minifig homes were meticulously designed. Lose the studs and you'll probably mistake them for architectural models. 

Dungeons & Dragons
I recently became a fan of Dungeons & Dragons after watching tons of Critical Role episodes. Matt Mercer and the rest of the gang really made me appreciate the game and all its complexities. This next build is clearly inspired by DnD. 

I've always wanted to try building a dungeon or map for my fantasy minifigures and I had something like this in mind. There are lots of neat details in this dungeon and each room has a story to tell. I really love the monsters and critters spread all over the dungeon particularly the stone giants.

One last thing. This build holds a special spot in the hearts of every PhLUG member since it serves as a tribute to a fallen brother. PhLUG recently lost a dear friend, Richard Cunanan. I never had the chance to talk to Richard personally and I'll probably regret that for the rest of my life. You see, I often see him during brickfasts and other PhLUG gatherings and from what I reckon, he's a pretty cool dude. He has served as PhLUG's voice on many occasions and I guess his experience as a stage actor made him perfect for the role. His booming voice matched with his humor and wit made people listen to him each time he spoke. He will surely be missed. 

The recent fuss about Boracay made it a perfect subject in this year's Abrickadabra. The Philippine government recently shut down the area supposedly to help it recover from years of environmental abuse from tourists and natives alike. With that in mind, PhLUG's builders wanted to bring a piece of Boracay's white beach to Manila so beachgoers could enjoy it one more time. Two words, man. Beach, please!

Ninjago Town
Inspired by Ninjago, this oriental town's another looker for me. The rice and bamboo fields caught my attention. Aside from that, all the other components of the build compliment each other. The buildings' designs are consistent with the theme and setting which for me adds realism to the whole thing. 

Battle Of Crait
If you've seen The Last Jedi, then you most likely remember the intense battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the salt-filled planet of Crait. This epic bout was recreated by PhLUG's Force Legion in a massive dio that looks pretty awesome in every angle.

I like how the build managed to capture the First Order's menacing weapons of destruction. Just look at that huge superlaser siege cannon. I also love how realistic that wall looks as well as the details hidden behind it.

Len_d69's Gallery
Lendy Tayag's collection of super robot mechs is probably the crowd favorite at Abrickadabra. It was truly a pleasure seeing his works first hand and I'm sure a lot of people are really excited to get their very own Lego Voltron sets.

Lendy also has other MOCs aside from Lion Voltron. There's Vehicle Voltron, Voltes V, Daimos and the first Megazord. There's even a Valkyrie there for Macross fans. It's a joy seeing his works in person because these things are really huge and fully poseable as well.

Rumors say Lego will be releasing the Voltron set on August 1 this year. Get your wallets ready, folks! By the way, if you're a fan of Lendy's work, make sure to support his other Lego Ideas submissions: VF-1 Valkyrie and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Dino Megazord.

There you have it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this entry as much as I enjoyed writing it. Stay tuned for more Lego goodness here in Nothing But Brick! Till next entry!

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome all the amazing builds. I especially like the beach town ones. :)