Assault Mecha

Brian Kescenovitz built this sweet mecha.

He’s fused Bionicle and System pieces together seamlessly, resulting in a fantastic look. And I’m really liking those functional-looking greebles on the legs.

More pictures here.


“My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die.”

A group of builders at Brickworld Chicago 2014 (one of the biggest LEGO conventions in the country) had a collaborative retelling of the classic 1987 movie The Princess Bride.

Starting off, we have Fred Savage’s Bedroom, built by Casey McCoy.

“Is this a kissing story?”


The Shrieking Eels, built by Ben Merrill.

“No more rhymes now, and I mean it!” “Anybody want a peanut?”


One of my favorite scenes, the Inigo vs. Westley duel by Daniel Church.

“You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you.” “You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die.”


Fezzik vs. Westley by Casey McCoy.

“Frankly, I think the odds are slightly in your favor at hand fighting.”


The Battle of Wits built by Daniel Church.

“You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!'”


The Fire Swamp built by Max Pointner.

“Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.”


The Pit of Despair by Ian Spacek.

“And remember, this is for posterity so be honest. How do you feel?” [whimpers] “Interesting.”


Miracle Max by Paul Vermeesch.

“Look who knows so much! It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.”


Storming the Castle by Lee Muzzy.

“I am the Dwed Piwate Woberts! I am here to steal your soul!”


Mawwiage by Paul Vermeesch.

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is wot bwings us togeder today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…”
Inigo vs. Count Rugen by Matthew Oh.

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” “Stop saying that!”


Humperdink vs. Westley by Casey McCoy and Philip Bernston.

“First things first, to the death.” “No! To the pain!”


Miniland Westley and Buttercup by Casey McCoy.

“As you wish.”


And, last but most certainly not least, Boo! by Casey McCoy.

“Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence! Boo! Boo!”


Here’s a video highlight of the collaboration, filmed by Beyond the Brick.

To all of the builders who participated in this collaboration, very well done! This is one of my favorite LEGO projects that I’ve seen this year, and now I totally want to watch the movie again.

The Empire Striketh Back

I smell something Wookiee in the system of Dantooine….

I’ve been reading Ian Doescher’s Star Wars books. Far from normal Star Wars books, these tell the story of the Original Trilogy as Shakespeare might have written it: in glorious iambic pentameter.

Here’s the version of the intro from “Verily, A New Hope.”
Star wars shakespeare

He also has versions of Episodes V and VI: The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return.

These books are great. I love ’em.

Verily, what a nerd doth I be.

When worlds collide…

Literally, in this case.

Planet impact

I’ve been fiddling around in Gimp lately, and this is what I came up with. Gimp (which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a powerful and popular photo-editing program. You can download it for free here. Isn’t freeware great? Gimp is very powerful, and can do things from creating images to extensively editing existing images. It has a plethora of brushes, filters, and plug-ins. For example, the sun in this picture was generated by a plug-in. I just had to enter the size and color.
This image, aside from a few stock textures for the planets, was created entirely in Gimp.

Gimp isn’t that intuitive, but once you become familiar with the interface, you can do practically anything. To get used to the controls, I’d recommend going through a few internet tutorials.

Suffice to say, I really like Gimp. And the $0.00 you pay for it makes it even better.

Ramblings of a teenage geek.