Power Tool Red

Original design By Shannon Ocean Lanky Bot By Angus MacLane, previously mentioned in my World War Robot post. Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon By Bruce Lowell.


Lego World War Robot

I've been a fan of Ashley Wood's artwork for some time now, and have been fortunate enough to receive one of 3A's toys as a gift.

Tintin Bertie
"Ashley Wood's Bertie robot with coloring from Tintin's rocket in 'Explorers To the Moon'."

There is a lot of good things happening on Angus MacLane's recreation of a "Bertie"-series robot from the WWR universe. The colors are fun and the equipment packs are a great touch, though I cannot say I'm sold on the finger technique. A Bertie toy as produced by 3A:

CubeDude Bertie 5

This is another depiction of Bertie by MacLane, of the Cube Dude fad.

Bertie Mk XXI

Lastly, I have made a Bertie and Square more or less to minifigure scale. In Wood's illustrations the robots were never drawn to a consistent scale, and minifigure scale will forever be that odd, undefined practice, so take it.

3A Toys' production blog

Ashley Wood's blog


March of the Think Tanks

For the duration of the previous month, and some time before, the build challenge over at the Mecha Hub flickr group has been generating LEGO interpretations of the "Think Tank" concept as seen in the Ghost in the Shell franchise. Here are some highlights:

Yukichikoma ユキチコマ

This smart model is of Curtis Collins' design. I appreciate how the 1 x 1 "cheese" slopes line up with the corners on the beveled corners of the 4 x 4 x 2/3 and 4 x 6 x 2/3 panels.

Peer Kreuger's is motorized, with both walking and rolling functions:


Kyle Vrieze has assembled this scene. The building are not only furnished with tasteful detail but descending mecha. The large mulitped in the center can be seen here.


Brownridge revisits some Maschinen Krieger imagery for a unique inter-universe crossover.

Byakuren  白蓮

I love, love the repetition of the four hole texture in both the under-wedge piece (used here as leg armor) and in the turntable top. Smartness from Ted Andes.
These fellas of Andrew Lee's are cute.

Police Riot Walker

This one doesn't qualify as a "Think Tank" as the body doesn't have the arachnid like body proportions, but nevertheless it is a cool build. The legs are great with the Technic figure flippers (32008).

Not to be missed is Ley Ward's citrus themed -koma. Also, in a blog post concerning multiped LEGO mecha, it seems appropriate to give Mladen a mention.

Occasional driving force of the blog, self-proclaimed Lukas fanboy, and aspiring engineer, Jacob spends too much time building LEGO, not enough time practicing piano, and not nearly enough time doing school. He also enjoys long sentences. In the instance of blogging, he believes in quantity over quality, wherever quantity can be maintained.
One of the cofounders of YSAB, and the founder of YSA, Observing Mike actually being productive is a rare occasion. Mike enjoys making outlandish claims in relation to actually building, pretending he's actually sorting his collection, and making excuses for why he hasn't photographed his MOCs. In his free time he enjoys learning CSS from Spook, photography and poking badgers with spoons.
Occasional builder, occasional blogger, and full-time procrastinator. That's really the only way to describe Dean. He rarely gets anything done, but is a very active lurker. He's probably seen and liked your MOC, but just forgot he had a blog.
Erik is still a teenager.
Lukas is tall, blond, mildly OCD, and doesn't build nearly enough as he would like to, thanks to school. He has a webpage.
Spook (Tim)
The resident codemonkey and graphics person. If something isn't working correctly, it's probably his fault. Fitting to his name, he doesn't post often, but someone has to do this stuff too, right? Spook does build with laygoes, and has his own blog as well.