I have somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with both the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and LEGO, so in 2015 when they released the first licensed set (76031), I bought it immediately. That set had quite a few things that I thought could have been improved (feet, upper arms, overall flexibility, etc.) but it was the first of its kind and has been on my desk ever since.
In 2018, just before the new Avenger’s: Infinity War movie movie was released, LEGO unveiled two new Hulkbuster sets. One of them is an ultimate collectors edition (76105), has 1300+ pieces, stands over 9 inches tall and is $120.00. (My personal man-childness is not quite at the level where I can convince myself that’s a justifiable purchase.) The other set (76104) ties directly into the Infinity War movie, was much more reasonably priced, and looked like it was enough of an improvement from the 2015 set that I went ahead and bought it.
Having now put them side-by-side, the 2018 set is a huge improvement in the feet and torso, but the legs seemed stuck in some half-squat position and the upper arms still seemed a little barren. So, I decided to cannibalize the 2015 set to make some improvements to the newer one. I was also away from my normal LEGO resources at the time, so I literally only had those pieces available to work with. Overall I think the legs are much better, I made some slight modifications to the scale and flexibility of the arms, and I added more details here and there with spare parts. Now the torso is probably too small for the scale of the limbs, but beefing that up will have to be a future project. This whole idea was largely inspired by the amazing work of flickr user ChubbyBots and his amazing work building custom LEGO mechs and improving official sets (like this!).
Knick Knack Shelf
Hey look, I made a thing! Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.
I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf. I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done. My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished. I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side. I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.
I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers. I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it. I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.
The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket. I’m calling it launch pad 39V.
Knick Knack Shelf Cleat
Knick Knack Shelf Loaded
Knick Knack Shelf Plans
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Tags: desk, french cleat, inkscape, knick knack, LEGO, plans, shelf, toys
2018 LEGO Winter Village
First Apologies for the awful cellphone pictures, I forgot to come back and take some better ones. This year with the addition of the LEGO train and the train station, we had to add extra space to the front of our buffet. Next year, I plan to get an even bigger rectangular table and make them the same height so I can weave the train track through the town. It was also a frequent thing that our young cat would go Meowthra on the display and there would be a few things to put back when I got home.
2018 LEGO Winter Village Labelled
The whole thing broken down and filling a large tub.
LEGO Micro AT-AT
Another LEGO build I finished up before the new year was thanks to the building instruction of Miro Dudas. I simplified the main body, changed out the parts for the side cannons, and I am still trying to figure out the best piece for the front of the head/cockpit. So far, Mixel eyes are my favorite…
LEGO Micro AT-AT googly
LEGO Iron Giant Bust
Ever since I saw Tyler Clites creation of a LEGO Iron Giant bust about a year ago, I have wanted to make one for myself. It took some time to assemble to parts, an order to bricklink for the dome pieces, and a trip to the local LEGO resale store, but I finally had everything I thought I would need to build a darker version of Tyler’s bust (early hiding in the woods part of the movie). The head was inspired by Tyler’s build, with a bunch of little tweaks to get it where I wanted it.
LEGO Iron Giant Head Detail
Samurai Roller Mech
With the LEGO Ninjago movie coming out soon, I’ve really been hoping they will sell a set based on Cole’s quake mech. They built a little tiny one, but I’m still hopeful. This random samurai doodle was inspired by the design.
I really wish the LEGO group would consider making some UCS sets that are true to the models in movie. I was disappointed by the green dragon and the fire mech sets.
LEGO Saturn V
For Father’s day this year, my family got me the LEGO Ideas Saturn V rocket. It’s huge! I have no idea where I’m going to display it. I actually ran to the LEGO store here in town a few weeks prior once I saw they had sold out online and was lucky that they still had two left when I got there. A couple shots from the build are below.
Saturn V Build
lego technic bracelets
About a month ago I made a bracelet completely out of LEGO Technic parts. It worked out pretty nicely and I couldn’t find anyone else that was making something similar, so I thought I would try selling them on etsy. It just stinks that LEGO is such an expensive medium to make things with.
Golden Eye LEGO mech
Yesterday, my oldest and I were building some LEGO mechs in the living room, and this is what I ended up with. It’s construction is very similar to my last one.
LEGO Mech stripped
LEGO Series 17
I had to wait around a bit at Walmart last night to get a tire fixed and I found they were selling the new LEGO minifigure series. So after some nimble package squeezing, I brought home the vet with bunny, the rocket boy, the punk dwarf, two retro space guys, four corn men, and the mystery pirate character!
I may need to get more corn men though, Iowa pride and all.