Lego Abominations

The Astronaut Twins are always cheerful. Today they are particularly cheerful, because they’re here to introduce our new collection of Lego Abominations.

(The Lego Abominations are even more abominable when viewed full-size. Each photo links to its flickr page where you can see it in high-resolution.)

Pollyachis, the ancient Egyptian parrot god

These gender-bender bricks let you change the polarity of Lego sculptures. These were made by carefully attaching pairs of bricks after wetting their interfaces with acetone.

The Robot Prisoner.

This is Monsieur Lagarto, who is an Alligataur. He wishes to inform you that he is Belgian, not French.

The LegWay Jr.: It’s the only way to get around the Death Star!

Millie auditioned for the Invasion of the Monster Women, but they never called her back.

That’s Officer Zombie to you!

They liked the mime so much that they decided to keep him.

Qie Zhi You Yu is a master of the secret Kung Fu Squid-with-Ten-Limbs Technique

Surf’s up! (What sharks?)

The “X-Ray brick” is a fully functional but inside-out Lego brick.

It was made by attaching two regular 2 x 4 bricks together with acetone. The pair was left stacked with other bricks to maintain spacing while the acetone dried. Once the acetone had cured, the two side portions– effectively 1 x 4 bricks– were cut off of the sides, leaving the brick as you see it here.

In the Lego world, fish do not need bicycles, but they certainly enjoy them.

No Lego bricks were harmed making this one– it turns out that this swordfish fits perfectly on the bicycle. Coincidence?

Just in time for Halloween, here is the Headless Horseman, without his horse. I guess that just makes him the Headless Swordsman or something.

He really looks a lot better in the dark. Read on to see how we lit him up like a pumpkin.

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10 thoughts on “Lego Abominations

  1. I love the Legway.

    By the way, aren’t there already… uh… gender-changing Lego pieces? Something like really thin 2x2s with… uh… nubs? on both sides.

  2. The ‘old skool’ method of making zombies was to turn the face around inside the helmet. Blank face=zombie! 8===D

  3. Very, very nice! I would love to come over and play legos with the EMSL folks some day. Maybe we can meet up at TechShop and have a lego abomination day? I have been building them for years. Let’s say that I can’t imagine it’s an ACCIDENT that the shark’s mouth can hold all of the doubloons *plus* an arm. Sticking out.

    I wish we’d had a digital camera handy when our systems team at Synopsys was playing with our managers’ space-themed lego set in 1997. Other folks were assembling the shuttle, building little moon carts, etc. I was taking the console pieces and odd pipe bits and astronaut heads and putting them together. Somebody said, "um, what are you making?" and I explained that aliens had infiltrated the space station and hooked what was LEFT of the astronauts up to this fiendish computing device so that their memories could be scanned. And my manager asked if I needed more vacation time. I dunno why.

    You inspired me to drag out the little ‘lego theatre’ photos I did a couple summers ago, though, and put them on FlickR. Really must finish the story! http://www.flickr.com/photos/strata/sets/72157594326557958/

    • A suggestion for possible improvement of the carving technique: instead of the carving done with an exacto knife, it should be possible to heat a wire (with a lighter or by electricity) and cut faster and possibly more accurately…

      • That’s an excellent way to get the holes started. However, I’ve tried it and
        it does not leave neatly carved edges. However, If the effect that you’re
        going for is a little more lumpy, it just might be the right technique.


        Windell H. Oskay
        drwho(at)evilmadscientist.com
        http://www.evilmadscientist.com/

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