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At last, the evil Segacon “Gearhead” and his minions Supersonic and Knucklepunch make their debuts as the newest LEGOformers in my array of mechanized warriors!
Following in the same popular footsteps of Domaster & Tetrawing — the Game Boy & Tetris game — this brutal soldier transforms into a bulky SEGA Game Gear, and is accompanied by two Sonic games (Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Blast)! For primary weapons, Gearhead uses his battery blaster rockets attached to the shoulders, and in his left hand is a shotgun cannon powered by Chaos Emeralds! Gearhead transforms 100% without removing parts, and converts back and forth solely through bending/folding joints in his legs, arms, chest and so such.
With the hindsight of the previous LEGOformers, building this project wasn’t as difficult to engineer as expected, as I had my own previous work to reference. However, there were several challenges nonetheless. The first was making room for the games to fit in the back with the batteries simultaneously. This caused me to frequently disassemble the rear pieces and rearrange them in order to allow enough clearance for the cartridges to slide through with ease. Building the games themselves was also a challenge, and despite my best efforts, they’re a little thicker than a typical Game Gear game — and are about as thick as a Genesis cartridge. I had to sacrifice battery space yet again; I’m sure purists will scoff at the fact that this toy only fits two batteries, unlike a real Game Gear which used six AAs. Finally, the issue with the stickers/labels was a painstaking battle that took a third and final attempt to accomplish. Initially I printed custom waterslide clear decals similar to Domaster’s, but alas, they would not appear against black. Then I opted for laser printer address labels from Avery, which were a disaster. At last I discovered a little hole-in-the-wall print shop in Manhattan that printed 8.5”x11” full-page glossy sticker sheets for only $5 — so I crammed every single label graphic (with multiples) onto one big PDF sheet in Adobe Illustrator, and printed it as a master label!
I’d like to dedicate this project to Albert Cadabra, a New York City based magician and sideshow performer: thanks to his good word and connections, I’m soon going to get my own live performance art show involving assembling a giant LEGO sculpture at Ripley’s in Times Square! Also special thanks to Albert’s gorgeous gal-pal Dangrr Doll, a geeky burlesque dancer who performs a staple Sonic the Hedgehog striptease with D20 Burlesque’s “8-Bit Beauties” show!
Full unabridged photo shoot:
All projects built by me during late May to early July 2012, and photographed with my Sony camera and light tent on July 3rd, 2012.
-Baron von Brunk
P.S. - Whilst I never ask for donations, since my LEGO creations are all funded out of my own pocket, I do however ask for feedback and encouragement to keep cranking out the custom models. With that said, I’ve entered my recent LEGOformers to CUUSOO: a website where fans and creators can submit their original LEGO projects with the intention of potentially getting their work mass-marketed in stores as official LEGO toys. If an entry gains 10,000 supporters, the folks in the research & development team at LEGO will personally review the project and consider making it into a real product line! After all, how do you think the forthcoming LEGO Minecraft series got made!? Supporting requires no cash donations whatsoever, and merely involves joining, voting, and leaving feedback!
There are no words to describe my feelings about this relationship. But I’m going to try.
First of all, their parallels. Both geniuses, top of their field. Both suffered an accident that physically changed them, forever, and not in a wholesome Spider-Man kind of way. Both try to do what they can to help others despite their own issues; Banner heals people, Tony works on developing clean energy. And both struggle, in their own way, with duality; Tony and Iron Man, Bruce and the Hulk. Two identities, one body. Only difference is Iron Man’s bad side is Tony.
I mentioned somewhere that Tony sees a bit of himself in Banner because they both have a monster inside them that they can’t control, a creature that springs fully formed from the id, the base impulses and the nasty stuff at the back of the mind. Bruce’s is a giant green rage monster. Tony’s trashed a party in Iron Man 2. Banner has a control over his that Tony hasn’t quite achieved yet; don’t think I didn’t notice Tony pouring himself a whiskey when confronting Loki. Tony is envious, fascinated, and most of all, impressed by Bruce’s control.
So he doesn’t walk on eggshells around Bruce like the others, because that’s not what Bruce needs. Tony sees Bruce’s restraint, sees the quiet, brilliant man making self-deprecating jokes in the corner of the room, sees the way people look at him like he’s going to snap any second, and thinks “nope”. Tony does what no-one else aboard that Helicarrier does. He trusts him. He makes jokes and jabs him and teases him and above all, treats him exactly how he would treat anyone else— he has a great regard for Bruce’s brilliance, and tells him so, but he doesn’t try to ignore the Hulk in the room. When he says “wow, you’ve really got a handle on this, haven’t you?” he’s not saying “gosh, it’s incredible you haven’t snapped yet and killed everyone on board” he’s saying “I know you have a handle on this, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t, so I’m gonna poke you with this sharp object to prove it”. And you can see Bruce relax, and smile, and trust him back.
But then Tony goes even further, and invites Bruce to come to his R&D department. I’m pretty sure the two of them drive off together in Tony’s car at the end of the movie to do just that. And, okay, sure, Bruce is smart, but Tony’s tech is his baby. How many people get invitations to come and see his work? He invites Bruce because he recognises his brilliance, yes, but there’s another reason. He’s inviting Bruce to come down and work with him after this is over. He’s giving Bruce something to do next, a purpose, an alternative to disappearing into the ether to be alone with his monster. Tony knows from experience that being alone with your issues doesn’t end well, so for what’s only the third time in his life he extends the hand of friendship to a guy he’s known barely an hour.
And then, he tells Bruce to let the beast loose. Not just because they need him to fight, but because it will help him. If Bruce can take this thing that he sees as a curse and turn it into a gift, well, that’s going to lift him out of a very dark place. I’m not saying Tony knew about Bruce’s attempted suicide, but I think he had a suspicion that Bruce had been, in his words, “low”. So he encourages Bruce to take all that crap and pain and the Other Guy and use him to help people; after all, that’s what he did.
And it pays off. Nobody— nobody— thinks Bruce is going to turn up for that final battle. You can see the look on Natasha and Steve’s faces when Tony asks if Bruce turned up yet. They’ve counted Bruce out. Guy’s a mess, right? He’s too volatile. Doesn’t play well with others. He could never work as part of a team. No-one thinks he’ll come through when it matters. Except Tony. He has faith in him, and that faith is rewarded. It’s no wonder the Hulk is the one to catch Tony. Tony’s the one who helped let him out. He’s just returning the favor.
Behold: Domaster & Tetrawing — heroic Nintendobots! Transforming from Game Boy system & Tetris game to robot & bird, and back!
The name Domaster is an amalgamation of “Dot Matrix with Stereo Sound”, the blurb written above the screens of old Game Boys. The name Tetrawing was coined by New York burlesque girl Dangrr Doll (@dangrrr_doll) who does a Tetris-themed routine with D20 Burlesque!
This project was the sequel to my popular Nintendo/Transformers crossover, “Plasmashock” the NES Zapper. I spent about a month or so (give or take) working on this Game Boy and cartridge — the latter of the two took freakin’ forever to engineer properly. The final touches of the Game Boy came the custom water-slide clear decals that I printed for the first time ever, and surprisingly didn’t screw up a whole lot (aside from the obvious crooked “Nintendo Game” half above the right thigh of the robot). Also, the “Dot Matrix” label printed out much darker than expected on my laser printer, ergo it’s hard to see — but the blue-on-gray text for the buttons and Game Boy logo look damn fine! As for Tetrawing, his sticker is actually a high-res computer printout on glossy paper, cut apart like a puzzle and decoupaged to his LEGO frame with the help of Elmer’s Glue.
The 2 AA battery blasters are a nice touch, if I must say so myself. It wasn’t really difficult trying to engineer a sturdy but hollow system for the back of the legs to keep the two batteries — if anything, the head and arms took the longest to build on the robot. The arms turn sideways and fold behind the screen, whilst the head is attached to a series of hooks and hinges to fold back. The robot’s feet fold at 90° angles and then slide into the lower legs. The legs rotate and form the bottom of the Game Boy. I used tiles to create the D-pad, A & B buttons, and the Select/Start buttons — which also took some time to figure out — originally I had planned to use thin, small gray bars to be the Select/Start buttons, and even tried using the small headlight clips from Star Wars Clone Trooper helmets.
-Baron von Brunk
A huge custom LEGO replica of a Super Mario Bros. 3 end-level Koopa airship, which uses well over 8,000 pieces — and even lights up like a Lite Brite!
Made by the highly-skilled craftsman Baron von Brunk of New York City, this titanic brute is a wonderful fan tribute to the greatest Nintendo game of all time!
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY Concept Artwork
The website somewhatnerdy.com has posted concept art from Brandon Badeaux featuring some of your favorite Batman villains. It’s always great seeing the early stages of creation. Now, when you sit back and play the popular game you can understand how they went from square A to the final product.
IMAGES COURTESY OF SOMEWHATNERDY.COM
(via hollowbrooklyn)Source: somewhatnerdy.com