A couple months ago I wrote about a simple coffee table idea I had. Put Legos in little jars, and leave them out for people to play with when they come to visit.
So far it’s attracted the attention of a few friends who’ve come to visit. This post showcases some of the best models we’ve made recently!
My friend and I hit on an idea about the joy of working with a minimal amount of Legos. It’s akin to haiku: with restrictions on creativity, you are forced to actually be more creative.
I did supplement my previous offering of Legos with two new sets, a pirate one and a small Town set of firefighters. These new pieces provide just a bit more diversity, though by no means have I exhausted the creativity possi-build-ities.
A simple Lego house with carrots and flowers out front.
The girls ask out the boys to the Imperial Sadie Hawkins Dance.
An airship! I always loved the idea of Lego rowboats. The rowboat is like a tiny world where the captain is the master. This guy is prepared to fly to new horizons in his sweet craft.
Top view of airship.
Back view of airship. Naturally, engines must have flames coming out the back.
Side view of airship.
A pirate Stormtrooper on a wave runner! I’m not sure what a wave runner is, but I imagine this as some zippy little craft used for skimming the waters (tiny wheels are underneath).
Back view of the wave runner. It actually rolls pretty nice across the table.
The fire chief has a new communications gator. It makes fighting fires in the Bayou much easier.
The anarchy mobile! These women are sick of living in a male-dominated world, so they’ve loaded their car with all sorts of weapons and are ready to paint the town red.
Side view of the anarchy mobile. I love the new Lego cannons. They are spring-loaded, so you can pull the back pin and launch the cannonballs quite far!
The woman in back is equipped with Molotov cocktail and telescope.
Back view of the anarchy mobile. Extra gun and wine in case the cannon doesn’t do the job.
My second attempt at an airship. I thought I could utilize the deck space more efficiently. The wings and propellers were moved underneath the craft and the engine was moved back, making room for a navigator.
I kind of like the asymmetry of having the navigator sit sideways, rather than forwards.
Back view of airship.
This was a super easy idea that just came together at once. The Lego half barrel doubles as a fun spinner! The pilot is a firefighter taking a rest after a long day at work.
It’s an idea that I never came up with as a kid since I always kept my sets segregated, never mixing pieces. Put a smooth stud underneath, then grip the sides and spin the spinner like a coin!
The spinner in action! It gets lopsided really easily, but actually spins very well.
The spinner stops, and now the firefighter is feeling sick to his stomach.
This is one of my favorite models of the bunch, made by my friend. It’s a simple shrine, borne out of the restrictions of my limited pieces. Doesn’t it capture the feel of Asian architecture quite well?
I love the tiny door on the back of the shrine.
Treasure mountain! The Imperials commandeered (or defected to?) a pirate base. Now they must protect the treasure at all costs!
The treasure is hidden behind the mountain, safe from would-be thieves.
The mountain folds down to reveal the treasure from the front (a pointless feature, I know, but it’s always fun to have working hinges on Lego sets).
But! The joke’s on the would-be thieves! The treasure chest contains a banana! Where’s the real treasure?
In the garbage can, of course! Right in plain view.