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Kubros – Ezio   Leave a comment

Kubros is a Mega Blok line of building block figures. It lets you build the biggest icons from gaming, movies, TV, and pop culture.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze is the main protagonist from Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

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Game of Thrones Construction Set – Iron Throne Room   Leave a comment

With the sixth season of Game of Thrones arriving next Sunday, I thought I’d do this time lapse build.

Considered the ultimate symbol of power in the land of Westeros, the Iron Throne is the seat of kings in the Seven Kingdoms. His Grace, Joffrey of House Baratheon and Lannister, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm sits with smug satisfaction as he torments over all of his subjects while being protected by an extremely loyal and skilled Kingsguard.

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LEGO Architecture – Berlin & Brandenburg Gate   Leave a comment

I figured I’d put together these two sets together.

BERLIN
Germany’s capital and cultural center dates back to the 13th century and has shaped – and been shaped by – many dramatic events in European history.

From humble beginnings as a medieval trading center, the city played a key role in the rise of the Kingdom of Prussia and modern Germany.

THE BUILDINGS:

BERLIN TV TOWER

Berlin TV Tower

The 1,207 ft. (368 m) tower consists of an 820 ft. (250 m) concrete shaft upon which sits a seven-story sphere, crowned by a 387 ft. (118 m) red and white striped antenna mast. It remains Germany’s tallest structure and a popular destination for almost 1.2 million visitors every year.

DEUTSCHE BAHN TOWER

DB Tower1

Architect Helmut Jahn designed the eye-catching 338 ft. (103 m) semi-circular glass and steel tower, which was completed in June 2000. The office is now home to Deutsche Bahn AG, the German national railway company, and is referred to as the BahnTower.

VICTORY COLUMN

Berlin Victory Column

Originally erected between 1864 and 1873 to commemorate famous victories in wars against Denmark, Austria and France, the Victory Column (Siegessäule) was extended to its current height of 220 ft. (67 m) during the 1930s.

The sandstone column stands upon a base of polished red granite and is crowned with a 27 ft. (8.3 m) high statue representing Victoria, the goddess of victory from Roman mythology.

BRANDENBURG GATE

Brandenburg Gate

Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, the Brandenburg Gate was built as the grandest of a series of 18 city gates through which Berlin was once entered. Designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans and constructed between 1788 and 1791, the inspiration for the gate came from the entry hall of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

REICHSTAG

Reichstag

The Reichstag was originally completed in 1894, was almost completely destroyed during World War II and remained largely unused until the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

The renowned English architect Sir Norman Foster was given the task of renovating the building and chose to combine the original historical façade with modern architectural elements such as the spectacular glass dome.

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The Walking Dead Construction Sets – Wolves Not Far   Leave a comment

This set is based on a scene in Season 5, Episode 9 of The Walking Dead. Michonne standing in front of a wall with the words “Wolves Not Far” painted, bloody katana in full display.

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LEGO Architecture – Venice   1 comment

This is one of three sets that LEGO debut in their Skyline series in the Architecture line. The Venice is the smallest of the three at 222 pieces. This is as miniaturized as you can get as far as LEGO bricks are concerned. They managed to fit 5 famous Venice landmarks.

Built on over 100 islands in a marshy lagoon at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, Venice has a skyline that rises from the water to create a unique architectural experience. There are no roadways or cars in the historic city; instead 177 canals crossed by over 400 bridges give access to innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and squares.

THE BUILDINGS:

RIALTO BRIDGE

Rialto

The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) spans the Grand Canal at the heart of the historic city and was built between 1588 and 1591.

The single-span design with a 24 ft. (7.5 m) arch included three walkways: two along the outer edges and a wider central walkway between two rows of small shops. The entire structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge over 400 years later.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS

Bridge of Sighs

Designed by Antonio Contino and completed in 1602, the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is an enclosed bridge that passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old city prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
The bridge’s romantic name is thought to refer to the sighs of convicts as they saw their last view of Venice before being taken to their prison cells.

ST. MARK’S CAMPANILE

St Marks Campanile

The 323 ft. (98.6 m) tall St. Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) stands alone in the corner of St. Mark’s Square, near the front entrance to the basilica. The brick structure is 39 ft. (12 m) wide on each side and 160 ft. (50 m) tall, upon which sits a belfry housing five bells.

ST. MARK’S BASILICA

St Marks Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is the most famous church in Venice and the best-known example of the city’s unique Italo-Byzantine architecture.
The current structure is thought to have been constructed between 1073 and 1093. The basilica is laid out in the design of a Greek cross and the tallest of the five domes reach 141 ft. (43 m) in height.

ST. THEODORE AND THE LION OF VENICE COLUMNS

St Theodore and the Lion

Two granite columns stand guard at the entrance to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza di San Marco). Both columns are believed to have been erected in about 1268.
On top of the western column is a statue of St. Theodore, the first patron of the city. On the eastern column stands the winged Lion of Venice, the symbol of the second patron of the city, St. Mark.

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