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Ochre Jelly's LEGO Memes

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Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Iain Heath is better known on the internet as Ochre Jelly. Under that name, he astounds us on a regular basis with his recreations of real-life events rendered in LEGO bricks. His turnaround on memes is getting faster. I thought about displaying his works here just this morning, and he's already got an extremely-recognizable meme born less than a week ago enshrined in his medium of choice.

LEST WE FORGET. Everyone in America will forever remember where they were as they learned of the traumatic events that unfolded in Brooklyn on the evening of August 25th. For those unfortunate enough to witness them in person, we can only pray for their families and hope that they are eventually able to wash off the stink. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of this hideous debacle are still at large. Authorities are looking for a short uncoordinated woman dressed in an outfit described as "totally f***-witted". Her accomplises are described as an unconvincing Beetlejuice cosplayer and a troop of insane oversided teddy bears from hell. The remaining shreds of Western culture are reported missing, presumed in tatters.

Heath has an eye for figuring out the exact sizes, shapes, and angles to make the bulky and limited LEGO pieces look exactly as they should for the project at hand. Let's look at some more of Heath's versions of pop culture memes.

Shark Riding a Roomba

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

A few months ago, the internet was charmed by Max-Arthur, the Roomba-riding cat. The video of Max-Arthur riding while wearing a shark costume with a duckling (which also featured a costumed dog) went viral because it was so …unusual. And hilarious. Heath knew it needed the LEGO treatment. This sculpture actually moves -like the original!

Royal Baby

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Heath was ready when the news was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a new prince to the British royal family on July 22nd. When you put a little LEGO diaper on a baby, it doesn't matter if you know ahead of time whether it's a boy or a girl. The pacifier is the icing on the cake.

Sharknado

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Heath couldn't resist turning the SyFy monster/disaster movie Sharknado into a LEGO work, which we featured about a month ago in a roundup of Sharknado Tribute Art. 

Grumpy Cat

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Well, you know it was well within Heath's talents to recreate the adorable face of Grumpy Cat, but it's not complete without some Impact text to go with it.

Y U No

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Y U NO Guy is the rage face that launched a thousand jokes. He looks the same in LEGO, thanks to Heath's diligence and free time.

Trololo Guy

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Heath was inspired to make a LEGO tribute to Russian singer Eduard Khil on the event of his death in 2012. He had achieved internet stardom as Mr. Trololo in 2010 when a clip of him performing on Russian television in 1976 went viral.

Epic Meal Time

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Epic Meal Time is a YouTube cooking show in which guys make extreme food with plenty of bacon. This sculpture is modeled after the episode in which they make Whisky Syrup Bacon Pancakes. There's an entire Flickr set of the sculpture, so you can see it from different angles.

Wil Wheaton Signing Autographs

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

The photograph of Wil Wheaton wearing that sweater is probably more widely known, but he does sign a LOT of autographs. Heath built this while attending the 2012 Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle.

The idea came about when I learned that some guy goes to each con and makes Mr Wheaton sign a picture of himself from the previous con - that project is about 7 deep at this point! SeaLUG was displaying at ECCC which is how I found myself there. Total build time for this model was about 5 hours (the last 2 of which occurred as I started trying to figure out how to attach the drinks, I ended up having to completely rebuild the table as a result!). To get the model as accurate as possible (for full 'meta' effect) I studied photos taken of the signing session from the day before.

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Heath managed to get his LEGO sculpture autographed at the Emerald City ComicCon. It's possible Wheaton was shamed into signing it when he saw this Ochre Jelly interpretation of Star Trek: The Next Generation on display at the Comic Con. Notice where Wheaton's character, Wesley Crusher, is. 

Photograph by Ochre Jelly.

Maybe next, I'll show you how good Heath is at illustrating TV shows in LEGO. See more of Ochre Jelly's work in the previous post Real People in LEGO, and in his Flickr photo stream

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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This Voltron LEGO Set Is Almost Ready to Assemble
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In spite of the fact they need no outside help whatsoever in building a billion-dollar toy empire, and that amateur submissions to toy companies often go unnoticed, building block giant LEGO has had great success fielding ideas from their devoted fanbase. LEGO Ideas regularly sifts through submissions that have accumulated 10,000 votes of support among visitors to determine their popularity and practicality.

For their summer 2017 review, they’ve decided a fan’s idea to revisit a classic 1980s Japanese anime ticked all the right boxes: Voltron will be coming to stores in 2018.

LEGO announced the winners on its website. The concept for Voltron—a giant, sword-wielding robot compromised of five smaller robots—was pitched by Leandro Tayag, a fan from Malaysia who created a mock-up of what the giant ‘bot might look like.

A prototype of a LEGO Voltron set
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A 41-year-old software architect, Tayag says he was inspired by his love for the giant robot genre in the 1980s. After designing the 2100-brick prototype, Tayag’s idea received a voice of support from Voltron license holder Bob Koplar. It only took 22 days for LEGO fandom to meet the required 10,000 votes in order for LEGO management to review the pitch.

No firm release date or price point has been announced, but LEGO expects the set to go into development shortly. Another winner, a LEGO message in a bottle, is also expected to hit shelves next year.

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