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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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Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With a New LEGO Set
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Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair, as LEGO’s latest release proves. LEGO Ideas is coming out with a new, 962-piece set called Ship in a Bottle based on the design of an Idaho-based fan named Jake Sadovich.

Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, LEGO green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

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Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts an outsize number of features for its 5-inch-long size, including three sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

“There was room to do some crazy building techniques and sneak in some elements in cool colors,” LEGO designer Tiago Catarino told the LEGO Ideas blog, so we expect the set to be a delight to put together. Hopefully, it won’t take you three weeks to build, though.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include a Women of NASA set, a LEGO version of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, and a design for a fishing store.

The Ship in a Bottle set goes on sale February 1 and will cost $70.

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Airbnb is Giving Away a One-Night Stay in Denmark's LEGO House
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The LEGO toy company opened its 130,000-square-foot LEGO house in Billund, Denmark, at the end of September. The attraction, which contains 25 million interlocking bricks used to make everything from furniture to dinosaurs, is a LEGO-lover’s fantasy. Now fans of the toy brand can enter for a chance to spend the night there.

For one night only, one lucky family will be invited to stay at the LEGO house after hours as part of a collaboration with Airbnb. The vacation begins with superstar LEGO set designer Jamie Berard greeting the guests upon arrival. Later, the family heads to the dining room to construct their food orders out of LEGO bricks. After the plastic requests are sent to the kitchen, edible versions of the meals are served by robot waiters.

The rest of the day consists of exploring the house’s galleries and experience zones. Guests can appreciate life-sized LEGO sculptures, browse iconic sets, or assemble their own one-of-a-kind creations. But the highlight of the trip has to be the suite where the family spends the night. The armchairs, books, alarm clocks, television, and pet cat are all constructed out of LEGO bricks. One of the only features that isn’t made of blocky plastic is the bed, which is nestled in a pool of bricks beneath a rainbow LEGO waterfall.

Living room made out of LEGO bricks.
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“This really is a dream come true for any family with a passion for LEGO,” James McClure, Airbnb’s General Manager for Northern Europe, said in a statement. “I doubt there will be much sleeping as there is so much to enjoy in this incredible space.”

To enter, candidates must answer the question, “If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?” in 50 to 550 characters. Submissions are open through November 16 and the winner and up to three guests will be flown to Denmark to commence their stay on November 24. The chosen visitors should be prepared to follow the house rules: LEGO-proof slippers are recommended, play is mandatory, and diving in the LEGO pool in search of that “one rare brick” is forbidden.

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