Figs from Far-Away Lands

I made the first of these LEGO Minifigure collections (affectionately known as “figbarfs” among the fan community) out of characters I’d designed for a fifth, since scrapped, wave of my "product line” Dragon Lands. Based on the nice response I got from the first collection, I have designed two others to complement it. Let’s learn a little more about these 21 characters…

SERIES ONE

From left to right, these are our characters:

Gnarku, a mischievous goldsmith. Gnarku regularly steals precious metals from work, but his unmatched craftsmanship helps him keep his job.

Orion, a plot-armored dragon rider. Don’t get in the way of this guy’s Quest, since it rolls forward like a freight train no matter what!

Wotoq, a temperamental Elemental. Wotoq serves as Guardian of the Ice Crystal, and he’s fiercely proud of his impressive beard.

Nynia, a potent faerie wizard. Yes, her hair is naturally that color and yes, she’d prefer that you stop asking. She’s got more important stuff to do.

Moscha, a sinister venommancer. Moscha is the more “toxic” of a sibling pair; she’s always scheming to poison her warlock brother Mogrot.

Eliake, a displaced ocean nymph. Due to man-and-orc-induced climate change, Eliake’s homesea has become uninhabitable to him.

Fifrir, a clever war engineer. Like Gnarku (but without the stealing), Fifrir is prized for his unique gifts as an inventor.

SERIES TWO

From left to right, these are our characters:

Awari, an enthusiastic apprentice. She only got that staff earlier this week, so be careful— she’s not good at using it yet.

Bramblebark, a thorny spirit. Would tell you dang kids to get off his lawn, but his “lawn” is all of nature!

Oussa, a magnificent queen. A strong and wise ruler, Oussa is best known for incorporating the Five Principalities into one realm.

Horpo, a self-serious owl trainer. Will tell you his work is more important than Queen Oussa’s.

Kalec, a silent headhunter. “…”

"Wind-up Willy," a clockwork soldier. One of a batch of a hundred such soldiers, Willy stands out from his peers by routinely malfunctioning.

Lev, a good-hearted baker. Believes that bread is the secret to peace between species. So far, he hasn’t been proven wrong.

SERIES Three

From left to right, these are our characters:

Sam Flot, a snappy scavenger. Snappy, in this case, applies to both Sam’s wit and his huge jaws.

Vorash, a militant prince. He maintains leadership of the ustokal tribes by beating challengers in mortal combat, and has the scars to prove it.

Aia, a short-fused archer. Don’t believe she can hit a fly in midair? She’ll pull her bow on you faster than you can say “shoo.”

Serserild, a foreign diplomat. She really feels like a fish out of water up here, so be nice!

Qotow, an icy guardian. This is Wotoq’s child, tasked with inheriting his sacred position and more-sacred beard.

Iero, a vengeful duelist. He bears no similarities to a character from any other intellectual property.

Thuin, a shady assassin. You’re not likely to see his face… unless it’s the last thing you ever see.


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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

I've been a LEGO® dragon builder for a long time, so when set the task of building some of prehistory's "dragons," they came pretty easily to me! Anatomically, dinosaurs and dragons aren't all that different; I designed similar "skeletons" on these models as I have used on a few dozen fantastical creatures. While the Stegosaurus is an older build—it's from 2016—I designed the Hadrosaur and Velociraptor recently as separate commissions... and with their completion, the opportunity to present a new "Dinosaurs Series" was too good to pass up!


STEGOSAURUS

This minifigure-scale Stegosaurus predates my other two dinosaurs by a few years. While creating this creature, my greatest challenge was designing spinal plates of different sizes, and then fastening them to the Stegosaurus's back at intervals where they wouldn't impede posability too greatly. My initial design didn't have enough "meat on the bones" so, at my client's request, I revised my build to be a bit bulkier before I published it and submitted my deliverables.

  • Features 19 points of articulation.
  • Color scheme of brown, tans, and greys selected to give this dinosaur an stoic and natural feel, and to mask as many dark grey ball-joint parts as possible.
  • Minifigure-scale Stegosaurus is around 11" (27cm) long.

Hadrosaur

I designed the Hadrosaur—more colloquially known as a "Duckbill Dino"—for the same client who commissioned the Stegosaurus... He was so happy with my first dinosaur design that he just needed a second! This replica is also minifigure-scale. Biggest challenges I encountered here were the head and the posture; the real Hadrosaur could stand on either four legs or two, so I wanted to be sure that my finished replica had that capability as well. I also faced some difficulty cladding the body along coherent color lines, to create the "gradient" body coloration you see now.

  • Features 21 points of articulation.
  • The brown and ochre color scheme felt natural and earthy; my goal here was to settle on a palate complementary with, but distinct from, the Stegosaurus's.
  • Minifigure-scale Hadrosaur is more than 11" (27cm) long.

Velociraptor

I designed this ferocious pack-hunting lizard by modifying the basic frame of my Rock Wyvern dragon. It's got lots of personality in a small package, and sports the raptor's signature curved front talons. I opted to build this raptor "featherless," in the style of Jurassic Park, to make it as recognizable as possible at this diminutive scale. Biggest challenge for me was deciding on a head design which felt appropriate to my source material. 

  • Features 13 points of articulation.
  • Deep red was a fun, easy primary color choice on this dino; I included the two shades of tan in the underbelly to balance out the red's virulence and to add a bit of organic flavor to the final impression.
  • Velociraptor model is more than 7" (18cm) long.

Welcome!

 My brick self! This is the avatar you'll see on my social media accounts.

My brick self! This is the avatar you'll see on my social media accounts.

Hey there, stranger!

So pleased to have you here on my brand-spankin'-new website. I've put a lot of work into this thing over the past few weeks; I hope you find it easy to navigate, comprehensive, and (of course) a feast for the eyes. Feel free to drop me a comment below with any suggestions you may have about it!

My goal for this website was to make a "one-stop shop" for my brick art. I've long wanted to create an online hub where I could direct friends, family, and prospective clients so that they could see my LEGO® artwork and learn more about the process behind it. Here, you'll find:

  1. My portfolio, recreated and up-to-date with my favorite builds. I'll post more photos of each creation here than anywhere else.
  2. Information on commissioning me to design a model.
  3. An about me page, and the answers to some FAQs
  4. This blog, giving you exclusive insight into the build process/choices behind each new model.

I hope you keep checking back to see what's new!

—Aaron