Oh ye Great Old Ones! My most venerable friend Matthias (who is also one of the pillars of Austrian Steampunk) just submitted a project to Lego Ideas that deserves a big Iäh!
The Call of Cthulhu as a Lego Set!
Yes, you heard that correctly! If this project takes off, it will be even easier to corrupt your spawn and turn them into loyal followers of Great Cthulhu. It would also look magnificent on your mantelpiece, I can imagine.
Here are some images to convince you to lend your support (more are on the project’s page):
Also: Supporting this will not cost you a penny! All you have to do is vote! Come on, what are you waiting for? You can sign up and lend your support straight away!
It has been a very long time since I have been this excited about an upcoming book, but this one deserves all the excitement I can muster:
Steampunk LEGO – A Coffee Table Book filled with Victorian-Inspired LEGO
Yes, the excellent scribes, researchers and scholars at No Starch Press are releasing a book with all the ingredients for incredible exellentness!
This is the official press release:
San Francisco, CA (September 30, 2014) — This holiday season is looking up for LEGO® fans—especially those immersed in steampunk. Meet steampunk connoisseur, LEGO artist, and special effects professional Guy Himber and his soon-to-be-released Steampunk LEGO (No Starch Press, November 2014, 200 pp., $29.95, hardcover, 4C), an incredible coffee table book sure to delight sci-fi and steampunk fans.
Himber, a special effects artist with more than 50 feature films under his belt, including Edward Scissorhands, Independence Day, and Stargate, has been crafting imaginative worlds for years. In Steampunk LEGO, he’s created a fantastical steampunk world, filled with photos of Victorian-era sci-fi treasures built solely from LEGO. Dirigibles, submarines, clockwork animals, and fanciful contraptions whisk readers away on a steampunk adventure—pure bliss for all who delight in whimsy and tiny gears.
With its eclectic variety of models designed by dozens of the world’s top LEGO artists, Steampunk LEGO joins other jaw-dropping No Starch Press LEGO titles like Beautiful LEGO and LEGO Space in displaying the passion and creativity that so many millions invest in these little bricks.
Lego is such an awesome toyline. You may remember my previous happy ramblings about the inherent steampunkness of Lego. Well, there are also some rather epic Dieselpunk constructions out there.
During one of my excursions into the realm of conspiracies, I happened upon an image which instantly filled my heart with delight. Since I am a father, I also have a valid reason for visiting a local toy shop and get some Lego.
But enough of my musings, here is my find:
The Lego Reichsflugscheibe – Very Dieselpunk
It is a real shame some unpleasant people out there think there actually was something behind Neu Schwabenland and this whole Vril thing… All they do is spoil the fun for the rest of us, who just think the technological dream behind it all is way cool.
Who would have thought it, there seems to be an inherent Steampunkness in LEGO. The more I dive through the waves of the ætherweb looking for things Steampunk, the more LEGO creeps up.
There are several posts on this blog dealing with various Steampunk and Dieselpunk LEGO incarnations, the latest being Save the Croissants. Now, there is another very fine example of a Steampunk vehicle being contruced from LEGO:
Oh, please also check out the ætherweb abode of the engineers behind the craft, it is: The Empire of Steam
There are a huge number of beautifully constructed Steampunk machines of all kinds (mostly military) displayed on the blog, complete with history, combat records (where applicable) and other details.
Also, the people behind the blog make the same mistake role-play designers, authors and others have made before: They come up with rediculous German sounding names that no German inventor/engineer/technician/monarch would put to their machine. This early Mecha-model „Eisenschritt“ is a fine example. Yes, „Eisen“ and „Schritt“ are two German words and you can combine them, yes, but the result grates inside the brain. I think „Panzergeher“, „Panzerläufer“ or something similar is what you are looking for here (trust me, I am talking about my mothe tongue here after all…).
Also, there seeems to be some confusion regarding Prussia and Germany on that blog. It is NOT the same.
Apart from that, Empire of Steam is another splendid example of the versatility of LEGO and Steampunk ingenuity. Just browse over there and have a look!
It does not end there, however. Of course it does not. There is a very specialised site which deals in very specialised LEGO equipment you will not get from your local toy-shop:
I will not go into great detail what they offer, check out the site and be surprised. And I mean SURPRISED.
To give you jus a small taste of the wonders that await, here is an image of a sadly sold out but very Dieselpunk LEGO custom figurine:
Of course, LEGO is not really inherently Steampunk. LEGO is just so very versatile, you can built almost everything from it. Especially since there are so many special ranges from Star Wars to airports to fire fighters to farms available. The combinationatory options are endless. And the Steampunkness and Dieselpunkness is just one factor now included in the marvelous thing that is LEGO.