For all of the Browncoats out there, check this bad boy out! Created exclusively for Cyn Factory’s forthcoming Firefly burlesque/nerdcore show — The Serenity Spectacular — I’ve made a miniature LEGO model of the Serenity ship! One lucky fan will have the chance to potentially win this as a trivia/raffle prize next weekend! If you’re in the New York area, mosey on by to The Bell House in Brooklyn and see this jolly good show for yourself!

This particular LEGO creation was created in a few hours and was made from the leftover scrap grey dark grey pieces used from my Nintendo 64 Transformer (which at the time of this blog post, is still getting its final touch-ups before being posted online).

-Baron von Brunk

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Here it is again — LEGO Slimer! I made this for Epic Win Burlesque’s Ghostbusters burlesque show just recently, and naturally I donated Slimer to the raffle pool — thus, a lucky fanboy named David Sakowitz won him! The whole creation took only a few mere hours to build. The bulk of his green structure is made from components of my on-hiatus LEGO Great Deku Tree model, and the tongue contains a minifigure’s legs to allow curved movement. Flaws: the thin arms have a tendency to snap off — in fact, according to David’s Facebook pictures, the arms came off as he transported it home.

Above: the sexy, bespectacled redhead burlesque girl Charles Stunning shows off the little green spud to the awe-inspired audience! (photo by David Sakowitz)

-Baron von Brunk

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Who ya’ gonna call? Baron von Brunk! Just in time for EPIC WIN Burlesque's forthcoming Ghostbusters burlesque show, I present to you my little green LEGO statue of the quirky and obnoxious Slimer! To answer your questions, yes: I shall be bringing this with me to the show on Saturday! Will it be a potential raffle/trivia prize? You’ll just have to find out!

Also pictured: Mary Cyn (model) as the sexy Gozer in the Facebook event picture I designed. Who ya’ gonna cat call!?

-Baron von Brunk

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Why it’s the lovely pixie-haired burlesque gal Tawdry Owl as a LEGO minifigure — with one of her hooters! Could that be a Coney Island mermaid shell bra? Perhaps…

Why it’s the lovely pixie-haired burlesque gal Tawdry Owl as a LEGO minifigure — with one of her hooters! Could that be a Coney Island mermaid shell bra? Perhaps…

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"Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it in dew? Cover it in chocolate, and a miracle or two? Baron von Brunk can because he mixes it with glue and makes the TARDIS taste good!!"

(backstage shenanigans with Minnie d’Moocha at EPIC WIN Burlesque’s SCI-FI TV show last night)
"Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it in dew? Cover it in chocolate, and a miracle or two? Baron von Brunk can because he mixes it with glue and makes the TARDIS taste good!!"
(backstage shenanigans with Minnie d’Moocha at EPIC WIN Burlesque’s SCI-FI TV show last night)
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LEGO Doctor Who TARDIS, a custom commission for Nelson Lugo of Epic Win Burlesque!

My first ever custom creation made for a client, as well as my first ever LEGO creation to use unconventional outside methods such as glue, paint and sanding; as in the past, I’ve only stuck true to authentic pieces and occasionally used stickers, batteries or lights — but always LEGO parts for infrastructure. This massive brute stands almost 2-feet tall, weighs a helluva lot and is firmly held together via several tubes of Krazy Glue. This total project was worked on gradually throughout mid August 2012, and was just completed on September 9th. The stickers were designed by me in Adobe Illustrator and printed at a local shop in Manhattan, the same place that made my SEGA and Sonic stickers for Gearhead the Game Gear Transformer.

The TARDIS you see here is the second edition of this project, or “TARDIS mk.2” as I’ve dubbed it: initially Nelson and I decided I should build a LEGO TARDIS in its entirety as a mockup to gauge the amount of parts needed as well as its functionality, and once the first draft was approved, it was torn to pieces and glued together into the particular one shown here. The TARDIS mk.1 (the prototype) can be found on Epic Win’s Facebook fan page — so be sure to like them! The second model took about a week to reconstruct and glue together, which was a tedious process to ensure accuracy — since any errors with Krazy Glue were irrevocable. The hardest part to do was to come up with a solution to having the roof sturdy and glued whilst simultaneously hollow with a delicate battery/light box. The roof is glued but hollow on the inner area, with the lightbulb, battery, switch and wires all contained within an unglued makeshift LEGO lantern module I came up with. This module slides in and out of the hollow roof, so that batteries can be replaced or wires can be amended prior to the start of the show (see photo #4).

This box is actually a stage prop for a forthcoming magic/burlesque show of the science fiction persuasion — Sci-Fi TV Burlesque, presented by Epic Win and debuting next weekend in New York City. The main question I’ve been asked thus far is if there’s something special inside, like an illusion to make it appear larger inside than outside. I shan’t divulge what the innards look like, as that’ll spoil the magic trick — so you’ll just have to RSVP for the show and see for yourself! In the meantime, check out the illuminated beacon atop, which uses two 9V batteries and a small flashlight bulb (the same used in my Super Mario 3 airship) rigged up with wires and a switch to add more to the effect, as mentioned previously.

Make sure to follow Epic Win on Twitter, and check out Nelson Lugo’s Tumblr for his magic and burlesque endeavors!

(poster design by me with model: Stormy Leather)

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Little Brooklyn Monkeying Around Manhattan!

You’re going to go ape for my new little LEGO vignette inspired by Little Brooklyn’s burlesque show at Coney Island Film Festival 2011!

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Nelson Lugo (Lego!?), the Vaud-villain and co-producer of Epic Win Burlesque in New York City. Watch as no plastic cups can withstand the wrath of his mighty hammer!
Soon to come: Schaffer the Darklord… Can you survive it!?

Nelson Lugo (Lego!?), the Vaud-villain and co-producer of Epic Win Burlesque in New York City. Watch as no plastic cups can withstand the wrath of his mighty hammer!

Soon to come: Schaffer the Darklord… Can you survive it!?

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D20 Burlesque, with its large fan base of assorted freaks & geeks! Anja Keister flaunts her stuff as being the greatest fantasy for nerds since Slave Leia! For those of you in the New York area, check out D20’s extensive lineup of creative and geeky burlesque shows!

This is one of my few custom projects that actually uses techniques outside the traditional realm of LEGO — the Aperture logo on the back of Anja’s orange jumpsuit has been superimposed with Photoshop. I rarely ever use computer effects (aside from hue/lighting) to modify my projects. Otherwise, everything is what you see. The lighting was done in a makeshift lightbox in my closet with a single white daytime CFL bulb as a brightness source, with white balance settings rigged up on my camera.

The Portal cube stage and Robo-Cthulu were made first, then each minifig was specially selected from my collection. The audience members are shown as:

Star Wars:

  • Clone troopers
  • Darth Maul
  • Boba Fett
  • Hoth Rebel soldier
  • CIS Battle droids
  • AT-ST pilot
  • AT-AT pilot
  • AT-AT Hoth trooper
  • X-Wing fighter pilot
  • Two Snowtroopers
  • Stormtrooper
  • Scout Trooper
  • Master Yoda
  • Gamorrean guard

Various:

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Toy Story alien
  • Batman
  • Harry Potter
  • Zombie in hazmat suit
  • Generic kid in a hoodie with anime hair
  • Norse dwarf warrior

Some of these minifigs are in fact rare discontinued figures that I’m deliberately showing off — the Batman, Darth Maul, Boba Fett and yellow-skinned Harry Potter to name a few!

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Leg(o)s Malone, my favorite tall goddess in the New York burlesque scene! Instead of making a custom minifig model, I drew a vector illustration!

Leg(o)s Malone, my favorite tall goddess in the New York burlesque scene! Instead of making a custom minifig model, I drew a vector illustration!

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Pasties & a G-String: New York Burlesque Girls

In honor of my recent major shift from reclusiveness to being a socialite by means of incursions into the New York City Burlesque scene (as a patron!), I have made a little diorama depicting multiple stars such as Miss Coney Island BB Heart, former Miss Coney Island Bambi the Mermaid & Lefty Lucy, and the ever-so-lovely Bambi Galore! This set was made with multiple Castle pieces and an elaborate tiled floor, with pointy footlights and the nameless emcee yet again — and incorporating various themes from the recent Coney Island Pageant and Storybook Burlesque! This is my first large custom vignette taken with my new Sony 16 megapixel camera, new light rigging (250 Watt bulbs!) and light tent for better image quality.

Click on thumbnails to enlarge…

Something told me the diorama was pretty badass as is, but not quite badass enough — ergo, I added a few surprise crowd cameos from a Futuron astronaut (the same guy as my tattoo), a Viking, an X-Wing pilot, a midget clown, Jimmy Hart, a Civil War Union soldier, and um, Hulk Hogan…

- Baron von Brunk

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BB Heart, legendary New York burlesque girl, along with the adorable and leggy Bambi Galore (with her cotton candy merkin)!

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The first Miss Coney Island, Bambi the Mermaid!

The first Miss Coney Island, Bambi the Mermaid!

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The one and only Brooklyn Babydoll, longtime veteran NYC burlesque dancer!

The one and only Brooklyn Babydoll, longtime veteran NYC burlesque dancer!

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