Using the same design principles of my Nintendo World Mosaic from fall 2013, in conjunction with my mosaic “Lite Brite” mood lamps from December, I’ve combined both ideas and created a flat mosaic sprite portrait with hollow innards lined with bright LED strips! The light from the LEDs illuminate the colored LEGO dots plugged into a mosaic grid of Technic bricks, thus mimicking a “Lite Brite” effect. Each LED strip is soldered into a series circuit with 24 gauge wires, then connected to a switch and a female DC adapter plug. The grid of LED strips is attached to a rear door which opens/closes via LEGO hinge bricks.
Electrical power: 12VDC LED strips: 16 feet (~5 meters)
"The Incursion" - a new LEGO diorama featuring some of the mini ships from my popular Super Mario Bros. 3 airship “Fireflower” - along with some new mosaic sprite background items, and photographed with my new Nikon D5200 with its f/1.8 macro lens! I’m thinking of making one of the World 8 battleships next.
Baron von Brunk can TriForce! The overall structure of my illuminated mosaic #LEGO Legend of #Zelda portrait/lamp is complete! Next comes the internal rigging of the LED strips, soldering, and wiring. #Nintendo #NES #TriForce #Link (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)
Aww mam, once this bad boy is complete and gets the LEDs installed, it’ll be bigger than the biggest thing you can think of! I’ve already got the 12VDC adapter input rigged up towards the bottom, as well as the on/off switch. This is built like my LEGO traffic light in the sense that it’s hollow and has a door in the back to open/close for making internal repairs. #LEGO #Zelda #TriForce #Nintendo #NES #Link #MOC
Way back in late 2011, I built several minifigure-scale Koopa Troopas to use amongst the scenery of my then work-in-progress Super Mario 3 Fireflower Airship. I decided against using them, and instead opted to have the airship display streamlined and less cluttered. These are a few of the winged minions; I think I built about 20 originally, half with wings half without. Underneath these Koopas is the tiled mosaic Nintendo World Store Platform from spring 2013.
On this day in history exactly one year ago, I completed the photo shoot with Gene Kennish for my giant 5-foot #LEGO #NES controller. The positive feedback soon made its way to #Nintendo of America, to whom subsequently contacted me and commissioned me to build a display at their Rockefeller flagship store in spring 2013. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)
Based on my previous mosaic Super Mario Bros. LEGO lamp from 2012, which used a stained glass effect, this new model uses a clever rigging of Technic bricks and transparent dots to mimic a Lite Brite set!
My ultimate collage of my best custom creations and minifigures from the past two years, many of which are still intact in my workshop. Not shown: some of the Nintendo World Exclusives, notably my mosaic composite image of NES characters (which has been dismantled and shall be rebuilt to be larger).
Here’s an original creation that I built exclusively for Nintendo World Store in April. This was intended to be a platform to go underneath my full-scale replica of a Nintendo Wii U and controller made from LEGO bricks, but alas, I decided to keep both units — the platform and the Wii U/controller — separate in the glass case — as this tiled mosaic was too pretty to be covered up predominantly by the Wii U model! When kept on display at Nintendo World, I originally had a few imperfections in the pixel design, notably the Piranha Plant — which I’ve repaired specially for this photo shoot. As of now, only two imperfections remain: the right-hand coin has a black pixel in the wrong spot, and the warp pipe is too short by one line of pixels.
To create this project, I used MS Paint to design a custom 96 x 96 composite image of various Super Mario Bros. items/characters, then enlarged the image as a reference for laying out the LEGO tiles and plates. In my composite image, I deviated a bit from the genuine NES sprites by adding more colors to create the effect of shading and vibrant hues. Underneath the tiles are two 48 x 48 LEGO baseplates, with a layer of bricks and plates on top of them, to maintain a rigid surface for the mosaic design.
Right here’s the original reference image I created, so you can compare the before and after progress. As you can see, I clearly didn’t have enough 1x1 plates/tiles of blue and sky blue, hence I made the final sky background with lines, rather than dots; also, I had to make some substitutions with colors, as with the shades of tan and grey with the Koopa and Goombas.
"Mecha Man", the mechanized battle upgrade to Capcom’s Mega Man! Built with basic LEGO pieces, Technic parts and a few Bionicle components, I have constructed a fully-articulated action figure that stands at 15”, and has a removable Mega Buster arm attachment.
This was merely intended to be a small throw-away creation I thought of recently, but instead kept piling on pieces until it ballooned into a huge action figure. Initially I was inspired by the recent DC and Marvel articulated LEGO action figures (akin to Hero Factory) to make one in the style of Mega Man, however I then swayed into the direction of Bandai’s Mobile Suit Gundam models to make this custom toy much larger and menacing than the original chibi Mega Man sprite! What was the most difficult part? Creating the head/face. In fact, trying to come up with a suitable head for this project was about as difficult as playing the original Mega Man for NES.
Baron von Brunk’s LEGO-Nintendo Exhibit at Rockefeller Center — LEGO City Undercover Release Party!
Nintendo of America has commissioned me to create a large Wii U diorama to kick off LEGO City Undercover. On Saturday April 6th at the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Plaza (NYC), I’ll be at the store from 12-4 PM to show off several of my best Nintendo-themed LEGO creations! I apologize for the muffled sound quality with this video, as there were technical issues.
Stop on by and bring me some cans of Monster, and maybe later I’ll buy you a pizza!
It features a mini interview, and towards the end they shed some light on the origins of the name Baron von Brunk…
For those wondering about the Baron von Brunk name, it’s an internet moniker with an element of truth to it. The pre-anglicized form of the Brunk name was von Brunk, and the “Baron” was added thanks to Prussian noblemen in his family tree.
Custom LEGO® art, vignettes, dioramas, and minifigs made by "Baron" Julius von Brunk: a tattooed and quirky, yet professional graphic multimedia artist in New York City! Look up his Facebook fan page and like all of his stuff, and be sure to check out his website -- Baronvonbrunk.com -- for other assorted oddities (especially if you dig sideburns)!
The Baron builds everything from massive robots, to historical scenes -- even burlesque dancers! These particular projects date back as far as 2008 and continue through the present. You'll also see some LEGO-related work, such as his paintings, tattoo designs and vector illustrations!
Everything you see here was made by him, unless specified. No rip-offs or re-blogged posts from other users, folks -- this is all 100% pure Brunk! Take a gander at the links below for his featured and popular works on Tumblr, including Super Mario Bros. themed projects, Legend of Zelda dioramas, transforming video game accessories and many others.
Baron von Brunk has had his work published in Nintendo Power (May 2012), Nintendo Gamer U.K. magazine, CNN Geekout and Kotaku! In April 2013, The Baron had many of his greatest Nintendo-related creations showcased in a display at Nintendo World Store at the Rockefeller Center -- for the release party of LEGO City: Undercover!
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