|(Photo source: Matt De Lanoy)|
--Professor Marshall Kane (Michael Kenneth Williams), Community
When I was either seven or eight years old--back in a simpler time before the days when Lego started selling those licensed Potter or Star Wars playsets that currently baffle Greendale's biology teacher--I got bored with constructing vehicles or buildings with whatever remaining Lego bricks were lying around the house (God, those pieces are so easy to lose). So I tried recreating with those same Legos the set of The $25,000 Pyramid, right down to Dick Clark's podium. When I couldn't get it to look enough like Pyramid, I shuffled several bricks around and tried to convert it into the set of Jeopardy!
"Ooh, I know this one," says you the reader. "'What are things that look like shit?'"
My attempts to make Lego replicas of the Pyramid and Jeopardy! sets never looked as good as the work of Matt De Lanoy, a Lego master and Arrested Development fan whose remarkable Lego diorama of the Mitch Hurwitz creation's central setting, the Bluth family's model home, was the subject of an A.V. Club Chicago post that I recently stumbled into. De Lanoy's replica of the Bluths' crib is on display at a Lego Store in Schaumburg, Illinois all through April. It comes complete with the Bluths' stair car, the frozen banana stand (is there any money in this banana stand?) and even a tiny Gob figure with both his Segway and wooden black BFF Franklin.
it would have been impossible for every Bluth to receive substantial screen time.
While I have the patience to watch 10-to-13 nonstop episodes that I assume Netflix Instant will unveil all at once (that was how Netflix posted its eight-episode original series Lilyhammer) instead of week-by-week, I don't have the patience to play architect like De Lanoy does. But if I were more patient with Legos, I'd recreate the Chevy that a drunk McNulty crashed into an overpass column (and then crashed into the same column again to figure out why it happened--McNulty's always a detective, even when plastered) right before he banged that waitress at the beginning of the "Duck and Cover" episode from season 2 of The Wire. That smashed-up Chevy is overdue for a Lego replica.
Here are some other impressive Lego dioramas of shows and films that, like The Wire or Arrested Development, aren't as popular with Lego's juice box-sipping consumers as say, Potter or Star Wars:
|Mad Men's "Nixon vs. Kennedy" episode by Devon Wilkop (Photo source: MOCpages)|
|(Photo source: Orion Pax)|
|Inception by Flickr user "infomaniac" (Photo source: My Modern Metropolis)|
|Inception (Photo source: hoyvinmayvin)|
|Logan's Run by Keith Goldman (Photo source: NerdBastards.com)|
|(Photo source: Yatkuu)|
|Shaun of the Dead by Yatkuu (Photo source: Dread Central)|
|(Photo source: doctorsinister)|
|(Photo source: hoyvinmayvin)|