I do not know what is more amazing the Firebird or the tree, but together they blow me away There are many NPU in the bird, but the tree is work of art too. Wish builder of this masterpiece Vsefrem luck, as he built this beauty for the contest on Bricker.ru.
A contest always mean more awesome creations, i will keep my eye on it and post my favorites here.
NPU is finding new usage for parts, usually usage that is not so obvious. There are people who find it the highest form of LEGO Bricks art. I’m one of them, so i culdn’t pass this MOC by Moko.
The most prominent part in this build is the beak that comes from General Grevious constraction figure 75112, but without eyes made out of One Ring from LOTR/Hobbit and part introduced as Unikity tail, the bird wouldn’t be as grat as it is.
Also foots are very clever build, that can be easily missed if you admire the head.
More pictures at Moko’s blog, including building hints. There is also interesting read if you can read Japanese.
Flickr user -derjoe- has come up with new, at least to me, techniques to make birds. That is amazing NPU, and idea worth adopting to your MOCs whenever you need small birds. I can’t decide which one i like more, but the one with the bucket and rattle is definitely less obvious.
Those birds are the highlight of a great scene at the museum: