It’s time to get small. TWINLUG’s “Micropolis” Micro City building standard has produced a large number of quality builds since it was developed in 2010 and every major convention these days features a collaborative layout of these tiny urban modules. Portland Oregon’s Christian Benito has been hard at work lately carving out his own slice of Micropolis, block by fascinating block. My favorite module of the new batch is “Tyson’s Junkers & Scrap” and my favorite detail is the owner’s trailer parked behind the building in its own fenced off lot.
Christian has is own blog called Little Brick Root where he details his process of developing a module from concept to final touches with plenty of photos. Each module has a plan and a unique backstory. You will also find set reviews, convention reports and technical advice that is both informative and well written. For more information on how you can get involved with Micropolis, and to see examples of the big collaborative convention layouts, you should check out the dedicated group on Flickr. Even though the group may seem a dormant right now, in my experience all it takes is one or two motivated newcomers to breath new life into any scene. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and put your own ideas out there for consumption, somebody will respond and more than likely invite you to participate. Building a module or two for a convention is a great way to meet and interact with your fellow LEGO nerds. Collaborative projects are a very effective gateway drug into the IRL side of the hobby and make it easy to break the ice with complete strangers. In the mosaic below you will find Devil Doughnuts, Green Leaf Market, CIC Headquarters, Mysterious Storage Tank and a Pollo Loco Taqueria.
I’ll conclude this brief survey of the life modular with one of Christian’s best modules, 2015’s “Babylon apartments”. The terraced greenery is very well done, it looks like it would fit comfortably in my hometown of San Diego along the shores of Pacific Bay or Hillcrest. The build makes me want to see what a taller structure in the same style would look like, or a cluster of very similar modules. I know, it’s always more…more…more, I can’t help myself, constant reader. Until next time, keep it real and keep it modular.