“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

Yes, yes!  A thousand times yes.  We thank you VAkkron, for this video delight, starring the disembodied head of Isaac Newton.  I have not laughed so hard at a Lego related clip in a very long time.  Not only is the bust a great build, but there is something wonderfully low-budget about the presentation, it reminded me of the old music video for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer” or the opening sequence of MST3K.  I was one of the lucky ones to see this build take shape and I must congratulate the builder on his ability to embrace constructive criticism, even in the face of a catastrophic drop and the necessity to completely re-work the entire facial structure.  After all the talk on the blog about the value of criticism, it was nice to see a builder really embrace it with a trusted crew of homies who had no other interest but seeing the builder succeed.  It was fun to be a tiny part of that process and watch the model develop.

Isaac Newton

Although I had some early access to the model, there was no indication that a video presentation was in the works.    I think I’ve played it a half a dozen times already and I keep imagining it with other songs; it must have been difficult to settle on just one.  Don’t get me wrong, VAkkron made a fine selection, but indulge me for a moment, and try it with a little Sledgehammer in the background, you won’t regret it.  It’s just the video for now, but photos of the build will be posted soon to the usual haunts.  Isaac Newton is far and away VAkkron’s most challenging work to date and it’s always great to see a builder really lean in and take on a challenge. I hope the metrics ultimately reflect the quailty of this effort.  I’m all about the numbers…I’m shallow like that.

4 thoughts on ““I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

  1. So much awesome just in watching the process of this let alone the payoff at the end. I was not expecting the story line on the sides of his head nor the orrery on top. And then, it comes in video form! Although I can’t look at it now without hearing Peter Gabriel. I’m actually fine with that (hard to believe that Sledgehammer was from 1986, still impressive.)

    I think my favorite part of this is how it actually looks like Newton. Seriously tackled all the intricacies of the facial structure and details especially the hair. This is the kind of work that makes me scream for more. I want to see what’s next!

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    1. Yeah, I probably should have mentioned it in the article but you’re right, he did a great job capturing Newton’s likeness from that painting. VAkkron has made huge strides lately.

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  2. I’m thrilled to have my work on your blog, Keith. Thanks especially to you and Matt for the aid making Izzy what he is.

    I laughed for a good while listing to that song. Maybe I’ll humor you and edit that music into the video sometime…

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