I have mixed feelings about mixing Lego and erotic themes, which is nothing new under the sun, people have been combining the two since the phallic space-ships of Bonktron debuted over eleven years ago. It probably goes back even further but that’s the first ‘adult’ series of models I can remember. Even MOCpages, went through a prolonged stretch in the mid 2000’s when the height of humor was sig-figs sodomizing each other with hotdogs…I’m sure you can imagine the sheer hilarity of it all… It’s not just the guys who get in on the erotic action, Janey Gunning showed us some in whips and chains back in 2006. As long as adults have been building with Lego, there have been sexual themes.
I don’t object to the adult stuff based on any moral objections or hand-wringing over what the “children” might see. I admit that I get a little squeamish when I see minifigs engaging in sexual situations, because of the stigma attached to us by the outside world about men (primarily) who play with a children’s toy. Showing minifigs boning just throws fuel on that fire and more often than not it doesn’t serve any larger scene or idea, it exists purely to be provocative. This is one of the worst examples, I can’t endorse this image in any way, it’s skeevy, and barely qualifies as a build. In a stereotypically American way, I don’t have a problem with minifig violence, but showing little dolls having sex is not something I’m want to see. To me, minifig-sex works best when the action is more suggestive than overt.
Once you get away from the minifigs though, I don’t have any reservations at all. I enjoy watching builders struggle with the human form and the challenge of turning plastic parts into something sexy. My final objection is that most erotically themed builds are terrible, there is often little thought put into their construction because the builder is too busy giggling about boners or trying to decide which porno to watch next. I’ve never seen a Bonktron ship that wasn’t absolute crap and all that sausage humor on MOCpages was mediocre at best, it was the same basic idea repeated over and over. For every Letranger Absurde, Ian Heath or Bricks Noir, there are a hundred hacks who don’t really try to make something compelling, just provocative.
All that is a long-winded way to work my way around to a builder who should be familiar to most of you, Bricks Noir. What separates the builder from the crowd who indulge in erotica is the skill level. This kind of SNOT work has a high degree of difficulty whether it’s built in the brick or in this case, digitally. In Bricks Noir’s latest impressive work, “Classic Curves“, it isn’t the anatomy that interests me so much as the Mustang badge on the grill and the subtle curves of the fenders and mirrors. Sure the lady is attractive, the legs are extremely well done, but everywhere you look in the image you’ll find some delightful detail. If you slapped a frame on this one and hung it in a coffee joint people wouldn’t know it was Lego, even when they got up close. Sexy and scary are two of the most difficult themes to capture in the brick I can’t commend the builder enough for capturing sexy like no other.
Bricks Noir is one of those rare builders who seemed to spring to life fully formed (like a Greek god) with advanced skills and no awkward initial builds. Such instant success tends breed suspicion, especially when the builder in question is relatively quiet and provides no information in their profile. The most clever blogger on TBB, Ian Heath, speculated last year that Bricks Noir is a pseudonym for an “established builder” but as usual, the big blog would rather play coy about it than make a statement or even an educated guess. I’m a conspiracy theory guy, so that makes me think it’s probably the clever blogger himself. Heath certainly has the skill-level to pull it off, and he likes mixing butt cheeks and Lego, so until proven otherwise, I’ll go with Mr. clever. I would love to hear your take on the true identity of Bricks Noir in the comments, or if you think there is no conspiracy at all.
I can’t help but wonder how far Bricks Noir will push the envelope in a genre he basically owns. Will we be looking at blow-jobs and golden showers by this time next year? Is uncensored erotica something you want to see more of, constant reader? Is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed? I kind of hope he or she goes in that direction because the pearl-clutching and moral outrage by the true-believer Lego cultists and the general public would be a wonderful spectacle to behold.
I went down some nasty rabbit-holes while exploring the topic for this article and it almost turned into a long-form Omnibus post because there is so much content. In the end though, as I complained above, very little of the content was quality building and I thought it would be better to leave the focus on the incredible work of Bricks Noir. I will leave you with two links, the first is a group (NSFW) on Flickr that specializes in all things erotica, and the second link is to perhaps the strangest thing I found in my research, a customizable Lego butt-plug (very NSFW) which may be the strangest Lego related aftermarket product that I’ve seen.