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A LEGO fan who’s work I regularly follow is Luca Di Lazzaro from Italy. Luca is a fan of LEGO trains, LEGO Speed Champions style cars, LEGO biker gangs, and Italian neighborhoods recreated in LEGO. Besides being a prolific LEGO builder, Luca is also an excellent photographer. Today, I thought to feature some of his work as a bit of introduction for those who are not familiar with his projects. 🙂

Some of my favorite builds from Luca are his recreations of Italian architecture, like the San Giacomo Square pictured above. Below, is an Italian neighborhood, Luca calls a “A Little Corner of Italy”. The design of the buildings and the color combinations makes these creations so realistic!

Luca is currently working on another Italian neighborhood called “Alley of Italy”. Here are some progress pictures from the project.

And here is a neighborhood from Greece, with the characteristic white walls and blue roofs, and colorful plants.

The picture below is a close-up of a couple of guys taking a siesta somewhere in Mexico, taking advantage of two characters from the LEGO Collectible Minifigure series.

As I mentioned, Luca is also into biker gangs, and he carefully selects all the characters and makes sure they have an awesome place to hang out.

As far as Luca’s train and spots car collection, here are a couple of pictures to give you a taste, and he has more in his flickr gallery.

It’s interesting to note that Luca started out with building and modifying the LEGO Modular Buildings, but that quickly developed his own style. If you like to build realistic LEGO cities, the LEGO Modular Buildings are a fantastic introduction where you can learn advanced building techniques that you can later modify and expand on.

What do you think? How do you like these Mediterranean style LEGO buildings and neighborhoods? Did you notice any interesting details that you would like to add to your own creations? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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Just a quick reminder that the beautiful and massive #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is now available for LEGO VIP members, two weeks before wider release. We talked about the set previously when it was first announced (see links at the end of this post), and since then, the designer-video became available well. Below, I have included the official description of the set from the press-release for your convenience, as well as the designer-video. Enjoy! 🙂

Here is the official description of the set: Make the magic come alive at the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features. Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand. Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts statue, and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon. Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep. 6,020 pieces. Price: $399.99 – BUY HERE

In the designer-video below, LEGO designer Justin Ramsden and graphic designer Crystal Fontan discuss their work on the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle. It’s really great to see their enthusiasm, and how deeply they are into the Harry Potter saga. Their insights into becoming a LEGO designer are also interesting.

The #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful LEGO sets ever released, and also the largest LEGO castle to date. Harry Potter fans will be able to recognize all the key places and characters from the books and films, while those who don’t care for Harry Potter can still enjoy the set as a generic castle.

As I mentioned at the beginning, the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is available to LEGO VIP members starting today. If you want to purchase this set before Christmas, I highly suggest getting it within the LEGO VIP early access period. It could very well have the same kind of long shortages as the #75192 LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon. You can find it listed at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Also, remember that during the month of August, LEGO VIP members can earn Double VIP Points on two LEGO Harry Potter sets; the #75952 LEGO Harry Potter Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures, and the #75953 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow. Both available at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle? Is it going on your wish list? And how did you like the designer-video? Did you learn something interesting? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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