There is something about minimalist objects that makes them more attractive than their overly complex counterparts. The following TMNT LEGO project is an example of that.Creating minimalist projects is very much like tracing the lines that form the silhouette of an object or person, while leaving others use their imagination to fill in the blanks. Nick Desimone, the creator of this particular project, isn’t like the other LEGO build masters out there, who often prefer using thousands of bricks to make their artworks. Instead, he utilizes the smallest number of bricks that still allow him to convey his ideas. At least that’s the impression he leaves.
This minimalist TMNT LEGO project is not his first and by the looks of it, nor will it be his last. Desimone also dived into Tim Burton’s universe when he recreated Edward Scissorhands in LEGO, not to mention that he also created a minimalist version of the Ghostbusters.
In case you are wondering what Edward Scissorhands and Shredder have in common, the answer is quite simple: gigantic claws (and scissorhands, respectively). In fact, Shredder’s claws are so ridiculously big, that they make the poor villain look disproportionate.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles used to be big fans of pizza, or at least that’s what I recall. Even though I loved these characters and the series as a whole during my childhood, I haven’t watched any TMNT episodes (nor the feature film, for that matter) in more than 15 years, as I don’t want to spoil the good memories that I have. Anyway, Desimone’s pizza in this TMNT LEGO project looks more like a slice of orange. Because of that, probably only people who have watched the miniseries or who have read the comic books would remember such a detail.
As usual, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are color-coded, so knowing who is who requires previous TMNT knowledge. It’s nearly impossible to stop people from being ironic and/or mean. What I’m referring to is a comment posted on Geekologie by someone who was curious if this project is for kids who can’t afford buying a full LEGO set. Instead of appreciating Desimone’s creativity, some people prefer to mock his creation. I think that shows that minimalism is not for everybody and that some persons cannot be satisfied unless they see LEGO projects made from tons of bricks.