Mike Rayahwk LEGO Playthemes
LEGO Monster Fighters Face-Off
"LEGO Monster Fighters Face-Off" - 2011
After Knights Kingdom drew to a close, I started getting picked up to do a lot more spot illustrations for LEGO package art.

The above illustration went on the back of LEGO's short-lived Monster Fighters line, although you might not recognize it; on the final packaging they desaturated it down to a sepia-toned blotch for reasons I can't imagine. (I'm not even completely sure who "they" were, in this case; I got the impression that LEGO was experimenting with outside package design agencies during the year when this line was in production.)
LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex Inset
LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex inset
- 2014
I'm not sure we've ever done a hybrid quite like this one, before or since - it's a LEGO T-Rex with model with the Jurassic Park movie T-Rex's surface texturing. She appeared in the upper corner of all the LEGO Jurassic World box art and instruction books.
LEGO Jurassic World in-box comic
LEGO Jurassic World in-box comic
LEGO Jurassic World also got an in-box comic, which is becoming a more and more common feature of LEGO licensed IPs nowadays.

While I was drawing the comic, I had to cover up all the Indominus Rexes with fake T-Rexes instead, in case anyone casually opened the development files we were sending back and forth. The existence of Indominus Rex was a big secret that we had to keep under wraps until the movie came out.
LEGO DC Super Heroes
LEGO DC Super Heroes
"Dawn of Justice" Batman and Superman
- 2015
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Scuba Iron Man and Captain America inset
- 2015
I've done more of these superhero portrait insets than I can count over the last four years. I'm not sure whether I've racked up more box corners than Paul Lee yet, but I'm sure I'm giving him a run for his money.
LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro
LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro in-box comics - 2014
Along with the insets came several years' worth of comics. In the early days, I'd take them to color myself, like in the Green Lantern comic above, but now I just focus on the pencil layouts and hand them off to freelancers for inks and color.
LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro
Matte Paintings for Mars Mission 7691 (mockup graphics shown) - 2006
LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro LEGO DC Super Heroes 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro
Matte Paintings for Mars Mission / Mars Alien Hive
Some of my earliest box art that made it into production were matte backgrounds for the Mars Mission playtheme in 2007. As a darker reboot of the Life on Mars theme of 2001, LEGO was looking for a more menacing and mysterious treatment of the Martian landscape, broken up into convenient Photoshop image elements for company reuse as the line evolved with the Alien Hive storyline in 2008.
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