The Shinigami Ryuk from Death Note manga

In the Death Note manga series by Tsugumi Ohba, the character Ryuk is a shinigami or “death god” who meddles in human affairs by giving a young man named Light a notebook that enables him to kill anybody at will. While not particularly my style of manga, I can certainly appreciate this LEGO bust of Ryuk by Ilia. Ryuk’s hair and wings (?) blend into the dark background Ilia uses, making his eyes and teeth jump out even more. The character’s iconic apple makes another contrasting splash of color.

Ryuk from Death Note by Combee on Flickr

More LEGO Black Friday sales from Amazon [News]

The cheap brick just keeps coming, with more Black Friday LEGO sales from both the LEGO Shop and Here are a few more I hadn’t noticed when I wrote my earlier LEGO sales & deals on Amazon roundup.

60080 Spaceport is $20 off, bringing it below a hundred bucks.

60080 Spaceport

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter from The Force Awakens is 20% off, at $55.99.

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

Click here to see more LEGO sales & deals

LEGO Shop sales & deals for Black Friday 2015 [News]

Not to be outdone by the LEGO discounts on Amazon, the LEGO Shop online has more than a hundred items on sale starting at midnight Eastern (9 PM PDT) tonight through next Monday. Shipping is free on all orders (not just over $75), and you get a free gingerbread house on all orders over $99.

40139 Gingerbread House

LEGO sent me an early copy of this set, and it’s adorable, with 277 parts, including more cupcakes than I can count and plenty of “brick bricks” and cute printed 1×1 tiles.

You can help support The Brothers Brick by clicking through one of the banners below, or any of the links and images farther down in this post:

For US readers

FREE Exclusive Holiday Train with purchases of $99 or more!

For Canadian readers

FREE Exclusive Holiday Set + Limited Time Sale Items!*

Highlights of the various sets on sale at the LEGO Shop include:

All LEGO Dimensions items and add-ons are 25-30% off, including the $99.99 Starter Pack, which is $30 off at 69.99 USD, which is twice as good as the Amazon deal from a few weeks ago.

The Ghost is 20% off at 71.99 USD (a bit more than at $66.31, but you get VIP points).

Mammoth’s Frozen Stronghold is 40% off, at 35.99 USD.

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Han Solo’s “cocky” weapon of choice

Star Wars is clearly a hot topic at the moment and Rhys Knight has created his LEGO weapon of choice, Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster.


The BlasTech Industries DL-44 heavy blaster pistol was a powerful sidearm from the time of the Galactic Civil War. It was the weapon of choice for Han Solo and the Rebel Alliance and also wielded by Luke Skywalker throughout The Empire Strikes Back.

Rhys’ 1:1 model has a raised scope, and he shared with TBB that as the model is primarily black, he wanted there to be a clear separation.  He notes that the ‘fiddly’ aspect of the build was the rear of the telescopic sight as it had to be circular, but also flare out.  The trigger guard is actually upside down, and is attached to the grip via Part 60470 (1×2 plate with double clips) and attached to the power cell via a simple slot for the guard.

Best part for me — it cocks!

Brickmania Black Friday / Small Business Saturday sales [News]

Another great LEGO-centered small business we love to support here at TBB is Brickmania, led by talented designer and all-around great guy Dan Siskind.

Dan and his team in Minneapolis have posted daily deals all week this week, leading up to the massively discounted Fokker Dr.1 — The iconic Red Baron’s tri-plane from from World War I. It’s discounted from $195 to $95 starting at midnight tonight.

Brickmania Fokker Dr.1 custom kit

Brickmania has been releasing a new custom kit at the rate of about one a week for months now, and I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous M3A1 Scout Car for the last few weeks.

Brickmania M3A1 Scout Car custom kit

Like other BrickArms resellers (including Citizen Brick and GI Brick), Brickmania is also a great place to stock up on the types of custom accessories that LEGO will likely never produce.

Citizen Brick deals for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday [News]

Our good friends over at Citizen Brick have just announced their Black Friday deals, centered on a batch of new custom minifig packs and a pretty sweet “Xmas Fun-Pak” you can get by spending $75 or more.

Citizen Brick Xmas Fun-Pak

Joe and his team are releasing a number of new products on Friday, starting with this three-pack cleverly titled “Bowling Buddies.”

Citizen Brick Bowling Buddies custom minifigs

And don’t miss “Pity Enthusiast.”

Citizen Brick Pity Enthusiast custom minifig

I’ve never regretted a single purchase I’ve ever made from Citizen Brick, and the CB team are some of the nicest people in the LEGO vendor community I’ve had the pleasure to meet. While you load up on all those discounted bricks on Black Friday, consider spending some of your LEGO budget to help support this innovative, boundary-pushing small business as well.

Supplies are limited (I’ve missed some pretty awesome new items myself in the past), so take a nap after that turkey dinner and set an alarm for midnight Central Time so you can get shopping!

Deathshead’s war machine of the new order

Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of my favorite games of 2014, with its crazy yet immersive alternate World War II timeline. SHARPSPEED built one of antagonist Deathshead’s dog-like war machines, the Panzerhund. The LEGO version looks just as vicious and armored as the mechanized hounds roaming an alternate 1960s Berlin.

It’s a mech dinosaur in classic space – What else do you need?

The only thing cooler than a mech is a dinosaur mech, and the only thing cooler than that is a dinosaur mech in space. Christopher Bassett may have struck gold with this. It’s called the “T-Rex JumpJet in classic space colors”, and as far as names go that’s exactly what it is. There’s also another version of this that isn’t in space colors, but I think the simple additions here really add a lot.

T-Rex JumpJet in "classic"classic space colours

(Also notice the little blaster in the right hand. Awwwwwww.)

Creations for Charity live stream happening this Friday-Saturday, 11/27-11/28

The annual Creations for Charity 24-hour live stream presented by Beyond the Brick is taking place starting this Friday at 5pm EST. This is an event where Lego fans from all over the world can join the hosts from Beyond the Brick on air and participate in a variety of Lego-related activities, all in support of Creations for Charity. Whether you want to watch the live stream, participate on air, or pledge a donation, there’s ways for everyone to get involved. Head on over to for more details and to sign up.

Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick

The Ruins of St Paul’s: glorious rather than ruinous

This impressive creation depicting the Ruins of St Paul’s by Alex Hui was built for the Macau X LEGO Exhibition. The model is deceptively large at nearly four feet tall.


The Ruins of St. Paul’s, located in Macao, refer to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, which stood adjacent to the Church — both destroyed by fire in 1835. The sculptured motifs of the façade include biblical images, mythological representations, Chinese characters, Japanese chrysanthemums, a Portuguese ship, several nautical motifs, Chinese lions, bronze statues and other elements that integrate influences from Europe, China and other parts of Asia.

Ruins of St Paul's

Alex chose to build in a sufficiently grand scale to allow the carvings and sculptures to be accurately depicted in LEGO and took 6 months to complete the build. The model is approximately 1.2m high and is constructed solely in light gray and dark grey. The use of dark grey is very effective for highlighting the depth of the central sculpture and really captures so many of the fine details from the original. My own favourite part is the winged ‘Holy Spirit’ in the triangular pediment at the top, which symbolizes the ultimate state of divine ascension as seen in the zoomed image below.

Zoom in of the build