Monthly Archives: December 2008

It’s still not too late to give LEGO for Christmas or Hanukkah!

If you’re like me, you’re probably panicking a little bit about what to get your loved ones for the holidays. Hanukkah began last night at sundown, and Christmas is only three days away! Like many retailers, the LEGO Shop now says that they can’t guarantee shipment by Christmas. What to do?

Why not give a LEGO e-Gift Cardicon?


Available in denominations from $10 to $500, it’s the perfect last-minute holiday gift!

Big Bens Bricks wheels

BBB wheels ad
(Advertisement by Anthony Sava featuring his Hudson 4-6-4)

Since it’s the season of giving I felt it was timely to remind our readers of another great LEGO supplementary piece manufacturer: Big Bens Bricks LLC. Ben Fleskes has been manufacturing high-quality ABS wheels for LEGO trains for a few years now and it’s almost impossible to build steam trains without using his excellent products. The wheels are designed to be fully compatible with standard LEGO train pieces with diameters and spacing chosen to fully integrate with the regular system. There’s even LDRAW parts for instructions.

As one recent convertee puts it they allow him to

expand my building options by embracing the supplemental elements produced by community members in order to complement the excellent range offered by LEGO.

On a personal note along these lines, BBB wheels are the only pieces not produced by TLG that I will use in my own models.

Swoofty Truck

And as Peter Norman demonstrates in the above truck design they are not just for steam trains. You can also see how close they match to the (later released) official small wheels with the rubber bands.

Ipswich public art in LEGO, aka IpsArtLego

Inspired by the Ipsart site closed down in 2006, Ed Broom set about recreating the public art in and around Ipswich, Suffolk, UK using nothing but basic LEGO bricks in “traditional” colors:

As you can see, Ed also photographed his homages in sight of the original artwork.

For lots more, check out Ed’s IpsArtLego photoset on Flickr.

The snowpocalypse is upon us!

After arriving home from sunny New Zealand, I’ve been watching the snow accumulate here in Seattle for the past week.

Many parts of the United States have been gripped by an Arctic freeze, inspiring Improbcat to dub our collective freeze the Snowpocalypse:

This looks like a great set of vehicles for navigating the frigid wasteland, and a cool group of minifigs to hang out with along the way.

Upcoming sci-fi items from BrickArms

BrickArms will soon release some recognizable and highly-anticipated custom sci-fi weapons for your minifigs. These include the plasma sword, energy pistol, photon pistol, and the needle gun.

These items will be mass produced in a variety of colors, including transparent colors. The exact release date has not been determined, but according to BrickArms spokesperson Badger, “fans of BrickArms can expect these accessories to join the BrickArms family sooner than later!”

As usual, you can expect the highest quality custom accessories from BrickArms and 100% compatibility with LEGO products. The energy pistol and needle gun prototypes have different colored sections for added detail, while the full-production versions will be available in single colors.

Visit the BrickArms Forums to discuss these and other accessories and see what else is coming in 2009!