Here is one that I missed. TKH did a superb job of capturing the saucy awesomeness that is Jessie.
Thanks to The Living Brick for catching this.
Jordan Schwartz hits the road in this gorgeous Bentley. Well played, Jordan, well played.
I was going to delay posting this to leave the 5th birthday post at the top of the page for longer but decided that we are here because we highlight cool LEGO models. Marco Tagliaferri (Tagl) demonstrates a lovely addition to the popular moonbase standard in the form of this transit spine standard. It feels so real.
And he has instructions to boot.
The Brothers Brick turns five years old today!
Rather than focusing on changes within the LEGO fan community over this past year, I thought it would be more interesting to explore some of the differences between 2005 and 2010.
When I started The Brothers Brick back on July 25, 2005, the world of LEGO fandom was a very different place. Though LEGO fans had begun to carve out spaces of their own throughout the Internet — mostly on forums like FBTB and Classic-Castle.com — we all posted our photos on Brickshelf and at minimum lurked on LUGNET. BrickCon drew a mere 45 attendees in 2004, while BrickFest ruled the convention scene with 250 attendees in 2004 and 330 in 2005.
How times have changed.
I asked several people what differences they’ve observed over the past five years, and here’s what they had to say.
With a few exceptions, the overarching theme among these changes is decentralization and greater choice for LEGO fans. We’ve all worried about the fragmentation of the LEGO fan community, but so far what we seem to be experiencing is growth — with the specialization that comes with that growth.
Let’s hope we see even more growth over the next five years.
As always, here are some stats for this past year.
We’re still waiting for our first reader in North Korea…
The top 30 countries from which people visit The Brothers Brick didn’t change much, though New Zealand jumps quite a few places (up 73%), while the Czech Republic (up 64%) and Croatia (up 172%) edge out Malaysia and South Korea.
Like last year, search engine keywords seem to be mostly about news items, while more and more of our traffic comes from fellow LEGO sites rather than sites outside the LEGO fan community.
|Top Keywords*||Top Categories||Referring Sites|
* Excluding variations on “The Brothers Brick”.
Most of the top 10 posts over this past year were again news items — the most devastating among them the loss of a prominent member of the LEGO fan community.
Finally, stuff for the historically minded:
A friend pointed out this hidden little gem inside one of the Prince of Persia LEGO display cases at Comic-Con International. Sure looks like a prototype Captain Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Thanks for the tip, Bruno!
UPDATE: Julie Stern from LEGO Brand Relations tells The Brothers Brick, “Yes, that is a pirate among the prince of Persia sets. Stay tuned for more details surrounding this 2011 line.”
I’ve shared in the past my ambivalence toward violent LEGO, but there’s something unique about World War II that has fascinated me ever since I was little. My grandfather and great uncle served in the US Army during the war, and I grew up in one of the countries that both inflicted a great deal of suffering and suffered deeply themselves before losing the war to the Allies.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve really started enjoying the unique challenges presented by building a LEGO model based on something “real.” LEGO has interesting scale challenges, and I think too many LEGO vehicles are too tall or too wide.
My M3A1 Half-track has a three/five/seven-wide hood, with an eight-wide cab and crew compartment. It’s my favorite so far (even though the tracks should have four road wheels, not three).
I’m less happy with my M4A3 (76)W Sherman tank, which has to be far too tall to capture the right details in the suspension, and I missed the shape of the rear section behind the turret. Because it was my first tank, I spent a lot of time looking at tanks built by other builders — especially BrickMania’s M4A2, Phima’s M4A3E8, and Milan CMadge’s M4A3E8.
Because I come from a family of pacifist non-combatants and conscientious objectors, my convoy of military hardware wouldn’t be complete without a US Army Medical Corps Dodge WC54 ambulance. Like the half-track, the ambulance’s hood is three/five/seven-wide, with a six-wide cab. The recessed spare tire seems impossible at this scale, unfortunately, and getting the shape right means it does not fit a fig.
Now to build some sort of massive World War II diorama to put these in…
Sometimes an idea alone is noteworthy. Checkout this vignette by Théo (Titolian)
Eurobricks member Superkalle posted the first detailed pictures of the upcoming collectible minifigs series 2, which is beginning to hit stores in Europe. I found it useful to see the actual colors of some of the accessories.
Please ignore the half dozen white Boba Fetts in this picture. There’s always those who have better opportunities.