What do you get the LEGO fan who probably buys themselves all the LEGO he or she could ever need? Here at The Brothers Brick (TBB), our LEGO holiday gift guide has everything a LEGO fan is going to love — everything but official LEGO sets!
Regular readers will certainly have noticed that publishers have been furiously releasing stacks of new LEGO books lately. We haven’t been able to review all of them here (we’ll get to them, time permitting), but we definitely recommend each of these books.
The Big Unofficial Lego Builder’s Book: Build Your Own City
Authors: Oliver Albrecht & Joachim Klang.
Review: Read Tim’s review here on TBB.
The Brick Bible: The New Testament: A New Spin on the Story of Jesus
Author: Brendan Powell Smith.
Review: Read Bruce’s review over on GodBricks.
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (2nd Edition)
Author: Allan Bedford
Review: Forthcoming here on TBB…
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
Author: Megan Rothrock
Review: Read Tim’s review here on TBB.
And if you didn’t pick them up at the time, don’t miss two of my personal favorite LEGO books.
Custom LEGO kits
The LEGO Group might have a monopoly on producing LEGO® brand building bricks, but they’re not the only ones who can release great LEGO sets. Even if you’re an accomplished builder yourself, you might learn something from building somebody else’s design.
Designer: Dan Siskind
Prices: $6 & up
Description: From custom accessories and minifigs to World War II vehicles and castle kits, Dan was one of the first LEGO fans to sell his own designs online. He’s still going strong today.
Review: Read Andrew’s review here on TBB.
Designer: Christopher White
Prices: $17.99 & up
Description: Nicely designed LEGO models inspired by Star Trek, Batman, Back to the Future, and more.
Review: I picked up their DeLorean to review for TBB a while back, but just never got to it. Like other LEGO models designed by adult fans, it’s fairly fragile, but looks awesome. The custom set even came with alternate sources of power (a hook for lightning and a little Mr. Fusion for your 21st-century trash).
Brick-themed apparel & accessories
Show your brick pride with some awesome shirts. There’s lots of LEGO-themed apparel out there, but these are our favorites.
Description: From a minifig Vitruvian Man to the original patents for LEGO, these shirts have genuine geek style, and are a great value. BrickShirts proprietor Bob Kojima releases new designs all the time, many with just the in-joke to help other AFOLs identify you in a crowd.
Prices: $5 & up
Description: Seattle designer Mary Mohsenian creates wonderful jewelry from LEGO bricks for both men and women — earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, and more.
Description: Graphic designer Glenn Jones creates a lot of really excellent, often very funny T-shirts. I own several, and would love to own more. His shirts include a couple of brick-themed designs, including Severed. (Unfortunately, my favorite, “Evolution,” is no longer available.) Glenn is releasing new designs all the time, so we’re sure others will follow.
iPhone 4 Brick Case
Description: An iPhone case with LEGO-compatible studs on it. Bling your fruit-themed smartphone by sticking bricks to it.
LEGO on Etsy
Description: Support artists and designers worldwide by buying unique, hand-made (often one-of-a-kind), and vintage items. In addition to cutebricks, there’s a world of brick-themed goodness on Etsy, including the wonderfully clever I Will Never Lego.
nanoblock: Not LEGO at all, but still awesome
Finally, if you’d like to try something really different, you might consider nanoblock sets. A completely different building system (not compatible with LEGO) produced by a company in Japan, they’re like very tiny basic bricks. I picked up a couple of the Japanese-themed sets, and I think they’re actually a lot of fun. If your purist LEGO heart can get over the sacrilege, we think you might agree.
Iain over at The Living Brick has not been shy about sharing his love of nanoblocks, so head on over there and look for more news & reviews.