About Andrew

Andrew Becraft is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Brothers Brick. He's been building with LEGO for nearly 40 years, and blogging about LEGO here on TBB since 2005. He's an active member of the online LEGO community, as well as his local LEGO users group, SEALUG. Andrew is also a regular attendee of BrickCon, where he organizes a collaborative display for readers of The Brothes Brick nearly every year. You can check out Andrew's own LEGO creations on Flickr. Read Andrew's non-LEGO writing on his personal blog, Andrew-Becraft.com. Andrew lives in Seattle with his wife and dogs, and by day leads software design and planning teams.

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The Doctor visits a Victorian scrapyard

At LEGO World in Utrecht last autumn, Ruben Ras presented a large Doctor Who diorama titled “Daleks in the Bricktorian Era.” Ruben recently posted close-up pictures of some of the sections, including this excellent scrapyard with an enormous steam engine. The blue TARDIS and engine dominate the scene, but there are lots of great details, like the wooden details on the stone platform, the small crane, and the bird atop the tower.

Steam Engine - Dr Who Layout 2015

A special delivery for a wonderful human being

While many hardcore builders like me cringe when we have to wade through atrociously cute photos of stormtroopers in unlikely situations while trying to get our LEGO fix on Flickr, there are photographers who take what is essentially LEGO product photography — just minifigs or out-of-the-box sets — to a whole new level. Vesa Lehtimäki has been posting stunning photos of LEGO Star Wars figs and sets for a few years, and has even released a book, LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy published by DK.

One of my favorite scenes from the book features an off-screen moment in which Boba Fett delivers a carbonite-encased Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. With just a few minifigs and stellar lighting, Vesa brings the scene to life.

Jabba's Prize

Udine, Italy’s Piazza San Giacomo in LEGO

Luca Di Lazzaro and the Italian LEGO club ItLUG have built a minifig-scale model of San Giacomo square in Udine, in northeastern Italy. Featuring over a dozen buildings surrounding the square and populated by numerous minifigs, the model even includes a row of Italian supercars for the minifigs to drive away in.

Lego San Giacomo Square

The model was on display in Udine at an event last month, where the mayor of Udine posed with Luca and the LEGO version of their home town.

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LEGO Star Wars sales & deals for May the 4th 2016 [News]

The LEGO Shop online has just kicked off their annual “May the 4th” Star Wars celebration.

The Force Awakens poster
LEGO is offering the following deals and freebies:

  • Free shipping on all orders (not just over $75)
  • Double VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars purchases
  • Free First Order Stormtrooper minifig polybag
  • Free The Force Awakens poster (shown above) with all LEGO Star Wars purchases

LEGO sent me the stormtrooper and the poster last week, and both are lovely. The stormtrooper has a unique torso print (which you can see in the image below) with a bracket for the back, to which the printed 1×1 tile from the jetpack stormtrooper is attached (with an extra 1×1 tile in the polybag).

The new 75098 Assault on Hoth was released this week, and a bunch of LEGO Star Wars sets are also on sale, including the lovely 75094 Shuttle Tyderium and the 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter I reviewed before the movie came out.

As always, when you click through from Brothers-Brick.com, a portion of each sale goes to support The Brothers Brick (at no additional cost to you).

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Reminder: Days left to win 75105 Millennium Falcon from TBB!

A couple weeks ago I watched The Force Awakens again after a gap of several months, and I loved it all over again. While it’s not a “perfect” movie, it’s certainly a true Star Wars movie in ways that I still say the Prequel Trilogy movies were not. And Rey has leapfrogged many classic Star Wars characters to become one of my favorite characters — right up there with Han. In case you missed it, we’re celebrating the release of the move on home video this month by giving away 75105 Millennium Falcon.

75105 Millennium Falcon

To enter, check out our Facebook page and click the Contests link in the left-hand navigation area.

And yes, we realize there are social media sites other than Facebook out there — check out our presence on all of them in the header above. What kinds of contests or giveaways would you like to see on our other sites?

A belated dragon dance for Chinese New Year

Finnish builder Eero Okkonen admits that he’s not sure why he built this Chinese dragon dance scene (several months after the Lunar New Year), but I for one am very glad he did. With stellar use of transparent Bionicle flame pieces and a Ninjago “Dragon God” banner tile, I can almost hear the firecrackers and smell the smoke.

Dragon Dance

You can read more from the builder himself on his blog, Cyclopic Bricks.

Summer 2016 LEGO Star Wars, Spider-Man, Batman, City, & Friends photos revealed [News]

A LEGO store in the Netherlands has released high-res photos of a bunch of sets scheduled for release later this year, including sets from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, the new Volcano Explorers sub-theme from LEGO City, and Friends. (Via Brickset.)

75157 Captain Rex’s AT-TE from Star Wars: Rebels appears to include the ever-popular clone trooper in retirement.

LEGO Star Wars 75157 Captain Rex's AT-TE

Spider-Man may be joining the Avengers with Captain America: Civil War, but he still gets his own, separate line of LEGO sets. The largest is 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle.

LEGO Spider-Man: 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle

Click through to see more summer 2016 LEGO set photos

Instructions for Laputa: Castle in the Sky LEGO music box now available

Korean builder Hwang Byeong Jun has released step-by-step instructions for the amazing Laputa: Castle in the Sky music box that we featured last month, complete with details on how to integrate the music box into your LEGO build.

LAPUTA musicbox instruction

You can see each step in the instructions in the builder’s photoset on Flickr, and you can download a PDF as well.

“I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up!”

Moby Dick is one of those novels that requires real commitment to get through, with its lengthy diversions and deep symbolism, but rewards careful reading and sticks with you for decades afterward. It also makes for great LEGO inspiration, as Ryan Rubino’s white whale battling a giant squid from back in 2009 certainly proves. Letranger Absurde enters the fray with Captain Ahab entangled by the line from his own harpoon, hauled to his doom in the dark deeps of the sea. The sperm whale itself steals the spotlight in this build, with what appears to be a surfboard for a tongue, but don’t miss the excellent sea floor, complete with conch shell, brain coral, and even a treasure chest.

Moby Dick

Enter to win the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon from TBB [News]

Last month, TBB gave away the new Batcave to one lucky reader, along with one of the new Series 15 minifigs every day. All of the winners have now been contacted, so we’re ready to kick off another round of giveaways! In April, to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on DVD & Blu-ray, as well as our 30,000th fan on our Facebook page, we’re going to give away the LEGO Star Wars set 75105 Millennium Falcon.

75105 Millennium Falcon

To enter, check out our Facebook page and click the Contests link in the left-hand navigation area.

Giveaways like this are possible thanks to readers like you who click through from Brothers-Brick.com when you shop online from partners such as Amazon.com. You don’t even need to buy LEGO to help support TBB — just click through when you order potato chips, an MP3, or your next HD TV. Thanks for your support, and good luck with this giveaway!

LEGO displays from SEALUG & more at Emerald City Comicon 2016 in Seattle [News]

For the last 5 years, LEGO clubs in the Pacific Northwest have put on a huge display at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, which will be taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in just a couple of weeks, April 7-10.

Emerald City Comicon Brick Nation

TBB’s own Iain Heath is hard at work right now putting the finishing touches on his talk, titled The Cult of the Brick: An Inside Look at the Secret World of LEGO Fandom.

Most ECCC tickets are sold out at this point, but if you’re among the tens of thousands of people who’ll be there over the course of the 4-day event, be sure to check out Iain’s talk and swing by the lower level across the street from the main WSCC entrance.

Click through to read more about LEGO at ECCC

Reminder: Win the new LEGO Batcave from TBB in March [News]

In case you’ve been living in a cave, here’s a reminder that The Brothers Brick is giving away the new 76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series Batcave. If you haven’t entered yet, you still have another week to enter. We’ll be picking and contacting the winner at the beginning of April.

76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave

And yes, we’ll ship it anywhere in the world that we’re allowed to ship things (our apologies to astronauts on the International Space Station and the citizenry of North Korea). Be sure to follow us on Facebook and other social media for future giveaways like this.

This month’s contest prize kindly provided by LEGO.