About Andrew

Andrew Becraft has been building with LEGO for over 30 years, and blogging about LEGO 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 two dogs, and when he's not writing for The Brothers Brick, he works as, well, a writer.

Posts by Andrew

Who just scored the most candy on Halloween? This guy!

Japanese builder (and TBB regular) nobu_tary joins the Halloween celebration with this adorable pair of costumed kids. I like how Nobu has differentiated the Frankenstein’s Monster costume from the kid himself, but it’s the awesome expressions on both kids’ faces that I love. Clearly, the little girl has a long night of dealing with her brother’s sugar highs ahead of her!

Halloween 2015

Hiro Hamada’s garage workshop from Big Hero 6

I hadn’t seen Disney’s animated superhero movie Big Hero 6 until this past weekend. By pure coincidence, I ran across a LEGO version of protagonist Hiro Hamada’s workshop by Jonas just as I was watching the movie. While I could argue that the scene might be more lively with a Hiro minifig or a brick-built Baymax, the absence of characters doesn’t detract from the amazing detail Jonas has worked into the setting — especially those drawers built from 1×2 bricks and bucket handles.

Hiro Hamada's Workshop

The Bearer of Death comes clad in iron, reeking of brimstone

We’ve been highlighting great LEGO models by Moko for nearly a decade, and that’s because he doesn’t just build one type of things (castles, mecha, or whatever). In addition to being a talented mecha and character builder, he’s a fantastic Bionicle builder. His latest Bionicle creation is inspired by the Black Dog of British folklore, with a strong military sensibility and a high degree of poseability.


You can see more photos of Moko’s Hellhound on his blog.

Benny gets his used speeder pimped

Italian builder Priovit70 explains this mashup of The LEGO Movie, Star Wars, and MTV’s Pimp my Ride thusly: “Benny bought on S-bay a used speeder by a certain Rey from Jakku, but it was a downright rip-off. Mr. Robot, in the attempt of cheering his mate up, called MTV and… TA-DAH!!” This isn’t just a straightforward blue recreation of the Rey’s Speeder set from The Force Awakens, but is also a really solid build with some great Classic Space details, like the yellow-black-yellow stripes, gray greeblage, and that pimpin’ Classic Space flag. Benny certainly seems excited by the result, and so am I.

Pimp my speeder

The Little Tramp

I was thinking when I blogged Chris McVeigh’s self-portrait the other day that it would be great if more builders took up that unique but flexible style of LEGO art. Paddy Bricksplitter accepted my unstated challenge and used nothing but LEGO in shades of black and white to build this wonderful portrait of Sir Charlie Chaplin, the wonderful Little Tramp from The Gold Rush (1923), Modern Times (1936), and one of my all-time favorite movies, The Great Dictator (1940).


Raven, the Haida trickster

Chris Maddison is participating in the current round of Iron Builder, and has integrated the special seed part into a mosaic that captures the uniqe formline style of art made by the Haida, Tlingit, Coast Salish, and many other peoples who share the broad characteristics of what is commonly called Northwest Coast culture. The red and black formlines stand out from the white backdrop, and the brick-built “wooden” frame adds to the presentation. I walk past “Northwest Art” galleries in downtown Seattle everyday, and this would look right at home on a gallery wall.

Haida Bird

1932 Ford Tudor hot rod

It seems like one of us here at TBB blogs every model vehicle built by bricksonwheels, but that’s because they’re awesome. His latest is this lovely, chromy Ford Tudor hot rod, with working steering and suspension, plus details like wiring and hoses.

Ford 32' Tudor Hot Rod, scaled 1/10 in Lego

Check out more pictures on Flickr, and you can see it in person at LEGO World in Utrecht today through the 27th of October.

Oscar Niemeyer’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

Earlier this year I visited MoMA in New York City, where I saw a wonderful exhibit titled “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.” I was particularly impressed by the architecture of Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil built in a lightning blitz of construction between 1956 and 1960. Daniel Stoeffler has built a microscale LEGO version of the Metropolitan Cathedral, designed (as were most buildings in the city) by architect Oscar Niemeyer. I’d love to see Daniel extend this LEGO series with the dome and bowl of the National Congress Building, the president’s residence, and so on.

Cathedral_Brasilia (AVG)

Working combination safe built from LEGO

Jason Allemann has used nothing but LEGO to build a fully functional combination safe. Not only does the safe lock with a three-number combination, Jason has designed the safe so that the safe itself cannot be removed from its outer case and opened without either knowing the combination or physically breaking LEGO pieces!

Working LEGO Combination Safe

A picture doesn’t really prove it, so here’s Jason’s amazing video.

If you want to build you own LEGO safe, you can download instructions from Jason’s website.