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.
The lifecycle of the xenomorphs in the Alien franchise is fascinating — from egg to facehugger to chestburster to a rapidly growing black monster. While we’ve seen many LEGO xenomorphs over the years, including a great minifig-scale version by TBB’s own Tim Lydy, but not too many other stages in the creature’s lifecycle (other than the amazing LEGO chestburster by the Arvo Brothers nearly 10 years ago). Tim has corrected this with a wonderful vignette featuring a facehugger leaping from its egg sack towards a surprised Colonial Marine.
Tim uses minifig hands to represent the facehugger’s flailing arms, and suspends the jumping facehugger above its empty egg case with clear LEGO. The expression on the doomed marine’s face is priceless.
Many of the LEGO spaceships inspired by Homeworld are huge carriers and cruisers, but this Vaygr minelayer corvette and escort ships are no less excellent in their striped glory. Damien Labrousse has captured the classic Homeworld aesthetic of bold colors, harsh angles, and exposed machinery in a wonderfully compact scale. The red brick-built V shape on the side of the corvette is a particularly nice touch.
Matthew Hocker drew the “Steampunk-ify any Fiat 500 or VW Microbus” category in the LUGNuts 100th Challenge that we’re sponsoring, and the results are spectacular. I first clicked on the photo because I was intrigued by the VW bus, with a certain time traveling mad scientist building new toys, but what ultimately impressed me most is the desert landscaping, with cactuses in full bloom.
The van itself falls into the classic steampunk color scheme of mostly brown and metallic, but is delightfully executed, with ornate gold smokestacks.
It’s been nearly four years since we first highlighted Jason Allemann’s LEGO marble maze, and nearly a year since the LEGO Ideas team announced that Jason’s project had been approved as a future LEGO set. Jason Allemann and his kinetic sculptures will be familiar to regular readers of TBB — it seems like not a week goes by when we don’t highlight one of Jason’s amazing LEGO creations, so we’ve been excited about this set for some time. But good things come to those who wait, and LEGO has finally unveiledLEGO Ideas 21305 Maze.
The set will include 769 pieces and retail for $69.99 in the US and $89.99 in Canada, due out on April 1st. We’ll have a pre-release review of the set to share with our readers in a couple of weeks.
While I certainly admired the delicious-looking tempura shrimp and rice bowl by nobu_tary I highlighted a week or so ago, I’m vegetarian and prefer some lovely vegetables with my rice — no homemade Japanese meal feels complete without some umeboshi, or pickled plums. I think I’d enjoy this gorgeous LEGO bento box a bit more, with black sesame seeds and an umeboshi on the rice, with broccoli and a variety of small side dishes packed with care into a lacquer box.
While LEGO builders in many other parts of the world have been enjoying the first quarter LEGO sets since January, LEGO is finally releasing about 45 new sets on March 1st in the US. In addition to the Captain America: Civil War and Elves sets we’ve known were planned for release on March 1st, we finally have the official release in the US of the new Ninjago “Skybound” sets, Star Wars battlepacks, and LEGO Super Heroes Mighty Micros.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America: Civil War
Did you know that you as a reader of The Brothers Brick are among more than 250,000 people who visit TBB each month? But only 24,000 of you follow us on Facebook. One of the secrets of following TBB on social media is that we do regular giveaways. That means many of you are missing out! In February, we celebrated our 20,000th fan on Facebook by giving away 10251 Brick Bank. Congratulations to TBB reader Gabriel for winning our first big giveaway!
(Prizes for this particular giveaway were provided by LEGO. Other prizes and giveaways are funded by you our readers who support The Brothers Brick by clicking through from TBB to buy stuff on Amazon, the LEGO Shop, eBay, and Target. Check out the different ways you can help support these kinds of giveaways under “Support The Brothers Brick” over to the right.)
Cpt. Brick shows us what the Ghostbusters crew might have looked like if they’d been born in London instead of New York, a hundred years earlier. These Victorian gentlemen look ready to tackle ectoplasmic entities as well as pesky librarians. Just don’t cross the steams! That would be bad — nearly as bad as that steampunk pun right there.
Cody Purviance is participating in the ABS Builder Challenge on Flickr, in which the current seed part is the bright green telephone. Cody has put it to great use as the legs on this adorably professorial caterpillar. Will he turn into a butterfly when he achieves tenure?
It’s nearly spring here in the northern hemisphere, while summer draws to a close south of the equator. Time marches on. soccersnyderi has rebuilt the landscaping and scenery around one of his LEGO castles four times, reflecting all four seasons of the year. Up here in Seattle, I’m ready for spring myself, so I’m enjoying the tree in pink bloom and the ducks paddling in the castle’s tiny moat.
Here’s all four seasons, but be sure to check out the builder’s photostream on Flickr for plenty of photos of each season.
The 88th Academy Awards will be held this Sunday in Hollywood, and Andrea Toscano created a brickfilm trailer featuring all eight Best Picture nominees, from The Revenant and The Martian to Brooklyn and Room. Which is your favorite LEGO version?