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

Jakarta’s Pura Adhitya Jaya temple & bajaj in LEGO

Kosmas Santosa of the Indonesian LEGO club Bhinneka LUG is one of my favorite builders, working across numerous LEGO themes with excellent techniques and beautiful presentation. For the club’s first public display earlier this summer, they built famous landmarks and buildings in the nation’s capital. Kosmas contributed several iconic landmarks and vehicles, but my favorite is this gorgeous, incredibly detailed Hindu temple, the largest in Jakarta.

Pura Adhitya Jaya - Jakarta Brick City 2015

As a bonus, here’s one of the great vehicles Kosmas also built — a three-wheeled auto rickshaw called a bajaj. It’s actually quite hard to build small with LEGO, and Kosmas does it very well.

Bajaj - Jakarta Brick City 2015

I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last.

After blogging old Han & Leia, I remembered that I hadn’t highlighted this classic scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. Even though your eye is drawn to the two stock minifigs, the real stars of this scene by Andrew JN are the backdrop, lighting, and photo editing. I can hear the buzz of those lightsabers now!

Your Powers are Weak, Old Man

Via BrickNerd.

Prepare for a swarm of TIE/D automated starfighters

I really enjoyed the growth of the Star Wars Expanded Universe back in the 90’s, from the gorgeous Dark Empire graphic novels by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy to the stellar Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Though I stopped paying attention following the Prequel Trilogy, I’ve always liked seeing the unique vehicles and vessels from the EU. Dead Frog, Inc. built this compact little TIE/D droid fighter, capturing the iconic look of the larger, manned TIE fighters while reducing the size to match the EU source material. Now imagine thousands of these spewing out of a World Devastator, swarming a Mon Calamari city…

Tie/D Fighter

Star Wars: A New Hip

We’re starting to see a lot more LEGO Star Wars creations as we ramp up toward the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO sets — or maybe as I get excited myself, I’m just noticing them more. Either way, this little Miniland scene by Matt De Lanoy had me laughing uproariously. I realize it’s not a new joke, but Matt’s LEGO build is very well executed, with instantly recognizable characters, innovative parts usage (more on that below), and very cool lighting.

Star Wars: A New Hip

Matt built this as part of the current Iron Builder challenge, with the barbell accessory piece as the seed part. Expect to see a lot of posts over the coming days featuring this piece…

Exclusive review of LEGO Ideas Wall•E set designed by Angus MacLane

Last July, the LEGO Wall•E designed by Pixar director/animator Angus MacLane achieved 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, and its approval as an upcoming official set was announced in February. LEGO officially unveiled the set just yesterday, but thanks to the good people of Billund, we already have a copy of the set for a hands on review!

Spoiler alert: Wall•E is a a fantastic model with some great building techniques, lots of parts in an unusual color, and quite a good value for the money. I expect strong popularity from the subject matter alone, so I strongly recommend you pick up your LEGO Wall•E while supplies last.

Read the full review after the jump!

First official images of Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO sets! [News]

Here’s your first look at the lineup of sets for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. No word yet on precisely when these will hit stores, but you can probably look for them in the next month or two. See the full list below the jump (mild spoilers possible).


UPDATE:

Images have been removed at the request of the LEGO Group. The Brothers Brick has a policy of only highlighting reliable, high-quality information that is already in wide circulation elsewhere. We owe it to you our readers to ensure that the news we cover is genuine — not just rumors. Given that these images did not have any confidentiality watermark, had already been posted to numerous other sites, and were clearly the final box art for the forthcoming products, we shared them with you here. However, there was apparently a news embargo in place that we were not aware of. Though we could make the argument that our use of images revealed elsewhere, for the purposes of discussion and review here, falls under the Fair Use clause of United States copyright law, we don’t have the resources to pick a fight with a multibillion-dollar international corporation, so images have been removed at their request. -ed


 

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fightervia StarWarsJunk.

Spike Spiegel’s Swordfish II from Cowboy Bebop

Vehicles and vessels from anime shows continue to be a popular subject with LEGO builders. Christopher Hoffmann joins the fray with this small but well-executed Swordfish II fighter from Cowboy Bebop. Much of Christoph’s microscale Swordfish is built from Technic parts, though it certainly doesn’t look like it, does it?

Swordfish II

If you like this microscale version, I think you’ll also enjoy Adrian Florea’s minifig-scale Cowboy Bebop Swordfish.

The house that Zachary built

Zachary Lewis is quite the LEGO architect. For the last year or so since picking LEGO up again as an adult and joining a local LEGO club in Ohio, he’s been alternating between highly detailed houses and highly detailed interior rooms — each one built for a specific person. My favorite of Zachary’s houses so far is this one: “Mom’s House.”

Mom's House 1

While the classic 1950’s one-story ranch house is not my favorite form of American architecture (I live in one), this build by Zachary is pretty amazing — from the paneling on the garage door to the wood slat siding and brick walls. Smaller details jump out as well, like the barbecue out back and the small window/fan into the attic.

I could highlight just about every photo Zachary has posted in his photostream, but I won’t spoil your enjoyment — go spend some time poring over “Wesley’s Room,” “Robert’s House,” “Elliott’s Room,” and more.

But since I can’t help myself, here’s a beautiful Georgian-style house in Zachary’s hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Lego Shaker House 1

Speak softly, and carry a big Gatling gun

Korean builder Simmon Kim doesn’t say a whole lot about the LEGO models he builds — many of his photos don’t even have titles — but build quality always speaks louder than words anyway, and his mecha are awesome. Simmon’s latest mechanical wonder takes advantage of the new Mixels towball socket connections for a wonderfully compact stomper, replete with excellent application of stickers for little pops of color.

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Time for a relaxing bubble bath...

When you’ve had a long day at work, there’s not a lot more relaxing than a nice scented bubble bath. While simple and plain-looking at first, this little scene by takamichi Irie packs a lot of details. As odd as this is to say, it’s the toilet that steals the scene, with its flush handle and toilet paper roll.

Bath