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.

Posts by Andrew

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – How it Should Have Ended [Video]

Our friends over at Brotherhood Workshop have teamed up with “How it Should Have Ended” to create this hilarious brick-built alternate ending to The Force Awakens. I won’t spoil the funny with commentary — just watch the video.

With the movie coming out on DVD & Blu-ray in a few weeks, plus summer 2016 LEGO Star Wars sets just around the corner, expect the recent lull in LEGO Star Wars creations to end fairly soon…

LEGO 30% off for Amazon’s deal of the day (Mar 20) [News]

Amazon’s Deal of the Day for today is LEGO, with about fifteen sets as much as 30% off, with lots of Friends, Superheroes, and Duplo sets heavily discounted.

76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue is 33% or $25 off at $49.99.

76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue

41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall is 22% off at $85.53.

41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall

See the full list of sets on Amazon.com.

As always, a portion of anything you buy on Amazon — at no cost to you — after clicking through from Brothers-Brick.com goes to support giveaways like the Batcave this month, prizes for contests like the LUGNuts 100th Challenge, and sponsorship of events like BrickCan and BrickCon.

Beware the deadly embrace of the facehugger!

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.

Facehugger Strikes by Tim Lydy on Flickr

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.

Vaygr Minelayer Corvette is almost cute

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.

Vaygr Minelayer corvette

Steampunk Volkswagen van goes where there are no roads

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.

Steampunk Volkswagen Camper

The van itself falls into the classic steampunk color scheme of mostly brown and metallic, but is delightfully executed, with ornate gold smokestacks.

Steampunk Volkswagen Camper

LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze by Jason Allemann finally unveiled [News]

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 unveiled LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze.

LEGO 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.

Click through to see more photos of this new LEGO set

LEGO Ideas 21302 Big Bang Theory 20% off [News]

LEGO is clearing out some of its older sets, presumably to make room for all the March 2016 LEGO sets released yesterday. While the selection isn’t huge, one highlight is 21302 Big Bang Theory.icon

21302 Big Bang Theory was one of our best-reviewed sets of 2015, and you can pick it up for $47.98 rather than the quite spendy $59.99.

21302 LEGO Ideas #10 The Big Bang Theory

A Japanese bento box made with love

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.

お弁当 BENTO

March 2016 LEGO sets now available: Ninjago, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars & more [News]

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.

As always, a portion of everything you purchase by clicking through from TBB goes to support contests like Space Chefs and giveaways like our March LEGO Batcave giveaway (along with the humdrum business of running a high-traffic website).

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America: Civil War

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle includes 6 minifigs and 807 pieces at $79.99. Look for our review here on TBB soon.

LEGO 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

76060 Crossbones’ Hazard Heist includes 3 minifigs and 179 pieces at $19.99.

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76047 Black Panther Pursuit includes 3 minifigs and 287 pieces at $29.99.

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LEGO Star Wars

75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber includes 231 pieces at $24.99. (Read our review of 75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber.)

75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber

Click through to see more of the March 2016 LEGO sets

TBB is giving away the LEGO Batcave, plus a minifig a day! [News]

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!

This month, we’re running two giveaways in parallel. First, enter all month long to win the new 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave, along with a snazzy green TBB T-shirt.

76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave

And every day, we’ll also be giving away one of the new Series 15 minifigs. We’re starting out today with a giveaway of Left Shark.

Collectible Minifigs Series 15 Left Shark

To make sure you don’t miss future giveaways, be sure to follow us on Facebook, as well as Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube.

(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.)

Who ya gonna telegraph? GHOSTBUSTERS!

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.

Don't Cross the Steams!