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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Battle on Rhen Var from Star Wars: Battlefront recreated with 250,000 LEGO bricks

The classic Star Wars video game Battlefront comes to life in this enormous diorama by Markus. Markus spent 10 months assembling 250,000 bricks and LEGO Star Wars minifigs into a diorama that measures 2.5 x 1.5 meters (8.2 x 5 feet). Unlike many of the all-white Hoth dioramas we’ve featured here over the years, the patchy snow results in a bit more texture against the underlying rock.

See more of this huge LEGO Star Wars diorama

HispaBrick Magazine 026 out now [News]

Lluís Gibert and the rest of the editors at HispaBrick Magazine have just released the English edition of Issue 026, available as a free download from HispaBrickMagazine.com.

HispaBrick Magazine 026

This issue includes interviews with Chris McVeigh and Sean Kenney, plus an in-depth look at steampunk LEGO. The team also reviews the new Beatles Yellow Submarine and Caterham Seven.

Head on over to HispaBrickMagazine.com and check it out.

More LEGO Black Friday & Small Business Saturday 2016 sales & deals [News]

If you’d prefer to support smaller LEGO-focused businesses rather than just gorging on massive LEGO discounts on Amazon.com, there are plenty of other ways you can begin your holiday LEGO shopping.

Our friends at Brickmania have been hard at work designing and releasing a bunch of really cool custom kits, including Dan Siskind’s excellent new Mark V tank from World War I (micro-review: I’ve built it and I love it!). All World War I kits are on sale throughout the month of November, and shipping is free now through the end of Monday the 28th.

Mark V (2016 version)

The mischievous elves at Citizen Brick have just released a number of cool minifig sets, which all make it quite easy to reach the $75 threshold and score this cool tin of Xmas swag.

Citizen Brick holiday tin

See more custom LEGO sales & deals

Massive LEGO sales & deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2016 [News]

Amazon.com and the LEGO Shop have a number of “Brick Friday” and Cyber Monday deals from now through the 28th. Starting at midnight Eastern at the LEGO Shop online, shipping is free regardless of order size, and orders over $99 USD / £60 qualify for a free 40223 Snowglobe.

40223 Snowglobe

A number of exclusive and hard-to-find sets are 20% off from the LEGO Shop as well — we’ll update this post with the specific sets once we see what’s actually available on the 25th. And scroll down for links to the LEGO Shop sales & deals for our UK and Canadian readers.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com is already having a huge LEGO sale, with sets as much as 44% off.

LEGO Star Wars sets on sale at Amazon

The fantastic LEGO Star Wars set 75150 Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter (read our review) is 37% or $33.20 off, at only $56.79.

See more LEGO Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales & deals

Motorized LEGO M4A2E8 Sherman “Easy Eight” tank from Fury [Video]

Most LEGO Sherman tanks we’ve featured here on The Brothers Brick over the years have been smaller minifig-scale versions, like the 1/35 Brickmania Sherman tank that’s inspired so many others (my own included). In contrast, Tommy Styrvoky has followed up his 1/18-scale motorized LEGO Sherman “Crab” tank with one inspired by the movie Fury.

Lego RC M4A2E8 FURY Sherman Tank

Click through to see all of this tank’s working features

The only thing missing from this LEGO sauna is some naked Finns

Finnish builder Heikki Mattila has built the essential Finnish social space from LEGO — a wonderfully tranquil sauna. Paneled in wood with a stove heating up the rocks, I like to imagine that this sauna sits in a little cabin by a lake, the cool water ready to embrace one’s fiery body.

Sauna

One of my favorite details is actually outside the sauna — a birch tree with a bird box glimpsed through the window.

Sauna

Fly the friendly space-lanes aboard the R-9A Arrowhead

LEGO Friends minidolls don’t often get to blast through outer space aboard sleek, heavily armed ships with massively overpowered engines, but MiniGray! has amended that oversight with the R-9A Arrowhead. Vaguely reminiscent of a Taiidan gunship from Homeworld, the ship is striking in white with spots of aqua and red with machinery details in gray and black.

R-9A ARROW-HEAD ver1.2

See more of this excellent spaceship

Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale!

It’s been many years since I last attempted to conquer Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby Dick, and it haunts me to this day. And when I spy that inscrutable thing again on a shelf, to the last page I shall grapple with it. Japanese builder w9gfo (aurore&aube) has conquered the white whale in LEGO form, with Moby Dick ascending from the deep to harry Captain Ahab and the Pequod. Using wedges and curved slopes, the builder has captured the essential shape of the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus. The red interior of his open maw is a lovely touch.

白鯨 010

Oddly perhaps, Moby Dick is a popular subject of LEGO models. Don’t miss Captain Ahab being dragged into the deep by Letranger Absurde and Ryan Rubino’s white whale battling a giant squid.

Announcing TBB’s history of LEGO + updated glossary [News]

Did you know that LEGO finally stopped making wooden toys in 1960 when the wooden toy warehouse burned down? What year did LEGO release its first minifigure? When did From Bricks to Bothans start? What in the sacred name of Ole Kirk Christiansen was Galidor? If you’ve ever wanted answers to these and other key questions of 20th-century and early 21st-century world history, you need look no further than The Brothers Brick’s new history of LEGO & the LEGO fan community page.

375 Yellow Castle

The page starts in 1932 and is up to date through the end of 2016, though we’re confident that there are a lot of important dates and events we’ve missed along the way. We’ll be adding more information based on your feedback and as we uncover more sources like Dave Eaton‘s “AFOL History Project.”

We’ve also updated and expanded our LEGO dictionary of AFOL jargon, with double the entries of the previous version, including entries for the commonly used names for lots of parts and building techniques.

Grand Admiral Thrawn joins the LEGO Star Wars canon in 2017 [News]

One of the few frustrating things about the release of The Force Awakens last year was the fact that LucasFilm reset the long-established Star Wars timeline by eliminating much of the Expanded Universe from the official canon, leaving only the movies and recent animated TV series (Clone Wars and Rebels). Left by the wayside were some truly amazing stories and characters, not least of which the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn, with characters like Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn himself. Longtime Star Wars fans rejoiced recently when it was announced that Thrawn would be re-canonized by appearing in the upcoming season of Rebels.

With fantastic LEGO sets based on the series like 75150 Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-wing Starfighter taking up a significant proportion of the LEGO Star Wars product line now, a Grand Admiral Thrawn minifig couldn’t have been far behind, and that suspicion has been confirmed with another batch of sets revealed today, including 75170 The Phantom, with Thrawn, alongside Kanan Jarrus wearing a cool mask.

75170 The Phantom

Check out more brand new sets:

2017 LEGO Star Wars original trilogy sets
2017 LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets
The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures
2017 Ford Le Mans Victories set
2017 LEGO Disney Frozen sets
2017 LEGO Disney Moana sets
2017 LEGO Architecture sets
2017 LEGO Batman Movie sets
2017 LEGO City sets
2017 LEGO Creator sets, part 1
2017 LEGO Creator sets, part 2
2017 LEGO Elves sets
2017 LEGO Friends sets
2017 LEGO Nexo Knights sets
2017 LEGO Ninjago sets
2017 LEGO Technic sets, part 1
2017 LEGO Technic sets, part 2
LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS set

Click to see the rest of the new sets!

Guy Himber launches new Mascot Bricks Kickstarter campaign [News]

Author, artist, and all-around mad scientist Guy Himber has launched his latest Crazy Bricks Kickstarter project, centered on unique character accessories for LEGO minifigs. Mascot Bricks has just over two weeks to go toward its $15,000 goal, which will result in these entertaining characters — Mr. Slice, Pugs, Gentleman Nut, and Mr. Toast.

Mascot Bricks on Kickstarter Now!

TBB generally doesn’t endorse specific Kickstarter projects, but Guy has a strong track record of successful projects that have resulted in real, interesting products. I’m personally most excited by the pug hat. LEGO + pugs — what’s not to love?

Jolly shenanigans at Pirate Cove

Master of the colorful LEGO scenes Letranger Absurde (whose atomic blast we featured this summer) is at it again with this diorama featuring a merry band of buccaneers. Showing only part of the pirate ship, the real stars are the clouds hanging in the bright sky above the skull island. The door hinges are also noteworthy on the ship itself, as is the brick-built rope ladder.

Pirate Cove