As a child, I loved the Tintin Explorers on the Moon, I must have checked it out from the library dozens of times. I’ve seen many fantastic attempts at building the rocket Tintin and friends take to the moon, but this latest by Tyler Clites (Legohaulic) is the first build of the lunar tank I’ve seen. Simply put, this is awesome, this scene captures the right atmosphere, from the lunar surface to the brick-built Snowy under one of the domes.
Our friend Pascal (pasukaru76) must have been watching Ghost in the Shell recently, as he’s built a fantastic “think tank” (basically a robotic tank mecha) inspired by the one in the movie. Pascal describes it as a close cousin, and that works for me. The build achieves some simple geometric shapes, which on close inspection prove to be rather elegant implementations of complex techiques, for instances at the angles at the base of the legs. The use of stickers on the model is also top-notch, and really brings it to a higher level.
The Homeworld series of games featured some truly fantastic space ship designs, providing inspiration for tons of Lego space ships, but I’ve never seen anyone attempt to render a copy of this particular ship before now. De_chef has built a micro scale version of the epic Bentusi harbor ship from the games. As you can see above, he’s incorporated lights, and delivered photos that really show off the shape and illumination. Beyond that, he also built a series of smaller ships to accompany it in display, really bringing the scale to the forefront.
Andrew Lee (onosendai2600) brings us two new robots to help out. They offer completely different takes on a utilitarian look, and both work for me. The smiley on the yellow bot really captures the a CyberPunk/Anime vibe that I love. Meanwhile, the neck stalk on the gray bot lends a dinosaur-like life to the model. These were built for “Droneuary“, and it loosk like it’s going to be a great month.
This new fighter by Cole Blaq, makes excellent use of sculpted pieces to provide a detailed and variegated shape in a small form. Take a look, and you’ll notice that the (awesome looking) cockpit is only two studs wide, and the entire creation is probably under 6 inches long.
We’ve received word from LEGO S@H about the deals that will be available starting at midnight Friday morning (which is also when we were allowed to post about said deals). There’s a full list of the deals below, along with a link to the full “Sales and Deals” page (here’s one for Canada). Last year, most of the best deals (anything 50% off) sold out within a few minutes. We wish you the best of luck in your LEGO bargain hunting. As our readers know, we support the blog through referral links to deals on Amazon and LEGO.com, so if you do go shopping online this season, please click through one of our links first.
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|5004236||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||THE LEGO MOVIE DVD SpecEdition||60%|
|850636||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Luke Skywalker||50%|
|850637||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Princess Leia||50%|
|850638||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Han Solo||50%|
|850640||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Obi-Wan Kenobi||50%|
|850641||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Darth Maul||50%|
|850639||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Chewbacca||50%|
|850644||LEGO® Star Wars™||Magnet Yoda||50%|
|5004237||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||THE LEGO MOVIE BLU-RAY COMBO PK||50%|
|5004238||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||THE LEGO MOVIE EVERYTHING AWESOME 3D||50%|
|70134||LEGO® Chima||Lavertus’ Outland Base||20%|
|70133||LEGO® Chima||Spinlyn’s Cavern||20%|
|60020||LEGO® CiTY||Cargo Truck||20%|
|10223||LEGO® Kingdoms||Kingdoms Joust||20%|
|10513||LEGO® DUPLO® brand Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates™||Never Land Hideout||20%|
|10561||LEGO® DUPLO®||Toddler Starter Building Set||20%|
|6759||LEGO® DUPLO®||Busy Farm||20%|
|10575||LEGO® DUPLO®||LEGO® DUPLO® Creative Building Cube||20%|
|10576||LEGO® DUPLO®||Zoo Care||20%|
|70705||LEGO® Galaxy Squad||Bug Obliterator||20%|
|70709||LEGO® Galaxy Squad||Galactic Titan||20%|
|70704||LEGO® Galaxy Squad||Vermin Vaporizer||20%|
|79011||LEGO® The Hobbit™||Dol Guldur Ambush||20%|
|70811||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||The Flying Flusher||20%|
|70806||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||Castle Cavalry||20%|
|70804||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||Ice Cream Machine||20%|
|70812||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||Creative Ambush||20%|
|70805||THE LEGO® MOVIE™||Trash Chomper||20%|
|20200||LEGO® Master Builder Academy||MBA Spaceships||20%|
|20214||LEGO® Master Builder Academy||MBA Level 3||20%|
|20217||LEGO® Master Builder Academy||Co-pack MBA Level 2||20%|
|79102||LEGO® Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Stealth Shell in Pursuit||20%|
|79122||LEGO® Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Shredder’s Lair Rescue||20%|
|70725||LEGO® Ninjago||Nindroid MechDragon||20%|
|70720||LEGO® Ninjago||Hover Hunter||20%|
|70728||LEGO® Ninjago||Battle for Ninjago City||20%|
|75013||LEGO® Star Wars™||Umbaran MHC™ (Mobile Heavy Cannon)||20%|
|42005||LEGO® TECHNIC||Monster Truck||20%|
|850884||LEGO® Castle||LEGO® Castle King Key Chain||20%|
|850886||LEGO® Castle||LEGO® Castle Dragon Wizard Key Chain||20%|
|850889||LEGO® Castle||LEGO® Castle Dragons Accessory Set||20%|
|850913||LEGO® Chima||Chima MF Accessory Set Ice||20%|
|851318||LEGO® Chima||Chima Sir Fangar Claw & Shield||20%|
|850908||LEGO® Chima||Rogon Keychain||20%|
|850910||LEGO® Chima||Chima Minifigure Accessory Set||20%|
|851015||LEGO® Chima||Chima Scorpion Sword & Shield||20%|
|850776||LEGO® Chima||Chima Playmat||20%|
|850598||Accessories||Game Cards Binder||20%|
|850607||LEGO® Chima||Keychain Eris||20%|
|850609||LEGO® Chima||Keychain Worriz||20%|
|40118||Storage||Buildable Brick Box 2×2||20%|
|850791||LEGO® Minifigures||Minifigure Birthday Set||20%|
|850425||Accessories||Desk Business Card Holder||20%|
|850967||LEGO® Friends||LEGO Friends Jungle Accessory Set||20%|
|40112||LEGO® Friends||LEGO Friends Catwalk Model||20%|
|850781||LEGO® Friends||Carry Case House||20%|
|850581||LEGO® Friends||LEGO Friends Brick Calendar||20%|
|850591||LEGO® Friends||LEGO Friends Name Sign||20%|
|850597||LEGO® Friends||LEGO Friends Carry Case||20%|
This weekend, STUDS (the collectible card series) hosted a LEGO art show at Designer Con in Los Angeles. The theme of the show was comic book covers, and builders were asked to build their own rendition of a cover of their own choice. From the photos in the gallery, I must say that the results were largely spectacular (they actually make me feel like my own contribution was insufficient).
I think my absolute favorite is this Captain Marvel cover by Zach Clapsdale (zachmoe), but I encourage you to take a look draw your own conclusions.
We’ve selected the winners of tickets to attend the LEGO event at NYCC, through the magic of Excel. The five commenters listed below should expect to hear from LEGO PR soon. Congratulations to the winners, I look forward to seeing some awesome photos.
Lego was kind enough to send The Brothers Brick a copy of the upcoming Santa’s Workshop set for review. I was lucky enough to be the one to review the set, and my 3.5 year old son was lucky enough to help. There are plenty of official photos of the set floating around already, including those in our own coverage of the set reveal, so I’ve tried to concentrate my review on interesting things about the set, rather than take a bunch of new photos. This is partially due too the fact that it has been tough to pry the set away from little hands, as my son ran around the house with it screaming about Santa as soon as I opened the shipping box.
This set is a virtual smorgasbord of unusual parts, in fascinating colors. The set contains 883 pieces, which is pretty fantastic for a price point of $70. Although I primarily build space and mecha, I can imagine repurposing most parts in this set to my own use. The doors might find themselves languishing for awhile, but that’s balanced out by a huge helping of gold parts. There’s certainly enough gold piping here to outfit a steampunk lab (even the inside of the North Pole sign is a gold lightsaber blade). I was also surprised to see quite a few printed parts for the reindeer (both their faces and backs are printed. I was also rather pleasantly surprised by the number of extras included in the set. There was even a spare cookie! Finally, the set is PACKED with SNOT bricks, it’s almost worthwhile as a parts pack alone.
As with the parts, I was rather happy with the minifigs included in the set. You get Santa, Mrs. Klaus, four elves, and five reindeer. Oddly, Mrs. Klaus and an elf both come with two-sided faces (alternate unhappy faces shown in the photo). The Santa hat is really nice, though I presume it’s the same as the Collectible Minifig Santa, which I don’t have (at least not open). Mrs. Klaus looks like her dress is a new print, and it certainly fits the part. The elves span a variety of personalities, which helps give the set a bit of a Burle Ives Rudolph vibe, which I personally like. Our complement includes “Magic Wand Guy”, and “The Badest Elf There Ever Was.” The latter steals Santa’s cookies.
Speaking of Reinder, though, there are five in the set, four large, and one small. That said, the set doesn’t actually include Rudolph. According the Marcos Bessa, the designer, Rudolph is a character they would’ve had to license. Fortunately, it was easy enough to swap one of the spare Christmas lights onto the small Reindeer’s nose, and Christmas was saved. The Reindeer count has been raised as in issue in my house, so I may have to pick up more of the printed bits on Bricklink, to bring our complement up to the proper eight (plus Rudolph). The tubing used to connect the harness to the sleigh looks long enough to be able to attach at least one more pair of reindeer. “Rudolph” by the way, can apparently even balance on his tail.
This set was pretty interesting to build. There are some nice SNOT technique used for everything from the Reindeer heads to window construction. It was far beyond my son’s ability to build anything but the minifigs (and repair reindeer), but that’s to be expected. I’m betting that town builders won’t learn much new from building this set, but it’s still a fun build, with a lot of variety. The set is also broken into a series of smaller sections, as most are these days, which allow you to break up the building into discrete chunks, without opening all the bags. There’s also a great little micro-scale Classic-Space ship rolling out of the toy machine, which is marked improvement over the inclusion of another micro scale train for the minifig children to play with.
This set is a great buy, you get a lot of interesting parts, a lot of useful parts, and some unique animal bits. It was fun to build, and SCREAMS Christmas. If you’ve got kids in your house, it’d be fun to build a chunk at a time, as a build-up to Christmas. It’s surprisingly sturdy for a set in the Creator Expert line, but sleigh can even withstand swooshing by a three year old. It also looks like the two exclusive holiday sets for spending over $99 with LEGO direct this year are annexes to this workshop. I’ve only seen the one available October 1 in the store catalog, but it looks like a little elf workshop that’d match up with the back of this set nicely. The set is available September 17 to VIPs, and October 1 to everyone. I’d recommend waiting until October 1, so you can add something else to your cart, and get the free add-on.
The kind folks at Lego have offered us five free tickets to the first day of NYCC to give to our readers (Thursday October 9). What’s more, the winners will be invited to a special event at 1pm, where a new theme will be announced! The winners will get access to NYCC that day, the afternoon panel, and a special evening event.
Comment on this post to enter!
You must be able to get yourself to NYCC for the event, at your own expense, as all this contest provides is the NYCC ticket mentioned above. Transportation, lodging, etc is not included. Contest will be closed at 11:59 pm EST on September 19th.