About Chris

Chris Malloy (porschecm2) has been a LEGO fan nearly all his life, having started with System bricks at age 3. He's been active in the online community since 2002, variously enjoying the lively families at FBTB, Classic-Space, Classic-Castle, Builder's Lounge, and Forbidden-Cove. In 2011, he finally made it to his first convention, Brickcon. He enjoys building in a wide range of themes, but keeps returning to Castle, Space, and Pirates. He has been a member of the LEGO Ambassador program since 2010. His flickr account can be found here.

Posts by Chris

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Disney Series [Review]

LEGO’s new Disney series of Collectible Minifigures is probably the most hotly anticipated series yet, and LEGO’s sent us a case to review. They will retail for $3.99 USD like other recent series, but this time there are 18 unique figures to collect, instead of the typical 16. Some lucky folks have already found them for sale, but they should be widely available May 1.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Disney Series

The Disney figs come in a case of 60, with each case containing three full sets plus some extras. Our case broke down like this:
Three each of Aladdin, Alice, Ariel, Buzz Lightyear, Captain Hook, Cheshire Cat, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Maleficent, Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan, and Ursula.
Four each of Genie, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Incredible, Stitch, Syndrome, and the Toy Story Alien.

Click to read the full review of each figure

I am the Walrus: The Adventures of Pingu

Pingu the penguin was a staple of Swiss children’s television throughout the ’90s, and builder LegoJalex brings us one of Pingu’s many adventures. Here Pingu encounters a giant walrus in a nightmare. You can watch the clip LegoJalex based this on via Youtube — scary stuff, if you ask me.

Pingus nightmare

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS officially revealed + LEGO Designer Interview [News]

LEGO and Porsche have announced the brand new LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the new flagship model for the Technic line. It will have 2,704 pieces, and will be available starting June 1 via LEGO.com and select LEGO stores in Germany and Austria. It will see wider release in retail stores beginning in August. It will retail for $299 USD.

42056 LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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How to make your own 14k solid gold LEGO Star Wars Han Solo [Video]

Fans of LEGO come from all walks of life, including jewelers—and what happens when a LEGO fan wants to encase a Han Solo minifigure in carbonite? Well, we haven’t yet figured out how carbonite works, so S.E. Needham jewelers teamed up with youtube channel JerryRigEverything to find out if 14k gold will do instead. Han Solo might actually be worth more than Collectible Minifigures Series 10’s Mr. Gold now.

14k gold Han Solo

Official LEGO Star Wars Rogue One teaser image [News]

After seeing the Rogue One teaser trailer which was released last week, we’ve been very excited about the next installment in the Star Wars franchise. Unsurprisingly, we’ll be getting LEGO Star Wars sets from Rogue One as well as the main trilogy, and today LEGO has released their first teaser image featuring Rogue One’s main characters in LEGO form.

LEGO Star Wars Rogue One Teaser

LEGO fans are also getting excited for the upcoming movie, and we’ve already started to spot Rogue One creations popping up. One of the first out of the gate is builder aranobilis98 with this great shot of the first Death Star under construction, as glimpsed in the trailer.

Under construction

LEGO unveils massive new Minecraft set: 21128 The Village [News]

LEGO Minecraft has come a long way from its humble origin as a crowd-sourced idea back in 2012. The latest addition the ever-expanding LEGO Minecraft theme is a massive new exclusive set, 21128 The Village. The set features a minifig-scale Village, one of several naturally-generated structures in the Minecraft world. The Village will have 1600 pieces, and be available for $199 USD for VIP members on May 18, and for everyone else on June 1.

LEGO Minecraft 21128 The Village

LEGO Minecraft 21128 The Village

Click to read the press release and see more of The Village

LEGO Koenigsegg CCX is striking and insanely detailed

The Koenigsegg CCX first debuted in 2006 featuring an insane top speed of 245mph, and would set you back around $700,000 USD. But it’s also been named one of the ten most beautiful cars of all time. The Koenigsegg’s gorgeous curved lines are incredibly difficult to render from rectangular bricks, but builder Gerald Cacas has done a great job here. Perhaps more impressively though, he’s filled it to the brim with detail, and even made the doors, engine lid, and hood functional. The engine compartment looks so real you almost can’t believe it’s LEGO, let alone at such a small scale, and the interior is equally astounding. Check out all the pictures after the jump.

My Koenigsegg CCX retake...

My Koenigsegg CCX retake...

Click to see more pictures of the Koenigsegg CCX

Giant 4 foot tall LEGO model of Nebraska state capitol

I’ve been watching John Tooker slowly construct his replica of the Nebraska state capitol for several years, and the final building is incredibly impressive. The real Nebraska capitol is the tallest of the United States’ 50 state capitol buildings, and John’s model beautifully captures the magnificent art-deco spire which towers over the surrounding plains. Take a look at the tiny people on the steps to get a sense of tower’s vast scale.

Nebraska State Capitol - From the Southwest

Collage  of the Nebraska State Capitol built out of LEGO

Stunning LEGO Darth Vader mask cleverly hides scenes from Star Wars

LEGO builder yu chris created this gorgeous replica of Darth Vader’s iconic samurai-inspired mask, which gleams with shades of black just like the original. But it’s not just a mask — turning it around reveals three clever chibi-style scenes from Anakin’s life. The tiny little Death Star hangar filled with parading stormtroopers is definitely my favorite bit, but the relief sculptures in the backgrounds of the other two scenes are each fantastic in their own right.

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What happens when LEGO bricks encounter a hydraulic press? [Video]

Putting random objects into hydraulic presses just to see what happens is something of a craze online right now, so it was only a matter of time until our beloved bricks met someone brash enough to try to squeeze the life out of them. Here we see what happens when a LEGO minifig, a 2×4 brick, and eventually a full LEGO set are put under tremendous pressure. I think this is how LEGO Iron Builders are made.

If you’re squeamish about seeing LEGO bricks transformed into new shapes, look away now.

Exclusive interview with Jason Allemann, creator of LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze [News]

LEGO’s newest Ideas set, 21305 Maze, is available starting today. Jason Allemann, the Maze’s creator, has long been known known for helping out fellow fans by providing instructions to many of his models, and this time around, Jason has put together a special Maze website which hosts instructions several alternate maze layouts, and inspiration for even more. Jason has even created a motorized miniature golf-inspired maze (video below).

We got our hands on the Maze last month and had fun reviewing it, but we wanted to know what its creator had to say. Jason was kind enough to speak with us about the Maze, his design process, and how to create a successful LEGO Ideas project.

LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze

Click to read the full interview with Jason

The Brothers Brick’s finest: Contributor Showcase

We here at The Brothers Brick pride ourselves on not only running a world-class LEGO blog highlighting the best models and news from the LEGO fan community, but also being pretty accomplished builders ourselves. At a recent team strategy event, we asked our staff of expert builders to bring their best models, so that we could highlight our unique talents.

TBB Contributor Showcase

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