Category Archives: Models

This is what we’re all about. We scour the web for the best custom LEGO models to share with you. From castles and spaceships to planes, trains, and automobiles, you’ll find the best LEGO creations from builders all over the world right here on The Brothers Brick.

Winter is Here

Only a few months remain until the epic return of Game of Thrones, and the torturous wait for season six has been a killer on everyone (certain characters especially). But while the premiere is almost here, don’t forget to notice that winter is already upon us. Take for instance this bust built by Omar + Kamitera Ovalle, which depicts a chilling White Walker:

White Walker by Omar + Kamitera Ovalle

While those in Westeros tend to ignore them, this is one build you don’t want to miss. The husband and wife team have also constructed many other Game of Thrones builds over the past two years, all of which can be viewed on their stunning Flickr album.

Slow and steady and heavily armed wins the race

What I love about the famous 21109 Exo-Suit set is not the exo-suit itself, but that totally adorable mechanic turtle. It looks so clumsy and intimidating at the same time and I would be happy to see it as a polybag set one day. Peter Reid‘s turtle production line has been running for about 6 years already. Finally, a huge weaponry update is here and it is super badass.

Heavy Weapons Turtles

It’s not one, not two, but three heavy launchers which can be placed onto turtles’ shells. The contrast between small mechanic animals and enormous cannons is brilliant. And I like different colors of 1 x 1 round tiles in the head of each turtle – it immediately creates a particular character for each of these three models.

A traveler’s rest at the Dunholm Taverna

Wochender, one of the team members over at The Brick Time, has built a couple of wonderful medieval buildings that would look beautiful in any setting, with their carved timber construction and stonework, but the trees and roads surrounding are what caught my eye.

Dunholm Taverna & the House of Peer Rumstiek

Both buildings also have full interiors.

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We found Nemo! And Dory!

Thirteen years ago, we met Marlin and Dory as they searched everywhere to find Nemo, befriending sea turtles, sharks (fish are friends, not food!), and learned to speak whale. This year, we’ll join familiar fishes once again to find Dory.

To help us out, BuildFiend has partnered with Nunki-psi bringing us these fantastic digital sculptures of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory.

Finding Dory Collaboration

Thriller, Killer

TBB regular Letranger Absurde continues to refine his unique style and churn out one great character build after another. This week he graced us with not one, but two, new examples: the erstwhile King of Pop, and a lady assassin who seems to be taking her work a bit too seriously. Both feature stellar poses, great proportioning, and a delightful use of Mixel eyes. It’s almost enough to make this aged character builder wanna hang up his bricks! I tip my hat to you, sir…

 

A real slick robot

We blog a lot of LEGO mecha here on The Brothers Brick, and I always love seeing new stuff done with in the genre. This lanky mech from Nils M pulls off some fantastic shaping with relatively simple techniques and pieces.

ExoForce Mecha

If you’re wondering why the builder called this an “ExoForce Mecha”, it’s because it uses a few pieces (with their original stickers) from 7706 Mobile Defense Tank — one of the few Exo-Force sets that has continued to elude me…

A wheely big planetary rover

It’s time to leave January and its Droneuary shenanigans behind and move onto the fun of FebROVERy. First out of the garage is Jonas‘ (aka Legopard) Planetary Rover – a tricycle on steroids.  Not only does this rover fit the monthly build challenge,  but it transpires that Jonas is also taking part in Iron Builder 4.0 – Round 8 against Tim Schwalfenberg.

The wheels on this rover are great but the inside of the tires are really special thanks to the transparent red grilles. The seed part is the Technic metallic pin connector,  and it forms the unusual wheel attachment in this particular entry.  I also love the comfy looking leather covered driving seat in the cockpit, who doesn’t want 360° vision when out exploring?

Planetary Rover

Jonas has been featured regularly on TBB, in 2016 thus far we have bogged his Flying Erwin, Tree House and Morgan 3-wheeler.

Their world is fire. And blood.

Eero Okkonen has done it again! Continuing in his distinctive building style and tendency to create fantastic teams of characters (for example, his prior teams from Pratchett’s Discworld or Miyazaki’s Nausicaa) Eero has assembled these lovely characters straight out of George Miller’s post apocalyptic future. Imperator Furiosa and Max Rockatansky look like they were cobbled together out of the scraps and hatred of the wasteland. Which, if you’ve seen the movie, is exactly as it should be.

Fury Road!

Check out more photos on Eero’s website. And, if you still haven’t seen ten-time Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road then it’s time to kick your rear into gear. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game available for preorder [News]

Not surprisingly, TT Games will be releasing a multi-console game based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Available for preorder now and scheduled for release on June 28, 2016, the game will be available on nearly all current video game platforms.

Here’s the official trailer, which is well worth a watch even if you’re not interested in the game:

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “Deluxe” editions both come with a Season Pass (foretelling post-purchase DLC…) and a Finn minifig in his First Order FN-2187 stormtrooper outfit, while the PS4 version also comes with an extra level.

Here’s the full list of platforms:

Since the last time we highlighted a video game preorder, Amazon has added an instant 20% off deal for all video game preorders for Amazon Prime members, along with their usual release date shipping. As always, you can help support TBB with all your Amazon.com purchases.

LEGO, transform and roll out!

Let’s just have a quick consensus: Transformers is one of the coolest things ever. Robots that turn into tanks, dinosaurs and sundry? That’s just too good. With that in mind, I happened to come across not one, but two transforming builds from two separate builders.

Up first is “PACE” from JAN LEGO that looks great in both forms as well as using anything but wheels for its wheels.

PACE

For more nostalgia, Andrew Lee’s “Shellax!” is equal parts van and turtle. Oh, and it’s Donatello, because he’s the best Ninja Turtle. Again, there’s a consensus on this.

Shellax!

TBB cover photo: February 2016

We’re very enthusiastic about all things robotic here at The Mechas Mech Brothers Brick, so a mecha-themed monthly cover photo was inevitable. While a lot of the LEGO mech tech that we cover here is on the large side, this month’s moody mecha TBB cover photo by Italian builder Devid VII proves that sometimes it’s not always size that counts!

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Taiwanese LEGO fan uses 15000 bricks to build 4½ foot long SHIELD Helicarrier

The most anticipated LEGO set of 2015 was the enormous Avengers SHIELD Helicarrier. As we highlighted in our extensive video review, there was a lot to like about that set, except for the relative scales of the carrier, the microfigs, and the quinjets. And while some builders have explored more ambitious LEGO Helicarrier designs within the confines of a computer screen, no-one has dared tackle the challenge of building a more properly scaled and movie-accurate version of the Avengers’ flying fortress using actual LEGO bricks …until now!

Working with nothing more than reference photos from the 2012 Avengers movie, Taiwanese builder ZiO Chao and a his friends Dada, Kimura, Kuan-Wei, Stephanie, Tiger and Will from the Formosa LEGO club spent a month and a half (and many sleepless nights) constructing this enormous and fully detailed model of the iconic Helicarrier. At 140cm x 80cm it’s twice the size of the official LEGO set, and contains five times as many pieces. At last, those “swooshable” little quinjets now actually have room to move around!

Regarding the build process, which he photographed in great detail, ZiO told The Brothers Brick: “Before I started to build it, the most annoying thing was collecting parts and classifying them. Then we used Technic beams to sketch out the skeleton of the carrier, which needed to be strong enough to hold everything together. Technic beams were also a great solution for the supporting yellow columns, the front of the carrier, and the four turbine engines.”

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