Category Archives: LEGO

You’d probably expect a lot of the posts on a LEGO blog like The Brothers Brick to be about LEGO, and you’d be right. If you’re browsing this page, you might want to consider narrowing what you’re looking for by checking out categories like “Space” and “Castle.” We’re sure there’s something here that’ll fascinate and amaze you.

Ping pong ...is not the macarena

Some creations, even if simple, just look perfect. As is the case with this table tennis build by David FNJ (Fire-Ninja Jedi). There is nothing I could think of to make this scene any better. The table with the characteristic gap, the net – everything is just as you would expect it, and I mean that in the best way. But atop of that, David presents his creation with a beautiful photo, where even the reflections look good.

Ping Pong!

If you want pictures of the full table though, you might be disappointed. The builder informs us that what you see is literally all of his dark green pieces! But I would take that as a good thing; this is a creation that pushes his collection to the limit, which is the best way for a builder to grow.

Distracting children make #BBCdad a viral star

The recent live BBC interview with Robert Kelly, a political science expert in Korean politics, took an unexpected turn when his study door burst open to allow a front row view of his 4-year old daughter dancing into the room, followed swiftly by 8-month old James scooting through in his baby walker. The clip went viral as the professor tried not to crawl under his desk with the adorable clash of roles; dad vs expert interviewee. We all know that a clip or photograph is not truly viral until someone has captured the moment in LEGO. Well thanks to Sergio, Robert Kelly can now make his LEGO claim to fame.

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Amazon LEGO sales on Star Wars, Nexo Knights, Moana and City [News]

This week’s LEGO deals from Amazon include Star Wars, Nexo Knights, Moana and City. Check out more Sales and Deals!

LEGO Star Wars 75095 UCS Tie Fighter is 13% off, currently listed at $173.99.

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Crippling foot pain was their plan all along

Builder Didier Burtin shows that your LEGO bricks causing great foot pain was their devious plan the whole time, with his brick-built interpretation of the meme. Didier’s build is my favorite of all the physically built versions I’ve seen, especially with the shape of the foot in the diagram.

They have a plan

Tread carefully. These bricks are most painful when you least expect them.

A brief history of LEGO Stephen Hawking

My little LEGO model of scientist Stephen Hawking just turned 10 years old, which led me to reflect upon the history of this peculiar creation and the path that my life took as a result of creating it. And to mark the occasion, last week I took this LEGO version of the Professor on a special trip to follow in his namesake’s footsteps!

Ten years ago I was just beginning to experiment with building my own creations (or “MOCs” as we LEGO fans like to call them). I had a limited bricks, limited experience, limited skill, and no real direction. Then Stephen Hawking announced his plans to experience zero gravity aboard the infamous Vomet Comet airplane, which inspired me to model him as a “miniland” scale LEGO figure.

I was pleased with the result, and having it featured here on The Brothers Brick was a pleasant surprise. But an even bigger surprise came when the creation was picked up by pop culture websites and went “viral”.

It was at that moment that I had my LEGO epiphany… Firstly, that characters seemed like an under-exploited genre of LEGO building, one that seemed like a more interesting challenge to me than say vehicles or buildings. Secondly, that there was a much larger audience – beyond the core fan community – for LEGO creations based on pop culture.

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Let’s party like it’s 1984! [Instructions]

Those were the days, back when you had rewind the tape to play your favourite song again or when ‘shuffle’ meant spending hours making up a mix-tape. Hudson Rippetoe, otherwise known as Brick Classics, has found a way to capture some of those sweet musical memories with his LEGO version of the cassette tape. He has kindly provided us with these instructions so you can make your own LEGO cassette tape. Giving a mix-tape was a way to impress the ladies (or guys for that matter) and I bet presenting someone with a LEGO mix-tape will have an even better effect.

Cassette Micro Building Guide

Classic Cassette

Remember, you don’t need a pencil to fix this LEGO cassette tape if it gets stuck in the player.

LEGO Niantic logo

A Pokemon trainer from northeast Ohio named Adrian Drake recently took a break from sneaking up on squirtles and evolving his eevees. What did he do with his spare time? He built the Niantic logo out of LEGO bricks, of course!

Niantic

If you’ve played any Ingress or Pokemon Go (and seriously, who hasn’t?), you’ll probably recognize this hot air balloon that also kinda looks like an atom carrying a ship. But even if you don’t recognize the Niantic logo, you have to admit Adrian’s 3D LEGO version is pretty sweet.

Serious games for serious men

Chess fans from the 80’s will instantly recognise this battle between two brilliant masterminds at the Chess Championships held in Moscow. The match between Garry Kasparov and defending champion Anatoly Karpov in 1985 was the only championship match to be abandoned without a result to date. Builder Leonid An brilliantly captures the deep thought process and tense atmosphere of this famous match. The small touches that bring it to life include the use of red capes to represent the two flags of the countrymen.

A.Karpov vs G.Kasparov, 1984-1985

The stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun!

Ever wondered where those yellow sticky notes came from? Well as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Arthur Fry was tired of losing his place in his hymn book, wanted a reusable bookmark, and viola – the Post-it note was born! Builder JD Keller has created an hilarious scene featuring Mr. Fry on a fantastic wheelie chair surrounded by his beloved little yellow re-stickable notes. Clearly he has a lot on his plate – not only are there stacks of memos on the table, stuck on the walls, filing cabinet and classic old CRT monitor, but they also feature on the pot plant, telephone and (my favorite) the bottom of his coffee mug.

Sticky Situation

We can rebuild him, we have the technology

Thank goodness Eero Okkonen had the incredible foresight to rebuild this lizard beast. After all, there aren’t that many Tyrannosaurus Rexes left in the wild! Using ABS plastic and discarded Bionicle technology, Eero was able to piece together all that remained of this once-great creature (including his Duplo grass spine and even the very tip of his tail) and transform him into a six million dollar dino.

CMT-Rex

A LEGO Aston Martin that’s good enough for Bond

Even if you don’t like 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (though we loved it in our review), or Porsches in general, the existence of that set has opened the doors for many more creations through the introduction of some fantastic new elements. We’ve seen its pieces already used to make a hammer drill, but they’re back as a car in this Aston Martin DB11 by Jeroen Ottens.

Aston Martin DB11

The build features a lot of functioning mechanics such as independent suspension, a complex gearbox, adjustable chairs, and more. Not to mention, it just looks great. Looking at the side view below, it’s also impressive how well the underlying Technic frame has been covered using those now-familiar panels from the Porsche.

Aston Martin DB11

Cheers, love! LEGO Tracer’s Pulse Pistols from Overwatch

Tracer has become my hero of choice when playing in Overwatch competitive play on offense. Her movement abilities suit my play style of unpredictable movement—giving me a chance to compensate for my poor aim. So my latest LEGO build is of Tracer’s primary ability, her dual rapid-fire Pulse Pistols. Constructed from 1,063 LEGO parts each (2,126 total parts for the pair), the pistols feature moving triggers, a working “reload” mechanism in which the side disks expand outward, and light-up elements powered by BrickStuff LEDs.

Tracer's Pulse Pistols - Overwatch

The most challenging part of the build was the reload mechanism. The same mechanics as in MyDifferentUsername’s KRM-262 Shotgun were used, but the mechanism had to be reduced from 4-studs wide to 3, so the disks on either side would maintain the overall 5-stud-wide model.

Tracer's Pulse Pistols - Overwatch

Watch the working features in both third person and first person viewpoints in the video below.