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Stay current on the latest news and information about LEGO, from sales & deals to new set announcements. We also cover LEGO events and conventions all over the world.

Lego Shop at Home Brick Friday Deals Start Now [News]

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.

PRODUCT LEGO® THEME DESCRIPTION DISCOUNT AMOUNT
5004236 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ THE LEGO MOVIE DVD SpecEdition 60%
40091 Seasonal Thanksgiving Turkey 50%
850936 Seasonal Halloween Set 50%
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%
70724 LEGO® Ninjago NinjaCopter 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%

Creations for Charity live stream and final sale

The 2014 Creations for Charity fundraiser is ending on November 30th, and now prices are at their absolute lowest. This is a great time to get a custom creation donated by Lego fans with all proceeds going to buying Lego sets for underprivileged children. Check out what’s for sale before it’s over.

There is also a 24-hour live stream taking place on 5pm EST on November 28th. It is open to the public and hosted by Beyond the Brick. For each man-hour spent on air by any participant, LEGO will donate a set to Creations for Charity. You can learn more and sign up to participate or pledge a donation on creationsforcharity.org.

Join the Creations for Charity 2014 Live Stream!

Announcing Philly Brick Fest: April 23 – 26, 2015

Registration is now open for the next Philly Brick Fest, taking place from April 23rd-26th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. The full registration is discounted until December 1st, so get your tickets now.

Here’s the full press release;


Philly
Brick Fest, the 4-day Fan of LEGO Convention returns to the Greater
Philadelphia Expo Center April 23 – 26, 2015 in Oaks, PA.

The 2015 event will boast more than 90,000 square feet of fan built LEGO creations, interactive building challenges and activities, and merchandise from LEGO resellers and customizers. The 4-day convention brings together Fans of LEGO to play games, learn new building techniques, meet new members of the community, and most of all have fun.

Date:
April 23 – 26, 2015

Philly Brick Fest is a LEGO Convention for Fans of LEGO (FOLs). This is a 4-day private event from April 23 – 26, 2015 consisting of games, seminars, building activities, giveaways, and more. Registered attendees also have the ability display their LEGO creations sure to inspire the general public. Registered attendees also have a chance to meet, mingle, and create new friendships with other FOLs.

Brick Fest Live is the portion of the event that is open to the public. During the public sessions, attendees will have a chance to see the amazing FOL creations in addition to the hands-on attractions facilitated by Brick Fest Live.

And check out our video!

Amazon LEGO sales for Black Friday 2014: Friends, Castle and Super Heroes

Amazon.com has kicked off its Black Friday week with some good sales on LEGO sets, if you are looking to do some early Christmas shopping or just want to pick up something for your own collection.


LEGO Friends Olivia’s House 3315is currently $55.47, down from an original price of $74.99.


LEGO Kings Castleis on sale for $85.07, down from $99.99.


Lego Castle Dragon Mountain – 70403is currently $41.33, down from $49.99.


LEGO City 60025 Grand Prix Truck Toy Building Setis $20.99, down from $29.99.


LEGO Superheroes 76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attackis currently $16.00, down from $19.99.


LEGO Super Heroes Spider-Cycle Chase 76004is $14.79, down from $19.99.


LEGO Superheroes 76017 Captain America vs. Hydrais $14.97, down from $19.99.


LEGO Super Heroes Superman Vs Power Armor Lex 6862is $15.00, down from $19.99.

Ask a Lemur – “MOCs, LEGO and Prehensile Tails, oh my!”

Ask a Lemur

Hello again, friendly readers! It’s the TBB Intern Lemur here, ready and willing to answer your questions about LEGO, the fan community and The Brothers Brick!

Sorry for the delay. I will be trying to write these posts every Monday morning, if my workload allows. The contributors generally sleep late on Mondays, to recover from the weekend, and that gives me a chance to catch up. Today it was even quieter than usual because Andrew is off on his yacht, doing some research on penguins for the next TBB collaborative build. Oh, that reminds me, some of you asked about his car. Apparently I’m not allowed to talk about Master Andrew’s personal possessions on here any more. Which will be hard because there are a lot of them. He probably won’t be happy that I mentioned the yacht. Let’s keep that between ourselves, shall we? The other reason it is quieter around here right now is that Iain is off on a Wingsuit Tour of the French Pyrenees. He’ll be back in a few days. Anyway, on to the questions! A couple of these are from our contact form and some are from the comments on last week’s post. Here we go!

What is a MOC?
MOC is an acronym that stands for My Own Creation. It generally refers to anything that you make from your own imagination that isn’t an official set. Some people use it as a word (sounds like ‘mock’) and other people just say the letters (EM-OH-SEE). Either one is correct. The catch is that the thing you build has to be made from LEGO. I once made something here in the office and showed everyone my “MOC”. They were not impressed and told me to clean it up. That is when I discovered that only things you make from LEGO are called MOCs.

What is the correct way to refer to LEGO bricks?
There is a lot of debate about this. The LEGO company would like you to capitalize the word “LEGO” and refer to bricks as “LEGO building bricks” or “LEGO elements” and not to use the term “LEGO” as a generic term for their product. Some people pluralize the word into “Legos” and for many hard-core fans this is heresy. No, seriously, they really flip out. You should try it at a big fan convention some time. The LEGO grammar police come out of the woodwork. Scared the MOC right out of me the first time I saw it. Regardless of how you refer to them, we should stop arguing about it and just build with the yummy little things!

Can you build with your tail?
Of course. What else would I use? However, sad to say, most lemurs cannot build with their tails, as their tails are not prehensile. Sorry, but that is a myth! I’m actually the only lemur that has one. Chris thinks it has something to do with my diet of TBB mail, which might also account for the color. Hmm, I’ll have to think about that.

Well, that is all for today. I have other work to do and Miss Caylin is giving me the ‘eye’. Oh, yes, I have news! I have been given some Brothers Brick loot to share with you! If I use your question in next week’s post, I will contact you and send you a little Lemur love in the mail. Don’t worry, no MOCs. Have a great week and remember…the lemur cares.

A. Lemur

Comic Bricks at Designer Con

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).

Comic Bricks

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.

Captain Marvel #5

Ask a Lemur – Our new intern answers all your questions and more!

LemurColor
Greetings, Dear Readers!  Allow me to introduce myself.  I am The Brothers Brick’s intern and I have been given the honor of answering the tasty mail that you send to us.

I am a green-tailed lemur from the island of Madagascar and am very happy to be working in the TBB compound.  This “mailbag” feature is my own invention.  I got the idea after noticing that the lovely paper that I was given for lunch had messages on it.  When I asked Master Andrew about them, he said they were from our readers and that I could eat them.  The messages that is, not the readers.  He said the other contributors were too busy to deal with the mail, but that I was free to do as I pleased as long as the coffee was fresh and his Bugatti Veyron was washed.

I plan to answer a few questions each week.  In this first post I will answer some common questions we have received.  If you have questions that you would like me to answer, either serious or silly, real or imagined, please ask. Here we go!

Will you sell me the models featured on The Brothers Brick?

Unfortunately, no.  With few exceptions, they are one-of-a-kind creations and are not owned by The Brothers Brick.  You can always contact the builder, via whatever website they are using to host their pictures, and see if they are interested in selling their work. We do not sell contributors at this time either. Please stop asking about Simon. We are keeping him.

What is an AFOL?

AFOL is an acronym that stands for Adult Fan of LEGO.  It is a broad term that applies to anyone over 18 years old who is a fan of the LEGO company and/or its products.  Similar terms are ALE (Adult LEGO enthusiast), AFFOL (Adult Female Fan of LEGO), TFOL (Teen Fan of LEGO), KFOL (Kid Fan of LEGO).  There are many kinds of AFOLs including those who build their own creations, those who collect sets, those who customize LEGO elements, etc. It also can stand for Adult Fan Of the Lemur.

Are the contributors of The Brothers Brick actually brothers?

No.  One of us is a sister.

Thank you for your time and messages! Please leave any new questions in the comments below. Josh is having one of his ‘episodes’ and won’t come out of his office. Once he recovers, I will ask him to create me an email address.

Lego Ideas announces two new sets: Birds and The Big Bang Theory

Although I do like the Ecto-1 set and am happy for fellow Brickish member Peter Reid, whose exo-suit got turned into a set, I never cared much about Lego Ideas. However, today LEGO announced the next two ideas that are to be turned into sets and I like both of them.

The first idea is the brainchild of Thomas Poulsom, who by coincidence is also a Brickish member. It is the fantastic Lego birds project.

Lego Bird project

The set will undoubtedly be a bit different from the submission, but I’m sure the birds will be cute and I can imagine a lot of people finding inspiration in the set to build their own birds. What is not to love?

The second is The Big Bang Theory, by Alatariel and GlenBricker.

Lego Big Bang theory

As some of you may know, I have a PhD in physics and when this show first aired the then-girlfriend/ current wife of one of my friends remarked how much Sheldon, Leonard, Rajesh and Howard reminded her of her boyfriend and his circle of friends, including yours truly. We never had the same superhero fetish as the characters in the show and, of course, she is far smarter than Penny, but I cannot deny the similarities. Somewhat worryingly, though, in The Big Bang theory it’s Sheldon who builds with LEGO, referring to his Lego Death Star in a number of episodes. In any case, the submitted model has all the characters and lots of details of Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment and I’d be surprised if the final set won’t include all of the characters as minifigs. Somehow I picture Sheldon’s as wearing a green T-shirt with a classic space logo.