Tag Archives: Christmas

LEGO Nutcrackers for your holiday chestnuts

I’m sure many of you have your chestnuts roasting by the open fire. Those of us NOT in Florida or the northeast might even have jack frost nipping at our noses. The Cascade Mountains have certainly made up for last winter with nearly 12 feet of snow in the last 25 days.

Julius von Brunk gives us these festive, whimsical nutcrackers to join in all of our festivities. Like real nutcrackers, these open and close their jaws by means of a lever. You too can have these as part of your traditions, as he’s been kind enough to provide a tutorial on Instructables.

Tragic end for a snowman

It’s a tough world right now for a snowman. Is anyone forecast for snow tomorrow? Rocky Mountains, put your hand down. We’re talking about everyone else, who are going to experience the great joy of a warm, sunny Christmas morning. As a former Florida resident, I’m so, so sorry.

Also, please someone tell Dorothy that tornado season might not be over.

I could never quite get behind a Florida Christmas, and this snowman very clearly couldn’t either. Fortunately, Earl Ware was on hand to capture the snowman’s fate.

Another tragic end for the Florida snowman.

Someone might want to tell Olaf.

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 24)

It’s Christmas Eve, which means it’s the final day of this year’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar series here on The Brothers Brick.

As I predicted, the lazy git C-3PO has forced the hardest-working droid in the galaxy, R2-D2, to pull him along in the sled revealed yesterday — as proved in this photo by #yslego.

Santa c3po and his "R"ein"d"eer

Click to see the Day 24 mini-kits!

The Santa 3000

This build was inspired by a small child asking how Santa managed to get all over the world in one evening. I figured he’d need something a bit beefier than a team of flying ungulates…

The Santa 3000

I build a Christmas-themed LEGO creation every year as part of our decorations, but am generally too busy to get it photographed and posted during the run up, and it never feels appropriate after the day itself. However, I managed to grab some time today to get a photo and I thought I’d post it here to wish you all a happy holiday season.

Relax, eat too much, have a few drinks, and maybe build some stuff. That’s what I’ll be doing.

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 23)

41102 LEGO Friends Advent CalendarThe day after tomorrow is Christmas! That means we’re on Day 23 of TBB’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar series, with another pair of LEGO Friends and LEGO Star Wars minikits.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 23 mini-kits!

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 22)

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent CalendarIt’s Christmas on Friday, and we’re down to just the last three batches of LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Friends mini-kits in TBB’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 22 mini-kits!

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 21)

41102 LEGO Friends Advent CalendarWe’re three weeks into December, which means it’s Day 21 of TBB’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar series.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 21 mini-kits!

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 20)

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent CalendarOnly 5 days until Christmas, which means we’re 20 days into TBB’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar, with only a few more LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Friends mini-kits and minifigs left to unveil.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 20 mini-kits!

Disney Princesses as microscale Christmas ornaments

Every year Markus Rollbühler creates some new LEGO Christmas decorations for the tree,  and he shared this year’s collection of Disney Princesses in microscale.

Disney Princess Christmas Ornaments

From left to right:

  • Leia and R2-D2
  • Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian (from The Little Mermaid)
  • Snow White and a deer
  • Tiana and Naveen (from The Princess and the Frog)
  • Elsa and Anna (from Frozen)

The details are fantastic at this scale, making the characters easily recognisable. I love Flounder and Sebastian, created using simple 1×1  tiles or plates with clips and 1×1 plates.  Another favourite is R2-D2 who is simply a 1×1 Technic brick resting on a silver 1×1 round plate, two white minifig hands and a blue-based lever – inspired use of parts!

Thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Princess Leia can be officially described as a Disney Princess too…

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Days 18 & 19)

41102 LEGO Friends Advent CalendarI was so focused on the new Star Wars movie yesterday (have you heard? there’s a new Star Wars movie out!) that I totally forgot to post yesterday’s installment of our virtual LEGO Advent Calendar series, so here’s Day 18 & 19 together.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 18 & 19 mini-kits!

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 17)

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent CalendarWe’re 17 days into TBB’s virtual LEGO Advent Calendar, and there’s a part of me that’s hoping for some sort of Episode VII easter egg.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 17 mini-kits!

2015 LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars (Day 16)

41102 LEGO Friends Advent CalendarThousands of you out there are reading our virtual LEGO Advent Calendar series, but it’s Day 16 now and I’m getting bored, so I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

We’ll be unveiling the mini-kits or minifigs from each Advent Calendar around this time every day, and we won’t ruin the surprise — you’ll need to click through to reveal the LEGO behind the tiny doors.

Click to see the Day 16 mini-kits!