For those who are working during this Holiday season, you are not alone. Tyler Clites’ (Legohaulic) Elves feel you pain. Merry Christmas!!!
What do you get the LEGO fan who probably buys themselves all the LEGO he or she could ever need? Here at The Brothers Brick (TBB), our LEGO holiday gift guide has everything a LEGO fan is going to love — everything but official LEGO sets!
Regular readers will certainly have noticed that publishers have been furiously releasing stacks of new LEGO books lately. We haven’t been able to review all of them here (we’ll get to them, time permitting), but we definitely recommend each of these books.
The Big Unofficial Lego Builder’s Book: Build Your Own City
Authors: Oliver Albrecht & Joachim Klang.
Review: Read Tim’s review here on TBB.
The Brick Bible: The New Testament: A New Spin on the Story of Jesus
Author: Brendan Powell Smith.
Review: Read Bruce’s review over on GodBricks.
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (2nd Edition)
Author: Allan Bedford
Review: Forthcoming here on TBB…
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
Author: Megan Rothrock
Review: Read Tim’s review here on TBB.
And if you didn’t pick them up at the time, don’t miss two of my personal favorite LEGO books.
Hillel says, “Some details include presents, our three cats, all five family members, the menorah, the lit shamash (the candle you light the other candles with), soufganiot (jelly donuts – a holiday tradition), and a lit fire (thank you light brick). Enjoy!”
In the distant future, when humanity has spread to hundreds of habitable planets in the galaxy, when good little boys and girls live thousands of light years away from the North Pole on Earth, how does Santa Claus deliver their toys on Christmas? Why, aboard SCSS Rudolph, the jolly old elf’s Candy Cane-class space corvette, of course!
The Rudolph features a pair of high-gain subspace comm arrays, a Hawking-Kaku event horizon drive, and a cargo hold that takes advantage of Gallifreyan technology to maximize interior capacity.
Build notes: I actually threw this together back in January, during my Chris Foss-inspired microscale phase, when I was trying a variety of color combinations. Red and white looked a little too Christmasy, so I went ahead and added a red nose, a pair of antlers, and some green accents, and then saved it until now. When I start building, I often don’t quite know where a LEGO model is going to end up.
Photo notes: Other than adjusting the exposure a bit, you’re looking at a completely unprocessed photo; everything you see in the photo is 100% official LEGO. BrickCon received some discarded LEGO signage from a toy store, including the backdrops for LEGO aisle displays, and I snagged a couple of card-stock pieces printed with space scenes. Expect to see this LEGO planet in my photos from time to time…
Today only, members of the LEGO VIP Program get early access to “Brick Friday” sales.
- The free shipping amount has been lowered to $49.
- At $99, you get this year’s exclusive holiday set for free (which can’t be purchased separately).
- At $149, you get 10% off your whole order.
And since we haven’t mentioned it yet, the LEGO Shop now has a Retiring Soon page that highlights LEGO sets for which production runs will not be renewed, and so whatever LEGO currently has in stock is all that’s left.
Chief among these is the classic LEGO Castle set 10193 Medieval Market Village, unveiled at BrickCon 2009.
Don’t miss the rest of the Retiring Soon sets on LEGO.com.
Have a Happy Halloween, courtesy of the ever-great Tyler Clites, who brings us this amusing scene of a skeleton’s worst nightmare.
Oh, October. There are many, many things I adore about you. Your cooler weather. Your vibrant colors. The build up through the month to Halloween, and everything that comes with it.
Updates will be sporadic this year. Adds a bit of mystery to the whole lot. Keep an eye on his photostream for his amazing custom figures along with their presentation and back-stories.
The 4th annual Creations for Charity fundraising event is now accepting donations of Lego creations. Creations for Charity raises money by selling these donated creations to buy Lego sets for underprivileged children. Anyone can donate a Lego creation from now until November 15. All you have to do is fill out a form and be prepared to ship the creation directly to the buyer. Starting this year, you can choose to be reimbursed for the cost of making your creation, so it’s easier to part with your bricks!
This year Creations for Charity will be donating the Lego sets to multiple cities in the US as well as in Croatia and Chile as part of our ongoing effort to expand our donations. To refresh your memory, take a look at all the Lego sets donated last year!
LEGO’s latest addition to what is obviously now an annual line of holiday-themed village sets is 10229 Winter Village Cottage, unveiled this evening at Brickfair in Virginia. The set includes nearly 1,500 pieces, costs $100, and will be available this October.
See all the photos on Flickr.
10229 Winter Village Cottage
Ages 12+. 1,487 pieces.
US $99.99 CA $129.99 DE 99.99 € UK 89.99 £ DK 899 DKK
Get cozy in the Winter Village Cottage!
Continuing the winter series, build the Winter Village Cottage for a perfect holiday home. Seat Grandpa snugly by the fireplace with his newspaper as you help Dad to put up the tree, then bake a feast in the kitchen with Mom! When it’s time to stock up the storage shed with firewood, bring the kids for a ride with Dad on the sled watch him cut the wood with his chainsaw deep in the forest. When the snow gets really deep, clear the road with the snowplow, take all of the kids skiing or build an igloo to play in. There’s no cozier place to spend long, frosty nights!
- Includes 8 minifigures: mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, 3 children and snowplow driver with assorted accessories
- Features cottage, storage shed, igloo, streetlamp, sled and snowplow
- Accessories include kitten, owl, fireplace with LEGO® light brick function, chandelier, Christmas tree, wreath, gifts, armchair, kitchen appliances and bed
- Storage shed features tools and firewood elements
- Igloo features fireplace and removable roof
- Detach the snowplow to store it in the back of the truck!
- Make the fireplace glow with the LEGO® light brick!
- Decorate the cottage!
- Fetch firewood with the sled!
- Drive the snowplow!
- Cottage measures 6.7” (17 cm) high, 9.8” (25 cm) wide and 5.5” (14 cm) deep
- Storage shed measures 4.3” (11 cm) high, 2.7” (7 cm) wide and 2.7” (7 cm) deep
- Igloo measures 2.7” (7 cm) high, 2.7” (7 cm) wide and 2.7” (7 cm) deep
- Snowplow measures 2.7” (7 cm) high, 7” (18 cm) long (with plow attached) and 2.3” (6 cm) wide
- Add the new Winter Village Cottage to other LEGO® Winter Village series models like the 10199 Winter Toy Shop, 10216 Winter Village Bakery and 10222 Winter Village Post Office.
As OJ says over on The Living Brick, “The great thing about Japan and China using the same zodiacal chart but celebrating the New Year on different dates is that I get to do this twice!” Indeed.
Schneider Cheung celebrates the Year of the Dragon with the most wonderfully sculpted Chinese dragon I’ve ever seen.
Meanwhile, rack911 celebrates with a depiction of Cai Shen, the God of Wealth, complete with a golden dragon and a bowl for treasure.