Tag Archives: Holidays

From New Year’s Day through Christmas, each year is full of holidays celebrated by the diverse cultures of the world — Setsubun in Japan, Halloween in America, and so many more. LEGO builders love to create seasonal models to celebrate these red-letter days.

The Brothers Brick LEGO holiday gift guide 2012

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!

LEGO Books

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.
Price: $29.99
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.
Price: $19.95
Review: Read Bruce’s review over on GodBricks.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
Author: Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć
Price: $29.95
Review: Read Josh’s review here on TBB.

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (2nd Edition)
Author: Allan Bedford
Price: $24.95
Review: Forthcoming here on TBB…

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
Author: Megan Rothrock
Price: $24.95
Review: Read Tim’s review here on TBB.

Moleskine LEGO Notebook
Price: $16.95 (small) to $21.95 (large)
Review: Read Andrew’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.

The Cult of LEGO
Authors: John Baichtal & Joe Meno
Price: $39.95
Review: Read Andrew’s review here on TBB.

LEGO: A Love Story
Author: Jonathan Bender
Price: $24.95
Review: Read Andrew’s review here on TBB.

Read the full LEGO gift guide after the jump!

Chanukah at the Cooperman house

Hillel Cooperman over at BrickPOP has built a lovely vignette of his family in their living room on Chanukah (which starts this evening at sunset).

LEGO Chanukah vignette

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!”

Santa zips around the galaxy aboard his Candy Cane-class space corvette

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!

"Rudolph" - Candy Cane Class Corvette (1)

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…

Get a jump on Black Friday deals with free shipping, free holiday set & more [News]

Today only, members of the LEGO VIP Programicon get early access to “Brick Friday” sales.

10% OFF + FREE Shipping + Exclusive Holiday Set.  Valid 11.23.12 - 11.26.12

  • 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 Soonicon 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.

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Don’t miss the rest of the Retiring Soonicon sets on LEGO.com.

It begins...

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.

And Jamie‘s annual Halloween figures.

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.

You can also check out last year and the year before!

Creations for Charity now accepting donations for the 2012 fundraiser!

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!

If this is your first time participating, you can learn more about Creations for Charity or read the FAQs on their website.

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!

Merry Christmas from Creations for Charity

Announcing 10229 Winter Village Cottage [News]

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.

10229 Winter Village Cottage (1)

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.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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.

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Meanwhile, rack911 celebrates with a depiction of Cai Shen, the God of Wealth, complete with a golden dragon and a bowl for treasure.

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Happy Year of the Dragon!

Something I look forward to every New Year’s Day is the lovely LEGO creations by Japanese builders celebrating the new year, most often incorporating the animal from the Chinese Zodiac. I generally wait a couple days and do a roundup, but Moko‘s dragon is too gorgeous to share later.

LEGO Chinese dragon

(And since we get at least one comment about this every year, Japan celebrates New Year’s on January 1st every year. Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, the exact date varies by year, and is celebrated by many other Asian cultures. Just not Japan.)