LEGO Certified Professional Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks (who was also involved in building James May’s LEGO house) recently led a project to create what is likely the world’s tallest LEGO Christmas tree at London’s St. Pancras train station.
Standing 38 feet (12 m) tall and built from 600,000 bricks, you can see the tree in person on the lower concourse at St. Pancras through January 2.
Thanks to all the readers who sent us links about this.
Update: Lots more pictures on The Verge.
Mos Eisley used Star Wars minifigures to create this Christmas version of the Emperor’s arrival. Can you identify all the minifigs used, including the chrome stormtroopers?
The weather outside might be frightful, but we’ve got plenty to keep us inside and warm. And that includes building ornaments for our trees, if that’s the holiday you choose to celebrate.
Chris McVeigh has posted his series of five ornaments, each designed to bring a bit of life and character to your decorations this holiday season! Each has instructions, so happy building!
Black Friday 2011 is here, which means the LEGO Shop online is having a bunch of deals to get your holiday shopping started.
Here’s what you get, November 25-28:
- Free shipping on all orders of $49 or more
- Free Limited Edition Holiday set featuring Santa Minifigure with orders of $99 or more
- 10% off all orders of $149 or more
- 25% off a bunch of sets (list below)
All of the following sets are 25% off (plus a few other Duplo, Belville, LEGO Games, and other non-System sets):
Each year, Nannan and several other organizers run a fundraising event for Toys for Tots called Creations for Charity.
The team has just listed several new creations in their online store.
Fine print: Creations for Charity is a fundraising event for the Toys for Tots charity organization. As such, donations to Creations for Charity itself are not tax-deductible. Creations for Charity is not affiliated with The Brothers Brick.
If you’d like to donate a creation yourself, the deadline for doing so is November 15.
Don’t miss Nannan’s writeup about last year’s fundraiser, which resulted in over $14,000 worth of LEGO for underprivileged children.
Have a fantastic holiday! I hope your costumes are awesome, you gorge yourself on candy and sweets, and there are plenty of trick-or-treaters to your door.
Oh! And I hope you don’t run into this guy:
Many thanks to Jamie Spencer for his fantastic advent calendar this year. If you missed any of them, you can see the whole gallery here!
LEGO’s North American Community Coordinator Kevin Hinkle participated in a recent Halloween contest at work. The pumpkin-decorating contest required participants to include at least five LEGO elements. Kevin’s pumpkin uses the design from the recent Collectible Minifigure vampire.
I like how Kevin left the edges “rough,” as though the vampire painter minifig actually painted it.
There’s a special place in my heart for Sanrio-themed LEGO models. This series of Hello Kitty figures in Halloween garb by schfio gives me a warm glow.
My favorite is Dracula Kitty:
Check out bigger photos of all the cats in schfio’s photoset on Flickr
Thanks for the tip, Bruce & Tommy!
The third annual Creations for Charity fundraiser has just begun. This is an opportunity for builders to donate custom Lego creations and raise money to buy Lego for underprivileged children during the holidays. In addition, it’s a chance for buyers to own an original Lego creation. MOC donations are currently being accepted until November 15, and the store will open from October 15 to November 30.
You can visit Creation for Charity’s new website for details and other exciting changes this year. Once again, I look forward to the generosity and enthusiasm of the Lego community to share our hobby with many children this holiday season.
Here’s a look at last year’s results and the amount of Lego that was donated.
LEGO announced a contest for fans in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. The purpose of the contest is to design a stamp that will be included with the holiday catalog. Fifty finalists will win the latest addition to the Winter Village series, 10222 Winter Village Post Office.
LEGO is asking consumers ages 6 + to design a LEGO themed postage stamp to be featured in the Late Holiday Catalogue .
For each country there will be 50 finalists selected to receive a copy of 10222. 25 will be for ages 6-14 and 25 will be from ages 15 & up. From the 50 finalists, 1 grand prize winner will be selected per country. In addition to a copy of 10222 – Winter Village Post Office, grand prize winners will have their stamp design featured on the late holiday catalog for their country along with a professionally designed and framed LEGO mosaic of their design.
Where: The US/UK/Germany. These are the only countries that mail a late holiday catalogue
When: We will be accepting entries for the contest September 1-30 and selecting the finalists & winners for each country the first week of October.
How: Consumers must simply visit shop.LEGO.com/Design-Challenge (Germany: shop.LEGO.com/Designwettbewerb) to download the official entry form. They or their parent/guardian must complete the form and email it along with their stamp design to the email address designated for their country. No purchase is required and there will be no physical entries collected.