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Not sure which LEGO sets to pick up for yourself? Need ideas for that LEGO fan who already has more LEGO than he or she can possibly build with in a lifetime? Nervous about the quality of the custom accessories that tempted you at your last LEGO convention? Read our reviews of LEGO sets, books, accessories, and more right here on The Brothers Brick.

LEGO Star Wars 75147 StarScavenger [Review]

The new animated show Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has only gifted us with two sets, despite being a TV series based on LEGO. Those sets are the 75145 Eclipse Fighter and this, the 75147 StarScavenger. This sets portrays a vehicle used in the show to collect space salvage. The first time we see it is during an X-Wing / TIE Fighter battle as it flies around scooping up debris.

But how does it translate into LEGO?

Starting off with the build and it’s not a particularly exciting one. There’s no real innovative building techniques and most of the set is mirrored. If you decide to pick this set up, skip ahead in the instructions and build both sides simultaneously, you’ll save yourself time and unenjoyable building. Once it’s done you get a moderately-sized set that looks very respectable as a space freighter or otherwise utilitarian spacecraft. What you build is divided into three parts: a forward cockpit, a hollow containment area for storage, and a mech.

The cockpit, complete with “wings”, is probably the best part of the set. It looks great, walking the fine line between futuristic machine and tough workhorse. Inside the cockpit you’ll find a small printed console piece and enough room to fit two minifigures. It’s a bit tough to get them in but it’s far-removed from the puzzle you needed to solve every time you wanted to get two figures into the cockpit of the 75105 Millennium Falcon.

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LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure [Review]

Last summer, British publisher DK added to its extensive collection of LEGO books with the Build Your Own Adventure series, starting with a pair of Ninjago and Friends themed adventures. This summer, the series continues with two new volumes that explore the themes of City and Star Wars.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is an 80-page hard cover book that comes with an exclusive 73 piece LEGO set and minifgure. It follows the exploits of Rebel pilot Zin Evalon as he journeys through familiar locations from the Star Wars universe, on a mission to recover a set of lost data cubes.

Following the established BYOA format, the book’s pictoral story is spread over several chapters, each covering a different location including Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor. The environments and vehicles in the story are illustrated using over 50 ‘inspirational’ LEGO models that were the work of fan builder (and Brothers Brick editor) Rod Gilles.

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LEGO Nexo Knights 70322: Axl’s Tower Carrier | 70321: General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom [Review]

Today we’re finishing up our look at the second wave of Nexo Knights sets. Check out the previous reviews here. The remaining sets are the two big sets in the Nexo Knights theme, 70322: Axl’s Tower Carrier and 70321: General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom.

70322 Axl's Tower Carrier

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 76058 Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-up [Review]

LEGO released a whole wave of sets in North America on August 1st, including sets from Super Heroes, Ninjago, LEGO City Volcano and Technic. Today we’ll be taking a look at one of the new Marvel Super Heroes sets, which includes two brand new entries to the LEGO Superhero cast, Ghost Rider and Hobgoblin. 76058 Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-up has 217 pieces, and retails for $19.99 USD.

76058 Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-up

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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 16 Feel Guide [News]

LEGO’s new Collectible Minifigures Series 16 is hitting stores around the world, so be sure to check out our review of Series 16. But how do you find the ones you want? Some people are happy taking their luck with purchasing a random bag, but many fans — be they kids, collectors, or just regular joes — will want to collect the whole set, or maybe just one or two very specific figures. You could guarantee that by purchasing an entire case, but buying 60 figures just to guarantee a set of 16 is very expensive. So, of course, the alternative is to ready your nimble figures and prognosticate what’s in the bags by touch alone. With years of experience doing this since Series 1, we’re here to help make that task a bit easier.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 16

Get your digits ready, it’s time to start poking and prodding plastic bags of minifigs.

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Nexo Knights 70318: The Glob Lobber | 70319: Macy’s Thunder Mace | 70320: Aaron Fox’s Aero-Striker V2 [Review]

The next wave of Nexo Knights is upon us, and we’re continuing our review series. We’ve already reviewed the four Ultimate series Nexo Knights sets. The sets are available in some markets already, and should be widely available soon.

Today we’ll be looking at 70318: The Glob Lobber, 70319: Macy’s Thunder Mace and 70320: Aaron Fox’s Aero-Striker V2.


70318: The Glob Lobber

70318 The Glob Lobber

In wave one of Nexo Knights we got two £7.99 / $9.99 / €9.99 sets that weren’t in the Ultimates line. These two were 70310: Knighton Battle Blaster and 70311: Chaos Catapult. In my opinion, these were perfect little sets: for a small amount of money you were getting two minifigures and some nice new pieces. I think these trump most of the Ultimate sets and even 853515: Knights Army-Building Set or 853516: Monsters Army-Building Set due to their inexplicably high price here in South Africa (close to $30).

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Hispabrick Magazine 25 is out now [News]

Hispabrick Magazine issue 025 is out now and is packed full of articles.  As always, this magazine is free to download and is available in both English and Spanish.

This issue includes:

  • An in-depth review and test drive of Set 42056 Porsche GT3 RS.
  • The creator of series of Star Wars Maxifigs talks about his ‘larger than life’ creations.
  • Reviews of
    • 75098: Assault on Hoth
    • Minecraft 21128: The Village
    • 71012 – LEGO® Minifigures Disney™ Series 1
    • 71011 – Collectible Minifigures Series 15
    • 21305 – The Maze
    • 76052-1: Batman™ Classic TV Series – Batcave
    • Energy LEGO® Tablet 8”
  • Exhibition of LEGO® constructions at the XIV Collectors Fair in Mungia
  • A look at fan creations, this time the theme is sailboats.
  • A review and photos of Nathan Sawaya’s touring exhibition “The Art of the Brick”.
  • The team take a look at the updated WeDo 2.0 robotics set and compares the new educational robotics sets to their predecessors.

This latest issue can be downloaded in PDF format – Hispabrick Magazine 025 PDF (English)

LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 16 [Review]

LEGO’s new Series 16 of the Collectible Minifigures is at the vanguard of the fall wave of sets ready to release in August. LEGO’s previous series was the Disney Collectible Minifigs, which proved to be insanely popular, but let’s see how this new wave holds up. Each of the 16 figures is unique, and like previous non-licensed series, the minifigs are from themes as disparate as babysitters to pirates. The color for Series 16 is yellow, and the vibrant banana-suit guy seems to be the mascot for this series.

Be sure to check out our Feel Guide to help you find all the figures you want!

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 16

Let’s dive in with a look at each of the 16 characters.

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New LEGO 10252 Volkswagen Beetle is totally radical, man! [Review]

Announced just last month and out on August 1st, The Brothers Brick is pleased to bring you a full review of the new 10252 Volkswagen Beetle, thanks to a special delivery from LEGO headquarters in Denmark. This new Beetle in stunning dark azure joins the dark green 10242 Mini Cooper and classic 10220 Volkswagen Camper Van in what I’m hoping is a permanent fixture in LEGO Creator sets. The set includes 1,167 pieces, and will retail for $99.99.

10252 Volkswagen Beetle

The build

We’ve come to expect some solid techniques and clever tricks in the “Expert” LEGO Creator series sets, many of which are very obviously designed by the numerous builders who have disappeared from the face of the Internet only to turn up in Billund. And that’s the case here — the set was designed by the very talented Mike Psiaki, whose LEGO creations we’ve featured many, many times here on The Brothers Brick over the years — most notably one of the best LEGO X-wings ever made.

Mike’s Beetle doesn’t disappoint. The 211 steps span an instruction booklet 124 pages thick. I recently also built the new LEGO Ghostbusters (2016) Ecto 1, and it had far more complicated techniques than this larger vehicle does, but the Beetle is still full of half-stud-offset, SNOT, complex headlight and bracket geometry, and other techniques you’ll rarely if ever see in a LEGO City set.

10252 Volkswagen Beetle

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LEGO Nexo Knights 70339: Ultimate Flama [Review]

We’re continuing our reviews of the latest wave of Nexo Knights sets with the four new “Ultimate” figure sets: 70336 Ultimate Axl, 70337 Ultimate Lance, 70338 Ultimate General Magmar, and 70339 Ultimate Flama. Each of these four sets includes a figure and a load of accessories, and will retail for $10 USD when they are officially available August 1. Today we’re finishing up the Ultimates with a look at 70338: Ultimate Flama.

70339 Ultimate Flama

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LEGO Nexo Knights 70338: Ultimate General Magmar [Review]

We’re continuing our reviews of the latest wave of Nexo Knights sets with the four new “Ultimate” figure sets: 70336 Ultimate Axl, 70337 Ultimate Lance, 70338 Ultimate General Magmar, and 70339 Ultimate Flama. Each of these four sets includes a figure and a load of accessories, and will retail for $10 USD when they are officially available August 1. Today we’re looking at 70338: Ultimate General Magmar.

70338 Ultimate General Magmar

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Brickmania M3A1 Scout Car custom LEGO kit [Review]

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve reviewed the custom LEGO kits designed by Dan Siskind of Brickmania. Back in 2013, I reviewed the Dodge WC54 Ambulance, and writing those reviews really got me started in building World War II models seriously. In the meantime, Dan and his team have continued to release new custom kits, on a near-weekly cadence. One of Dan’s recent Brickmania releases is the M3A1 Scout Car, produced by the White Motor Company between 1940 and 1944. The vehicle served throughout WW2, and its basic design served as the basis of the iconic M3 Half-track.

Brickmania M3A1 Scout Car

Like some of the custom kits I reviewed back in 2013, the M3A1 Scout Car is a WW2 vehicle I also built back in 2014, so I’ll be comparing Dan’s version with my own.

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