The Kraken is loose! Oh ship, we’re in trouble now!

I have a particular fear of what I cannot see, especially in the vast and open murky waters of the deep ocean. Who knows what monsters lurk below? Jason Mario builds an unconventional steampunked Kraken in the middle of a rough open sea. The ripple and foam effects give the scene more life and grandeur of disastrous event about to take place.

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Citizen Brick Black Friday sales starts Thursday at 6pm CST [News]

Every few months, the zany geniuses at Citizen Brick come up with another way to wow the LEGO community with their custom creations. This Black Friday (well, actually Thursday after the turkey has been eaten) they want us to know that the truth is out there.

Starting at 6pm CST on Thursday, Citizen Brick will launch their “After Dinner” Black Friday sale with several new products including their new Eks Files minifigures. The figures are based off of a highly successful TV series following your favorite FBI agents as they investigate conspiracies, mysteries and the paranormal, and in this case, a humanoid parasitic sewer monster.

Citizen Brick uses genuine LEGO parts and pad printing, just how minifigures are printed at the LEGO factory. Citizen Brick is also dual molding custom LEGO-compatible parts as well, including the cigarette accessory available in the Eks Files four-pack.

Additionally, Citizen Brick is launching their Teenage Car Thieves three-pack, so if you want your LEGO creation of a car crashing through a window or of a rebellious teen leading a parade, then this pack is for you.

Finally, Citizen Brick is throwing in some holiday swag for as long as they have it available. For every purchase over $75, they are giving away their 2017 Xmas Tin, featuring a few custom made holiday-themed minifig parts and accessories, including two cute minifigure-sized Citizen Brick blister packages printed on 1×2 tiles. Supplies are limited and sell out fast, so don’t take a nap after that turkey dinner and set an alarm for 6pm CST so you can get shopping!


We here at TBB have been consistently impressed by the quality of Citizen Brick’s work over the years, and we are not afraid to recommend their custom work to the greater LEGO community. While you scour the internet for discounted bricks on Black Friday, consider spending some of your LEGO budget to help support this innovative small business as well.

Assassin’s Creed Unity in LEGO: Interrupting an execution

Love it or hate it, the Assassin’s Creed videogame series has brought many historical themes into the collective consciousness of the younger generations. And while LEGO builders often don’t need another incentive to look for inspiration in history, with classic LEGO themes like castle and pirates at the core of our hobby, Assassin’s Creed falls perfectly into such time frames and therefore makes a perfect subject for our beloved bricks. One of the recent builders who picked up this inspiration is Wookiewarrior, with this amazing diorama representing a scene from Assassins Creed Unity. The scene is part of a collaborative project built for the German Comic Con a project that involves some of the best builders from Germany.

Dans les rues de Paris - Assassins Creed Unity

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Separate the aircraft from the chaff: LEGO U.S. Navy Douglas A-1F Skyraider

The original U.S. Navy Douglas A-1F Skyraider was an single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. The design underwent many modifications, including versions devoted to the electronic countermeasures (ECM) mission. Ralph Savelsberg has created a beautifully accurate LEGO version of the EA-1F,  which used ECM equipment to detect and jam enemy radar in the skies over Vietnam.  You can see that the front wing edges are swept back ever so slightly, which Ralph cleverly achieved using tiles and brackets, making each step half a plate thick.

EA-1F Skyraider of VAW-33

As is typical for carrier-based aircraft, the wings on the Skyraider can be folded  and Ralph has also made sure that his model is accurate in this respect.

EA-1F Skyraider of VAW-33LEGO models with folding wings can also save on display space, which is good because Ralph’s military aircraft shelves are getting rather busy, and I am sure more aircraft are inbound.

New LEGO Architecture 21039 Shanghai Set Revealed [News]

An image has surfaced today of the latest LEGO Architecture 21039 set depicting Shanghai, China. From left to right, the set includes what appears to be Longhua Temple, The Bund, The Oriental Pearl Radio&TV Tower, The Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower.

The set will be available worldwide on January 1, 2018. However, if you’re lucky enough to be in Shanghai on December 2, 2017, make sure to visit the Shanghai Disneyland LEGO flagship store to get your copy of the set a month ahead of the rest of the world signed by the design lead for the Architecture series Jamie Berard!

Creations for Charity 24-Hour Live Stream happening this Friday and Saturday

Joshua Hanlon and Boone Langston from Beyond the Brick are again hosting the annual Creations for Charity 24-Hour Live Stream this weekend. From 5pm EST on Friday, November 24th to 5pm EST on Saturday, November 25th, you can tune in to watch and participate with fans from all over the world who join the stream to share their creations, talk about LEGO, and do some live building. There will be special guests joining, including LEGO designers in Billund, Denmark, along with other exciting events happening during the show. You can find more info on Creations for Charity’s website.

LEGO celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018 by getting back to its roots with these special sets [News]

LEGO will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the plastic brick in 2018, having come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1958. The iconic interlocking bricks have led LEGO to becoming the largest toy company in the world, and LEGO seems to be reaching back to its roots with a new line of classic Creator-style sets emblazoned with the words building bigger thinking. Each set focuses on a different aspect of imagination and features a special tile printed with the 60th Anniversary logo.

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Reboot your PC for Christmas! [Instructions]

Built especially for the geek in all of us, Chris McVeigh brings us a festive LEGO blast of electronics nostalgia, all set to hang on your Christmas tree. That tan coloured monitor and CPU is what almost all Personal Computers came in back-in-the-day. And that detail of a floppy disk half shoved-in the drive delights the bits and bytes out of me.

Project 3: Old PC Ornament

You’ll never run out of Lego ornaments with these and more of Chris’s Christmas ornaments — check out all his building guides.

Patient researchers advance at a crawl

LEGO introduced the Model Team theme back in 1986 — it featured vehicle models at a larger scale, with more details and often some interesting functions. Shawn Davis has build a Model Team-inspired Research Crawler and photographed it beautifully. There’s a sense of exploring the unknown as the vehicle enters the dark, uneven terrain, encountering apparently giant autumnal leaves! Aside from the cool photography, the vehicle itself is a great build — plenty of windows, clever use of drawers for kit, and a manipulator arm at the front to obtain specimens for closer inspection.

Model Team Research Crawler

The researcher looks ready for dangerous encounters with her PPE attire, but the poor motorcycling lookout only gets binoculars and a fast bike for protection!

Do androids dream of spinning bricks?

Blade Runner 2049 received a mixed reception, performing poorly at the box office, but getting plaudits from the critics. Regardless, it will surely pick up the same cult status as the original, particularly with its breathtaking visuals. The updated Spinner vehicle is a great new take on a classic sci-fi design. This LEGO version by Carter Baldwin is excellent — it even comes with the drone and functional gull wing doors! Whilst I can only dream that one day LEGO will create a Blade Runner theme, for now we’ll just have to make to do with excellent fan inspired models.

2049 Spinner

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi LEGO sets, constraction figures, and Microfighters revealed [News]

We have a flurry of Star Wars reveals today consisting of several more System-scale sets, “constraction” series of buildable figures, and Microfighters. As the countdown to the release of The Last Jedi continues, do watch out for potential spoilers revealed by the LEGO sets — everyone has a different tolerance, so do take heed.

First up we have 75200 Ahch-To Island Training. In this set we have the Porgs that were only available with the 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon. Fans will probably rejoice for this little addition.

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There’s an app for that

In this technology-driven age, our devices have a big impact on our everyday life. We have devices to track our sleep, devices that shop for us, and devices we wear and carry with us wherever we go. With this collection of LEGO creations, nujumetru has captured the wonderful and sometimes disturbing relationship we have with our technology.

The Gang's All Here

See more photos of each model in the series after the jump