Prequel back to the Battle of Theed

For obvious reasons, everybody is excited about Star Wars at the moment. I have also been struck by the hype, as well as nostalgia, and both are important elements of Star Wars’ success. KW_Vauban hits the nostalgic soft spot for me, not only by recreating a stunning prequel scene, but giving it an extra edge by titling it Battlefront – Battle of Theed. All the years of playing Star Wars Battlefront are calling back to me…

Battlefront - Battle of Theed

The architecture is clean and picturesque, with a lot of depth added by the stairway leading into the buildings in the corners. The large flat area is filled up just enough to give the ongoing battle a realistic feel without an overly high density of action, something that plagues many Star Wars LEGO creations. One of my favourite parts has to be the droid lifted up in the air, because the translucent bricks supporting it actually look good as a trace of movement.

Top 10 LEGO Star Wars sets released in 2017 [Reviews]

2017 has been a fantastic year to be a LEGO Star Wars builder and collector. As we celebrate the release of The Last Jedi in theaters today, we’re asking ourselves what the best LEGO Star Wars sets released this year have been. Since several of the sets in our best LEGO sets of 2017 list were Star Wars sets, a couple of these won’t be a surprise. LEGO released dozens of Star Wars sets this year, and although we’ve only reviewed about 10 sets so far, we have built many of the rest. For sets we haven’t reviewed here on TBB yet, we’ll include a brief mini-review. Let’s dig in!

#10: 75160 U-wing Microfighter

The excellent minifig-scale 75155 Rebel U-wing Fighter set included a pilot minifig who wore a standard Rebel pilot helmet. However, the U-wing pilots in Rogue One actually wore unique helmets reminiscent of helicopter pilot helmets. So, for a paltry $9.99, you can buy 75160 U-wing in Microfighters form and pick up the one accessory that should’ve been in 75155. Still, this is a wonderful little set on its own merits, with a fantastic minifig (I believe I’ve already mentioned his headgear…) and a nicely miniaturized U-wing built from a mere 109 pieces.

LEGO Star Wars 2017

#9: 75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack

LEGO is notoriously stingy about doling out unique characters in large sets, while the Battle Packs have mostly been army builders with multiples of tertiary characters (like generic clone troopers or stormtroopers). However, 75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack includes a fully redesigned Bossk, brand new 4-LOM, and a new printed piece for IG-88. Oh, and Dengar, for some reason. Despite my criticism of the inclusion of old Mr. Head Wound, stud-shooters for weapons, and the basic design of the non-canon vehicle, this set really is a fantastic way to get several iconic minifigs plus a handful of azure parts (125 pieces overall) for just $14.99.

75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike

See the rest of our top 10 best LEGO Star Wars sets of 2017

Build your own LEGO porg from The Last Jedi [Instructions]

If you enjoyed seeing a porg in peril in my recent LEGO vignette Porg: The Other White Meat then why not build your very own LEGO porg, using my new Build-a-Porg building guide? It would make a great Holiday gift for the Star Wars obsessed LEGO fan in your life – there’s still time!


Click here for a preview of the building guide

16 of the best custom LEGO Star Wars creations featured on The Brothers Brick in 2017

With the releases of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now The Last Jedi, it’s cool to love Star Wars again. LEGO builders have been inspired by the Star Wars universe for years, but it seems like 2017 has seen a resurgence of stellar work from creative builders all over the world. As those builders head to theaters to see the latest movie today, let’s take a look back at the amazing creations LEGO fans have shared this year.

UT-60D U-wing gunship from Rogue One by Joshua Brooks:

UT-60D U-Wing on Yavin 4

Jedha street fight by Dunedain98:

Rogue One - Jedha

See more amazing custom LEGO Star Wars creations after the jump

2017 LEGO Advent Calendars: Day 14

Welcome to Day 14 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Friends 2017 advent calendars along with commentary from our team.

AdventCalendarDay14

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump and posted in the evening every day, so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What pint-size surprises will be in Day 14’s prizes?

Click to reveal today’s LEGO advent calendar builds!

Zip around Rome on this lovely red LEGO Vespa

Vespa scooters are a frequent subject of LEGO builds, including a white LEGO Vespa by Lucie Filteau and the minifig-scale Vespa by nieun we recently highlighted (complete with instructions). George Panteleon just posted what might be my favorite LEGO Vespa yet — a curvaceous beauty in red with white-rimmed tires. The whole build uses some serious Studs Not on Top building techniques, with rear wheel wells built studs-out and the foot rests built studs-forward, plus some wonderfully odd angles on the seat.

Vespa - LEGO Ideas project

It’s exceedingly rare that we highlight the fact that a LEGO build has been submitted to LEGO Ideas (so please don’t ask us to promote your project), but I think this wonderfully original LEGO creation deserves an exception.

Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book author event at Bricks & Wheels in Bellevue, WA: Sat, Dec 16 [News]

My co-author and I will be at Bricks & Wheels in Bellevue, WA this Saturday, December 16 to sign copies of our DK book Ultimate LEGO Star Wars. We’ll be there from 2 PM to 6 PM, so swing by with your books (the store will also have copies on hand for sale) to say hi and ask us some questions.

Bricks & Wheels sells both used and new LEGO sets, and they also accept trade-ins. Last year, I traded in my original UCS Falcon and picked up a Midi-scale Falcon in exchange — and I didn’t even know last January that LEGO would be releasing the new 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon. Good deal!

Andrew & Aaron at Bricks & Wheels Bellevue

TBB Editor-in-Chief Andrew Becraft trades in his 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon for a Midi-Scale Falcon.

A bit more about this weekend’s event from Bricks & Wheels:

Come meet the authors of the new DK book Ultimate LEGO Star Wars, Chris Malloy and Andrew Becraft. Chris and Andrew are LEGO builders who are also two of the editors of The Brothers Brick. Bricks & Wheels will have books to purchase, but you can also bring your own copies to have them signed by the authors and ask a LEGO Star Wars question or two!

Brick-built gingerbread – easy on the eye, hard on the teeth

The decorations on these LEGO gingerbread treats are strictly-speaking more “placed” than “built”, but it creates a mouthwatering image all the same. Cecilie Fritzvold‘s simple little arrangement is by no means the most complex LEGO model we’ve ever featured, but it’s a brilliant creation all the same. Those white claw parts are spot on as icing, and “boat stud” tiles have never looked tastier!

Gingerbread cookies

Achieve serenity with free LEGO building instructions for an “Outlaw Spaceship” from TBB [Instructions]

As a holiday gift to our readers, The Brothers Brick commissioned talented LEGO artist Tyler Clites to design a LEGO model that everybody can build. This custom “Outlaw Spaceship” should make any sci-fi fan’s heart twinkle like a firefly in the depths of space.

Custom LEGO Outlaw Spaceship

Our simple, step-by-step instructions and parts list will help you assemble this unique model unveiled for the first time here. It’s full of LEGO building techniques you won’t generally see in an official LEGO model, so it’s also an opportunity to learn a few tips and tricks. Let us know in the comments if you like these instructions, and we may do them more regularly in the future.

See the step-by-step instructions and parts list for our Outlaw Spaceship

A utopian place to call home

Life can be busy and sometimes we need to find a place that allows us to relax and unwind. Rather than search high and low for that special place, Milan Sekiz has built his own sanctuary with LEGO bricks.  This tranquil scene is beautiful,  with its soothing colour scheme and some very nice natural features in the garden. I love the way the colour combination of the leaves tone in nicely with the sloping roofs of the home in the background.

Utopia

My own favourite part of the scene is the little stream and the cleverly constructed bridge connecting the stone path. Milan has used different coloured plates under the transparent light blue tiles to give the impression of a textured river bed.

Utopia

There’s only one minor part of the scene that kicked me from my tranquil, meditative state; the combination of the yellow minifigures and flesh has a jolting effect on my irritable nerve.

One tram-endous model

Public transportation has never looked as cool as this tram by Vince Toulouse, who has put a ton of design consideration into this multi-story vehicle. There are some very cool details built using a number of distinct LEGO System, DUPLO, and Fabuland components in yellow.

Suburban Tram

See more details of this sci-fi tram below