Blogging the best LEGO creations is all about trying to explain the idea behind an awesome build. But sometimes we’re helpless, especially when even the author can’t construe their work. Chris McVeigh, who is a genius when it comes to aesthetics of creations, shares a carrot mech that is so bizarre, even Chris can’t explain its purpose. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do, but to admire its bright and ludicrous design.
In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the third week of November 2017.
TBB REVIEWS: It must be Fall because when it rains, it pours! This week we reviewed a new rollercoaster system, a hard-to-get Architecture set, and got a sneak preview of the LEGO Holiday gift with purchase.
- LEGO introduces new rollercoaster system with LEGO Batman 70922 The Joker Manor [Review] – LEGO has completely new set of elements working together as a legitimate rollercoaster, so read our review to see our first stellar impressions of it.
- Powering the rollercoaster with LEGO 70922 The Joker Manor – Can you make the rollercoaster work all on its own? Read TBB’s exploration on how to motorize the new system.
- Review of 21037 LEGO House – The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark gets its own Architecture set, only available at the LEGO House gift shop for 449 DKK (~$70 USD).
- Review of LEGO’s Black Friday 2017 giveaway 40254 Nutcracker – This seasonal set will be free with orders over $99 over the Black Friday weekend until supplies run out.
TBB LEGO SET NEWS: It is that time of the year, when we start getting a glimpse of all the sets coming out next year. From Technic to BrickHeadz to Batman, we’ve got all you need to know here.
- Pictures of LEGO’s Technic 2018 sets are now online including the massive 42078 Mack Truck – Start updating your wish lists, Technic fans. The official retail pictures of the first wave of 2018 Technic sets are finally here, and there are some stunners!
- DC Justice League LEGO BrickHeadz announced, including Wonder Woman & The Flash – To celebrate the Justice League movie opening in theaters this weekend, LEGO has announced that four characters from the franchise will be made into BrickHeadz.
- LEGO Star Wars Rey & Kylo Ren BrickHeadz announced and available early at Target – The next wave of LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz are available early from Target for REDcard members, ahead of their availability from LEGO stores on December 1st.
- The next wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets revealed – Holy spaceship, Batman! The next wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets includes new outfits for the Dark Knight, classic Green Arrow, and a bunch of new baddies like Egghead, Condiment King, and Gentleman Ghost.
TBB NEWS, INTERVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: The rest of the avalanche of news includes a new game, a solved mystery, a contest, some instructions, and even some early deals. Whew!
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 video game released – Marvel and LEGO have united once more to create an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, where you can play all your favorite super heroes and collect as many studs as possible!
- Case Closed: The investigation on Mulder and Scully and their LEGO minifigures [Interview] – We interview Brent Waller about the X-Files minifigs he got into the hands of real life Mulder and Scully. The truth is out there!
- Design the new LEGO Ideas logo contest – LEGO is hosting a contest for the 10th anniversary of LEGO Ideas. Design your own brick-built logo and you could win nearly every LEGO Ideas set!
- Instructions to build your own LEGO snowcat – LEGO builder de-marco is making a lovely collection of minifigure-scale vehicles, and we thought a snowcat tracked vehicle would be perfect for the coming season.
- LEGO sales & deals ahead of Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 – As the holiday shopping season gets underway, retailers are discounting LEGO sets ahead of the even bigger deals waiting in the wings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
OTHER NEWS: There was a massive amount of LEGO news from other places around the web this week. Here are the best of the rest.
- Dream Cruises unveils large-scale LEGO replica of World Dream, Seatrade Cruise News – The giant ship model was collectively built by over 1,000 cruising guests and LEGO Certified Professional Andy Hung with more than 2.5 million bricks
- Fairy Bricks theft ruins children’s Christmas gifts, BBC – The charity that distributes LEGO to children’s hospitals and hospices had 2,000 sets stolen from their van.
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Reviewed, Kotaku – Four years after the first game later, the X-Men and Fantastic Four are gone, but everything else is still out of this world.
- The LEGO Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising, Flickering Myth – How does LEGO stack up when it comes to movies and merchandizing?
- The Head of Lego Just Made $2.7 Billion in One Day, Time.com – Danish toymaker Kirkbi’s CEO Kjeld Kristiansen, owner of Lego, saw his fortune skyrocket after reports surfaced that Mattel and Hasbro could soon merge.
With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to turn on some festive music and start decorating! For many LEGO fans, that means building the newest addition to the holiday line: 10259 Winter Village Station. The set includes 902 pieces and five minifigures, and retails for $79.99 USD.
Similar in size to previous holiday sets, the Winter Village Station box shows a plethora of play functions as well as a photo of the 10254 Winter Holiday Train pulling into the station. It is immediately obvious the two sets were designed to complement each other, but we will have more thoughts about that later.
Click through to read our full review of this set…
It’s what’s inside that counts. Or at least, that’s what Helen Sham seems to say with her large-scale brick-built LEGO figure — artfully dissected to reveal the organs within. This creation manages to be both fun and a little sinister — that smiling half-face in conjunction with the staring skull eye is giving me the heebie-jeebies. The different-coloured innards peeking between the bones of the torso are excellent, and I love the choice of bricks for the intestines — spot-on. Best bit of all? Those polkadot underpants. Lovely.
Yesterday brought the sad news of the death of Malcolm Young — a founder member of rock band AC/DC. The news prompted me to build a little tribute model. AC/DC provided the soundtrack to my youth, and I was lucky enough to see them a couple of times.
Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme,
Ain’t nothing I would rather do,
Going down, party time,
My friends are gonna be there too…
Here’s a cute idea for the new LEGO baby fig that arrived last year. Kai NRG/Geneva has been building a delightful series of vignettes entitled Tiny Trailblazers. This little Texan tyke showcases some clever parts usage in its creation of the old-style fences of the Wild West, the Star Spangled Banner, and even a cute little cactus.
The diminutive cowboy is the second in the series. Check out the tiny knight defending his wee castle…
Our friends at LEGO HQ are kind enough to send us each month’s freebies, but it’s not every month that we’re impressed enough with the giveaway set that we review it. This month’s giveaway is 40254 Nutcracker, which you can get for free with orders over $99. It’s available early to LEGO VIP Program members through today, and available more widely with purchases on Black Friday. We think it’s cool enough to take a closer look.
The set includes 230 pieces and LEGO says it has a $20 value, but again it’s free with a purchase over $99.
According to any fan of motor racing series, there are exactly 18 sights in a tiny city-state of Monaco. Of course, these are 18 iconic turns of the Monaco Gran Prix circuit, each is unique and has its own character. Building the whole track with LEGO bricks would be quite an ambitious task, but Simon Pickard absolutely nails, probably, the most beautiful of them — the famous Grand Hotel Hairpin.
Actually, the Grand Hotel Hairpin is the slowest turn in the whole Formula 1 calendar, which is taken by modern cars at approximately 40 mph/65 kph. The way Simon recreated the road surface with hundreds and hundreds of tiles keeping the road markings and the curbs is especially noteworthy, not to mention a pretty couple of racing cars from different motor sport epochs.
Most people will recall a rainy childhood afternoon or two spent hunting down enemy naval forces, so this fun LEGO creation should trigger a rush of nostalgia for MB’s classic Battleship. jtheels‘ model is a wonderful brick-built rendition of the titular craft from the board game — the 4-peg battleship itself. The ship is immediately recognisable, and the addition of the red and white “hit or miss” pegs is a nice touch.
The second half of November is usually the most exciting time of the year for all LEGO fans around the world as pictures of the new sets are finally being published. Today, Technic fans may start making their shopping lists as the official retail pictures of the first wave of 2018 sets are finally here. Although, the line-up traditionally includes sets of different size and complexity, it’s hard not to wish for a giant 42078 Mack Anthem in your collection!
This iconic photo of two top-billing Hollywood stars holding their minifigs has been making the rounds in the LEGO-sphere, re-shared and re-surfacing regularly over the past couple of years. Our curiosity got the better of us… Was it a conspiracy from the LEGO Group? Was it a tease of an upcoming X-Files theme? So much mystery from this single photo. So many questions. We know the TRUTH IS OUT THERE, so we decided to do some digging.
We’ve featured Martin Redfern‘s Alice In Wonderland LEGO creations previously, but this latest scene — the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party — is a cracker. The table features a brilliant array of teapot designs (some including fireman’s helmets as lids!), and I like the variety of chair styles on display. The surrounding scenery is great, and gives the model a real sense of place — an impression helped by the tight crop of the photo.
As ever, Martin’s work on the characters is excellent. Here’s a closer look at the Tea Party Trio…