What would farm animals do, if they could do anything they wanted?

Paul Hetherington thinks that the average farm animal would want to cruise around the country roads, partying in a dilapidated, old, rotten Model T salvaged from the barn. Initially Paul set out to only construct the splendid animal heads and started with the googly eyed horse’s head. In the end, Party Animals took Paul five weeks to build. Once he had an idea of the animals’ size, this set the scale for the vehicle. Creating the Model T using a combination of lovely dark greens and rustic colours, Paul has even thought to include bird droppings. 

Party Animals!

Look out chickens!

It takes only 6,500 pieces to build a perfect LEGO empire chess set

There are dozens of ways one can decorate their home with LEGO, either mounting Star Wars battleships on the walls, placing LEGO sculptures all over the place or even hanging huge LEGO mosaics in a guest room. Still, there is nothing quite like a brilliant grandmaster chess set built completely with LEGO pieces to be exhibited in your home library. Bonus points are for a themed chess set – just like this 6,500-piece-large masterpiece by Aniomylone.

Chess set

Click here to take a closer look at the pieces!

Out-of-this-world LEGO Space hangar

We’ve featured some of Jon Blackford‘s Neo-Classic LEGO Space creations before, but his latest model — a huge maintenace hangar — takes things to a whole new level. The stellar work on the hangar walls manages to avoid this being a “big grey box” — they’re a triumph of sci-fi flavoured texture, with every corner and surface decorated with delicious greebly bits or cool-looking structural elements. The brick-built floor is excellent too — check out those floor markings…

Classic Space Hangar

Click to see more of this amazing LEGO Space scene

Stylish jungle living

Tropical living has never looked more appealing than in Sarah Beyer‘s stylish LEGO creation — Cocoa Jungle Cottage. This house manages to look completely at home amongst the surrounding foliage with a colour scheme of natural tones — simple enough to let the striking striped wall stand out as a signature design feature.

Cocoa Jungle Cottage MOC (I)

Don’t miss the smart-looking rooftop terrace with its awning made from tan garage-door sections. Looks like I good spot to wile away the hours with a Mai-Tai or two…

Cocoa Jungle Cottage MOC roof terrace close-up

Click to see more images of this stylish jungle house, including its full interior

LEGO Star Wars 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon available again UK/EU [News]

LEGO online store  is showing that  75192 Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon is back in stock and available to order once more for UK and EU customers, but expect the set to be gone quickly. Stock of the UCS Millennium Falcon has been limited since its launch last year,  sadly it is still showing as out of stock online for our US and Canadian readers.   This announcement is for our UK and EU readers!

For customers in the EU, just set your region to your country after clicking the link above.  All EU countries are showing the UCS Millennium Falcon to be in stock currently.

Unsure whether you want to drop £649 on a LEGO set with 7,500 pieces? Check out our hands-on review of the new UCS Falcon.

 

A sanctuary in the clouds

Take a deep breath and relax. Anthony Wilson shows us the best views are often found above the clouds. This creation depicts rock formations jutting from clouds built from a variety of sizes of white dish pieces. The composition’s soft pink background creates a very soothing aura, enhanced by the pretty cherry blossom tree. Sign me up for a trip to this spot to meditate and contemplate the meaning of life.

Oogway

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for January 14, 2018 [News]

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 second week of January 2018.


TBB REVIEWS: The beginning of the year means new sets to review, and boy do we have some reviews! Which ones are you looking forward to?


TBB NEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: LEGO Ideas made a splash this week and we have some instructions for a slightly sleeker type of ship.

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A lineup of rebel scum is assembled

I’ve always loved LEGO microscale building. It’s all about challenging yourself as a builder to find the simplest and smallest expression of something that remains immediately recognisable. Whilst not exactly regular “microscale building”, I set myself the same challenge with these creations, trying to depict iconic characters in a “minimalist domino” style, using as few pieces and colours as possible. I thought the heroes of the Rebellion would make for an appropriate line-up and I’m pleased with how they turned out…
Rebel Scum - LineUpz
Once I started building in this style I just couldn’t stop — it’s fun, but surprisingly challenging to capture the essence of well-known characters in so few pieces.
Click to see more minimalist characters

Forest hovel is not too shabby

Not every fantasy character lives in a big grey castle or Tudor-styled town. However, those are the typical LEGO models we tend to see in Castle-themed building. Tirrell Brown‘s forest hovel makes a pleasant change of scene. The central building is nicely put-together, with a depth of texture creating a somewhat dilapidated feel. But it’s the overall colour scheme which catches the eye and elevates this composition. The colour gradient on the shaped base is particularly good, and the background trees fit perfectly. Those rocks and the small pond are nice touches of detail too.

Twilight Hovel

Blown away by this LEGO blower

January in the Northern Hemisphere — the fun of Christmas has passed and the weather is miserable. About the only thing that makes it bearable is if there’s decent snow. And what better way to have fun in the snow than with a cool LEGO snowblower? This model by Andreas Lenander is great — a nicely-built snowblowing machine with clever parts-usage. That’s an upside-down red motorcycle piece in there! Complement the central model with a simple-yet-smart base, white ice-cream scoop parts as loose snow, and you’ve got an excellent scene. I would have expected that minifigure to have wrapped-up warmer though. No hood? Careful little guy, you’ll catch a cold.

January...clearing the snow...

Is it a bird, a plane or a butterfly?

You would be forgiven for thinking that this was a huge LEGO butterfly. It certainly seems to have the key features of one; four wings, clubbed antennae and a segmented body. In fact, Milan Sekiz has called this beastie a Leption, the combination of the Serbian words ‘leptir’ meaning butterfly and ‘avion’ meaning airplane.  I love those shapely wings, Milan must have used some LEGO mathematics to work out how best to fill their centres with decorative, coloured parts.

Leption

You will notice that there is a pilot at the helm, holding on to some handlebars – is he steering or just along for the ride?

Leption - SidesFans of butterflies may enjoy revisiting these two previous butterflies we have highlighted; a colourful glass-like butterfly and a larger, realistic butterfly.

Ultimate LEGO Star Wars author event at Powell’s Books: Sat Jan 20 [News]

As part of an ongoing mini-tour to support our Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book from DK, Chris Malloy and I will be guests at the Powell’s Books location in Beaverton, Oregon next Saturday, Jan 20th at 2:00 PM. We’ll be doing a panel discussion moderated by one of our LEGO friends from PortLUG, a Q&A, and book signing.

Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book at Powell's

Andrew at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. Andrew and Chris really need to get a photo taken together…

Powell’s Books is the world’s largest independent bookstore, and I’ve been buying books from Powell’s in Portland my whole life. It’s a little surreal to be doing an author event with Chris there now! You can read all of the Beaverton event details on Powells.com, including a pre-order of a signed copy.

For LEGO Star Wars fans closer to our home base here in Seattle, Chris and I also be doing author events at two Third Place Books locations in Seattle (Ravenna and Seward Park) in February, so stay tuned for more details.