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.

See more new LEGO Star Wars sets after the jump, but BEWARE POSSIBLE SPOILERS!

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

Float like a dragonfly, sting like a viper

We are over halfway through Novvember, but there’s still plenty of time to build a Vic Viper and honour the late Nate “Nnenn” Nielsen. This particular Vic Viper by Andreas Lenander not only depicts a beautifully futuristic craft, but also manages to highlight one of my favourite colours.  The use of Medium Azure really makes this an eye-catching build and those double lateral wings at the rear are definitely sending dragonfly vibes my way.

Dragonfly - vic viper

As always, it’s the little extras that make a build really stand out and in this build the greebled pipes plus the use of hockey sticks on the prongs are fantastic additions.

More LEGO City 2018 sets revealed [News]

Just a month ago we’ve got the very first look at some of the City 2018 sets. Now, with the official product pictures published online we can finally get ready for new adventures in the mountain forests, in the skies and deep into gold mines. But beware of grizzly bears and wild bees! As usual, prices are to be revealed very soon.

60188 Mining Experts Site

See more of the first wave of LEGO City 2018 sets!

Don’t let this guy dangle a carrot in front of you!

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.

The Carrot Mech

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for November 19, 2017 [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 third week of November 2017.

70922 The Joker Manor

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.

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.

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!

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.

10259 Winter Village Station [Review]

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.

10259 Winter Village Station

The box

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.

10259 Winter Village Station

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Under my skin

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.

50cm Skeleton Man