Monthly Archives: November 2011

Best MOCs of 2011 from France

As much as Lego is a worldwide hobby, it’s not easy to be aware of what people from other countries are building, especially if they are not active in the English-speaking communities that we often visit. I’m glad that Olivier (LegoManiac) sent me a link to the nominees for the best MOCs of 2011 on Brickpirate, the largest online French Lego community.

Fortnight to go for 7777 Redux contest

7777 Redux LogoJust a reminder that there’s only a fortnight to go in the 7777 Redux contest. Enter and you could become the proud new owner of a 10219 Maersk train, 7937 Train Station or 7936 Level Crossing.

All entries must be in by midnight 30th November on the east side of the date line. If your clock says Nov 30th you’ll be fine.

Free shipping from LEGO Shop through Dec 12 [News]

The LEGO Shop online is continuing free shipping for all orders over $99.00 through mid-December, ending December 12.

Receive FREE Shipping on any order of $99 or more.  Valid thru 12.13.11

A fair proportion of the 2012 LEGO sets are also online now.


And don’t forget that you can pick up a free LEGO Star Wars ARF Trooper with the code 4TBB (US) or TBBO (CA).

UPDATE 1: The LEGO Shop team have informed us that the checkout system has experienced a problem recently while applying the promotional code, preventing the ARF Trooper from being added visibly to the the shopping cart at checkout. ARF Trooper supplies have not run out, and they are correctly being included in your orders.

Update 2: For those of you like me who noticed last night that the second of two Christmas vignettes was available for purchase at $10, this was also an inventory/website mistake. It will be available for free with orders over $99 during Black Friday weekend next week.

Cole Blaq Pushes the Boundaries of Lego

Cole Bl♠q routinely challenges the conceptions of how we use the Lego medium. Continuing his on-going theme of spray cans is his latest sculpture, a viscerally organic interpretation. It is striking and beautiful, in a way not often seen in Lego. It’s not purist–that is, the effect is not achieved with 100% unmodified Lego pieces–but the result is no less spectacular.

Win LEGO Super Hero minifigs early here on TBB + official contest deadline Nov 15

LEGO was kind enough to send us a pair of the LEGO Super Hero minifigs distributed exclusively at Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this year, and we’re going to give them away to two TBB readers. One reader gets Superman Batman, and another gets Green Lantern!

LEGO Superhero minifigs

To enter this raffle, just leave a comment on this post (tips on registering and commenting). In two weeks, on Monday, November 28, we’ll randomly select two people who left comments before 11:59 PM PST November 27.

Fine print: The raffle is open to TBB readers worldwide 18 years old and older. We’ll add to the fine print as people ask questions, but let’s keep it simple for now.

If you’d like to win all the 2012 LEGO Super Heroes: DC Universe sets, LEGO is also hosting a contest on

Enter the LEGO Super Heroes Challenge for a chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to tour Warner Bros. Studios, WB Animation, and LEGOLAND California, and the complete 2012 LEGO Super Heroes: DC Universe collection. Plus get your work displayed online for other LEGO Super Heroes fans to admire.

Check out the website for more details.

Superheroes battle evil at the Daily Planet

German builder Thorsten Bonsch has been building daily for the past 2 months on this action-packed diorama for LEGO’s Superhero contest. A lot of custom decals add details and realism such as in this close-up shot. Check out the full backstory of this creation on MOCPages showing all of the action, as well as work-in-progress and design pictures.

Best LEGO X-Wing Yet

I usually avoid making a judgement call about a model being the ‘best yet’ (at least here on TBB). But I’m making an exception for Mike Psiaki’s (psiaki) latest iteration of the X-Wing Starfighter. Mike has packed in every detail possible from an accurate backside to detailed guns to working landing gear.

The complex shaping on the nose is a miraculous piece of LEGO engineering using just about every technique under the sun to accurately portray the long wedge shape. Even the intakes are given detailed treatment.


This model is a testament to the time and dedication Mike has put into his X-Wings. He has improved it every iteration with new techniques parts and efforts.