Posts by Daniel

A miniature church with lots of charm

Microscale building is a great way to flex your creative part usage, and this lovely church by Jens Ohrndorf is no exception. The seed part in this model is a trunk lid from the Fabuland theme (the red roof of the main church) to match the red tower roof. Printed window frames from Harry Potter sets make great stained-glass windows, but one of my favorite details is the green minifigure hair pieces used for bushes.

90’s Space minifigures get a LEGO habitat of their very own

LEGO Classic Space has had a few upgrades in recent years, and with the launch of the most-recent collectible minifig series, LEGO fans now have a whole new crew to build habitats for, like this trio from ABrickDreamer. They feature a few of the sub-theme characters and sometimes-rivals of the Classic Space minifigure. M-Tron features the red and black color scheme, Blacktron II appears in white and black with an alien planet background, and Ice Planet 2002 surveys some icy terrain. I really like the subtle inclusion of the striped background with stars inspired by the LEGO Ideas set 21340 Tales from the Space Age.

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Alien juicer is sure to add something special to your morning routine

Everyone knows that fresh-squeezed juice is good for you, but I’m not sure if this LEGO appliance by James Zhan is a very smart choice. Who knows what kind of side effects you might endure by sampling a beverage extracted from an alien plant? Health benefits aside, there can be no doubt that this modern machine looks like it would fit right in beside a Kitchen Aid or a Cuisinart. The black motor at the back looks like it could turn any alien flora into a smoothie in no time.

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A bonsai tree in the hand is worth two in the bush

Fans building LEGO bonsai trees is nothing new, but I do have to “hand” it to Thomas Jenkins for their genius use of several parts from the green Marvel Hulk figure, or “bigfig” as they are sometimes called. The smooth curves of the arm and the fist make great terrain for this miniature tree, but my favorite part is the lower jaw of a Star Wars dewback used in the lower-left corner. The gray tray is made from a variety of curved elements, and several attached to the build studs-down are another nice touch, with two little feet made from quarter circle tiles. Now I know what to do with all my Sandy bigfigs from Monkie Kid.

This LEGO barrel ride is making quite a splash

Riding down a river on a barrel may not be the most efficient way to travel, but ABrickDreamer manages to make it look like a pretty fun ride in this vignette which reminds me of the iconic barrel ride from The Hobbit without the angry elves taking pot-shots. The builder made excellent use of multiple transparent power effects and other elements for the splashing water, and that waterwheel really packs in the details at such a small scale.

The Barrel Accident

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for June 23, 2024 [News]

In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders worldwide, The Brothers Brick brings you the best LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the third week of June 2024.

TBB NEWS AND REVIEWS Another light news weak as we head into the start of summer, with Star Wars, and Transformers reviews, and news announcements.

In other news, Pacific Northwest local LEGO fan Eric Law was featured on a news program talking about his Ukrainian LEGO landmark.

This LEGO construction mech is square, and that is OK

Construction vehicles come in many shapes and sizes in the real world, but I’ve never seen one, LEGO or otherwise, in the shape of a cube until now. This boxy mech by SweStar looks like a cross between Ghost in the Shell and Super Mario. I love how the piston legs feel like they could hold the weight, although the sidewalk and street may not survive intact. Hopefully there is enough room inside for a mini-fridge.

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In space, no one can hear your heart break

With the new alien movie coming to theaters this summer, the offspring of sci-fi’s scariest endoparasite is back. An endoparasite is defined as a creature that lives or is born inside another animal, like the appropriately named chest-burster built in LEGO by VelociJACKtor wrapped around some poor soul’s heart. Small gears make the perfect set of teeth, while a curved white shoulder piece from the buildable Obi-Wan figure forms the iconic rounded forehead. I can almost hear the squelching….

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This LEGO dragon may fit in the palm of your hand

One thing we learned from How to Train Your Dragon is that dragons do indeed come in many shapes and sizes, as evident in this dragon by Joss Woodyard, inspired by a toad which reminds me of the rock-eating Gronckle, especially with those tiny wings. Lots of long curved parts used as tails and claws are here used to sculpt the dragon’s large mouth and tongue. The small eye tiles commonly found in nightmare creatures from the LEGO Dreamzzz theme make perfect reptile eyes, while the transparent wing element makes a great dragonfly wing on this dragon’s lunch.

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LEGO Senshi looks ready to get cooking up some wild scorpion and mushroom

The popular manga and anime Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) is whimsical and charming, a lot like this LEGO model of one of the main characters named Senshi, the dwarf by Eric Tsai. Senshi is a talented cook who knows all the best ways to prepare dungeon monsters to bring out their flavors. Carrying his well-used axe and his dragon fire-proof cooking pot on his back, Senshi’s bountiful beard and large eyes are perfectly captured in LEGO.

LEGO Senshi [Dungeon Mesh] [Delicious in Dungeon]

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for June 1, 2024 [News]

In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the last week of May, 2024.

TBB NEWS AND REVIEWS With so many sets this week including altnernate models, it feels a bit like the multiverse has taken over. From Creator dinosaurs and modern houses, to iconic Zelda video games. But we also had reviews of two new sets from Disney — a classic from Sleeping Beauty and a magical musical house from Encanto. Last but not least, five new LEGO models designed by builders from around the world join the previous wave of models inspired by Ukrainian landmarks.

In other LEGO-related news:

A lovely white LEGO tower in the style of Lord of the Rings

This architectural scene by dicken liu would look right at home alongside the official LEGO Icons The Lord of the Rings 10316 Rivendell, with arched airy towers in white, twisted trees, and a waterfall. Inside each of the two domed structures are giant green and blue gems worthy of the glory of Numenor. Several unique gold-colored elements are used as accents for the white towers, and the many steps carved into the rock in zig-zag patterns add to the mystery.

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