Posts by Kyle Keller (TBB Managing Editor)

The Ultimate Car Concept Series gets another addition with LEGO Technic 42172 McLaren P1 [News]

Debuting today on the LEGO website, we see the next Technic supersized supercar headed to a display case near you. And at 3,893 pieces, LEGO Technic 42172 McLaren P1 will be the largest one yet. The model clocks in at nearly two feet long (59 cm) and sports a bright orange livery, distinguishing it from the darker orange of the 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 2016. Its physical features include a 7-speed gearbox, V8 engine, functioning suspension, and dihedral-opening doors. But the 1/8th scale set also promises some unique content unlocked via its serial number. You’ll be able to get your hands on one via the LEGO website starting on August 1st, and the set retails for a hefty US $449.99 | CAN $589.99 | UK £389.99. You may also be able to track down the set through Amazon and eBay.

Read on for more on this new LEGO supercar!

The Borg of Star Trek are never bourgeois

As intimidating as the Borg can be in Star Trek, the Next Generation, I still recommend lowering the shields for this gorgeous LEGO transmission by Pandis Pandus. It’s a stellar example of what we in the brick-building business call “greebling.” But unlike the Borg, don’t let this technical lingo scare you. Think of it as a “technical texture,” all pipes and tubes and grills serving some nondescript purpose on a spacecraft. And unlike the smooth exterior of a ship like the Enterprise, all these bumps and ridges don’t play nice with aerodynamics and the need to enter a planet’s atmosphere. On fact, you should use it on your next build -no, on EVERY build from now on. Assimilate. Assimilate.

LEGO Star Trek Borg Cube

LEGO lettering: a blessing and a cursive

LEGO builder Kristel Whitaker is an absolute rebel! She’s not going to let something like a grid of studs keep her from crafting a spot-on remake of the LEGO Scala logo. With so many curved tiles, modified plates, and stud offsets, Kristel is able to trace out S-C-A-L-A in only two layers of red. It certainly pulled its weight for the Scala Murder Mystery Mansion at Brickworld Chicago a few weekends ago.

Scala Sign

LEGO Echo Base is under attack!

As loud thuds reverberate through the halls of the Rebel base, with icy LEGO studs raining down on the faction within, it must mean that the Empire has arrived. Hypolite Bricks depicts the scene brick by brick in this excellent Star Wars vignette. Featuring a detailed AT-ST and a cutout of the Rebel base underneath, the armaments are quite detailed. But I absolutely adore the inclusion of some light aqua patches. This additional pop of color may not be able to hold off the Empire, but it might give the transports a little more time to get away while the snowtroopers stare in awe.

Battle of Hoth LEGO Star Wars MOC

And if you’re looking for more The Empire Strikes Back action, Abe’s got a video on his YouTube channel showing the construction process and even more hidden details. Be sure to give it a watch!

Two new LEGO sets for July 2024 now available for purchase [News]

While the LEGO release calendar can get a little muddy over the summer months with some sets available in Europe with others waiting until later, there’s a pair of wonderful LEGO Icons sets that just hit store shelves in the US and Canada that are worth taking for a spin. To get immediate early access to LEGO Icons 10337 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole and LEGO Icons 10338 Bumblebee in North America, you’ll need to be a LEGO Insider. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until July 4th. Check out more pictures of these new sets below. And beyond that, you can see the full offerings from LEGO for your appropriate region here: US | CAN | UK.

Check out these new sets and offers below!

Darth Jar Jar wants to Rebuild the Galaxy with these new LEGO Star Wars sets now available for pre-order

Have you ever used LEGO to plumb the depths of “What if?” in the Star Wars universe? Soon, sets exploring exactly that concept from the new Disney+ series Lego Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxy will be hitting store shelves. Featuring such kooky concepts as a Darth Jar Jar with a dual-bladed lightsaber, TIE-Wing and X-Fighter mash-ups, and Jedi Vader, 75389 The Dark Falcon and 75393 TIE Fighter & X-Wing Mash-up continue the celebration of LEGO’s 25th anniversary in the world created by George Lucas. Releasing on August 1st, both of these sets are available for pre-order right now on the LEGO website (US | CAN | UK). Check out pictures, prices, and links for these new Star Wars sets below!

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No one out-carcinizes the Hut!

They say that evolution has tended to converge upon a common crab-like shape, and it appears this is true in LEGO as well. All over the brick-built internet, LEGO artists are coming up with crustaceans aplenty during this #TimeForCrab, likely spurred by the Cancer season on the astrological calendar. It’s in this vein that TBB regular Maxx Davidson shows us the carcinization of pizza, a work appropriately titled “stuffed crust-acean.” And that pun isn’t the only thing I’m jealous of here: check out the expert use of the minifigure hoodie part as gooey, melty cheese on this supreme slice of the seafloor. The pizza box is brilliant as well, swarming with baby crabs with carapaces of ‘za.

Stuffed Crust-acean

Have a nice trip, see you next fall

I feel bad for Timmy, and I feel even worse for his LEGO Bionicle collection. Builder Magmafrost13 has taught this Constraction collector a lesson in gravity with this round 1 entry into the Bio-Cup competition. With all the excellent parts usage in this creation, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But the use of a pair of Kanohi masks to form Timmy’s surprised face and hair is truly inspired!

Little Timmy Learns a Harsh Lesson About Gravity

LEGO Star Wars 75394 Imperial Star Destroyer – “Use the play features, Luke!” [Review]

With the celebration of 25 years of LEGO Star Wars continuing into the summer sets, the next wave promises even more classics in brick form, accompanied by exclusive or sought-after figures. And there’s nothing quite as classic as the Imperial Star Destroyer, appearing in the first few frames of A New Hope. It’s a subject that LEGO has returned to over and over again throughout that quarter of a century. But what is the culmination of those 25 years of design and re-design? We find out in LEGO Star Wars 75394 Imperial Star Destroyer, 1,555 pieces strong and retailing for US $159.99 | CAN $209.99 | UK £149.99. This I-class staple of the Imperial Navy hits store shelves on August 1st and is available for pre-order now from the LEGO website.

Read our full review below!

I’ll play my Nest Ball to search out this Pokémon TCG card made of LEGO

Bringing a 2-D trading card into the third dimension certainly feels like a job made for LEGO. And Takamichi Irie puts those bricks to work, moving the Pokémon Chikorita into the active position. The ‘Mon is an impressive recreation, extending a mushroom to the “camera” using one of its vines. And the terrain is downright astounding, brimming with vegetation and crags in front of a gradient pixelated background. But the features that take this build from astounding to jaw-droppingly awesome are all the references to items from the game surrounding the card: Master Ball, Rare Candy, Pokédex, Potion, Full Heal, and PlusPower. Even the kanji at the top of the card spells out the Japanese name of this particular pocket monster.

Pokémon Card

One more thing before attaching a Grass Energy and going in for the attack. As with all trading cards, there’s always a second side to consider. And Takamichi didn’t skimp on the details when flipping the model around. Mimicking the back of the Japanese card to a T with some dynamite lettering and the 7 circles representing the 7 different Pokémon types in the card game, it’s just as impressive as the build’s front.

Pokémon Card

“My grandfather’s deck has no pathetic cards, Kaiba”

While I was more a Magic: the Gathering fan growing up, I was certainly aware of the trading card phenomenon known as Yu-Gi-Oh. And to see such an excellent recreation of characters/cards from the TV show in this LEGO build by mc tung takes me back to the early 2000’s, for sure. Featuring (from left to right) Swords of Revealing Light, Dark Magician Girl, Kuriboh, Dark Magician, and Blue Eyes White Dragon, these five iconic cards from the show and game stand before Yugi Mutou, wielder of this special deck of cards. Each of the figures are an outstanding creation on their own, and as a sextet are instantly recognizable. I especially like all the detail put into Yugi’s crazy hair and the billowing cape behind him. He’s even rocking his magical Millenium Puzzle and standard-issue Duel Disk.

Lego Yu-Gi-Oh!

LEGO Icons 10338 Transformers Bumblebee – Does this Beetle-bot beat all bots? [Review]

LEGO has once again dipped its toe into the world of Transformers action figures. And while Optimus Prime and Megatron are likely the two most well-known of the Hasbro toy line, the Autobot Bumblebee has definitely got the number three slot locked down. First released in Japan in 1983 as Microchange Wagen, this scout-bot wins the hearts and minds of children everywhere with his “never say die” attitude that always looms much larger than his stature. While recent theatrical appearances have popularized a Chevy Camaro-version of this Transformer, LEGO has opted to return to the roots of the robot with the original Volkswagen Beetle design in LEGO Icons 10338 Transformers Bumblebee. The set clocks in at 950 pieces and hits store shelves on July 4th (July 1st for LEGO Insiders), retailing for US $89.99 | CAN $119.99 | UK £79.99. But after the success of LEGO Transformers 10302 Optimus Prime back in 2022, will B-127 measure up to his leader? Read on to find out!

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

Read more on this transformative building process below!