Move over R2-D2, I have a new favourite droid in the Star Wars galaxy now. If you haven’t already watched Season 1 of The Mandalorian, what are you waiting for? Don’t come back here till you’re done, ok? The IG-11 is full of surprises and I could swear that the only reason I needed the Kleenex to wipe that tear off my eye was because of a dusty home and nothing else, really indeed! Build better bricks captured the best of IG-11 with a mixed bag of almost LEGO odd parts like ingots and barrels, just like how the actual IG-11 seems to be made up of random bits of metal.
Builder aukbricks is known to the community for making amazing architectural creations that are rendered with LEGO parts but using only parts that exist and in its corresponding colour as well. Technically that means it is possible to build everything that you see here with real authentic LEGO elements. The cost at which to build it in its entirety with bricks is another thing altogether. It won’t cost you a million dollars for sure, but nevertheless this design is really what a million-dollar home looks like. In fact, I’d say it’s a steal at a million dollars if it really existed anywhere on this planet. There’s more than meets the eye with a beautiful facade but a fully furnished and designed interior that makes this a total standout effort and creation.
LEGO Train-heads, yes, you’re probably beaming ear-to-ear with pride that you are well aware and know the use of this particular piece. For the rest of you who’s wondering, it’s not too late to extend this little mystery a little longer, take a guess on HOW exactly it’s used in train sets? Still pondering and wondering? Let’s cut to the chase, you’re here to get answers. Read right on to find out.
I long for the days of going back to doing the things I enjoyed, like getting kicked out of a Sizzler. Now everyone is kicked out of Sizzler, and it just doesn’t feel special anymore. Remember vacations? That’s when you pack a suitcase and stay at a place that’s likely smaller and not as well-decorated as your own house, but the scenery is better. I loved vacations! Nicolas Carlier proves that you can vacation wherever you happen to be with this delightful LEGO render. Open the suitcase and be engulfed in the soothing sand and surf. You could build a sandcastle, listen to the waves, or tell a crab about all the times you’ve been thrown out of Sizzler. Doing all that while having a full head of hair and totally ripped abs, why that’s just a slice of heaven right there. Boy, I loved vacations!
I can’t help but wonder if in the olden days, tales of wonder and awe that spread through the tongues of villagers would somehow be dubbed as fake news today. I’m so glad that the fake news of the past centuries (AKA folk tales) still stands today though, simply because it’s harmless while capturing the imagination and awe of magical creatures like this Scottish Kelpie by JakTheMad. The shoulders and thighs and tail structure are accentuated by parts from buildable figures quite appropriately. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a horse rearing pose, although it requires some mad skills for balancing the centre of gravity with such a build.
While it’s more common to see LEGO models of neat and tidy downtowns that would look right at home in Disney, it takes at least as much skill to show a city in the aftermath of war. Builder Paul Rizzi has created this World War II diorama depicting the Soviet invasion of Berlin in 1945. Created using approximately 12,000 pieces, the 1/42-scale diorama’s centerpiece is a pair of large buildings that we can see were once quite ornate, before being bombed out, no doubt during the Allies’ extensive air raids. Paul has been careful not to simply build a standard LEGO building and then unbuild it partially, but instead actually provide some of the structural framework that’s typically not present in a LEGO building, such as the rafters and floor joists. The large number of scattered bricks and rubble blown from the buildings and street during the bombing, along with several large craters, give the whole diorama a sense of realism that’s sometimes missing in the “too clean” versions that many novice builders attempt.
The Soviet tank, a T-34/85, occupies the right half of the diorama accompanied by a handful of Soviet infantry facing off a smattering of German troops. The Soviet forces are crossing under Berlin’s famous Stadtbahn railway, which is striking in dark green. The tank itself employs an aftermarket flag and treads, and is a great version of the angular Russian tank that formed the backbone of the Soviet machine.
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 July 2020.
We reviewed the next few sets in the Ninjago summer wave and more. Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS: This week we reviewed two Ninjago sets, learned how to make a forklift, and saw the release of the new Jurassic World sets in the US.
- New LEGO Jurassic World sets for summer 2020 now available in the Americas – Adorable baby dino alert! The new LEGO Jurassic World sets are now available in the US and Canada.
- Build your own plucky little forklift [Instructions] – You can build this fun little forklift by de-marco with video instructions.
- LEGO Ninjago 71717 Journey to the Skull Dungeons [Review] – We take a Journey to the Skull Dungeons and see if this smaller set can keep up with the rest of the wave.
- Ninjago 71719 Zane’s Mino Creature [Review] – We finish up our reviews of the summer 2020 Ninjago line with 71719 Zane’s Mino Creature.
OTHER NEWS: There were quite a few other interesting LEGO news articles from around the web this week. Here are the best of the rest:
- Surprising discovery about Godtfred Kirk Christiansen revealed on his 100th birthday, LEGO LAN – Here is the never-before-told story of the development of the iconic LEGO brick.
- Life-Size Pokémon Made Entirely Out Of LEGO Have Fans In Awe, ScreenRant – One Pokémon fan has built some of the series’ most famous creatures out of LEGO in an impressive – and expensive – display of fandom and talent.
- Magnetic couplings make this LEGO submarine airtight, TNW – The Brick Experiment Channel’s latest build, a submersible made almost entirely from LEGO.
- Huge LEGO Millennium Falcon Constructed in Stop-Motion Video, Nerdist – YouTuber Lego My Legos animated the overwhelming effort required to build the UCS Millennium Falcon only using the Force.
You may recall a prior trio of hard suits published earlier. Now Ayrlego has joined in on the fun with a trio that looks like they could be from the British Empire. At far left in the fur hat we have “Grenediere” who tears it up in the urban environment. In the middle “Flamer” deals out fiery justice in the tropical/desert environs while “Scout” does his particular brand of shenanigans in the woodlands. It turns out this builder is no stranger to exotic environments. Take some time to check out their archives.
With most of the corporate world working from home these days, it’s easy to miss the cubicle life. You can reminisce about the good old days with this LEGO creation from Tiago Catarino.
I love the curved desk and the drawers next to the chair. Minimalist is the word that comes to mind in describing how Tiago was able to cram in so many details with so much subtlety. I can’t help but smile at the crooked sticky note. One thing is for sure, when I get out of quarantine and continue working on a scale model of my office, this cubicle is certainly going to be there.
If you’d like to build your own office cubicle, Tiago has provided us the instructions on his YouTube channel.
Thanks to an ongoing round of Iron Builder, which sees two contestants pitted against each other to build a variety of LEGO models using a specific element, we’ve been seeing an explosion of builds employing the dynamite bundle, from arcade machines to detailed kitchens. Cecilie Fritzvold, in particular, has been on a roll, sticking that dynamite piece into builds anywhere she can fit it, including into this amazing dragon scroll, where nearly 50 of the bundles make up the twisting body of the beast.
And lest you think Cecilie is cheating by just neatly arranging a bunch of pieces on a tiled baseplate, look very closely and you’ll see that each piece is attached with a clip, meaning you could actually hang this on your wall. Well, except for that brick-built hangar, maybe. The two long black Technic axles that stand in for the string might not be up for the task.
Check out more of Cecilie’s dynamite escapades in our archives: Cecilie Fritzvold LEGO creations
One of my favorite things to see is when a LEGO builder will revisit a past model and update it. We’ve been watching Tony Sava‘s Dreyfuss Hudson train builds since at least 2008, and this latest iteration is a thing of beauty. New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson with XXL Disc drivers makes use of newer parts like 3x3x2 quarter-domes to enhance the shaping, as well as including some aftermarket pieces like 3D printed Shupps XXL drivers and TrainedBricks connecting rods. I’d also like to mention that the train depot background is just *chef’s kiss* levels of sweet. If it weren’t for the minifigure off to the left, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this for a photo of a real train.
If you’d like to learn more about Tony’s builds, check out our interview with him!
Just when I think Letranger Absurde can’t surprise me further, they do! This micro build of a Dwarven Mine is spectacular and just dripping with NPU (nice parts use). There’s so much to look at in this small build, but the two things that catch my eye the most are the graveyard up top and the absolutely genius use of minifigure purses as minecarts down below.
I love the combination of sideways and studs-up building and the limited color palette. The large amount of gray tones really makes the other elements stand out. The building detailing is beautiful and the dark tan ground level draws your attention to the middle of the photo, allowing the viewer to take in the upper and lower parts at the same time. The cluster of sand green trees is a nice addition that adds a little more color. The final touch is the wagon, perfectly realized in only three pieces and drawn by a brown frog posing as a dray horse.