Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer and “the mother of the Hubble” passed away on December 26 at the age of 93. She worked on the Hubble Space Telescope in the early stages and was honored in the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set in 2017. She was also the first woman executive at NASA and also one of the first chief astronomers. She will dearly be missed by the lives she’s touched and inspired all over the world, and her legacy will be long remembered. On behalf of the LEGO community and the team at The Brothers Brick, we bid you farewell. Nancy, you are now one truly with the stars and you will always shine with brightness in the sky, leading the way for aspiring youth to light the path to even greater things. Rest in peace, Nancy.
Today we’re getting our first official, high-quality look at LEGO’s newest line of Collectible Minifigures, featuring characters from The LEGO Movie 2, thanks to LEGO’s Chinese and Taiwanese first-quarter catalogs. This series, 71023 The LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures will feature 20 characters from the new film, some of which are cross-licensed with The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys made an appearance in The LEGO Batman Movie with sets such as The Ultimate Batmobile, and it looks like the rest of the gang is showing up in The LEGO Movie 2. Most other sets for The LEGO Movie 2 are already available. The film comes out Febuary 8.
Simultaneously, German retailer B&B published their listing for the new series, providing us with a few extra details, such as the case image.
2019 has arrived and the floodgates of LEGO have opened with 112 new sets available today. Fans of Star Wars, Technic, Ninjago, City, Overwatch, Architecture and even Captain Marvel have a lot to choose from. It can be a lot to process, so we have your guide right here detailing each and every new set.
Some regions have seen these sets on shelves already. but now they are all available online. There are a few sets that really stand out to us, but you can see the complete list of all 112 sets (plus a dozen new key chains) after the jump.
Developing a shortlist of the finest LEGO creations of 2018 was difficult enough, but narrowing it down to a single “best creation” proved even harder! However, after much debate amongst the team, the Brothers Brick is delighted to announce the Jakku Star Destroyer collaborative build by Eli Willsea and Grant Davis as our LEGO Creation of the Year for 2018.
Each day the team here at The Brothers Brick brings you the best LEGO models from the global community of LEGO builders. Their creations inspire, excite, and amuse us every day. But each year there are a handful of builders who take things to new heights — displaying their skills across a range of building styles, and amazing us with their parts usage and building techniques.
The Brothers Brick is delighted to name Chi Hsin Wei (AKA LEGO 7) as our LEGO Builder of the Year 2018.
LEGO 7 has had an incredible year, in both quantity and quality of LEGO creations. Across a range of styles and subjects, he’s showcased excellent building skills. We’ve loved seeing the different models he’s built during 2018, and we hope you’ll enjoy this retrospective look at his last twelve months…
To aid LEGO’s ambitious goal of breaking into the enormous Chinese market of potential customers, LEGO is kicking off 2019 with a series of three exclusive sets celebrating the Chinese New Year. All three are only available in the Asia Pacific region. Today we’re looking at the first of these sets, 80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner. It contains 616 pieces and retails for CNY 699 (about $100 USD) in China, with similar prices in other Asian markets.
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 last week of December (and the last one for the entire year of 2018)!
TBB NEWS: 2018 is coming to a close, and we are taking a look at the most amazing creations of the year, plus big changes you hopefully won’t notice as we try to preserve some LEGO history.
- Shortlist announced for Brothers Brick LEGO Creation of the Year 2018 – Check out the best LEGO models of 2018, as picked by the Brothers Brick team.
- The Brothers Brick to safeguard all LEGO creations featured since 2005 in response to Flickr’s changes – More than 25,000 photos and 13,500 articles are now protected as long as The Brothers Brick remains online.
- The LEGO Movie 2 sets now available with free movie tickets offer – Snag a pair of tickets to the upcoming movie at the same time you pick up some of these new sets!
- Japan Brickfest 2019 – Registration closes on December 31 – Sign up today for the largest international LEGO fan event in Asia.
TBB TOP TEN LISTS: What are the most popular LEGO creations, reviews, instructions, news and sets of 2018? We have your top ten lists to fulfill the wishes of all the list-likers out there.
- Top 10 most popular LEGO creations featured on The Brothers Brick in 2018 – Out of the nearly 1,500 LEGO creations we featured in 2018, what did you like on the most?
- Top 10 most popular LEGO set reviews of 2018 on The Brothers Brick – Which set reviews rose to the top for 2018? We have your list right here.
- The 10 most popular custom LEGO creation instructions on The Brothers Brick for 2018 – These were the most looked at instructions from the last year. Did you build any?
- Top 10 LEGO news articles of 2018 on The Brothers Brick – What were the top ten LEGO news articles that made the biggest waves in 2018?
- The top 10 best LEGO sets of 2018 – Here are ten of our favorite sets released in 2018.
- Review of LEGO Speed Champions 75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione – The LEGO Speed Champions line goes back to the 80’s with this red supercar.
- Review of LEGO Minecraft Big Figs Series 1 – Steve, Alex and the Skeleton look an awful lot like the game characters, but how do they stack up as LEGO models?
- Review of LEGO Sea Accessories Xtra 40341 – What parts come with this seaworthy accessories pack? Let’s pier in to see water in ‘pacific we shell get!
TBB FEATURES & INSTRUCTIONS: How has LEGO holiday advertising changed through the years? We have that and more instructions for you as we wrap up the holidays.
- FEATURE: Dashing through the decades of LEGO’s holiday advertising – Warm up some cocoa as we take you on a journey through the LEGO advertisements of Christmas past.
- Instructions to build Christmas-themed BrickHeadz – You can build this cute holiday BrickHeadz out of nothing but the Go Brick Me set which brings out our holiday cheer.
- Instructions to build a LEGO Bumblebee beetle – This stylish model of Bumblebee in beetle form by hachiroku24 shines just in time for the new movie.
LEGO has recently re-introduced accessories packs. Discontinued way back in 1999, the return of these little parts packs has been quite a delight. In 2018, LEGO released the first five accessory packs and three Xtra-themed playmats, but today we’re looking at the newest, 40341 Sea Accessories. It will be available January 1 and like the other packs, it retails for $3.99. Since the packs include only accessories with no minifigures, we decided to call in the Mono Brothers team to help us model these while we dive through the parts.
As 2018 comes to an end, we can’t help but look back and reflect on what an amazing news year it has been for the LEGO community. From old themes coming back to some of the largest LEGO sets ever released, The Brothers Brick has brought you credible LEGO news from all over. So let’s look back at the year and see what made the biggest splash as we analyze the top 10 LEGO news articles of 2018.
Amazon is offering a great deal on the yet to be released Overwatch sets. 4 of the 6 sets are on discounts and will be released on 1st Jan. Grab them while you can! You can still order the other 2 sets (D.Va & Reinhardt and Bastion) from LEGO directly at the retail price.
75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker | 129 pieces | Tracer & Widowmaker minifigs | Retails at $14.99 | Pre-order for $11.99
75971 Hanzo vs. Genji | 197 pieces | Hanzo & Genji minifigs | Retails at $19.99 | Pre-order for $15.99
75972 Dorado Showdown | 419 pieces | McCree, Reaper, & Soldier: 76 minifigs | Retails at $29.99 | Pre-order for $23.99
75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar | 730 pieces | Winston, Mercy, Pharah, & Reaper minifigs | Retail at $89.99 | Pre-Order at $71.99
Early last month, we noted how changes to Flickr’s free accounts have the potential to significantly harm the historical record of the LEGO hobbyist (AFOL) community. Historically, Flickr provided unlimited storage to its Free account users, but the number of photos that can be hosted on a Free account will be limited to 1,000 starting January 1st, 2019. As a result, many LEGO creations hosted in Free accounts are now at risk of disappearing forever. This is particularly heartbreaking for photos from LEGO builders who have passed away or are no longer participating in the hobbyist community. But we have good news to share, so please read on!
The Brothers Brick featured nearly 1,500 LEGO creations in 2018, ranging from unique characters to recreations of iconic vehicles and scenes from movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter. We recently shared our short-list for the best LEGO creations of 2018. But what custom creations we’ve featured were the most popular with you, our readers? Let’s take a look at the top 10 most popular LEGO models highlighted over this past year.