Grandma is here, but unfortunately you won’t get any cookies, juice, and stories from this one because well, she is made out of bricks! I wonder if builder Brandon Jones was inspired by his own gram in the creation of this build.
Jones does an excellent job shaping a round face out of bricks and some curved pieces. The lady’s ears use yellow dish pieces, she’s even got some earrings which utilize the white lifebuoy element for the loop earring effect. The bust’s hair is mostly rendered by slopes in light and dark greys. In my mind, the inspiration behind this build may be the grandma from one of the old LEGO Family sets dating back from the seventies before minifigures existed and instead larger figures were produced. Either way it certainly is a unique bust build.
Amazon (US) has a headstart on Black Friday week and already releasing Time-Limited Deals with decent prices on popular sets. We’ll highlight them across the week as we go along and spot worthy deals to consider. We’ll feature prices that to our knowledge have not been this low (or lowest thus far) on Amazon since its original listing. If you can’t make a decision just yet, we’ve included our TBB Reviews on a number of the sets.
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The Razor Crest is fast becoming one of the most recognized ships in a galaxy far, far away since the Millenium Falcon first blasted off the surface of Tatooine. Ever since the premiere of The Mandalorian last year on Disney+, The Razor Crest has taken a beating, but she keeps on going. This microscale model by Tim Goddard has nailed a number of details at a small scale. Take the landing gear, which is more accurate than the official LEGO set.
The back of the ship is also very well sculpted, and those engines are spot on!
Despite the presence of minidolls, I think that LEGO’s Elves theme was almost universally beloved by adult fans of LEGO (and undoubtedly, many loved the dolls, too). What was there not to like? There were great re-colors of common pieces into bright pinks, blues, and purples, perfect for everything from spaceships to fantasy forest dwellings, there were new hairpieces for more elves, there were dragons, not to mention the great accessories, and perhaps most of all sets that by themselves were great, with nice value for the money, good play features, and cohesive structure. I was a fan. It seems likely that I was never as much of a fan as Ben Arkley, however, if this enormous Elvendale creation is any guide.
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The Wonder Woman and the Cheetah DC Fandom Exclusive is now available on US retailer Walmart. If you missed the sales on LEGO US stores, now’s a second chance to snag one. Note that this is a US-only exclusive.
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With the dawn of the day, Crow Knights once again begin their dutiful watch over the land. Builder markus19840420 gives us a beautiful glimpse of the Crow Knights as they keep the kingdom safe.
An incredible LEGO build resulted from hard work and tedious craftmanship. The way the water flows across the area’s base is stunning, especially how it flows off the edge like a waterfall. The plant life is perfectly placed. I admire the use of white in the tower walls. It’s not usually a color used unless the castle is nearly completely white, but here it works, contrasting enough with the grey to make the yellow and black of the Crow Knights’ uniforms pop.
I’m loving everything about this other-worldly scene by captainsmog! From the satisfyingly shaped spaceship that is reminiscent of the Rocket Boy LEGO Collectable Minifigure, to the cleverly crafted plants. The creative parts usage is rad and makes me want to go dig through my oddball parts. I particularly love the claw elements used to make the wavy red and orange… thingy? Genius!
This builder is not a stranger to TBB. He built one of the first tensegrity builds we featured.
While we know Bilbo Baggins doesn’t get eaten by orcs, he came close to being devoured several times. This build by Nathan Smith shows one of those near misses. This image looks like a scene straight out of LEGO: The Hobbit video game. It goes to show that part of a great build is building it. The other part is how you capture the moment.
Everything looks fantastic here. The blue glow on Bilbo’s sword is a nice touch, clearly indicating that orcs are nearby. The wargs that the orcs are riding on the look as menacing as ever. And the fire crawling up the trees adds to the sense that, for Bilbo, time is running out.
Do you remember how this tale of terror ends? You’ll just have to pick up your copy of The Hobbit and find out.
Retailer Van Der Meulen from Netherlands gives us an early peek at the new upcoming LEGO sets to be available in 2021 including themes from City, Creator 3-in-1, Dots, Friends, Ninjago and Technic. A total of 46 sets are listed here. Part count and pricing are not available at this moment but will be updated as and when we have more information. Highlights include the new City road plates a remote-controlled Technic off-road buggy.
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LEGO VIP Weekend kicks off this Saturday and Sunday (21st and 22nd November) with double VIP points on purchases. Spending the minimum amount will bag you some exclusive gifts while stocks last. This is a pre-cursor to LEGO’s Black Friday sale next week, where you get to spend the earned points this week on more of your wanted sets next week.
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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 third week of November 2020.
A raft of new sets are now available for purchase, just in time for the holidays! Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS & Reviews: This week we reviewed the new Dickens inspired gift with purchase, saw the reveal of a new Mandalorian set, new Marvel sets, new LEGO Mario expansion sets and more!
- LEGO GWP 40410 Charles Dickens Tribute: A Christmas Carol [Review] – LEGO’s newest Gift with Purchase set is 40410 Charles Dickens Tribute with a beautiful vignette based on A Christmas Carol.
- New Marvel 2021 LEGO sets featuring Spider-man, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man – Marvel fever is back again in 2021 and we get a first look at upcoming sets revealing the Avengers and Spider-Man.
- LEGO Technic reveals new 42123 McLaren Senna GTR with 830 pieces – First look at the new LEGO Technic 42123 McLaren Senna GTR. An 830-piece replica will be available starting January 1, 2021.
- LEGO reveals new Super Mario sets for 2021, bringing Tanooki, Wiggler, and more – LEGO just took the wraps off the next wave of Super Mario sets, and there are tons of new characters!
- More LEGO Mandalorian goodness featuring scene from Tatooine – A new Mandalorian LEGO set has been revealed by StarWars.com that features The Child, a Tusken Raider and Mando himself.
- LEGO 76382 Harry Potter Hogwarts Moment: Transfiguration Class playset revealed – LEGO just shared a new Harry Potter set featuring the Hogwarts Moment: Transfiguration Class together with 3 minifigures and to be released in January 2021.
- Ghostbusting is cool again in the November guide to LEGO sets available on sale – The November highlights is all about nostalgia from the past from the return of the LEGO Ideas Saturn V, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1, the 1989 Batwing and the place that everyone grew up to with our friends from Sesame Street.
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:
Just a few days ago I wrote an article about a little cottage in the forest. Today I stumbled upon this creation by the Midwest Builders. A big cottage in the forest! Well, calling this a cottage might not do it justice. It is actually more of a house —- a Tudor style house, and I am a sucker for Tudor style houses. So let’s discuss all the yummie goodness this creation has to offer. First of all, the woodwork on the tudor style part of the house is really nicely done. I especially love the use of the 4×4 macaroni tile . The exposed bricks behind the woodwork also looks amazing. Then the shingles for the roof are just the right amount of crooked, giving this building great character.
One of the best things has to be the pentagon and half-ellipse-shaped windows. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the LEGO spider web part because it is so chunky and you have to attach it, which can sometimes be a bit tricky to do without the attachment parts being visible. Midwest Builders managed to hide the attachment spots, giving it a more organic feel. The purple trees, graveyard, and the crops with the scarecrow further add to the Halloween feel. Are they decorations or is this house just a bit creepy all year round? Last but not least, have you seen the cute cobblestone wall that has been crumbling down for ages and is now only three plates high?