LEGO has revealed all of this year’s holiday season Advent calendars with new images and they’re now available on Amazon US for pre-order. This year we have an addition of Harry Potter to the regulars of City, Friends and Star Wars. The same prices are holding as previous years: $29.99 USD each for City and Friends, while Harry Potter will be priced at $39.99 along with the Star Wars set. They will be released on September 1, but if you want to make sure you’re good and ready before Christmas, you can pre-order them at Amazon right now.
Christmas may be over, but Buddy the elf is the kind of guy you want to hang out with all year round! This BrickHeadz rendering by Kendall Brown (headzsets) isn’t quite possible in real life with available part colors, but it sure is cute! Buddy’s pal, Mr. Narwhal, comes to the surface at the beginning of the movie to wish him luck in finding his real father. He’s a pretty adorable character, and looks fabulous in LEGO form.
Christmas may have come and gone, but Jonas Kramm is still celebrating with this elaborate scene calls “Christmas at Hogwarts.” I love the composition of this build, which is filled with plenty of excellent architectural details and brick-built furniture. Jonas drew partial inspiration from The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, a modern point-and-click adventure game. This is where he found the idea for the curved balustrade and fireplace depicting stacks of books. Some of my favorite details include the bat-a-rang used in a candelabra, gifts tied with LEGO rubber bands and Belville bows, and the dark orange easy chair. The tree also looks nice, with enough decorations to make it stand out but not distract one’s eye from the rest of the image. I’m sure Harry would approve!
During Christmas, many of us decorate our homes, trees and more, so why not our keys? Chungpo Cheng has the right idea with this classic Santa keychain creation.
The only problem in this case would be finding keys large enough! The builder has super-sized the classic Santa Claus minifig which still used a pirate cap instead of the modern purpose-moulded piece. What is most amazing in this creation is not just the accurate recreation at the scale (those hands are especially cool!), but the fact that each individual body part is its own finished creation, as seen on the picture below!
Now I really want to see a whole range of up-scaled minifig body parts that can be mixed and matched like the originals!
What better way to celebrate the season than with a delicious gingerbread train? Well, maybe not so delicious, but this build by TBB alumnus Tim Lydy certainly looks incredible! All aboard the Gingerbread Express! The colors and parts usage are full of fun. And perhaps one of the best aspects is that the giant tree “cookie” on the third car spins, much like the one from the 2016 LEGO 10254 Winter Holiday Train set.
This time of year is one of the busiest for toy manufacturers, including the LEGO Group. In an effort to associate the brand with holiday gift-giving, the months of November and December bring a flurry of wintry-themed advertising. While much of the LEGO Group’s current advertising campaigns exist online, the company has a long history of producing holiday advertising in magazines, comic books, and mail order catalogs (aka LEGO Shop at Home catalogs). Our elves have been hard at work, sifting through the archives for some of the LEGO Group’s most memorable seasonal ads. Hop in the sleigh and hold tight for a wild ride back through time.
In my humble opinion, the variety of nativity scenes makes them a whole world of their own in terms of art motifs. With all the possibilities open, I still decided to go for a very classic approach with mine, both in terms of imagery and building style. It has actually been on my to-build list for ten years, which is from before I even knew about the online LEGO community. Primarily this was a build for myself and my family to put under our Christmas tree, but there is also no harm in sharing it.
The construction is pretty basic with a generic stone wall and some layers of ground on the base, but there are still a few fun techniques that I have tried. The first one being 1×2 tiles connected to upside-down plates with minifig hands, which makes for some neat offsets and the texture you see. The downside of this technique is basically the same as with all of my other ones, that being its terrible fragility. There are ways of improving on it, but that is something for the future. The second technique is a bush/tree using a six stem flower stem piece as the basis and plates around it. I was inspired by a builder whose name I can not recall for the foliage, but when I find him again I will update the photo description on my Flickr.
We all know that Santa’s elves are good at what they do. But when it comes to gifts for LEGO fans, sometimes you just have to leave it to the LEGO experts! This lovely LEGO Santa, built by Brixe63, has decided to do a little shopping of his own. And what’s in the top of the bag? Pick-a-Brick cups, fresh off the giant wall at the back of the LEGO Store! There’s some nice parts usage to create the “cups” filled with colorful Technic rubber bands. We also can’t forget the clever use of gold bucket handles to form Santa’s belt.
You’d better hope that you’ve been good this year otherwise Santa might just be crossing you off his LEGO present list. O Wingård’s lovely character build of Mr Claus captures that festive moment when the old gent checks back his list. Looking sternly over his spectacles we are all reminded that a stack of presents under the tree is never a foregone conclusion! The model itself shows off a whole host of skilful techniques: a beautifully sculptured fluffy beard, teeth plates used to create the pattern on his Christmas sweater, the stripped ribbons on the perfectly wrapped gift, and last but not least a seriously cute little teddy bear.
Welcome to Day 24, the last day of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ve revealed the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.
If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What will we score for Day 24, the final day?
The Christmas gift box was one this year’s holiday giveaways from the LEGO Shop Online. Jae Won Lee has used the idea of placing a holiday scene in a present and taken it to the next level. The surrounding package looks lovely with its dark red paper finished off with a white and dark green ribbon. This is matched by a whimsical interior, depicting Santa making one of his many pit stops. The warmly lit fireplace, tree, and wreath are festive, and the scene itself is fun. The little girl hidden behind the tree is about to have a very nice Christmas, because Santa has brought her the Cafe Corner. Who wouldn’t want the first set in LEGO’s modular building series under their tree?
Welcome to Day 23 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.
If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What holiday glee will come from Day 23?