Next year, the LEGO Ideas project, which was originally launched in Japan as LEGO CUUSOO, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the team has invited builders to take part in a contest to build your own version of the LEGO Ideas logo. You can either base your new version on the official one below, or completely re-imagine it. The best entries will be featured on the LEGO Ideas Facebook page to celebrate the anniversary, and the best of the best could win some very cool prizes.
Learn more about this LEGO building contest
The Brothers Brick’s LEGO Millennium Falcon building contest ran throughout the month of September, with more than 160 entries large and small. When we announced our contest, we had no idea that LEGO would be running a Falcon contest of their own, with the new 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon as their grand prize. However, LEGO kindly leveled the playing field between the two contests, and the First Place winner of TBB’s contest will also be receiving a UCS Falcon, courtesy our friends in Billund. Each of the four winners will also be receiving the super-rare “Escape the Space Slug” set.
In First Place, taking home the UCS Falcon, Josh Fowler built a large-scale Millennium Falcon interior that depicts the creatures from the Dejarik “holochess” game that Chewie played with Threepio, but with the game’s creatures playing with minifigs instead. All of the judges agreed that the creative inversion of roles, large scale, and excellent recreation of both the Falcon’s interior and the creatures themselves deserved our grand prize.
We asked contestants to submit only one photo as their entry, but do be sure to peruse Josh’s photostream on Flickr for more close-up shots, like this one showing off the hilarious results of the game in progress.
In Second Place, winning the current 75105 Millennium Falcon set from The Force Awakens (plus a space slug), city son used LEGO bricks to create what is essentially an Impressionist painting of the Millennium Falcon. We can only think of a handful of LEGO creations that use this technique to good effect, and this is certainly the best — we just can’t imagine transporting it to a show!
Click through to see the runner-up winners and honorable mentions
BrickCon 2017 in Seattle is about a week away, and we are giving away tickets to the public exhibition! Come see the amazing creations that builders from all around the world have brought to BrickCon. (You may even see some of your favorite writers from The Brothers Brick roaming around in our bright green shirts!)
The BrickCon 2017 Public Exhibition is open Saturday Oct, 7 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10am to 3pm, located at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
You can get your tickets online now, but if they sell out you can try to win some from The Brothers Brick! We are giving away three family packs of four tickets each, good for entry on either Saturday or Sunday at any time.
The contest runs from today until 11:59 on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Leave a comment below about what you are most excited about seeing at BrickCon 2017. We’ll randomly select three entries Thursday morning and then notify the winners. Winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the will call window at the BrickCon Exhibition Hall beginning Saturday morning.
(For builders attending the convention, check out these last minute reminders to register your creations and sign up for games before the deadline at the end of the week.)
Unless you’ve been hiding from the Empire on a remote desert planet for the past few decades, you’ll know that LEGO recently unveiled its massive new 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon set. But in the all the excitement you may have missed the fact that to celebrate this event, The Brothers Brick is currently holding a Millennium Falcon themed building contest!
Well, it’s time to add to that excitement: We are pleased to announce that LEGO has graciously donated a copy of the new UCS Falcon set as an additional prize in our contest. That’s right, you can now win* one of these monsters, rather than dipping into your kids’ college fund (again). All you need to do is wow us with an amazing Falcon-themed LEGO model or scene of your own creation!
Four winners will still each receive a super rare limited edition Escape the Space Slug set. But the 1st place winner will now receive a 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon, and the 2nd place winner will receive the smaller 75105 Star Wars Millennium Falcon.
We are also extending the competition deadline to Sunday, October 15th. That gives you a whole month from today to dream up something really special …so get building! Any style, scale or idea goes so long as it features the Falcon or something Falconesque, in whole or in part. For example, it might be a re-themed version of the Falcon, a movie crossover space battle, or even a mini-fig scene that takes place inside the ship. The more imaginative and original the better.
RULES FOR ENTERING: Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Once you have built your entry, post a single photo of it to the contest Flickr group. Only one entry is accepted per person. All entries must be new builds, that have not been previously posted online. They must also be physical models — no digital renderings will be accepted. However, use of custom accessories and stickers is permitted. Entries must be submitted by October 15th to be considered for judging.
*Please note that the grand prize UCS set will be shipped directly from LEGO, who have stipulated that they cannot ship to addresses in China or PO boxes.
To celebrate the unveiling of LEGO’s monumental new 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon, the Brothers Brick is holding a building contest! Presenting the TBB LEGO Millennium Falcon Contest.
What can I win?
Four winners will each receive a super rare limited edition Escape the Space Slug set. One of those winners will also be declared the grand prize winner and receive a 75105 Star Wars Millennium Falcon (…note this is the existing Falcon set, not the new UCS set).
How do I compete?
Build a custom LEGO creation featuring the Millennium Falcon!
There are no restrictions on scale, style or content — but the more imaginative and creative the better. Maybe you’ll dream up a custom themed version of the Falcon (…a Meowlennium Falkitten piloted by cats, perhaps?). Or portray the Falcon fleeing sand worms over the surface of Arrakis. Literally anything goes, so long the build includes something recognizable as a Falcon (in whole or part).
What are the rules?
The contest begins today and runs until October 1st, when LEGO’s new UCS set goes on general release. Once you have built your entry, post a single photo of it to the contest Flickr group. Only one entry is accepted per person. All entries must be new builds, that have not been previously posted online. They must also be physical models — no digital renderings will be accepted. However, use of custom accessories and stickers is permitted. Entries must be submitted by October 1st to be considered for judging.
Best of luck — now stop gawking over that new UCS set and start building!
Back in May we told you about the LEGO typography competition taking place over on the LEGO-elements-and-colours-obsessed blog New Elementary. Over 100 creative and ingenious font designs were submitted, making the judges’ job really tough. The final three winners can be seen below, but it’s worth seeing the lot!
Eduardo Moreira (Brazil):
Li Li (USA)
Jeffrey Kong, Artisan Bricks (Singapore):
You can read more about the entries and the judging process over on New Elementary.
Our friends over at the LEGO elements and colours obsessed blog, New Elementary, are running a Typography Competition from now until 31 May, 2017. To enter you just have to design a typeface for the phrase LEGO DNA with only one rule that is explained in detail below.
You can use whichever LEGO elements you like in your typeface design, but the only rule is that you must utilise at least one of the following new pieces pictured here. They are:
That’s it for constraints. Digital entries are not only welcome, but recommended given that at least one of the new parts listed must be included and you may not have many in your collection! The colours don’t matter, and you may use whichever you like, whether or not the pieces exist in those colours in current LEGO sets. The pieces in your design don’t even need to connect in reality – this task is more about design than modeling.
There will be three 1st prizes in this competition (and no other prizes). The three winners will each receive a package consisting of 50 of each of these new tiles, meaning there will be 250 LEGO elements per winner, courtesy of the LEGO Group. A magnificent prize!
Entries close at the end of 31 May, 2017 (in your local timezone).
To enter, head over to the competition post on New Elementary where an entry form awaits.
Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of playing LEGO games at a fan convention, perhaps trying out your hand at a Master Build? That LEGO fun is coming straight to your computer through a new live-streaming Twitch show, Battle of the Bricks.
Nick Della Mora, aka BrickinNick, will host the live brick-building competition show, highlighting some of the talented builders in the AFOL community. Each show will feature a head to head battle where two builders using the same LEGO sets will build something new using the same pieces, based on a chosen theme. When the time runs out, viewers will become the judge, choosing whose scene reigns supreme.
The show will air on Friday, April 21st through Friday, June 2nd at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST on Twitch. Shows will be posted on YouTube the following day. Tomorrow’s show will pit Dan (DR.Church) against Caleb Wagoner (Masked Builder), so we look forward to seeing any fun builds stemming from the show.
The beginning of the 20th century brought music to the masses with the invention of mass market gramophone records, allowing for the reproduction of sound and radio broadcasts. Jazz and Blues were the first new-age genres to form entire cultures around them. Sven Franic‘s entry to the 2017 Brickstory contest in the History of Music category captures the essence of that category’s description. I particularly love the ingeniously designed treble clef and musical notes, but the scene is completed by the gramophone and a singer—presumably singing some bitter-sweet blues into the mic.
You can almost smell the clinical environment and hear the beep… beep… beep of the heart monitor in this hospital-themed build by Finnish builder Eero Okkonen. The IV bag hanging from the drip stand seems to contain the infamously yellow vitamin B infusion with a tube leading down to a rather frail looking hand on the bed. The pulse oximeter is hooked up to a large monitoring machine with a glowing display. Additional details like the “Get Well Soon” card and a couple of bottles of tablets are a lovely touch.
What is particularly impressive about this build is the ingenuity of the part that Eero used as the screen display for the monitor — it’s actually the underside of the current seed part in this round of Iron Builder, namely the Duplo part Fire/Grass/Ice 1x4x2.
Just a reminder that the annual speeder bike contest, run by the good folks over at the LEGO Speeder Bikes Flickr group, is drawing to close at the end of the month. We’ve seen some great entries so far but there is still time to get your rear in gear and build some awesome bikes! There are great prizes up for grabs, donated by The Brothers Brick, as well as all sorts of other swag!
We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to see The LEGO Batman Movie, and the contest ends tonight at midnight PST! Entry is simple: just click on the image below and leave a comment on that post telling us what you think Batman’s favorite LEGO set is. We’ll be randomly selecting 10 winners from the eligible entries (US readers only). Click below for entry and full rules.