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A micro modular build for all your space saving needs

Want a LEGO modular set, but don’t have the room for a large set? Jelle ter Veer has you covered with this micro-scaled version of the 10255 Assembly Square set. Same buildings, but in a smaller format that’ll easily fit on a desk. I always enjoy seeing large building sets made at a smaller scale because it’s always a treat to see how the builder realizes the defining details. Here, Jelle gives us the same shapes for the buildings, so right away we can tell where everything is. The signs for the base shops stand out with their hinted at shops: the café, the flower shop, and the bakery. And if the signs weren’t enough, the defining decorations of each shop are clearly present. The canopies and outdoor seating for the café, the flowers in the window for the flower shop, and the large display window of the bakery. And the fun doesn’t stop there! There’s also the fountain, surrounding street lights, and sidewalks in microscale. Using those little trophy figures, you can play and interact with the whole micro assembly much the same as the original.

Micro assembly square

LEGO Icons to replace Creator Expert as adult-focused sets get rebranding [News]

LEGO moved away from the venerable Creator Expert theme branding in 2020, transitioning to simple black boxes with set names but no theme branding–which fans have sometimes referred to as 18+ sets due to their age labels which denote their intended adult market. Internally, LEGO continued to use the Creator Expert label for most adult-focused sets, and it still appears as a category on LEGO’s website. Now LEGO has decided to formally retire the Creator Expert theme name and rebrand the category as LEGO Icons. The LEGO Icons theme will encompass Creator Expert sets as well as other adult-focused sets that aren’t part of other existing themes such as Technic. The new branding will be rolled out on LEGO’s website starting June 1, and will appear on packaging starting next year.

Here’s the official press release from LEGO:


From June 1st, 2022, we will be uniting many of our adult focused LEGO® sets under the name LEGO® Icons to help our adult consumers easily to find new, immersive builds or models that link to their interests and passions, particularly when shopping or browsing online. The name LEGO Icons will span all of our sets designed for older builders that are not already part of an existing LEGO theme such as LEGO® Technic, LEGO® Ideas or LEGO® Architecture.

LEGO reveals next two Botanical Collection sets: 10309 Succulents and 10311 Orchid [News]

LEGO’s series of life-size recreations of plants and flowers has proven tremendously popular since their launch at the start of 2021 with the Flower Bouquet and Bonsai Tree, and now the company is expanding it even more with two new sets. The 608-piece 10311 Orchid (US $49.99 | CAN $69.99 | UK £44.99) brings a new flower to the series; much like last year’s 10289 Bird of Paradise it features the full plant in a pot, rather than just flower cuttings. Meanwhile, the 771-piece 10309 Succulents (US $49.99 | CAN $69.99 | UK £44.99) takes the series in a new direction with a variety of small colorful plants in pots that can be rearranged. LEGO is pitching the sets as Mother’s Day gifts, so both sets are available to pre-order starting today, and are slated to launch May 1.

Check out more info and pictures of the sets below, and don’t miss these other upcoming LEGO sets for Spring and Summer 2022:

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LEGO Creator Expert 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine – Well, it’s about time. [Review]

Oh, we’ve seen LEGO Back to the Future time machines before. Beyond numerous excellent fan versions, there have been two official sets: 2013’s CUUSOO 21103 Back to the Future and 2017’s Dimensions 71201: Back to the Future Level Pack. But really, neither of those sets were terribly accurate takes on this iconic movie vehicle. Now, after years of rumors, false leaks, and empty hopes, LEGO has announced Creator Expert 10300: Back to the Future Time Machine. This 1872 piece set will be available April 1st for US $169.99 | CAN $219.99 | UK £149.99. Will the third time be the charm? Or will we have to hope someone goes back in time yet again to try and fix things?

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO reveals 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine DeLorean in Creator Expert scale [News]

Today LEGO is introducing the latest pop culture icon to get a brick makeover with 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine. This 1,872-piece set features the famous customized DeLorean in Creator Expert scale at 14 inches long (35cm) with a full interior, a light-up flux capacitor, opening hood and doors, as well as transforming functions such as the wheels tucking in to fly. The set also includes two minifigures of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, and a UCS-style info placard to display them on. The new large-scale DeLorean joins a series of existing Back to the Future LEGO sets including a minifigure-scale time machine, a pair of Brickheadz, and a couple of Dimensions packs. The new set will retail for US $169.99 | CAN $219.99 | UK £149.99 when it’s available starting April 1.

Check out more info and pictures of the set below, and don’t miss these other upcoming LEGO sets for Spring 2022:

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LEGO Creator Expert 10298 Vespa 125 – On the road again [Review]

On April 23rd, 1946, Enrico Piaggio filed the patent for the first Vespa. Now, over 75 years later, LEGO is celebrating this iconic scooter with a pair of brick-built tributes. LEGO Creator 40517 – Vespa Scooter features a modern version in Red, while the LEGO Creator Expert 10298 Vespa 125 is a larger-scale model in classic pastel pale blue. The 1106 piece set will be available March 1st from the LEGO Shop Online for US $99.99 | CAN $129.99 | UK £89.99. Hop on as we take a spin on this Italian classic and see how well it survived the transition to LEGO brick!

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO Creator Expert 10299 Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium [Review]

¡Hala Madrid! Fans of Los Blancos are the next to get a lavish scale model of their club’s home ground. Trailing only LEGO’s previous stadium set Camp Nou, and Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park in size among European club homes, the Santiago Bernebéu sits in the heart of Madrid, a capital of sport in a capital city. Few stadiums have hosted as varied a list of premier competitions, from the UEFA Champion’s League, the Copa Libertadores, to the FIFA World Cup, let alone the storied history of Real Madrid itself. Is Creator Expert 10299 Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium a worthy home to the legacy of the Galacticos? Available March 1 for US $349.99 | CAN $449.99 | UK £309.99, this 5876 piece set packs the spirit of 81,000+ tiny fans. Come along as we kick off LEGO’s biggest stadium build yet!

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO reveals 9,000-piece 10294 Titanic ship model as second-largest LEGO set ever [News]

Today LEGO is officially revealing its second-biggest set ever, 10294 Titanic, to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the ill-fated ship’s launch in 1911. The huge 9,090-piece ship model features the iconic ocean liner in its prime, with cross-sections of the interior decks accessible at several points. The Titanic model rings in at more than 4 feet in length (1.3m) and will cost US $629.99 | CAN $799.99 | UK £569.99 when it’s available beginning Nov. 1, 2021.

The Titanic edges out last year’s 10276 Colosseum set by a mere 54 pieces to take the second-highest spot on the list of biggest LEGO sets, but falls well short of the top slot, occupied by the 11,695-piece World Map mosaic set released earlier this year.

Be sure to also check out our full, hands-on review of the LEGO 10294 Titanic.

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Hands on with LEGO Creator Expert 10294 Titanic, a 9,000-piece ship more than 4 feet long [Review]

The upper boundary for the size of LEGO sets has been steadily rising for the last decade as the company increasingly courts the attention of adult fans with broader interests and deeper pockets than the toy’s traditional audience. When the Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series 75192 Millennium Falcon arrived in 2017, it set a new high watermark with a whopping 7,541 pieces. That record has since been broken several times. LEGO’s latest venture into the open waters of adult collector pieces comes in the form of the world’s most iconic ship, one whose name is synonymous with its monumental place in history. 10294 Titanic doesn’t quite get the top slot on the part-count hall of fame (that record goes to 31203 World Map mosaic from earlier this year) but at more than 4 feet in length and 9,090 pieces, it’s the largest traditional LEGO model of all time. It features a detailed exterior and segments of the lavish interior. The monstrous ship launches next month, and will set you back US $629.99 | CAN $799.99 | UK £569.99 when it’s available Nov. 1.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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Getting a LEGO makeover with Creator Expert 10291 Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft [Review]

In 2003, a bold new reality TV show was making major waves. Originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, it followed five gay men as they provided a full lifestyle makeover to straight guys in need of a fresh take. After a massively popular start, the focus on only heterosexual males was dropped. Eventually the show ran its course, but as you may already know, Netflix rebooted Queer Eye in 2018 with an entirely new “Fab 5” cast. Even more successful than the original, it has now won multiple Emmy awards. The creative, playful show seeks to celebrate love, expression, and acceptance, not only for others, but yourself as well. Its values are echoed by the LEGO Group, which decided to honor the series with LEGO Creator Expert 10291 Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft. Joining a growing subtheme of TV-based sets, this is the first reality show appearance.

Come along as we take a closer look at the 974-piece kit, which includes 7 minifigures (with 3 additional torsos) and Bruley the French bulldog. It will be available starting Oct. 1 for US $99.99 | CAN $139.99 UK £89.99

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO Creator Expert 77942 Fiat 500 limited edition comparison: blue is the new yellow [Review]

A few weeks ago, LEGO announced that they were running a trial in the UK to test variants of a few popular sets, altering their sizes or colors. The flagship model of this program is an update on last year’s Creator Expert 10271 Fiat 500, which overhauls the car’s light yellow to a light blue. The new set receives a new number, and 77942 Fiat 500 is sold from now until Nov. 30 through LEGO’s website in the UK (£74.99) or through retailer Zavvi. Unlike LEGO’s UK site, Zavvi does ship outside the UK, briefly allowing fans elsewhere in the world to get the set, though the first stock of Zavvi’s sets appears to have sold out and Zavvi has taken down the listing. LEGO has said that since it’s part of a trial program, once the set is sold out, it will not be available again. Today we’re taking a brief look at how the new blue Fiat compares to the yellow version we reviewed last year.

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LEGO reveals 10293 Santa’s Visit for the 2021 Winter Village collection [News]

It’s time pay another visit to the LEGO Winter Village with this year’s addition 10293 Santa’s Visit set. Designed by Chris McVeigh, the new winter house model is full of holiday symbols and heartwarming moments. The set isn’t particularly big, consisting of 1,445 pieces, but sets a charming scene featuring a family and Santa in his iconic boots. The set will be available to VIP members starting September 16th, and at LEGO stores starting October 1st, for US $99.99 | CAN $139.99 | UK £79.99, but you can check out our review of 10293 Santa’s Visit today already.

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