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Not sure which LEGO sets to pick up for yourself? Need ideas for that LEGO fan who already has more LEGO than he or she can possibly build with in a lifetime? Nervous about the quality of the custom accessories that tempted you at your last LEGO convention? Read our reviews of LEGO sets, books, accessories, and more right here on The Brothers Brick.

LEGO Ninjago 71770: Zane’s Golden Dragon Jet – Let’s imagine dragons again. [Review]

LEGO just revealed the first 2023 Ninjago sets, and that reminded us that we still had a little more to share from the (still available!) Summer 2022 Crystalized wave! LEGO Ninjago 71770 Zane’s Golden Dragon Jet is available now from the LEGO Shop Online for US $34.99 | CAN $44.99 | UK £24.99. This 258 piece offering is one of the smaller sets in the sub-theme, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in coolness. Come along and see what we thought!

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How many dragon themed things can you spot?

LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower on sale now! And we’ve got an updated review, too.

If you’re wanting to get your hands on the new LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower, your wait is over! This massive 10,001 pieces set is available from the LEGO Shop Online starting today, November 25th, for US $629.99 | CAN $799.99 | UK £554.99. Better yet, 11/25-11/28 while supplies last, you’ll also get LEGO Icons 40579 – Eiffel’s Apartment to go along with it.

Not sure if this set is for you? Check out our updated review and see just what this set has to offer!

40563 Tribute to LEGO® House GWP saves you the trip to Billund [REVIEW]

Since the opening of the LEGO House in Billund in 2017, LEGO fans from around the world have wandered the building in awe, enjoying many large brick-built displays, and even getting to check out one of the injection molding machines that create the beloved brick. Now, with 40563 Tribute to LEGO® House gift with purchase, you can enjoy a taste of the fabled destination with 5 mini-models based on actual LEGO displays, the original wooden duck, and a model of a brick molding machine. This set contains 583 pieces and will be available for a limited time from 11/25 to 11/28 with a qualifying purchase of US $250 | CAN $320 | UK £250. And please consider using those affiliate links while you do your shopping. You can help support TBB this holiday season while you fill your cart.

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.


Unboxing the parts, instructions, and sticker sheets

40563 Tribute to LEGO® House comes in a tape-sealed box which features photographs of the five models on both the front and the back. The front of the box shows all five models in a single image on a white background, while the photos on the back of the box are arranged separately on a black background.

Inside the box there are 7 total bags numbered 1-5 with each model matching a number:
LEGO House
Tree of Creativity
Dinosaurs
Wooden Duck
Brick Molding Machine

The set also includes a 138-page instruction booklet. The booklet features a few pages that introduce each of the five models. There are no stickers, but each model includes a printed black tile with the model name similar to the LEGO Architecture theme.


The LEGO House build

Each model starts out with a base made from black plates and tiles of various dimensions. The exception is the wooden duck, which adds the plate and tile base at the end of the build. For the LEGO House model, the majority of the parts are small plates and tiles in a variety of colors connected with several offsets to allow the sections to overlap just like the real building.

Not surprisingly, this model goes together pretty quickly. One fun thing to note for folks interested in this set as a parts pack – there are several tiles of various shapes and colors (3 blues, three yellows, 3 greens, 2 reds, orange, and light gray. One interesting part usage was two tall brackets in white which support each end of the final stack of white 2×4 plates at the center of the house.

The Tree of Creativity build

The Tree of Creativity is a fairly standard tree construction at this small scale, with a few micro-models on some of the branches. The first one is in homage to the original 375 yellow castle.

Next is a pair of city buildings, a fire engine, and finally, a crane at the top of the under-construction tree.

The Dinosaurs build

The dinosaurs were my second favorite build after the clean and colorful LEGO House. These dinosaurs represent three oversized models that are each built using one of the core LEGO themes: Duplo, System, and Technic. This is clearly reflected in the parts used to build each dino. The red and yellow Duplo dino has larger parts and fewer shapes to represent the bulkier elements. The System dino includes smaller parts to give the sculpting more details, while the Technic dino uses molded parts like the skeleton arms, and actual Technic elements like half-bushings and friction half-pins with studs.

The three completed dinosaurs attach to white round bases representing the large white pedestals the full-size models are mounted on.

The Wooden Duck build

This model starts out with the base of the duck rather than the plate and tile base which comes later. The model is simple, but does a great job of capturing the details, including 4 wheels that actually turn, and a pull string.

The final base includes a few small rounded parts that keep the duck in place.

The Brick Molding Machine build

The final build in the set is a highly detailed brick molding machine. The bright lime green color and the “studs not on top” construction make the finished model very interesting, and a nice hint of the technology behind our favorite building brick.


Conclusions and recommendations

I thoroughly enjoyed building this set. The models are fun to build and well-suited for display on a shelf or desk. And with the holidays just around the corner, this collection of mini-models would make a great gift or addition to any collection. If you are planning to buy LEGO sets for holiday gifts, consider this limited-time offer when filling up your cart. 40563 Tribute to LEGO® House will be available for a limited time from 11/25 to 11/28 with a qualifying purchase of US $250 | CAN $320 | UK £250. Once again, please consider using our affiliate links to get your gift with purchase and help support TBB for all the news, reviews and amazing creations we feature year-round.

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set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.


LEGO Icons 40579 – Eiffel’s Apartment: A towering gift with purchase [Review]

The massive Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower will be arriving on November 25th – and LEGO has a gift with purchase promotion that is tied about as tightly to the French landmark as you can get. Gustave Eiffel’s private apartment, hidden on the third level of the tower, has been re-created in minifigure scale for Icons 40579 Eiffel’s Apartment. We’re still waiting on the official word, but our guess is it is linked to the purchase of the 10307 Eiffel Tower so getting this “booster box” of 228 pieces carries an indirect price of US $629.99 | CAN $799.99 | UK £554.99. Does this set make the overall tower more appealing? Come along as we take an early look!

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 Icons 10307 – Eiffel Tower: Say Bonjour to the tallest and second largest LEGO set ever [Review]

LEGO recently revealed their latest entry into their Icons theme – the LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower. This massive set has 10,001 pieces (making it the second highest part count behind the 31203 World Map mosaic), and at 149 cm / 58″, stands as the tallest LEGO set ever. It will be available from the LEGO Shop Online starting November 25th for US $629.99 | CAN $799.99 | UK £554.99. We’ve been fortunate enough to get to look at an early copy, so come along as we build this key piece of the Paris skyline!

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LEGO Build Every Day and the Master Builder Notebook – When you choose paper instead of plastic [Review]

Master Model Builder Alec Posta has teamed up with Chronicle Books to share some tips for tapping into the power of LEGO bricks. No, not in a “power a clock with a potato” sense, but more like “how to power through real life issues using LEGO as a source of inspiration.”  Build Every Day is available from Amazon for $13.99 US, and the companion Master Builder Notebook can be had for $13.60 US. Read along as we take a look inside both books and see just what they have to offer!

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A book report? On Brothers Brick? It’s more likely than you think.

Will you get a kick out of LEGO Ideas 21337 Table Football [REVIEW]

LEGO Ideas has produced an increasing number of sets based on contests, in addition to the regular get-10,000-votes method. Most of these have been smaller gift-with-purchase items, but LEGO Ideas 21337 Table Football joins 21329 Fender Stratocaster as a full-size retail set. This was the winning submission in the We Love Sports LEGO Ideas contest, and let’s get right to the main question: the winning submission was a full-size, 11-on-11 table football setup (usually referred to as foosball in the U.S.). When the contest results were announced, lots of fans were excited to get a near full-size playable game. That swiftly turned to disappointment when the official pictures were released. The set has been scaled down to 5-a-side, less than half the size of the original! While there are very clear reasons for that choice, does it still leave us with a desirable set? LEGO Ideas 21337 Table Football, with 2,339 pieces and a whopping 22* minifigures (* and even more hair and heads), is available now for US $249.99 | CAN $309.99 | UK £214.99.

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LEGO Icons Winter Village Collection 10308: Holiday Main Street – Wintertime Retail Therapy [Review]

It’s Christmas time again! Well, nearly. On October 7th (October 3rd for VIPs) you can pick up a copy of this year’s expansion to the Winter Village Collection, Icons 10308 Holiday Main Street for US $99.99 | CAN $129.99 | UK £89.99!  This 1514 piece set is designed for up to four people to work on it at once – a nice way to bring folks together for the holidays. But will it be any fun for them? Read on to see what we think of this year’s retail therapy!

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LEGO Star Wars 75331 The Razor Crest Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) from The Mandalorian [Review]

When The Mandalorian series began to air in 2019, one of the things that captured many fans’ hearts right off the bat (including my own) was Din Djarin’s battered bounty hunter vessel the Razor Crest. It fit perfectly into the famously “lived-in” Star Wars universe of the original trilogy, and so it’s fitting that 75331 The Razor Crest is the first vehicle from outside the movie trilogies to receive the Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) treatment. At 28 inches long (72cm), the UCS Razor Crest includes 6,187 pieces and features minifigures of Din Djarin, Kuiil, a Mythrol, Grogu, along with a brick-built blurrg. Revealed just a few days ago, the set will retail for US $599.99 | CAN $759.99 | UK £519.99 and will be available Oct. 3 for VIP members with general availability Oct. 7.


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LEGO Ideas 40566: Ray the Castaway – A Marooned Gift with Purchase [Review]

It’s been over a year since the official LEGO Ideas vote revealed that Ray the Castaway by Daditwins would be a future gift with purchase. And now, at long last, we can get our hands on the final set (LEGO Ideas 40566: Ray the Castaway) from October 1st – 13th with qualifying purchases of US $120 | CAN TBD | UK £120 from LEGO stores or LEGO Shop Online. Clocking in at 239 pieces, is this GWP something everyone will need to pick up, or will it be “cast away” as inferior? Read on for my full review to find out.

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LEGO Avatar 40554 Jake Sully & his Avatar [Review]

The BrickHeadz line has expanded to cover a wide range of pop culture in the past two years, so it is not at all surprising that the wave of sets coming with the release of the second Avatar movie includes one. 40554 Jake Sully & his Avatar features the main character Jake, both in his original human form and as his Na’vi avatar. It contains 246 pieces and will be available October 1st and retail for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99.


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LEGO Super Mario 71411 The Mighty Bowser – A boss of a build [Review]

Pretty much everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock is acquainted with Nintendo and the Super Mario franchise. Indeed, the little guy and his troupe of friends and enemies are a pop culture icon, and a marriage between LEGO and Nintendo was always inevitable. Whether you’re playing or displaying, there are sets for everyone, even if you’re not a diehard nostalgic fan. The latest addition, Mario’s arch enemy, is certainly no exception. LEGO Super Mario 71411 The Mighty Bowser (which will be available October 1st and retail for US $269.99 | CAN $349.99 | UK £229.99) might just put a smile on the faces of even decidedly uninterested builders. Come with us as we take a closer look at this 2807-piece supervillain.

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