This Custom LEGO Sauron Bids For You To Submit… and Get Its Free Building Instructions!

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless classic know very well how central to the story is the One Ring that has been so coveted by many during the countless millennia. Created by the Lord of Darkness himself, Sauron will never stop until he gets his hands once again to his source of power and existence. And Sauron’s feeling of morbid triumph and diabolical satisfaction is perfectly captured by builder Aaron Newman in this retelling of one of the literature’s vilest characters. The Dark Lord of Mordor is relentless in making sure that the One Ring finds his way back to him. In fact, we see Sauron even wield the powerful Ring in the first scenes of the blockbuster film, Lord of the Rings. This moment was excellently rendered in bricks in his custom LEGO Sauron as you can see below.

LEGO Sauron

Aaron’s vision of this custom LEGO Sauron was directly inspired by the 2001 film where we see the armor-clad behemoth hammering away the overwhelmed forces of Middle-Earth. Furthermore, this custom LEGO Sauron features a realistic build that is very imposing coming in at 13 inches in height. The details on Sauron’s helmet and mace are spot-on, with Aaron effectively using those new LEGO Ninjago blade pieces to Sauron’s advantage.

The rest of the body is also properly scaled, giving this custom LEGO Sauron a deceitfully fragile look as the antagonist would like to make his enemies believe. Its slim figure is basically compensated with its heavily armored garb, complete with a pair of capes and a destructive mace. If you wish to know more about the design process that went through the creation of this build, then you may want to read Aaron’s blog entry for this custom LEGO Lord of the Rings Sauron MOC.

In case you haven’t noticed yet (or has been intentionally living in a cave of some sort and does not know what’s happening over at Fox), Aaron is one of the strong contenders in the currently running, LEGO reality TV show, LEGO Masters US. He’s now giving back to the LEGO community by sharing this FREE Custom LEGO Sauron building instructions through The Brick Show Shop.  Yes, you read it right – we are giving it away for free! Just head over to our official storefront and download the building instructions in PDF format, including its parts list, plus a template for creating Sauron’s cape. So forgive me if I can’t overemphasize it enough – it’s simply too good to give a pass.

While you’re at it, you may also want to add this equally awesome custom LEGO Lord of the Rings Oliphant and Balrog MOCs to your LOTR collection. Created by Tyler and Sean at Build Better Bricks, the building instructions for these custom sets may now be yours including a handy Stud.io file that you can use in easily ordering the needed parts at Bricklink.

What Lord of the Rings moment would you like to see re-created in LEGO bricks? Share what you think in the comments below.

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NOTE: This post was originally published back on August 10, 2019 and has been updated here to reflect The Brick Show Shop’s latest free offering, and of course, Aaron’s stint in becoming a LEGO Masters US contestant. 

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LEGO Masters US Episode 2 Recap: Its a Smashing “Sacrifice” for Tyler & Amy

While we’re waiting excitingly for Episode 3 of LEGO Masters US to air tonight, let’s go back and see some of the highlights of last week’s episode. Though it’s the reality show’s first high-stake chapter where we see our first heart-breaking eliminations – sadly, it was Jessie and Kara who have turned in their minifig avatars –  we also saw some of the most epic Space Smash creations that LEGO Masters US Episode 2 can bring.

Episode 2 brought a smashing challenge to our 10 pairs of LEGO Masters where they are tasked to create an epic alien-inspired build that will be obliterated in the most magnificent fashion. Check out the final entries of our brick contenders. All images are courtesy of Fox.

  • Tyler & Amy  – The Sacrifice
  • Sam & Jessica – Space Cats & Dogs
  • Jermaine & Mel – Legor
  • Amie & Krystle – Planet Volcalia
  • Manny & Nestor – Alien Planet
  • Travis & Corey – Doomsday Drop
  • Richard & Flynn – Volcopolis
  • Mark & Boone – Unicorn Spaceship vs Robot
  • Jessie & Kara – Alien Attack
  • Aaron & Christian – Catastrophe at the Crescent

Victory smiled favorably on the newlyweds, Tyler and Amy, with their gorgeous, brick storytelling of “The Sacrifice”. Their story is straightforward but emotionally compelling both on visual and conceptual levels. The Hero, in order to permanently stop the scourge of the alien monster, offered his life by dropping a canister bomb that destroys the alien and himself in the process. The story’s dramatic tone was felt even more striking when Tyler and Amy rendered the Hero’s Sacrifice in the most spectacular way using an ingenious combination of LEGO bricks and good ‘ol gravity.

LEGO Masters US Episode 2
Thanks to our Hero’s sacrifice, Tyler & Amy were handsomely rewarded, with the couple dominating LEGO Masters US Episode 2.

I love how the organic shape of the monster alien turned out, with its over-sized eye and menacing tentacles, in contrast to our Hero’s mech-inspired build. But of course, it was the way the build exploded when LEGO Masters US host Will Arnett dropped it from the balcony that surely impressed contest judges Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett. “The Sacrifice” secured Tyler & Amy in the first place for this episode, while Sam & Jessica and Jessie & Kara dragged behind the rankings. Sadly, Jessie & Kara were struggling to put everything together with their Alien Attack build and was eventually the first pair to be eliminated from the competition.

As a tribute to the brick Hero of LEGO Masters US Episode 2, Tyler created a miniaturized version of this story that retells the triumph of selfless space defender.

The Sacrifice

In case you missed it, Tyler & Amy also stood out in the show’s pilot episode with their Funny Farm theme park MOC. You may also want to see Tyler’s mini build version of this.

Funny Farm

Remember to tune in tonight at Fox for the third episode of LEGO Masters US 9/8c. Tonight’s challenge will be “Cut in Half” where our now 9 pairs of brick masters will have to build the missing half of any random objects in the most spectacular LEGO fashion.

What was your favorite build in LEGO Masters US Episode 2? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck Achieves 10K Support

Following the first LEGO Ideas product idea to qualify for the First 2020 Review Stage, we now have another entry to garner 10K support from LEGO fans. The LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck by BrickinNick now shares the stage with Mary Poppins Cherry Tree Lane to become a possible set LEGO set later on.

LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck

The LEGO Ideas Tesla Cybertruck is based on Elon Musk’s vision of a ‘cyberpunk’ electric vehicle that is touted to have “better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car”. This brick rendition by BrickinNick attempts to replicate this vision by adding certain play features such as a working frunk (front trunk) or hood and tailgate functions similar to its real-life counterpart. He also upped the ante with this product idea by adding functional side doors, a mini-Tesla Cybertruck, Cyberquad, and a ramp.

Read on for the complete description of this product idea.

LEGO Ideas Cybertruck
“Better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car” – Tesla Motors
The Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most polarizing vehicles ever. And it’s an all-electric one at that. As a long-time electric vehicle (EV) fan, I was excited for Tesla to be bringing out their own “Cyberpunk” inspired pickup truck. So much so, that I decided to build my own. Together, we can bring this crazy all-electric vehicle to LEGO fans all over the world!
About the build…
While it’s design may not be for everyone, many different elements and functions of the Cybertruck lend themselves well to an electrifying LEGO build. At this time, only the frunk (front trunk) and tailgate function. Opening passenger doors, a full interior, fold or slide-out ramp, opening charging ports, steering, suspension, the Tesla ATV, and more could all be integrated (and are being worked on for future project updates) making for an incredibly fun building experience. LEGO motorization could even turn this into a truly all-electric vehicle in brick form!
Dimensions: 35.6 cm L x 15.2 cm W x 12.7 cm H (14″ L x 6″ W x 5″ H)
Why will this make for a great LEGO set?
Tesla’s mission has always been to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. This aligns with the LEGO Group’s goal of sustainability and leaving a positive impact on the planet. As of yet, EVs have only been marginally represented in the LEGO set catalog. The striking yet fun design of this LEGO Cybertruck would be an amazing way to get kids and adults alike excited about EVs and all the good they can do for our environment.

You Can Sleep Well With This Battle-Ready LEGO Teddy Bear MOC

I’m pretty sure you haven’t seen your ‘ol faithful teddy bear like this before. And with something like this beside your bed at night, while you sleep, you can leave all your security worries behind. For those of you who are familiar with Moko’s superb LEGO MOCs, you are now probably aware that as far as his brick creations are concerned, they’re always, always, more than meets the eye. And this latest brick contraption from his workshop shows that this battle-ready  LEGO teddy bear sure means business.

LEGO Teddy Bear

I assume that this brick-built teddy bear has seen better days. Before he saw the necessity of gearing up for an apocalyptic catastrophe, he’s a bit laid back on his own. He knows how to relax and play around like any other teddys.

LEGO Teddy Bear

Just like Moko’s mechanized Mickey and Donald MOCs, this innocent-looking teddy comes with many points of articulation, allowing a wide range of movements and poses.

However, when things begin to get awry, this battle-ready LEGO teddy bear does not shy away from his real vocation- to serve and protect. And it only takes a flick of a button to active his kill switch, and his change in demeanor suddenly becomes clearly obvious.

LEGO Teddy Bear

The wide range of weapons available at his disposal is enough to make any threat have second thoughts going against him head-on. If carrying two rifles will not do the trick, then perhaps his pair of shoulder-mounted missile launchers will do the job.

LEGO Teddy Bear

LEGO Teddy Bear

Not shying away from the use of the latest combat technology, he can clearly measure the enemy’s capabilities using a combination of visual and auditory sensors. And if needed, he can also do an aerial surprise assault with a pair of rocket boosters even the Mandalorian will drool over.

So next time before you go to bed, be sure to have this teddy around for a good night’s sleep. I’m sure he’ll never let you down. And for more of Moko’s awesome original LEGO creations, be sure to check out his Flickr and blogsite pages.

LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane Product Idea Is Our First 10K Support Achiever for 2020

LEGO Ideas has tagged its First 2020 Review Stage qualifier that achieved 10K fan support in Disneybrick55’s LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins Cherry Tree Lane. After officially opening its Third 2019 Review Stage with 12 qualifying would-be LEGO Ideas sets, Disneybrick55’s original creation has now set the stage for the next wave of qualifying sets.

Based on the original 1964 film, this brick rendition of Cherry Tree Lane replicates how the set may have looked like during this time. As you can see from the images, the main and central portion of the build consists of the Bank family residence, while the adjacent houses are empty similar to the props used in the classic film.

LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins

LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins

This original LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins project proposal also features 8 minifigures: Mary Poppins, Bert, George Banks, Winifred Banks, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, Admiral Boom, and Mr. Dawes Jr.

LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins

Here’s a brief word from Disneybrick55 about his/her product idea.

Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane
Discover the magic universe of Mary Poppins with this new project based on the 1964 original movie.
So this project contains the main part of Cherry tree lane avenue with the house of  Banks’s family which includes a lot of details of the movie like the bedroom of children, the living room and stairs.
Other buildings are actually fake buildings with only the main side like in the movie set.
So I put 8 minifigures: Mary Poppins, Bert, George Banks, Winifred Banks, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, Admiral Boom, and Mr. Dawes Jr.
Do not hesitate to go on my Facebook page to see many creations based on Disney universe.

 

There’s a lot going on in LEGO Ideas recently. We’re just waiting for the official announcement of the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) anytime soon while being excited about how the final versions of the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano, 123 Sesame Street, and The Pirate Bay will eventually look like.  I’m super hyped for Ivan Guerrero’s LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, being a fan of the classic children’s show when I was a kid. Simply put, 2020 is just a great year to be a LEGO fan.

Check Out This Double Monster Trouble From Build Better Bricks

We’re just counting the days before a swarm of Treat or Tricksters come knocking at our doors this Halloween, and what a better way to add some brick-building fun to this occasion by including this double monster treats from our master builders from Build Better Bricks. Inspired by classic horror films, these custom LEGO Werewolf and LEGO Frankenstein Monster builds stands at 8 and 11 inches tall respectively – a formidable monster duo that never goes out of style. This monster tandem will be a great addition to that fear-inducing and gut-wrenching custom LEGO Aliens Xenomorph that I featured a couple of months ago.

Double Monster

Double Monster

I love the range of articulation in these Halloween-inspired builds, especially the custom LEGO Werewolf. Such a well-built, organic form gives this creation a sense of ghoulish character and personality that makes you feel that it might jump on you at any time. The custom LEGO Frankenstein, on the other hand, retains it’s clunky, heavy built reminiscent of how the original monster looks and feels like. It is also well articulated and offers a lot of possibilities for display. This double monster brick builds is a sure way to get anyone’s attention this all Hallow’s eve.

If you want to add some LEGO brick-building fun this Thursday night, then be sure to head over at Build Better Bricks to purchase and download the building instructions to create these ghastly fun builds. Happy building!

Custom LEGO Werewolf

 

The best way to build this beast is in the light of a full moon…that is, unless you are also a lycanthrope. This model is highly articulated to capture a werewolf’s organic form. He can be posed standing or on all fours. This model would be a wonderful addition to any Halloween display.

Parts required: 448

Dimensions: 8″ tall x 4.5″ wide x 7.5″ deep

Estimated Parts Cost: ~ $55

Custom LEGO Frankenstein’s Monster

It’s Alive! Well, not really. However, you can play the role of Dr. Frankenstein and bring this creation to life. This monster is part man and part machine…and part plastic too. He’s harmless unless you put it near an open flame. Then he may melt. The model is fully articulated and stands exceptionally well. Great for your Halloween display!

Parts required: 557

Dimensions: 11″ tall x 7″ wide x 4″ deep

Estimated Parts Cost: ~ $40

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Junkertown Inspired Building Contest

Back in July, LEGO Ideas launched another building contest that asked fans to come up with their best brick rendition of the harsh Australian Outback in true, Junkertown-style. Inspired by the LEGO Overwatch sets, the LEGO Ideas Show Us Your Junker-Inspired Interpretation of an Overwatch Hero challenges builders to recreate their favorite Overwatch character if they’re a resident of Junkertown. The winners are in and let’s take a look at these outstanding winning entries.

Junker Orisa

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This is my interpretation of a Junker-fied Orisa.
in all the chaos in Junkertown, a lot of her armor got damaged, and therefore overlapped and welded with old rusty pieces of metal lying around in Junkertowns surroundings. Though a lot of her changed, she still managed to keep some of her somewhat friendly personality.
I decided not to make huge changes to her, so the original design would be easy to recognize.
The model consists of 674 parts, its made in LDD and rendered with Stud.io ~ AlexWeigelt
Junkertown Hanzo

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

Hanzo equipped for surviving in the harsh environment of the Outback.
This was a really fun build, both to recreate the character recognizably and also to add the Junkertown twist. I hope you enjoy! (The cloth elements are all LEGO: parts 32652, 32653, 36964, 35863, and bb685pb01.) ~ BallomNomNom 
JunkerTown Winston

Even in the thick of the Australian outback, a scientist like Winston can figure out how to make the most of the surrounding junk. Armed with an electromagnetic frag launcher, a jet engine booster pack, a new cyborg arm, and of course, Winston never goes anywhere without his bull hide Spiffy hat! ~ Legofin.

Junkertown Winston

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This version of Winston ended up in Junkertown after he escaped from the Moon. He used his scientific and engineering skills to build armor and a jump pack of the remains of his crashed emergency pod and equipped himself with a demolition saw that he found in an abandoned junkyard. After some modifications of his own, he is now equipped and ready to take on the other inhabitants of Junkertown! ~ oOger

Junkhardt

When Reinhardt was stranded in the Australian Outback without his powered armour, he had to adapt in order to survive. Crafting a new battle suit from old vehicle and spaceship parts, he is now ready to take on Junkertown in style… ~ MarkNewnham1

 

Each of the winners received the entire collection of 2019 LEGO Overwatch sets, plus an exclusive LEGO Overwatch box with special golden guns elements not found in any other LEGO sets. To top it off, winners also received some limited-edition Overwatch merchandise. For more details about the currently available LEGO Overwatch sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home. Congratulations to the winners! Keep on building, mates!

Build Your Own Collection of LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains With These Books

LEGO BrickHeadz is still going strong and with the recent reveal of the LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars Kylo Ren and Sith Trooper (75232), we can still expect that LEGO still has more plans for these brick collectibles. I guess part of the appeal with this theme is the fact that the design follows a prescribed format that allows you to recreate any of your favorite pop icons into a standard LEGO BrickHeadz. With a bit of experimenting with your own LEGO bricks, you can even come up with any BrickHeadz character that you want. This is the principle behind these collections of books written by Charles Pritchett – the unofficial guide of building your own LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains.

I first stumbled upon Charles’ works when I was casually browsing Brickset’s listing of available LEGO books. His Building LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes Volume One: The Unofficial Guide, and its counterpart that allows you to build a collection of BrickHeadz villains, immediately caught my attention. I am impressed with the excellent custom LEGO BrickHeadz sets that he was able to come up, especially when it included some of my favorite Marvel and DC characters. The best part of it is that he makes the building instructions for these MOCs available for everyone. You simply need to search through your collection of LEGO bricks to see if you have the parts needed to build your favorite heroes and villains. Since your working with a LEGO BrickHeadz, you can easily look for a substitute part if in case you don’t have the prescribed LEGO piece mentioned in assembling the build.

As of this posting, Charles offers three volumes on how to build his custom LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains all of which you can purchase via Amazon. You may click on the following links if you wish to know more about these books.

Building LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes – Volume One: The Unofficial Guide 

Readers will find detailed, full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions on how to build the following characters:

  • Ant-Man
  • Beast Boy
  • Daredevil
  • Deadpool
  • Green Lantern John Stewart
  • Gwenpool
  • Robin
  • Starfire
  • Thor
  • Wolverine
Building LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes – Volume Two: The Unofficial Guide 

In this follow-up book, building instructions for the following characters are included:

  • Black Panther
  • Cyclops
  • The Flash
  • Green Lantern Kyle Rayner
  • The Invisible Woman
  • The Human Torch
  • Mister Fantastic
  • Raven
  • Shazam
  • The Thing
Building LEGO BrickHeadz Villains – Volume One: The Unofficial Guide 

LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains

And of course, our ensemble of custom comic book LEGO BrickHeadz will not be complete without our heroes’ archenemies. This volume highlights 10 most famous villains and how to give them that LEGO BrickHeadz twist.

  • Deathstroke
  • Green Goblin
  • Harley Quinn
  • Loki
  • Mysterio
  • Red Skull
  • Rhino
  • Sandman
  • Two Face
  • Weather Wizard

Oh Boy! This Custom LEGO Mickey Mouse Pays Homage to the Most Famous Disney Character of All Time

Perhaps it’s safe to say that Mickey Mouse is Disney’s most brick-rendered character ever since, well, we learned to play with LEGO bricks. Our good ol’ pal Mickey further cemented this title when LEGO and Disney entered into a partnership that gave us our first LEGO sets featuring the iconic mouse. Initially made available as part of LEGO’s Baby Theme, a predecessor to the LEGO Duplo line back in 2000, Mickey continued to be a part of LEGO sets that catered to budding preschool builders. However, during the past 3 to 4 years, LEGO made Mickey’s presence even more felt across its sets now catering to an older generation of LEGO fans who grew up with Disney’s main star. In 2016, we saw our very first LEGO Mickey Mouse minifigure in the LEGO Disney CMF (71012), and the massive LEGO Disney Castle (71040) This year, LEGO added another tribute to the legendary Disney character with the introduction of the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie (21317) and the LEGO Disney CMF Series 2 (71024) both of which feature a vintage version of the star.

Furthermore, we also get to see a LEGO Mickey Mouse BrickHeadz edition which gives us our very first official brick-built version of the character. The LEGO fan community was likewise eager to showcase their own custom LEGO Mickey Mouse builds: from a Mecha Mickey Robo to a LEGO Mickey Mouse brick statue, LEGO fans can’t seem to have enough of the most famous mouse of all time.

This time around, Build Better Bricks also pays tribute to Mickey with its own brick-built version of the character while throwing in a couple of play features at the same time. B3’s LEGO Mickey Mouse is a whimsical take on the Disney star’s fun-loving and adventurous spirit. The way Mickey’s face and head turned out is really spot-on, making use of LEGO’s new rounded tiles. There are also a couple of legs and arms articulations that are featured in this original B3 creation which allows you to pose this custom LEGO Mickey Mouse in many different ways.

LEGO Mickey Mouse

It’s Mickey Mouse, the most iconic and famous cartoon character of all time. This LEGO model features lots of articulation and allows you to bring a little animation magic to the model. The face, eyes, hands, feet and buttons all make use of some of the new rounded tile pieces which are perfect for this model. Explore some of the fun techniques in the head which capture his iconic look. ~ Build Better Bricks

If you wish to try and build this original creation, then you may want to check Build Better Bricks’ website to purchase the instructions for building this MOC. Coming in at 262 pieces, this B3 original design may include parts that are not yet available in your parts inventory, so your purchase will also include a Stud.io file that allows you to seamlessly buy and transact over at Bricklink for those missing parts. This is also a good time to buy those building instructions that you want since B3 is running a buy 2 get 1 promotional. Hot dog! Happy building!

WATCH: LEGO Star Wars Droids Performs as an Orchestra

I guess by now most of you have seen this already, but I want to showcase this for everyone as proof of how cool things can happen when you combine together LEGO’s innovation and one dude’s crazy and mind-blowing vision of LEGO Star Wars Droids. After the announcement of LEGO Ideas’ next contest that challenges builders and creative thinkers to bring out their best, innovative ideas in utilizing LEGO’s brick and voice technology, I just want to share this video from LEGO’s YouTube channel to help you get inspired for that next big project of yours. Using a total number of 95 brick-built Droids as seen in the LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander (75253) set, inventor, artist, and musician “Look Mum No Computer” shows us how you can push the boundaries of the LEGO brick. Watch this.

It took “Look Mum No Computer” a total of 3,148 hours to create this jaw-dropping setup including building the 95 LEGO Star Wars Droids and the coding needed to animate them. Of course, the best part is when they began playing the classic Star Wars theme. This orchestra consisted of LEGO versions of 46 R2-D2 droids, 26 Mouse droids, and 23 Gonk droids all working in unison to play an impressive number of musical instruments: 10 violins, 4 cellos, 8 keyboards, 6 electric drums, 2 gongs, 2 chimes, 2 floor toms, and 2 cymbals. I can just imagine the level of coding and attention to detail that “Look Mum No Computer” has devoted to creating this amazing ensemble.

In a follow-up video, LEGO pulls back the curtain behind this LEGO Star Wars Droid Orchestra and shows us how this marvelous technological feat was accomplished.

We may never get to replicate what this crazed inventor has done with these brick-built droids but we can surely continue to explore the many possibilities that the LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander (75253) set has to offer. Be sure to check out LEGO Shop@Home for more details about this set.