This Custom LEGO Serenity Set Is a Space Renegade’s Dream

While director/producer Joss Whedon takes a momentary back seat from Zack Snyder’s Justice League streaming in just a couple of days via HBO Max, Build Better Bricks now relives one of Whedon’s most iconic pop-culture creations in this massive LEGO Serenity MOC.

Yep, as bold as maverick as the crew of the Serenity back then, this next B3 creation is its grandest offer to date. Based on the 2002 hit Fox TV series Firefly by writer and director Joss Whedon, and its 2005 theatrical counterpart, this custom LEGO Serenity build features tons of details that are very much familiar to fans of the TV series and film. Like its original counterpart, this build features the ship’s prominent large rear engine module, a pair of wing-mounted, rotating vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) engines, and a pair of two-man shuttles known in the series as “Beetles”.

LEGO Serenity

On the inside of this brick-built creation, the details are likewise spectacular. We have a fully accessible cockpit, a spacious hallway connecting to the dining area and infirmary. The dining area and most of the ship’s sections may also be accessed by removing its middle top exterior or any of the opening hatches below it. Its rear engine room is also accessible to reveal its full interior.

And with over 2,000 pieces LEGO pieces used to build this custom LEGO Serendipity, it is B3’s largest building instruction ever created following its custom LEGO Milano back in 2017. So if you’re interested to revisit some of those wild space adventures aboard your very own Firefly-class spaceship, be sure to head over to Build Better Bricks to purchase the premium building instructions for this custom LEGO Serendipity MOC. For $25, you’ll get a hefty 285-page building instruction in full PDF format, a parts list, and a Stud.io file that you can easily import to Bricklink to buy the needed LEGO parts that you’ll need. Remember that you’ll need to purchase or provide the required LEGO parts separately, as B3 only offers the building instructions for this massive custom set.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out B3’s buy 2 get 1 promo on all of the building instructions that you will purchase from their store. Happy building!

LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth Project Reaches 10,000 Supporters

If winning the support of the LEGO fan community is not enough for the second time, why not earn it for the third time? Such feat is now impressively accomplished by LEGO fan builder and designer Artem Biziaev with his next product idea that managed to earn the support of 10,000+ LEGO fans – the LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth.

LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth

If you recall from last week, I reported on the current status of product ideas that have achieved support already over at LEGO Ideas, even if the First 2021 LEGO Review Stage is yet to commence in April. From this listing, we can find that other projects submitted by Artem eventually entered into that elite circle of 10K product ideas, which includes Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda) and Baba Yaga. And now with the inclusion of his LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth product idea, almost all of his entries virtually advance to the next level.

The LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth features a brick-built version of Tolkien’s map of Middle-Earth, highlighting the many different places that were mentioned in the author’s Lord of the Ring trilogy. And much more, doing it in such a way that makes these locations easily recognizable even at a microscale. Mordor’s black, and infamous landscape can easily be recognized in this sort of 3D map (not to mention the wicked, all-seeing eye of Sauron), including The Shire and the kingdom of Erebor. Artem also included a handful of nanofigures of some of the most popular characters in the trilogy, adding a certain play feature to his product idea. You can chart a course for Frodo and  Sam towards the land of Mordor, or you can send Pippin and Merry on a mission to Fangorn Forest.  And of course, I love how this minifigure version of Tolkien turned out with several book accessories representing the Lord of Rings series plus The Hobbit.

Here’s how Artem Biziaev describes his LEGO creation.

Hey, Lego fans!
I’m Artem. I really love The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And i’m so excited to show you my little Idea.
Before we start let me ask you: do you know that Minas Morgul is across the river from Minas Tirith? That very close! BOOM! Now you know. And can explore more…
Look at this beautiful Middle Earth Lego map! The legend on your table.
I have placed and signed all the key objects from both trilogies. Now everyone can visually explore the path of the heroes there and back again.
Also here are the pretty travelers microfigures for your convenience.
Put your micro-Frodo and micro-Sam in the Dead Swamps, Pippin and Merry in the Fangorn forest, and everyone else in Helm’s Deep – so you played the events of the Two Towers.
I hope you enjoy my Middle-earth map! 😉
Artem’s LEGO Ideas A Map of Middle-Earth product idea is the 30th project to make it to the next LEGO Ideas review stage. Congratulations and I wish him all the best!

LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build Contest Launches

LEGO Ideas has launched a new contest over at its blog site. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest challenges LEGO fan builders to come up with their next fan entry that may eventually turn out to be the next LEGO gift-with-purchase (GWP) set.

Similar to the LEGO Vintage Car (40448), this contest seeks to tap into the creative side of LEGO fans by allowing talented builders to come up with their best entries yet. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest also pushes the bar higher by providing a set of limits for the number of LEGO pieces that can be used: ranging from 150 to 250 bricks, no more no less. This piece count somewhat approximates that of a small to medium-sized set, similar to previous GWP sets.

LEGO Ideas Out of this World

Aside from the Grand Prize winner, there will be five runner-ups that will be recognized, and the prizes that await them does not disappoint as well. And like previous LEGO Ideas building contests, tons of great LEGO sets are up for grabs for the winning entries.

Other than the perpetual bragging right of having your creation rendered to an official LEGO set, the Grand Prize winner will receive the following space-inspired LEGO sets:

The sweet prizes that await the five runner-ups are also equally appealing. Each of them will receive:

The deadline for entry for this contest is on or before March 8, 2021, at 6 AM EST. For the rest of the contest guidelines and on how to submit your entry, be sure to go through the building contest rules right here.

So do you have a Space-inspired LEGO entry in mind? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s Our Tribute to the King: Free Custom LEGO Black Panther Wakanda Statue Building Instructions For Everyone

Last week was a tough one to go through, following the terrible news of the untimely passing of one of MCUs pillars that helped bring to the big screen the mighty character of King T’Challa. And though Chadwick Boseman will be remembered through the many endearing characters in critically acclaimed films such as 42, Marshall, and 21 Bridges, it was in MCU’s Black Panther that he made his mark on Hollywood as one of the most brilliant actors of our time. And as our way of remembering the King, our online storefront The Brick Show Shop, is giving away a complete set of building instructions for a custom LEGO Black Panther Wakanda Statue.

Designed by our very own Tyler Clites (winner of this year’s US LEGO Masters TV Show over at Fox), this custom LEGO Black Panther Wakanda Statue requires 371 LEGO pieces that you can find from your LEGO collection or ordered via Bricklink. Aside from the building instructions, you’ll also get a printable parts list and an .IO file that you can upload over at Bricklink for easy purchasing of parts.

The nice thing about this is that you can get this set of free building instructions without making any qualifying purchases over at our shop. This is our way of showing appreciation to Boseman and the cinematic legacy that he left behind.

As a side note and in case you’ve missed it, Build Better Bricks also has for sale a set of building instructions for you to create a custom LEGO Black Panther Bust. I love to see this one standing side by side together with the Wakanda Statue.

Build Better Bricks is also offering this set of high-quality building instructions for a custom LEGO Black Panther Bust.

We may never see the likes of Chadwick Boseman any more, but he will always be remembered in the LEGO creations that we will build in honor of his work and legacy. Thanks, King, and live on forever!

Jumping Into The LEGO Tensegrity Bandwagon

Alright, I have to admit – it’s hard not to be impressed with this latest craze going around the LEGO fan community. I’m sure you have already seen a version of this one way or the other. When I first saw it, the logical, methodological me immediately tried to find a way to explain it away. But alas, I decided to give up. The good thing is that Jason Allemann (aka JK Brickworks) is up to the rescue to explain the mystery behind this custom LEGO Tensegrity contraption.

Short for tensional integrity, “tensegrity” is a structural concept where the mass of the upper in build, like in LEGO, for example, is evenly distributed across the chains that supports them. It’s pretty cool really, making you feel that you have somehow stumbled upon on the ultimate anti-gravity solution. But of course, a fair grasp of the basics of structural design and some dependable LEGO chains or strings is all that you need to do the trick. Watch Jason’s video tutorial below and you’ll be surprised how relatively easy it is to create with a bit of tweaking and experimentation. You may also download the building instructions for this particular LEGO Tensegrity model for free.

Like other LEGO fans who jumped on the LEGO Tensegrity bandwagon, you can also modify your model and come up with pretty crazy setups. Such as these LEGO builders who dared to explore the mystery of this brick phenomena.

Antigravitron refinement center (tensegrity structure)

There are plenty more examples out there, and thankfully Jason gave us the basics of the principles behind this contraption. Mystery solved – now time to gather my bricks and see what floating sorcery my LEGO pieces have in them. Thanks again to Jason Allemann for sharing his expertise. If you like this latest video demonstration of his, be sure to also check his free tutorial on the inner workings of his LEGO Ideas Pursuit of Flight product idea.

A Message Of Hope In LEGO Bricks

The day is almost done for most of us, but in this part of the world, it has just begun. And though I’m inclined to say that this may not necessarily mean the best time to relax, kick back and just let the noise of the day simply fade out, the troubles that we are currently facing and the uncertainty of a future that lies ahead create a whirlwind of questions and uneasiness that makes it difficult to enjoy this day the way we are accustomed to. The usual excitement for that annual egg-hunting activity every Easter Sunday, and the usual festivities associated with it, are to be brutally honest, dampened in most parts of the Christian world. I’m not in the habit of making our blogsite a forum of religious preferences, but for this Easter Sunday, allow me to share this MOC by Danish builder Lasse Vestergård. Not only does this brick sculpture deserves to be applauded for clearly conveying the most important event in Christianity’s history, but it resonates with a clear and strong message of hope in these trying times. Considering the depth of meaning behind Lasse’s brick-built interpretation of the Easter Story, it surely echoes with joy and hope wherever we are.

LEGO Easter

Lasse’s MOC is filled with light-hearted, striking contrasts both aesthetically and figuratively – from the color scheme itself to the MOC’s entire concept. It even retains some of the smart humor that LEGO is known for, particularly from the way Jesus’ smiling face was built, and even doing a thumbs-up sign and boldly showing off the nail marks on his hands. The contrast between the defeated figure of death and that of the bed of flowers is a very creative and straightforward way of showing how death and suffering are forever conquered through the resurrection of Jesus. Death simply doesn’t stand a chance in this pivotal wrestling match – even if it comes in the shape and form of a novel coronavirus.

For more of Lasse’s brick interpretation of Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, check out the rest of his creations right here. For more Easter fun builds that you can try while staying at home, be sure to check out Tyler’s Quarantine Creations and even LEGO’s #LetsBuildTogether campaign.

Let’s all share a message of hope on this day. And on behalf of the rest of the Brick Show Team, HAPPY EASTER everyone!

Photo credit to Kevin Poulton for this LEGO Easter Bunnies image.

Its Building Castles With Tyler In This Week Episode of Quarantine Creations

If you enjoyed last week’s episodes of Quarantine Creations, with all the planes, jets and hot air balloon mini builds, then I’m sure that you’ll enjoy these next round of building activities with Tyler. Whether you’re new in the LEGO hobby or a veteran builder already, these building activities offer some respite from the quarantine jitters that most of us may be experiencing. And for this week, Tyler brings back those nostalgic feelings of early LEGO fandom while building castles using the most common LEGO pieces around. Watch this.

As typical of Tyler, he takes the extra mile of teaching and explaining some of the building techniques involved in these creations, and detailing the needed parts for this mini builds. Check out the following parts and see if you have them in your collection.

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I like how this castle turned out, especially the way on how some of its aesthetics were cleverly built at such a miniature scale. The use of the 1×1 Angular Bricks (I refer to them as ‘washing machine’ bricks) for the windows is a creative workaround in providing windows for the portion of the tower. Likewise, the use of the 1×1 brick with handle, and 1×1 brick with holder to create that cross effect for the window is pretty impressive. Some parts are missing from my collection but I think it can be replaced with other suitable pieces.

Stay tuned this week for more cool and fun builds. Just give us a like over at our Facebook page, and subscribe to our other YouTube channel (the non-extinct one, of course) for updates on our next episodes of Quarantine Creations. And while you are at it, you may also want to check out The Brick Show Shop’s on-going store-wide Quarantine Sale, where ALL products on sale are at a 20% discount.

Stay safe and keep on building!

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. 

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.