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.
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.
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!
It seems that more LEGO Star Wars Busts are on its way in 2020 following the reveal of the Darth Vader (75227) and Sith Trooper (77901) busts a few months ago – at least, that’s what prevailing speculations seems to suggest.
The first hint of these rumors stemmed from what LEGO fan news site Stone Wars has stumbled upon regarding several upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets slated to be released next year. And with a bit of deduction based on what is currently known, and we have a theory that likely holds water. As many of you are familiar with, LEGO and Lucasfilms both have a propensity to use codenames and temporary placeholders to any of its new projects. The Last Jedi, for example, was hidden under the codename Space Bear as Rebelscum succinctly states. LEGO as it seems also follows the same secretive trend to fend away ultra zealous truth seekers.
But sometimes the pieces of info that you need may just be hiding in plain sight. And according to Stone Wars, two particular upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets may be pointing out to 2 additional character busts under the codenames New Adult White (75276) and New Adult Green (75277). Given that their piece count which are 647 and 625 pieces respectively, there are other trails of evidence here that suggest that these are not created with play features in mind. It’s expressed targeted demographic are older LEGO builders and fans (hence the 16+ label) that may want these sets for display and aesthetic purposes.
The New Adult White building set together with its corresponding piece count may be recognizable to most of you by now as referring to a possible Stormtrooper Bust (75276), while the New Adult Green may allude to a Boba Fett Bust (75277). With both sets coming in at 600+ pieces, its also most likely that they could be larger than the first LEGO Star Wars busts introduced this year, with the Darth Vader and Sith Trooper busts consisting between 300 to 400+ pieces.
As plausible as this theory may seem, it still stands to reason that these are simply speculative until such time that LEGO officially lifts the veil from these sets. For the meantime, you might be interested to know that Build Better Bricks are offering high-quality building instructions to create your own custom LEGO Star Wars busts based on the characters of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul and a Stormtrooper. I wrote a short review about them a couple of years ago so you may want to check it out as well.
From a LEGO Facehugger MOC to a custom LEGO parasitic chest buster, it looks like the next step to this nasty alien’s brick evolution has finally arrived. We are all very familiar with that lingering sense of fear of being physically invaded and being turned to a host by that terrifying Xenomorph from the Alien movie franchise. Over the years, director Ridley Scott’s vision of this dreaded alien powerhouse managed to become a sort of pop culture icon immortalized in many different forms. And this time, our brick rockstars from Build Better Bricks managed to capture the alien’s final form in a custom LEGO Aliens Xenomorph.
Coming in at 599 pieces, this latest offering from B3 gives you an ultra-realistic version of this iconic monster, complete with all the fine details of the alien creature from the 1980s. For example, this alien’s head is perfectly replicated using shoulder pad pieces and Technic click hinges, while the mouth can be opened and even placed with a tiny, inner jaw. For added realism, a transclear 1×4 antenna may be connected underneath its mouth for that menacing drool.
Another cool feature of this build is its highly articulated and flexible tail, thanks to its use of Technic ball joints. These joints allow the custom LEGO Xenomorph to be posed in many different ways as well. The way in which these joints are connected also closely resembles the monster’s tail and skeletal structure as seen in the movie. These and the rest of the build’s features are aptly explained by Tyler in this latest B3 video. Watch this.
If you wish to add this to your collection of movie-inspired builds, then be sure to check out Build Better Bricks for details on how you can build this MOC. For a minimal amount, you get a 70-page building instruction, a parts list to see if you have the necessary LEGO pieces to assemble your own custom LEGO Xenomorph and Stud.io file that will help you find and purchase any missing parts from Bricklink.
In an earlier Tweet today, the LEGO Group dropped another teaser in line with its new licensed theme based on a cinematic spinoff. After revealing the arrival of LEGO Trolls sets in 2020, LEGO is now partnering with Illumination to come up with the upcoming LEGO Minions The Rise of Gru sets also slated for a 2020 release date.
Illumination’s The Rise of Gru is based on the Despicable Me franchise, and a sequel to their successful 2015 animated film, Minions. The title of this latest film offering suggests that this may be an origin film of sorts, showing us how Gru eventually landed with or rather found, by these yellow guys. I’m not really a fan of Minions, but I’m interested to see how they’ll end up as minifigures.
But truth be told, and as exciting as it may seem to see a Minions sequel, LEGO fans on social media were quite frank about their displeasure on the thought of having such sets. This is understandable given that a LEGO Minions theme doesn’t sound well with the older LEGO fan community, but caters more to young children who often adored these little yellow capsules, and their weird and hilarious antics.
However, the silver lining in the cloud is the fact that since LEGO now has a working relationship with Illumination to provide tie-in sets, the possibility of seeing LEGO Super Mario licensed sets is now closer to reality. Earlier in February this year, Nintendo has announced that it is partnering with Illumination to produce an animated film based on the Super Mario series. Fans have long clamored for Nintendo-themed LEGO sets, and it now seems that this LEGO-Illumination partnership may provide the way. For the time-being, Build Better Bricks are offering premium custom LEGO builds inspired by the Super Mario franchise. You may want to check out what they’re offering by following this link.
There is no actual release date announced yet for these LEGO Minions the Rise of Gru sets, but we can somehow expect a June 2020 window – a month before the film’s release date of July 2, 2020. So what do you think of a LEGO Minions licensed theme? Are you happy with LEGO’s decision in including this to its brick repertoire? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
T.S. Eliot once said in The Waste Land, that April might as well be the cruelest month, and this has been proven true for the people of France, and the rest of the world. On April 15, 2019 the revered Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a gruelling 15-hour fire, setting a blaze not just the centuries-old structure but also destroying timeless pieces of religious arts and relics contained in its sacred halls. Needless to say, the French government was quick to take action with President Emmanuel Marcon launching a fundraising campaign which has now reached a staggering 1 billion USD and still counting. Adult fans of LEGO has also pledged their own share of support, rallying together online, asking The LEGO Group to launch an official LEGO set commemorating the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Though we may never see LEGO come up with an official set that is dedicated to a religious structure, there’s a way we can express our support in this mammoth restoration project, while immortalizing this structure in LEGO bricks at the same time.
The Brick Show Shop is joining bricks with MinifigFX and Build Better Bricks to help us show our support in the restoration of this historic cathedral. Coming in at 172 pieces, ordering this limited-edition Notre-Dame Cathedral build is one way of showing our support in its restoration. For every set ordered from The Brick Show Shop (retailing for $30), $20 of the proceeds will be sent to The Friends of Notre-Dame public charity. Please do take note that only 100 sets will be made, and pre-orders are now accepted. Check out the set details below.
CUSTOM LEGO MINI NOTRE DAME DE PARIS [PRE-ORDER]
Build the Notre-Dame de Paris and help in the restoration of the Cathedral.
Taking pre-orders now! Will begin shipping in Mid-May.
The master builder at Build Better Bricks and The Brick Show Shop have teamed up to bring you a special limited edition opportunity to own a custom LEGO miniature Notre-Dame Cathedral.
100% of our profits will be donated to the Friends of Notre-Dame to aid in the restoration of the Cathedral. Only 100 sets will be made available.
172 brand new 100% authentic LEGO parts.
Custom printed Notre-Dame de Paris tile and three printed window 2×2 round tiles. Custom printing donated by MinifigFX.
High quality printed instructions.
$20 per set will be donated.
$15 per set is part/packaging cost.
The Brick Show Shop will be donating $5 of their part cost to the Friends of Notre-Dame.
Nobody will be paid for assembling the kits (donated time).
The clock is ticking fast,and in case you haven’t notice because of the stellar Brick Friday deals that LEGO Shop@Home is now offering, Build Better Bricks is also running its Black Friday deals in all of its building instructions and kits. All items – as in EVERYTHING – in the B3 website are absolutely at 25% off from their original price. From their latest custom LEGO Nintendo sets, to new holiday themes such as a custom Santa and Grinch busts and other custom LEGO parts, this is the best time to get those building projects up and ready. Needless to say, it’s a great time to finish that MOC you’re working on with Build Better Bricks Black Friday deals.
Simply head over to Build Better Bricks website and enter the code BLACKFRIDAY upon checkout. Or for a more convenient brick-shopping spree, simply click ACTIVATE to enable the automatic 25% discount on n all purchases. The only catch is you have to hurry until supplies last throughout Black Friday.
Who says that candies and trick or treats are just for kids? Well, I guess our LEGO minifigs will disagree specially with this latest line of custom LEGO bricks and pieces from Build Better Bricks. Just in time for your latest Halloween trick or treat MOCs, this latest creation of minifigure candies from B3 will make any minifig’s mouth water.
These incredibly detailed, high quality custom printed 1X2 tiles include a dash of LEGO humor with such names as mr. Goodblock, 3MOCateers, and my personal favorite Pieces Last Brick. They’re so irresistibly good to look at, one might mistake them for the real thing. The printing on these minifigure candies are so accurate that they will make a fine display on any candy store MOC that you’re working on.
If you’re craving for these little sweet temptations, then you might want to know that B3 is running a promo for its first series of Candy Pack which you can avail for a discounted price of $16 – 20% off from its original price. You may want to check B3’s website for more info on each of these little temptations, and for several new releases that they have including the Nintendo-inspired Red Mushroom Pack. Be sure to follow B3’s Facebook page for more upcoming custom LEGO creations.
What do you get when you bring all the masters of the high seas together aboard a micro-fighter version of their iconic ships? You’ll get no less than a whirlpool of brick-building fun, and now on a much lower cost. Yep you heard it right – Build Better Bricksis currently running a sale where you can get all the building instructions to recreate these chibi-styled custom LEGO pirate ships inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean films, all for a lower price. You can get all four high quality building instructions of these micro-fighter styled ships for a discounted price of up to 20% off. To learn more about this offer, click here.
BUNDLE: CUSTOM LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN PIRATE SHIPS INSTRUCTIONS – ALL 4 FOR LOWER PRICE
Get all four of our custom designed LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean ships instructions and parts lists at a lower cost them buying them all individually.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge
The Black Pearl
The Flying Dutchman
The Silent Mary
Other than the building instructions to recreate these custom LEGO pirate ships, this bundle also includes a parts list and a Stud.io file for easy uploading and ordering of parts via Bricklink. On the other hand, if you wish to have one of the custom ships delivered at your home without going out of your way of ordering them, then you may want to check out B3’s custom LEGO The Flying Dutchman set complete with the necessary LEGO parts to build it. Happy building!
You have probably heard already how Nintendo may have unofficially “ended” the careers of brothers Mario and Luigi when they made a brief appearance for this year’s Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate promotional videos. However, it is still open to debate whether or not this will be a part of Nintendo’s canon, or they are just there floating around somewhere across the Nintendo universe. Though these turn of events may leave Nintendo fans scratching their heads in bewilderment, I really hope that this plot twist is not for keeps – after all, Mario and Luigi is has been an integral part of Nintendo for decades, that its quite difficult to imagine the Nintendo world without them. So while hopefully waiting for their return, let’s gather our LEGO bricks shall we, and recreate some of the most memorable and nostalgic blocks that Mario and Luigi have ever stepped or smashed on. Inspired by Nintendo’s classic Super Mario Bros. video game, Tyler and Sean over at Build Better Bricks have come up with the coolest, custom LEGO Nintendo Super Mario Boxes that I’ve ever seen so far. Check out Sean’s video below for a better look.
What I like about these custom LEGO Nintendo Super Mario Boxes is the fact that they are functional to even carry small items. The Question Box for example, comes with a red, power-up mushroom and a green, 1-UP mushroom – both of them fitting snugly inside the box. The POW and Music Box are sizeable enough to become mini utility boxes, while the Brick box serves as cool (though less secure) way of keeping those extra change.
They’re not too difficult to build as well since it seems that these custom LEGO Nintendo Super Mario Boxes does not come with any ultra rare or unique parts to be built. If you want to give these custom brick-built boxes a try, then be sure to visit Build Better Bricks for their respective building instructions and parts inventory to see if you have the necessary parts to build them. Alternately, you can also click on the links below. Be sure to check out the rest of B3’s Nintendo-inspired, LEGO custom sets and be on the lookout for more awesome custom LEGO Super Mario mocs from B3. Happy building!