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.
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!
May the 4th is now officially over, and in case you missed out on this year’s exclusive LEGO Star Wars gift-with-purchase set, you might be glad to know that LEGO servers have uploaded the building instructions for the LEGO Star Wars Death Star II Battle (40407).
From May 1 to 4, this promotional set was automatically given to LEGO customers whose LEGO Star Wars purchase reached $75 and above. Coming in at 235 pieces, the LEGO Star Wars Death Star II Battle (40407) follows a microscale diorama format depicting that epic trench run scene between a TIE Interceptor and Rebel A-Wing Ship from Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Thanks to LEGO Customer Service, we can now try to recreate this limited-edition set using its uploaded building instructions. Check out the following parts list and see if you have the parts needed to recreate this build.
Save for the exclusive 2×4 commemorative printed plate, I think you’ll need to improvise for those new 2×4 right and left wedge plates (parts 6295293 and 6295295 respectively) to somehow create a semblance of the microscaled TIE Interceptor in case you don’t have these. If you noticed, these recently released special plates are only found on two, new LEGO Star Wars sets: the Sith TIE Fighter (75272) and TIE Fighter Helmet (75274). In case you don’t have these parts, I’m sure we can find a suitable replacement for these parts to create that sleek, pointed form of the TIE Interceptor.
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.
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.
If you recall back in July of last year, LEGO launched a building contest to celebrate the release of its Netflix tie-in set the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810). Entries were submitted then, and of course, what roster of winners will be there without the titular and monstrous custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon. Thanks to Build Better Bricks, we now have an opportunity to build a brick version of this monstrous creature from the depths of the other world.
Designed by Aaron Newman from LEGO Masters US, this custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon comes in 350 pieces and features a moveable head and mouth and plenty of points of articulation allowing for a more dynamic, and fluid movement. Though this model is not exactly the same as that of the runner-up winner from the contest that I mentioned earlier, I prefer the more detailed features of this creation by Aaron.
If you want to relive those edge-of-your-seat moments in Stranger Things using LEGO bricks, I guess now is the best time to do so especially most of us are staying at home. You may head over to Build Better Bricks to purchase the building instructions for this custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon. Your purchase will include a 135-page building guide in rich, PDF format, a parts list, and a Stud.io file for easy importing of the parts needed via Bricklink.
Additionally, you may want to take advantage of B3’s storewide sale where you can get 1 free building instructions for every 2 instructions purchased. You may want to pair-up your custom LEGO Demogorgon, say with a mean-looking custom LEGO Werewolf, or a brick-built Frankenstein to complete your monster trio.
So what will you be building today? Stay safe and keep on building!
The LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary gift-with-purchase promo is still up, and while we’re still far from this month’s next LEGO Store promotional freebie, LEGO is kind enough to release the building instructions for the LEGO Easter Egg (40371) ahead of its release later this March 23.
If you recall, this limited edition LEGO Easter Egg (40371) is our next gift-with-purchase set slated to be offered from March 23 until April 13 as featured in the March 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Coming in at 239 pieces, this set features a customizable egg that houses a small, brick-built chick. What is great about this freebie is that it comes with plenty of small, decorative pieces that are usually found in the new LEGO DOTS sets. Additionally, it features a modular design that allows you to have a small storage compartment to house these pieces and another for the brick-built chick. This new LEGO Easter Egg will be added to your cart (both in-store and online at LEGO Shop@Home) if your next LEGO purchase reaches a $50 and above price point during the abovementioned promo period.
While waiting for this set, you may want to give it a try and see if you can build your own LEGO Easter Egg since the set’s building instructions are now available online via LEGO’s customer service. Since it is a highly customizable set, I expect this to have plenty of room to allow you to personalize this set with your own choice of color scheme and design. You may get the building instructions in PDF format right here. Check out the parts list below and see if you have these in your own LEGO collection. I don’t see any rare parts included in them so you can easily swap these with ones with any colors that you have.
Be sure to check back with your local LEGO store starting this last week of March for this limited edition freebie.
If you’re following our blog site for some time now, you may probably have stumbled across the impressive work of Jason Allemann or aka JK Brickworks for most members of the LEGO fan community. He’s been known as the fan builder behind some official LEGO sets released such as the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315) and the LEGO Ideas Maze (21305). But in spite of his many accomplishments, he always finds time to give back to the community. And this time around, he is sharing to the world one of his prized creations to show us how we can build our very own LEGO Ideas Pursuit of Flight custom set.
If you recall, the Pursuit of Flight was Jason’s most recent entry to the LEGO Ideas platform that managed to enter the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. However, it was bested by the now approved LEGO Ideas Medieval Castle and Winnie the Pooh. However, in spite of this setback, it did not deter Jason from giving back to those LEGO fans who supported his work. He now makes the building instructions available to the public for free as his way of saying thank you for the 10K support that his LEGO product idea received throughout the years.
If you want to have your own set based on this entry, then you may head over at Jason’s website, JK Brickworks, to download the instructions in PDF format, including its parts list, and a reference to a Rebrickable page so you can check if you have the 367 parts needed lying around in your LEGO collection. You also have the option of motorizing this build, using the Power Functions M-Motor instead of the hand crank. In case you missed it, here is a video demo on how his Pursuit of Flight works.
A huge thanks to Jason for sharing this impressive work for us to enjoy!
This week, LEGO has launched its first build-and- take in-store event of the year that most LEGO fans will love to have. The LEGO Newsstand is actually a nice mini build that complements this year’s modular LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop(10270) which was released at the turn of the year. And in case you missed out on this opportunity of grabbing the LEGO Newsstand, you’ll be happy to know that Instagram user theflannelbrick has uploaded and shared its building instructions so let’s take a look.
Coming in at 155 pieces, the LEGO Newsstand features plenty of small parts that can be a bit challenging for newbie LEGO builders. Nevertheless, the final build, notwithstanding the instability of the shelf, is pretty much impressive in itself. As a free set, I really appreciate what LEGO did here: throwing in a minifigure with accessories, two printed newspaper tile, and several hard to find parts like those trans clear blue flag pieces used for the roof. If LEGO opted to make this as a retail set, then it will certainly hit the $10 or more price point, giving us a vignette kind of set similar to what LEGO offers with its seasonal sets. Remember smaller seasonal sets like 2015’s Painting Easter Eggs (40121) and Thanksgiving Feast (40123) and you’ll get the idea.
As I said, I’m not just quite sure if the rest of the parts are readily available but you can still try to search for them over at Bricklink.
The LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270) is currently available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $179.99. It features a 3-story modular build that comes with a display window, reading nook, an open-out design, and five (5) minifigs. If you’re still planning to get this set and wish to know more, just click on the link above.
In case you missed out on this year’s holiday gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), you might be interested to know that LEGO’s Customer Service has also uploaded the building instructions to recreate this set. You may download a copy of it right here.
It’s nice of LEGO to make the building instructions for their exclusive promotional sets – such as the Buildable Red Brick for example – available to the public particularly to LEGO fans that may have missed out on this promo. As part of its Black Friday deals, the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) was only made available for four days from November 29 to December 2, for a minimum single-receipt purchase worth $120 USD. It obviously comes with a relatively higher qualifying purchase as compared to other promos, but as a freebie coming in at 392 pieces and with some pretty nice play features, I certainly have no qualms about it.
As much as I understand the idea of giving shopping incentives and freebies to LEGO fans, I wish that LEGO will eventually make the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), as well as other previously released seasonal gift-with-purchase (GWP) sets such as the LEGO Christmas Carousel (40293) and LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) both from last year, available as regular selling items in LEGO brand stores. In my opinion, it will be nice to offer them initially as exclusive freebies but LEGO will be serving the larger LEGO community in general if they will make these sets available for sale later on.
This is another case example of how much a LEGO freebie or gift-with-purchase (GWP) could be in high demand. Last month, it was revealed that a mini-version of the mammoth-sized LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (76139) will be offered as a promotional item to celebrate the release of its larger counterpart. Back then, the terms and conditions on how to avail of this promotional item are not known yet. It was only when this month’s LEGO Store Calendar was released that it was finally confirmed that the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) will be an exclusive freebie for those who will purchase its larger, and more expensive, cousin. For those of us who didn’t manage to get a copy of this mini-version of the 80’s classic Batmobile, then we can always head over to LEGO’s Customer Service portal now that the building instructions for this set are finally made available. You may get your copy in PDF format right here.
Truth be told, though the promo period for the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) ran for several days from November 29 to December 5, not all LEGO fans were quite happy about the exclusivity of this free set. In fact, most LEGO fans will agree that at 366 pieces and almost 12 inches in length, this promotional may deserve its own space on store shelves.
As I mentioned, this version was only made available for those who purchased its larger replica. But in case you want to build your very own mini LEGO 1989 Batmobile, then you may want to see if the following parts are available in your LEGO collection.
This new LEGO piece is necessary for those sleek, curved edges prominently seen at the front and back sides of the build of the Mini Batmobile. In the absence of this LEGO element, it will require a bit of a challenge to replicate those fine lines that make this set visually stand out.
Whatever is the case, do let us know how you intend to go around building this set without this rare piece. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
If you recall from last month’s LEGO Black Friday promos, LEGO offered an enticing exclusive freebie for all of its VIP members. The LEGO VIP exclusive Buildable Red Brick (5006085) relatively had a very short window of availability that only ran for two days. It was a sort of a pre-Black Friday promo that ran during the weekends from November 23 to 24.
Needless to say, it’s a great display set to have for any LEGO aficionado, and I understand the frustration of some if they missed out on this promotional. But thankfully, LEGO’s Customer Service has uploaded the building instructions for this freebie so you can build this on your own using any LEGO pieces that you may already have. If you want to give it a try, you can download a PDF copy of this set’s building instructions right here.
Coming in at 65 pieces, the Buildable Red Brick (5006085) is a pretty straightforward build. There are no exclusive parts in this set which consisted mainly of red and black plates, tiles and bricks. Here’s a rundown of its parts list, and try to see if you have them in your collection.
I like the simplicity of this build and I hope that LEGO will release more of these desktop accessories in the future. I love the idea of seeing this buildable brick beside another exclusive which is the LEGO Brick 60th Anniversary Red Pencil Pot (6258618) that I reported way back from October last year. If you’re into buildable LEGO desk accessories, you may also be interested to check out the LEGO Pencil Pot (40188) which is currently at 20% off at LEGO Shop@Home.