LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 Kicks Off Today

Season 1 of LEGO Masters US may already be over, but it seems that Australian fans of the LEGO-inspired reality show will now see more of Hamish Blake and seasoned LEGO Certified Professional Ryan ‘The BrickMan‘ McNaught as LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 kicks off today.

The highly successful collaboration between Tuesday’s Child Productions and the LEGO Group saw a huge audience viewership of more than 1.3 million all over Australia – prompting both companies to bet another season for the show. Here’s a look at this batch of LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 contestants, all vying for that sweet $100,000 prize and title to become the country’s next pair of LEGO Masters.

Andrew and Damian
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Andrew is 49 and Damian is 43
From: Queensland
Occupation: Andrew is a music teacher, Damian is a graphic designer

Annie and Runa
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Age: Annie is 30 and Runa is 29
From: Victoria
Occupation: Annie is a tea leaf reader and Runa is a scientist

Jackson and Alex
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Both Jackson and Alex are 29
From: Western Australia
Occupation: Jackson is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, Alex is an environmental engineer

Jay and Stani
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Jay is 42 and Stani is 41
From: New South Wales
Occupation: Jay is an illustrator and Stani is a painter

Jennifer and Jodie
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Jennifer is 31 and Jodie is 38
From: Queensland/South Australia
Occupation: Jennifer is a researcher and program coordinator, Jodie is a stay-at-home mom

Summer and Iona
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Age: Summer is 19 and Iona is 18
From: South Australia
Occupation: University students

Tim and Dannii
LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
Image courtesy of Nine.

Age: Tim is 25 and Dannii is 26
From: Victoria
Occupation: Tim is a furniture salesman, Dannii is a casual relief teacher

Trent and Josh
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Age: Trent is 38 and Josh is 27
From: South Australia
Occupation: Trent is an accountant, Josh is a school chaplain and children’s ministry worker

Here’s a video that introduces our eight pairs of LEGO Masters hopefuls. What strikes me the most is that unlike our initial batch of contestants from the first season of the show, Season 2’s contestants seem to be more diverse, representing a larger portion of the LEGO fan community. One of the criticisms that were thrown over at the show during its first season is its seemingly “unbalanced” roster of contestants, consisting of professional LEGO builders as well. I’m not familiar with this next wave of contestants but based on their video interviews, I can fairly say that they represent a much better section of the larger LEGO fan community.

The first episode of LEGO Masters Australia Season 2 will air on Nine today, April 19, at 7:00 PM (AEST).

 

Source: Nine

And Our Ultimate US LEGO Masters Are…

The first season of LEGO Masters US has concluded, with three teams: Tyler & Amy, Mark & Boone, and Sam & Jessica giving all they have in their final builds, and bid, to become the country’s ultimate LEGO Masters.

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The journey to win the title was a long and daunting one, with ten teams from the LEGO fan community all vying for that prestigious title, one-of-a-kind brick trophy, and an impressive $100,000 prize money. And this time around, the final episode sees three teams pushing those LEGO bricks on what could be the most challenging 24 hours of their lives.

In this final challenge, the task at hand is for the pairs to create anything that they can think of that will represent their most creative work during the season. For Mark & Boone, the challenge was to create Artopia, where they envision a community of artistic LEGO minifigs coming together to celebrate their talents in spite of being in a post-apocalyptic era.

Sam & Jessica’s final build shows a playful representation of The Peacock and the Monkey that combines both of their creative talents in a fun and unique way. Needless to say, this is the greatest entry that they have conceived throughout their entire stint in the contest in spite of all the ups and downs that they’ve been through.

And finally, Team Tyler & Amy wowed the judges with their final build, the Treasure of the Griffin. Not just master builders themselves, the couple has also perfected the art of brick storytelling in their final entry. Other than the superb aesthetic and technical aspects of their builds, the story itself, I feel, represents their instinctive desire as soon-to-be parents to provide a loving and protective environment for their family.

Needless to say, this is the most difficult episode for judges Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett. And though there were episodes that I would find myself passionately disagreeing with them, I feel that they were at the top of their game as fair, and discerning judges during this final episode. They managed to provide constructive feedback that the finalists willingly considered, while being unbiased and objective.

Though I loved the team dynamics between Sam and Jessica, I always felt that among the three, they will most likely end up in third place leaving the teams of Tyler & Amy and Mark & Boone competing for the grand prize. And in the end, though it is a difficult and nerve-wracking task, Jamie and Amy gave their decision and awarded the ultimate LEGO US LEGO Masters title to Tyler & Amy. The expectant couple eventually received an awesome LEGO trophy plus a $100,000 cash award that will certainly be put into good use as they prepare for the arrival of their little bundle of joy.

Expectant couple Tyler and Amy Clites proclaimed as the ultimate US LEGO Masters. Image courtesy of Fox TV..

Congratulations Tyler & Amy and surely, it’s a brick journey that your child will very, very proud of. I can just imagine him cheering for his mom and dad. For more of Tyler & Amy’s LEGO creations you want to check out Tyler’s Flickr page where they render in microscale all of their entries throughout the show’s seasons. Tyler is also helping out making our stay-at-home more fun through his latest videos entitled Quarantine Creations so you may want to check it out as well.  Again, congratulations to both Tyler and Amy, and all of the LEGO Masters US contestants!

LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT Enters This Year’s First Review Stage

Fans of this NBC classic TV show will surely want to see this AI-powered car rendered into LEGO bricks. The LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT is our next qualifier for this year’s LEGO Ideas First Review Stage, and it’s a cool way of celebrating the 80s show that most of us grew up with.

LEGO Ideas Knight Rider

Designed by LEGO fan builder Jimmi-DK, the LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT (or short for Knight Industries Two Thousand) consists of 883 pieces and is the 13th entry to qualify for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. It measures more than 13 inches in length and comes very close to the LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang (10265) in terms of its physical dimensions.

In fact, this is not the first time that LEGO will be coming up with a Knight Rider inspired set. If you recall, the now discontinued LEGO Dimensions theme also offered a Knight Rider Fun Pack (71286) as a way of expanding its toys-to-life ensemble in 2017. However, the mini builds that go with these Fun Packs are a far cry in terms of accurately portraying their real-life counterparts. Hopefully having a LEGO Ideas Knight Rider set will fill in that gap that LEGO fans of the TV show would like to see.

LEGO Ideas Knight Rider

In case you’re not familiar with the classic TV series that inspired this qualifying entry, NBC’s Knight Rider first aired back in 1982, with David Hasselhoff’s starring in his breakout role as an LA police officer.  He played the role of a cop that is out for justice against those that are otherwise considered above the law. He is helped in his mission by an AI-powered supercar sidekick in the form of KITT.  Think of Siri or Alexa on wheels and you’ll get the point. The car itself is based on a modified 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am model, hence the sleek curves on this brick design. I can just imagine how gorgeous it will look in black LEGO pieces if perchance the LEGO Ideas design team works their LEGO magic on this product idea.

Here’s what Jimmi-DK has to say about his entry. The LEGO Ideas Knight Rider – KITT joins The Great Fishing Boat together with eleven more qualifiers to enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage which will be concluded very soon.

Knight Rider – KITT

LEGO Ideas Knight Rider

As a kid in the 80s, I was, and still am, a huge fan of the TV series Knight Rider. I had a big poster on the wall with KITT and Michael Knight. The idea of having this cool looking self-aware car, that could drive itself, talk and jump over obstacles was very fascinating. KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am.
With this LEGO model, I have tried to capture the shape of the car and various details, such as the seats and other interiors.

Number of bricks: 883

Size:
Length: 336 mm (13.23 in)
Width: 128 mm (5.04 in)
Height: 80 mm (3.15 in)

Here’s A Chance to Win an Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata Minifigure

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated to include another monthly sweepstakes promo. Last January, we saw the return of the uber-exclusive LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure as it was raffled away to LEGO VIP members. And now, LEGO fans and collectors will be delighted to know that up for grabs this time will be another exclusive in the form of a limited-edition, LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure.

This exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure is exclusively signed by motion-capture artist and model Arti Shah, who doubled for Lupita Nyong’o in playing the role of the legendary pirate queen in The Force Awakens. Arti Shah also took on several roles in the Star Wars movie franchise which includes creature and Power Droid roles in The Last Jedi and Rogue One respectively.

This collectible LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure also comes in a UV acrylic case and is subsequently awarded by UK Graders (UKG) with the highest Gold Level grading.  Here’s a brief description of it from the LEGO Rewards Center.

VIPs: Win a signed LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure

Enter the VIP competition! You could win a limited-edition Maz Kanata minifigure signed by Arti Shah, the motion capture double for actress Lupita Nyong’o. Awarded the highest ‘Gold’ level grading by UKG, this minifigure comes in a UV acrylic case. 50 points per entry. Sign in to the VIP Reward Centre to enter. Not a VIP? Join now and start earning points for future entries! Enter by 19/4.

Remember,  you have until April 19, 2020 to join in this raffle, with only 50 VIP points needed per raffle entry and a maximum of 15 entries per LEGO VIP member.  Be sure to visit the LEGO Rewards Center for more details.

For the latest LEGO Star Wars sets such as the LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian subtheme, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Build United! Contest

Back in January, the LEGO Ideas platform launched the LEGO Ideas Build United! contest that challenges builders to come up with their most awesome builds to celebrate the legacy of the iconic Old Trafford and the subsequent release of the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford – Manchester United (10272) set.

LEGO Ideas Contest

The challenge is to recreate the most celebrated scenes of Manchester United – whether a historic goal, iconic badges, or even the player themselves – using LEGO bricks. Out of a total of 275 contest entries, three stood above the rest earning the thumbs up approval of the LEGO Ideas Review Team. Two Runner-Ups and a Grand Prize Winner were eventually selected. Let’s take a look at the winning entries in this LEGO Ideas Build United! contest and read on for what the judges have to say about them.

Runner-Up #1: Watching the Football Game by Hb3

LEGO Ideas Build United!

This build is an amazing display of forced perspective! When we first saw the model, we thought that it was a photoshop job in order to get the scene so nicely fit to the television. The pictures showing the model from a different angle show how clever the whole construction is. The details of the antenna on the TV, the brick-built remote, and the lines on the field all help to make this one amazing creation!

Runner-Up #2: The Bicycle 2-1 Winning Kick by Stevenhoward27

LEGO Ideas Build United!

Capturing human forms with LEGO bricks, let alone the human form in motion, is an incredibly difficult task. The builder does a wonderful job of recreating the movement and energy of this iconic moment in Manchester United history, a very hard task with LEGO bricks! We also love the use of multiple scales, with all of the spectators in the background really completing this iconic image.

Grand Prize Winner – United with Manchester by Bluestar13

We love all of the details in this model showing the surrounds of the original stadium. The designer has done an incredible job of capturing the plan, buildings, greenery, roads, trainlines, and river at such an incredibly small scale. That’s not even mentioning the fantastic nanoscale version of Old Trafford!

As always with other LEGO Ideas building contests, the prizes definitely does not disappoint. The Runner Up winners get to bring home an impressive LEGO loot consisting of the LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270), London Bus (10258), and a LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (42093); plus a $150 shopping spree at LEGO Shop@Home.

And as the Grand Prize Winner, Bluestar13 gets to bring home an exclusive Manchester United merchandise, a LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford (10272), Bookshop (10270), and the LEGO modular commemorative set Assembly Square (10255).

Congratulations to the winners! Keep building!

LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat Enters First 2020 Review Stage

For all sea-loving AFOLs out there: this will certainly be a great addition to the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310). As we close in towards the conclusion of this year’s LEGO Ideas First Review Stage, we now have our next 10K qualifier that managed to gather the needed support from the LEGO fan community. The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat by EdouardClo received the thumbs-up seal of approval from more than 10,000 LEGO fans, for the bid to become the next official LEGO Ideas set.

LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat

The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat is inspired by the adventurous team of four brave fishermen including their captain as they brave the elements in search of their next big catch. The ship itself features a pretty sleek and subtle hull and bow, that comes in a soothing combination of dark red and turquoise colors. A closer look reveals a detailed rendition of its deck, hatch and other mechanisms to manage their rich, underwater haul. And finally, this LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat also with a dinghy and a crane to traverse further into the sea.

The Great Fishing Boat is the 12th project to qualify for the LEGO Ideas Review Stage, following the likes of Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree LaneTesla CybertruckUntitled Goose GameUCS Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Train Station: StudgateSpaceX Falcon 9Mini-fig Scale Project GeminiRetro Bowling AlleyIndiana Jones Trilogy, Bricks & Blooms, and Sonic Mania-Green Hill Zone.

The Great Fishing Boat

LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat

The sea is rough. In the early morning, the fishermen of the ship are on deck, busy sorting freshly caught fish. One scans the horizon, the captain handles his boat from the bridge, struggling against the elements. It is sometimes hard, but tonight they will be back to the harbour.

As you understood, this is a fishing boat. And more precisely they are fishing tunas, those huge and powerful silver beasts.

Did you know that even nowadays, tunas are still caught using fishing rods? Yes this is why there are 8 long dark bluish grey rods at the back of the cabin! 

Why is this build so nice:

  • Beautiful hull shape, with an elegant raised bow, with extremely fine and sleek lines and curves, inward and outward.  Very subtle! 
  • The color scheme: dark red under the waterline and dark turquoise and white for the rest of the hull and cabin.
  • 2 masts: the white tops look amazing. They support lights, mandatory on today’s boats, which even fish at night.
  • The wooden deck and hatch for the hold with the crane to stow and unload fish containers.
  • The great cabin, with vertical windows and the amazing dark turquoise roof. There is also a nice chimney on the rear.
  • At the stern (rear) there is the dinghy, with a crane to launch it. (-> See the picture!)
  • The golden propeller integrated into the curves of the hull looks amazing.
  • Silver details and deck fittings.
  • 4 minifigures: 3 sailors and their captain, with dark blue and orange raincoats and rain hat.
  • Golden cleats, beautiful to moor the ship.

Bricks & Blooms Qualifies for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

We need a bit of sunshine and good vibes don’t you think especially during these trying times. And though the LEGO House will be closed for the time being in response to Denmark’s lockdown due to COVID-19, I’m glad that there are brick creations such as Bricked1980′s LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms that has now entered the roster of 10K qualifiers for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Bricks & Blooms

Following the success of the Indiana Jones Trilogy product idea, this modular building managed to gather the necessary 10,000 fan support needed to move on to the next level of the LEGO Ideas process cycle. The LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms is a 3-level garden-inspired building, complete with a cafe, a fruit and vegetable stand, and many more.

Bricks & Blooms

Though I like the calm and relaxing look that the Bricks & Blooms MOC offers, I’m not quite sure how it will hurdle the rules set by the LEGO Ideas Review Team, specifically regarding product proposals that are based on already existing LEGO themes. We’ll just have to see how things turn out when the review cycle begins in May. Bricks & Blooms is the 10th LEGO product idea to qualify for this year’s first Review Stage, joining the ranks of other cool entries such as the Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree LaneTesla CybertruckUntitled Goose GameUCS Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Train Station: StudgateSpaceX Falcon 9Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini, Retro Bowling Alley, and Indiana Jones Trilogy.

Here’s what Bricked1980 has to say about his/her LEGO Ideas creation.

LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms

Bricks & Blooms

Bricks & Blooms is a LEGO modular, high street garden center. It is designed to be compatible with existing LEGO modular buildings and is constructed on a 32 x 32 base plate from 2587 pieces.

The model is made up of 3 modular levels featuring a garden center with fruit and veg stall, a cafe/restaurant and an aquatics department.

 Level 1 – Garden Centre

On the ground level is a bustling street scene including a tree, lots of plants, and a bench. The main entrance leads into the garden center itself and there is also a fruit and veg stall selling produce to customers passing by on the street. Inside the building, there are plants and gardening tools for sale. At the back of the building is the main outdoor garden center area selling plants and other gardening products.

Level 2 – Cafe/Restaurant

No garden center would be complete without a cafe! Level 2 is accessed by steps at the back of the building and includes a detailed kitchen and seating for the minifigures. There is also a small balcony that looks out on to the street below.

Level 3 – Aquatics Department

On level 3 is an Aquatics store with fish, aquariums and a cashier desk. A door at the side of the room leads out on to a small roof terrace area.

Flower Cart, Minifigures, and Other Details

The set also includes a flower cart, lawnmower, 6 minifigures, and a cat.

 

LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears Building Contest Announced

Following the most recent contest launched via the LEGO Ideas platform, we now have another contest that will challenge the LEGO artist in you. The LEGO Ideas Music to Our Ears Building Contest invites you to show your love for music through LEGO bricks.

What is unique about this contest is that a board of judges will pre-select ten entries that will qualify for the Fan Vote Phase in order to determine the overall winner. And on top of that, those entries that will make it to the Fan Vote Phase will also enter a Product Review Phase to determine its feasibility of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set. Other than the cool prizes that await the Grand Prize Winner, the greatest reward that the winner will get is seeing his/her entry having the chance of becoming a LEGO set. Like any other LEGO Ideas project, it will also go through the same robust review cycle.

Music To Our Ears!

We’ve got a contest, which we hope sounds great! You will remember your favorite songs lyrics off by heart. You will remember your first concert or maybe the first time you played an instrument. Almost everyone loves music in one way or another, how would you show off your love of music using LEGO bricks? We want to see anything and everything to do with music in this contest and to see some of the best composed work.

The LEGO Ideas Judges will select all the entries that participate in the Fan Vote.

Excitingly, in addition to the regular contest prizes, we are piloting a new type of contest prize and process. What this means is that all entries that reach the Fan Vote phase, will also be included into a special review by the LEGO Ideas Review Board and will stand a chance of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set IF* one submission can wow them enough.

Speaking of prizes, there will be a Grand Prize and Three Runner Up Winners, both of which will be receiving an impressive haul of new and classic LEGO Ideas set. Plus to sweeten the deal, LEGO is also throwing in the next LEGO Ideas set as the mystery prize for all four winners. We are not sure yet on what this set might be, only that it was given a set number of 21322 retailing for $200 as listed by Price Vortex. It could either be my personal favorite, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay, or the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano. My hopes are with the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street and I’m really excited and happy for the winners who will be the first to try this set if ever this is the mystery prize.

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears

While the Three Runner Up winners will each receive:

  • A custom LEGO build to commemorate your achievement
  • 21321 International Space Station 
  • The next LEGO Ideas set to launch
  • LEGO Ideas tote bag

Don’t forget to mark your calendars if you’re planning to join this contest:

  • Idea Intake – March 9 to April 20, 2020
  • Expert Review – April 20 to 27
  • Crowd Vote – April 27 to May 11
  • Winner Announcement – May 25, 2020

The deadline for submission of entries for the LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears contest will be on April 20, 2020 at 6AM EST. Be sure to read the rest of the Contest Rules for more details. Happy building!

LEGO Ideas Launches New LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Contest

In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new contest to celebrate the release of LEGO’s newest mobile video game. The LEGO Ideas Replicate Your Heroic Minifigures in Battle is now up and currently in its Submission Phase. The LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is LEGO’s latest take on the mobile online game arena where you gear up your favorite LEGO minifig for awesome 1v1 battle set in many of LEGO’s popular and classic themes.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed

To celebrate the global release of LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, gather your favorite LEGO® Minifigures and prepare them for action-packed battles! In this contest, we want to see you create epic and or funny battles. They can be in space, 1v1 battles, or hundreds of minifigures getting involved. The more epic, the better!

There will be two Grand Winners and two Runner-Ups to be announced. At stake for the Grand Prize are an exclusive, all-expense-paid trip to Billund, Denmark (which covers airfare, accommodation, and set activities); and a LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure (853967).

The Runner Ups also get to bring home an impressive stash of LEGO goodies which include the following:

The LEGO Ideas Replicate Your Heroic Minifigures in Battle is now on its Submission Phase until March 23, 6AM EST, Contest winners will be announced not later than April 14. As a final note, this next LEGO Ideas contest is open to all LEGO fan builders age 13 and above. If you’re below 18, just be sure to secure the consent of your parents or caretaker.

Be sure to read the rest of the finer details of this contest through their FAQ page, and see if you have what it takes to build an awesome heroic minifigure battle.

Here’s How You Can Have Your Very Own LEGO Ideas Pursuit of Flight Custom Set

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!