Here’s How To Build Your Own Custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime!

LEGO has just announced its latest LEGO set in the form of one of the most iconic Autobot in the franchise.  And though we need to wait until the end of this month to get our hands on it, builders can start building their own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime even sooner with these neat building instructions from Build Better Bricks.

If you’ve been following our articles here in TBS, you’ll notice that a significant portion of our blogs is dedicated to the unique creations of the LEGO fan community. And as a fan of Generation 1 Transformers, I’m just excited to see this official LEGO version of Optimus, together with other brick-built renditions of some of the most memorable characters of the G1 era. Talk about having Soundwave and Devastator in all their LEGO glory and you’ll get the picture.

And this time around, Build Better Bricks is giving us a treat by letting us create our own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime while we wait for the release of the official LEGO version on June 1.

 

With only a third of the parts needed to build the actual LEGO Optimus, B3’s custom brick rendition of Prime only requires less than 500 LEGO pieces to put together, making it a great way to jump back and reminisce about the G1 Transformers era without investing too much in new LEGO parts.

While B3’s version of the Optimus’ G1 version may not be at par with the actual 10302 set in terms of scale, this original creation from LEGO Masters Champion Tyler Clites still boasts some nifty features like 24 points of articulation, full transformation to his Semi Truck Mode, and his iconic ion blaster and Matrix of Leadership accessories. Do take note, however, that Build Better Bricks only offers the building instructions to create this custom version of Prime. You’ll have to provide the needed LEGO parts.

LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime

And if you want to give this a try, B3 is offering the building instructions to this for a minimal amount of $8. You’ll get high-quality instructions in PDF format, a parts list, and stud.io file that lets you easily import the model into Bricklink to get the parts you need if ever some of them are not available in your collection.

Let me know what you think about this B3 offering, and be sure to visit their website to know more about their custom LEGO Transformers build. While you’re at it, make it a point to see the rest of the custom LEGO builds that B3 has put together.

Indy, Lilo & Stitch Kick Off Submissions to LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

Late last month, we mentioned the lengthy period of LEGO Ideas First 2022 Review Stage during a 10-K feature. We never expected that Seb_E’s Jules Verne’s Nautilus would actually close out Ideas First 2022. And as of last week, LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage now features two product ideas with 10,000 supporters each. With only a couple of submissions to this latest batch, it’s too early to note trends. Still, we can see these product ideas from ItsABricksLife626 and Tvrulesmylife being structured and based on licensed IPs. Let’s take a closer look at them both:

Lilo & Stitch: Beach House

LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member ItsABricksLife626 gives us an early-2000s Disney throwback with this submission. As the name states, it depicts the Hawaiian beachside home of Lilo Pelekai and her pet alien Stitch. This location is central to the 2002 Disney film and its sequels and animated series spinoff. ItsABricksLife626 recreates the familiar red-roofed, white-walled domicile, with easy interior access thanks to detachable roofs. Lilo and Stitch minifigs are accompanied by their big Ohana unit. There’s Lilo’s sis Nani, her boyfriend David, alien housemates Jumba and Pleakley plus social worker Cobra. The house also features several cars, flying or otherwise.

 

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 40th Anniversary

LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

The first “Indiana Jones” movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” premiered way back in 1981. It’ll be 41 years now this 2022, but 10K Clubber Tvrulesmylife finally got his product idea supported for review. The build comprises three sections, depicting the Peruvian jungle ruin from the film’s beginning. LEGO Indy must claim an idol from a pressure-sensitive base, climb a vine, and outrun that giant boulder again. For those who remember the short-lived LEGO Indiana Jones line and were disappointed about “coconuts,” this submission could redeem things. But first, it needs to impress the Ideas reviewers.

LEGO Ideas Sonic (21331) Fan Designer Presents Alt-Build Tips for Eggman Figure

January 1, 2022 saw the release of LEGO Idea set #39, Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone (21331). This highly-anticipated item was based on the brainchild of Ideas contributor Viv Grannell, aka toastergrl. As with some previous Ideas sets, this final product features significant changes from its original version. It now depicts the original first level of “Sonic the Hedgehog” (1991) on the Sega Genesis. Grannell’s submission had been based on the updated Green Hill Zone from 2017’s “Sonic Mania” nostalgia title. This change, toastergrl doesn’t mind. In fact, she even has her own suggested alterations of the released product.

As The Brick Fan tells it, Viv “toastergrl” Grannell has provided alternate building instructions for LEGO Ideas 21331. These alternative steps can be downloaded on LEGO MOC platform Rebrickable. They involve designs for the brick-built Dr. Eggman/Robotnik figure. Grannell’s original ideas for the Eggman figure featured articulation, lost in the Ideas Sonic set for stability purposes. Thus, these MOC instructions add/change pieces to 21331’s Eggman figure to give him moveable arms and a bushier mustache. And indeed, the resulting alternative build looks more action figure-like, if somewhat less stable.

Grannell adds on her Rebrickable account that she has more alternative ideas for Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) coming up. So stay tuned there for possible Green Hill Zone layout rebuilds, and Badnik designs beyond the featured Moto-Bug and Crabmeat. The basic set was already customizable by connecting multiple copies end to end. Therefore, all these comes as a natural progression. And if you haven’t gotten LEGO Ideas Sonic the Hedgehog (21331) yet, then go fast! Why wait any more?

LEGO Japan Showcases Two-Set Fusions of Sets Available on Amazon.JP

The key concept of LEGO has always been that, with any given number of bricks, one can build anything. True, most packaged LEGO sets are to build a specific building/vehicle/etc. They even have instruction manuals so that builders can assemble the pieces exactly as pictured. But ultimately, building with LEGO bricks can be one of the best outlets for creative freedom. LEGO Japan two Saturdays ago demonstrated that fact in partnership with Amazon Japan. The results of that promotional activity on social media would grab attention and ignite builder creativity.

Brick Fanatics brings us this interesting social media activity made possible by the Japanese divisions of LEGO and Amazon. The challenge: How would you combine two different LEGO set builds into a unified creation? LEGO JP’s original Twitter post (November 13, 2021) even provides an example.

The “Before” photo showcases the completed LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy (42124) and LEGO Monkie Kid Lion Guardian (80021). The “After” photo reveals the Buggy revamped to have the Lion Guardian as a motif. LEGO Japan invites viewers to visit Amazon JP’s page, and post their own two-set fusions in the comments. Let’s go over to Amazon’s Japanese page now.

In the page, we see two LEGO Friends sets, Friendship Bus (41395) and Heartlake City Organic Café (41444). They get fused into a curious double-decker food truck.

Two Ninjago sets – Jungle Dragon (71746) and Zane’s Titan Mech (71738) – fuse into a dragon robot. It looks similar to mecha plastic models by Bandai.

The real Japanese essence of this LEGO-Amazon team-up lies in this particular build. LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) plus Botanical Collection Bonsai Tree (10281) equals Sakura Tree House. The featured LEGO sets are mostly available on Amazon.jp, or you can just go LEGO.com. They’re very inspiring fusions, right?

New LEGO Ideas Activity Challenge: “The Love of Gaming!”

LEGO Ideas has long encouraged builders to send their best creations in hopes of seeing them become official sets. But it’s not really always serious business in their platform. The members get to have fun too, thanks to LEGO Ideas Activities. In these activities, the Ideas website issues challenges for member-builders to make. Selected winners get no prizes beyond seeing their builds featured and shown off in the Ideas page. There’s usually a lot of ongoing Ideas Activities, but this latest one is quite interesting. This new challenge is for the LEGO builder who is also a certified videogame fan.

Brick Fanatics has it that LEGO Ideas’ new Activity challenge was put up as of August 30. The theme for this activity is “The Love of Gaming!” Apparently this comes ahead of September 12, the usually agreed-upon date for National Video Games Day in the US. The theme sounds like a doozy for LEGO builder-slash-gamers, right? Not so fast, though. Interested Ideas members better read the rules first. What’s this? We can’t depict licensed IPs in the build? But what about LEGO Super Mario? Or LEGO Overwatch? LEGO Minecraft, perhaps? Doesn’t this rule defeat the point of the Activity theme?

Not at all; it ties in with the positive message of National Video Games Day. It’s not about what we love to play, but the love of playing videogames itself. So the sample items LEGO Ideas gives for the challenge make sense: a game controller, a console, maybe a classic arcade cab? If you’ve frequented The Brick Show Shop, you know what we and the Ideas crew are getting at.

This LEGO Ideas Activity will run until Tuesday next week, September 7, 2021 at 4AM EST. As of the writing of this piece, there have been no entries yet in “The Love of Gaming!” challenge. But it shouldn’t be long before we see something there. These neat images from an Ideas proposal and the internet should make do for illustration.

LEGO Ideas Update: Additional 9 Product Ideas Qualify for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage

Here’s a LEGO Ideas update in case you want to know. During the last couple of months, we saw our initial and subsequent batch of qualifiers for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. And as of today, we have 9 additional product ideas that are added to the said roster, giving us a current count of 21 product ideas backed up with 10,000 LEGO fan votes.

In case you missed it, here’s a closer look at these 9 product ideas that qualified for the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage. Take a look and let me know through the comments below which is your personal favorite.

TRADITIONAL GERMAN COTTAGE by sNICKers77

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

AIRCRAFT ENGINE WORKSHOP. MINI FIG. SCALE & WORKING by Stephanix

 

SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERY MACHINE by Let Them Fly

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

GAMESTOP CLASSIC SHOP by MCHLN

 

SPACEBALLS by Bricktory Lap

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

FLOATING ISLAND (USING TENSEGRITY) by Seb_E

 

AIRPORT FIRETRUCK ROSENBAUER PANTHER 8X8 by redera00

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORERS by Geroditus

MEDIEVAL HARBOR by Namirob

Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review

 

Since the Second LEGO Ideas 2021 Review Stage is yet to be concluded in September, we can still expect a lot of product ideas to reach the necessary 10,000 votes in the next couple of months. The LEGO Ideas platform has seen a surprising increase in fan/member engagement as evidenced by the exponential growth of product ideas that qualify for the Review Stage. The First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, for example, managed to gather a record-breaking 57 product ideas last month. Personally, I’m happy to see such levels of activity from the LEGO fan community. I just hope that the LEGO Ideas Review Team will somehow take time to revisit its selection process to include a wider range of qualified entries, considering the volume of product ideas that made it through the voting stage. I’m not familiar with the inner workings of the LEGO Ideas Review Stage, and the challenges that the team needed to hurdle during their review. But I’m speaking from the perspective of a LEGO fan that is very eager to see his supported project become an official LEGO Ideas set. I guess we just have to wait and see shortly.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero Contest

In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced the winners of one of its latest building contests. Kicking off last May, the LEGO Ideas Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Hero Contest challenges all LEGO Spider-Man fans out there to come up with their best LEGO rendition of the web-slinging Marvel superhero. And after two months’ worth of fan submissions, LEGO Ideas has now considered the following entries as the best among the rest. Let’s take a look at our winners.

The building contest itself consists of two categories – Brick and Art – with each category having a Grand Prize Winner and a Runner-Up.  I just have to say at this point that the winning entries for the Brick Category are just mind-blowing. I can just see how these original creations can inspire future LEGO set offerings. Perhaps as a comic book cover subtheme of LEGO Art? I guess we just have to wait and see.

Brick Category

GRAND PRIZE WINNERTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – BY BAIXONL

LEGO Ideas

 

RUNNER UP WINNERATTACK OF THE 50 FT. MECHA-MYSTERIO BY MOCCERMOMMY

LEGO Ideas

 

Art Category

GRAND PRIZE WINNERTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VS. THE TERRIFYING TRIO -BY TOMROGERSART

 

RUNNER UP WINNERTHE WAR OF DAILY BUGLE BUILDING BY CHAINSAW YU 電鋸鋸鋸鋸

 

As per contest rules, the Grand Prize Winner gets to bring home the following:

The Runner-Up also gets to take home the tallest LEGO Marvel set ever offered in the form of the LEGO Super Heroes Daily Bugle.

Congratulations to all the winners, and remember to keep on building!

2021 Bricklink Designer Program Kicks Off Its First Round

The Bricklink Designer Program is back this year, with its first round of crowdfunding slated to kick off this July. Formerly known as the AFOL Designer Program when it was introduced in 2018, the Bricklink Designer Program brings together some of the best original brick-built creations from the LEGO fan community and seeks to gather the needed crowdfunding support to be mass-produced and duly recognized.

This year, due to the limitations brought about by the pandemic, three crowdfunding rounds have been introduced with the 2nd and 3rd rounds to happen in September and November respectively. And for this first round, there will be 7 projects to support and choose from starting July 1 until August 10.  You may head over to Bricklink’s pre-order page to have a better look at these 7 projects, or you may check out the following images below to have an initial look. In case you want to vote or support a particular project that you see, just click on their respective links below. My personal favorite is JK Brickwork’s Pursuit of Flight, which also managed to receive 10,000 fan votes qualifying it for the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Sherrif’s Safe by II_Buono

Bricklink Designer Program

 

 

Pursuit of Flight by JK Brickworks

 

BIONICLE Legends by SOKODA

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Kakapo by themfledge

 

Castle in the Forest by povoq

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Particle Accelerator by JK Brickworks

 

Great Fishing Boat by JK Brickworks

 

LEGO Ideas Foosball Table Will Be The Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

Last March, the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! Contest has been concluded with 10 fan-chosen entries now vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set. And this time around, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally come up with a decision, revealing to us our next official LEGO Ideas set. A huge congratulations to fan builder Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat for his successful LEGO Ideas Foosball Table.

Here’s the LEGO Ideas Review Team’s official press release.

WE LOVE SPORTS CONTEST – REVIEW RESULTS

Following the live announcement on LEGO CON, we’re happy to share the results of the review of the We Love Sports contest.

Firstly, we just want to say thank you to all the participants of the contest who showed us all the different ways that LEGO fans interpret the theme of sports. It was really fascinating to see all that creativity.

Secondly, we’re excited to share that our review board did manage to find one design that convinced them to make a selection!

A massive congratulations to Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat, the 16-year-old Hungarian fan designer whose Foosball Table submission wowed both the fans through the fan vote but also our review board.

We look forward to bringing his concept to life as an official LEGO Ideas set for its timeless design, its joyful celebration of the game, and its ability to bring families and friends together for quality game-time!

We’re still working out the final product design, pricing, and availability for this set. We’ll share more on the LEGO Ideas blog when we get closer to launch.

The LEGO Ideas Foosball Table is the second fan-designed set to be accorded with this honor. Its predecessor, the LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster, is still in the works and we hope to receive some updates about this upcoming set anytime soon.

The LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Results Announced

After going through 25 product ideas, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally made its selection with the announcement of the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results. Among 25 product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters over at the LEGO Ideas website from September 2020 to January 2021, the review board is finally ready to share their decision.

The title and honor of becoming the next official LEGO Ideas set goes to the original creation of LEGO fan designer Sandro Quattrini (aka Roses Must Build), the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse. You may watch the official announcement by LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, and LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Samuel Johnson right here.

Though this is not the first time that LEGO offered a brick-built lighthouse, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse will be the first to be featured on such a large scale with automated functionalities. Sandro’s original concept is to create the lighthouse up to 47 cm. tall, making it up to scale with nanofigures. It also includes Power Functions to make the base of the light brick rotate on top of the lighthouse. Watch the video demonstration below to have a better look.

As a LEGO Ideas fan, I am truly supportive of LEGO fan designers who took the time and effort of designing and promoting their original creations. Love it or hate it, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse is no doubt a work of art and a testament to the ingenuity and skills of LEGO fan designers. It’s impractical to expect that everyone will be happy with the decision of the LEGO Ideas Review Board, but at the end of the day, the LEGO Ideas platform is a celebration of the talent and skills of LEGO fan builders and the overwhelming support that they receive from the community. So again, a huge congratulations to Sandro for this original creation.

Looking forward, the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is about to be wrapped up, with a record-breaking total of 57 entries being currently in review. The results of this review cycle are slated to be announced sometime this fall, and I’m pretty excited at what original creation or creations, will eventually be selected to become the next LEGO Ideas set(s).

A total of 57 product ideas are vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set, slated to be announced this fall of 2021. 

And while waiting for these results, and if you haven’t done so yet, I suggest that you take a closer look at the recently offered LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327). For more LEGO Ideas sets, you may also take a look at LEGO Shop@Home.  Again, congratulations to Sandro and to his LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse!