This Next LEGO Ideas Contest Inspires Us To Build That Holiday Into That Holiday

I appreciate what LEGO Ideas did here, especially that most of us are required to stay at home. The LEGO Ideas platform has launched another contest that helps us look forward to that great summer vacation, in spite of the on-going pandemic. The LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday Into That Holiday contest is now accepting entries beginning last week, May 8. Read on for the contest details.

This next LEGO Ideas contest is kind of unique compared to other previous ones because it specifically challenges builders to limit their creation using only 150 t0 250 LEGO pieces.

Build That Holiday

Your dream holiday… What does that look like? Is it enjoying a meal with friends and family? Is it exploring coral reefs in tropical waters? In this contest, we’re asking you to come up with a small model that helps turn that holiday into THAT holiday. It could be a rowing boat to go fishing in, a picnic bench to enjoy a BBQ with. Use your own holidays or your dream holidays as inspiration!

The only restrictions are that your model should be at most 250 bricks, with a minimum of 150 bricks.

The only unlimited aspect of the contest is that you can choose any of your dream holidays to be rendered in these limited number of bricks.

And of course, the prizes awaiting the winners for this LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday contest are surely worth the time and effort. The winning entry will have the honor of being transformed into a new LEGO Gift-With-Purchase (GWP) set in the near future. And on top of this, the Grand Prize winner (to be announced on July 7, 2020) will also bring home these premium LEGO sets and goodies.

Five (5) Runner-Up Winners will also be selected, each of them receiving:

Be sure to have your bricks ready and to submit your entry not later than June 12. You may read the complete set of contest rules and guidelines right here. So what dream vacation do you have in mind? Let us know what you think and happy building!

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Add Some Fun To Your Video Calls With These LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

Yep, most of us are already feeling the brunt of being cooped up at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and while most of us can stay connected with our friends and workmates via video conferencing, chances are, the view can really be quite monotonous. To add more fun to your video conferences, you may want to check out this collection of cool LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds, created by some of the prolific builders in the LEGO fan community. Here are some of my favorites.

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

In fact, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new activity where you can even submit your own LEGO Ideas custom background for everybody to enjoy. These are trying times, and I appreciate it that members of the LEGO fan community are doing whatever they can to somehow ease each other’s stay-at-home burdens. So whether you feel like you want to show that you are chased by a dinosaur or videoconferencing from out space, these brick-inspired custom backgrounds have you covered.

These LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds are not a first though. If you recall, LEGO.com also released a series of wallpapers through its online shopping portal as part of its #LetsBuildTogether campaign.

You may head over to lego.com/en-us/themes/letsbuildtogether/backgrounds to download these fun wallpapers and backgrounds.

For instructions on how to use these backgrounds for your next video conference, you may want to read this article from the LEGO Ideas blogsite. You can also find high-resolution images of these backgrounds right there. They’ve provided a handy how-to guide for Zoom and Microsoft Teams users, including for Mac users. And if you have your custom LEGO background to share, do check and participate at this LEGO Ideas Create a Custom Background for Video Calls Activity. The nice thing about this is that the LEGO Ideas Team opted to remove any deadline and has kept the activity open for the foreseeable future.

So what do you think? Which among these backgrounds are your personal favorites? Talk to us in the comments below.

26 LEGO Ideas Projects Qualify for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

I haven’t covered much of LEGO Ideas recently, so looking back at how things went during these past few weeks are certainly quite a surprise. A groundbreaking, 26 LEGO Ideas projects all qualified for this year’s First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. It’s unprecedented, considering the fact that we only get to see around a dozen entries or so every review stage.

I guess its a testament on how active the LEGO fan community has been lately considering most of us are forced to stay home during these times. Whatever is the case, I’m glad to see this many projects qualify and I’m sure it will be a considerable challenge for the LEGO Ideas Review Team to select those that will eventually come on top as the next official LEGO Ideas set. I also reckon that it will take some time before we can hear the outcome of these results, considering all the fan interviews and IP concerns that need to be hurdled.

I also have my personal selections, and I’m hoping product ideas such as the Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone, Knight Rider- KITT or The Iron Giant will eventually become official LEGO sets. Though in the meantime, I will settle for Build Better Bricks’ excellent rendition of the 90’s popular robot. You may want to check it out as well.

I’m sure you have your own bets, so let’s take a quick look at these First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage qualifiers that made the cut. Click on the links below for more details, drop us a comment, and let us know which among these is your favorite.

1. Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane – Disneybrick55

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2. Tesla Cybertruck – BrickinNick

 

3. Untitled Goose Game – A Fellow Player

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4. UCS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Norders

 

5. The Train Station: Studgate – Bricky_Brick

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6. SpaceX Falcon 9 (Saturn V Scale) – Lego_Aviator

 

7. Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini – Stevenhoward27

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8. Retro Bowling Alley – Astronaut Avila

 

9. Indiana Jones Trilogy – BenBuildsLego

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10. Bricks & Blooms – Bricked1980

 

11. Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone – toastergrl

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12. The Great Fishing Boat – EdouardClo

 

13. Knight Rider – KITT – Jimmi-DK

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14. Snow-groomer PRINOTH LEITWOLF – redera00

 

15. The Castle in the Forest poVoq

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16. Coraline’s Pink Palace Apartments – Hwachtman

 

17. Historically Accurate Rome – daevead

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18. Ruined House – kirteem

 

19. Spongebob Squarepants – The Krusty Krab – ExeSandbox

First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

 

20. Working Waterfall – with Continuous Flowing Water! – LEGOParadise

 

21. Queen – The Miracle Express – Artistic Shadow

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22. Futurama Planet Express Headquarter, Spaceship and the Crew – ThomasW

 

23. The Iron Giant – 20th Anniversary Edition – BrettCuv

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24. The Legend of Zelda BotW: Hyrule Castle – BrickGallery

 

25. Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket, Launch Tower & Blue Moon Lander – 1/110 Scale Set – Matthew Nolan & Whatsuptoday

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26. Earth Globe – Disneybrick55

 

This is really quite a list, and I’m very excited about how things will turn out for this batch. The LEGO Ideas Review Team also mentioned that they are now wrapping it up for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage, with a total of 12 projects that qualified. I hope we can hear from them soon in the next few weeks.

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.

Auditions for LEGO Masters US Season 2 Is Now Open!

We’re still feeling the hype with Tyler and Amy being awarded as the first-ever US LEGO Masters, and it looks like FOX is now gearing up for season 2. Yes, you heard it right – LEGO Masters US Season 2 is happening, and with it, a casting call has been announced once again via a dedicated website

LEGO Masters US Season 2

Same as before the launch of the first season of the show, would-be LEGO Masters will need to register online by filling in details (and a lot of it actually) about themselves including other relevant info that highlights their love for the LEGO brick.

You can either register by pair or solo (though the former is more desirable) and be sure to have images of your or your partner available, including five of your best ORIGINAL LEGO builds or MOCs. Be sure to also have a 1-minute video that describes what you love so much about building with LEGO and why you or your team should be considered as the next LEGO Masters. There is no particular deadline that was mentioned as of this posting, but its always better to be prompt with auditions such as this.

Couple Tyler and Amy Clites being awarded as the first-ever US LEGO Masters.

I just hope that similar to what Season 2 of LEGO Masters Australia has to offer which is already airing, by the way, LEGO Masters US Season 2 will represent a more diverse selection of contestants from the LEGO fan community.

So what do you think? Do you have the passion, skills, and creativity to become the next US LEGO Masters? Be sure to register and let us know what you think.

LEGO MASTERS is produced by Endemol Shine North America and
Tuesdayʼs Child under license from The LEGO Group, for The LEGO Group. It is aired via FOX TV in collaboration with Plan B Entertainment Holdings.

 

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!

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!

Return to the Upside Down With This Custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon

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.

Custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon

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.

Custom LEGO Stranger Things Demogorgon

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!

#LetsBuildTogether is LEGO’s Way of Helping Out During the COVID-19 Crisis

Allow me to say this outright: these are very anxious times. Even as I type this from my home due to an enforced community quarantine imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19, my mind is still racing with thoughts about the future. My kids are also starting to feel the agitation of being forced to stay at home now that we are entering the fourth week of this quarantine period. As a LEGO fan, one of the lifesavers that we have at home is our collection of LEGO sets that somehow offers a creative break to the mundane cycle of everyday waiting. I’m glad that there are guys like Tyler (from LEGO Masters US and one of the master builders behind Build Better Bricks) who took time to come up with a series of videos such as Quarantine Creations. These fun, how-to videos help children and adults alike to cope through this crisis using LEGO bricks. I guess everyone affected by this pandemic has an understanding of how important it is to develop ways of coping through these troubled times. The LEGO Group also understands this and has launched its #LetsBuildTogether campaign to help us all go through these hard times.

In response, the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation have launched two specific initiatives to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among families across the globe. The first is a donation of 50 million USD to support the continuous learning of children even during this time of emergency, and second is its #LetsBuildTogether initiative. The latter aims to somehow alleviate some of the strain and stress brought about of being confined at home while keeping children actively engaged and creative. It’s also a way of staying connected with each other through social media by encouraging builders to share their creation online and adding #LetsBuildTogether. LEGO even came up with a webpage that offers some brick-building activities that families can do at confines of their homes.

#LetsBuildTogether
Here are #LetsBuildTogether activities that families can try at home, courtesy of LEGO.

Some of the LEGO inspired building activities that you can try at home are these Daily Building Challenges which include building a trophy, a magical unicorn, a penguin, something spooky, a sheep, and a pirate ship. You can even come up with your own tablet and phone stand, a maze, or even a nightstand lamp. You can’t simply run out of ideas playing with LEGO bricks.

#LetsBuildTogether is LEGO’s way of giving back to the LEGO community during these difficult times, and I’m personally glad that LEGO is helping out. For more info about this program, you may read The LEGO Group’s official press release right here.

We just have to keep on building and hope that everything will always turn out to be awesome. Stay safe everyone!