A graceful companion for a wizard of refined taste

The wizarding world of J. K. Rowling has been generating quite a lot of interest in the LEGO community recently, in large part thanks to the recent revival of the official Harry Potter LEGO theme. There have been many amazing creations and many contests dedicated to it (such as our own Microscale Magic contest), showing how popular the universe of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts is among LEGO fans. Revan New‘s latest creation is the winning entry to a contest on bricker.ru, the goal of which was to create a magical animal that does not exist in the books and movies, but very well could.

BEATITUDINEM AVEM or just wavebird

The builder has obviously succeeded in making an animal that looks coherent with the fantasy of J. K. Rowling’s universe, but it is much more than that. The head of the bird is an intense mix of rounded parts representing feathers and the body is full of wedge plates and slopes to get this same effect of feathers and colour patterns. A nice little detail is translucent fins used as tail feathers, giving the bird a truly magical feel. But Revan New does not stop there. He adds a little stand for his wavebird complete with velvet and a magic wand.

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Customizable 10265 Ford Mustang revealed as next LEGO Creator Expert vehicle [News]

LEGO has revealed the next entry in its Creator Expert vehicle line-up, the 10265 Ford Mustang. Developed in partnership with Ford, the set is based on the 1967 Fastback. The model comes with 1,470 pieces and a variety of customizable options. The Ford Mustang will be available from LEGO starting March 1st for $149.99 US | £119.99 UK | $199.99 CA.

The all-American muscle car comes with working steering, dark blue exterior with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, a printed Mustang tile for the front grille, GT emblems, and five-spoke rims. Thanks to LEGO we’ve already got our hands on the set, so be sure to check out our full, in-depth review.

The Ford Mustang will be the eighth vehicle in the LEGO Creator Expert line-up. Interestingly, the annual car release has typically happened in August (true with the past five vehicles at least) though this year LEGO is getting a jump start releasing the Mustang in March..

The built set measures over a foot long (34cm) and comes with several different license plate options as well as a variety of sub-assemblies that can be used to customize the base car.

The dark blue pony car sports a white racing stripe down the middle and a tan interior. Dark blue must be the color of the season with several new (and huge) sets being released in that color over the next few months, including the Rexcelsior from The Lego Movie 2. The color also hearkens back to the first LEGO Creator Expert car ever released, the 10187 Volkswagen Beetle.

The model also has a functioning trunk and hood, revealing storage space and a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing.

The top of the car pops off and the doors open as well, showcasing the detailed tan interior with classic dark tan “leather” seats, radio, working steering and a mid-console gearshift (though it sadly doesn’t come with an ejector seat like the 10262 Aston Martin DB5).

The rear axle of the car can also be lifted for a more slanted angle for a more severe look. The back of the car features the “Grand Touring” GT emblem, brick-built tail lights and a variety of license plates to chose from.

Speaking of customization options, the Ford Mustang comes with several supercharged sub-builds including a rear ducktail spoiler, larger exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank for a more authentic muscle car build experience.

The car certainly looks meaner with all the options attached, while still being recognizable an the iconic Mustang. Perhaps the only other more aggressive vehicle profile within the LEGO Creator Expert realm belongs to the red 10248 Ferrari F40.

New elements in the set include 5-spoke rims for the tires and a longer 2×8 brick with bow. In terms of printed elements, the set comes with a 1×3 Mustang logo tile, a 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ emblem, and several striped tiles.

Jamie Berard, Design Lead on LEGO Creator Expert said, “The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic, symbolic cars in history – and to bring this fan favorite muscle car to life in brick form, with this level of customization, has been exhilarating. We can’t wait to see our LEGO and Ford Mustang fans’ own creations when they get their hands on this new set.”

The 10265 Ford Mustang will be available from LEGO in one week on Friday, March 1 for $149.99 US | £119.99 UK | $199.99 CA.

More photos are available in the photo gallery below in addition to the press release from LEGO, and don’t forget to check out our review

10265 Ford Mustang
Ages 16+. 1,471 pieces
US $149.99 | CA $199.99 | DE €129.99 | UK £119.99 | FR €139.99 | DK 1,199 DKK | AU $199.99

Build and customize your very own 1960s Ford Mustang!

Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires. Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of license plates, supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank. You can even adjust the lift of the rear axle for an extra-mean look! Remove the roof panel or open the doors and you have access to the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, working steering and a mid-console gearshift. Store items in the trunk or lift the hood to reveal a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing. This advanced building set has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia and makes a great centerpiece for the home or office.

  • Authentic replica of a 1960s Ford Mustang featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, air scoop, 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires, and a selection customization add-ons.
  • Open the doors or remove the roof panel to access the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, mid-console gearshift and working steering.
  • Open the trunk to store items and lift the hood to reveal a detailed Ford Mustang V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter.
  • Also includes a printed mustang grille badge and 2 GT emblems.
  • Customize the Ford Mustang with the included supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.
  • Choose from a selection of license plates.
  • Lift the hood to check out the realistic engine detailing.
  • Adjust the lift of the rear axle for a real mean look!
  • This Mustang toy car model includes 1,470 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
  • New-for-March-2019 special elements include 5-spoke rims, 2×8 brick with bow, 1×3 mustang logo tile, 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ Emblem.
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from March 1, 2019.

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Is the LEGO Creator Expert 10265 Ford Mustang the best LEGO car yet? [Review]

There are few cars more iconic than the Ford Mustang, which surpassed 10 million sold last year. So it’s fitting that the LEGO Creator Expert theme’s next automobile replica represents this piece of muscle car history. After taking us back 50 years to the world of spies and intrigue with the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 last August, LEGO is remaining in the 1960s with a striking blue-and-white version of the original pony car. Although LEGO coyly dodges addressing the specific year of the car (consistently referring to it as simply a 1960s model) the license plate and styling indicate that it’s primarily based on the GT Fastback from the 1967 model year. Available beginning March 1, 10265 Ford Mustang has 1,471 pieces and retails for $149.99 USD | $199.99 CAD | £119.99 GBP. 

The box & contents

Tying with the Aston Martin DB5 for most-expensive Creator Expert vehicle, the Ford Mustang is a big set in a big box. Although the part count is more than 200 higher than the DB5, when laying out the eleven bags (spread across only six numbered steps) the set’s parts don’t initially seem to live up to the price tag. However, once I began building, the very slowly dwindling pile of parts made me reconsider. And by the time I’d finished the model hours later, I felt the price was entirely justified.

The instructions and stickers are packed together in a protective bag, following the laudable trend of large sets in recent years. The instructions open with eight pages of information about both the set and the real automobile. The brief history of the car is a bit scattered, including such details as how the logo was developed and that 19 shades of blue were offered between 1967 and 1973, but it’s all neat information that Mustang enthusiasts and casual readers alike will enjoy. The LEGO-focused spread introduces fan-turned-designer Mike Psiaki as the primary design lead for the model. Mike’s been busy with the Creator Expert line, having also designed 10262 Aston Martin DB5 and 10252 Volkswagen Beetle, along with 10260 Downtown Diner and 10257 Carousel.

The small sticker sheet primarily includes alternate license plates, although there are a handful of decorative touches as well, such as the air filter, rear-view mirror, and tail emblem. Many of the Creator Expert cars include alternate license plates for a variety of countries, and that’s continued here with registration tags for Michigan and California USA, Denmark, New South Wales Australia, and Germany. The Michigan plates’ meaning is obvious, and it’s a safe bet that the California plates are a rendering of Mike’s last name. Meanwhile, the instructions note that the German plate numbers once belonged to fellow-designer Adam Grabowski, who helped prototype the Mustang. But I’ll have to solicit guesses on the Danish and Australian plate meanings.

Despite the fact that the set includes 18 stickers, they’re actually outnumbered by the unique printed elements in the set, of which there are a whopping 28. Nearly all are used for the Mustang’s blue-and-white stripes. I’ve also included in the picture the 1×1 round tiles printed with the galloping Mustang emblem, although that part has previously appeared in the Speed Champions Mustang (only one is used in this set — the other is extra).

Two new element molds also appear in the set. The first are the hubs, which are a new design for the 30.4mm D. x 20mm wheel, showing the iconic five-spoke hubs. They look great, and it’s hard to imagine any solution short of this new mold doing justice to the classic design. The other new element is a curved slope 8×2. This part adds to the existing family of slopes that includes the 10×1, the wedge 10×3, and the wedge 12×3. You’ll get four in dark blue, two in white, plus an additional white one with a dark blue stripe.

The build

As with many sets in recent years, the frame starts off with Technic box beams strung together. The build quickly moves to cover this with a layer of plates that form the floor. Already, though, readers who have built any of the previous Creator Expert vehicles will notice one major difference near the front: there’s a steering mechanism. And it’s an odd one, too, relying on a large 40-tooth gear embedded deep in the engine bay to translate the gear ratio from the steering column to the tie rods.

Amazingly, this huge gear is entirely invisible in the engine bay on the finished model.

You may also notice something interesting going on with gears at the back of the car. A worm gear is connected to a small 8-tooth gear on the rear axle, which combined with rotating lift arms, will allow the car’s rear suspension to be raised or lowered significantly.

Next comes the interior, starting with a pair of plush seats. They’re of a simple design, but my only complaint is that they don’t fold at the waist to allow access to the rear seats. The rear seats themselves are of a similar style, but built into the body.

The doors come next, and they employ a nifty double-hinging mechanic that has the hinge plates rotating on their single-stud connections in addition to using their hinges. The added friction of the stud connection gives the door hinges a firm, stiff action that’s quite smooth once everything’s built into the car.

At this point the big block V8 engine is constructed. Sadly, unlike the Aston Martin, the engine isn’t removable, being completely built into the frame. Nevertheless, it still employs some clever details such as a set of black reigns as wiring to the distributor. It’s more than a few wires short of being an accurate detail, but it makes the engine look great nevertheless. There are also taut rubber bands for the belts, presumably in white because LEGO doesn’t make that size in black anymore. White belts are less an issue on a LEGO car than a real one, however.

Moving to the car’s back, now, large flags line the interior of the wheel wells. It’s a brilliant solution to placing a wall where a standard LEGO brick would be too wide.

The fastback’s large rear window is the same 2x12x4 windscreen element that’s used for the windshield, just turned on its back. With the addition of a slew of finishing slopes, the car is looking just about complete.

As the build progressed, I noticed that these two white columns beneath the front bumper looked more and more out of place. Even I know that most Mustangs don’t have those. In fact, they are supports for constructing the front fascia, and the instructions call for them to be removed right before putting the tires on. They are then handily recycled into the Nitrous Oxide tank (that’s right, this car conceals some dark secrets).

The completed model

The Mustang is an icon of automotive design, with clean lines in all the right places and a simple elegance the defined the 60s muscle car aesthetic. The LEGO model has done it justice, capturing the nuances as closely as is possible within the scope of plastic bricks at roughly 1/13 scale. No matter the angle from you view this car, you’ll instantly recognize it as Detroit’s first pony car.

The double white stripes splaying lengthwise down the car are accomplished with three white bricks, with the middle having a dark blue stripe printed on, delineating the stripes from one another. It’s a simple way to do the narrow center stripe on a vehicle that’s an even width of studs, although in some places the alignment of the printing could use some refinement (note the jagged line on the hood).

The fine striping on the sides is accomplished entirely with printing. Though it doesn’t show up well in the photos, it’s clear in person that not all of the white printing is the same opacity — a disappointing lapse in quality that thankfully doesn’t distract too much when viewed from a distance.

The car has plenty of features, with all the right compartments opening to see the details.

Up front, that V8 looks great with the reinforcing frame straddling it. I particularly like the detail of the battery, which uses red and black Technic 2-length axles for the terminals. There’s also a light aqua 1×2 brick for wiper fluid. A handful of stickers give a bit of extra detail to the fan shroud, air filter, and cylinder head covers. In back, the trunk opens to reveal a capacious space that feels unfinished. The suspension mechanism is exposed to the trunk floor, so any small parts stored in the trunk have a chance of gumming up the works. It’s an unfortunate design oversight, especially since it seems easily fixed using only a handful of pieces.

In addition to the opening doors, the roof pops off to aid with interior access. When attached, it connects to four studs at the back, so it’s not likely to fall off accidentally.

The interior is appropriately sparse for a car from an era when neither a radio nor air condition were a given. The dashboard features the two large dials — a speedometer and a tachometer on the real car — but lacks the smaller displays in the instrument cluster. Down the center is a radio courtesy of a sticker and the distinctive T shifter. Up above is the rearview mirror, which shows the outline of a trailing vehicle that looks suspiciously like a Chevelle.

Had enough of the mild-mannered road car, though? It’s time to upgrade and customize, because there’s plenty of extra bits and bobs included. Besides the adjustable suspension, you’ll get a front splitter, shorty exhaust headers, a supercharger, a nitrous oxide tank, a rear spoiler, and enough license plates to let you commit crimes in at least five districts.

We’ll start by adding the supercharger. The hood’s small, stock air scoop is removable, as is the air filter below it. Add the supercharger on top of it and you’re good for at least a gazillion more horses. Impressively, the hood can still be lifted even with the supercharger attached. The supercharger itself is a nifty bit of LEGO engineering, employing some clever SNOT to invert the fender element for the bottom of the intake.

Next, add the front splitter and rear spoiler, which each just clip on, and hook up the nitrous oxide tank in the trunk. Then turn the small dial beneath the trunk to lift the suspension.

The dial provides a hefty lift, raising the rear of the car about a half inch in real terms, which equates to about 6 inches at scale.

Finally, pop off the tailpipes, attach the exhaust headers, and swap the plates, and it’s time to get street racing. The only thing that would have made this better would have the inclusion of some racing slicks for the rear wheels. Personally, I’m a fan of the classic look, but there’s no denying that the souped-up, supercharged Mustang is a sweet look.

Conclusion & recommendation

I won’t beat around the bush: I think this is the best Creator Expert vehicle yet. Unlike the Aston Martin which struggled to transmit its subtle curves into the brick (though an admirable attempt was made), the muscle car’s lines translate very well into the palette of bricks and slopes.

It’s a shame that the entire series isn’t quite in the same scale (the VW van, in particular, is considerably smaller), but they still look fantastic together on the shelf. And as much as I’d have loved to see a dark green Bullett Mustang, when it’s sitting among its companions it’s obvious why LEGO chose the gorgeous dark blue.

At $149.99 USD for 1,471 pieces, the price point is right on the mark without any of the oft-noticed “license tax” that can accompany sets in this price range. And if you’re buying it for the parts, it’s a phenomenal pack with loads of dark blue slopes in a wide variety and even a few currently exclusive element types. However, even for someone like me who notoriously doesn’t care to display many official LEGO models, this is one for the shelf, right next to the UCS Slave I.

1-265 Ford Mustang is available March 1 from the LEGO Shop Online ($149.99 USD | $199.99 CAD | £119.99 GBP) as well as from third parties on Amazon, Bricklink, and eBay.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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Napoleon Brick-aparte

The more skeptical of LEGO fans might think that the BrickHeadz formula was wearing thin, but once again Cindy Su proves us all wrong. Taking Jacques Louis David’s famous painting Bonaparte Crossing the Great St Bernard Pass, she achieves the inconceivable, rendering it not only in bricks, but as a BrickHeadz model. Of course, the joke’s not lost on us, transforming this piece of heroic propaganda into something innately cute and relatable, not to mention taking a pop at Napoleon’s notoriously diminutive stature. The piece uses some neat forced perspective, making it appear to leap from its mosaic background. It also makes me wonder just how much further the simple BrickHeadz theme can be pushed — quite a long way I suspect if Cindy keeps building like this.

The world famous art collections-「Napoleon Crossing the Alps/拿破崙越過阿爾卑斯山」

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