TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for December 9, 2018 [News]

In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the second week of December 2018.

TBB NEWS: all kinds of products were announced this week: large, small, and very exclusive.

TBB REVIEWS: This week we took a look at a couple of very different buildings — one from 1950’s and one from a galaxy far far away…

MH-53M Pave Low WIP (december 4th)


OTHER NEWS: There were quite a few other interesting LEGO news articles from around the web this week. Here are the best of the rest:

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An untrlacompact TIE-fighter for those living in busy supercities

Despite its simplicity, for many years the famous TIE-fighter remains one of the most popular subjects for building experiments among LEGO fans. Inthert‘s restless imagination creates some of the most usual versions of the most iconic star-fighters. Now, the latest TIE-Proteus is a particularly cute subject, definitely devised in an attempt to solve traffic problems around the largest of the First Order’s bases.

First Order TIE-Proteus

Jokes aside, this very smart design features a whole bunch of brilliant solutions, among which I particularly love simple, yet amazingly elegant landing gear.

First Order TIE-Proteus (3)

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Immersed in a world of magic

I must admit that animals often catch my eye by themselves, but this immersive group of builds by Sven Franic is even better. It’s easily recognizable as Hedwig and a collection of Harry Potter’s possessions. But what impresses me the most is the exceptional attention to detail and unique use of parts. Take the ink-spill or the black hotdog wick on the candlestick, for example.

Hedwig the snowy owl

The conical hat from LEGO Ninjago sets was an excellent way to finish off the handle of the wand. Additionally, the 6-stud shooter and gold wheel were a great solution for the lamp filament. I admire the body-shaping for Hedwig, as it’s not an easy feat to produce nice feathers on a bird looking straight on, let alone from the side.

Hedwig the snowy owl

Sven is not a stranger to building birds. Back in June he produced a pretty epic toucan. You could even build your very own cuckoo clock bird using Sven’s excellent instructions!

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2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star WarsLEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. Will Day 9 be sublime?

For Day 9, we have a General Grievous’ Starfighter from Star Wars, a rocking horse reindeer from Friends, and a lamp from City.

Dave: That’s about as good as you’re gonna get for that Starfighter at that scale. Even the last full size rendition (8095 from 2010) had trouble replicating those curves. The Friends rocking reindeer is pretty simple. I am most excited about those two inverted curved slopes in a relatively rare color. And the lamp? I’m a bit of a winter village snob, so it could have been done better, thought getting a green “plume” piece is exciting!

Edwinder: I’m starting to dread this years Star Wars’ builds–not very popular vehicles indeed. Though maybe it is the Christmas spirit in me, but I think the colors of the Rocking Dog are lovely! Wait-a-minute… Is that a Reindeer? Or a Horse? For City, is it a tradition to hang mistletoe off public lamps and street lights? I’m kinda confused with these!

Andrew: I’ve always liked the Art Deco/Dieselpunk aesthetic of General Grievous’ custom “Soulless One” Starfighter, but rendered in LEGO it’s always felt underwhelming. Unfortunately, this micro version is no different, and I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the rocking horse either. But the street lamp is downright charming!

Daniel: I like the reboot of General Grievous’ Starfighter which is a big improvement over the previous 2012 advent calendar version. I’m feeling pretty meh about the rocking reindeer, but I do really love the streetlight which reminds me of an older gaslight.

Chris: Wow, three solid models in one day. OK, General Grievous’ Starfighter isn’t amazing, but it’s hard to figure how it could be done better at this scale. And the rocking horse is quite nice for an ornament. The lamp post would fit right in with the Winter Village sets, which is something you can’t say about most of these models.

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