• Forest Fire

    It’s been a little while since I posted something new on here, but that’s not because my kids haven’t been building LEGO – I’ve just been so busy I’ve forgotten to get their builds up here.

    Here’s one that my daughter built recently – a fire sweeping through a forest. I really like the use of colour and the sense of movement in this one. You can see how the fire has started on one side and is on its way toward the rest of the forest, leaving burnt trees and charred rocks in its wake.

    I wanted to add some minifigures running away and screaming, but we don’t have that many, and all of them have happy faces, which wouldn’t fit the whole vibe too well.

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  • Brick Bending

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    After watching a ton of LEGO Masters and being introduced to new ideas and ways of building LEGO, my kids were keen to try some new techniques. One thing we learnt about was brick bending – a way of layering bricks that allows them to create curved shapes by appearing to bend. You can see some incredible examples at brickbending.com.

    My kids started with a basic example of the technique – using exclusively 2×1 bricks to create curved shapes. The size of the bricks allows them to pivot on the studs to give the illusion that they are actually bending out of shape. It’s honestly very cool, and they did this all on their own.

    This wheel (which can roll and be comfortably squashed into an oval without breaking) uses 1,064 bricks in total:

    This is just the start of these experiments and I hope to see more soon!

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  • Guitar Guy’s House

    After my son built an evil ninja’s lair from his minifigure pick, my daughter took up the challenge to build a house for the character that she selected and dubbed “Guitar Guy”:

    Yes, I know he’s holding a lute, but the name “Guitar Guy” stuck.

    Since Guitar Guy’s defining feature is his guitar, the house my daughter built was themed along those lines. She built a multi-storey abode designed to look like a guitar – body, neck, and all.

    I really love how this turned out!

    Here’s a closer look at the house from the bottom up to the top:

    Just a great build all around – I’m really proud of her work on this one.

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  • Unicorn Riders

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    My kids have been super busy with some impressive builds lately – I just haven’t had the time to photograph and upload them yet, so more will be coming soon!

    In the meantime, here are some neat little unicorns they designed and built recently:

    The next build is going to be much grander in scale…

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  • An Evil Ninja’s Lair

    We had some fun recently, with both kids picking a mini figure out of a hat and then building an appropriate home for it. Here is my son’s work after selecting this Ninjago figure:

    My son decided this was an evil ninja (although I think Ninjago canon says this is actually a good guy named Cole) and that he needed a lair suitable for his needs. Here is an overall look at it before we dive into some of the neat features:

    There’s a lot going on in this build, so here’s a breakdown:

    And finally, the build has some moving parts, so here are a couple of GIFs illustrating how they work.

    Firstly, the entrance booms:

    And then the feature that all evil lairs need – a roof-mounted “mega weapon”:

    This was a really fun build and using the mini figure pick as a way of generating a build idea was great. It was inspired by watching LEGO Masters, and I’m stoked with the creativity that it inspired. My daughter built something even bigger, which took her a long time to complete, so that’s coming soon!

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  • A Little Bit of Nature

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    This was a team effort from both of my kids. The rainbow tree was a fun one they did together, and the hippo was designed while it was being built. I feel that’s important to point out here, to be honest – these builds are all made up as they go along and not based on a picture, instructions, or anything else. I know I’m biased, but I’m continually impressed with my kids…

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  • An Underwater Scene

    My son designed and built this underwater scene – complete with a diver, green coral, treasure chest, baby blue whale, and Nemo-esque fish. We strangely don’t have all that many minifigures, so it’s cool to see one of them being put to use.

    As the close-up photos show, some of our LEGO pieces are really old! Most of this LEGO is from my own childhood, so it’s no surprise that there’s some dirt and cracks in them.

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  • A Cozy Bedroom

    Sometimes you need to build from what you know and something as simple as your bedroom can provide great inspiration. I really love this build that my daughter designed herself and I’m so impressed with how well it came together:

    I really just love everything about this – the girl sitting on the bed is great, the little dogs are very sweet, the functional drawer in the bedside table is neat, and the bookcase makes me happy. Just a wonderful build all around.

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  • Our First Suggestion

    Thanks to Christian H for sending in a suggestion for a build! Christian said:

    A castle, a blue house, and a spaceship would be very cool to build.

    My son did some micro-builds for the castle and the blue house but hasn’t worked on the spaceship just yet. These are really small, but I quite like how they turned out, especially the castle:

    Also, this wasn’t a suggestion, but here’s a flower he designed and built recently:

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  • Some More Micro Builds

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    Some more small builds once again inspired by suggestions from Brickit – some fun little ones that I think came together quite well.

    My daughter is currently hard at work on a pretty cool project of her own design, and we received our first build request – very exciting for the kids! Those will be published soon, but if you want to suggest some builds in the meantime, then please do so from this form.

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