• 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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  • Rock ‘n Roll

    Guitars were the order of the day this past weekend, with some rocking examples being put together – one more traditional and the other with a lot more flair:

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  • Dragon in a Cave

    This dragon was created while we were reading The Hobbit – it is modelled after my daughter’s idea of what Smaug would look like (along with his non-canon baby).

    I especially like how Smaug’s tail sticks through the wall of the cave.

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  • A Few Micro Builds

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    These are a few small builds inspired by suggestions from the truly magical app, Brickit. If you haven’t tried Brickit, then you really should give it a go. These builds aren’t exactly what the app suggested as it wasn’t 100% accurate with the bricks it scanned, so these are modified versions:

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  • Animals and People

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    A general collection of animals and people that the kids designed on their own, with a few other things mixed in.

    The kiwi fruit slices at the bottom were inspired by one of Jono and Dan’s builds in the first season of LEGO Masters NZ. There are also a couple of snails in there, an angler fish, and Gandalf riding up to Bilbo’s hobbit hole (unfortunately I don’t have a better photo of that one).

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