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LEGO MINI Cooper Caravan & more!

by admin on September 18, 2014

in Featured Creations

I ran across the gallery of a German LEGO fan who’s models really impressed me. He goes by the name CustomBricks, and mostly designs LEGO military models. They are excellent and worth checking out. I’m not so much into military stuff, but there are a couple of non-military LEGO designs by CustomBricks that I really liked, and thought to share with you. :)

Custom LEGO MINI Cooper Caravan

The first one is a the LEGO MINI Cooper Caravan. This is an extension for the recently released #10242 LEGO Creator MINI Cooper. We have talked about this set before and some of the fun conversions people have been doing with it (see links at the end of this post). And I think this caravan is another extremely cute design. It matches the LEGO MINI Cooper in size, color and style, and comes with a fully detailed exterior and interior. The total piece count is 965 (including the hitch), and the dimensions are (W/H/D) 12.1/13.1/23.5 cm. If you have the #10242 LEGO MINI Cooper this may be a fun project to consider. You can see more pictures at CustomBricks’ flickr gallery here, and you can buy the PDF instructions on his website here.

Custom LEGO Mini Cooper Caravan Details

CustomBricks also designed similar extensions to the #10220 LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van; a small, 1-axle caravan, a larger 2-axle caravan, a trailer with a Vespa scooter, a luggage-trailer, and a trailer with boat. The 1-axle caravan is quite similar to the LEGO MINI Cooper version, but with the colors and decors matching the LEGO VW Camper. The 2-axle caravan is practically a palace with everything from a toilet/shower unit, opening doors, opening tailgate and trunk, seats that convert into a bed, roof-awning, sun-loungers, outside table and more! The smaller model is about the same size as the caravan for the LEGO MINI Cooper, and the larger model is (W/H/D): 20.4/13.5/30.5 cm. You can see more pictures at CustomBricks’ flickr gallery here, and you can also buy the PDF building instructions on his website here.

Custom LEGO VW Camper Caravan Small

Custom LEGO VW Camper Caravan Large

And as I mentioned there are also three smaller trailers for the LEGO VW Camper; one with a scooter (the scooter itself is an excellent design!), then there is a bit larger trailer that can hold a standard LEGO boat, and a luggage-trailer that you can use for holding all kinds of stuff. There are instructions and parts-lists for these as well, if you would like to build one.

Custom LEGO VW Camper Trailer

I really like custom LEGO sets like these; when someone takes an official LEGO set and makes an extension. It can provide a fun project for others who own the original LEGO set and would like to do something more with it. Not everyone is great at building a LEGO model from scratch – modifications and extensions are a lot easier. Plus it just makes your set so much more unique and special – like so many LEGO fans have these two sets, but how many have a cute little matching trailer attached to it? :P

Custom LEGO VW Camper Trailers

CustomBricks provides instructions for many of their models, so if you like them, check them out. And if you don’t have the #10220 LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, or the #10242 LEGO MINI Cooper, they are available at the Online LEGO Shop.

Shop LEGO Creator Mini Cooper & VW Camper

So what do you think? How do you like these custom LEGO caravans and trailers? Are you planning to build any of them? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! ;)

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LEGO Santa’s Workshop available now!

by admin on September 17, 2014

in LEGO Exclusives

The official LEGO holiday set for 2014, the #10245 LEGO Santa’s Workshop is now available for LEGO VIP members! (It will be available for non-VIP members on October 1st). Make sure you are logged into your LEGO VIP account when you visit the Online LEGO Shop, so you can get it early. :)

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The #10245 LEGO Creator Santa’s Workshop is part of the very popular LEGO Winter Village series that started back in 2009, with one set each holiday season. They are medium-size LEGO sets with sweet Christmas scenes that kind of look like a Thomas Kinkade painting. For a lot of families it has become a tradition to set up the ever-expanding LEGO Winter Village around the Christmas tree. Because LEGO only releases one set a year, they don’t require a huge financial investment or take up a lot of space, and provide lots of family fun for the holidays. So far six sets have been released, and they are listed below for your reference:

LEGO Winter Village Series

#10245 LEGO Santa's Workshop

Going back to the 2014 LEGO Winter Village set, here is the official description of the #10245 LEGO Santa’s Workshop set: Have festive family fun building Santa’s Workshop! Enjoy the magic of Christmas with Santa’s Workshop, a festive addition to the LEGO Winter Village Series! Gather your family around the Christmas tree to build this enchanting winter wonderland. Help the elves make the toys, feed the reindeer and help Santa load up his magical sleigh. Santa’s wife has baked cookies and the clock tower shows it’s nearly time for Santa to deliver the presents—all at the most wonderful time of the year! Includes 6 minifigures: Santa with red gift sack, Mrs. Claus with cookie tray and 4 elves with pointy ears and hats. 883 pieces. Price: $69.99 – SEE MORE PICTURES & BUY HERE

#10245 LEGO Santa's Workshop Front

#10245 LEGO Santa's Workshop Back

#10245 LEGO Santa's Workshop Elves

#10245 LEGO Santa's Workshop Sled

Also, below is the designer video for the #10245 LEGO Creator Santa’s Workshop, so you can see all the sweet details. I have to say I’m very impressed with that sled and I really like the little assembly-line for the elves (is that Benny’s Spaceship the little elf is holding?). Also, I think the reindeer are really cute. I have heard some people mentioning they would have preferred moulded animals, however brick-built creatures are just more LEGO-ish and fun. At least that’s what I think. Although I’m surprised none of them has a red nose. :P

The LEGO Winter Village sets (as well as the LEGO Christmas Calendars we talked about the other day. (See: 2014 LEGO Advent Calendars & More!), and are usually gone if you wait too close to the holidays. If you are a LEGO VIP member you can get it now, or you can wait until October 1st when it becomes more widely available. The benefit of getting it now is that you will definitely have it before the crowds attack LEGO stores ad the Online LEGO Shop, and the benefit of waiting until October is that you will get a free exclusive holiday set with two more elves and a little workshop for them (plus double VIP points the entire month).

LEGO October Holiday Set

So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Santa’s Workshop set? Are you planning to get it? Do you collect the LEGO Winter Village series? Feel free to share your own thought and opinion, and discuss in the comment section below! ;)

Shop LEGO Christmas Village

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Custom LEGO RiGGED system by BrickForge

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You may remember that recently we talked about a new set of accessories by BrickForge, one of the most prominent LEGO customizers (see: Custom LEGO WWII Items by BrickForge). These items are actually part of a brand new product-line introduced by BrickForge called the RiGGED system, which allows LEGO fans to design and decorate their minifigs […]

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Five awesome YouTube channels for LEGO fans

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(Written by Ernest) Today I would like to talk about some of my favorite YouTube channels related to the LEGO hobby. There are actually hundreds of channels run by LEGO fans; some share their own creations, some make LEGO stop-motion videos, some cover LEGO related news, and some review official LEGO sets. Here I will […]

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LEGO Classic Space Minifig promo – last day!

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Just wanted to bring to your attention that both freebies that are available this month - if you shop directly from LEGO - expire today. We have discussed the specials before (see: LEGO Promotions for September & Beyond), but just as a reminder, the first one is the free LEGO Legends of Chima Worriz’ Fire Bike set […]

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LEGO Harry Potter: How to Kill a Dementor

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The BrotherhoodWorkshop recently released a fun LEGO Harry Potter stop-motion video, titled LEGO Harry Potter: How to Kill a Dementor. It comes with some interesting twists and surprises. Then in another video Kevin Ulrich will take us behind-the-scenes to see how the film was created, blending LEGO stop-motion and live action movements. Dementors feed on […]

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2015 LEGO Modular Building rumors…

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Around this time of the year rumors begin circulating about the 2015 LEGO sets. We have discussed practically all upcoming sets a few days ago (see: 2015 LEGO Sets News & Rumors…), but there is one set that was not on the list; the 2015 LEGO Modular Building. Don’t get too excited, I don’t have […]

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Brick Breakdown: LEGO Ideas Exo Suit

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(Written by William) In this Brick Breakdown series I review official LEGO sets, from the perspective of looking at interesting building techniques we can all learn from. Today we will be looking at the #21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit. You can also check out the previously discussed LEGO techniques found in official LEGO sets at […]

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