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BrickTW – Overview

by admin on April 5, 2011

in BrickTW

WEBSITE: BrickTW
LOCATION:  Taiwan
STORE:  BrickTW on Bricklink, BrickTW Direct
GALLERY: BTW, tigerggyy
PRICE: totally worth the price!
SHIPPING: very reasonable
SHIPPING TIME TO USA: 8-10 days

BrickTW, run and operated by Kevin Chu, is a Taiwan-based small company, focusing on creating custom accessories for LEGO minifigs based on Oriental history. If you are a fan of the fascinating history of the East, and would like to equip your LEGO minifigs with historically accurate armor pieces and weapons, I highly recommend BrickTW. Kevin and his team are dedicated to provide excellent products and friendly and professional customer service.

BrickTW has its own manufacturing facility (I would love to hang out here!), so every step from designing, to testing, to manufacturing, to fulfilling orders is under one roof.

QUALITY: BrickTW’s custom accessories are computer designed and professionally molded from ABS plastic (the same plastic LEGO uses). The quality and feel of BrickTW’s accessories are exactly the same as LEGO’s. The finish and shine of the plastic is beautiful, and the fit on LEGO minifigs cannot be more perfect.

MOLD DETAIL: BrickTW’s custom accessories fit flawlessly with LEGO’s own designs. They have the same simple, yet subtle and beautiful details that LEGO-fans are accustomed to. BrickTW puts a lot of effort into designing each piece so that it is historically accurate, and at the same time compatible with the look and feel of LEGO.

COLORS: BrickTW makes sure that the color selection of their custom accessories is as close as possible to LEGO’s own color palette. The currently available colors are white, yellow, red, dark-pink, blue, tan, brown, dark-gray, black, chrome-silver, chrome-gold, some unique translucent colors, and my favorite; white jade!

The basic colors all match LEGO parts perfectly. Please note though that BrickTW’s brown and gray matches LEGO’s classic brown and classic gray, NOT the new reddish-brown and bluish-gray colors. BrickTW’s chrome-gold is a darker, richer color than LEGO’s chrome gold. The chrome silver however is an exact match to LEGO’s. (Please see my review on the chrome parts here: Knights in Shining Armor.)

PRODUCTS: Currently BrickTW offers Oriental armor and clothing pieces, helmet and hair pieces, shields and various weapons.

Armor & Clothing: I absolutely love BrickTW’s terracotta warrior armor! (You can see my Terracotta Army here.) The other armor pieces are also really nice. I also like the tunic and skirt pieces as they have many uses besides clothing Eastern minifigs. They are great for knights, priests, commoners, and of course female LEGO figs!

Helmet & Hair: BrickTW’s helmets are amazing! Each helmet has a hole on top and you can ad various interchangeable plumes and helmet ornaments in matching or contrasting colors. This is such a nice addition! Once you see the meticulous details of the tiny helmet ornaments you will be amazed! Although the helmets are based on Eastern designs, some of them can easily fit into other cultures as well. The hair pieces also fit LEGO minifigs nicely.

Shields: BrickTW offers various shield designs, also based on Oriental history. The shields have a removable handle-piece, so LEGO minifigs can hold them in various positions. This is a really nice detail that offers great versatility. (You can also check my Manchurian Army for the shield variations.)

Weapons: BrickTW’s weapons are designed beautifully! You really have to see them close-up to appreciate the details! And I absolutely love their bow and the various arrow designs! Those arrows are really a must! And the pole-weapons are super nice too!

I do want to ad one caution here; although most of the weapons are the minifig-scale LEGO-fans are accustomed to, some of the swords are really huge! I’m not 100% sure why this is; I do know there has been some really unusual and large weapons in the East, so perhaps these are a replica, or maybe these are intended to be more cartoonish in size. They are beautiful, but I just want to warn you that your LEGO minifigs will need to be in great shape to lift these! 😉

SUMMARY: I cannot recommend BrickTW enough! Their products are amazing, flawless, durable and perfectly compatible with LEGO. You will not be disappointed! 😀

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TomTom April 5, 2011 at 4:35 AM

I agree that the quality of BrickTW is unmatched! IMHO it is better than some of the Lego stuff! Lego should outsource to Taiwan, not China! LOL! 😀

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admin April 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

LOL! I have to agree on that! 😉

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Luca April 21, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Meh not my favorite 😐

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Giza April 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Love the photos! Nice post! I especially like the idea with the skirt! It looks nice on that greek guy! Would not have thought of that!

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admin April 8, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Yeah, I like the Greek guy too! It is a nice use of the skirt! I have also seen some other really nice uses for it. I will try to find those pictures again and link them here. 😉

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NRG kai April 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

yes me to

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BrickBox July 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Thanks for posting this! I was not aware of this company until you mentioned. I have placed an order recently and I can attest to their increadible quality! I was VERY impressed!!

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VIE November 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM

How does one go about buying some of these wonderful little people?
Just got my first 12 mini people need more!!

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admin November 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

VIE, there are many ways you can get LEGO minifigures. If you live close to a LEGO store they have a build–your-own-minifigure station. If you have a Toys’R’Us near you, they carry the LEGO collectible minifigures (one minifigure with some accessories in a small packet). You can also buy individual minifigures online at BrickLink or eBay. I would suggest you check out the shopping tips section for more ideas: http://thebrickblogger.com/category/beginner-lego-guides/lego-shopping-tips/

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Matthew Hocker February 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I recently received some BrickTW parts, and I love them. Top notch stuff. I want to make a modular Chinese restaurant and knew right away I would need some terra cotta warriors for the decor! I know what you mean about the swords. Holy cow, I didn’t expect them to be that big…and I ordered chrome. The spears I got were fine, though.

The skirt is great, too. I’m using them for my 1920s female minifigs. Wish they came in more colors!

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admin February 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Matthew, I would love to see your modular Chinese restaurant! That’s an awesome idea! As far as the weapons, both of the spears are what I would call “normal” scale. Amongst the swords the “Saint Sword” is normal LEGO scale and I highly recommend it. From the curved swords the smallest one is the Revolution Broadsword. It is about the same size as the LEGO scimitar (which is considered oversized by some, but I think it is nice – especially in chrome). It is kind of oversized, but not too out of line. It would be great for a menacing warrior! 😀

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VIE February 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Matthew ,
That sounds so cool I too would like to see these, and maybe pictures as they are made?
This site make me want to hit the lottery so I buy buy buy

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lloyd zx March 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The swords are extra big because Asians used to use big swords. Some katanas were as big as people!

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admin March 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yes, I have seen some pictures somewhere, but unfortunately I can no longer find them. Some of the swords they used were really huge! Bigger than the person! 😯

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Kevin chu March 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM
admin March 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Oh, nice to have you back on Flickr! I wondered what happened when your previous account closed!

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Kevin chu March 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Flickr gave me the reason is someone reported us post false advertising on Flickr.
Actually, we just post our product’s photo and creations to share who love it.
I asked for Flickr to clear it, but not receive any response. So I create new account to post those pics.
I really appreciate your support. Thanks 🙂

BrickTW-Kevin

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admin March 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I see… sad to hear that. Glad to have you back. I love your products and hope that you will continue producing many more great custom LEGO accessories! 🙂

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Erock July 5, 2014 at 8:54 PM

In Qin Dynasty I can’t find the great-helm looking helmet. Do they make them anymore????

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Erock July 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

In the Helmets & Hair category.

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admin July 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Erock, that helmet is actually not by BrickTW, but by Little Armory, another customizer who is unfortunately no longer in business. 😕

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Erock July 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Is there somewhere else I can find that? Thanks for commenting btw.

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admin July 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I have seen this BrickLink store carrying some of their items, including the greathelm, but currently they are closed: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=sith35. You can contact the seller however and ask them if they have more. If you do get the greathelm, try to get that beautiful armor piece that goes with it too. It is really a piece of art. Finding anything from Little Armory is very difficult. I was fortunate enough to get all of their products in all three colors (black, gray and bronze) before they closed, and wrote an article about them here: http://thebrickblogger.com/2011/06/little-armory-overview/. My understanding is that the creator is an actual Medieval armor/weaponry maker. So yeah, awesome stuff. 🙂

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Erock July 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Thanks so much!!! 😀

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admin July 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM

You’re very welcome. 😉

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Fredalexmom March 19, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Are the trans-clear clock on your ice’s war warriors also from Brick TW. I AM in The proces of ordering a few thinnest from them and my son “so” want these cool warriors. Your blog is incredible by the way. Decided to go back to my Lego a couple of months age and spend hours going through it. Very interesting and helpful stuff.

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admin March 19, 2015 at 11:41 AM

I assume you meant trans-clear cloaks? Just want to make sure. Yes, they are from BrickTW too. I’m not sure if they still carry them, but you can ask through their store’s contact form. 🙂

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