(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 focus on YouTube channels with LEGO review videos, as they are a great resource for checking out LEGO sets that you are interested in. All of these channels consistently produce great review videos and have a positive reputation within the LEGO community. I will talk about the pros and cons of each channel, and my personal opinion on them. 🙂
➡ JANGBRiCKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Jang originally named his channel LEGOJang and focused on LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Hero Factory reviews (we have talked about his channel before here: The Best Hero Factory & More Reviews). He was not well known those days, however when he branched out to reviewing other LEGO sets, and continued to refine the quality of his videos, he became tremendously popular. About a year ago the channel was renamed to JAGNBRiCKS, where Jang continues to provide a detailed review of official LEGO sets through the eyes of an adult LEGO fan. He is known for his tasteful presentation, clean and distraction-free background, gentle voice, and solid filming and video-editing. Apart from doing official LEGO set reviews, Jang also reviews Mega Bloks sets, and shares his own LEGO creations – like his constantly expanding LEGO City. These are built with the same excellence and attention to detail that characterizes his reviews. You can get a lot of inspiration and learn interesting building techniques from watching these videos. Here is the link: YouTube.com/user/LEGOJANG
Pros of JANGBRiCKS’ Channel:
- High-quality videos almost every day.
- The video reviews are very detailed and covers all aspects of a LEGO set.
- Reviews on most official LEGO themes, including: LEGO City, LEGO Creator, LEGO Friends, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Hero Factory, LEGO Legends of Chima, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Galaxy Squad, and more.
- Also reviews of old LEGO sets like LEGO Classic Space, which are not commonly done by other channels.
- Reviews of other construction toys like NANOBLOCK and Mega Bloks.
Cons of JANGBRiCKS’ Channel:
- Sometimes the videos are lengthy because Jang covers even the smallest details. This is a good thing if you are really interested in all the details and have the time to watch the entire video, however if you are just looking for a quick review you might get impatient.
➡ THE BRICK SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL: The Brick Show is run by brothers Jason and Steven as kind of like a TV channel just for LEGO fans. They cover LEGO related news and reviews, as well as other brands like Mega Bloks, etc. They are really good at staying on top of all breaking news and reviewing the latest LEGO sets. Recently they recruited a few more people to help with the channel and provide a larger variety of videos. For instance they are now doing more videos on LEGO gaming and LEGO conventions. Here is the link: YouTube.com/user/BrickShowTV
Pros of The Brick Show’s Channel:
- Stays on top of all the latest news related to the LEGO hobby, so you can stay up-to-date. This is a very well rounded channel that includes pretty much everything a LEGO fan would want to know about.
- Offers a very large variety of videos, including LEGO set reviews, LEGO video-game reviews, LEGO book review, custom LEGO accessories review, LEGO shopping tips, suggestions on the storage, display and care of LEGO sets, and more.
- The LEGO set reviews provide an in-depth look of each set, however they are not as detailed as JANGBRiCKS’.
Cons of The Brick Show’s Channel:
- Some older LEGO fans consider the reviews a bit too child-oriented. In other words it feels like Jason and Steven are talking to children rather than adult LEGO fans. I don’t think this is a problem, but some adults seem to be irked by it.
- Occasionally the videos are a bit shaky and the camera cannot focus on the LEGO model properly. This is more prevalent on the older reviews posted on the channel and there have been dramatic improvements.
➡ EVANTUBE HD YOUTUBE CHANNEL: EvanTube HD is actually one of the top 50th YouTube channels with almost 800,000 subscribers, so yes, it is extremely popular. Evan is a very articulate and funny kid, and he – along with his younger sister – reviews LEGO sets as well as many other toy brands from the perspective of a child. The channel is not just informative but also very entertaining – if you are into this sort of stuff. The presentation of the videos is very professional (Evan and his family makes a great deal of money from the channel). Besides LEGO set reviews occasionally EvanTube HD produces LEGO related real-life videos, like the “Great LEGO Adventure”. This has been a hit on YouTube and I love to watch it too! Here is the link: YouTube.com/user/EvanTubeHD
Pros of the EvanTube HD Channel:
- All the videos are shot in excellent quality – probably the best of all the YouTube channels I mention in this article.
- The LEGO review videos are short and concise, good for impatient viewers like me!
- Evan seldom reviews other brick-brands besides LEGO, although he does review other toys (like Angry Birds, Minecraft, etc.).
Cons of the EvenTube HD Channel:
- Evan does not upload LEGO review videos very often, so you might have to wait a week or two for a new review.
- Evan’s LEGO review videos are not as detailed as JANGBRiCKS’ or The Brick Show’s.
- The LEGO sets that Evan reviews are limited to only a few themes, like LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ideas and LEGO Ninjago.
➡ ARTIFEX CREATION YOUTUBE CHANNEL: This is a very different kind of LEGO review channel, providing time-lapse building videos of LEGO sets. It is like watching LEGO sets come to life! They are quite amazing and fun to watch. Artifex Creation also used to provide 3D videos about a year ago, which I thought was a huge breakthrough. However they stopped producing those, which left me quite disappointed as I really liked those. But it is still an excellent channel to see how LEGO sets come together. Here is the link: YouTube.com/user/ArtifexCreation
Pros of Artifex Creation’s Channel:
- Time-lapse building videos of practically all LEGO sets and themes that are excellently made.
- Occasional uploads of LEGO stop-motion story videos and custom LEGO creations, which are pretty impressive.
Cons of ArtifexCreation’s Channel:
- Artifex Creation produces time-lapse videos only. Viewers will see how the building of the LEGO set comes together, but they don’t get an understanding if the set is good or not.
➡ OFFICIAL LEGO YOUTUBE CHANNEL: This is LEGO’s own channel, and the best place to watch official LEGO videos. It includes product commercials, designer videos, LEGO films and tips from LEGO designers. This channel is the ideal place for any LEGO fan who are searching for official LEGO content. Here is the link: YouTube.com/user/LEGO
Pros of LEGO’s Channel:
- Access to all official LEGO videos in one place.
Cons of LEGO’s Channel:
- The channel is quite messy as far as organization, and it is difficult to find the videos you are looking for. This is especially so because each video is uploaded in several languages, cluttering the channel quite a bit.
- There is normally no exclusive content on this channel. Almost all videos can be found at LEGO.com as well.
And that concludes what I consider the top five LEGO related YouTube channels. My personal favorite is either JANGBRiCKS or The Brick Show – I really like them both, and can’t decide which one is better. What about you? Which YouTube channel(s) do you like the most that is related to the LEGO hobby? It’s totally fine if you don’t agree with my list because this topic is always going to be very subjective based on personal preferences. I would love to hear about your favorites, so please feel free to share them in the comment section below! Also, I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO), and this is my third article here at theBrickBlogger. Your feedback is welcome! Thanks for reading! 😉
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