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Custom LEGO roof-tiles & elements by BrickTW

If you are a LEGO Architecture or LEGO City fan, or like to build historical LEGO sets, you will love these new custom LEGO pieces from BrickTW! Don’t get too excited though, they are not ready just yet; still going through final designing and testing. Just wanted to give you a little teaser of what’s coming! Please take a look. 🙂

Kevin from BrickTW first got the idea for making realistic looking LEGO roof pieces and roof-corners while looking at how to build the famous Old Summer Palace, known in Chinese as Yuan Ming Yuan (“Gardens of Perfect Brightness”), located in Beijing. This is a complex of palaces built in the 18th and early 19th century, where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty resided and handled government affairs, and is also an icon of Chinese architecture.

Kevin is working on creating four custom LEGO roof-elements that can recreate the beautiful lines and curves of a traditional Chinese roof. Please note however that it is only the corner piece that has that classic Chinese feel. The other three elements can, in fact, be used for any LEGO roof on any building; be that something in a modern town or city, or a medieval setting. Basically these custom LEGO roof pieces  just recreate realistic tile-roofs, which can be found in many parts of the world. I would love to see these in a Mediterranean LEGO town! 😀

As you can see the custom LEGO roof-elements fit perfectly with LEGO bricks both in size and style. And if you are familiar with the custom elements made by BrickTW, you know they will match LEGO’s quality and colors as well.

Speaking of colors; I hope these custom LEGO roof pieces will also be available (besides the beautiful brick-orange) in tan, brown, gray, black, dark-red and green. (Kevin, are you listening?) I know I will be getting a bunch of these for sure! How about you? What do you think of these custom LEGO roof-tiles? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

If you would like to learn more about BrickTW’s LEGO customs check out BrickTW – Overview. You can also see some of their custom items used by me in my Terracotta Army, Manchurian Army, and Shiny Knights. And if you are interested in LEGO Architecture sets check here:

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  • NRG JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING June 13, 2012, 10:36 AM

    wow! 😀 (it remids me of ninjago) 😆 but anything reminds me of ninjago 😆

    • admin June 13, 2012, 10:57 AM

      LOL! I should have known you will say that. But you are right; these elements would be great for a ninja monastery! 😀

  • stewbrick901 June 13, 2012, 11:20 AM

    I love these elements! They would make a FANTASTIC custom monastery! Think of all the monastery MOCs!

    • admin June 13, 2012, 11:28 AM

      Yeah, that’s what I have in mind too! Can’t wait for these to be available! 😀

  • nace10 June 13, 2012, 12:10 PM

    Like the pieces!!! I love Chinese stuff like this!!! 😆

    • admin June 13, 2012, 2:19 PM

      Yeah, me too! They have really sweet architecture! 😀

  • NRG Jay June 13, 2012, 2:04 PM

    Ooh! Excited!! Wonder how much they will be… Perfect for a ninjago monastery!

    • admin June 13, 2012, 2:34 PM

      Not sure yet, but BrickTW’s prices are pretty reasonable. We shall see. 🙄

  • tim October 8, 2012, 2:36 AM

    so are these genuine a LEGO product or an after market ‘clone’ product, if the latter is the fact then why are the hosts of this site on one hand expounding the virtues of this product and on the other deriding other manufacturers ‘clone’ products, this would seem to be a little bit like LEGO ethics that suit your purposes and scream of hypocrisy. Please ignore this rant is these are the former and are a genuine LEGO produst.

    • admin October 8, 2012, 9:13 AM

      Tim, thanks for sharing! Please not that that I’m a LEGO fan and this is my personal blog, where I share with other LEGO fans things I learn, run into, and find interesting and useful in regards to the hobby. One of my favorite aspect of the LEGO hobby is minifigure customization. I regularly write about customization methods I use, the work of other customizers, and also customizers who sell their own products.

      Please note that BrickTW is not a clone-brand, knocking off LEGO products, but a LEGO customizer, enhancing the experience of LEGO fans. I sometimes may mention a clone-brand if I see them do something interesting, but my main interest is small customizers who dream up, design and make their own products. Therefore I have a whole section on LEGO customizers including BrickTW, BrickArms, BrickForge, BrickWarriors, Little Armory and a host of others. You can find links to all articles in the left-hand side-bar under “Other Brands”.

      I’m not sure why you say that writing about LEGO customizers (or even clone-brands) is a hypocricy or how it is serving my purposes. I have no affiliation with any of the LEGO customizers. To be clear; I’m not an employee, family-member, or in any other way affiliated with any LEGO customizers. They are not sending me money to write about them. In fact, I’m spending way too much of my own money with them, as I love their products. I own almost all of the products of pretty much every LEGO customizer out there. 🙄

      I simply write about LEGO customizers because I appreciate their work – they are small cottage-industries people run from their back-yard, home or other small facility, and I like to support their work by sharing what they do. Again; this is because I appreciate them and I know how much work they put into their products. Not because I get any personal gain from their work.

      Also, I’m not understanding your point about why writing about one brand (customizer, clone, or whatever) and not all of them is a problem. There are plenty of websites, blogs and forums that focus on one niche or one aspect of a niche, depending on the interest of the website-owner or community. In addition; I’m one person, this is my blog, I write about what interest me and what I have personally tried. I also have only so much free time to write. Running this blog is my hobby as I love to talk about LEGO and what I learn, so I share it when I can and when I feel inspired. It is not work. It is a love-affair with LEGO and creativity. 🙂

      Hope this clarifies things for you a bit. If you have any other questions or thoughs, feel free to share! 😉

  • matthew April 12, 2014, 5:43 PM

    I love these it will help with people making Asian themed mocs
    I would buy them know
    please let me know when they are for sale

  • Ryan June 11, 2014, 8:17 PM

    Where can I find these peaces and how can I buy them? I am working on recreating the Chinese Imperial Palace but the roof has been a bitch. These parts would be GREAT for the Palace and surrounding buildings!!

  • Brick_Defender January 28, 2015, 12:00 PM

    These are not custom… Many of these elements in their store can be identified in lego clone brands such as “Enlighten” the quality is weak and colours fail to meet lego standards. Calling these thier own is wrong. In addition this is not the only brand to do this. alt bricks does many of the same reselling ways and marking them up.
    I like third party items for lego such as brickArms but I fail to see why people promote groups that simple buy and resell easy to obtain parts at a marked up price

    • admin January 28, 2015, 12:26 PM

      BrickTW does carry their own custom minifigs accessories. Their Terracotta Army accessories are some of the highest quality customs I have ever seen. Later they did add products that were made by either other customizers or other brands that they felt would be a good addition to their store inventory.

      As you said, many customizers make their own products and also collaborate with others by either carrying their products, or using their products for further customization (like using a custom item made by one customizer that another one adds custom printing to). You can especially see this at LEGO conventions where customizers often sell each other’s products. For small businesses cooperating like this is an important aspect of their operations. LEGO fans should stick together to support each other in the hobby.

      Of course this also means that it can sometimes get confusing on who made what. But collaborating with LEGO fans – whether that be building together a large display project, or working together on customization – is very much part of this hobby. And I think that’s a good thing. We are all part of a large family of creative people who grew on each other’s ideas. 😉

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