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Tutorials by LEGO Model Designer Tiago Catarino

You may be familiar with the work former LEGO Designer Tiago Catarino, as he designed some very popular sets during his time at the LEGO Group between 2016 and 2019. Originally from Portugal, Tiago worked mostly on LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets like the #31070 LEGO Creator Turbo Track Racer, the #31065 LEGO Creator Park Street Townhouse. and many more. Tiago also worked on the #21313 LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle, and the #10267 LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House. You can check out his complete portfolio at the Brickset database.

Tiago quit working for LEGO in the summer of 2019 for personal reasons (you can watch his video about this here, and his video about the plusses and minuses of working for LEGO here). Since then, Tiago has been focusing on expanding his YouTube channel with tips, tricks and building tutorials. He is a very talented LEGO designer, so learning from him is a very valuable experience.

At the beginning of this year, Tiago started a series, sharing building instructions for one small project each day, ranging from furniture pieces, appliances, creatures, landscaping, interesting shapes, and more. They can be incorporated into larger builds, or just used as a learning tool to enhance your own building skills. None of these projects takes very many pieces, so most LEGO fans should be able to follow along.

In the player below, I have included several of Tiago’s tutorials for your convenience, and you can also visit his YouTube channel directly, follow him on flickr, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you like following tutorials like these and free-building in general, but you need more pieces, take a look at the LEGO Classic brick boxes, which were specially meant for building your own projects (the sets do include some suggestions, but other than that, you’re on your own). You can find them at the LEGO Classic section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Do you have any of the official LEGO sets designed by Tiago? Do you have a favorite? And what do you think of his tutorials so far? What else would you like him to release tutorials for? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • yoladiel February 15, 2020, 6:14 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t leave a job like that. Of course, I don’t know the circumstances of Tiago, but it seems like it was his life goal. Kind of sad.

  • j.j. February 15, 2020, 6:33 PM

    I would like him to do some larger builds. Like cars. He was great with those when he worked at lego.

    • Thita (admin) February 16, 2020, 7:50 PM

      Hm… that would indeed be nice. I really liked the blue Creator car he worked on a few years ago. 🙂

  • LEGOJeff February 16, 2020, 12:08 PM

    These are great. I have seen some of his videos shared on FB, but didn’t realize he had a whole series.

  • hntrains February 23, 2020, 11:31 AM

    Great little builds!

    P.S. Your Twitter link is broken.

    • Thita (admin) February 23, 2020, 11:38 AM

      Hm… which Twitter link are you referring to? There is no Twitter link in the article, and our own Twitter link in the sidebar and the twitter sharing link at the end of the article are both working fine as far as I can see. Would you please clarify what’s not working for you?

      • hntrains February 23, 2020, 12:09 PM

        The sharing link at the end of the article. When I click on it, Twitter opens, but not a window for sharing your article – which is what I wanted to do.

        • Thita (admin) February 23, 2020, 2:35 PM

          Thanks for clarifying that. I’m not home right now, but I will look into it. Last time I checked, it worked, but it’s an older plugin, so it might have some glitches; perhaps browser related. I will take a look. Thanks again for reporting it.

        • Thita (admin) February 23, 2020, 8:47 PM

          I have updated the sharing buttons, so they should work now on all devices and browsers. Try it out when you have time and let me know if you still have issues.

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