Bricking Bavaria 2018

Bricking Bavaria 2018, the biggest RebelLUG meetup in Europe to date

12/11/18

blog picture description My journey began Wednesday evening, as I flew in from Schiphol to Munich with two packed suitcases filled with Lego....

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Interview with CRTC Productions

The sixth episode in the RebelLUG Interview series.

12/1/18

blog picture description My name is Andrew Cazenave-Tapie, I’m a French-Mexican TFOL also known as CRCT Productions...

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Creations for Charity 2018 24-Hour Livestream

Beyond the Brick once more held the annual 24-hour livestream for Creations for Charity! Several RebelLUG members were able to participate this year.

11/10/18

blog picture description "Tune in for 24 hours straight of LEGO talk, LEGO building, and even interviews with LEGO designers and community team members in Denmark." Joshua and John Hanlon, along with Boone Langston...

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Interview with PeachBricks

The fifth episode in the RebelLUG Interview series.

11/10/18

blog picture descriptionPersonally, when looking at LEGO builds which is pretty much all I’m interested I look through Flickr very often, however I usually use Instagram to see new set leaks...

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Interview with Nick Brick

The fourth episode in the RebelLUG Interview series.

10/11/18

blog picture descriptionI’m Nick Jensen, and currently I’m a mechanical engineering undergraduate at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. When not overwhelmed with classes, I build LEGO gaming creations under the name Nick Brick.

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Who killed the Brickfilming community?

The brickfilming scene in the Lego community has long been considered "dead," but how did it end up that way?

10/20/18

Everyone who was around at the time remembers the golden years of brickfilming. The years between 2008 and 2012 were an unprecedented age of growth and creativity for the Lego stopmotion animation community. It gave rise to YouTube channels with unforgettable names like...

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GRID Wars: Episode IV: A New Contest

RebelLUG is hosting a contest!

10/15/18

blog picture descriptionRebelLUG presents: GRID Wars: Episode IV: A New Contest! We challenge you to build your own custom version of any Star Wars vehicle in the striking jet black and neon color scheme of TRON! You have the next month to win one of these three prizes. Make sure to read the full set of rules by clicking below.

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Interview with Si-MOCs

The third episode in the RebelLUG Interview series.

10/11/18

blog picture descriptionThere are lots of great mediums to share LEGO these days, but Flickr is still the best in my opinion. For me it's seeing and interacting with the best builders out there - there's just something about Flickr- being a long time Photography site that pushes people to not just build the best, but present the best.

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Interview with norlego

The second episode in the RebelLUG Interview series.

09/30/18

blog picture descriptionHey, my name is Olav. As I’m writing this I’m 18 years old, just about a month away from my 19th birthday. I’m a Norwegian AFOL that goes by the username of norlego across all the social media platforms I’m on.

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Interview with First Order Lego

Luke sheds some light on his history as a builder.

09/10/18

blog picture descriptionMy name is Luka (Luke), I’m 19 years old. I was born in Australia (Melbourne), but I currently live in a beautiful, ancient, Mediterranean costal city called Split (in Croatia-Europe). I’m a LEGO builder...

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Building the Jedi Temple Part 2

Part 2: Two Months later

8/20/18

blog picture descriptionFinally! After around 1 month of building I finished the grounding for the improved, larger version. Only a few parts of the previous, smaller version were left. Now it was time to build the upper sloped walls and the entrance.

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REVIEW 75219 IMPERIAL AT-HAULER

A review of the upcoming set from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

8/5/18

blog picture descriptionThis set has 829 pieces, is rated for ages 9 and up, and will be released on August 1st. The box artwork is consistent with the first wave of Solo sets. This review contains very minor spoilers beyond what is on the box art itself...

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Building the Jedi Temple

Part 1 – The first weeks

7/22/18

blog picture descriptionWhen I started building Star Wars themed LEGO MOC’s I mainly relied on my own ideas inspired by the movies and the TV show Star Wars The Clone Wars. However, in recent time I got more and more requests from my viewers to build certain buildings, bases or recreate an iconic battle from Star Wars and so I decided that my audience should vote on what I should build next. The majority voted for the Jedi Temple...

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Kockice Con 2018 Recap

This week was Kockice Con 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.

4/1/18

blog picture descriptionIt was a quiet morning at my residence in Munich, Germany when I was awoken by the sound of an alarm clock. It was 7:10 a.m. by the time Tristan (TrisBrick) and myself were waiting for our bus at the main bus terminal. The destination was Kockice Con 2018, located in Zagreb, Croatia. A few months earlier, I was contacted by one of my superiors within the LUG, Luke (FirstOrderLego), who pitched me the idea of the three of us going to the event to display a large array of MOCs. Tristan and I, of course, agreed to come.

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Squad 42: The Return

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the first video in the Squad 42 saga

3/20/18

blog picture descriptionAbout 10 years ago, before I ever got into making MOC's, I wanted to make Brickfilms. I actually tried, but subsequently failed. This was due to a number of factors, one of them being I had no understanding of how lighting and cameras work. Another being the fact that I was twelve and simply wasn't mentally equipped to plan the creation of a stop motion video that met the standard.

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Brick Conservation

About a year and a half ago I emerged from my Lego “dark age”. In the time since then, my largest struggle as a MOC builder has been parts usage.

3/16/18

blog picture descriptionUnlike most of the community I have never used bricklink. Because of this my builds (with the exception of a PAB cup and a few Rogue One sets) have been up to this point sourced from my preexisting collection. I needed to learn how to maximize the pieces and bricks I already had. The limitations of my collection have made me a passionate advocate for the term I have coined “Brick Conservation”..

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Effective Bricklinking

We’ve all probably used it once or, in some cases, way more than once: Bricklink. A very useful website if you need a lot of a certain type of part or a whole list of parts for a project.

2/10/18

blog picture descriptionSo useful in fact that a lot of people, myself included, don’t really buy that many sets anymore. The only sets I have bought in the past 2 or 3 years have been battlepacks, which even with raised prices compared to when they first came out actually have quite a good value if you need all the included minifigures. But if you, like myself, do not collect sets and are really just interested in parts to build MOC’s, is buying sets even worth it? I compared one of my Bricklink orders (see images) to gain some insight in the difference in price per brick. The per brick price in the order is about 0.085 eurocents per brick, and it contains a licensed Star Wars minifig, as well as a mix of cheap and expensive lots.

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Bricking Bavaria 2017 Recap

Bricking Bavaria 2017, the first European RebelLUG meetup

11/27/17

blog picture descriptionWith a suitcase full of MOC’s and clothes I boarded the train that would take me to Hannover, and from there to Munich. It was Thursday the 16th of November, 7 AM. The destination: Bricking Bavaria 2017, the first European RebelLUG meetup. A few months earlier I was contacted by Noah, (H2Brick), asking if I was willing to come down to Munich for the event. I and two other members, Victor (98CSI) and Luke (FirstOrderLego) agreed to come. Additionally, Tristan (LonelyCloneProductions) would also display with us.

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From Then to Now

Progressing as a MOC Builder

5/28/17

blog picture descriptionOver the years of what I at least have on record, I've made quite a few MOCs. Since the first one I posted on YouTube in 2010 I've improved considerably, as I would assume everyone else would as they gain more experience. Now, hundreds of builds big and small, a good amount even posted on my Flickr and YouTube, I can look back and see my progression through the years. Especially with all of it posted on the Internet, in order from when I created it, it's easy to see maybe what some of my more pivotal creations were, or where I could have lost a little interest in the building scene. I encourage you to do the same because I've found it really interesting to delve into the archives of old LEGO models. Not only that, it seems to have simply served as a good source of inspiration for a few big undertakings I'm preparing to start in anticipation for BrickWorld Chicago to try and make them as awesome as possible.

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Finding and Joining a LUG

Tips on locating and joing LEGO User Groups

5/7/17

Around three years ago I joined LUGOLA, the LEGO User Group of Los Angeles. Since then I’ve been to a lot fun events and meetings, while also meeting some other builders. I even recently made a video partly about a LUG meeting I went to: link here. After my great experience I always encourage other fans to try and join LUG. This opens up a lot of avenues for collaboration in group activities you wouldn’t regularly be able to do if you weren’t at a much bigger convention or already knew some other FOLs. The extensive possibilities could range from huge collaborative MOCs to simply parts drafts. In this video from Brickworld RebelLUG did it’s own parts draft, and here is a picture of our actual collaboration. Now we really counting down till next year.

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Attending LEGO Conventions

If you’ve been keeping up with some of the RebelLUG guys over the last few months, you may have heard some excitement about Brickworld Chicago.

4/30/17

blog picture descriptionIf you’ve been keeping up with some of the RebelLUG guys over the last few months, you may have heard some excitement about Brickworld Chicago. A lot of us went last year, hung out with a met a bunch of new and legendary builders in the community. This year even more LEGO YouTubers and RebelLUG members will be attending. I’ve personally gone to many conventions through the years. Since 2011 I’ve been to Brickcon, Bricks by the Bay, BricksLA, and Brickworld. Here are some my bricks to prove it.

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MOC Blueprints

Ever since I’ve been building MOCs, I’ve never been one to do a lot of drawings or sketches for what I want to make.

4/30/17

blog picture descriptionEver since I’ve been building MOCs, I’ve never been one to do a lot of drawings or sketches for what I want to make. I come up with a few ideas in a notebook just to make sure I remember them and basically just build and design the MOC as I go. But my last few MOCs haven’t exactly been the same in the sense that I could just look at an image for inspiration, or not even, and just go ahead. Instead, they were replicas of things obviously pre-designed, with existing models and proportions. This means it’s really important to get all the measurements in the correct scale.

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A Word on LEGO Investing

LEGO investing; interesting enough to even be featured out in the mainstream media like Time Magazine and US News.

4/16/17

Although none of us really pride ourselves on being BrickLinkers or LEGO investors, and most of the readers are here looking for extra tips on building custom MOCs, it’s an interesting enough topic to at least drop in a few words on: LEGO investing; interesting enough to even be featured out in the mainstream media like Time Magazine and US News.

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Help, Where do I get my MOCs Exposed

How do you guide more people to discovering your MOCs?

4/14/17

You’ve put hours, cumulatively maybe even days, into this MOC. You want to share it on the Internet so hopefully more people can see your work. But how do you guide more people to discovering your MOCs? Some might say it’s all “simple tricks and nonsense,” but for others there seems to be a rhyme or reason. Although my knowledge isn’t on par with masters of clickbait and Internet manipulists, I’m going to throw in my two cents.

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Everything About Sorting on the Table

My suggestions for when it comes to how your should sort your LEGO.

3/12/17

For almost all “enthusiast” LEGO builders, sorting all those little bricks can be the bane of your existence. So today I am here to tell you all my suggestions for when it comes to how your should sort your LEGO.

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