The Emotion of a Brick

Builder Iain Heath Shares the Secret to a LEGO Emoticon

Leave it LEGO® builder Iain Heath to share emotion with the world through LEGO bricks. Noticing that LEGO fans had no way to express their emotions online, he set out to resolve the problem.

The result was “Brick-mojis”! Iain has been generous enough to share instructions with us on how to build one. The instructions are featured below.

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Technical Meets Creative

A Turtle, a Hobbit and a Rewarding Risk

Builder Deus Otiosus presents a fascinating model in the “Wandering Tombshell” shown below. The tiny classical city on top of a well-proportioned turtle’s shell comes as an interesting surprise.

Not only did I ask Deus to help me understand this turtle a little better, but I also asked him to share a few thoughts on Tyler Clites’ popular disply, “Elementary My Dear Bilbo.”

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Secrets Behind the LEGO® Bilbo Bust

How Tyler Clites Builds Art Lessons Into His Creations

With a title like “Elementary My Dear Bilbo,” master builder Tyler Clites peaked my interest in one of his latest creations before I even saw the first brick.

Today we ask Tyler his secret to building caricatures and how he has been able to draw so much attention to his current project on LEGO® Ideas.

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Something Big Under Construction

Hadrian's Wall Didn't Become Awesome in a Day

We often take incredible landmarks for granted, acting as though they have just always been there. LEGO® master Dan Harris not only built Hadrian’s Wall out of LEGO, but he even imagined it under construction.

The Brick Idea is taking a lesson from history by continuing to change as well. Changing it’s name to “Master-Builders.com,” the site will continue to tell the stories of the world’s greatest inventors in minifig-scale. However, it is also taking on a much bigger goal: to learn how to become a “master builder.”

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Building Tips from Mars

An Interview with the Creator of the "Elijah 1"

Experience, research and memorization helped Ilija build a LEGO rocket with painstaking detail. This build would be a fun challenge for any LEGO builder. Learn a few tips from this detailed builder as you study the other images below.

– Detail like this is only possible with study and research. –

Question: Got a question for Ilija? Ask him in the comments thread below! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

The Mars Orbital Vehicle uses a lot of creative building techniques. How did you learn the LEGO techniques that you use?

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How a Pyromaniac Channeled His Explosive Energy

Samuel Colt's Journey from Prankster to Businessman

If I asked you to name a high profile businessman with explosive energy, odds are you would say, “Donald Trump.”

– Colt’s revolvers are classics. But more interesting than the guns is the character who created them. –

I suppose you would be right, but this article is about a pyromaniac with literally explosive energy who became a marketing genius.

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This LEGO® Jeep Rubicon Is Amazing

Don't Miss These Building Tips from Chiho Kim

While scrolling through LEGO® Ideas, I discovered the Jeep Rubicon and was amazed by the sleek design and photography skills. I decided to ask its creator, Chiho Kim, a few questions.

– You can vote to make the Jeep Rubicon an official LEGO set here. –

1. It’s hard to make Technic pieces look beautiful, but they look so good on your Rubicon. How can a builder achieve a good balance when using traditional and Technic LEGO® together?

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Will You Regret Giving Up?

The Man Who Almost Patented the Sewing Machine

Elias Howe invented the sewing machine – but not first. Before Howe patented his world-changing invention, a Frenchman created a sewing machine of his own.

– French tailors tried to stop progress with a riot. –

Concerned about their jobs, French tailors rioted in the streets destroying all of the inventor’s beautiful machines. He had a machine that could change the world, but would he follow through?

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