How to Make a Round Christmas LEGO Ornament

How to Make a Round Christmas LEGO Ornament
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Who wouldn’t like to add some unique flair to their Christmas tree by decorating it with a handmade a LEGO ornament? Your own children can even make these ornaments using LEGO Bricks from their own toy box!

No need to limit yourself to trimming the tree, though – how about hanging a custom ornament above the fireplace or hiding the parts kit as a stocking stuffer for a special someone? We’ve even seen folks hang these from the chandelier over their holiday dinner!

I don’t know how it is in your house, but around here our tree simply isn’t “done” until it’s been trimmed with colorful LEGO baubles!

This year, we are loading up the tree with white and turquoise baubles that feature the new LEGO element #15469.  That is the Brick, Round 2 x 2 with 4 Petals Base and Axle Hole, currently only available in this beautiful shade of blue:

 

 

 

 

We’ve made three of these white adornments for our tree so far.  How do they look?

White LEGO Ornament for a Christmas Tree
White LEGO Bauble for a Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with white since it pairs so nicely with this blue LEGO part.  What other colors would you have tried out?

Building these LEGO Christmas ornaments as a family can be more fun than actually decorating your tree; it is an amazing family activity.

If you want to have a go at building this stylish LEGO Christmas ornament yourself, you can download our high quality instructions for free, right here.  If you don’t think you have the parts in your collection to make this Lego ornament, you can buy all of the parts and pieces you need to build a white ornament in this style here as well.  The parts kit listing will also provide you with a free download of the instructions when you complete your check out!

 

 

 

 

Post a pic of your custom holiday ornament to instagram and tag us @brickablocks so we can see what you’ve come up with!

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Free Instructions for Making a 3D SOMA Cube with LEGO Bricks

Free Instructions for Making a 3D SOMA Cube with LEGO Bricks
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Last week we published instructions for building a Castle Themed Dice Tower using LEGO Bricks from your own collection.  This week we are excited to release some new downloadable instructions that can be used for building your own SOMA Cube 3D Puzzle with LEGO Bricks from your own collection of LEGOs!

Use this free PDF to build an engaging 3D puzzle.  The SOMA Cube is comprised of 133 LEGO brick parts, which may be tough to find in one single color within your own LEGO collection.  Don’t be afraid to substitute colors to come up with a fun and funky puzzle in your own style!

A Soma cube is a solid 3D dissection puzzle that was invented by Piet Hein in 1936. The puzzle comprises seven pieces that are made out of unit cubes that must be assembled into a 3×3×3 cube. The pieces can also be used to make a variety of other 3D shapes, which makes for fun games to keep your child busy for hours.

SOMA Cubes can often be found in finely crafted rosewood sets, but now you can create your own by picking through your LEGO bin to find the parts necessary to build one. Originally, the SOMA Cube was marketed for several years by the game manufacturer Parker Brothers, yep – the Monopoly folks. Parker Brothers also produced plastic cubes in several colors (blue, red, and orange) during the 1970s. Original packaging for the commercial version claimed that there were over 1 million possible solutions. This figure includes rotations and reflections of each solution as well as rotations of the individual pieces. How many do you think you will be bale to find once your CUBE is assembled?

The list of parts needed for this project can be found at the bottom of the PDF document that you can download after adding this item to your shopping cart.

If you enjoy this project, be sure to head over to our build instructions page to find other neat LEGO projects you can download for free, and build using your own collection!

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Brickablocks.com Fall Giveaway Sweepstakes – Doctor Who Ideas Set (21304)

Brickablocks.com Fall Giveaway Sweepstakes – Doctor Who Ideas Set (21304)
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This contest has ended.

Congratulations to Josh Stirrat, from Wisconsin,for winning the LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set!

 

 

 

Hi Friends! We have another Brickablocks Giveaway for you. This time around, we are giving away the LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set (21304)! This is a classic set, sure to be a favorite among collectors for a long time. Set includes 4 minifigures, 2 Daleks, and over 600 pieces!

 

Every minifigure in the set is exclusive to this rare retired product, you’ll get the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel! Build this set and you’ll have a build that is packed with play features, but it also looks amazing as a collectible display piece!

 

The winner will be drawn on November 6th and contacted for their mailing address. Fill in the form below to enter for a chance to win and be sure to follow us on Instagram for more awesome giveaways!

 

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Making a LEGO Dice Tower with Parts and Pieces from Your Collection

Making a LEGO Dice Tower with Parts and Pieces from Your Collection
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Playing tabletop board games is a great way to connect with friends and family offline. Creating things with LEGO Bricks is a great way for children (and adults!) to flex their creative muscles, and keep them engaged with out screens.  Today, we are going to help you combine these fun family friendly activities by providing you with the instructions and a parts list for building a tumbling dice tower.

 

As you probably already know, sometimes the playing board can get crowded, or it takes up all of the table and there’s nowhere to roll your dice.  Or maybe your mischievous buddy has mastered that simple wrist technique to get the roll he wants, and maybe you don’t want him to have such an advantage.

 

A dice tower is a common way of solving these problems for table top gamers.  A dice tower keeps the dice on the table while also making each roll totally random.  This DIY instructions post will show you how to make your very own dice tumbler with less than 200 basic LEGO bricks.  Well mostly basic.  Our lego tower is super sturdy and compact, which helps it survive the odd drop or two off the gaming table.  Also, its shaped like a medieval castle and has a wicked awesome skull on the front.  You know what’s cool?  This is cool!

 

To build this tower, you will need the LEGO bricks listed in the parts table below.

Brick Name Part Quantity
BRICK 1X1 3005 6
BRICK 1X2 3004 14
PALISADE BRICK 1X2 30136 10
BRICK 1X3 3622 2
BRICK CORNER 1X2X2 2357 14
BRICK 2X2 3003 14
BRICK 1X4 3010 4
BRICK 1X4 WITHOUT PINS 3066 1
BRICK 2X3 3002 8
BRICK 1X6 3009 1
BRICK 2X4 3001 11
BRICK 2X6 44237 24
TECHNIC BRICK 1X4, Ø4,9 3701 1
ROOF TILE 1X2 INV. 3665 8
ROOF TILE 2X2/45° 3039 20
ROOF TILE 2X2/45 INV. 3660 3
ROOF TILE CORN. INVERT.2X2/45° 3676 4
ROOF TILE 2X3/25° INV. 3747 1
BRICK 1X6 W/INSIDE BOW 92950 1
FLAT TILE 1X2 3069 2
FLAT TILE 1X4 2431 6
FLAT TILE 2X2 3068 12
CORNER PLATE 1X2X2 2420 2
PLATE 2X2 3022 5
PLATE 1X4 3710 2
PLATE 2X3 3021 2
PLATE 1X6 3666 5
PLATE 2X4 3020 2
PLATE 1X8 3460 1
PLATE 4X4 3031 1
PLATE 4X6 3032 2
PLATE 4X8 3035 2
PLATE 6X8 3036 1
SKULL 1X3 1/2 X 3  W. SNAP 47990 1
Total   193

 

You’ll notice we didn’t include a color in our list of parts.  We wouldn’t want to limit your artistic vision by asking you to stick to the dark bluish grey color scheme presented in the instructions.  We sure didn’t when we built ours!

To download the instructions, add the item to your cart, and check out. We do not collect any payment information on this free item. There are 193 parts that you will need to find – are you up to the challenge?

 

 

So, get started – build a medieval castle themed dice tower for you next RPG or board game night!

 

 

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The Joker Manor and the Future of LEGO Roller Coasters

The Joker Manor and the Future of LEGO Roller Coasters
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Today in LEGO news, we’ve got yet another “The LEGO Batman Movie” set reveal.  This new set features the jokerized Wayne Manor set piece from last year’s LEGO Batman Movie.   If you are getting tired of this theme, you’re not alone!  We’re deep into the marketing cycle for “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” that has just been released, so maybe you are asking yourself – “But why though?!?”  Us too!  However, we’ve noticed that there is a lot about this new set worthy of discussion.  So, let’s have a look at this 3,444 piece behemoth of a set, shall we?

Front side of Lego Set # 70922 Joker Manor

First, the bad news – there are a lot of new and exclusive (at the moment) parts, pieces and minifigures in this box.  With a price tag of $269.99 for the set, buying the minifigs out of the box is going to cost you on the secondary market.  Disco Batman, Disco The Joker, Disco Batgirl and Disco Robin are all brand new iterations for these popular characters, that you can only acquire through this set.  This set also features Robin and Alfred in brand new battle suits – Classic 1960’s Batman for Alfred, and Nightwing for Robin.

 

Disco Joker from Lego Set # 70922 Joker Manor

 

 

Beyond minifigures, there are a lot of easter eggs in this set that we will discuss over on our instagram page.  For now, what we were most interested in is the roller coaster that encapsulates Joker Manor.

Backside of Lego Set # 70922 Joker Manor

 

The coaster in this set is there to carry this three car roller coaster train.  Both the primary train piece, and each bit of track appear to be new molds!  The roller coast track has curves for corner turns, inclines, and also downward slopes.  No, sorry – no vertical loops (don’t be greedy!).  From what we can identify in the image above, there are to be several new track elements:

  • a 90 degree curve, about 16 studs wide
  • a simple ramp track, about 16 studs wide
  • 8 wide straight track
  • 2 Steep Ramp sections, one to go up, one to go down, each appearing to be 16 studs in length.

 

Coaster Feature of Lego Set # 70922 Joker Manor

Of course, this isn’t the first coaster to be released by LEGO.  Last year the Friends theme park lineup featured a roller coaster, but that set came with a track loop comprised of existing narrow gauge track, in a new color (medium azure).  The Joker Manor set is launching a new track type!

 

41130 Friends Roller Coaster

 

This isn’t even a fresh concept, as coasters have been created by hardworking fans for years.  We’ve seen technic style ball contraptions, flex tube track set ups, and even this amazing LEGO System track set up by Ryan, TheBrickMan over on flickr.

 

Corporate Roller Coaster

 

So, speculation time – is a fully realized Creator themed LEGO Roller Coaster on the horizon?  This would be great news for any LEGO City fan that has a theme park in their set up!  There are custom kits available, of course – but those can be prohibitively expensive.  Not that this set is a giveaway by any means…  What do you think?  With these new roller coaster parts – new track, and the cars are custom made, with built in wheels, and given that there is a creator expert mixer, carousel, and ferris wheel, does this mean there is a LEGO rollercoaster coming next year?

Lego Ferris Wheel and Merry go Round

Let’s wait and see – in the meantime we eagerly await seeing how you all will figure out how to motorize this new coaster set up.

 

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New Color Varieties have been Added to our LEGO Infinity Cube Parts Pack!

New Color Varieties have been Added to our LEGO Infinity Cube Parts Pack!
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Good morning LEGO Friends!

 

Just a quick announcement to let everybody know we’ve added some solid color choices to our parts and pieces pack for building an infinity folding cube with LEGO bricks.  You can now choose to have your parts kit as all black, all light bluish grey, black and light bluish grey, or in our original assortment of whatever colors we have on hand.  We have also linked our downloadable build instructions to each listing, so you’ll automatically gain access to our digital instructions for building the LEGO Fidget Cube once you have completed your purchase.  Happy building!

 


 
 
 


 
 
 

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Price drop alert: LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café 41119 Toy for 6-Year-Olds – $31.99

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Price drop alert: LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Café 41119 Toy for 6-Year-Olds – $31.99

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Price drop alert: LEGO Minecraft The Dungeon 21119 Toy for ages 8 year old + – $14.19

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Price drop alert: LEGO Minecraft The Dungeon 21119 Toy for ages 8 year old + – $14.19

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Price drop alert: LEGO Star Wars Resistance Trooper Battle Pack 75131 – $8.99

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