New Listings in our Clearance Section

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Just a quick update, friends.  We have added a few of our handmade lamps, built with LEGO bricks,  to our special clearance section.   Our Minecraft LEGO lamps are marked down 25%, our cops and robbers themed LEGO lamp has been reduced 30%, and our stylish, green, brick built, LEGO lamp has been marked down 45%.

 

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Our new favorite LEGO piece.

Our new favorite LEGO piece.
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Howdy, friends!

 

A quick photo piece, detailing our new favorite LEGO part! Check it out:

 

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Ever seen that before?  Crazy right?  I think you probably have seen it though!  Here, another hint:

 

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Do you recognize it now?

 

No?

 

Ok, we will spill the beans.  This is a LEGO Dice element, with the rubber bumpers removed!  Here it is as provided in most of the LEGO games that were released several years ago:

 

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This is part ID 64776, or “Die 6 Sided Rubber Frame with Red Center with Studs”.  As we mention, it was used in board games and appeared in about 40 games over the past few years.

 

With a pair of needle nose pliers, and a little elbow grease, though – you get an incredibly useful part.  6 sided, with with 4 studs on all 6 sides.  We can’t wait to tinker with this one!

 

 

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Another LEGO Minion? Yes.

Another LEGO Minion?  Yes.
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Howdy friends, and welcome back to brickablocks.com!

 

This week, we have a couple of fun little LEGO projects for you that feature one of our favorite subjects.  The Minions!  

 

We love these little guys, as you know.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go check out our earlier instructions for building a Minion with LEGO Bricks.  And then there is this one that features more basic brick building techniques, and is built in the style of a LEGO Incredible Hulk Minion!

 

Today’s build features a swim champion minion, with flippers and matching swim cap!  We had a hard time coming up with the perfect name for this guy.  It was so difficult that we ended up resorting to this nifty little MINION Name Generator.

 

We thought that we would use world famous olympic swimmer Matt Biondi as our namesake.  Which means our Olympic Champion Minion is named Bob, according to the minion name generator.

 

Olympic Swim Champ LEGO Minion
Olympic Swim Champ LEGO Minion

 

So, here you go friends, a 39 piece, Olympic Champion, MINION – built with LEGO bricks.  Follow the link to view / download our PDF Instruction sheet!

 

Swim Champ LEGO Minion PDF Instructions

 

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RVA Makerfest – October 3rd, 2015

RVA Makerfest – October 3rd, 2015
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Save the date, friends!  The second annual RVA Maker fest is coming soon – Saturday October 3, 2015.
RVA Makerfest

 

RVA MakerFest is an annual festival that brings together a variety of local innovators and hobbyists, with hands-on demonstrations in science, art, technology, engineering, sustainability, food, music, crafts, fashion and more.

 

We were just notified that we were selected to participate in this great Richmond, VA event.  We look forward to sharing our brick craft with you.  Look for the Brickablocks booth if you interested in learning more about our creative process!

 

Last years Makerfest was the first ever, and it drew thousands of guests to the Science Museum of Virginia to interact with more than 70 makers, ranging from blacksmiths and glassblowers to robotics and 3D printers.  Follow this link for a listing of last years participating makers.  We hope to see some of these great local makers at this years event!

 

So, mark you calendars and come on down to the Science Museum of Virginia on October 3rd, 2015!  We’ll be there with our Digital Design workstations, a pile of bricks, and plenty to talk about!

 

Working with LEGO Digital Designer.

 

Keep up with the latest developments by following RVA Makerfest on twitter and facebook:

TWITTER: @rvamakerfest
FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/rvamakerfest

 

 

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Build a Lamp with LEGO Bricks to Display your Favorite Minifigures using our Free Instructions

Build a Lamp with LEGO Bricks to Display your Favorite Minifigures using our Free Instructions
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This week, we are sharing with you instructions for one of our earliest, and most popular LEGO Lamp designs.

 

Our Minifigure Display Lamp!  

Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp
Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp

 

This unique lamp design features three arched display areas with just enough space to install your favorite LEGO minifigures.  We’ve sold this over on our Etsy Storefront for nearly 2 years, and it is a consistent best seller.  Now, though,  you can build your very own using your LEGO collection!

 

 

 

 

The Minifig Display Lamp we feature in our instruction set is built using all black parts, but you can certainly change things up, depending upon what color LEGO Bricks you have available.  We have built this particular model in Blue, Grey, and even in a Joker theme!  Check it out:

 

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Green LEGO Minifigure Display Lamp with Joker Minifigure, available on Etsy.com

 

You can download our build instructions for this cool DIY LEGO lamp via the link included here, or you can browse an image gallery of instructions by clicking on the title sheet down below.

Minifigure Display Lamp LEGO Build Instructions

 

Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp
Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display

 

 

If you build one, don’t forget to pick up a wiring harness!  They are also available over on our Etsy shop:

 

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LEGO Lamp Wiring Kit, Adapted for Lego Bricks, available on Etsy.com

 

 

Interested in an alternative LAMP Design?  Then check out our Minifigure Display Storage Head Lamp Conversion Project!

LEGO Minifigure Head Lamp
LEGO Minifigure Head Lamp
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Beware – Pirates!

Beware – Pirates!
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Introducing our newest product, Pirate Themed LEGO Key Ring Organizers!

 

We are offering three varieties today.  Jack Sparrow, Lady Pirate, and Classic Pirate.

 

Jack Sparrow LEGO Key Chain Organizer
Jack Sparrow LEGO Key Chain Organizer

 

You can pick these up via our Etsy store front.

 

Lady Pirate LEGO Key Chain Organizer
Lady Pirate LEGO Key Chain Organizer

 

SO, head on over and get yours today!

 

Lady Pirate LEGO Key Chain Organizer
Lady Pirate LEGO Key Chain Organizer

 

 

 

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May the Fourth – Our LEGO Star Wars Favorites!

May the Fourth  – Our LEGO Star Wars Favorites!
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Happy May the 4th, Friends! Here at brickablocks.com, we are often inspired by the creatures, spaceships, shapes, and characters you’ll find in a galaxy far far away. We thought it would be fun today to share with you some of our LEGO creations inspired by the Star Wars Galaxy.

 

We offer this great handmade storm trooper lego minifigure lamp, and each one comes with a black lampshade and 3 storm trooper minifigures!

Star Wars Stormtrooper LEGO Lamp handmade

If you are looking for more of an artistic statement, we offer a pixellated trooper mosaic. Perfect for decorating your Sith hideaway.

Star Wars Stormtrooper LEGO mosaic

 

We have a useful key organizer, that is guarded by a storm trooper sentry. His job? To make sure you are always certain that those ARE the keys you are looking for, of course!

 

Star Wars Lego Key Organizer and Carabiner KeyChain Set

 

 

 

Finally, we were proud to have created this custom Tie Fighter Lamp last Christmas season for a local church fundraiser.

Star Wars LEGO TIE Fighter LAMP

What about you friends? What do you love most about the LEGO Star Wars Galaxy?

And if you are interested in anything you have seen here, check out our shop!  We have loads more on offer.

-Brian from brickablocks.com

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The Great DUPLO Wall of Room 12!

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This afternoon, we had a blast volunteering in Mrs. Koontz’s Second Grade classroom at Echo Lake Elementary. We brought in our LEGO DUPLO bins for the class to utilize in building a Great Wall across the length of their classroom floor. Afterwards, the children got to focus on free play, where they were challenged to build a pyramid! 


We chose these two activities because Mrs. Koontz’s class is wrapping up their units on China and Ancient Egypt. When we introduced the great wall challenge, we let the children know that they would be split up in to 3 teams, and each team would be responsible for one section of the wall. The path of the wall was to run through the center of the classroom, curving between a station of desks in the center.

Team 1 started building from one end of the room:

team one starting the Great Duplo northern wall

Team 2 in started the middle:

team two starting the Great Duplo northern wall

And team three on the opposite end:

team two starting the Great Duplo northern wall

Our goal in offering up this challenge was to help the kids understand a few things about the scope and scale of a project the size of the Great Wall of China. As they built their miniature great wall, they faced a lot of challenges.

We found that team 2 was in danger of running out of parts. Teams 2 and 3 had a hard time having their walls meet in the middle. They had to build in extra turns to accomodate this:

team two and three, cannot link up! Great Duplo northern wall


Team 1 and team 2 did not touch base prior to starting construction, and we found that the shape and nature of the wall changed from one end to the other. One side much taller than the other:

duplo great wall of china

After the wall was constructed, we gathered in a circle to discuss the process of building our wall. We covered the items listed above, and also asked the kids to share with us what challenged them.

Some found it was difficult to start with the limited instruction we provided. For others, it was hard to agree on a team approach. One teammate insisting on including windows, another a trellis, etc. In the end, they all agreed, though, that building the actul great wall must have been one big project!

We then broke from our circle and invited the kids to build a pyramid with the parts that were left over from our wall:

duplo pyramid free play

The ??LEGO? Key organizer below was our girt for their teacher (we were all out of apples!). Echo Lake Elementary’s colors are green and blue.

A handmade LEGO Key Organizer for the teacher!

We had a lot of fun.  Thanks for including us in your lesson, Echo Lake!

-Brian from brickablocks.com

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