We recently had a chat with friend of the LUG Andrea Lattanzio, aka Norton74, about his latest LEGO Ideas project 'Santa's Cottage' and this is what he had to tell us about it.
Christmas, the most awaited day by AFOLs
We all know that Christmas is not only the most awaited day by all children in the world, but it is also the most awaited day by all AFOLs. To me too, Christmas has a special meaning, linked in a very strong way to the LEGO world. December 25 was the day on which the much coveted set during the year was punctually, or almost punctually, found under the tree. Really good memories and unforgettable emotions.
It was assumed that even as an adult builder I would test myself at building themed MOCs. In fact, in recent years I have always reserved the first days of December to release a creation dedicated to the festivity par excellence, the day that brings everyone together. And this year too I have pop out a new "snowy" diorama, let's take a look and discover all its secrets.
Santa's Cottage, the MOC for the 2021 winter holidays
My Christmas creation this year is called Santa's Cottage and joins the series of rural houses that I have built in the past couple of years and which have had so much response in the international AFOL community. If you look carefully you can recognize that it is a reinterpretation of my Blue Cottage built early this year.
The basic structure, sizes and general layout are the same as those of the Blue Cottage; colors, characters and settings are different.
The little house is red and white, and it couldn't be otherwise, with a black roof and black and white windows. Note the circular shape of the door and windows, as in the houses of the Hobbits; to recreate them I used the new “Tile, Round Corner” of two different sizes. Rim covers from the Dodge Challenger in the Speed Champion series find new function inside the windows, making the thickness of the portholes circumferences appear smaller and giving the window look a more pleasant, general appeal. The door, on the other hand, has as a texture some simple inverted 2X1 light bluish gray plates, and the outcome is excellent.
The base, as in many of my previous dioramas, is made up of multiple layers of "wedge plate" on a brick base, all in total white, the snow effect is guaranteed!
Snow and ice are also on the roof, on the surfaces and objects in the MOC. Don’t miss the Trans-Clear Electric, Train Light Prism 1 x 3 used as a piece of ice dripping from the eaves, I think no one has ever used it before, it is a forgotten piece that has fallen into oblivion.
The roof is asymmetrical and very sloping on one side: on the left under it there are logs and wooden blocks recreated using the round tiles with the cookies and waffles pattern.
To reach the somewhat battered staircase made of tile 1 x 4 with Wood Grain, you pass a pavement consisting of some gray slopes between which I have inserted white tiles to simulate the porphyry effect. I used this technique in my Magda's Garden Shed.
Featured in my previous A-frame Cabin, the dry-stone wall is comprised of many Thor’s hammers, a clever technique I borrowed from the very talented builder Letranger Absurde. On the right, the white/red off-road vehicle is parked and this time there is a spare wheel on the roof, you never know! The vehicle is based on my very popular Chevrolet Blazer that first appeared in Sheriff Hopper's cabin, inspired by the TV series Stranger Things. It’s a truly ‘chameleonic’ vehicle that lends itself well to various customisations.
The diorama presents some "features" already appeared in previous works and other small hidden details, have fun finding them!
Santa’s Cottage is on LEGO IDEAS!
If you like the bizarre Santa's Cottage you have the chance to support it on LEGO IDEAS. Click the link below, on the QR code or straight on the photo, to land on the project page, support it and maybe leave a comment. Thanks!
We are proud to support bradyjoynerbricks with their annual #DiversifyLEGOHolidays
Last year they started to build their #legochristmas sets challenging themselves to do so with various skin tones and adding inclusive stories to the scenes to further diversify their displays.
They found that the original #GoBrickMe set (and the groom and bride sets) provide three skin color options, giving a range of pieces that were perfect for this project.
Want to join in the fun? Show how you've diversified your seasonal LEGO holiday builds, and use the hashtag #diversifylegoholidays! We'd love to see how you support #representation in the #LEGOcommunity!
#buildalliance #AFOL #diversity #christmas #deckthehalls #inclusivity #legochristmas #advent #representationmatters
As usual we had a Find The Minifigure competition at our last event, Sheffield Brickfest 2021.
We've just finished sifting through all the entries to find the correct answers and have picked a winner.
Sarah Nazeem is the lucky winner of this awesome 4x4 X-Treme Off Roader set and she has been contacted via email to arrange collection of her prize.
So we have designed the new banner for this years Sheffield Brickfest and as you can see it highlights the other LEGO Fan communities that we have invited to take part in this years event.
We are great believers in cooperation and collaboration in order to put the absolute best displays and activities together for the public to enjoy and this year we have really excelled in this.
Each year we try to forge new relationships as well as strengthen existing ones and we like to think this shows in the calibre of events we organise.
The old LUGmeets that we used to have at the scout hut in Chapeletown are back on and now they are even better because we are collaborating with the Northern Brickworks LUG to allow even more AFOLs to join in with the fun and games.
If you're interested in coming along to one of the meets to say hello, show off a MOC, find out more about the LUG or for whatever other reason just check out the EVENTS TAB on our Facebook page for details of upcoming LUGmeets.
The good people over at Bricksanity have sent us this amazing custom printed LEGO Minifigure to review.
Anyone who has seen the film Deadpool 2 ( and if you haven't then go watch it now (18+ only!!)) will recognise this 'The Trainee' minifigure immediately. Here we have 'The Merc with a Mouth' wearing his X-men uniform.
The genuine LEGO pieces used for the minifigure are all brand new so great condition while the design and quality of the UV printing are the excellent standard we have come to expect from Bricksanity.
If you're wanting a Deadpool minifigure then this is an excellent way to get one without having to pay through the nose for the old one.
To buy this item you can follow the link HERE
To win one for free, along with a bundle of other goodies check out our draw HERE
The lovely people over at One More Brick (OMB) have sent us this awesome custom set to review and then use in one of our giveaways.
This was the first OMB set I'd opened so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the thing. It all came packaged in a heavyweight gripseal bag within which was the hi-res instruction sheet, which was printed on gloss light card stock. The parts were also packed in the same bag.
OMB make a point of advertising that all their custom sets are made from genuine LEGO parts and I'm happy to say this is true! What did impress me though was the quality of the parts. They were not only new but of such high quality it's like they had just come off the production line.
A recent innovation of OMB is the inclusion of custom printed parts and this set included two such parts. One tile for the top of the hive and, my favourite, a printed honey jar.
Overall I'd say this is a delightful little set and I'd be happy to include it in any garden MOC of mine.
If you'd like to purchase this set you can find it via THIS LINK
To win a copy for free alongside other goodies check out our July Birthday Club HERE
LEGO® CON IS COMING!
Get ready for the first LEGO® CON | June 26, 2021
Want to get closer to the LEGO world? We’re excited to let you in...
That’s why LEGO are hosting their first ever LEGO CON, the online experience for LEGO fans everywhere!
Join us for 90 minutes of live entertainment, world-first reveals, behind-the-scenes access and never-tried-before build attempts.
It’s something new. It’s something fresh. And it’s all online.
It’ll be going live from LEGO House (The Home of the Brick) in Billund, Denmark to bring you the latest news, world-first set reveals and some very special guests...
Plus, you’ll be able to VOTE, share your own builds throughout the show and connect with an awesome community who share your passion for the brick.
Livestream the event right here, for free...
12PM NEW YORK
9AM LOS ANGELES
LEGO house is your house.
Are you in?
For this years 'May The LUGs Be With You' event we have gathered together the might of 6 LEGO User Groups from around the world to take part in a build challenge to celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th.
The event is online and Free so you are more than welcome to check it out and to take part in the voting on the entries.
May The Force Be With You. Always.
As part of our ongoing mission to engage with other LEGO communities in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration we’ve teamed up with Brick by Brick - A LEGO Building Community (BBB) to feature their build challenges over here - hopefully to encourage a few of you to tip out those bricks & come up with some creations to share here with your fellow sluggers. BBB run three regular challenges during the week - A 24 Hour Build Challenge with a different theme each week, A 48 Hour Minifigure Vignette Challenge with varying themes and baseplate size and The Dirty Dozen - A 12 piece weekly mini build challenge. Themes & results will be posted in both groups with a voting poll in place over on BBB.
Brick By Brick’s own values and beliefs are aligned with SLUG as a family friendly online LEGO community so we hope some of them will join us here to grow the LUG further. A few SLUG members are already part of BBB too so we know SLUG members will receive a warm welcome at BBB should they wish to join - just like new members here can expect when they join us. We look forward to help, encourage & support each other together going forward.