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#2376 MONTH IN REVIEW: April 2024

We’re trying something new! In case you missed any of our posts this month, here’s what we’ve been up to! 

#2376 MONTH IN REVIEW: April 2024. We’re trying something new! In case you missed any of our posts this month, here’s what we’ve been up to! Image of all the post cover slides from this month in a grid with big letters spelling “April” in front of it.

From Star Wars Set Reviews to Train Techniques, this April has been as interesting as ever. Here’s to next month!

We want YOUR feedback! Did this post inspire you to take a look back at any posts you missed? Let us know in the comments!

So it Begins… For April Fools, we violated all that is beautiful and good in the world and “revealed” this LEGO set: The Dark Child. (Post #2348) Image of The Dark Child post cover slide. It has an image of the buildable Baby Yoda set but modified to have one side of its head and one arm Venomised like in Spider-Man. Credit to Tips&Bricks team member Adnan (@uvupv) for the spooky set redesign! Did this post fool you? Or do you see through the lies of the Jedi?  April also saw the end of Parts Madness: our competition pitting the legends of Favourite Brick Friday against one another! Your Champion: 1x1 tile with open O clip! Thank you everyone who voted! Image of 1x1 tile with clip. Part 15712. Not all of us in the Tips&Bricks team were happy with the result! Which part were you rooting for?

Set Reviews. We reviewed 6 sets this month, the highlight being Ninjago City Markets with a perfect 25/25 score! Find out how it scored so high in our review, posts #2353 and #2356! Image of Ninjago City Markets post covers, the set having a large, tall, arrangement of colourful buildings inspired by east Asian architecture.  Post #2364 covered the modern remake of the Eldorado Fortress. Check it out to see the awesome features, modularity, and bulk parrrrrrts! Image of Eldorado Fortress review cover, the set is a white 18th century british naval fortress, with a medium sized sailing ship.  The Piranha Plant is a more affordable addition to the Mario display sets. Check out post #2369 for a parts selection that really blew us away! Image of Piranha Plant review cover, the set is a bright green plant coming out of a bright green tube with a big red mouth on the top of its stem.  Post #2374 showcases some of the recolours and figure designs in the Dreamzzz theme that have really impressed us! Image of Dreamzzz Pegasus Horse review cover, the set is a large, built up, black and purple horse, with spooky bat wings.

Check out post #2349 for team member Pedro’s terrifying animated render of Darth Vader’s entrance, as well as cool figure upgrades! Image of Boarding the Tantive IV review cover, the set is a section of spaceship hallway with Darth Vader and his troops attacking some Rebels. It also has a minifigure of Clone Trooper Fives.   We loved the techniques in the Millennium Falcon that made its shape so accurate! (Post #2360) Image of Midi Scale Millennium Falcon review cover, the set is a highly detailed, intricate, Millennium Falcon ship, with a display stand.   We also explored creative ways to improve set 75354 Coruscant Guard Gunship in post #2351! Image of Coruscant Gunship set upgrades cover, it shows the ship but with various built up modifications on the wings and in the cockpit area. There is also an image of the un-modified set.   Watch out for more Star Wars content coming soon! May the 4th be with you…  Which set was your favourite? Do you agree with our scores? Let us know in the comments below!

MOCs of the Month  Jonah’s Koala Space Society was so cute that team member Evan decided to make post #2350 almost like a children’s storybook! This one is definitely worth looking back at, even just for a smile. Image of Koala Space Society MOC of the Week cover. It has various small, 90s LEGO space style vehicles, being piloted by LEGO Koalas.  Larger image of a LEGO Koala with a speech bubble saying: “We love eucalyptus.”  @legomichiiiiii gave new meaning to stepping on LEGO with this incredible feat of brick-built shaping! Take a look at post #2361 to see how he built in every direction to recreate the iconic symbols. Image of Nike Protro Reverse Sneaker MOC of the Week cover. It has a life-size, incredibly detailed, depiction of a red and green Nike sneaker made of LEGO.  Post #2372. Image of UCS Loader-Dozer MOC of the Week cover, showing a larger, more detailed version of an old LEGO Rock Raiders set. Post #2355. Image of Princess Peach’s Castle MOC of the Week cover, showing a huge LEGO model of Princess Peach’s Castle from Mario Odyssey. Post #2367. Image of Rubber Duccaneers MOC of the Week cover, showing a large LEGO sailing boat on a sea of brick-built bubbles, being crewed by little LEGO rubber ducks.

MOCs Analysed  Want to step up your SNOT (Studs Not On Top) game? Check out post #2352 to see how @inthert_builds incorporated slopes, sideways building, and more, to make a TIE Fighter like we’d never seen before! Image of TIE Fighter Technique Analysis cover. It has a LEGO TIE Fighter from Star Wars, but with incredibly clean and smooth edges, curves, and angles.  Take a guess at how this building is made. Did you guess on an enormous brick-built circle around a dodecagon core? In post #2362, we broke down the ingenious Casina Vanvitelliana by Image of Casina Vanvitelliana Technique Analysis cover. It has a large pastel blue building, with many segments at different angles from one another, but it all fits together to look immensely realistic. Post #2357. Image of Mask of Zorro Technique Analysis cover, showing a multi-storey, old-timey, building, with triangular roofing and with a fountain out front and various figures battling outside with fancy swords.  Post #2368. Image of Ambush in Bluebird Pass Technique Analysis cover, showing a small cliff with a waterfall, and various gaunt bushes and trees around a sandy environment. Cowboy minifigures hide around it. Post #2373. Image of Cad Bane and Todo Technique Analysis cover, showing reasonably large brick-built versions of the Star Wars characters, the blue cowboy-esque bounty hunter and his droid.

Techniques Discussed  Member of the team Ben loves discussing LEGO trains, and post #2365 continues his passion! This post also has some great curve designs by  Dennis Tomsen that can fit in other contexts! Image of LEGO Train Techniques 2 Technique Discussion cover, showing a red brick-built train and with an exploded view hinting at some of its techniques. Also there are close-ups of curve techniques, hinting at one to bring a 2 by 3 curved slope down to be flush with the top of a 45 slope 1 by 2 plate, and another involving a curved slope assembly on a hinge brick meeting with a tile.   Be our guest in checking out the variety of ways to use the candle family of parts in post #2366! Image of LEGO figure of Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. Image of Candle and Candelabra Favourite Brick Friday cover, showing a large spooky candle build, a couple of micro-scale environments, and an N1 spaceship from Star Wars.  Post #2359. Image of Using Collectible Minifigure Parts Technique Discussion cover, showing multiple small habitats making use of various accessories and costumes in creative ways. Post #2370. Image of Posing Minifigures Technique Discussion cover, showing a battle between X-Men figures and a Sentinel, a Martial Arts practice scene, and a Stormtrooper figure putting up a light bulb.  Have you been inspired to try out using any of these techniques? Leave a comment below!

Tips and History  Looking to organise and/or grow your LEGO collection? This month we had you covered with posts #2354 and #2374! Images show covers of Brickset Features Tips post and Methods to Building Your MOC Parts Collection Tips post.  Our very own ex-firefighter Rob put together post #2358, filled with interesting information about the history of LEGO Fire Department sets! Image of Town/City Fire History of Sets cover, showing various Fire Department vehicles over time. Which era of LEGO Fire is your favourite?   Zoinks! Post #2371 is for all the Scooby-Doo! Fans out there, honouring the short-lived theme. Image of Scooby-Doo! Theme Tribute cover, showing Scooby-Doo! Themed MOCS including a Mystery Machine X-Wing, a Shaggy Mech, and a large Haunted House.

What do YOU think?  Today, LEGO has an amazing range of hair and hat pieces available, but are there more they could make to represent more people? What is the history of minifigure hair in LEGO? In post #2363, team member ZJ opened up this conversation. We always read the comments, so make sure to tell us what you think! Image of Representation in LEGO Hairpieces cover, showing many of the characters from Dreamzzz with unique hair.  We hope you found looking back on the month like this interesting! Here’s to another month of MOCs, techniques, and more! Much, much more… Image of The Dark Child, venomised Baby Yoda.  Watch out tomorrow for the last post of April, exploring an interesting floor technique! Sneak Peek shows floor made of diagonally placed tiles.  We want YOUR feedback! Did this post inspire you to take a look back at any posts you missed? Let us know in the comments!


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