Heading out/heading home

Santa pauses by the beach on his busiest night of the year.

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The Build Up is Almost Over

Well here we are… Christmas Eve. Have you been naughty or nice?

A post a day is certainly challenging!

Today we pull apart our snowman, and our sleigh to build the Jolly Man in the Red Suit.

Yes: it’s Santa Claus.

I have nothing to say about this other than this is a terrific ‘mini- miniland’ build. The detail of his beard and the arms, as well as the buttons on his ? Belt. ??coat?

And so many presents!

I have enjoyed the Christmas Build Up as an alternative to the standard advent calendar. I like pulling the models apart and building a new one. I hope you have enjoyed the ride!

We at Rambling Brick Headquarters would like to wish our readers a Merry Christmas, happy holidays or seasons greetings as you so choose.

We will take a few days off, and probably be active on instagram over this time.

Enjoy your break if you have one.
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Building up a snowman.

It’s the day before Christmas Eve.  If you are in the Northern Hemisphere (or indeed on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania), and it is cold and snowing, why not build a snowman.  Built around a SNOT Core, the head is rotated forty five degrees to the body and has two coal eyes and a carrot nose (well, an orange cone anyway!)

We have only one more build left after this one… Who could you possibly be hoping to see on Christmas Eve? 

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Architecture Skylines Go Down Under: 21032 Sydney

After a successful introduction in 2016, the Skyline Series of LEGO® Architecture sets return.  Three sets are being released in 2017: London 21034 – previewed at the Leicester Square flagship store opening ; Chicago 21033 and Sydney 21032.

The Sydney Skyline is the first of the Architecture sets to represent a city in the Southern Hemisphere.  In fact the Southern Hemisphere has been generally under represented in the LEGO® Architecture range: Of the 32 buildings released to date, only one has been from the Southern Hemisphere: 21012 Sydney Opera House.

15609456_10154605966626226_1886797370_oNow there is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is a building that is representative of Australia, with nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.  Indeed a picture of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is generally all that is required to be in a picture to then be defined as Australia.  Especially if there is a kangaroo or koala in shot. Continue reading

Is The Christmas Buildup for the Birds?

Now, I am not particularly ornithologically inclined. So while I can recognise today’s build as a couple of birds, I am hard pressed to pick the actual species. Each bird is made of eight pieces, making today’s build amongst the simplest that we have seen in this particular series. With two days to go, and only one more model revealed on the box art, I am left wondering what is in store. It’s beginning to feel a bit exciting. 
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REALLY building up to Christmas 

So… you know Christmas is on the way when Santa’s sleigh starts to get a mention.  Today’s model is a sleigh, with a few Christmas presents on.  But there is no one to pull it.

With around 27 pieces, there is no doubt as to what this represents.
 Noone to pull it you say? What about yesterday’s dragon… minus an eye because we needed the light bright green plate for the present?

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Building up to terror!

Our Christmas buildup continues today with a dragon. Or lizard man. Both are cool.

Great use of SNOT bricks, red cheese and green plates, to say nothing of the cone and mixel eyes, means that this character is just about perfect.

He compares pretty favourably with the lizard mascot figure from the collectable minifigures: 

This build does many things right in many different ways. I give it 5 out of 5 arbitrary praise units.
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