Beauty & The Beast's castle in LEGO at Brick 2016

Brick Show 2016: LEGO Beauty & The Beast’s Castle

A huge replicate of the castle featured in Disney’s 1991 film Beauty & The Beast is going to be on display at Brick Show this October in Birmingham. Built by Kevin Hall, the model will contain some 250,000 bricks; the towers roofs alone required around 20,000 LEGO bricks. The full model weights around 100kg (over […]

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Top tips for finding cheap Lego in the UK

LEGO is not a cheap hobby, as I’m sure any AFOL – or parent with a LEGO-addicted child – is well aware of! But, there are some ways to get cheaper LEGO sets and parts. So, here’s my┬álist of tips for finding cheap (well, cheaper!) LEGO in the UK. It’s worth bearing in mind that […]

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Tyne Bridge in LEGO

LEGO Tyne Bridge

Introducing my microscale Tyne Bridge in LEGO! I’ve been working on various scales and styles of the LEGO Tyne Bridge for many years – all in various states of completion and there’s nothing like a deadline to get some done! The LEGO Tyne Bridge model uses approximately 150 – 200 bricks (I’m not one for […]

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LEGO Durham Cathedral and Tyne Bridge at Metrocentre Gateshead LEGO store

LEGO Durham Cathedral and Tyne Bridge at Metrocentre LEGO store

I’m really pleased to see two of my North East LEGO landmark models on display in an official LEGO store this year! My LEGO models of both Durham Cathedral and the LEGO Tyne Bridge are on display at the Gateshead Metrocentre LEGO store for a period of around 3 months, until October. They are on […]

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A simple LEGO track layout for a display in the UK

AFOL and LEGO events in the UK in 2016

Our annual list of LEGO fan events in the UK and Ireland for 2016.

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My top 3 LEGO City trains

One of the corners of LEGO adult-fandom I really enjoy is LEGO trains: there’s something immensely satisfying to me about building and then running your own trains. These are my favourite LEGO City trains!

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To open LEGO, or not to open

I see a lot of messages on LEGO forums and Facebook groups from AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) asking whether they should open a box, or save it to sell on.

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What LEGO train fans can learn from model railways

LEGO track geometry and all of those square-edged bricks can feel very restraining to newcomers to LEGO train modeling: how do you go about creating something that looks realistic and natural? There’s a (smallish) collection of LEGO fans who love building LEGO train layouts (or “L-gauge”, as it’s known); I’d class myself as one of […]

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LEGO track geometry

LEGO track geometry may not sound exciting, but it presents some limitations for the LEGO train fan.

Most LEGO train sets you receive contain a simple loop, or a loop with a single siding, and aren’t overly inspiring, but with a little knowledge and inspiration, more complex layouts can be achieved – great for LEGO train displays, or just your city at home.

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LEGO cow looking at a pond

Lessons from displaying at a LEGO show

Lessons from a public LEGO display – what works well at LEGO exhibitions, and what didn’t work well!

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