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3300014 Christmas Set

November 14, 2012

According to Brickset this will be the exclusive set that will be offered over the Thanksgiving Weekend (i.e. Black Friday) for those spending the qualifying amount which is believed to be โ‚ฌ75, ยฃ50 and $99 USD either at or at the LEGO stores.

For those that are interested the instructions are already available on There isn’t too much that is exclusive parts wise, but the set itself is pretty cute.

Also, keep your eyes peeled because Hobbit sets are starting to pop up. Even though they are supposed to be out December 1st. many people are already finding them at stores. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Hulk Minifig is Smashing

May 15, 2012

Hulk MinifigImage via: FBTB

Starting now, since its already past midnight in the East Coast, you can get a special Hulk Minifig with any $50 purchase (in the US) on According to BrickSet this offer is also available in the UK for a ยฃ50 purchase. I don’t know if this offer is available in other countries, so you might have to check out your country to see if it is available.

The offer starts May 16th thru the 31st or until supplies last. It will be available both online and at particpating LEGO Brand Retail Stores.

6868 Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout

Although I like the larger Hulk that is available in the Helicarrier Breakout set I am rather fond of this Lou Ferrigno esque version as I actually remember the old TV show , and yes, I know I’m showing my age. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Black Pearl

October 24, 2011

I try my best to visit Target, TRU, and even Costco’s Lego aisles as much as I can, which can be difficult as I also make myself all too known at the Lego stores. Just Saturday I ran into friends at the Lego store in Costa Mesa because I needed a sandwich for lunch… Anywho…

Costco has the new Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl for only $80 ($90 on I try to call my friends Paul and Mariann the second I see a good deal, but now that Mariann asked me to post stuff on here, I thought you would all like to know as well! There are deals at Lego for free shipping and double points and free Lego goodies but if you have other Lego to buy during these incentives, the Costco deal is pretty nice.

So thats my 2 cents for now…


Ladybugs, Bees and other things

May 3, 2011

With Spring officially here I decided to create a few new fun dangle earrings.

Ladybug Earrings 5Bee Earrings 4

Now I can hear the LEGO purists from here. Yes, parts are cut and “cheated” by some of it being just glued on. “Damaging” LEGO like this would have bothered me too when I was younger. I can remember the first time I actually cut a LEGO element it felt just plain wrong. But now I’ve changed my views.

I’m not encouraging children to start cutting into their LEGO of course. While I still try to be as purist as I can, my view on LEGO has changed a lot over the years. Part of being a Master Model Builder is the necessity to cut and glue. So I’ve stopped seeing it as this “rare” thing that can not be altered any way.

ROY Square Earrings 1RYB Tile Dangle Earrings 1

Naturally there are rare LEGO elements, the ones I have I would never think of cutting, drilling or gluing. But those parts that I have dozens or even hundreds of the same element, that’s a different story. I can get more, that’s one of the advantages now a days. With Pick A Brick,, and Bricklink its a lot easier to get the LEGO you want.

So when I deem it appropriate I cut, I drill and I glue. And, if I do say so myself, the results are worth the “damage.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Model Building Secrets’ Blog is 2 years old!

August 11, 2010

When I started this blog two years ago I honestly couldn’t have said where exactly this was going. I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical of blogs back then. I honestly didn’t think that people would be interested in hearing what I had to say. Especially when in the first month I only got about 700 hits total (I usually average about 1000 hits per day now).

But then I also didn’t realize that I’m pretty much the only (former) Master Model Builder that blogs consistently and that I do have a tendency to put a different spin on what I write about. I guess it helps that I’ve always been a writer, and that it was one of my dreams to become a famous author. I haven’t quite reached that goal yet, at least not in the non-LEGO community, but I’m getting there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As it is my blog’s birthday I thought it was a perfect time to write about the new LEGO Birthday Party kit that now is available online.

LEGOยฎ has the tools you need for the best birthday ever built!

Celebrate the LEGOยฎ way with brick inspired party products! Build the perfect party with LEGO invitations, thank you cards, name stickers, building tips and trick booklets, minifigures and more!

* Includes 10 each of invitation cards, thank you cards, 3D name stickers, building tips and tricks booklets, Birthday Builder Packs, Official LEGO Builder Licenses and minifigures as well as 1 pop up card and 1 magnet.
* Exclusive birthday-themed minifigures
* Everything comes packed in a handy kit!
* The ultimate resource for LEGO fans of all ages

Now at $60 this is a pretty pricey kit, especially considering the very few actual LEGO that you get. On you don’t really get to see whats in the kit, but on Eurobricks member Alywin has detailed pictures.

The only things that are really of note are the 10 minifigs and the decorated magnet.

I know I won’t be getting this, but at the same time, I can see how it would be good for a Mom that can’t figure out how to create their own LEGO themed party kit.

So happy birthday blog and may we have many more birthdays, and many more readers, as the years go on. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO Prince of Persia now available on

March 23, 2010

The wait is finally over. Well sort of. You can now order all the LEGO Disney Prince of Persia sets. ๐Ÿ™‚

They are also starting to appear at Toys R Us and other stores. On there is a review of the Ostrich Race

There is even a promotion next month at the LEGO Stores (at least in the US). When you buy $50 worth of product (part of it must be a Prince of Persia set) you get an exclusive Prince of Persia promo brick. I assume you need the coupon to get the brick.

From what I’ve seen so far, I’m very excited to see these sets. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO Atlantis on

November 12, 2009 now has a section dedicated to LEGO Atlantis. What I find interesting is that although the latest LEGO magazine advertises the release date as November 24th, the official release date (maybe of the site) is April 1st, 2010.

What I got confused of at first was that I couldn’t see what you were supposed to do. I read the instructions, but they didn’t make sense to me at first. Basically you use your up and down arrow buttons on your computer and you “explore” like you are in a submarine. There isn’t much there yet, just a tantalizing hint of things to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is also one seller selling a LEGO Atlantis Ring and Diver (and nothing else) on
LEGO Atlantis ringI’m not sure how they got something so early, but at least we can see that they are printing pictures on the rings, instead of just the same design over and over in different colors. also has a new LEGO Games section (the UK version of

This part of the site is much more informative and in-depth. Hopefully we will get that part of the site and the games over here in the States soon.

Update: Toys R Us accidentally posted a few of the LEGO Atlantis and Power Miners 2010 sets early on their site. Some lucky few were able to order them before the products were pulled off. That’s how a few sets got released early.

Peanut Butter Bricks Anyone?

October 14, 2009

Peanut Butter Bricks Anyone?

I was a little bored and in the mood for chocolate so I did a little experiment today. I tried my hand at LEGO peanut butter (chocolate) bricks.

I took the official LEGO ice cube tray (available on and at LEGO stores and LEGOLAND) and instead of water I put chocolate in the tray.

If you want to try this, here’s how you do this — (kids, get your parents help & permission) ๐Ÿ˜‰

What you need:

Melting chocolate or chocolate chips
Peanut Butter (or some other filling)
LEGO ice cube tray

I filled it like you would any chocolate mold using warm melted chocolate. Trying to get into all the knobs at the top and all the edges. Don’t worry if the tray gets messy, people won’t see the tray. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then I popped it into the freezer for about 30 seconds to a minute (I didn’t really time myself ๐Ÿ˜› ).

After that I pulled back out and scooped out the still soft middle (if its too hard you can remelt it and just leave it in the freezer for a shorter time).

Then I added the peanut butter. You could add any filling you like, I used chunky peanut butter. Be sure not to over fill it, you need room for the chocolate to cover it. So after the peanut butter, add the chocolate (I re-warmed it for about 20 seconds in the microwave first) and fill it to the top. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pop it back into the freezer, wait a few minutes, and they’ll be ready!

Gently pry the chocolate from the mold, you can use a knife to trim the uneven edges.

Frankly chocolate works a lot better than water. The fact that it is a soft silicone tray makes it hard to keep the water in the tray while you move it from the sink to the freezer.

They taste really good and are super easy. Try it for yourself. I didn’t get all the knobs filled in quite right, but for a first try, I’m pretty happy with it. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Grand Carousel is on sale at

June 27, 2009

Earlier I mentioned that The Grand Carousel set was coming out. Well, now it is available on for $249.99.

I won’t go into all the reasons why I like this model, you can read the other post for that ๐Ÿ˜‰ , so here’s some more official images of the set.

You can also go to the discussion on Eurobricks to see what other people are saying about this model.