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  the magazine for every member of your LEGO family        b    r      i    c      k    c    o      l      l    e    c     t    o    r    s VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 JULY/AUGUST2014     m    a    g    a    z      i    n    e $7.00TBCM      t      h    e in this issue: LEGO juniors   5 new book releases   17 super hero checklist   19 mixel word search   21 MEET THE MIXELS BUILD A LEGO FRIENDS STOREFRONT  The Two Shades of Gray Blues Spotlight on the Simpsons House  LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this publication. From the Editor’s Desk  I can’t believe that this is the seventh issue of The Brick Collectors Magazine. There’s a ton of work that goes into putting an issue together...let alone seven of them. It’s always a lot of fun and I really enjoy collaborating with my husband and kids. Still, I am feeling a bit drained after this one! I want to extend a special thank you to the readers of this magazine who take the time to send along nice comments and share their own LEGO interests with us. It really is very encouraging to know that people outside of our own family have grown to like this little endeavor of ours. Please keep the kind words, suggestions, and awesome photos coming! We’ve worked hard to bring you some great content in this issue. Those who enjoy the endless sorting of LEGO bricks will surely relate to this issue’s Get Organized column - The Two Shades of Gray Blues. LEGOBoy contributed to multiple parts of this issue, being featured in the Building Challenge as well as the Gallery and Block Life. LEGOGirl is starting to take an interest in “mommy’s magazine”. She participated in the Building Challenge and also drew some LEGO Movie minifigure sketches. If you like this issue and want to see more, drop us a note! We love getting inspiration from you and sharing our enjoyment of our LEGO hobby with other LEGO families. I would love to feature more kid-produced models and make some little person’s day. Mom, dad...start snapping pictures and send them our way. And for now, happy reading!   ~ Joelle the brick collectors magazine   July/August 2014 Volume 2, Issue 2 Editor in Chief   Joelle Hiller Comic Artistry and Storyline Benton Hiller  Contributor  Emily Hiller  Comments or Suggestions? We would love to hear from you! Email us at   webmaster@thebrickcollectors.com Visit Our Website http://thebrickcollectors.com   LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this publication. TBCM 1 the brick collectors magazine - july/august 2014 themagazineforevery memberofyourLEGOfamily        b    r      i    c      k    c    o      l      l    e    c     t    o    r    s VOLUME1ISSUE4OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013      t      h    e    m    a    g    a    z      i    n    e inthis issue: bricks onabudget   2 foodfrenzy 3 ChimaChecklist 9 pigvehicles - really! 17 $7.00 MeetMajistoandHisMagicalWorkshop ModeloftheMonth:CrayonCarousel TrickorTreat,BrickDetectives?LEGOAppsforTinyTots   Purchase print copies of TBCM at Magcloud.com.  Brick Search TBCM table of contents  Family Focus  Building Challenge ....................... 3 Little Builders ............................... 5 Featured Model ............................ 9 LEGO Sets  Set Spotlight ............................... 15 Bricks on a Budget ...................... 18 The List ....................................... 19   LEGO Media  Bits & Pieces ................................ 8 LEGO Tech .................................. 14 Brick Books .................................. 17  For Fun   Brick Search................................. 2 Block Life Comic .......................... 20 Word Search ............................... 21 Brick Detective ............................. 22 Have you ever lost a LEGO brick? Have you gotten on your hands and knees, searched under coffee tables or crawled along carpet to find that one missing piece? We’ve lost a LEGO piece somewhere in this magazine. It looks just like this: (The one in the title above doesn’t count!)Find it and let us know! Email us at webmaster@thebrickcollectors.com with the page number and location! If yours is the first correct entry we receive, we’ll mention you in the next issue. Winner’s Corner A hearty congratulations goes out to our May/June winners, Peter & Simon C. from Avon, Indiana  who were the first to correctly spot the missing brick in Cloud Cuckoo Land on page 8. Nice work!  About the Cover Summer gardening inspired me to create this miniature LEGO garden. Sadly, I think I’m a better LEGO gardener than I am a real one! In the midst of the building process, a chicken found its way into the pond. He was safely returned to his coop before the photo shoot began.  2 the brick collectors magazine - july/august 2014  Building Challenge Variations Choose a theme Pick a general theme, like space vehicles, or nature scenes, and build anything that fits that theme. Same pieces, different models This variation takes some preparation. Fill plastic bags with sets of identical parts - between 20 and 40 pieces works well. Give each person a set of identical parts and challenge each other to build a model using all parts. Reveal your models to each other once everyone has finished. Choose a brick Select a particular piece and challenge each other to create models that feature this piece as a prominent part. Choose a style Test your skills by trying out different building styles. Make a mosaic or a sculpture, or try making something using only basic bricks. Building Challenge #6 Same pieces, different models For this issue we went back to basics - back to our srcinal building challenge format. From our LEGO collection I created four sets of 63 identical pieces. Each building challenge participant was given one set of parts and a brick separator from which to create an srcinal LEGO model. Our only rules are that all pieces must be used and that they should be used to create one model, not several little models. In this case, we allowed our youngest builder (Emily, age 3) to violate the second rule. This time we threw in an additional challenge: work the brick separator into your model. My favorite part of this challenge is the reveal where we each take turns showing our model and talking about it. The Pieces Here’s a snapshot of the pieces we were given to work with. Building Challenge TBCM 3 the brick collectors magazine - july/august 2014
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