Winners Aren't Born… They're Built
We’ve been busy decking the halls in anticipation of a splendid open house tomorrow at Brickmania Toyworks. The tree has been trimmed, new displays are set up and we’re been polishing the place from top to bottom. We’ve even set up a scavenger hunt where participants who complete the hunt will be eligible to enter a raffle for free LEGO!
The TCLTC has installed a completely new holidays in the cities display with bold ice castle, winter activities, the Polar Express and more. Many of the buildings and vehicles are lit up thanks to generous help from BrickStuff, who will also be selling their LEGO-compatible lighting kits on site tomorrow.
The Brickmania crew has begun work on a new Battle of the Bulge themed diorama and we have put a preview section on display in the Toyworks. The Battle of the Bulge took place Belgium and Luxembourg during December-January 1944 and was the largest battle ever fought by the United States. Next year is the 70th anniversary and we’re going to be featuring it prominently in our traveling displays and upcoming product releases.
We’ve begun the process of cleaning and updating some of the older displays at Brickmania Toyworks. You will see a lot of improvements and additions going into the Toyworks as we try to bring everything up to the next level… and don’t forget to look up, because we’ve started hanging airplanes!
The Brickmania store is bursting at the seams with a huge variety of official LEGO sets and minifigures, Brickmania custom LEGO kits, BrickArms custom accessories, and more. On the December 7th open house we will also have several special guest vendors:
BrickStuff - maker of wickedly cool lighting system for your LEGO creations
Scrappy Products – maker of the most incredibly cool bags and totes made from recycled materials
iHeartBricks – maker of clothes and crafts for kids of all ages with LEGO on the brain
We will also have a limited supply of the stunning hardwood cutting boards made by our friends down the hall at Butcher Block Furniture Inc.
Why bother fighting the crowds at the mall when the most awesome stuff is right here at Brickmania Toyworks!
Our hours are 10-4pm on December 7th. We will also be open on December 14th and 21st for additional open house dates. For direction or more information visit http://brickmaniatoys.com/open-house/
Brickmania is pleased to release our first ever kit based on the American Civil War: M1857 Napoleon Gun with “Johnny Rebel” Confederate soldier.
The M1857 was one of the most common field artillery pieces used by both sides during the American Civil War. It was a smooth bore cannon, fired a 12-pound projectile and was typically moved by a train of six horses. It’s four main types of ammunition consisted of solid shot (aka the cannon ball), explosive shell, shrapnel (or “case” ammunition) and canister anti-personnel rounds. It’s safety, reliability and deadly firepower earned the M1857 a great deal of respect by the troops that used it.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
The M1857 Napoleon has the following features:
This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited edition kit and priduction may be discontinued at any time.
This special edition includes “Johnny Rebel” Confederate soldier minifig armed with a BrickArms Musket and Bayonet.
This is the BrickArms Zombie Defense Pack plus a BrickArms Reloaded series overmolded M16 randomly supplied in one of the following color combinations:
Each year we re-release very limited batch of one or two “classic” Brickmania kits. We recently stumbled across as cache of the figures used in the original kit, which developed into the idea of a limited re-release. The over-all color scheme of this vehicle is the old dark gray color that LEGO discontinued in 2004. The bricks that make up these kits are in as close to new condition as we could obtain—most pulled from our own stash of never-been-used bricks. The packaging and instructions are identical to the original version released in July 2010. Only 120 of the original “old” dark gray kits were released before production changed over to the “new” dark gray bricks just a few months later.
The M8 Light Armored Car was an American made reconnaissance vehicle and tank destroyer made by the Ford Motor Company during World War II. It is a 6×6 wheeled vehicle, with a crew of four and armed with a 37mm anti-tank gun mounted on a central turret. While they were generally considered under-armed against German tanks, and were reported to have poor off-road handling, they were superbly suited as fast reconnaissance vehicles on the roads of Western Europe. The M8 also saw duty in the Pacific theater, where their 37mm guns could easily knock out more lightly armored Japanese tanks. M8′s in British service were referred to as the Greyhound, which has become universally synonymous with the M8 in modern times. Only 20 kits were made in this batch, which is likely to be the last one ever!
1. Brickmania Holiday Ornaments
Brickmania has a long standing tradition of making holiday ornaments and trains have been a popular theme over the last few years. This year we have three new locomotive ornaments available, plus a couple returning favorites from previous years, and all for $18 or less! If you thought Brickmania is only about tanks and helicopters then think again! Click here to see them all.
2. TrickSack Playmat/Storage Bag
Brickmania is now stocking TrickSack playmats/storage bags. The 36″ TrickSack storage bag is on sale for $24.99 and will hold several gallons of LEGO bricks. Lay it out on the floor for play and just pull the cord for easy clean up. Click here to see all the TrickSack storage solutions.
3. Brickmania Building Wearables
Brickmania’s pullover hooded sweatshirt will keep you warm during the cold winter months and is on sale for just $25. If sweating is not your thing, then we have seven awesome T-shirts for just $10 each. Everyone looks better building in Brickmania’s wearables. Try one on for yourself and you’ll agree! Check ‘em out here.
4. Brickmania Gift Certificate
Don’t know if your little general wanted an M16 from an AK47? M4 Sherman or M4 Carbine? How about you eliminate the guesswork and give a Brickmania Gift Certificate! They can be made out in any amount starting at $1 on up to $1000. Click here to order a gift certificate and you can even send it by email! Order a gift certificate here.
5. BrickArms Squad in a Box Packs
Brickmania is the exclusive distributor of the BrickArm’s “Squad in a Box” accessory packs. This little box contains enough BrickArms accessories to outfit five complete figures plus a custom printed BrickArms crate. Also included is a free bonus set of Roaglaan’s Customs waterside decals for those who dare to make your own custom figures. They come in the following themes: US Army Infantry (WW2), Russian Infantry (WW2), German Infantry (WW2), British Infantry (WW2) and US Army (Vietnam).
6. Minifigure Customization Book
Did we mention making your own custom minifigs? Where does one start? Well we have the ultimate guide just for that, written by Jared K Burkes, one of the best customizers out there! For just $9.95 you can have all the secrets for making your own professional-looking custom minifigs! We also have tons of Roaglaan’s Customs and Archer Dry Transfers decal packs HERE.
7. BrickArms Reloaded Weapons
Looking for an extra cool BrickArms item? We have a limited supply of over molded and prototype weapons in stock. These are generally hand-made by BrickArms creator Will Chapman and are far more rare than standard production BrickArms. Check out our rapidly dwindling stock here
8. Custom Minifigs
Don’t feel like making your own figs? Brickmania is starting to stock more custom minifigs than ever before, including several exclusive designs. Some have custom accessories from top producers like BrickArms and MMCB Capes and most are less than $25. Some even have bulk discounts if you order five or more. Check them all out here.
9. Brickmania Custom LEGO Mini Kits
Brickmania currently has a bunch of World War II minikits for under $25. These are all the same scale as the more expensive Brickmania kits and will work with all of our minifigs and accessories. No these aren’t “LEGO Compatible” because they actually are LEGO bricks! Click here to view all of our Minikits.
10. BrickArms Zombie Defense Pack 2014
Zombies!! ZOMBIES! BrickArms has just released their latest 2014 Zombie Defense Pack and it’s been the hit of the season! Includes everything your minifigs will need to defend themselves during the impending Zombie Apocalypse. Even includes a “puff ink” printed Zombie head for your trophy wall! Click here to see all of the exciting BrickArms packs – all priced under $25!
“One of two (known) specially modified MH-60s used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan on 1 May 2011 was damaged in a hard landing, and was subsequently destroyed by U.S. forces. Subsequent reports state that the Black Hawk destroyed was a previously unconfirmed, but rumored, modification of the design with reduced noise signature and stealth technology. The modifications are said to add several hundred pounds to the base helicopter including edge alignment panels, special coatings and anti-radar treatments for the windshields.”
Brickmania can not confirm or deny that this helicopter is real, but we can confirm this is a sweet kit!
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
The Steal Black Hawk has the following features:
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks and this one includes compatible weapons by BrickArms. This model comes disassembled and includes completed printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box.
This kit is strictly limited to just 50 copies.
Brickmania will be back at Cantigny Park for the NILTC‘s annual LEGO Train Show on December 14-15th. We take over the entire visitors center with massive LEGO displays and invite some of the best vendors from across the country. Admission is free and the $5 parking fee is waived with a donation for Toys 4 Tots. See you there!
About the image: The TCLTC (Twin Cities Lego Train Club) set up a holiday train display today at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul. The display, sponsored by Brickmania and Brickstuff and, is part of their Santa’s Train Shop event running weekends through December 22nd.
First word of advise – don’t wait until the last minute! Not only will you have a better selection by ordering earlier, you will save tons on shipping and have your items delivered on time! While we usually get all packages to the post office on the same or next business day the order is placed, heavier seasonal volume may cause an additional 1-2 days delay in processing. We’ll make every attempt to keep up on orders, but can’t guarantee every order will be shipped the same day or even the next business day. Weekends are the busiest times for us, so your order placed on Sunday may not make it out until Tuesday. Keep that in mind and plan head. Here is a link to the US Postal Service official Holiday Mailing Deadlines, but past experience suggests you treat it with some skepticism!
Our default shipping method is by First Class US Mail for packages weighing 13 ounces or less, and Priority Mail for heavier packages. This generally takes 2-5 business days for your package to be delivered anywhere in the continental USA, longer to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, etc. The US Postal Service does not deliver on Sunday and holidays.
If you would like to have more control over delivery date and better tracking information, we do offer several UPS options. Our UPS pickup comes in the late afternoon, so if you place an order for Next Day Air delivery at 5pm, it will not go out until the following business day. UPS does not delivery on Saturday, Sunday and most major holidays. These days also do not count against your guaranteed delivery date. For example, if we ship a Next Day Air on Friday, it will be delivered on Monday. Second Day are shipped Friday will be delivered on Tuesday, etc.
Our two default shipping options for international shipments are Economy (maximum 4 pounds) and Priority. While Economy is supposed to be airmail service, we have found it may take as long as eight weeks to reach certain countries. While we are supplied with tracking numbers for international packages, we are not able to track packages beyond the point of departure from the USA (Chicago). Canadian Customers: If you order with Economy shipping, don’t expect any packages shipped in December to arrive before Christmas. Priority Mail packages to Canada may be subject to delays up to 10 business days for customs clearance.
We do offer UPS options for international customers. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for all taxes and fees levied by your local Customs agency. Some countries like Canada will also make you pay a bond fee for your customs clearance. This is not something we are able to pre-pay on our end and you will have to pay these fees upon delivery. UPS is very fast and reliable but it is going to cost you more for the service.