Brickmania 2021 MOC Contests: Rules and Details

BRICKMANIACS! We’re thrilled to announce our second MOC contest for 2021! Here’s what you need to know…

Brickmania MOC Contests will be held twice per year. All entires must be new creations and should be submitted to bkmmocsubmissions@gmail.com with the following information…

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1941 Restocks and Restock Preorders!

December is here! This month’s theme is Homefront Bricks and 1941, so we’re kicking off the week with relevant restocks from early WWII! Get the M4A3 Sherman, Staghound Mk 1, WWII Wake Island Marine, and more now on brickmania.com!

Here’s a look at the complete rundown…

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Bell® Boeing® V-22 Osprey® and Bell® UH-1(H) Super Huey® on Preorder Now!

This Friday’s lineup is incredible! Get the Bell® Boeing® V-22 Osprey®, Bell® UH-1(H) Super Huey®, CHP Motorcycle Duo, Doris Miller, and WWII US Navy Sailor right now on brickmania.com! Remember, #Giveaways return tomorrow! Check back in the morning for this weekend’s theme!

Brickmania 2021 Veteran and Active Service Member Spotlight: Shawn Proudfoot

For November 2021 Brickmania has elected to spotlight several deserving individuals who are military veterans or active service members and part of the military LEGO community. Our goal is to show those new to this community that it is supportive and welcoming, and that no one is alone.

We’re also working in conjunction with the Minnesota Military Family Foundation to raise money all month long to support service families in need. For more info, click HERE.

Today’s spotlight is: Shawn Proudfoot

My name is Shawn Proudfoot, originally from LaCrosse, WI and joined the Army in 1992 and retired as a SFC (Sergeant First Class) in 2013. I served as an MOS 13M MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) Crew Member my entire career with additional duty positions sprinkled in along the way.
My tour of duty had me assigned Fort Sill, OK, Home of the “King of Battle” Field Artillery, for a majority of my career but spent time at Fort Riley, KS, Fort Lewis, WA, White Sands Missile Range, NM, 29 Palms, CA, Fort Chaffee, AK, and Milwaukee Recruiting BN (Duty LaCrosse) as an Army Recruiter as well. My overseas tours had me stationed in Korea and deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, UAE at various times.
The joy of LEGO takes me back to my earliest memories, the late 1970s with my first memory as set 588 Police Headquarters from 1978, and has been with me ever since and has even passed though my children and soon to be through my new Granddaughter I hope. Finding a connection to my other passion, aviation, I found the Brickmania F-14 Tomcat and my life hasn’t been the same since. Building military and aviation kits has brought a whole new life to my collection and I enjoy seeing pieces from the past for me to remember the good old days and the present to see where the military is going since I retired. The pride of my collection has become the Brickmania MLRS Launcher which represents my time in service very well.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize myself and other veterans for all they have done and continue to do and thank you for giving us a way to ride down memory lane through our joy or LEGO.

Find Shawn on social media as: proudbrickfoot

We asked those participating in this month’s spotlights to submit photos of themselves, the work they’ve done, and their military LEGO collections. Find them in the gallery below!

A special thanks to all who participated in this year’s spotlights, and an additional thanks to all those helping raise money for the good people at the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. Brickmaniacs are truly the best fans in the world!

The USS Arizona Remembered

BKM2367 Brickmania USS Arizona

Lined with twelve 14-inch guns mounted in four super-firing triple turrets—two forward, and two aft—the USS Arizona was a striking figure of naval superiority. The Arizona was the second—and final—of the Pennsylvania super dreadnoughts built at the end of the Great War. She was a 31,400 ton vessel that was built at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Her crew consisted of 1,639 enlisted seamen as well as 92 officers and warrants. Her first years of service were spent cruising the Atlantic and Mediterranean, reaching as far as Turkey. During the 1920s, the Arizona shifted to Southern California, patrolling the West Coast, and making occasional visits to Hawaiʻi for fleet exercises.

From 1929 to 1931, the Arizona shifted back to the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, for modernization. All of her major components were upgraded to better suit a “modern” war. These included: cage masts replaced by tripod masts, torpedo bulges along the hull, horizontal armor for better protection from air attacks, new boilers and turbines, upgraded guns, and added anti-aircraft armament. American military strategists highlighted aircraft to be an essential aspect of future naval conflicts, and the Arizona’s upgrades reflected that deduction. Upon completion of the upgrades in March of 1931, the Arizona took President Hoover on a vacation cruise around the Caribbean.

As the 1930s drew to a close, war was on the horizon. Germany had sent its blitzkrieg across Europe, while the Japanese were leap frogging across Asia and the Pacific to expand their empire. As Japan’s aggressions increased, relations with the United States waned. To help fend off the Japanese threat, the Arizona was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaiʻi. Her presence was essential to the defense of the United States and its territories in the Pacific.

On October 22, 1941, during routine exercises, the Arizona was struck port side by the USS Oklahoma. The collision created a four-foot-wide by twelve-foot-long V-shaped hole along the torpedo bulge. The Arizona was sent to dry dock at Pearl Harbor for repairs. Her last training exercise occurred on the night of December 4—a night-firing practice with the Nevada and Oklahoma. All three were moored along Ford Island the following day.

December 7, 1941, the Arizona’s color detail was on deck waiting for 8:00 am to raise the stern colors. The harbor was quiet at that hour, many still recovering from the activities of the night before. The wars raging in Europe and Asia did not yet feel real. They seemed as distant at Pearl Harbor as they were stateside. For many uniformed soldiers, Hawaiʻi was paradise, a conclave of beaches and beautiful waters that suggested anything but war. As 8:00 am approached, so did the low-toned droning sound of aircraft. The war had arrived.

Nearly one-hundred Japanese carrier based B5N2 “Kate” bombers hummed through the skies over Hawaiʻi towards Pearl Harbor. Forty of the Kates were outfitted with torpedoes—their sights set on battleship row. The California, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Nevada were sunk almost immediately. The other sixty Kates, outfitted with bombs, looked for opportunistic targets. The Arizona fell victim early on to an 800-kilogram bomb. At roughly 8:10 am, the bomb struck forward of turret two along the starboard side. The bomb sunk into the turret’s powder magazine. Seconds later, the Arizona erupted. The foremast and forward superstructure imploded inward toward the void left by the explosion. Turrets one and two sank into the hull, twenty feet lower than their respective positions. In total, 1,177 sailors were entombed in the Arizona, their final resting place.

Battleships, long considered the flagship of a nation’s navy, were now defenseless against aerial attack. Pearl Harbor set the course for future naval conflict. Fortunately for the United States, aircraft carriers Enterprise, Lexington, and Saratoga, were all on exercises and not present during the attack. Japan’s inability to cripple the United States’ fleet carriers gave the U.S. a tactical advantage. No longer would naval conflicts be won by battleships trading blows.

The USS Arizona today is a memorial that has become a popular tourist attraction. However, the Arizona serves as more than that; it is a reminder of the sacrifice, of the loss, and of overwhelming grief that comes with war. Like the aftermath of 9/11, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona rallied the people of the United States, to set aside their differences and to unite to fight against a global terror.

BKM2367 Brickmania USS Arizona

Brickmania 2021 Veteran and Active Service Member Spotlight: Marty Becker

For November 2021 Brickmania has elected to spotlight several deserving individuals who are military veterans or active service members and part of the military LEGO community. Our goal is to show those new to this community that it is a supportive, welcoming, and no one is alone.

We’re also working in conjunction with the Minnesota Military Family Foundation to raise money all month long to support service families in need. For more info, click HERE.

Today’s spotlight is: Marty Becker

“(The photo is) from May 1983 of me with one of the radars I maintained at Lajes Field, Azores. Third Generation USAF Family; Father, Mother, Brother, Brother’s Son and myself. USAF, Sgt, 1982-1986, Air Traffic Control Radar Maintenance Technician.

Find Marty on social media as: Legonut13

We asked those participating in this month’s spotlights to submit photos of themselves, they work they done, and their military LEGO collections. Find them in the gallery below!

A special thanks to all those who participated in this year’s spotlights, and an additional thanks to all those helping raise money for the good people at the Minnesota Military Family foundation. Brickmaniacs are truly the best fans in the world!

Sikorsky® MH-60T Jayhawk™ and Modern Jet Fighter Accessories Arrive on Digital Download!

Get the Sikorsky® MH-60T Jayhawk™ and Modern Jet Fighter Accessories (including the Aircraft Stand) now as digital downloads on brickmania.com! Plus, check out our Wednesday email for items soon to be out of stock online! Including some that will be gone for good!

Brickmania December 2021 Calendar: Download Here!

Decembers’s calendar has arrived! Homefront Bricks preorders are already in full swing and there’s plenty to look forward to, Including new releases and restocks at both the online store and in our retail locations!

Download the Brickmania 2021 December calendar below:

Plus, Tonkin Bricks (Vietnam War) is just around the corner! We have some very exciting builds and minifigs planned for January, including some that our fans have been begging for for a long time! Stay tuned!

Moving forward we’ll continue to drop monthly calendars here on the blog, as well as including physical copies in select orders and available for free in our retail locations. Be sure to check back for next month’s look ahead and always stay in the know on upcoming themes, builds, sales, and more!

2021 Cyber Monday Specials! Details Here!

An epic weekend continues with Cyber Monday! The StuG III Ausf. B, QF 18 Pounder, WWI British Infantry, and more are back on brickmania.com! Elite members can still use code: ELITE5 to save an extra 5% on everything in the Black Friday Specials category. Plus, weekend deals continue with free calendars, Wunderwaffe crates, and domestic shipping with qualified purchases!

2021 Black Friday Specials Have Arrived! Details Here!

The day is here Brickmaniacs! Brickmania Elite members can use code: ELITE5 for an additional 5% off everything in the Black Friday Specials category! Plus, epic new kits, minifigs, BrickArms®, and so much more are live right now on brickmania.com! Tune into the Friday SitRep or check out the website for more info on how you can get free stuff with your orders all weekend long!

To go directly to the Black Friday Specials Category, click HERE.

For more info on this weekend’s discounts/incentives, click HERE.

To check out this week’s new releases, click HERE.

Gotha IV and Garford-Putilov Digital Instructions!

New digital instructions have arrived! Get the Gotha IV and Garford-Putilov now on brickmania.com! Remember to pick up a corresponding sticker pack and a set of custom created wheels for the Garford-Putilov! Stay tuned for more Black Friday previews and safe travels all!

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