BRICKSIE’s Most Frequently Asked Questions!

Hey everybody! Hope January has treated you well. If you’ve been following along on the channel, you’ll know this month has been huge for me, with the LEGO room really coming together, the BRICKSIE wall getting placed, building and placing the new Ninjago Gardens and much, much more.

As the channel closes in on 100,000 subscribers (can you BELIEVE that?!), I wanted to take the time to answer some of the most common questions I get asked on the channel as well as social media. I have made a few videos over the past few years addressing them, but with all the new followers, it might be time for a refresher!

How do I keep the LEGO room clean?

This one comes up all the time. It really depends on how big your collection is, what your home is like, and how much dust you’re really comfortable with. I clean the room fairly regularly with a quick sort of sealed sets, tidy of stray bricks, and vacuum. My house is fairly new and the air is filtered well, so there’s not as much work involved in staying on top of it. LEGO fans in older buildings or dealing with a lot of pets hanging out in the same room as their collections may have more work to do, which is why some place their sets in shelving with glass doors.

When it comes to dusting the individual sets (which I don’t do nearly often enough), I take a quick Swiffer duster to it. Some will get much more intense, using toothbrushes or paintbrushes to go over the studs. It’s pretty unreal!

How do I afford it?

This is probably my absolute most commonly asked question. To be frank, its a mixture of hard work, time, patience, and a little luck!

I worked part time from the ages of 13-18 and full time from 19 onward. I wasn’t really into blowing my money as a kid, so while I was growing up I saved most of what I earned. Between living at home with little to no expenses and being blessed with some wise people to guide me in financial literacy, I built up a pretty great set of saving habits that stayed with me into adulthood when I began working full-time and earning the big money!

When I got into LEGO, I couldn’t imagine the groundswell of support I would receive one day on the channel, which has allowed me to make running the Bricksie community my full-time job. I’m a very lucky man, and very grateful for my fans!

What was your first set?

This one is easy. The 2014 AT-AT Walker (75054)!

I first snagged it on May 4th 2015 after catching a Facebook ad for Star Wars Day sales. I thought it looked pretty fun and took the chance on a new hobby, not realizing what a rabbit hole I had uncovered. Nowadays, I have walkers coming out the wazoo, and they’re still sick!

What about your FAVOURITE set?

This one is kind of a two-parter!

My absolute favourite set of all time was actually a gift. When I hit 50,000 subscribers, some of my longtime fans got together and surprised me with the UCS Imperial Shuttle (10212).

This set was on my wishlist for a long time, and between that and the fact that it represents a huge milestone for the channel as well as an incredibly thoughtful gift from the community, this will probably always be my #1.

When it comes to the LEGO City, my favourite modular has got to be the Creator Expert Detective’s Office (10246). It was my first modular building and it’s what got me into the possibilities of the LEGO City. The channel would look very different if I never pulled the trigger on this set.

Here’s a little more about my favourite sets, least favourites and more:

What’s the deal with fan mail?

Fans have been sending me LEGO and other goodies for a while now, and it’s a huge part of what makes the community really come together!

When it comes to LEGO, some of it will be built on the channel in live streams or reviewed in regular videos! Others will be folded into regular giveaways for channel members to keep everybody brickin’.

Other gifts have included coffee mugs, mouse pads, fan art and more! All fan mail gets opened up on my channel and makes its way to treasured positions around the LEGO room. It makes me feel much more connected to my channel members and helps to bridge gap between my basement and your screens at home. Ideally, I’d like to open a public space for Bricksie HQ someday, so fans can come hang out in person!

To send fan mail, address your shipment to:

PO BOX 63011
1780-8882-170th Street
Edmonton, AB T5T 5X1
Canada

Become a Bricksie Member!

Since joining YouTube wayyyyy back in 2015, I’ve continued to be blown away by the support, positivity & passion of YT’s LEGO community.

As a result, I’ve continued to try to find ways to promote and build on the community so that more LEGO fans can enjoy it for years to come.

That support has come in many forms, including the Bricksie Discord server, Patreon, regular live streams of what I’m building, all my social channels and more. I try to give back as good as I get, and I am super grateful for the friends and fans that have found a home in Brickmonton.

Some long-time members immortalized in brick!

All of these channels have come together into the Bricksie Membership, which I am super excited about.

For $2.99 a month gain access to all of the following perks:

  • Get a badge icon beside your username that evolves over time!
  • Use custom emoji’s when interacting on the BRICKSIE YouTube channel!
  • Automatically be entered into regular LEGO giveaways. Recent giveaways included 10 LEGO gift cards valued at $30 USD each!
  • Full access to the BRICKSIE Discord Server!
  • Chat with hundreds of experienced LEGO fans from all over the world!
  • After three months you will be given a name brick that will be incorporated into the BRICKSIE pillar (above)!
  • Hop in weekly members-only live streams where we voice chat and can meet face to face. This allows a much more personalized interaction!
  • Participate in polls and determine what we build during live streams!

Every membership helps the channel grow and become more diverse, giving me the ability to do more events and stream even crazier builds.

I can’t wait to see what me and my members get up to next! Here’s a link to join!


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Goodbye LIFE OF FORESIGHT! Hello BEYOND BRICKSIE!

You might have caught a change on my second channel! After a quick rebrand I’m happy to be relaunching Life of Foresight into Beyond Bricksie!

What does that mean content-wise for the new channel? More frequent behind-the-scenes posts from me as we film just about anything going on in the typical day of a YouTuber. Sometimes this will mean unboxings and reviews of non-LEGO related stuff that is too cool not to share!

Other days, tune in to see something scrumptious in the oven, celebrate the holidays with us and more! I can’t wait to get more content filmed and underway!

Thanks again for subscribing and following along! Till next time!

Looking back on Bricksie’s 2020!

What a year!

2020 was a turbulent one for just about everybody, and Bricksie HQ was no exception. As we look forward to 2021 with optimism, I wanted to take a look back at some of the major milestones I navigated this year. Join me in a quick jaunt down memory lane!

  1. My Most Watched Video

Back in February, I released a LEGO City update that wound up being my most watched video TO DATE, with over 835,000 views (and counting)! Check it out below!

To be honest, I kind of miss this setup, but I’m eager to see the new layout grow!

2. The Move of all Moves

Me and Mrs. Bricksie bought a brand new pad! We’re loving the new house, and my subscribers were with me every step of the way, from the final update in the old place, to the packing and moving the collection, and the final setup in the new joint!

Check out each step of the journey above, and the most recent update below:

3. LEGO Store Re-opening

After the pandemic shut down stores across the globe, I was itching for the day when retailers could safely reopen. When they finally did, the shopping experience looked MUCH different, with new safety precautions in place that took some getting used to. LEGO has done a great job streamlining COVID procedures to offer versatile, unobtrusive safety measures that have minimal impact on customers.

Check out my first day back below:

4. West Edmonton Mall LEGO Store Grand Opening

Hard to remember back in the summer when rumors were first beginning to swirl about the new LEGO Store being planned for West Edmonton Mall. I was there from the beginning, delivering news, construction updates (like a LOT of construction updates) and more.

As opening day approached, imagine my shock when LEGO actually invited me in for a sneak peek of one of the largest LEGO stores in the world before its official opening! I can’t thank LEGO enough for the opportunity! (I started returning the favor right away by buying out practically their entire stock).

5. Movember Charity Drive

I spent the month of November with an itchy upper lip as we got ready to launch a 12-HOUR livestream for charity on November 28th! We donated the entirety of the BRICKSIE net profits for the day and with your help raised an amazing amount of money for men’s physical and mental health issues. It is truly amazing when the LEGO community comes together to support a cause and I can’t wait to see what challenges await us next year.

Not too shabby, eh?

Those are just a few highlights from the biggest year the channel has ever had. While I’m proud of these accomplishments, I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support. Bricksie would be nothing without my subscribers & members, and I am immensely grateful that so many fans have continued to tune in. We’re currently closing on 75,000 subscribers and recently surpassed 12 MILLION total channel views, and it boggles the mind to imagine where 2021 will take us.

Be sure to check out Life of Foresight, my new non-LEGO channel where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at a day in the life of Bricksie.

Happy New Year everybody! Stay safe and all the best for 2021!

My TOP 10 LEGO sets of 2020

Hey everybody! Been a while since we had a regular blog series going. Hoping you all enjoy the read, and if you do we’ll make them a regular thing!

2020 was one heck of a year on all fronts, and LEGO was no exception. Some incredible sets came out across all LEGO brands and themes. Let’s take a look back at some of my absolute favourites from the past year!

(This was a difficult list to make, and these sets are in no particular order. It would break my heart to choose!)

Diagon Alley™ Set #75978

Me and Mrs. Bricksie love us some Harry Potter, so snagging this set was a no-brainer. It’s incredibly detailed, with individual cutaway buildings for Ollivanders™ Wand Shop, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, Scribbulus™ Writing Implements, Flourish & Blotts™ and Quality Quidditch™ Supplies.

Diagon Alley Full Set
Look at all those figs!

Kids will dig this set for the play possibilities, including choosing your first wand (or letting it choose you!) while those with LEGO cities such as myself can appreciate the versatility of the set, as it can be integrated into modular buildings or be built as its own enclosed alley. Not to mention the exclusive minifigures!

Gilderoy Lockhart, Florean Fortescue, Lucius Malfoy and the Daily Prophet photographer.
Gilderoy Lockhart, Florean Fortescue, Lucius Malfoy and the Daily Prophet photographer. (From lego.com.)

Check out my full review here:

Nintendo Entertainment System™ Set #71374

Its-a me, BRICKSIE!
This set blew my mind when it was announced and I think its a huge indicator of the kind of creative design elements we can expect from LEGO in the years to come.

LEGO NES
I can hear that old CRT screen sizzle.

Coming with the NES console, controller, the original Super Mario Bros. cartridge & and old school TV set, its one heck of a recreation. But that’s not what boggles Bricksie’s mind. The crank on the side of the set pulling our 8-bit hero through a brick conveyor belt depiction of World 1-1 will integrate with the LEGO Mario figure (sold separately) to produce music & sounds for what’s on the screen. WHAT?! Imagine telling someone about this feature 10 years ago!

My full review:

Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 Set #42115

The detail here is absolutely unreal! Movable gearshift! 8-speed transmission! Moving steering and working V12 engine pistons! Scissor doors! *DROOL*

LEGO Lambo Sian
It’s hard not to cry, it’s so beautiful.

Almost 4000 pieces make up this lime green speed demon. That said, Technic cars can be a bit of a love-hate thing for me. For all the detail LEGO has achieved, problems will turn up with the sheer intricacy of all these moving parts. More on that here:

CREATOR 3-in-1 Pirate Ship Set #31109

This set is a little less expensive than some of the others on this list and has some really unique play options, making it especially cool for the youngins’.

LEGO Pirate Ship
Yo ho ho!

The ship itself is pretty awesome, but the fact that it can be rebuilt into TWO alternate designs is incredibly cool and makes this one of the most versatile sets we’ve seen in years.

LEGO Pirates Inn
I wonder if my Air Miles work here…

Alternate build number one is the Pirate’s Inn, a really nice balance of simplicity with world-immersing details.

Skull Island
BONE-CHILLING! Haha get it?

The second alternate build is the spooky Skull Island! Between these three sets, you could technically play out a full swashbuckling pirate adventure, from the beginning of the journey to setting sail to arrival at the mysterious location marked on your treasure map.
OR, and hear me out, you can fill up your bathtub and see if this sucker floats for real:

CREATOR Ghostbusters™ ECTO-1 #10274

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts…anymore!

Ecto-1
You can hear the siren, can’t ya?

I loved the original Ecto-1 set, but the LEGO totally upped his game with the new Creator set and I was psyched to pick this bad boy up. It’s nice to be able to pass the time while we wait for the new movie with a set as detailed as this, with 2352 pieces depicting the legendary car, including moving ghost tracking antenna, a flip-out gunner seat, and a mini remote trap vehicle.

It comes with a set of rust stickers, but I left them off so I can pretend it’s 1984. Full review here:

1989 Batwing Set #76161

Joker wreaking havoc on Gotham? No problem!

LEGO Batwing
I am the night.


LEGO set a high bar with the ’89 Batmobile from last year, but the new 89 Batwing set checks off all the boxes. It comes with posable flaps, an opening canopy, an angled display stand and brackets to mount your Batwing…which I did! The two exclusive minifigures are also a huge plus.

Full review:

Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters

Set #43179

Perfect for the Disney fan in all of us.

Mickey & Minnie
Couples goals.

Clocking in at 1739 pieces, the Mickey & Minnie set comes with Mickey’s soapbox guitar, an old fashioned camera and tripod, and a photo album to capture some memories. The film cell bases can interconnect too!

My full review here:

CREATOR Colosseum Set #10276

BEHOLD!

LEGO Colosseum
It’s like I’m really in Rome!

By piece count, this sucker is the biggest official LEGO set of ALL TIME. 9036 pieces collide to recreate a bygone era, complete with the ampitheatre, outer walls, and even little olive trees dotting the ruins.
I also dig the tiny Fiat easter egg they managed to sneak in!

Full review:

Mos Eisley Cantina™ Set #75290

 You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Happy hour is when you don’t get an arm lopped off.

Another remarkably versatile set. Recreate classic scenes, enclose the set for a Tatooine MOC, the possibilities are endless. But the real value here is the 21 minifigures, including seven EXCLUSIVE to this set!

Lego Minifigures
WHAT. A. LINEUP. (From lego.com.)

The Landspeeder is entirely new too. Check out my review:

LEGO Helmets (All of ’em!)

An entirely new line of LEGO sets, LEGO helmets are fairly cost effective and make incredible display pieces.

So far LEGO has concentrated mostly on Star Wars, with the addition of a lone Iron Man build. This series could go in a bunch of different directions and I’m pumped to see it grow in 2021 and beyond.

My review (so far):

Did I miss anything that made your list? Let me know in the comments! Plus, remember to subscribe to my channel as we enter a whole new world of LEGO possibilities in 2021!

Lego City Topographical Update #3 + Amusement Park