March 2021 is in the books and it couldn’t have been busier. The channel hit a MAJOR milestone and we sure did some celebrating during the 100k livestream. The Bricksie community sent me some incredible gifts to unbox and there’s still more to come as we get everything placed around the city.
As we approached 100k, we reached out to the local media to spread the word (more on that in the last blog). Having a camera crew in the LEGO room meant really working overtime to finish up some details for the city, and now that the minifigs are all placed, its looking really polished and full of life!
New Sets for March
New sets? Oh, we’ve got new sets for sure.
After running down the new sets at the LEGO Store on March 1, a lot of the month was consumed by 100k prep, detail work on the city, and some alt builds. Still, I was pumped to get the LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set and, while not new in the strictest sense, the Super Star Destroyer fan gift has been blowing my mind! Keep an eye on the channel to see that sucker get completed!
WHAT A WEEK! The main channel is about to hit the 100,000 subscriber milestone (1200 to go as of writing this!) and with that in mind, my team reached out to the local media to share the news and thank the community for the support.
After booking an segment with CTV News, the attention snowballed and by the end of the week, I was hearing from the CBC, doing phone interviews with all the local radio stations and getting up bright and early for a live morning show broadcast! Huge thanks to everyone that shared news stories, messaged me congratulations, or started tuning into the channel for the first time.
Having a news crew in the basement really kicked things into third gear, resulting in a hugely productive week for the city! So much growth and improvements made, including getting the minifigures placed, having a friend swing by and start building a fence around the railroad tracks, and much more. Amazing what you can accomplish when you’re about to be broadcast to the world.
The shortest month of the year has come and gone, and boy was it packed with LEGO projects. Let’s recap!
We built some pretty amazing new sets in live streams all throughout the month, many of which I still wouldn’t have in hand if I wasn’t a LEGO VIP member. I highly recommend signing up if you are on the fence.
On my channel, we film buying the latest LEGO release, live stream the build with my members, and then review the set, comparing it to other related releases or placing in the city as applicable. So whether you’re a gearhead or more of a LEGO Ideas fan, there’s always some content on the channel for you to check out.
This month, the hottest finds at the LEGO store were the Medieval Blacksmith set and the new Creator Porsche! Both amazing builds.
LEGO Room Updates
Huge progress was made on the LEGO room this month! In addition to completely revamping the LEGO shelves surrounding the city, Brickmonton’s rough final layout was finalized, allowing me to move on to street details, working on the theme park, and more. Feels good!
The LEGO Wall…Complete!
It’s been a long time coming, but the day finally came. At approximately 15,000 bricks, holding up 570 unique minifigures and occupying 35 square feet, the Bricksie wall is complete! So proud to wrap up this project and be able to place sigfigs from the community in their permanent home. If you want your own minifigure on display at Bricksie HQ, check out the Fan Mail tab on the site!
I was just thinking, you know what’s awesome? Star Wars. You know what else is awesome! LEGO, obviously. So naturally, the pairing of the two has produced some of my favourite LEGO sets of all time. I would say easily about a third of the LEGO room is full of Star Wars stuff, and when you consider how much room the city occupies, that’s no small feat.
But what are my favourites? That’s a toughie. Most of these sets are among the top rated or most expensive in my collection, and for good reason! I’ve done my best to narrow it down to an all-time top 5. Let’s see if there are any surprises on here!
UCS Imperial Shuttle (10212)
This one is a no-brainer. As I mentioned in my FAQ blog post back in January, this set was one I was after for a long time and was given to me as a surprise gift from some of my members for hitting 50,000 subscribers. It means a lot to me, and it’s one hell of a nice display piece. If you find one at a good price, I absolutely recommend snagging it.
UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)
This sucker belongs on any half-decent LEGO Star Wars top 5 list. It made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, for crying out loud!
What can be said about the Falcon that hasn’t been said already? It’s a beast of a build, with over 7,500 pieces. The detailing, the sheer size, the swappable radar dishes, the minifigure lineup…oh man. There’s a reason I have videos of buying it, unboxing it, building it, reviewing it, displaying it, and comparing it to other sets. If you can afford it (both in terms of money and shelf space), the Falcon is a must-have. Punch it, Chewie!
UCS Death Star II (10143)
Up and coming collector’s may have a hard time tracking this set down, as it came out way back in 2005 and is long retired! It took me a few years of searching, but I found someone willing to part with it and I’m glad I did. My buddy Kevin gave me a great deal, but it was basically the Dust Star at that point.
After cleaning it up and rebuilding the old girl, I can happily report that it doesn’t disappoint. The Death Star playset is fun for sure, but I prefer the display piece.
2014 AT-AT (75054)
Another set that’s close to my heart as the first bit of LEGO merch I ever went out and bought. None of this would be here today if I hadn’t snagged this walker, so it makes the top five, edging out some very impressive UCS sets and other builds.
It holds up very well too, and I should know. I have NINE walkers now, but the ol’ girl beats out the competition every time.
More of an AT-ST fan? I got you covered:
Slave I (75060)
Last, but definitely not least. Boba Fett’s ride. It’s amazing. Loads of detail for both display and play features. The minifigs are stellar, and the ship itself is so beloved by the fandom for its cool factor and ominous profile.
Since Fett’s triumphant return in the Mandalorian and the announcement of his own show, I imagine this set will only get harder to find as time goes on. Yeah, there’s been new ones since, but its just not the same, is it?
Did I leave anything out? What would you have on your list? Let me know! I should make a new LEGO Star Wars video soon, but in the meantime, here was my whole collection as of April last year!
It’s the shortest month of the year and the past week has been absolutely jam-packed! Here’s a quick recap of everything you might’ve missed this week, on both channels!
After taking a look through my backlog of sets to build, wouldn’t you know it, I went out and bought more!
This week, the LEGO Blacksmith set hit stores and I absolutely love it! Definitely pick it up if you can, it would make a great addition to any collection. Check out my full review here:
In other LEGO news, the final chapter of the epic showdown between me and Brettski concluded this week!
For those who don’t remember, 4 months ago Brettski made an epic bet: If I hits 100,000 subscribers by January 15th, I was to ship Brettski the Ewok Village. I’m just over 90k now…meaning Brettski had to part with the Ultimate Iron Man Art! I received it in the mail this week and got it put together and hung up in the LEGO room. Thanks for the memories Brettski!
My second channel, Beyond Bricksie, got a big rebrand and is going strong too!
What’s coming up on the channel?
In a word, lots. In another word, oodles.
Tomorrow I’ll be heading down to the LEGO Store to pick up the new Medieval Blacksmith set (21325). Keep an eye on the channel for the shopping video as well as the building livestream and eventual review!
I’m also getting ready to build one of my biggest MOCs yet – the Castello Fortificato from BooneBuilds on Rebrickable. So, viewers who were concerned watching me smash the Colosseum set can breathe easy, the pieces are going to a good cause and I’m already working on a new Colosseum set.
We’ll also be continuing to work away on the BRICKSIE wall and getting organized to make a dent in my massive backlog of sets to build. Lots to do!
Stay tuned this week for the Blacksmith build, a new Cemetery MOC that I’ve been keeping quiet about, and much more!
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!