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New bunker with flak position goes into production

New bunker with flak position goes into production

Published on 10.11.2018

We are currently receiving a lot of new designs, which we would like to introduce to you in the following days.

The first one is a bunker with flak position which offers space for several soldiers. As a 'big brother' it will complement the one-man bunker. The Flak Vierling 38 was recreated authentically and uses some interesting parts to look as true to the original as possible.

Have you already discovered the two skis?

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Bunker Flak 1
Bunker Flak 2

SNOT - a construction technique for advanced users

SNOT - a construction technique for advanced users

Published on 07.11.2018

Bricks are clingy. Not only do they cling well to our feet when we step on them barefoot, but above all they cling to each other. That's why you can build high with them without everything collapsing. This is made possible by the knob, which sits on most bricks on top and can be stuck into the underside of almost all other bricks.


Advanced builders and more sophisticated sets of bricks use not only the classic stacking of bricks but another technique which is called "SNOT - stud not on top". If you have already built one of our Bluebrixx Specials, you have certainly got to know this construction technique.
There are a lot of special parts, which cause a change in direction of the knobs by 90°.

Without this technique, our realistic models would not be possible, whether it's the skyskrapers of Manhattan or a tank turret. SNOT is indispensable for modern brick sets like Bluebrixx.

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snot building snot building open

Foley Square in final inspection

Foley Square in final inspection

Published on 05.11.2018

Lower Manhattan continues to grow rapidly! We've just showed you the first pics of the World Trade Center module now the next module arrives: The Foley Square.

Here are some important government buildings. The beige skyscraper with the large vents is the AT & T Long Lines Building. It does not have a single window and is considered one of the safest skyscrapers in America. It has it's own gas and water supplies, even an own power generation - a real architectural icon.


The third module and the second take City Hall into their midst. Right next to the eponymous park Foley Square stands the famous Supreme Court, whose module will soon be produced.

If our Manhattan grows much further, we need a bigger photo box here at Bluebrixx!

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foley square2

 

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Are you an AFOB?

Are you an AFOB?

Published on 02.11.2018

You're here, so you're probably an AFOB. We're happy about it.
But what is an AFOB?
The AFOLs have been around for quite some time and stands for "Adult Fans of Lego ®".
While the AFOL is limited to Lego® and just a fan of Lego®, the AFOB likes all models of comparable bricks.

An AFOB is the true fan of Bricks, he is the "Adult Fan of Bricks".
And one thing's for sure, as beautiful as the Lego® models are, and they are undisputed, but the world of bricks is so much bigger, and the AFOB does not have to be limited to just one bricks manufacturer.
So, are you an AFOB already?

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AFOB

World Trade Center is almost done

World Trade Center is almost done

Published on 29.10.2018

The next module for our big Manhattan model is very eagerly awaited by many of you.
Today we can finally show you the first copy of the World Trade Center module.
It is currently in production and after that it only needs to be shipped to Germany. So, you can be sure that it could be waiting for you under the Christmas tree later this year.


Really cool are the stones and tiles in a steel-metallic color. In this way, the modern Architecture of this famous buildings come ito its own.

Check out the pictures, just to quicken your appetite.

 

world trade center
 

Better stickers for your tanks!

Better stickers for your tanks!

Published on 27.10.2018

We always look at how we can further improve our BlueBrixx Specials, of course.
And we also welcome suggestions from our fans. Now, we have upgraded the stickers for the Wehrmacht models again.
We changed the Balkenkreuz a bit. In the original there were slightly different versions.
Our revised sticker has the narrow and black side stripes, now.
But the most important thing: the tower numbers as stickers. Mostly these were three-digit for tank, train and company. In exceptional cases, there were also 2 and 4-digit numbers. On our new sticker sheets you have every number 4 times, therefore you can assemble practically all tower numbers.
The new stickers sheets are now available instead of the old ones and are send with each BlueBrixx Wehrmacht model.

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sticker sheet  

The right weapons matter

The right weapons matter

Published on 25.10.2018

When replicating weapons Lego® is a bit difficult, unless it is a laser gun from Star Wars. That's ok, because Lego® produces for the nursery.
But as a fan of historical tank models you need the right weapons for your models, of course. So we put together a small assortment with about 100 different sets.

There you will find weapons from different countries and eras, and other accessories such as sandbags, barbed wire, protective vests ...

Finally, you are able to equip your figures appropriately and like the original.

> Here you will find our accessory sets with weapons

weapons


The files to our tank tracks

The files to our tank tracks

Published on 23.10.2018

Since the range of Lego® on different chain links for tanks is quite sparse, we have developed different chain links in different sizes. This is necessary so that your tank models also have chains that correspond well to the real model and its proportions. As a BlueBrixx-Special you will find three different sizes. The smallest is 1 ½ nubs long, the middle 2 nubs long and the big one is 3 nubs long. You get a set of 100 pieces for 5, - to 6, - Euro. In addition to the typical black, we also have the chains in dark gray and dark silver. I personally like the steel-colored ones in dark silver best.

In order to use the BlueBrixx chain links in your LDraw drafts, we have made the LDraw files available to download. They need to be in the folder "Parts / unofficial". For details, see the LDraw tutorial, if you do not already know it all. So, have fun with the BlueBrixx tank tracks.

> Here you will find the files for download
> Here you will find the BlueBrixx tank track links

tank track link


Not for kids

Not for kids

Published on 21.10.2018

BlueBrixx Specials are not designed for children's hands. They are elaborately designed models for adults and young adults. This species is also called AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego®) or AFOB (Adult Fan Of Bricks).

Our designers use many assembly techniques that are rather uncommon. Since the bricks are criss-cross and obliquely installed to meet the model as well as possible. This is often too difficult for children, and stability sometimes suffers. But the BlueBrixx Specials are not necessarily meant to play with (our railroad cars work anyway ;-). If our designers have the choice between a great design or easy assembly, they always choose the perfect design.
With this approach, we can make many, great models for you. Models which would never be sold by a toy manufacturer.

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Why do BlueBrixx Specials have not a printed manual?

Why do BlueBrixx Specials have not a printed manual?

Published on 19.10.2018

BlueBrixx Specials are designed for small quantities of very special models.
Models that will probably never exist as a standard set.
So we're talking about editions of perhaps a few 100 copies per set, not thousands like standard sets
from Cobi, Wange, Xingbao or even Lego®. Due to these small numbers printed manuals would be extremely expensive.
But once you've built a BlueBrixx Special with the help of the digital manual on the web pad, you'll quickly notice it how great that is. Maybe you have already made this experience yourself. The pad needs less space on the table, and the scrolling is really practical.
In addition to that, we can pass the instructions for free to anyone. Even if someone prefers Lego® instead.


What does BlueBrixx Special mean?

What does BlueBrixx Special mean?

Published on 17.10.2018

Usually, a Lego® set produces many thousands of pieces simultaneously.
This is no different with standard sets from Cobi, Xingao or Wange.
But now there are many great topics where you do not have thousands of sets that can be sold. For that matter, we offer the BlueBirxx Specials. Well-known designers creat extraordinary designs for the BlueBrixx Specials. These designs are not necessarly made for the nursery.

Parts for the sets are than rearranged from stored no-name bricks. So it does not have to be an expensive production machinery. That's why you get the BlueBrixx Specials at such low prices, despite the low number of units.


What are we doing here?

What are we doing here?

Published on 15.10.2018

To put it bluntly, Lego® does a great job.
But the world of bricks is much bigger than what Lego® ofers.

We want to fill in this gap and present you what Lego does not have.
These are our BlueBrixx Specials, which we have in very small quantities of no-name bricks
put together. The designs are made for BlueBrixx by well-known designers.

In addition, we also have standard sets of other brands such as Xingbao and Wange to offer you.

The world of bricks will be much, much bigger!


You are wanted as a designer

You are wanted as a designer

Published on 13.10.2018

In addition to the tank models and the Manhattan models as BlueBrixx Specials there are some new series coming up soon. 
City-scale models of the New York City Fire Department are under development. There are already more than 10 models of railway cars in production. Large models of fire models based on current models from Germany are being developed, and even more exciting topics are in preparation.

For more great series, we are still looking for designers. So if you are familiar with LDraw or StudIO and feel like making money with your hobby, just contact us.

We are looking forward to meet you: https://www.bluebrixx.com/en/contact 

Serie designen


Matching figures for your tanks

Matching figures for your tanks

Published on 12.10.2018

Again and again we have been asked for figures for our tank.
Now we finally got the matching custom minifigures for your tanks.
Soldiers of the US Army and the German Wehrmacht as minifigures are now available.
You get 10 custom minifigures for 14.95 euros.
All custom minifigures come with authentic armament like pistol, submachine gun or bazooka.
 
> Here you will find all custom minifigures

Custom Minifiguren


Big firefighter models will be available in 2019

Big firefighter models will be available in 2019

Published on 04.10.2018

A series of large fire department models is currently being planned.

The first sets will be ready in February / March 2019.

Here are some first pictures to make your appetite.

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Firetruck 1 building blocks set - can be combined with Lego

 

 

 

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New railway cars under development

New railway cars under development

Published on 02.10.2018

We are currently developing more than 10 new railway cars. All models are based on typical wagons from Germany. Whether it's a low side car, a high-side car, a tank car, a stake car or whatever, the selection will be great. Already with less than 10, - Euro will start. From November, the new railway wagons will be available as BlueBrixx special at www.bluebrixx.com.

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New products from Xingbao now available

New products from Xingbao now available

Published on 01.10.2018

Today we finally got the long awaited models from Xingbao.
Xingbao makes beautiful sets designed by well-known, international designers.
The range goes from great cars to military models to beautiful and elaborately designed city buildings.

Click here to see new Xingbao models

Xingbao Building Block Set

 

 

Xingbao Building Block Set - Tank


Already sold out - Register for Newsletter now

Already sold out - Register for Newsletter now

Published on 28.09.2018

The interest in our tank models from the BlueBrixx Special series continues unabated.
Of course, that makes us happy, and spurs us on to develop further models. We look forward to suggestions and wishes from you.
Unfortunately, some models like the Panzer 38 (t) and the Sturmgeschütz III are currently out of stock.
We expect a new delivery in November.
If you sign up for our newsletter, you will be automatically informed when the models are available again, or if we have news.
Here you can register for our newsletter: https://bluebrixx.com/en/newsletter

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Das Video zur Manhattan City Hall

Das Video zur Manhattan City Hall

Published on 08.09.2018

Schau Dir an, was der Designer Adrian zum dem Manhattan Modell sagt: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a96T2qNhPlg&t=2s

Manhattan Set Unit "City Hall"

Bereits vor über einem Jahr hatten wir die Idee einen großes Modell von Downtown Manhattan in der Größe von 1,20 Meter x 1,20 Meter zu machen. Unser Designer, Adrian, der auch schon mehrere andere Modelle für BlueBrixx.com entwickelt hat, war von der Idee sofort begeistert. Also haben wir das Projekt zusammen gestartet.

Einige Monate später haben wir das erste Resultat gesehen: Ein wirklich unglaublicher Entwurf für ein Modell von Downtown Manhattan aus über 20.000 Steinen.

Also der erste Schritt war gemacht. Adrian hat ein faszinierendes Design entwickelt. Aber die 20.000 Noppensteinen zu schaffen kostet viel, viel Geld und ist natürlich auch ein Risiko. Wer weiss schon, ob andere AFOBs (Adult Fans of Bricks) von dem Modell ebenso begeistert sind wie wir.

Wir haben das ganze 20.000-Teile Modell in 17 kleinere Einheiten unterteilt. So können wir Schritt für Schritt weiter vorwärts gehen. Es reduziert den Preis für Dich als Kunde, und ist viel praktischer für jeden einzelnen Schritt. Außerdem reduziert es unseren Finanzbedarf.

Das erste Modell ist nun da - Beginne nun Manhattan im Kleinformat nachzubauen!

Viel Spaß!

 


Detailed Picture of

Detailed Picture of "Sturmgeschütz III"

Published on 30.08.2018

Watch Video, or shop now! :-)

Video: https://youtu.be/e1BX8_0avf0

Shop: https://www.bluebrixx.com/de/bluebrixxspecials/100658/Sturmgeschuetz-III-Deutsche-Wehrmacht-WWII

"Sturmgeschütz III"
"Deutsche Wehrmacht, WWII"
18 cm length
Scale 1:32 - 1:35
Brand: BlueBrixx-Special


Bluebrixx Specials (Tanks) - even cheaper now!

Bluebrixx Specials (Tanks) - even cheaper now!

Published on 30.08.2018

Our BlueBrixx tank models are even more popular than we expected.
Since we sell more than planned, we were able to update our calculation
and lower all BlueBrixx tank models a few euros in price.
We are pleased that these models are even cheaper for you.

https://www.bluebrixx.com/en/bluebrixxspecials


Detailed view of our Bluebrixx Specials - Watch video now!
Detailed view of our Bluebrixx Specials - Watch video now!

Detailed view of our Bluebrixx Specials - Watch video now!

Published on 24.08.2018

You want to see the Bluebrixx Specials in detail before buying?

You want to figure out which model you like best?

Or you just need to fill the time until your own set arrives?

 

Heres the solution: Watch our videos now!

Bluebrixx Hack: Subscribing to our Youtube-Channel gives you the advantage of being the first receiving product updates!

Link to channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJChBZqxOaAQcgUbaXA8zw?view_as=subscriber

Link to videos:

Sturmgeschütz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaj6pATw-hc

M5 Stuart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpNGqu6Y6s0

HMC M7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5RFQMz9NgA

GMC M36: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5T1zZNBa5E

GMC M10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbQ87W3PG-4:

..or shop Bluebrixx Specials now: https://bluebrixx.com/en/bluebrixxspecials


BlueBrixx on Facebook
BlueBrixx on Facebook

BlueBrixx on Facebook

Published on 09.08.2018

Please check us out on Facebook! Stay informed and don't miss the updates about our Noppensteinen and new products. Don't forget to LIKE us, and recommend us to your friends.

BlueBrixx on Facebook


Downtown Manhattan City Hall of LEGO® Compatible bricks
Downtown Manhattan City Hall of LEGO® Compatible bricks

Downtown Manhattan City Hall of LEGO® Compatible bricks

Published on 07.08.2018

In 2017 we came up with the idea of creating a huge model of Downtown Manhattan at a size of 3ft by 3ft and made of bricks. Adrian, who is a very experienced designer and who has also developed some great tank models for BlueBrixx, was enthusiastic about this idea. So we went ahead with the project and several months later we could see the result: an unbelievable and outstanding model, made from more than 20,000 parts.

So this first step of completing the initial design had been solved by Adrian with a fantastic result. But to organize 20,000 parts per model costs a lot of money and is also a huge risk. Who knows if there will be enough interested customers willing to spend their money on a model like this?

So to reduce the risk we made two important decisions: 

Firstly, we divided the whole 20,000-part model into 17 smaller units. In this way we could proceed step by step, reducing the cost for you, our customer, and also reducing our investment in developing the very first model.

Secondly, we decided to present this project on Kickstarter, where we have the great opportunity to get your feedback. This will give us confidence in our decision on whether to invest further.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/513743371/downtown-manhattan-city-hall-of-lego-compatible-br

Of course, if we find enough backers for the City Hall Unit then we will continue with all the other 16 units. We are planning to finish another new unit for delivery every four weeks. Only in the case of the second unit do we expect to need a little more time.

For the first unit ‘City Hall’ we have already finished the instructions and prototype model. The very difficult issue of sourcing all the bricks we need has been solved. To keep the price within an acceptably low range, we have chosen not to use Lego® bricks. The quantities that can be ordered through the Lego® Shop are very limited, so that was not a viable solution for us. Instead, we are using bricks from other manufacturers who can provide us with the quantities we need. The shape, color, and quality is almost identical. Of course they do not have the Lego® logo on the studs, because it isn’t Lego. From the customers of our tank models we are receiving feedback all the time, and they tell us our bricks work well in conjunction with Lego® parts. We agree with their estimation. 

As an additional reward for your support we offer the Ellis Island Unit. This design is also completed and you will receive it together with the City Hall unit if you become one of our first backers.

We have put a lot of effort into the design of the Downtown Manhattan model. We need your support for the very first City Hall unit, to make the dream of the whole block based model a reality.

This is what our designer Adrian says about this project:

In terms of pure parts count, this is my largest creation to date, totaling over 20,600 parts and measuring 135x129 studs (107x102cm). The project began with a request from BlueBrixx to model Downtown Manhattan and after clarifying that they understood the scope of what this would involve, the first step was to solve the geometry for the base in a way that would allow the full build to be split across 17 units while still respecting the angles required for the main roads and blocks of buildings.

After that, the actual designing of each unit was mostly straightforward, though also very demanding in terms of accuracy and detail. A lot of time was spent using Google Maps, switching between Street and 3D views as I progressed street-by-street and building-by-building through the city. The height of every skyscraper was also meticulously calculated for scale.

A further challenge was posed by the many angled ‘off-grid’ sections of roads and blocks of buildings, which was met through the use of trigonometry to calculate the necessary connection points for connecting on-grid and off-grid sections within the tolerances of the parts. While the design was created in a digital format (using LDraw and LPub software), most of the complex buildings and structures were also test-built in physical bricks, as many buildings required complex geometrical solutions and tricky connections which were more efficiently solved through hands-on building.

One further challenge was that of deciding how to deal with the ongoing construction present throughout the city. For instance, I have included the completed Performing Arts Center (next to 1WTC) while the adjacent 2WTC area remains a construction site. While the many large and iconic skyscrapers – such as the One World Trade Center, One Liberty Plaza, and 60 Wall Street (Deutsche Bank) – might be the most eye-catching in the final model, the more satisfying parts of the design process were the coastal areas and many finer details, such as the South Street Seaport (Pier 17), Trinity Church, and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

The City Hall unit is a personal favorite with its varied and representative sampling of large skyscrapers, detailed smaller buildings, and foliage; as is the Brookfield Place unit with its off-grid geometry, interesting architecture, and detailed harbor.

I hope you will be able to derive as much enjoyment from these models as I’ve had in designing them.

To give you a clearer idea of the next units, we here present you with some further renderings.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this project.

Risks and challenges

Two years ago I would have said: "There will be no problems at all". Today I'm more experienced and I know very well how difficult it has been to find a supplier for our bricks in the needed quantities and quality. But I also know that we have now solved this difficulty with our supplier for the bricks of our existing BlueBrixx models. We have experienced issues concerning such things as delivery times, possible mistakes in the ordering process due to the huge number of different elements we need, and other small difficulties. Of course, it could be that some new problem will arise to create a delay. But in the past we have solved all such problems, and in addition to that experience we have also built some room into our delivery schedule so that a small delay with our supplier, for example, will not result in any delay for your delivery. In each case, we will keep you updated all the time.


Railway models as BlueBrixx special
Railway models as BlueBrixx special

Railway models as BlueBrixx special

Published on 07.08.2018

After the great success with the first Panzer models, we will not only develop more tanks, but will also introduce a design of a series of railway wagons.

To start with, we are planning about 10 different models, predominantly German. The first of these models will be available in the Fall (Autumn), with attractive pricing similar to the tanks. This means most of the railway cars will be available for less than $20.

Please let us know your feedback. We would love to what you think and consider your ideas for future BlueBrixx special.

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Buidling instuctions available free for download
Buidling instuctions available free for download

Buidling instuctions available free for download

Published on 06.08.2018

Even if we were to sell other brands, the BlueBrixx Specials instructions are free for download, whether you have purchased the model or not. You can also build the models with the Lego bricks from your Grabbelkiste.

We hope you enjoy these beautiful models. If you miss the curb chains, they are available separately in our shop.

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King Tiger is available as BlueBrixx special
King Tiger is available as BlueBrixx special

King Tiger is available as BlueBrixx special

Published on 06.08.2018

We are extending our special with BlueBrix tank models.

In September, the Armoured Tank VI, and Tiger II will beome available. The name “King Tiger” is the unofficial name. King Tiger is a limited edition and has an availability of only 492 units. This model is technically and by its sheer size very impressive. However overall the small and more agile tanks have proven to be more successful in larger numbers.


Electronic Funds Transfer
Electronic Funds Transfer

Electronic Funds Transfer

Published on 02.08.2018

In addition to ordering with PayPal and Credit Cards you may now place your order by using an Electronic Funds Transfer. This will allow you to tranfser funds directly from your account without having to first transfer through Paypal, which can be time consuming.


Toy Building Block models are finding more and more followers among the AFOBs (Adult Fans of Bricks)
Toy Building Block models are finding more and more followers among the AFOBs (Adult Fans of Bricks)

Toy Building Block models are finding more and more followers among the AFOBs (Adult Fans of Bricks)

Published on 01.08.2018

From companies like Lego, there are no tank models available. However, Brickmania from the USA uses Lego bricks to create tank models of their own design. These models are very nice, but quite expensive, raniging from $100 or more. The scale of these models are standard size ranging from 1:32 to 1:35. The Custombricks construction manuals are also in the range from 1:32 to 1:35 scale. Therefore we have opted for this size for the BlueBrixx models.

Soon we will be able to offer you some of their designs in cooperation with Custombricks. Unfortunately, models from Cobi and Modbrix have no unifrom scale so they are not compatible with other models, and by comparison, Cobi models are of considerable less quality.


Herzliche Willkommen im neuen Blog
Herzliche Willkommen im neuen Blog

Herzliche Willkommen im neuen Blog

Published on 01.08.2018

Wir freuen uns sehr dich in unserem neuen Blog begrüßen zu dürfen.