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My Winter Village Project

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  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 335
    It just so happens that a minifig can fit inside the two rock panels on the right. So Emmett, complete with a screaming face, has found himself trapped in the ice. Again, I can get some photos up if anyone likes. But a very enjoyable build to add to the village! Let me know if you have questions!
    I would dearly love to see Emmett trapped in the ice ... picture please! How did you do it?

  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 461
    Emmet really reminding me of Superman 2 there. Great expression on him.

  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 721
    edited December 2021
    @eMJeeNL, those MOCs all look great in the mix. I particularly enjoy the Fire Station, Eggnogery, and Corner Grocer ones. They've been added to the list!

    You keep tempting me with those amusement rides too! 
    Thanks! Those designs are really superb, kudos to @inklingbricks (FH, cups&swing and Eggnogery) and Charles Pritchett.

    IMHO the Eggnogery could be an official Lego-set, it's just so good IRL. The renders/pics on Inklings site don't do it justice.

    Did MOD the FH-MOC to suit 2 firetrucks.
    Keeps biting me in the *ss how hard it is to get sloped roofs to fix properly (and stay fixed, especially when my boys (4 and 6) play with it).

    Really would like to move to a large table, but unsure where to put it in our living room. Thinking of procuring more 32x32 white baseplates for the top level of the set up; just to give me more sure-footed place to put things (and minifigs, accessoires) on.

    Might also add a v2.0 of the skating rink I did a couple of years ago (with very limited pieces because just awoken from my Dark Age) if I can find a space - will post when working.

    Your ice sculpting really looks neat, and the Emmet-feature certainly adds some funny coolness to it!

    Cymbeline
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    Unfortunate news from my local official store: the Santa’s Sleigh set is done for the year. They haven’t gotten new stock of it in a while and don’t expect any more this year.

    Like with the wreath last year, it’s far too short of an availability window, IMO! I was able to get 2 wreaths last year, thankfully, but I stupidly waited on Santa’s Sleigh. Oh well. It’s not marked for retirement, so I expect it back at some point next year. I’ll get it as soon as that happens.

    The good news: he said they have a ton of Santa’s Visit.
    Switchfoot55dpa1
  • JasoMacJasoMac Member Posts: 24
    I feel like someone must have done this already but I haven't actually seen any pictures. Has anyone put the new Santa's Sleigh set into a tensegrity build? Especially with the full 8 reindeer? I really want to do this but I don't think its in the cards for this year, I'd just like to see what it would look like.
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,289
    JasoMac said:
    I feel like someone must have done this already but I haven't actually seen any pictures. Has anyone put the new Santa's Sleigh set into a tensegrity build? Especially with the full 8 reindeer? I really want to do this but I don't think its in the cards for this year, I'd just like to see what it would look like.

    I haven't seen it in a tensegrity build, so I'm really not answering your question at all (sorry!) BUT JK Brickworks did expand the team to the full contingent of reindeer, and build a little cloud base with a motor to make it 'fly' that's pretty cool.  Actually already ordered all the pieces for my mother, because she loved it so much.




    rd1899Switchfoot55Wookie2KungFuKennyAstrobricksvizzitorlowlead
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 310
    I would love to get movement with the sleigh and reindeer - are there plans out somewhere?  Also I have seen a build that was tensegrity but don’t understand what it really is, help please?
    thanks!
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 310

    Sorry I just played the video and will try!  Thanks @Fizyx

  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    For those who might want it but didn't set up a stock alert, Santa's Sleigh #40409 is available from US [email protected] this morning (Thurs. Dec 9). Free shipping applies even with just the sleigh, so you don't even have to buy more reindeer from B&P to get free shipping!
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,289
    Lo1sJess said:

    Sorry I just played the video and will try!  Thanks @Fizyx


    Actually, stupid on my part to not include the link to the JKBrickworks page that actually has the instructions as well as a parts list.  It can be found here: https://jkbrickworks.com/galloping-reindeer-modification/#more-1968

    KungFuKenny
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 655
    ^^Agreed!
    These layouts look like so much fun - I must resist embarking on a new collection theme - but it would mean Winter Village and Train.  The projects with lighting are particularly great - love to pore over all these photos.
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 655
    ooops, sorry @Fizyx, I think I was agreeing to a deleted post =oD  Not sure what happened there.
    Fizyx
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    Great...another JKBrickworks model to build!
    autolycusFizyxgmonkey76KungFuKenny
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,986
    Oh my. That moving sleigh is pretty amazing. I do not have time before Christmas, but I will need to see what I have here to see if I have the parts to make it move.
    KungFuKennySwitchfoot55
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 315
    Looks totally awesome! I love the 3 different levels for the village and then the tunnel adds depth to the layout. Congratulations!
    Switchfoot55
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,044
    Still a few odds and ends to be added, including my new custom water tower for my train! Thrilled with how things continue to progress!!!



    I have a few more I'll upload soon.
    Very cool! Has Rex been 'Stomping in a Winter Wonderland', yet?
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    @Switchfoot55 @eMJeeNL and anyone else who has built non-official sets like the ones from Inkling Bricks that I saw mentioned... Any chance you can circle those sets on your photos and list info on what they are, where you got the instructions, etc?

    Some of them look amazing, and I think it'd be great to have them clearly highlighted for anyone who stumbles on this thread--and maybe for myself in the future! :)

    Unrelated comment: I built Santa's Visit over the weekend. It has a bigger footprint than I expected. The spot I had left for it was barely big enough. I actually had to move my Fire Station over a little to make room for the tree and gifts.
    dpa1eMJeeNLvizzitor
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    I'll take some pictures today like above and highlight the unique builds. 
    autolycusModeltrainman
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    Awesome! Many thanks to both of you! I will bookmark your responses so I can find them again next fall and later. Might not get into these next year, since I think my focus will be on terrain and some other features, but I love seeing them and I really wanted the designers to get some love.

    I think my favorite so far is the Eggnoggery! Looks like some lovely trim and detail work on the facade!
    Switchfoot55
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 721
    I totally agree - the eggnoggery could be a Legoset, such is its design and quality!
    Switchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    Might I ask if the Macrofig is a personal design or if you got instructions somewhere? I'd love to add something like that to my general display collection!
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 859
    The Santa is from rebrickable, a free moc by DJ Brick

    https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-37240/DJ Brick/santa-claus/#details
    AstrobricksSwitchfoot55OnebricktoomanyMarshallmario
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 2,181
    eMJeeNL said:
    6. Set of 6 train cars, the one containing the Chocolate Car https://inklingbricks.com/instructions/4-six-custom-cars-for-the-winter-holiday-train.html 


    I've built a couple of the wagons in that set. Added a reindeer wagon to it this year.
    @Switchfoot55 that is an epic display, oh to have that sort of space to lay it all out.
    eMJeeNLSwitchfoot55
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 721
    eMJeeNL said:
    6. Set of 6 train cars, the one containing the Chocolate Car https://inklingbricks.com/instructions/4-six-custom-cars-for-the-winter-holiday-train.html 


    I've built a couple of the wagons in that set. Added a reindeer wagon to it this year.
    @Switchfoot55 that is an epic display, oh to have that sort of space to lay it all out.
    Think I actually saw it on one of your pictures a while ago, which was what made me wanting to build my own! :)
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    Now that Christmas is over, my brain has shifted to planning-mode for my Winter Village next year. I have SEVERAL projects in mind. And, as Mrs. Switch graciously gifted me all four editions of Charles Pritchett's 'Expanding Your Lego Winter Village' for Christmas, I will certainly have no shortage of bricks to acquire in the coming months. 

    That said, I have decided that I would like to add several brick-built trees to my layout. The deciduous tree in Santa's Visit was certainly an inspiration. And, being from the Northwest region of the US, and having just received a healthy dusting of snow, the snow laden evergreens have also sparked my imagination. 

    Does anyone have any brick-built trees (snow covered/colored or otherwise) they would be willing to share a design for? Or, has anyone seen any great versions of wintery trees out there and could point me in a good direction? I can then add some pieces to my "Always Want" Bricklink wanted list as well as my target list for visits to PAB or Bricks and Minifigs. 

    I hope everyone has been enjoying their villages!
    rockethead26ModeltrainmanautolycusmadforLEGO
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 398
    How about the tree in the new #80109 set, it looks pretty nice.
    Here's the Brickset review
    Switchfoot55AstrobricksLegoEveryone
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 310
    https://fullplatebuilds.com/2018/04/14/spruce-tutorial/
    @Switchfoot55 here is a nice looking one found first on Pinterest 
    Switchfoot55AstrobricksCymbelinegmonkey76
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,044
    Now that Christmas is over, my brain has shifted to planning-mode for my Winter Village next year. I have SEVERAL projects in mind. And, as Mrs. Switch graciously gifted me all four editions of Charles Pritchett's 'Expanding Your Lego Winter Village' for Christmas, I will certainly have no shortage of bricks to acquire in the coming months. 

    That said, I have decided that I would like to add several brick-built trees to my layout. The deciduous tree in Santa's Visit was certainly an inspiration. And, being from the Northwest region of the US, and having just received a healthy dusting of snow, the snow laden evergreens have also sparked my imagination. 

    Does anyone have any brick-built trees (snow covered/colored or otherwise) they would be willing to share a design for? Or, has anyone seen any great versions of wintery trees out there and could point me in a good direction? I can then add some pieces to my "Always Want" Bricklink wanted list as well as my target list for visits to PAB or Bricks and Minifigs. 

    I hope everyone has been enjoying their villages!
    You got some trees a while ago, with the water tower...
    Switchfoot55
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,338
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    I’m packing up my village this weekend. Always a little sad doing that. I think I’m going to leave everything in tact this year except maybe Santa’s Visit. I may even leave Santa’s Visit in tact. That’ll give me extra time for working on ballasting track and maybe setting up a MILS base for it all.
    560Heliportpanchox1KungFuKennySwitchfoot55
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,328
    But will you leave the word intact intact? ;-)
    560Heliportautolycus
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    But will you leave the word intact intact? ;-)
    Nope, I'm gonna leave it disassembled.
    Astrobricks560HeliportWesterBricks
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 176
    I forgot to post this years offering, I’ve still failed to sort out a backdrop and 4 more micro LED’s are needed for the skating pond but I was happier with this years set up than previously!The image was taken before it was properly populated with minifigs!
    Cymbeline560HeliportMarshallmarioautolycusevantylerKungFuKennySwitchfoot55Infinitymanbrickventures
  • milambermilamber Mayenne, FranceMember Posts: 637
    I forgot to post this years offering, I’ve still failed to sort out a backdrop and 4 more micro LED’s are needed for the skating pond but I was happier with this years set up than previously!The image was taken before it was properly populated with minifigs!
    What sort of LED's are you using for the internal lighting?
    Switchfoot55
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 176
    milamber said:
    I forgot to post this years offering, I’ve still failed to sort out a backdrop and 4 more micro LED’s are needed for the skating pond but I was happier with this years set up than previously!The image was taken before it was properly populated with minifigs!
    What sort of LED's are you using for the internal lighting?
    I'm using Light My Bricks kits with some minor modifications to remove the amount of blinky lights. 
    milamberSwitchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    edited March 11
    For any who may be interested, I just saw a new alt-design for #76388 Hogsmeade Village on LegoLeaks instagram page. It looks like the design is from @the_brick_stop on Instagram. Instructions are in the user profile. 

    Might be a fun alt or worth another purchase to add in to anyone's village!

    Edit - a more direct route ($12 for the instructions...) https://thebrickstop.gumroad.com/
    KungFuKenny
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    With the announcement for the HP Shrieking Shack #76407 this June, I've been debating between converting that to my WV or potentially trying to find another copy of Hogsmeade Village and spring for the instructions above. 

    76407 is nice as it includes the Whomping Willow (something that I feel could be a nice addition if "wintered" up a bit) as well as some great minifigs. However, at $90, it's not quite as budget friendly. And, for only 777 pieces, not the greatest price per part. 

    #76388 would obviously give me repeat minifigs (which could be sold on to help reduce the out of pocket costs) along with some repeat parts/stickers. However, I think I actually prefer the design of The Brick Stop's alt build to that of the official set. It's not all that much cheaper at $80 full price, but I do feel I could likely find it for less in the coming months. And, looking at the minimum prices for new minifigs from this set, I feel I could offset things by around $20-$25. 

    Time will tell. If I see another Hogsmeade Village pop up for the right price, I'll definitely snag it and go that direction. 


    In other news, as I'm on a bit of a building break due to the upcoming move, and a bit of a buying break due to the upcoming move, I decided to start sorting through my spare parts for a few more small additions to the village. Namely a new Noodle Stall and Hot Dog stand from the Expanding The Lego Winter Village book series. I have about 70% of both already. Hoping maybe a trip to the Bricks & Minifigs bulk tables could knock out most of what I'm missing as they're fairly common parts. 

    The WV is never far from my mind!
    bandit778Cymbelineautolycus
  • BrickchapBrickchap AustraliaMember Posts: 1,018
    We apparently have a number for the new Winter Village set. I believe it is going to be $100 US.

    Any ideas or rumours on what this years set will be? Is there any special dates like an anniversary or anything coming up?

    Although I have always wanted more houses, I didn't get last years set. The house looked too modern to me and I found it far better value getting the Hogsmeade village and including that instead of the house.

    I do hope we don't get another 'fantasy' set. Personally I like to see a WV Butchery with some Christmas turkey and ham. A specific WV Sweet/Candy Store would also be cool. Maybe a general store?

    An inn would be a nice inclusion too. One day I hope to see a Winter Village Town Hall or Village Fete with a church hall-style building.

    It would also be cool having a big Winter Village set like High Street or Main Street with 2 or 3 buildings like a bank, restaurant/cafe, police station, doctors surgery, general store, blacksmith, all the things a regular village would need.

    A Winter Village Cafe of some sort (tea rooms perhaps) would be great and be a nice change from the house.

    Maybe we will even get a Winter Village Garage one day with some lovely vintage cars and petrol pumps. Maybe Santa needs his sleigh fixed.

    For vehicles one day a Citroen Kegresse style halftrack could be a cool vehicle for tree cutting or something to do with skiing.

    Perhaps a Fabuland style hospital/doctor's surgery with a nice vintage ambulance would also work, with Santa visiting sick children. Or would that be too 'not nice'?
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    I'd be shocked to see/hear anything about the official set until late August at the very earliest, more likely mid-September. I believe the earliest in the last handful of years we've seen was the first or second week of August. I know the price point may have "leaked," but I think it's just a guess based on the fact that the last several years sets have all been that price point. Honestly, I'd be surprised if we didn't see it jump 20% this year like most everything else in this world. 
    autolycusBrickchap
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,350
    I'd be shocked to see/hear anything about the official set until late August at the very earliest, more likely mid-September. I believe the earliest in the last handful of years we've seen was the first or second week of August. I know the price point may have "leaked," but I think it's just a guess based on the fact that the last several years sets have all been that price point. Honestly, I'd be surprised if we didn't see it jump 20% this year like most everything else in this world. 
    We did get a hint at the name early-ish last year, but there were a few other pieces of info that made us question it. Mostly that both GWP and the WV set seemed to reference Santa. Turns out that was correct! And then we didn't get the 2nd GWP. It's a real shame too, that was a lovely looking little set!
    Switchfoot55Brickchap
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,436
    Can always take the alternate build from the new Viking 3-1 and add it in. It's got a snowy roof at least.
    BrickchapSwitchfoot55
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