Hey everyone – Tom back here on the Firestar Toys blog today, and today we are very excited to be taking a look at a LEGO Captain America inspired item which was recently shared with us by the team at Bricker Builds.
This year has been a fantastic year for LEGO Marvel fans – with sets based apon The Infinity Saga appearing on store shelves across the world this year, alongside great sets based on the upcoming Disney + series What If. This has meant that Marvel fans have had a lot of different LEGO products to sink their teeth into this year – but one thing which The LEGO Group have scarcely touched upon is there life-size models. Whilst we did get a display piece for the Infinity Gauntlet, we haven’t seen much else in the realm of higher-end display pieces for Marvel collectors, which is a void which Bricker Builds now aim to fill for us. Today we are going to take a look at their newest model – which is their 2,904 piece Captain America shield – and then we will explore some of the other Marvel products which they have available on their website.
Let’s check out the full press release from the owner of Bricker Builds, Christopher Gearhart:
Avengers, assemble – your custom Captain America Shield with LEGO® bricks.
Bricker Builds, known on Instagram (@brickerbuilds) for their massive sculptures and replicas, have announced a brand new model inspired by the MCU franchise. This Captain America Shield is built tough – it weighs ~110 oz (~3.2 kg) and can take a punch. It is built with 2,904 LEGO® bricks and it measures nearly 24″ (608mm) in diameter.
The shield is also outfitted with wrist and forearm straps so that it can be easily and comfortably wielded, as well as a stand so you can proudly display it while you’re not swinging it around.
Bricker Builds provides high quality, custom instructions available for purchase at
https://brickerbuilds.com which are intended for all skill levels, even if you haven’t touched a LEGO® brick before.
The LEGO® bricks, wrist straps, and stand are sold separately, but you’ll have everything you need to gather these supplies with the parts list and tutorials Bricker Builds provides.
Captain America’s Shield is the newest release to the Bricker Builds platform, adding to their rapidly expanding library of custom life-sized sculptures, which includes Pikachu, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Captain Rex, and many more.
So, as the Press Release makes clear, Bricker Builds aren’t selling you the full model (although if you find somewhere where you can get 2,904 LEGO bricks for $30, please do let me know!). Rather, they are aiming to give you the instructions you need to build this item for yourselves, and it is definitely a build which many fans will be tempted by. The design team have gone for the classic comic book shield design here – meaning we get brighter reds contrasting with a light blue to create a really visually distinctive design for the shield.
You can also see that we have some three-dimensional depth built into it – helping to capture the curvature which the shield has within both the comics and also the Marvel films . It’s worth noting that this is a real feat of engineering within its own right. The set is fully built from individual LEGO bricks, so creating something which has a rounder shape and sense to it is really something which I feel should be commended. The design team did a fantastic job creating a faithful representation of this iconic piece of Marvel history – and it is a display piece which will look fantastic as a centrepiece in any LEGO Marvel collection.
It is worth noting that the elements which Bricker Builds recommend using for both the handle and also the display stand are not LEGO centric, so the build does incorporate some other elements into it too. This is something to be mindful of if you are planning to build your own shield as you won’t just be sourcing the parts through a platform like BrickLink, but will have to search further afield if you want to complete the build as it is envisioned within the instructions. It’s definitely worth putting in some additional work for the end result, however!
As I alluded to earlier in this article, this isn’t the only Marvel-inspired item which Bricker Builds have created instructions for. There are two other items in their store which Marvel fans may wish to check out. The first is a gorgeous bust of the Spider-Man Advanced Suit from the Playstation 4 videogame – capturing the iconic outfit which Sony created for Spidey’s return to the videogame realm. This is a much larger model, coming in at nearly 2 feet tall, but it will be a real focal point of a collection for fans who have an affinity for Spider-Man. If you were to acquire a set like the Daily Bugle then this would display nicely with it – capturing perfectly some of the key iconography which so many of us associate with the Spider-Man comics. The other life-sized item which we want to highlight is a fantastic build of Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. This build uses some pretty streamlined building techniques to perfectly capture the appearance of this item, whilst also using some great colour part choices to perfectly capture the variety of colours present on the design of this item in the comics. This is a very creative interpretation of the Hammer – and fans who have seen Avengers Endgame will know that this item pairs particular well with Captain America’s shield.
The other items on the website are mainly focussed around the LEGO Star Wars license – with an assortment of helmet designs available for fans. There are some really cool Clone Trooper helmet instructions available, so if you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or the more recent Bad Batch show then you may want to check out some of the other items in their store. In short, if you’re a fan of pop culture, then Bricker Builds are bound to have something for you.
We wanted to say a huge thanks to Christopher for sending details on the Captain America shield our way! As a passionate group of AFOLs ourselves, we always love seeing when people get creative with LEGO and realise projects and items from the properties which we love, so it was really awesome getting to take a closer look at some of the items available on their store.
We hope you enjoyed this closer look at some of the new items from Bricker Builds. Let us know what you’d like to see them make next in the comments down below, and if you’d like to see more of my writing, then click here.
Thanks as always for taking the time to read this post!