TopBrick is Dead, Long Live TopBrick

So it’s been nearly over a year since the last update calling for a hiatus due to a bunch of conventions, weddings, and holidays. This became compounded by then having a 3+ month business trip to London. Because of the other things I’ve been doing regarding models, chainmail, and board games I realized trying to divide myself 7 different ways wasn’t going to work.

As such while this site will remain in it’s form here for a little while – it will eventually redirect to my new home for all things making (models, games, Lego, woodworking and metalcrafting, Kickstarter reviews, etc). The new site is

Have no fear as ALL content aside from Site News will be moving to PopTop. What this means as far as the in-depth Lego reviews go is that while not all posts on the new site will be about Legos, it will be a major portion of the site, and I’ll even make a custom RSS feed for those so inclined.

With that TopBrick is dead (was even de-listed for a time), but while it may die it will live on in a new life.

Topbrick Updates #7 – Tiny Lego Wonders (Book Review)

Apologies but I’ll be switching the review to next week (meaning you’ll get 2 in a row) – forgot I had a family beach day so I needed a little more time to finish it off. In the meantime though – it’s another Lego Book review. This time instead of being about Architecture it’s focusing on working in the small scale – which is likely one of my favorite aspects of Lego in being able to find just the right piece and scale to make something ‘work’. The book comes to us from Mattia Zamboni via No Starch Press.


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Topbrick Updates #5 C-C-C-C-Combo!

Heya folks, so for this week I finally put in action an idea I’ve been kicking around since the site started. In short how to gauge sub-assemblies on a model. As a chainmail enthusiast I can often find sub-assemblies relaxing. I originally tried to include them into ‘Steps’ but that got too unwieldy to do.

So I have now devised a system of (Sub Count X Sub Sum X Books X Rebuilds) which is essentially the number of sub-assemblies, times the sum total (aka if I have 2 x8’s then I have a sum of 16), times how many books there are, and finally times how many rebuilds there are (with instructions only!)

I have now added combo points to the Metrics section (it looks like this: (8X20X1X1) = 160 points) for every post. It’s a fun way to see if posts have a bunch of complex sub-assemblies or if it’s a more bespoke set.

With that in mind let’s compare the lowest and highest score. Coming in with the only 0 at the time of this post is the Seattle Space Needle – which has no combos, 1 book, and no rebuilds. As mentioned on that review though this makes sense because it’s still one of the few sets I feel fits the phrase ‘every piece in it’s place, no where else’.

Then by a landside victory we have the Minecraft 8-in-1 Crafting Box with a whopping score of 40,716. There sheer amount of small assemblies to build the ‘Minecraft Elements’ with the number of redesigns surely put this over the top.

That’s all for this week folks, take your bets though on how high a combo could possibly go with Lego!