Happy Holidays!

It’s been a busy year, highlighted by the release of my LEGO Ideas Maze set (which is already sold out!) and moving into a new house with an awesome dedicated LEGO room. I’ve also been busy working with my friend Michael on a new LEGO compatible product called the PFx Brick. It will enable you to add cool sound effects, lighting and animation to your LEGO models. In a couple of months we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production. In the meantime, we wired up the Holiday Train and Santa’s Workshop with pre-production units to give you a preview of what can be done with it. Enjoy the video, and I hope you all have a great holiday season filled with a lot of LEGO building!

If you want to find more information about the PFx Brick, you can read all about it on the Fx Bricks website: fxbrick.com

Motorized Sleigh and Reindeer

It is an annual tradition for many people to build sets from the LEGO Creator winter village line and display them for the holidays. There are some wonderful sets in this collection, but one of my favourites is 10245 Santa’s Workshop. This year I decided to build a motorized base for the sleigh and reindeer, to add a bit of life to the model.

You can see it in action in the video, and you can find building instructions for the core of the base below.

My goal with the base was to keep it as low profile as possible, and I’m pretty happy that I could build the drive system into a base that is essentially only 5 plates tall.

Instructions

Building Guide

PDF File

Digital Model Files

LDraw FileLDD File

Additional Resources

Parts List

Rebrickable

The instructions don’t include all of the white tiles and slopes I used to cover it up, since it’s probably easier for anyone trying to build it to just use what they have on hand to get a nice snow effect. They also don’t include the 2 strings I’m using for reins between the reindeer. They are part number 63141 on bricklink.

You may have to get creative with the reindeer’s antlers, to prevent them from colliding with the antlers of the reindeer beside them. If you orient them exactly as I have in the pictures and video it shouldn’t be an issue.

Sleigh and Reindeer