Friday, February 5, 2016

Brick'em Young Review

We have been building the sets sold by Brick'em Young.  About a year ago we built their small Salt Lake Temple.  We have recently built the San Diego set and the Nauvoo set.  They are beautiful temple sets.  Our kids are pretty opinionated when it comes to brick temples :)  They had plenty to say and so I decided to post their review here.
Just to make it clear, we have met some of the Brick'em Young family and think they are wonderful!  Their goals to share the experience of the temple with as many families as possible is genuine.  They are not in this to make money, although, I would assume that would be a pleasant surprise were it to happen.  We have agreed to work on a collaboration with them and hope to design something fun with them in the future to share with all who want. How cool will it be to design that brick that just doesn't exist to make it perfect!
This review, however, is not commissioned by them.  They don't even know about it.  Fair enough?

Instructions.  4 stars
While the instruction book is not as clear as a LEGO instruction booklet, it is pretty darn good.  We for sure could not have done as well.  High quality, color, glossy paper, booklet.  Our kids were able to follow them easily enough.

Bricks:  3.5 stars
The custom bricks themselves would get more than 5 stars!  Do you know how many times we have started to build the San Diego temple, but couldn't find the right bricks to complete it?  We finally finished a mini version, but the steeples on all Brick'em Young Temple sets are what make these temples practically perfect!  The bricks are manufactured specifically for Brick'em Young, and make no mistake, they are not the same as LEGO.  They fit with LEGO and are the same scale.  They look great, but are not as pliable or easy to assemble.  We only took one and a half stars off for this.  However, they still work, even if it takes more effort at times. This may improve with more usage. A hard building surface is a must and helps a lot with this.

Design:  4 stars
The final design of each of the temples is beautiful.  Last Sunday Mr Brick and I came home from choir practice to a finished Nauvoo temple.  The kids were mad and so glad it was done.  That lasted for about 30 minutes and then Legolas said, "This really is an awesome temple.  It looks real," followed by their explanations. Their frustration was in the last steps when they were assembling the roof and placing the steeple.  There is no support for the steeple, so when you try to put it on, the roof caves in.  Again, they are picky, used to making their own support structure, and then being able to press on the steeple with ample force.  This can be easily remedied by using some of your own bricks to build a support underneath. You could also put the steeple on the roof plates before you put them on. This is what we did with the San Diego temple. If you are like our children, though, you would rather just figure it out and complain!  Love them.

Overall Experience: 4 Stars
I wanted to make this 5 stars but if we gave each area less than that, I guess I should make it 4.  5 years ago I was searching the internet for plans to build a temple out of LEGO.  Here it is!  Our kids like to make a never-before seen creation.  However, this is a good change up for them.  As you can tell, they got burned out of building LEGO temples for a time.  It only takes us 2-4 hours to build them.  I also know from the emails we get that MANY of you are looking for a product just like this for your family.  Go check them out at Also, follow them on facebook so you can see their new releases as they create more designs.  Hint: The more they sell of the temples in stock, the quicker they will be able to manufacture more designs.  So buy what they have!  Then make sure to send them a photo of yourselves with the temple so they can highlight you as a builder of the month! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Seattle, Washington by SandSBricks

We found this treasure in our email last month. The story of how this temple was created is a fun read and I highly suggest heading to their etsy page where you can buy a downloaded instruction sheet for the Seattle and the Salt Lake Temple.  These are Micro size temples and such a great design  The little Moroni is very creative. I think they'd make a great Christmas Present!
Thanks for sharing, Steve and Sharon!

To find out more about their story and to see their other temples, visit them at

Seattle Lego Temple
Photograph of the Seattle Washington Mormon Temple
Seattle Washington Temple

Sunday, July 19, 2015

San Diego, California- Guest Build

We were happily surprised to find these pictures in our inbox a few weeks ago.
As is apparent, we have slowed WAY down on our own building of LEGO temples.  We are grateful we did it when we could and hope to continue our family tradition, just at a slower pace.
Thanks to Jaren Ford for sending this to us!

 4142 pieces, 40x40 base and about 50 bricks high
(12.5' x 12.5" x 21")

If you have a LEGO temple you would like posted on our blog, please send photos to

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mini San Diego

Not as great a picture, but the correct position of Moroni:)

This is a temple we have wanted to build for years.  We have seen others do it and have even started it once at our normal scale.  But we decided to try a mini version. It is really patterned after the one found on this site.  We just used pieces we had on hand to tweak it to our own version.  We hope that is what many of you do with the pictures we post.  However, we really can't take credit for the basic idea of this creation. We will post our step by step photos this week.
Thank You, 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mini Nauvoo Temple Kit

Legolas has created a new kit for sale!
This Mini Nauvoo Temple kit would make a great stocking stuffer!

113 LEGO pieces
3.75" x 2.5" x 3.5" completed
or 2 for $24.00*
*plus shipping

To order:
1. Email your zip code to Legolas at
2. Pay the invoice we will send you via Paypal
3. We will ship the day we receive the payment


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cousin Temple

On Thanksgiving our cousins, the Soccer Bricks surprised us with their own LEGO
temple creation. 

I love how they created Moroni!
Way to go Soccer Bricks!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brick'em Young

Our neighbor texted us a few months ago telling us we missed our chance to be the first to sell an original brick set of a temple.  Well, we aren't in that market and are so excited someone was able to do it! What a great idea!
They have made their own bricks and have  the Salt Lake and Nauvoo Temples. Also, a Moroni Brick for $5.99!
Go check it out and tell us what you think!