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Brick-built describes an object built up using LEGO elements such as bricks and plates as opposed to an object such as an animal or tree molded as a single piece or assembled from specialized elements. Some builders prefer to brick-build for varied reasons, including purity, challenge or as a protest against juniorization and BURPs.

Examples of Objects Commonly Brick-Built

  • Animals not produced by LEGO. Before their appearance in sets starting in 2010, goats and pigs had to be brick-built or purchased from vendors of custom elements.
  • A whole variety of tree techniques have been developed to supplement the limited number and designs of tree elements.
  • Ship hulls as included in such themes as Pirates and Vikings provide a limited number of widths which can be overcome by brick-building the hull.
  • Roads with more lanes and markings than on printed road plates.
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