LEGO sets are great fun, and there’s nothing wrong with following the instructions on the brick. But if you’re ready to start exploring your own designs, the possibilities may seem overwhelming. It’s time to do a little research.
Fortunately, LEGO is a global phenomenon, and there are tons of resources to teach you the basics of design. If you’re having trouble nailing a particular aspect or mechanism, check out the following YouTube channels for practical instructions.
Nail the Basics: LEGO Masters Brick Tips
I bet many people found this article after catching up on Fox’s LEGO Masters TV show. You can learn a lot about LEGO design and aesthetics by watching the show, but there are a lot of dramas added (not to mention a ton of commercials). If you only want advice, head to the show’s YouTube channel for a series of videos for beginners. These are clearly aimed at children who are embarking on their own creations for the first time, but they are also very good for anyone who wants to perfect the basics.
Design from scratch: Playwell Bricks
It’s a smaller channel, but it does have a few tutorials that are perfect for intermediate designers. Simple advice is presented with simple narration and a lack of fluff, so those who want short answers to basic questions are well served. The chain also has an excellent organization: start with Basic brick tutorials playlist and then go to Intermediate brick tutorials, then finally (wait) Advanced brick tutorials. You can also check out the Studio tutorials if you want pointers on how to design sets in software before spending time (and money) bringing them to life.
Look at the big constructions: BrickVault
BrickVault has over a thousand videos on its channel, most of which are like “hey, it’s not so good!” variety. That’s good – there are great reviews and custom design storefronts – but if you’re looking for generalized tips, check out MOC LEGO Custom Builds Reading List. “MOC” stands for “my own creation,” and this playlist is about custom designs and the features that make them unique. The strengths of unusual or new techniques will be particularly useful for advanced builders.
This channel streams new videos every week, and it’s one of the most consistent (and popular) LEGO channels on YouTube. Almost every one of their playlists is useful in one way or another main tutorial section is huge, and there are sections for custom MOC designs and careful analyzes of individual parts also available in retail kits. JAYSTEPHER is the most analytical channel on this list, particularly well suited to those who wish to extend both their LEGO collections and their toolboxes.
Locomotion: mastering the Lego technique
LEGO Technic sets are among its most complex, even when they do not contain as many parts as some of the most elaborate. This is because Technic parts allow for more complex movement and structure. This channel is dedicated to Technic, showing examples of advanced machines using LEGO designs. Each video is short, showing a demonstration of the function in action and a breakdown of how to construct and reproduce it. If you want to add advanced features or motorized behavior to your LEGO designs, mark this channel without hesitation.
Zen building: LionBricks
It’s a good full channel with a focus on tutorials and MOCs. the Tutorial Reading List is a wonderfully sparse collection of smaller models with great aesthetic touches, which include step-by-step instructions without any embarrassing narration. (This actually makes it look pretty “zen” if you want something in the background.) There are also more general videos – the “Top 10 building ideas” list is good if you’re looking for non – specific inspiration.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but you should be able to find something useful in all the chains above. If you want help with something specific, try a general search – there is so much LEGO content on YouTube that you should be able to find pointers to almost anything you want to do.