Welcome to Brickmania.com, internet home for Brickmania custom LEGO® building kits. Founded by independent designer Daniel Siskind in 1999, Brickmania has become known for offering high quality building kits made from genuine LEGO brand parts, but in subjects falling outside the company's official product line at the time of their release. These include medieval and renaissance castles, age of pirates and colonization, and military models from World War I, World War II, and modern warfare.
The Early Years
Dan was introduced to the small but globally connected adult LEGO community in 2000 when he was among the first enthusiasts to create and market his very own kit using LEGO brand bricks. The kit, a medieval blacksmith shop, was an instant success and was soon followed by several additional medieval village building kits. At the same time, fan demand—based on photographs on this web site—led to the release of Brickmania's first military and train themed kits. With more than a dozen successfully released custom kits under his belt—one of which was officially licensed to LEGO as set 3739 in 2002—Dan announced a hiatus from custom LEGO kits to pursue other interests. As a final overture Dan released a CD containing the instructions for all of his previously released kits in September 2003 and then slipped into quiet retirement. While considering Brickmania a closed chapter Dan continued to volunteer his time building the GMLTC (Greater Midwest Lego Train Club) on a part time basis.
In 2008 Dan was approached by a publisher with a request to author a book about military modeling with LEGO bricks. He soon discovered a large international following for his models had developed alongside a booming market for knockoff Brickmania kits. Encouraged by the unexpected celebrity status, he posted new instructions sets on the Brickmania web site as part of a newly founded subscription service. Response was immediate, overwhelmingly positive and led to the release of new Brickmania kits by the spring of 2009. One year and 1000 kits later, Brickmania was officially incorporated as Brickmania LLC and sales have continued at a meteoric pace ever since. While Brickmania is no longer a dining room operation, Dan remains at the helm and continues to deliver bar-raising design quality and an unequalled dedication to historical accuracy.
The Brickmania workshop is located in a former factory in Northeast Minneapolis. We have secured a large adjacent warehouse space we call the Brickmania Toyworks. This is now the permanent building and display space for the GMLTC (Greater Midwest Lego Train Club) as well as private events, birthday parties, etc. We open our doors to the general public for a free open house on the first Thursday from 5-9pm and second Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm. Alongside the GMLTC (Greater Midwest LEGO Train Club) and TCLTC (Twin Cities LEGO Train Club) LEGO train layouts, our open house events feature rotating guest displays, a kids play area, and a small store featuring vintage and rare LEGO alongside high quality fan-created products from Brickmania, BrickArms and the like. The Brickmania Toyworks is located at 1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (we have our own street entrance on 18th Avenue NE and Jackson Street NE - look for the Brickmania banners). For more information and maps click HERE.