Some of our favorite LEGO bricks are the ones that shoot darts. Jason from JK Brickworks came up with a fun use for these spring-loaded shooters – a chain gun that fires dozens of darts with the turn of a crank or a motor. From what we can tell, the only limit to how many rounds it can fire is the number of shooter bricks in the chain. Build instructions here.
A little while back, JK Brickworks built a circular LEGO machine that knocks over dominoes and stands them back up. In this video, he experiments with the concept a bit more based on reader comments. In addition to changing their face colors, he tweaks the machine’s speed, adds a second carriage, and swaps in a colorful rainbow of dominoes.
LEGO brings the iconic supersonic jet, the Concorde, to life with a fantastic 2083-piece kit. The brick-built model looks like the real airplane, with a tilting nose and tail landing gear. Under its roof, you’ll find a micro-scale cabin, complete with seating. The finished plane measures 42″ long with a 17″ wingspan. Comes with a display stand and an information plaque.
LEGO builder ScottMakesMOCs spent an unfathomable amount of time creating this Mario Kart roller coaster. The intricate build includes Kart-inspired cars, Bowser’s castle, an airship, and lots of characters and details from the Nintendo game. He’s recently built an expansion to the theme park, and Beyond the Brick has a great interview video.
LEGO is the dominant player in the brick-building game. But they weren’t the first to make snap-together plastic toy bricks. Historian Phil Edwards looks back at Kiddicraft, a company that was making something similar 10 years before LEGO. Then LEGO solved a problem that gave them a major advantage.
At first, we thought these color-coordinated LEGO habitats had been slathered with paint. But artist Dana Knudson built each entirely from same-color LEGO bricks. He had to remove some printing, otherwise, it’s 100% LEGO plastic. Beyond the Brick stopped by Dana’s display at Atlanta Brick Con for an up-close look at every scene.
Do you collect LEGO minifigures? This display case from sfDisplay makes it easy to show off and protect your collection. The case is handmade from beech hardwood and has six shelves that can hold up to 180 standard minifigs. It has locking brass latches, a black felt background, and a UV-protective acrylic viewing window. Measures 37.5″ W x 19.75″ H x 2.5″ D.
A well-balanced top on a low-friction surface can spin for a long time. Brick Machines wanted to see if he could make a top spin indefinitely like the one in Inception by creating a motorized machine to get it up to speed. It took several iterations, but the final design and top combination turned in some very impressive spin times.
Engineering geeks will get a kick out of this video from the Brick Experiment Channel. Using LEGO Technic components, they demonstrated various mechanical principles, including a Schmidt coupling, a Scotch yoke, and a Chebyshev lambda linkage. Even if you don’t know what any of that means, it’s fun to watch.
Keep your loose LEGO blocks and other small toys or accessories inside these giant LEGO bricks. The plastic storage bins come in stackable 4-stud and 8-stud variants in vibrant primary colors as well as grey, white, and black. LEGO also sells a premium series of drawers made from natural oak wood.
Everyone’s favorite Wookiee gets the LEGO kit he deserves. This 2319-piece model of Chewbacca is no little Minifigure. Nope, this guy stands an impressive 18″ tall and looks furry, thanks to the clever use of curved bricks. Chewie is wearing his bandolier and carries a Bowcaster to fire when he’s not close enough to rip his enemies’ arms out of their sockets.
LEGO aircraft are designed for display and aren’t exactly known for their flightworthiness. Regardless, Riley from Brick Science wanted to see which off-the-shelf LEGO flyer would fly the furthest. He started by building a gravity-powered aircraft launcher, then assembled each aircraft before flinging them into a swimming pool.
Woodworker Frank Howarth wanted to turn a slice of a fir tree into something different than a typical coffee table. So he set out to create a giant version of a LEGO gear. After patching a crack in the wood with bacon-shaped ties, he encountered a frustrating obstacle while cutting the pattern but persevered.
You know what your fridge needs alongside all those magnets? A creepy, 8-legged robot, that’s what. LEGO builder Sariel put together this crawling machine that uses Power Functions motors and magnets from LEGO train sets to trek up the steel side of a fridge. It stays on by lifting and moving no more than two legs simultaneously.
If you place a vehicle on a slope without any brakes, it’s destined to roll downhill. But what if that slope was an upward-moving treadmill? Brick Technology’s latest experiment was to see if he could keep a LEGO car from rolling downhill by making various modifications to compensate for an increasingly steep slope.
If you’ve got kids, you can bet LEGO bricks will be scattered all over the floor at some point. Inspired by David Wallace’s idea on The Office, Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions built a shop vacuum attachment that sucks up all of the loose LEGO bricks and automatically sorts them by size.
We’ve featured some really interesting mechanisms created with LEGO Technic parts. But the ones we’ve seen before are usually shown as separate, disconnected systems. Brick Machines built more than 40 different kinds of mechanisms and combined them into a single, compact machine.
After building LEGO cars that can climb obstacles, the Brick Experiment Channel is back with another vehicular test. This time, the goal was to build LEGO cars that can cross a gap in the road. There are many variables at play in making the most capable vehicle, from wheel size and count to frame length and weight distribution.
Some LEGO astronaut minifigs go their whole lives only dreaming of space travel. Now, 1000 lucky minifigs have traveled to the edge of space courtesy of LEGO and Kreativ Gang. Three crews of 335 plastic astronauts flew to a height of roughly 35,500 meters aboard a carbon fiber and stainless steel space shuttle carried aloft by a weather balloon.
One of the more entertaining LEGO bricks is the 1×4 spring shooter that fires tiny plastic projectiles. Brickstory Builds thought it might be fun to assemble a bunch of these bricks and make them fire together. After building a wonderfully satisfying train, he built a wall of 400 and attempted to trigger them all at once.
Brick Technology built this unique LEGO clock with dials that can display much more than hours, minutes, and seconds. It also keeps track of days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, mega-annum, and galactic years. Unfortunately, we’ll never know if it works beyond the 21st century.
Springtime brings flowers — including plastic posies. The LEGO Brick Botanicals jigsaw puzzle from Chronicle Books is a blooming, pretty one depicting a heck of a creative build using thousands of LEGO bricks and specialty pieces. Bonus: the 25 x 20” puzzle has 1,000 flat cardboard pieces that don’t hurt like real LEGOs when stepped on.