Musician Tolgahan Çoğulu shows off a unique instrument he put together after his son Atlas gave him the idea. The acoustic guitar uses LEGO studs all along its neck, allowing for microtonal positions throughout the fretboard. The trick was to build a custom 3D printed baseplate for the LEGO bricks to click onto.
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Part of LEGO’s new stationery collection, these colorful note sheets are covered with a LEGO baseplate design on one side, and a blank writing surface on the other. Sold in boxes of 224 sheets in blue/green or yellow/orange color schemes. Shipping April 2020, but available for pre-order now, along with LEGO erasers and a LEGO journal.
While it’s not likely to be approved for use in an actual casino, Berthil van Beek’s motorized LEGO Technic roulette wheel is an impressive build. It’s designed to work as part of a larger great ball contraption, but is perfectly awesome all on its own. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets!
Making homebrew drones can be quite tricky due to the precise balance and weight requirements of smooth flight. But thanks to the consistency of LEGO parts, Brick Experiment Channel was able to put together a reasonably stable – if somewhat fragile – LEGO flying machine using off-the-shelf motors and rotors.
One of the cooler LEGO parts out there is the stud shooter, a tiny weapon for minifigs that fires a single round stud. LEGO fan agepbiz decided to see if he could supersize the plaything into something humans could wield, and managed to pull it off with aplomb. He previously made a human-scale LEGO space blaster.
Christophe Ruge’s LEGO Ideas model of the International Space Station is going into production. This outstanding 864-piece kit is packed with solar arrays, each of which can rotate, along with a dockable Space Shuttle, and a deployable satellite. It also comes with scale astronaut micro-figures for conducting spacewalks. Drops 2/1/20.
The iconic LEGO minifig gets maxi-sized by designer Seb_E, who came up with 11″ tall sculpture made from regular-size LEGO bricks. The concept design includes interchangeable faces and t-shirts, and articulated hands, arms, and legs. The jumbo size meta-bricks are a nice touch too. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
John Muntean shows off his amazing LEGO shadow sculptures, each of which looks like an amorphous blob, but casts shadows of three distinct images as it’s rotated through a beam of light. After DragonButterflyJet, be sure to check out KnightMermaidPirateShip and ABC.
Inspired by this image, LEGO builders Grant Davis, Eli Willsea, and Micah Biedeman collaborated on this impressive diorama, which features an pyramid of buildings at its back, flanked by structures on either side. When viewed from the proper angle, a minifig can be seen sitting on a girder, drinking in the majesty of his world.
LEGO and aviation enthusiast BigPlanes shows off an incredible custom build – a scale replica of U.S. Air Force One. He used roughly 25,000 bricks to build the 6-foot-long model of the 747 jumbo jet, which features a fully-detailed interior. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more amazing LEGO aircraft.
Designed by LEGO fan GabKremo, this maximum security prison model is made from 3,000 bricks. It’s got tons of details, including a barbed wire-fenced prison yard, individual minifig jail cells, a transport bus, a gym, kitchen, cafeteria, infirmary, and a weapons armory. Show your support for the design on LEGO Ideas.
Beyond the Brick shows off one of the most epic LEGO Star Wars builds ever. Anthony Ducre spent 7 months on this 50,000 piece diorama of the Death Star trench run from A New Hope, including an X-Wing fighter that “flies” through it on a track with Vader’s TIE Fighter on its tail. The crashed UCS Super Star Destroyer is a nice touch.
We’ve seen machines that can sort LEGO bricks before, but they’re generally limited to just a few specific shapes or colors. Daniel West’s machine is much smarter, using AI algorithms to identify and sort nearly 3,000 different LEGO shapes and colors. We think it’ll need more than 18 sorting bins to be really useful though.
London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy partnered with LEGO to create the Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas, a dozen installations made from 372,931 bricks. It took 2,200 hours to snap together a castle, a dapper tea-drimking lion, and a motorcycle fit for Santa. The massive centerpiece? A dragon-shaped Christmas tree made from 150,000 bricks.
The Brick Wall is an expert at building LEGO Technic machines that perform various tasks. For this build, he created a complex mechanism that can drive itself to a location then self-assemble a tower crane when it comes to a stop. He uses it to build a LEGO skyscraper.
Il Buono’s fun LEGO Ideas submission looks like one of those old-timey safes you might find in a movie about the wild West. The 548 part model has a smooth SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction, a working combination lock, and various props, including some LEGO gold bars to store inside.
Celebrate the holidays with a collection of 24 LEGO Star Wars toys, from minifigs to simple models of spacecraft and droids. Each toy hides behind a door, so kids (or us grownup kids) will have a new treat to enjoy every morning before Santa’s big day.
The Brick Wall has made some pretty nifty LEGO Technic machines over the years. This one continues his tradition of making them functional by including a pair of serrated blades which can rip through wood (or carrots). We love watching the grippy robot arms moving the pieces around.
We’re doubtful that the makers of The LEGO Movie franchise will ever make a zombie movie, but that’s okay, because Paramotion Films has already gone and done it for us, with their extremely well-executed short film that proves that dismemberment doesn’t have to be gory – at least when it comes to minifigs.
To celebrate 80 years of Batman, here’s an epic LEGO kit of the Batmobile, based on its appearance in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie. The 3,306-piece model is 23″ long, and has a sliding cockpit and pop-up machine guns. Includes minifigs of The Dark Knight, The Joker, and Vicki Vale. Drops 11/29/19, with an exclusive mini replica through 12/5.
Inspired by a fan-submitted concept, you can now buy official LEGO fossilized dinosaur skeletons. The 910-piece set (#21320) includes 1:32-scale models of tyrannosaurus rex (15.4″ long), triceratops (10.6″ long), and the winged pteranodon (5.1″ long), along with a sapiens skeleton, a paleontologist minifig with accessories.
LEGO pays tribute to its iconic minifigure with a 5:1 scale version carved from FSC-certified oak with adjustable plastic hands. The 7″ figure looks great as-is, though its surface encourages customization. Includes a gift box, 29 bricks, and a 28-page minifig history leaflet. Available 11/3/19 to LEGO VIP members, then 11/8 for everyone.
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