GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines continues to impress us with their wild and inventive LEGO engineering. After showing off some unusual LEGO car designs, they took the same idea as their hubless car and applied it to tank treads. The vehicle has a truly unique look, is surprisingly agile, and capable of crawling over rough terrain.
LEGO expands its series of Star Wars mini helmet models with the addition of Luke Skywalker’s Red Five helmet, The Mandalorian’s helmet, and a Dark Trooper helmet. Each helmet measures appx. 7″ tall, and they range from 584 to 693 bricks. The see-through orange goggles on Luke’s Rebel helmet are particularly clever.
While it can’t keep up with the Hydraulic Press Channel’s 150-ton industrial press, we’re still quite impressed with this LEGO Technic machine which has enough power to juice an orange or flatten a carrot. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this press using Eight Powered Up L motors, 24 actuators, and two Smart Hubs.
The USS Brickster sets sail into the roughest seas a minifig has ever seen. Canvas 23 Studios took a model of the LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship, fitted it with a GoPro Hero 10 camera, and dropped it into the ocean to see how it and a smaller LEGO craft would withstand the surf.
GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this unique LEGO Technic vehicle that stores energy in a flywheel. A rig consisting of 21 Powered-Up L motors and six Smart Hubs transfers power to the flywheel, then the car can continue driving on its own. It doesn’t go very far but has enough torque to climb a hill.
LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.
Car companies use a variety of methods to test the suspension and handling of new cars in development. They usually do terrain testing on shaker machine and outdoor courses. Brick Technology built a treadmill that uses and LEGO brick obstacles to test various suspension setups for LEGO Technic cars.
That fan-designed LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog set is finally here. The official version features an accurate recreation of the Green Hill Zone, complete with a palm tree, loop de loop, enemies, and of course Sonic’s rings. The 1125-piece set comes with a Sonic minifig, a brick-built Dr. Eggman, and seven Chaos Emeralds.
The Brick Wall loves to build LEGO Technic machines and factories. This time out, he created an incredibly complicated system that cuts, mills, and assembles a log cabin – only the logs are cucumbers. We want to see it make hot dog houses with mortar made from mustard.
Jonny Campbell came up with this concept for a LEGO set inspired by Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller, JAWS. The set includes an accurate model of the Orca, loaded up with fishing gear and those iconic yellow barrels. It also comes with Bruce the great white shark, and minifigs of Brody, Hooper, and Quint.
LEGO fanatic I like home presents an incredible stop-motion video that shows how to break down a brick-built king salmon into a delicious sashimi dinner. The sequence is made up of more than 3000 individual photos. If you thought that looked tasty, be sure to check out his LEGO steak and cheese.
Denver-based cheat3puzzles makes wonderfully-unique puzzle boxes from LEGO bricks. Among their fun and tricky collection are a miniature Macintosh computer, a vending machine, and various abstract and artful box designs. They come in easy, medium, and hard difficulty levels.
While it’s not as powerful as a hydraulic press or an industrial shredder, this LEGO Technic mashing machine from GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines is still fun to watch. It uses a pair of rapidly-moving, angled belts to push objects towards a center bar that smashes things apart.
Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry shows off a neat rig he built using LEGO pieces. The highly-articulated dinosaur skeleton looks amazing as it comes to life in this brief frame-by-frame sequence. Given the green screen, we imagine he’ll be adding a background to the scene.
LEGO Technic machine expert The Brick Wall created an amazing working sawmill that turns long logs into individual pieces of firewood. The wood is delivered on the back of a LEGO truck, then the factory cuts the wood into smaller logs, then splits them into quarters, ready for lighting.
Half-Asleep Chris created this wonderful LEGO railroad which winds through a snowy winter scene. The indoor-outdoor ride takes the tiny train through a gingerbread village, an ice cave, a spinning storybook tunnel, and a giant snow globe made from a geodesic dome. The journey starts around the 7-minute mark.
WIRED introduces us to LEGO Master Model Builder PJ Catalano. Since 2013, he’s has been building incredible LEGO structures at LEGOLAND California. In this episode of Obsessed, PJ talks about the basics of LEGO construction, how to make letters with bricks, and how his creations come to life. Also, we need those LEGO pliers.
LEGO teamed up with ROOM Copenhagen to create a collection of wooden home accessories inspired by LEGO bricks. The series includes stackable drawers, picture frames, book racks, and wall hangers. Each piece is made from FSC-certified oak wood. Keep an eye on ROOM’s Amazon page for these to go on sale.
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.
This isn’t the first LEGO Imperial Walker, but it’s the most impressive. UCS model 75313 has 6785 pieces and stands 25″ tall. Details include poseable legs, moving cannons, a Minifig-scale interior, two speeder bikes, and more. Among its nine Minifigs us Luke Skywalker with a tow cable for him to hang from. Drops 11.26.2021.
LEGO bricks are great for building all kinds of things, but did you know you could use them as a mold for casting concrete? Neither did we. HomeMadeModern shows us a couple of techniques – one in which the blocks are used as a direct mold, and the other where the bricks are covered in silicone, which becomes the mold.
Today’s most satisfying video comes in the form of this clip from the Brick Experiment Channel. Their goal? Create the longest possible chain of 1×1 LEGO Technic gears while retaining the same gear ratio from start to finish. We’re impressed that a single motor can drive that many gears.
Nico71’s motorized LEGO Technic creation deftly maneuvers five spools of thread, carefully twisting, turning, and juggling each one to form a braided cord. Its hypnotic moves remind us of some kind of an amusement park ride. Full build instructions can be found here.