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.
This LEGO construction by The Quinten is the most charming and adorable thing we’ve seen this week. The mechanical build features a beehive structure with some googly-eyed bees buzzing around as its crank is turned. The project is currently seeking support on LEGO Ideas, and we’d love to see it put into production.
Steve Guinness‘ concept for a typewriter made entirely from LEGO not only looks awesome, but it’s now achieved the 10,000 votes required to consider it for production. The design features a working mechanism, driven by a hand crank. Here’s hoping LEGO decides to make it.
We’ve seen several life-size vehicles built from LEGO bricks, but most of them look as costly and complicated as the real cars they’re based on. The guys at LEGO remote-control maker BuWizz built something more down to earth – a working LEGO go-kart that can hold a human rider. It’s not fast, but it’s still nifty. (Thanks Rob!)
Maker The Q built this awesome larger-than-life, fully-articulated LEGO minifig costume using cardboard and hot glue. With more than three weeks left until Halloween, you should have plenty of time to try and replicate the design yourself. Are you up to the challenge?
The LEGO Technic Control+ app lets you remotely control motors and other components using your phone. To prove its muscle, LEGO and Sariel’s Workshop teamed up to see if they could use it to control a real Liebherr 9800 excavator using only the parts from the Technic version. Behind-the-scenes video here.
LEGO Technic expert Shadow Elenter is back with another sweet build for his theme park collection. This time, he built a complex roller coaster using 17 motors, sending a Technic figure passenger on an crazy thrill ride. We’re surprised this little guy didn’t throw up from that backwards launch or the rotating seat gimmick.
We’ve seen some pretty wild and messy things subjected to the world’s most popular hydraulic press. This time, they took their special noodle making tool, and transformed LEGO bricks into colorful worms. We’re thinking this would be a good way to take care of the random blocks your kids left on the floor for you to step on.
Artist Jason Freeny is best known for his see-through anatomical figures of pop culture characters. These version of his LEGO-inspired Brickman figure let you assemble his innards yourself. Choose from a 16-piece, 5″ tall model, or a 12″ tall model with over 40 pieces.
Now that the Land Rover Defender is back, LEGO has taken wraps off its official Technic model of the off-roader. This 2,573 piece minifig-scale model measures 16.5″(l) x 8.6″(h) x 7.8″(w), and has a 4-speed gearbox, all-wheel drive, independent suspension, a winch, and a 6-cylinder engine with moving pistons. Drops 10/2019.
LEGO presents its biggest Star Wars set yet – an incredible 4,784 piece model of the Imperial Star Destroyer. The ship measures 43″ long and 26″ wide, and includes tons of details, like swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, and massive engines, as well as a scale model of the Rebels’ Tantive IV. Drops 10/1/19, or 9/18/19 for LEGO VIP members.
Expert LEGO builder Sariel shows off an impressive vehicle he put together, a scale model of Caterpillar’s enormous 797F dump truck that weighs over 9 pounds. Thanks to a Mindstorms brain and Power Functions components, it can drive, and has working lights and a functional dump body that can transport a 4.4 pounds payload.
The guys from How Ridiculous worked with LEGO to put together a bunch of colorful brick-built bowling balls, then dropped them from a tower onto a trampoline, culminating with a gigantic 66 pound ball, built from about 20,000 bricks. We wouldn’t want to have to clean up the mess they made, even with the tarps.
LEGO worked with synthesizer wiz Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer to put together an electronic orchestra comprised of 42 real musical instruments and over 95 of LEGO’s Star Wars BOOST droids, all controlled by a bunch of mechanically-activated tablets. Of course, they played John Williams’ classic theme.
LEGO fanatic Han Sbricksteen submitted this awesome idea for a set of four brick-built dioramas, each paying tribute to a master of 20th century art. The initial 680-piece concept includes Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali, but we could see this becoming a whole new LEGO Artist’s series.
HeroQuest is a tabletop fantasy game that’s been around since 1989. As a fan of the game, LEGO builder King Glorious Squirrel has designed an impressive concept for a set that’s packed with tons of details, wonderful dungeons and minifigs, and is playable. Show your support for the project on LEGO Ideas.
While there’s lots of joy to be had in building things from LEGO, it can also be a little bit satisfying to break them apart. In this montage from Custom Bricks & Models by Ren, he recorded 1000 fps slow-motion footage of various LEGO vehicles being smashed to pieces. At least he was kind enough to put helmets on his minifigs.
Perhaps inspired by the LEGO railway work of BananenBuurman, filmmaker Ewan Jones Morris takes us on a thrilling one-shot, POV ride, engineered by LEGO expert builder Gary Davis. Anna Meredith’s engrossing instrumental track serves as the perfect accompaniment to the precision-timed train ride.
After building a LEGO Technic machine that could bale hay back in 2017, The Brick Wall decided it was time to build a version that could create squared-off bales. The new machine offers impressive engineering, and is accompanied by a wagon for stacking and transporting bales.
Wolf Zipp shows off his working scale model of the SLJ 900/32 Wowjoint, a machine used to transport and place large sections of bridges. it has pneumatic lifts, wheels that can drive in any direction, and a cantilever system for crossing bridge pillars. It’s not fast, but it is impressive.
Based on Kevin Feeser’s awesome fan submission to LEGO Ideas, this 3,036 piece set (#21318) is truly epic. It features a 14″ tall treehouse setting with lots of great details in its three floating cabins. It comes with both spring and fall foliage elements, made from sustainable sugarcane-based plastics. Drops 8/1/19 for $200.