LEGO automatic drawing machine

Jason Allemann built a neat LEGO Drawing Machine, inspired by a Spirograph and a 1950s toy called the Hoot Nanny or Magic Designer.

It can create many different patterns by changing the configuration of the model," Allemann writes. "You can also draw multiple patterns on the same piece of paper to create even more complex designs."

He's posted the building instructions on his site

(via Laughing Squid)

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Watch The Beatles' LEGO Submarine


"The Beatles’ LEGO Yellow Submarine vs. the Sea Monster," a promo video for The Beatles Yellow Submarine set due out next month. And yes, there's a Blue Meanie included. The concept for the set came from the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing program, a submission from a fellow named Kevin Szeto:

"As an amateur musician and songwriter, I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles," Szeto wrote. "The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon. The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into LEGO form."

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Kids' bike helmet prototype looks like a LEGO-style toy


Forget kids, plenty of adults would love to rock a bike helmet that made them look like a toy figurine. Read the rest

Just look at this lego banana-mecha being piloted by a dude in a banana suit


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Geeky Lego Crafts


Rarely do I hear "Oh, awesome!" when I hand my daughter a book. David Scarfe's Geeky LEGO Crafts also elected squeals of delight.

Packed with projects like building your own Space Invaders, and a cassette tape, Geeky LEGO Crafts immediately led us to dragging out a few tubs of LEGO and to get snapping! The directions are great, and easy to follow.

We especially enjoy the Tetrix fridge magnets!

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Tiny lego typewriter

lego typewriter

Benjamin Cheh and Jeffrey Kong made this prototype Lego typewriter a couple of years ago: "a perfect example of how LEGO elements can pack so much detail in something so small. A retro creation for both the young and the young at heart – imagine this typewriter on your desk!" Their site's a treasure trove of Lego creations. [more, more] Read the rest

Feats of strength

An essential parenting skill (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

LEGO Architecture Studio

1210 white and transparent pieces make up the LEGO Architecture Studio. This fantastic set is geared towards builders!

Summer is here and I'm running out of ways to occupy the kid!

Aside from a whole lot of pieces, I'm impressed with this set. Switching to a solid white color scheme eliminates a lot of random searching for just the right shape and COLOR piece. The guide book will teach you to build architectural features, and inspire you to design buildings on your own, which is what this set is for.

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LEGO Classic 60's TV BatCave


Wow. The Bat mobile and Bat copter alone make me want to pick up this fantastic LEGO set. The Adam West Batcave is interpreted with fantastic detail!

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Incredible LEGO record store by artist Coop


Our multitalented artist pal Coop meticulously designed and built an indie record shop entirely out of LEGOs! Right this way to Brick City Records!

And yes, he really did make tiny versions of his favorite LP covers in Photoshop, print them on decal paper, and stick them to LEGO tiles for the records:

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Lego's doing a 4,080-piece, $350 Cinderella's castle

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No release date as yet! (Thanks, Sal!) Read the rest

Massive LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse


Got a lot of time on your hands? Build this amazingly detailed LEGO model of the Ghostbusters Firehouse!

With over 4000 pieces, you also get Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore minifigs, along with a pole for them to slide down!

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Using Lego as pixel art


Geometry Global of Hong Kong recreated painting masterpieces with Lego bricks. Maybe they tinted the bricks after the fact in Photoshop, but the effect is still great - they are instantly recognizable despite being very low-rez. I swear I can see the pitchfork in American Gothic.

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LEGO Cyberman minifig


Upgrading is compulsory!

I had to have this Cyberman minifig. The stacked up bunch of pieces that resembles a Dalek is also cute.

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Awesome ideas with LEGO


Following the directions on a large LEGO project can be meditative, while creating your own sculpture or contraption can be exhilarating! LEGO Awesome Ideas helps bring your ideas to life!

LEGO Awesome Ideas is a fantastic visual guide to building thematic LEGO models, and creating your own landscapes. From Wild West trains to AT-AT like walkers, this book starts small and shows you how to build up to your big ideas! This guide uses several different environments to teach you, and your child, to build any world you like.

Most of the models use standard, pretty easy to find pieces or you can substitute. My eight-year-old and I were able to work out most everything with little trouble.

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Awesome new Disney LEGO minifigs will be available starting in May


If you love and collect minifigs, May will be a big month for you! This via LEGO's twitter feed.

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Better than the movie? LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The folks who make these trailers are awfully clever. You can pre-order the game via Amazon. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Amazon Read the rest

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