Look at these knockoff LEGO products spotted at a Hong Kong night market

Bootie Mashup's Adrian Roberts is traveling in Hong Kong right now and came across these amusing knockoff LEGO products at the Temple Street Night Market.

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Microfluidic LEGOs for scientific research

Microfluidic systems that move and mix tiny amounts of liquids are used in laboratories for biotechnology, chemistry, and even the development of inkjet technology. Frequently, microfluidic devices are integrated into a single "lab on a chip" but fabricating such systems can be costly and time-consuming. Now, MIT researchers are using customized LEGO bricks to make a modular microfluidics platform. Their prototype system "could be used to manipulate biological fluids and perform tasks such as sorting cells, filtering fluids, and encapsulating molecules in individual droplets." From MIT:

To demonstrate modularity, (mechanical engineering grad student Crystal) Owens built a prototype onto a standard LEGO baseplate consisting of several bricks, each designed to perform a different operation as fluid is pumped through. In addition to making the fluid mixer and droplet generator, she also outfitted a LEGO brick with a light sensor, precisely positioning the sensor to measure light as fluid passed through a channel at the same location.

Owens says the hardest part of the project was figuring out how to connect the bricks together, without fluid leaking out. While LEGO bricks are designed to snap securely in place, there is nevertheless a small gap between bricks, measuring between 100 and 500 microns. To seal this gap, Owens fabricated a small O-ring around each inlet and outlet in a brick.

“The O-ring fits into a small circle milled into the brick surface. It’s designed to stick out a certain amount, so when another brick is placed beside it, it compresses and creates a reliable fluid seal between the bricks.

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There's an artist who will make a LEGO replica of your home

New York-based artist Shari Austrian of Etsy shop Little Brick Lane has been creating miniature homes since she was six years old. Her first one was constructed out of Play-Doh. Now, she uses LEGO bricks to make incredible replicas of people's homes. Apartment Therapy interviewed Austrian, who shares this about her inspiration:
My now 7 year old twins, Emilia and Julian, reintroduced me to the world of LEGO just as we were having our new home built in 2015. I was fascinated by the design and construction of our home. My husband, Jonathan, our twins, and I were all so excited to move and I thought building a LEGO model of our home would be a special present for our family and a celebration of our new life.

Her LEGO homes don't come cheap though. A replica of a 2000 sq. foot house is $2500. Prices go up from there.

But, for that, you not only get the exterior but detailed interior rooms too. In fact, when you order, Austrian suggests you provide photographs of your home and a complete set of its architectural plans. Also, she writes that she only uses " brand new, brand name" LEGO bricks.

Once she has your payment and materials, it will take her about 8-10 weeks to complete your LEGO home.

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Meet the 'Calm Bearded Tree Enthusiast Painter Dude' minifig

Over at The Official Action Figure Therapy store, they've got all kinds of customized minifigs for sale including this "Calm Bearded Tree Enthusiast Painter Dude." It's like a hilarious exercise in describing Bob Ross and LEGO, without actually using those words.

Also see: the "Hairy Canadian Fast Healing Angry Claw Man In Wife Beater," the "Scary Kid Loving Sewer Clown With Balloon," and the "Terminally Ill Contraband Manufacturing Underwear Science Teacher."

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Flybrix: "rebuildable, crash-friendly drones" made from Lego

Flybrix kits allow you to turn a variety of Lego builds into little copter-drones that you can fly with an app or a Bluetooth joystick. Read the rest

I bought this set for the LEGO Yoda minifig

My daughter loves building LEGO Star Wars anything, so Yoda's Starfighter is just fine by her. At 262 pieces, this is a perfect short afternoon project for a 10 year-old.

I wanted the Yoda minifig.

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LEGO ship in a bottle

After completing a ship in a bottle kit, screenprinter Jake Sadovich of Garden City, Idaho decided to make a LEGO one. Soon after, he submitted his model to LEGO Ideas where it quickly gained the community support it needed to be reviewed to put it into production and sold around the globe.

In an interview with LEGO Ideas, he was asked how he felt about getting the "magic 10,000 votes" from the community, "Awesome and kind of strange. Excitement at reaching the 10K mark, and in just 48 days! A great feeling of satisfaction that so many people liked my creation and gratitude that they took the time to support it and make this happen."

The 962-piece Leviathan will hit stores on February 1 for $69.99.

Continue a nautical tradition when you build this LEGO® Ideas 21313 Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest, flag and printed sail elements. Place the ship inside the LEGO brick-built bottle with a buildable cork, wax seal element and water-style elements inside, then showcase it on the display stand featuring the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, globe elements and a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with compass rose and spinning needle. This wonderfully nostalgic construction toy also includes a booklet about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.

Photos of Sadovich's original design can be seen at his Facebook page.

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Make a Lego cookie-icing robot/plotter

Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks (previously documents his latest creation: a poltter that squeezes precise patters of icing onto cookies, built out of Lego Mindstorms, and includes full, downloadable instructions. Read the rest

10 very large LEGO projects

I have the LEGO Taj Mahal sitting here, waiting to be built.

Mine is the old 5922 piece version, a gift from a former BB contributor who fried out on building big LEGOs and sent it to my daughter and I. LEGO has rereleased this set, due to its immense popularity, with 1 extra piece. I believe it is a brick separator.

While not the biggest project in this video, it is still the biggest LEGO set you can buy.

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LEGO Apollo Saturn V rocket on Amazon for $119

I have been waiting to find the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Building Kit for list price. Amazon is selling it now.

This fantastic 1969 piece set looks wonderful. I can not wait to build it with my daughter.

Watch out for scalpers.

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Complete tour of the LEGO House in Denmark

The Beyond the Brick channel headed to Billund, Denmark for a superfan's tour of the LEGO House. What's great about this tour is that the host knows the names of many of the builders, and has met a lot of them personally, giving the tour a real insider's feel. Read the rest

Lego storage bricks

Lego makes storage containers that click together like standard bricks (Amazon), coming in a range of sizes and all the classic lego colors, from single-nodule pencil cups to four- and eight-nodule boxes.

They suggest using it to store normal lego bricks, which makes me want a range of miscroscopic legos that may be stored inside the normal ones, with these tiny ones concealing a further inner layer of quantum-scale legos.

Plastic polypropylene, pvc free Gather all your regular lego bricks in this large size storage brick and make it a more playful way of tidying up This large size LEGO storage brick also work as stackable blocks with the rest of the storage bricks Storage bricks come in classic lego colors Large size lego storage bin Storage bricks come in classic lego® colors

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Awesome 1106 piece LEGO Star Wars BB-8

This 1106 piece LEGO BB-8 will be my daughter and her cousins' Thanksgiving Day project.

I am clearly thrilled with my daughter's LEGO addiction and her dedication to Star Wars. Her slightly younger cousin is also a giant Star Wars aficionado, although he does not yet know that word, and a fantastic LEGO builder. I'm pretty sure this kit will only take them a few hours.

I would love the largest C1-10P kit LEGO will make.

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LEGO Santa Claus is coming to town

For $9 LEGO Santa Claus is hard to pass up. My daughter celebrates both Christmas and Chanukkah, so I'm looking for a LEGO Hebrew Hammer as well.

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Bricktape for making sure LEGOs stay put

This reuseable silicone bricktape makes sure my kids LEGOs stay on the shelf. Our cat is now frustrated

My kid is building an entire fleet of Star Wars spacecraft and starfighters. I love every piece and we proudly display them with several dedicated shelves in our living room. Our Maine Coon Cat, Heart, however likes to knock them off the shelf. This is a giant pain in the ass. This bricktape solves that.

This tape is made of silicone. You know the lovely self-adhesive sticky stuff that cleans up with some warm soapy water? That! Simply cut a strip to the size you want, stick it to your surface and then snap the LEGO on top.

If you are displaying LEGO in your home, this secures the object in place, looks better and is far, far easier to remove than the putty I was using.

Reusable Silicone Self-Adhesive Building Block Tape, Compatible With Lego Collection Construction, 4 studs (Red+Green+Black+Light Blue) via Amazon Read the rest

The 2017 LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar

The LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is literally the only thing even tangentially related to Jesus I will buy this year.

This set has a cute BB-8 in a Santa hat, the Millenium Falcon, a Y-wing, some troopers of various generation and a bunch of other stuff! The number of things is somehow related to the days folks waited for Jesus to rise from the dead and demand colored eggs, or something. I am super unclear on this advent thing, but every year I love this set!

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LEGO Ideas Women of NASA

I just ordered this fantastic LEGO Ideas set for my daughter.

This LEGO set features four NASA pioneers, Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, who've helped define the United States' space program. There are three builds, and the set is only $21!

I will never forget Sally Ride's first mission to space. I was lucky enough to meet America's first woman and LGBT person in space during my time in college.

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