LEGO Art announces new posters: Warhol, Beatles, Iron Man, and Star Wars sets

LEGO is jumping on the mosaic art craze with the LEGO Art poster series, out this fall. Sets will include Andy Warhol portraits of Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Iron Man, and a Star Wars series of Sith Lords.

The sets also come with collector's style booklets, and some include music options for listening while assembling.

Via Brothers Brick:

LEGO hopes that LEGO Art will be “a new canvas for creative expression” that allows adults to relax and give them a chance to create and display art based on their passions. The structure of each portrait is comprised of 9 new 16 x 16 stud mosaic plates which can be connected to each other with Technic pins to form the larger portrait. Each set comes with two new Technic wall-hanging elements as well as a new black separator specially crafted to assist in quickly reassembling mosaics into alternate versions.

The pieces will come pre-sorted by color, and the instructions will feature a “color by numbers” grid for assembling each mosaic plate. Each set comes with a unique printed 2×4 signature tile and additional black pieces to build a frame around the final portrait.

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The various Lego computer interfaces

Present & Correct, designer office/stationery online retailer and curator of a wonderful Instagram account, posted this fantastic collection of Lego computers. Quite a few appear to have integrated displays. As a youngster, I often liked adding an external screen as represented by a simple Lego window. Read the rest

Watch this impressive Lego tapas factory crank out a steady stream of snacks

The Lego masters at The Brick Wall built this fantastic contraption to crank out tapas.

Technical details: 19 Lego PF motors 5 BuWizz Bricks 4 weeks of hard work
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Irish beekeeper's Covid Lego Beehive is fully functional, and houses 30,000 bees

Ruairi O Leocháin of Athlone Wildlife Apiaries decided to make a lego beehive "just for a bit of craic"

A beekeeper in Ireland put their coronavirus quarantine time to good use by crafting an elaborate, fully functioning beehive out of LEGOs. Read the rest

How to build your own working electric guitar out of LEGOs

I've successfully talked myself out of buying a hollow-body telecaster to add to my already-too-large collection of stringed instruments. As difficult as it's been at times, I have still managed to stand firm against my desires.

But I might have to give in and build myself a Legocaster. Read the rest

Building a giant, human-sized LEGO go-kart

In this video, the crazed maker Matt Denton (who someone in the comments refers to as the Colin Furze of giant 3D printed LEGO) 3D-prints a human-sized LEGO go-kart.

My latest 3D Printed project is this GIANT LEGO Go-Kart large enough for me to ride! Yes, I'm hoping this time that this version will be big enough for me to ride.. I also intend on making it electric!

[H/t Hack-a-Day]

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Locked-down wedding photographer shoots beautiful LEGO wedding

UK wedding photographer Chris Wallace is on lockdown like so many of us. To keep his creativity alive, he staged and photographed a fantastic LEGO wedding. You can see the photos and Wallace's narration of the nuptials over at Petapixel. It looks more romantic and fun than many real weddings I've attended!

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LEGO Anakin's Podracer

Lovely Tattoine style Star Wars tech, this LEGO Pod racer memorializes one of Star Wars most scorned movies, The Phantom Menace.

...but this is podracing.

The kit comes with a Padme and lil' Anakin minifig.

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This guy built a huge LEGO Cylon Basestar AND a Saturn V rocket

If this is what a small project looks like, I shudder to imagine what a large project is. Read the rest

The new LEGO Star Wars Mandalorian Battle Pack!

The LEGO Mandalorian Battle Pack comes with 4 Mandalorian shock trooper minifigs!

The speeder bike is cool, but 4 Mando minifigs for this price is a steal.

LEGO Star Wars Mandalorian Battle Pack 75267 Mandalorian Shock Troopers and Speeder Bike Building Kit; Great Gift Idea for Any Fan of Star Wars: The Mandalorian TV Series, New 2020 (102 Pieces) via Amazon Read the rest

Lego makes short work of steel axle

From The Brick Experiment Channel comes this test: "Let's see how Lego-compatible stainless steel axle deforms or breaks when high torque is applied. The test bench is made using only plastic Lego parts. Enjoy!"

Spoiler: the steel piece barely holds form at 5 Newton metres of torque, gives slowly at 9, and twists like warm candy at 15. Read the rest

A Baby Yoda minifig comes with the new LEGO Razor Crest

This is the way to get a Baby Yoda minifig.

The 1000+ piece LEGO Razor Crest can be ordered in advance of its September debut.

Baby Yoda!

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Huge 35,000-piece Lego Star Destroyer

Assembling LEGO's official Star Destroyer kit [Amazon] is no mean feat: it has nearly 4,800 pieces and retails for $700. But Matt Benner, aka TheBrickWiz, went 30,000 better, constructing a collossal Star Wars spaceship to put the fear of Vader into any rebel fool enough to fall into its gravity well. He even made the interior – check out the conference room (below)! Read the rest

RIP: Jens Nygaard Knudsen, father of the LEGO minifigure

Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the creator of the LEGO mini-fig has passed away at age 78.

Washington Post:

Over the decades, the company honed modern techniques of manufacturing plastic toys, patenting its signature stud-and-tube locking system for its toy building bricks in 1958. But until Mr. Knudsen’s innovations in the 1970s, Lego lacked a human or even humanoid element to enliven its playscapes.

“There was something missing from the houses, cars, planes and fantasy world these children spent hours playing with,” Sarah Herman wrote in her book “A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the LEGO Phenomenon.” Mr. Knudsen’s minifigures, she wrote, went “on to define and drive” the Lego system “more than any other part since the launch of the new Lego brick in 1958.”

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LEGO Star Wars: Obi-wan's Tatooine hideout

LEGO calls this Obi-wan's Hut but he is way cooler than that.

Build the hut where Ol' Ben first tells Luke about more elegant weaponry and lies to him about his father.

This 200 piece set comes with R2D2, Obi-Wan, Luke and a Tusken Raider minifig.

Yoda lived in a hut, Obi-wan had a hideout or at the least a jedicave.

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Classical guitarist built a microtonal guitar from LEGO and it sounds beautiful

Most Western music is based on a twelve-tone octave with the smallest interval being a half step (or half tone, or "semitone") up or down. Microtonal music contains intervals smaller than a semitone. (Imagine playing notes between the keys on a traditional piano.) You can hear microtonal music compositions in the work of modernist and experimental composers, from Charles Ives and Claude Debussy to Wendy Carlos and Aphex Twin.

Tolgahan Coğulu is a Turkish musician known for designing an adjustable microtonal guitar and performing unique arrangements of Anatolian folk music and Ottoman maqam music. Most recently though, he took a cue from his young son and built a fantastic microtonal guitar from LEGO! Read the rest

LEGO step-by-step build: Ultimate Millennium Falcon

Oh this is gloriously satisfying. Read the rest

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