MEGATech Showcase: The Wonderful World of LEGO Beth Snyder January 29, 2013 Features It’s no secret that while I have an obsession with flash drives, I also have one with pretty much all things LEGO. And goodness knows there are plenty of kits, custom-built pieces, and general gadgetry to keep me entertained for weeks and days. All of a sudden, it occurred to me: instead of writing 847 articles on individual items, why not put a bunch of them into one long post like I do with the flash drives? So now I present to you the inaugural LEGO post, and I hope you enjoy it! First up is Elvis (no, I don’t know why it’s named Elvis, but that’s what the real-life version is nicknamed, so there you go), which is a custom-built helicopter (made of LEGO, of course). Created by Ryan “The BrickMan” McNaught, who is a LEGO certified professional (where do I get THAT particular job??), this is a scaled-down version of the Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helicopter. He built this out of 100,000 LEGO pieces, and debuted it at Brickvention 2013 in Victoria, Australia recently. Being a custom creation, this is not one for which you can buy a kit, but you could maybe take it upon yourself to give Ryan a run for his money and make your own if you were creative and skilled enough. Source: Laughing Squid It’s LEGO. It’s Star Wars. Really, what more do you want? This one is actually a kit you can buy for around $20.00 US, which is really pretty darn cheap considering what you get coupled with the coolness factor. The main attraction is, of course, the AT-RT, but you also get Sniper Droid and Clone Wars edition Yoda, 501st Clone Trooper and Commando Droid Captain with a lightsaber and two blasters (total of 222 pieces). The AT-RT measures about 7? (19cm) high, 2? (14cm) long and 4? (7cm) wide, and features articulated legs and feet as well as swiveling laser cannon and blaster storage. It’s recommended for ages 7-12, but we all know the supposed grownups are going to want to play too, don’t we? Source: Geek Alerts Can I interest you in Metal Gear Rex? I thought maybe I could. Built by someone who goes by the handle “ragnarock01” out of what appears to be a ridiculously large number of LEGO bricks, this one doesn’t come with a kit. But what you can get access to are step-by-step instructions, so you can have one of these for your very own. At first glance, this seems pretty simple, but the more I look at it, the more I notice the meticulous attention to detail. I think it’s neat. Source: Walyou If you grew up in the 1980s, you remember the original A-Team with Mr. T and the gang. If you grew up later, you remember that abomination of a movie they made, assuming our nostalgia would make us watch it and love it. Watch it we did, love it we did not. Anyway, this is the van, completely motorized and made completely of LEGO. This one was created by LEGO master builder Vimal Patel, and it is fitted with an engine as well as a remote control system so you can drive it around from the comfort of your recliner. Again, not one you can purchase for yourself, but then a lot of these aren’t. As has become obvious over the years, what you can build with LEGO is limited only by your own imagination and skillset. Source: Geeky Gadgets Here’s where I admit my ignorance…obviously this is something, and probably quite popular since they bothered to make an actual LEGO kit for it, but I have no earthly idea what. But for those of you who do, it’s probably neat, right? This is the Chima Wakz Pack Tracker 70004, which comes with Wakz and Winzar and Equila minifigs, as well as assorted weapons for them to use. The vehicle measures about 6″ (17cm) high, 7″ (20cm) long and 6″ (16cm) wide, and features wolf detailing, clawed wheels, biting jaws, wolf shooter, tough suspension and even a functioning rear winch (total 297 pieces). You can take one home today for about $30.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Who’s up for some Fallout? OK, not actual fallout, as that would at best ruin your whole day. This is the LEGO version of the video game, and it is fabulous. Unfortunately, it’s also a custom set, so you won’t be seeing it on shelves any time soon (or ever, really). This one was created by Saber-Scorpion, and even features decals on the minifigs that combine elements of the game. If you’re a Fallout fan, you’re going to wish you could have one for your very own. Source: Nerd Approved Batman comes to LEGO with the Super Heroes Tumbler Chase set. This is a 386-piece set and is designed for ages 6-12…but again, seriously…who really thinks the adults aren’t going to play with it as well? You get three minifigs–Commissioner Gordon, Bane and Batman–along with the Bat with fire flick missiles, rescue rope, and room for two minifigs; break through barriers; and the Tumbler with an actual opening roof hatch and two hidden flick missiles. All this Batman goodness for just $40.00 US? Sign me up! Source: Gadget Review Are you familiar with the indie game Fez? Don’t feel bad if you aren’t, because I wasn’t. But I do have to admit, comparing the pictures, this LEGO rendering is pretty spot on with what the game looks like! Sean Foreman created this one (and by now you know that means it’s not a set you can buy, right?), which represents the first level of the game. He created it purely by watching videos and looking at pictures of the game, which I find pretty impressive. Source: Walyou Well now, if this isn’t a match made in heaven, I don’t believe there is such a thing. LEGO and Minecraft? It’s like bread and butter. They were made for each other, with Minecraft’s pixelated graphics being exactly what you get when you make something out of LEGO bricks, no? And this one is even a set you can buy! The set comes with 480 pieces as well as minifigs (well, kind of minifigs) of Player and Creeper. Now, I should warn you, this was originally a limited edition set and it sold like hotcakes, so while you can buy it, you’re going to pay for the privilege. But it looks like you can find one starting at around $60.00 US, so it could be worse, right? Source: Craziest Gadgets Another Legends of Chima set! I’m really going to have to look this thing up; obviously it’s a thing. I’ll make that my Monday project, I think. This one is Craggar’s Command Ship, which comes with six minifigs (Cragger, Crominus, Crooler, Rawzom, Leonidas and Lennox). The ship features opening mouth, articulated tail and claws, opening cockpits, flick missiles, and detachable mini boats and helicopter for a total of 609 pieces. Recommended age range is 8-14, but feel free to ignore that as always. Looks like this one is going to run you about $75.00 US anyway, and who wants to spend that much on toys for the kids? Source: 7 Gadgets Eye Creature? My first thought was Deathstar, although it obviously isn’t…that’s just how my mind works. Anyway, this one is a custom-designed set by Invisible Creature out of Seattle, given at their annual holiday party to clients. I kind of wish I was one of their clients, don’t you? It comes with 444 pieces and four instruction books, which give you eight different mouth openings. You can put whatever you want inside it, or just leave it empty, whatever makes you happy. It’s kind of sad for me that you can’t buy this, but then there’s always eBay, right? Probably someone is selling theirs; it happens. This one is for “ages 7-99”, which is the best age range I’ve seen on one of these sets. Source: Laughing Squid This is the 10232 Palace Cinema, which is remarkably similar to Graumann’s Chinese Theatre (and I don’t just know that because it says so in the source article, but because I’ve been there). This one is designed by Astrid, and is not yet available. It will be soon, though, so just be patient and you can add it to your collection (for what appears to be around $150.00 US). The detail on this is pretty impressive, and it comes with not just the building itself but several minifigs. The minifigs each have the traditional smiling LEGO face rather than individual facial expressions as has been the trend lately. Not sure how many pieces, but I’m betting it’s north of 300, quite possibly by a lot. Source: Gizmodo Technically, this doesn’t belong here because it’s not actually LEGO. Rather, this is produced by Citizen Brick, and is obviously modeled after Walter White from Breaking Bad (although they name theirs “Chemistry Enthusiast”, probably because of copyright and whatnot). They have several characters to choose from, all in the minifig style we’ve come to know and love from LEGO. The ones that come from Citizen Brick, however, are nothing like kid-friendly. Which of course makes them perfect for grownups who want to play. Each one costs about $15.00 US. Source: Nerd Approved So you say some of these have inspired you to try making your own LEGO creation, but you’re not sure how to start? Why not check out one or more of these four books? Each one details different things you can build using LEGO, which ought to give you enough of a knowledge base to continue on with the pieces you’re creating in your head and have a chance at them working out. Ranging from simple to complex, there is something for everyone here. Pricing varies depending on which book and format you choose, but you’re looking at somewhere between $20.00 and $30.00 US. Not bad, really. Source: The Gadgeteer Maybe you don’t want to be hands-on. Maybe you just want to sit back and watch. Well, how about the new release (finally) of Castlevania 4: Vanian Legend? This LEGO movie follows along with the games, and has been eagerly anticipated for what feels like forever. The spoken language is Finnish since that’s where it comes from, but you’ll figure it out. In all, you get two hours 26 minutes of LEGO action. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it, since I’m reading mixed reviews on this one. Source: Walyou Need something for the grownup in your life who still enjoys playing? This could work, for those who work in stodgy offices. Because cufflinks pretty much scream adulthood and responsibility, don’t they? Of course, you can get away with a little individuality, and that’s where these come in. LEGO cufflinks! Brilliant! These are silver in colour, made of rhodium-plated base metal. Each one measures approximately 3/4″ square, and the pair will cost you just under $35.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!