MEGATech Showcase: There's a LEGO For Everyone Beth Snyder February 12, 2013 Features The things you can make with LEGO are limited only by your imagination, your talent, and the amount of money you can afford to spend on LEGO bricks and minifigs. Some of them also seem to require either an engineering degree or a pool of friends who can provide one for you. Me, I tend to stick to simpler constructions, but that doesn't keep me from drooling over and coveting some of the stuff put together by the big kids. First up is the LEGO Star Wars Universe. Seriously...this is on display from February 1 through June 1 at the Trafford Centre inside the existing Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester, England. Tickets are stupid cheap to buy at 8.10 ($13 US) per person. If you live near there, you win. Me, I'd also have to throw in the cost of a passport and airfare as well as somewhere to stay, but...its LEGO Star Wars! It was constructed out of 250,000 LEGO bricks, and shows the hills of planet Naboo, the plains of Tattoine, and a whole host of other scenes you can't help but recognize. I really, really want to go. Source: Gizmodiva How about some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? And if you're observant, you'll also see that Shredder is paying them a visit while they enjoy their pizza. Nick Desimone created these, as well as the Ghostbusters, with a purposefully minimalist look so you can use your imagination. Because really...what good is playing if you don't use your imagination? He uses the smallest number of bricks possible for each project. This one can't be bought, of course, but you could probably copy him if you really wanted one for yourself. Source: Walyou How about a LEGO Superman Metropolis Showdown? This is actually a kit you can buy, or at least you'll be able to buy it in May. It contains minifigs of Superman and Zod, as well as a car and radio tower. Not very many pieces, but then it's only going to retail for around $13.00 US. Its release is set to coincide with the release of the new movie, Man of Steel. Source: Geek Alerts Gundam RX-78-2 anyone? This might look life-sized, but it's actually about the size of a minifig. Which makes it all the more amazing once you start looking at the detail and the fact that it's fully posable. This one was designed by Gyuta, and is a custom piece (meaning you can't buy one). But it sure is neat, isn't it? I still can't get over the detail, especially given how small it is. Source: Nerd Approved I'm not entirely sure how practical this is, but I really want to try one out. This is a Pancake Bot. This was created by Miguel Valenzuela in Norway, and he was even nice enough to provide us with step-by-step instructions so we can make our own. Basically, it combines LEGO with squeezable ketchup bottles to form a gadget that will drop perfectly proportioned amounts of pancake batter onto a built-in griddle. They're looking to take this to Maker Faire in San Francisco this year. Source: TechCrunch So you've got a Nintendo DS, and you need somewhere to store it and all its accessories. How about a fabulous case made out of LEGO? This was, of course, a custom project by someone who has not been given credit, but it uses what looks like an amazing number of LEGO bricks. Not only will it hold your DS, but it'll hold your games as well. Everything all in one huge, wonderful LEGO construction. I like it! Source: Walyou Well, if this isn't one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time! This bitty baby Mac replica was created by Chris McVeigh, and he's even been so kind as to put together a building guide (which is not up yet, but he says will be pretty soon). He's also hoping to offer a limited number of kits so you don't even have to figure out which bricks to buy on your own. Neat, huh? Source: Ubergizmo At first glance, I thought this was a Rube Goldberg construction (and if you don't know what I mean by that, then you are hereby ordered to go look him up before you are allowed to read any more of my posts...now go!). And as I look at it further, that's really not far from the truth, although this was made by Jason Allemann rather than Mr. Goldberg. This is a clock, and uses three tiers of track with balls to tell time. The bottom track is hours, the middle track 10-minute increments, and the top track single minutes. The time pictured, therefore, is 5:38. Mr. Allemann based this on the rolling ball clock by Harley Mayenschein, which I vaguely remember from my childhood in the 1970s. Unfortunately, you can't buy one. Source: Laughing Squid LEGO Iron Man 3! This one apparently offers some movie spoilers for the new film coming out this summer, but whatever. I mean, you can probably make an educated guess anyway, and it's not like a playset is going to give away all that much, right? The set has 364 pieces, including a few minifigs and of course stuff you can build to play with them. There are a couple of other sets to go along with it, which include either 91 or 195 pieces. That's about all they're giving away at this point, so I'm not even sure what they're going to cost. But if you're a fan of Iron Man, especially the series of movies with Robert Downey Jr., you're going to want them. Source: Nerd Approved Here's one you can help make happen if you think it's a good idea. This proposal is by Alatariel, who used LEGO Digital Designer to create her concept pieces. These are mock-ups of various stages of the Mega Man characters, and LEGO has said if she gathers 10,000 votes they'll review the feasibility of the concept. I think they're neat, but then I'm a little biased toward all things LEGO. Source: Technabob Just in case you were looking for the perfect excuse to keep LEGOs on your desk, here's a thought. How about a coffee cup that is made of LEGO, that you can build on? Yeah, I thought that might work for you. But it's even better, if that's possible. It's not just compatible with LEGO, you can also use PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, and KNEX Bricks. Seriously. You really need one now, don't you? It holds 12 ounces of whatever beverage you want to put in it and is made of BPA-free plastic. It is not, however, dishwasher-safe. You can make one yours for $19.99 US. Source: The Gadeteer Finally, we have LEGO's 55th birthday celebration. What they did to celebrate was create 55 posters with riddles you have to solve made out of LEGO bricks. Some are fairly obvious, some not so much. Each one contains a pop culture reference and a hint, and all of them require a little imagination to solve. For instance, the one shown above is Purple Rain (remember the Prince song?), while the one pictured below in the gallery is Stairway to Heaven. They're not all songs, though. Some are movies, or books, or specific singers, or bands...but they're all really neat. Source: Walyou Share This With The World!