Take a Look at the World’s Largest Sundial Made of LEGO Duplo Bricks

Anyone with a wide enough scientific education would know what a sundial is: a device that tells time via available sunlight, which casts shadows on a dial of hour-lines, said shadow being cast by a raised gnomon. There are so many variations on the sundial structure, including “ring dials”, where sunlight passes into a hole and falls on marked hour-lines. Recently, Chinese-based LEGO educational group Playable Designs attempted a new LEGO-themed, Guinness Record to make the world’s largest sundial built using LEGO- to be exact – Duplo pieces. The group used a ridiculous number of large Duplo bricks in order to make a sturdy structure.

With some 45,000 LEGO Duplo pieces in several colors, the Playable Designs team went to work on the world’s largest sundial, out of these many Duplo bricks at the Beijing art district. Upon completion, the largest ring sundial in LEGO Duplo measured 2.81 meters in diameter and 08 meters in thickness, and proven to indeed tell time from the sun like any ring sundial would. Watch this featured video from Guinness World Records.

Playable Design group founder Mrs. Hou remarked that the project was primarily a teaching tool to encourage and inspire children to learn about science, astronomy, math and history, all subjects that pertain to sundials. Still, she adds, they’re very happy all the same that their work was recognized by Guinness as the new title holder for the world’s largest sundial made entirely of plastic bricks.

Playable Designs specializes in developing LEGO-related educational programs in Chinese schools. Their largest LEGO Duplo ring sundial project took three months to design before the actual building process, and involved Astronomy professionals and mechanical engineers.

The LEGO Zoo Offers Easy-to-Build Animals Using Readily Available LEGO Bricks At Your Home

For younger-leaning LEGO builders, one favorite subject for brick creation would be animals. There’s something very imaginative about assembling basic LEGO bricks to create the basic shape of a beast or bird or dinosaur. A LEGO Animal Atlas released earlier this year by publisher DK featured plenty of animal-building instructions.Now, another brick-building book has  come out that shines the spotlight on brick-built animals. Unlike the DK Animal Atlas, it’s not officially partnered with LEGO, but The LEGO Zoo by Italian author Jody Padulano is just as appealing to children (and probably to some AFOLs as well) with its charming photography and building steps.

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The LEGO Zoo: 50 Easy-to-Build Animals 

A children’s book that shows how to build 50 simple models of LEGO animals using only standard LEGO parts that every LEGO fan has in their collection.

The LEGO Zoo book shows kids of any age how to build 50 simple animal models using only standard LEGO parts that are already likely to be in their collection. Readers learn how to build models of animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions, flamingos, plus many more. Projects are ordered by increasing difficulty making it easy to jump in without getting in over your head. The animals are so cute and goofy, whether building as a family or solo The LEGO Zoo is sure to deliver a roaring good time!

Originally published in Italy 2017, The LEGO Zoo proved a popular enough seller that No Starch Press has brought it into an international readership. In 200 pages it details 50 animals famous as exhibits in zoos all over the world, and features instructions to recreate these using basic LEGO blocks.

The LEGO Zoo is divided into five chapters sorting the featured animals by level of brick building difficulty and complexity. But young readers shouldn’t worry; they’re not that difficult. The book is now available on Amazon for $13.36, as well as from No Starch Press. Hard copies come with  the free eBook version.

BlizzCon 2018 Welcomes You With a Huge LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA Statue

If  you’re attending BlizzCon 2018 today at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, then you might be thrilled to know that a brick-built LEGO statue of D. Va and her mech suit MEKA will be out there keeping a close watch over you and the rest of BlizzCon attendees. This huge LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA statue took 731 hours to build using 145,276 LEGO elements, and weighs in at an enormous 1,256 pounds. You can see the entire process of how to build this impressive build through the following time-lapse video.

This LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA statue is based on one of the official LEGO Overwatch sets that were revealed last week, particularly, the LEGO Overwatch D. Va & Reinhardt (75973). There has been no official word from LEGO as of this posting if ever we will see the official LEGO Overwatch sets at BlizzCon, but we can keep our fingers on this one.

As someone who moderately plays video games, I’m not really into Overwatch gaming. But seeing the huge positive reception that the first-person shooter game has been receiving especially in Asia, and then I guess LEGO made a good choice of being partners with Blizzard Entertainment. We hope to see the actual LEGO Overwatch sets displayed during BlizzCon 2018 other than the recently confirmed, limited edition LEGO Overwatch Omnic Bastion (75987) which was exclusively offered at the Blizzard Gear Store. Blizzard has already confirmed this set’s availability during at BlizzCon 2018 so in case you missed out on that chance of purchasing one, then here’s your opportunity to grab this exclusive.

 

Make Your Brick or Treats More Fun with this Custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern

They might be ending soon, but the appeal of the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still very much alive and kicking, especially with this original creation from LEGO fan builder stormythos. To celebrate the most ghoulishly fun day of the year, stormythos came up with his own BrickHeadz version of a Brick-O’-Lantern which will make Freddy and Jason blush with envy. These two horror icons by the way, were also nicely rendered in LEGO BrickHeadz form by stormythos, so you may want to check his Instagram account and hit that like button.

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BrickHeadz No.65 – Brick-o’-Lantern (‘Go Brick Me’ MOC) — Free instructions available – link in bio! — To celebrate 2,000 Followers and Halloween, I decided to make a spooky BrickHeadz using only pieces from the official ‘Go Brick Me’ set! The idea behind this is so that anyone with the ‘Go Brick Me’ set can build this BrickHeadz themselves and add it to their collection – just in time for Halloween! If anyone does build this, please show me by either tagging me, using #stormythos or directly messaging me! — Big thanks to @brickheadz_by_niels & @lukesbrickheadz for helping me with the instructions! — #lego #brickheadz #gobrickme #legos #legobrickheadz #legostagram #legogram #legophotography #legomoc #moc #legoart #legoquickreview #instalego #afol #legophoto #funko #funkopop #halloween #spooky #spooktober #october #trickortreat #trickrtreat #minifigures #jackolantern #pumpkinpatch #pumpkin #pumpkincarving

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The best part of this is that stormythos was kind enough to share the building instructions for free. If you want a quick and worry-free building experience in making this custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern, then you’ll be pleased to know that all the parts needed to build this MOC can be found in LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597). If you want to get the exact same pieces that stormythos used, then getting the Go Brick Me set is the sure way to go. It is still available at LEGO Shop@Home and at your nearest LEGO Store, and now might be the best time to get it since you can still qualify for Double VIP points which will be ending today. However, if you already have the existing pieces then all you have to do is to get those hands busy.

You may download the building instructions for this custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern right here. Thanks once again to stormythos for being kind enough to share these instructions to all brick-loving people.

This Custom Playable LEGO Piano Might Give Mozart A Run For His Money

Yep, I’m a frustrated musician. And like most music fans out there, I learned to admire the craft from a distance. Whether it’s playing a guitar or hammering the keys on a grand piano, I always admire people with the technical virtuoso to play any particular musical instrument. Being a LEGO fan by heart, consider my amazement when someone managed to use LEGO bricks to perfectly recreate one of the most versatile and classical musical instruments of all time. Submitted as a LEGO product idea by LEGO fan and musician Donny Chen (aka SleepyCow over at LEGO Ideas), this playable, custom LEGO piano is very well-built that it might make Mozart gasp in awe.

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The LEGO Product Idea Playable LEGO Piano by SleepyCow.

This custom-built LEGO Piano is patterned from the classic grand piano, and is made up of more than 2,700 LEGO pieces. To be sure, there are a lot of custom LEGO pianos out there submitted in the LEGO Ideas platform, but this one designed by SleepyCow is the most technically impressive by far. It closely follows the inner workings of a real grand piano, thanks to the technical know-how of its designer who happens to be a piano teacher and technician as well. It’s seldom that you see a talented individual at such multiple levels. Here’s what Donny Chen has to say about his custom LEGO Piano.

LEGO Product Idea – Playable LEGO Piano

The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form.

Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano, featuring:

  • Removable keyboard with 25 independent working keys, each key connects to its own hammer.
  • Working damper and pedal function.
  • 25 strings.
  • Realistic piano lid which can be open either half stick of full stick.
  • Realistic fall board with a soft close.
  • Removable music stand.
  • Height adjustable piano bench.
  • Self-playing function enabled by adding PowerFunction, which allows keys to play at different tempos and rhythms.
  • Realistic piano wheels.

Just a disclaimer though: this playable LEGO piano does not actually create music, but the technical scale and complexity involved in making the parts of this custom LEGO piano is enough to compensate for that, as you can see from the video below.

If you wish to give your support to Donny Chen’s LEGO Ideas product idea, then be sure to check out his page at LEGO Ideas and cast your vote. We wish Donny all the best and support towards the 10K mark.

 

Life-Sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the UK on November

The hype may have long died down at this point, but we’re sure lifelong LEGO fans can still remember the warm reception given to LEGO’s unbelievable achievement of using Technic pieces to create a working replica of the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron sports car. By now that life-sized LEGO car may perhaps be more popular than the actual LEGO Technic Chiron (42083) introduced earlier in June.

We know that LEGO has sent their brick-built Bugatti Chiron on a European tour, making stops at racetracks or car shows along the way. The last we heard was that it was an “honored guest” at the Paris Motor Show this early October. Its next stop: across the English Channel.

Indeed, the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron that impressed even veteran professional drivers despite its sub par top speed will now be making its way across the UK. On the first day of November it’ll be on proud display at the Westfield London.

Next, brick car will move to Westfield Stratford on November 3, before finally arriving at the Bluewater Dartford on November 8. So next month it’ll be England’s turn to get a closer look at The LEGO Group’s proud creation. Visitors will be allowed to rev the Power Functions-powered engine and fiddle with its other features.

LEGO Ideas Launches Build an Add-On Contest

The LEGO Creator theme has proven to be one of the most popular and longest running themed playsets that the company has to offer, and with the introduction of the 3-in-1 multibuilds it has become more appealing to a younger generation of budding LEGO fans. To celebrate the popularity of the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets, LEGO Ideas has launched its latest brick-busting competition with the Build an Add-On Contest.

Do you ever just feel the need to add something to an existing LEGO set to make it even cooler? Now we invite you to use your creative skills by building an add-on to the A-model of any 2018 LEGO Creator 3in1 product. Your add-on can be small or big, as long as it gives the product the ultimate coolness! Here is the chance to activate your LEGO bin and think outside of the box.

From a list of all 3-in-1 sets already released thus far, contestants need only create an add-on build to one existing 3-in-1 set of choice, and submit it as an entry. Let’s take Creator 3-in-1 Tree House Treasures (31078) as an example. An imaginative LEGO builder joining the contest on LEGO Ideas might create a MOC expansion to the tree-house structure; bonus points too if said add-on can be rebuilt to fit with the other alternate builds of the 3-in-1 set.

For more information on the mechanics of this contest, you may visit the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Build an Add-On Contest page in LEGO Ideas. Interested contestants must submit their add-on designs by December 4, with the winner announcement slated not later than the 18th.

The Grand Prize winner in this Build an Add-On Contest will have the bragging rights to haul the full 2018 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 assortment, plus some selected sets from 2017 – a total of sixteen (16) LEGO sets to be won as listed below.

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On top of these very sweet LEGO swag, the grand prize winner will also get to bring home a commemorative LEGO Creator 3-in-1 shirt, and a winner’s certificate in a Creator 3-in-1 themed frame.

Are you ready to build your coolest, most excellent LEGO Creator add-on yet? If you are, then be sure to check out the LEGO Ideas Contest Page for more details. Happy building!

Dubai Breaks Guinness Record for Biggest Awareness Message Built in LEGO

Look into any fairly recent edition of the Guinness Book of World Records (and some of its specific-topic spinoffs) and you’ll find a lot of records that has LEGO, or its products, involved. Many of these listings would be of “largest builds”, whether they’re official sets or some notable MOCs. One LEGO-related record was recently broken on Guinness in the Middle East. While it’s not just another brick-built structure, vehicle or any fantastical creature it’s instead the biggest awareness message built in LEGO. Conceptualized by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai, UAE, the message touches on the potential dangers of talking on the phone while driving.

Participants of this LEGO building project and the Guinness World Record  attempt, include RTA staff and local students. Using an approximate total of 140,000 red and blue 1×1 LEGO brick on a wall lined with white baseplates, the builders formed the RTA logo and an awareness message written in Arabic and English: “Your life is worth more than a phone call”.

RTA head Maitha bin Adai said in an address during the building event that their achievement means to send “a loud and clear awareness message” to Dubai motorists, cautioning them against the risks of using of using phones while driving.

Guinness adjudicators were on hand to measure the statistics following the attempt, and confirmed that the brick-build RTA awareness message at the Dubai Festival City complex is now in fact, the biggest awareness message built in LEGO.

Check Out This Custom LEGO Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000 MOC

Longtime players of role-playing games on the PC platform would be highly familiar with one particular series of that genre, created by Interplay Entertainment which has since spawned plenty of sequels and spinoffs: Fallout. An AFOL on YouTube has expressed his love for the franchise with an awesome “wearable” MOC. What kind of stuff from the Fallout games can be replicated in LEGO? There are some sensible possibilities but YouTuber LEGOParadise decided to really impress by assembling a custom LEGO Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000, that neat wrist-worn portable computer that’s been a staple of the series from game 1. Specifically, this is the Pip-Boy 2000 MK VI variant seen from the 2018 spinoff title Fallout ’76.

LEGOParadise managed to get all the details down when he put together LEGO elements to form the Pip-Boy computer housing and side-gadgets (Geiger counter and radio). To serve as the Pip-Boy main monitor, he put in an iPhone in the main casing, with the Fallout player menu displayed on-screen.

That’s some awesome hardcore fandom at work when LEGOParadise designed and built his custom LEGO Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000. Fans of Fallout just have to commend his attention to details. About the only possible shortcoming of this build is that it’s not apocalypse-proof or sturdy as the “actual” thing.

I’m an Uber Fanboy Once Again With This Custom LEGO Transformers Devastator!

My faith in humanity is restored! OK, that’s a bit overboard – but you couldn’t blame me if you see an incredibly, exquisitely and wonderfully executed custom LEGO Transformers Devastator such as this by Alex Jones. I feel transported to the 80’s once again, with the same intense childhood wonder when I first saw the Constructicons combine and become the formidable Devastator.

The color scheme in Alex’s creation is simply spot on and triggers those happy memories of admiration to these green-colored combiners. Nothing beats the original.

With three years in the making, this custom LEGO Transformers Devastator is worth the wait especially considering that each of the six Constructicons can easily transform to robot and alt mode and vice versa. Plus the choice of using lime green and dark purple for their color is just so perfect.

According to Alex, everything in this build is made from authentic LEGO pieces save for the Constructicon heads and custom stickers. He also included a 2×3 light brick in Devastator’s head that makes the iconic robot more intimidating. If you want to see more of Alex’s custom LEGO Transformers Devastator, be sure check out the rest of his gallery right here.

Now if only LEGO can come up with this, I will surely get this right of the bat next to LEGO Ideas Voltron. Well, I guess any true LEGO fan can dream of being in LEGO Cybertron every once in a while. Thank you Alex for sharing your creation!