Take A Peek Inside the Mind of a LEGO Engineer

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Jason Allemann and his partner Kristal (she’s the ‘K’ in JK Brickworks by the way) came up with another delightfully, mind-blowing original creation that gives us a peek at what makes a LEGO engineer tick. A follow-up and excellent compliment on Kristal’s 2014 MOC “The Artist”, her latest model of a kinetic sculpture of a human head has definitely tons of cool features inside. Using only a small crank that is inserted at the base of the sculpture, the fun begins once you turn on this little LEGO technic piece. Watch this.

The Engineer” doesn’t use any batteries to power on its light bulb, but instead uses friction as the crank is turned. Here’s Jason’s description of Krista’s The Engineer.

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This is Kristal’s latest model, a kinetic sculpture of a human head that opens up to reveal the inner workings of the mind. This is the second model in a series that she started a year and a half ago with ‘The Artist‘. Each head in the series opens up in a different way to depict a different aspect of the human mind.

All of the complex mechanics, as well as the light, are powered through the single crank on the side of the model. The electricity for the light is generated by using a LEGO motor as a generator connected to the crank. There is quite a bit going on in this model, through a series of 29 gears and 4 gear racks, to achieve all of the behavior.

Jason Allemann is the genius behind LEGO Ideas Maze 21305 – a reinvention of the classic ball and labyrinth game with a delightful twist of LEGO creative fun. In case you missed Jason and Kristal’s The Artist MOC, here’s their video from 2014. Don’t forget to drop by their website to learn more about how to build the awesome MOCs that Jason features over his YouTube channel.

 

This is How LEGO’s Unikitty May Look Like in the Real World

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2014’s groundbreaking film, The LEGO Movie introduced us to the wacky, cross-dimensional worlds of Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, Vitruvius and so much more. The film is an excellent take on how the world of bricks can eventually crossover with our world with just a little bit of imagination. I guess this is what University of Canterbury, associate professor Christopher Bartneck has in mind when he envisioned the iconic Unikitty straight from Cloud Cuckoo Land arriving at his place in New Zealand. Standing beside his 30,000-piece, 6-feet rendition of Unikitty makes you feel shrunk up to minifig scale.

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With a pair of adorable, sparkling eyes, Prof. Bartneck’s Unikitty easily captured her original form and color as seen from the movie. I reckon he never used so much pink LEGO bricks in his entire life. Equally, or perhaps even more impressive than the sheer size and accuracy of his MOC is the fact that Unikitty’s almost 2kg head can actually turn at 180 degrees using just a standard LEGO technic motor mounted on her neck. Now that is what we call real power function. Watch this.

Unikitty’s gigantic head impressively turns using Prof. Bartneck’s LEGO compatible thrust ball bearing. Using 30 standard 14.2mm LEGO balls sandwiched inside his custom-built circular plates, enables a basic LEGO motor to turn Unikitty’s enormous head. Watch this video of Prof. Bartneck’s clever solution.

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If you like Prof. Christopher Bartneck’s life-sized Unikitty, be sure to check his Flickr page for more of his LEGO creations.

 

Thanks Brother Brick for sharing Prof. Bartneck’s life-sized Unikitty MOC.

Take A Look at This Free Digital Disney Collectible Minifigure Guide 2016 from Bricks Magazine

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We’re now a week away from the official release of LEGO’s Disney Collectible Minifigure series 71012, and for the past weeks since the report of its early release in some parts of Europe, many good souls have shared their honest reviews and close up images, early sightings in the US, and even a must have ‘feel guide’ to find your way in each of the box’s 60-piece blind bags.

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To celebrate the magic of Disney rendered in LEGO minifigure forms, Bricks Magazine has kindly released an 18-page, digital copy of their Disney Collectible Minifigure Guide 2016 – for free. This wonderfully done e-magazine is filled with interesting facts about each of 18 Disney characters included in the CMF, plus some helpful info on new pieces and moulds included in the set. Getting your free copy of this handy guide is quite easy: simply create an account by clicking here and enter a valid email address and other usual details. Once your email has been verified, you can now access their free guide along with some teasers from previous Bricks Magazine issues. Here are some of the things that you may find in their free Disney CMF Guide.

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If you like the free guide, and wish to subscribe to Bricks Magazine, you may head over to their online store and choose from either print or digital editions of their current or back issues. Here’s what Bricks Magazine has to say about LEGO’s Disney CMF 71012:

 

The latest sub-theme of collectible minifigures focuses on iconic Disney characters and is sure to appeal greatly to the masses.

The collectible minifigure series has been a firm favorite amongst fans since their introduction in 2010. The concept of blind bags has proved incredibly popular leading to the common sight of collectors rummaging through boxes in shops, feeling their way through packets to get that missing figure. Each release consists of 16 assorted themed figures to collect, with some much harder to find than others. As a result of their popularity and success in recent years, we have seen additional sub themes released between series, including a Olympics GB squad of nine, a LEGO movie range and two series of the Simpsons. However, the latest sub-theme of 18 Disney characters already has fans knocking on the shop doors in eager anticipation.

We have been lucky enough here at Bricks HQ to get our hands on this amazing range of Disney characters early and thought we would give you the full lowdown of what to expect. As mentioned there are 18 figures to collect in this release and all characters are paired up, with the exception of Maleficent and Stitch who stand alone. The first thing that is very clear upon looking at the collection is that LEGO have gone all-out to make these characteristic and reflective of their screen counterparts as possible. There are plenty of new pieces and moulds in this range, from the horned hat of Maleficent and hair of Ariel to the polka dot dress of Minnie Mouse and the tentacle leg piece of Ursula.

The level of detail is certainly impressive and it really is hard to pick a favorite in the range as they all stand out in their own right. The selection of characters is excellent as they haven’t gone for the default classic characters and inclusion of Toy Story and The Incredibles gives this range a much broader appeal beyond what most would consider the default Disney characters. This was emphasized when passing the range around the office, not one member of the team picked the same figure as their favorite, which is a testament to the appeal this range has.

Enjoy our guide to this great selection.

 

Thanks Brick Fanatics for the tip.

The LEGO Creator App Helps Children Explore the Art of Stop Motion Animation

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LEGO provides more play value to its Creator themed sets with an app that teaches children the basic of stop motion animation. The LEGO Creator app is an offshoot of its LEGO Creator Islands mobile game last year, with tons of new features including a stop-motion studio that allows children to come up with their own stop-motion movie shorts consisting of 75 frames for approximately 20 seconds, and a turntable presentation of up to 16 pictures. It also comes with dozens of designer videos that offer animation and building tips that helps you make your stop-motion animation videos look like it was done by a pro.

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This free app also features monthly building challenges that encourage children and adults alike to come up with their best LEGO creations for a chance to be recognized by LEGO’s top Creator designers. Here’s an overview of how the LEGO Creator app works courtesy of KidsAppTv, followed by a rundown of the rest of the app’s functionalities and features. The LEGO Creator app is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Enter the LEGO Creator app and try a variety of cool experiences. New to building, or an experienced builder? Step inside! Take our monthly challenges, create stop-motion videos or turntable presentations for your builds, or play fun snack games.

Tap any of the fabulous Creator logo letters to enter your own Creator space, share your build for the monthly challenge, see what other fans have built, vote for your favorite challenge builds, play games, or just create! Whether you build one design or a thousand, you’re a LEGO Creator!

Features:

  • Start your first LEGO building experience, or find ways to improve your building skills and cool creations.
  • Sign up or log in with LEGO ID to upload your creations to the Gallery (Ask your parents to help you sign up).
  • Take part in our themed monthly building challenges (with LEGO ID) for a chance to win serious bragging rights!
  • The LEGO Creator designers will announce all challenge winners on LEGO.com/creator.
  • Taking breaks makes you more creative. Play one of the fun snack games to get ready for your next creation:
  • Build miniature models in Flick-a-brick, build a plane in Plane Flight, or keep the forest animals happy in Feed the Animals.
  • Use awesome tools for presenting and sharing your builds: Create a stop-motion movie with up to 75 pictures, or a turntable presentations with up to 16 pictures 
  • Watch dozens of designer videos, building tips and product animations in the video section 
  • Free all-access content – no in-app purchases
  • Parental consent required for LEGO ID membership
  • Parental section with details on privacy, terms and conditions
  • No access to external websites 
  • Appropriate for ages 8+

 

 

Thanks Brothers Brick for the tip.

Take a Look at Blocks Magazine Issue #19 Official Press Release and Preview

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Yesterday we announced that Blocks Magazine issue #19 will be out in the UK beginning Thursday this week. The good thing though that interested subscribers in the US may also receive a copy of this latest issue by heading over at Wild Card Toys where they have plenty of this in stock together with some back issues as well.

This time around, BlocksMag.com just published its official press release for their latest issue, with some snippets on what to expect from its pages.

“Captain America and Iron Man dominate the cover of this month’s Blocks magazine and for good reason. Inside there’s eight pages of new, inspirational LEGO builds for Marvel’s iconic giants. We’ve collected them from around the world and dissected them and now it’s up to you to choose your favourite. Of course with LEGO launching their own themed sets we review those too – there’s some surprises.

“But it’s not all grand builds as we look at how microscale can create some incredible models with Cole Blaq’s Speeder Bike (just 74 bricks) and Sebastien Bouju’s abstract take on Captain America – he gets everywhere doesn’t he!

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“If microscale has you reaching for your glasses how about trying your hand at 1:1 scale. That’s literally what Taylor Walker did when he created Captain America’s life sized shield. There’s definitely a theme developing here. 

“There’s a lot of fans of the LEGO Quinjets and if you’re one we’ve something very special for you, a novel solution from Chris Wright to build the ultimate Quin. Become a jet engineer with us this month.

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“Our review section has the new Batcave and Livi’s Pop Star House and you can see in our new Review ‘Cool Wall’ Score Board compiled from every review we’ve ever done, one of those sets breaks new records.

“We also have LEGO’s latest releases, showcases from around the world, how to invest in LEGO and make money, building techniques guides, custom minifigs, show reports, interviews, nostalgic LEGO and much more besides (did we mention the alternative way to Blacktron on a Budget, or the new Ideas Maze, or Jungle Book in bricks? No we didn’t have space here, sorry).

“So get out to the shops and pick up issue 19 now or go to the subscription page to secure your copy. Remember many previous issues have sold out, so don’t delay.