CAN YOU GUESS WHO THIS COOL TRANSFORMER IS?

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Those who grew up with trading cards and collecting posters from the 80’s knew very well this unassuming transforming mech. If you said ‘Soundwave’, then your knowledge of classic transformers is impeccable. This very excellent rendition from master mech builder Joe Perez (aka MortalSwordsman) gives Megatron’s right hand man a LEGO build worthy of this iconic Decepticon.

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This is how Soundwave looks like in his classic 80s Transformers look. The mech at the right is Autobot Blaster – a boombox changing cassette deck similar to Soundwave. As the Decepticon’s Communications Officer, Soundwave is capable of detecting and jamming radio transmissions which makes him very useful for Decepticon leader Megatron.

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Since we featured Moko’s transforming LEGO brick last month, this is perhaps the most excellent, and realistic classic Transformer MOC that we have ever seen. Joe even went as far as building three of Soundwave’s most favored minions: Laserbeak, Ravage, and Frenzy.

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These ‘microfighters’ can also easily transform to their cassette tape versions as seen in the classic Transformers TV series. They are usually used for intelligence gathering and reconnaissance missions and are very good at it. Fully transformable without the need to remove any pieces, Laserbeak, Ravage, and Frenzy all fit nicely into Soundwave’s chest and are ready to spring into action at the behest of their master.

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With such abilities and firepower at his disposal, no wonder Megatron gives much premium to his trusted Communications Officer. Be sure to check the rest of Joe Perez’ rendition of Soundwave over at his Flickr address. Can you think of any other great transforming mech rendered in LEGO form? Share us your finds in the comment section below.

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HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GREAT LEGO THEMED BOOKS TO BE RELEASED THIS 2016

We’ve featured several LEGO-themed books here at the Brick Show and its kind of helpful if we can look back at these soon to be released books and group them by month so we can better track their release dates. It’s like an overview of what to expect in the next months. Whether you’re an AFOL or simply would like to upgrade your LEGO-building skills, these books will be a great addition to your LEGO collection. Credit goes to Brick Set for the additional suggestions on what to include in our ever growing LEGO library. Book descriptions are courtesy of their respective publishers.

 

April, 2016

Birds from Bricks

Birds from Bricks: Amazing LEGO Designs That Take Flight

Release Date:  April 1, 2016; Author: Thomas Poulsom; Publisher: Quarry

Let your creativity soar with 15 projects using interlocking bricks and to make birds from around the world.

Interlocking bricks, such as LEGO(R), have fueled the imaginations of aspiring designers and builders for generations. In Birds from Bricks, horticulturist and LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom guides you through re-creating nature’s feathered-friends in stunning detail. Assemble your very own cardinal, macaw, penguin, and more!

With detailed step-by-step instructions and full color photos of completed models, Birds from Bricks will let your creativity soar. Learn how to build 15 projects, featuring birds from around the world: North and South America, the Mid-Atlantic, Eurasia, Africa, the North Pacific, and Australia/New Zealand.

Each set of instructions includes entertaining and educational information about the bird’s characteristics and habitat. Poulsom’s creative and charming designs surprise and delight lovers of birds, nature, and–of course–LEGO.

 

DC Comics Superheroes

DC Super Heroes Character Encyclopedia  

Release Date: April 5, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

LEGO® DC Comics™ Character Encyclopedia is a comprehensive visual guide to the full range of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes minifigures, including Batman, Superman, and their friends and foes.

Learn little-known facts and figures about all the characters from the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes universe including Green Lantern, the Joker, and Wonder Woman. Find out details on the various sets and where each minifigure appears, as well as their special weapons, cool gadgets, and amazing vehicles.

Featuring an exclusive minifigure, LEGO DC Comics Character Encyclopedia is the must-have guide to the LEGO DC Comics minifigures.

 

June, 2016

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Ninjago Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded

Release Date: June 7, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Contains an EXCLUSIVE brand-new minifigure!

LEGO® NINJAGO™: Character Encyclopedia, a New York Times bestseller, has been updated and expanded with 48 brand-new pages of LEGO NINJAGO minifigures and sets, making it the ultimate book for your little ninja.

Read each character’s ninja file to learn what makes each one special and unique, and find out which weapon each ninja uses. From Ninja to Nindroid, each character has a brilliantly photographed page filled with amazing facts and trivia, like which minifigure is the rarest and which minifigure can be found in the most LEGO NINJAGO sets. Explore the vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO NINJAGO world.

Discover everything there is to know about the Masters of Spinjitzu in DK’s updated and expanded LEGO NINJAGO: Character Encyclopedia.

 

Star Wars Chronicles

Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force

Release Date: June 7, 2016; Authors: Adam Bray and Cole Horton; Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Featuring the latest LEGO® Star Wars™ sets and minifigures, LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force is a fun and informative guide to a LEGO galaxy far, far away. . . .

A must-have for fans of the live-action Star Wars saga and its LEGO incarnation alike, this is the most up-to-date companion to LEGO Star Wars, with detailed information about the latest sets and minifigures and illustrated with extensive photography.

Featuring an exclusive new LEGO Star Wars minifigure, LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Forcefollows the same format as DK’s LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side and LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles.

 

July, 2016

Tiny Lego Wonders

 

Tiny LEGO Wonders: Build 42 Surprisingly Realistic Mini-Models!

Release Date: July 30, 2016; Author: Mattia Zamboni; Publisher: No Starch Press

Build a lot with a little with this collection of miniscale models! In this inspiring, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to make the most out of your bricks by building miniature models of vehicles, spacecraft, airplanes, race cars, ships, and more. Fun, compact designs will inspire you to get creative with as few as 75 bricks. LEGO fans of all ages will get hours of entertainment out of building miniscale models that fit in the palm of their hands.

In Tiny LEGO Wonders, you’ll create miniscale models of real vehicles like:

  • a space shuttle
  • Boeing 747, Concorde plane, and helicopters
  • Flatbed trucks and cement mixers
  • France’s high-speed TGV train
  • BMW and F1 race cars
  • Muscle cars
  • Cargo, cruise, wooden ships, and more!

Let your creativity run wild with these pint-sized miniscale models of real vehicles. All you need is a few bricks and a little imagination.

 

August, 2016

Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure

 

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure

Release Date: August 2, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® Star Wars™: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO Star Wars.

Organized into five chapters based on different planets in the Star Wars universe, readers will use their builds to break prisoners out on Cloud City and spy on the Imperial Army on Endor. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder builds.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and it comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO Star Wars model to add to their collection.

 

LEGO City Build Your Own Adventure

 

LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure

Release Date: August 2, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® City: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO City.

Organized into five chapters structured around different environments from the city world, readers will use their builds to aid a sunken boat in the city’s marina and help control a forest fire in a nearby park. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder models.

LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO City model to add to their collection.

 

September, 2016

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The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Authors: David Pagano and David Pickett; Publisher: No Starch Press

Have you ever wondered what your toys would look like on the big screen? In The LEGO Animation Book you’ll learn how to bring your LEGO creations to life with the art of stop-motion animation. Before you know it, you’ll be making your minifigs walk, talk, jump, and fly!

Inside you’ll find:

  • A step-by-step guide for making your first animation
  • Techniques for creating special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
  • Acting methods for your minifigs—learn how to convey action and emotion
  • The secret formula for bringing inanimate objects to life
  • Tips and tricks for designing sets—make three buildings look like an entire city!
  • Advice for dealing with practical problems like lighting, framing, and capturing consistent photos
  • Building ideas for LEGO-­based camera dollies and rigs
  • Instructions and inspiration in the filming process, from storyboarding to post-production
  • Recommendations for cameras, software, and other essential animation tools

Dive into the world of animation and discover a whole new way to play!

 

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The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 4: Monsters, Mecha & More!

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: Megan H. Rothrock; Publisher: No Starch Press

Get set for LEGO building and adventure! In Volume 4 of The LEGO Adventure Book series, Megs teams up with The Destructor to fend off a mutual foe: the Frilled Brickzards. These crafty reptiles have quite the appetite for shiny LEGO bricks! It will take collaboration, clever building, and lots of imagination to restore peace to Megs and Brickbot’s world. With 40 step-by-step breakdowns and nearly 150 example models, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 4 will take you on an exciting journey and fire up your LEGO building skills!

 

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Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects 

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: David Scarfe; Publisher: No Starch Press

Indulge your love for LEGO by making the challenging, quirky, and occasionally practical designs in Geeky LEGO Crafts.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to build handy bookends, geeky coasters, a stylish wine rack, adorable pencil holders, and much more.

 

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The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: Chris McVeigh; Publisher: No Starch Press

This Christmas, LEGO is moving from under the tree to on the tree! With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as your guide, you’ll make classic globe and barrel ornaments, all out of LEGO, as well as original gingerbread houses, a merry Santa, arcade cabinets, and many more.

Packed with step-by-step instructions for 15 charming builds, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect family activity this holiday season.

 

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Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition

Release Date: September, 2016; Author: Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec; Publisher: No Starch Press

The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition contains 11 updated and expanded chapters on transmissions; gears and power transmission basics; wheeled steering systems; wheeled suspensions; tracked suspensions; pneumatic systems; pneumatic devices; building strong; basic concepts; basic units and pieces; and axles, bushes, and joints. The updated edition also has entirely new chapters on wheels, the LEGO RC system, planetary gearing, and 3D printing your own LEGO pieces.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Pick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needs
  • Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look
  • Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. Your Technic adventure starts now!

 

October, 2016

Brick Animals

Brick Animals: 40 Clever & Creative Ideas to Make from LEGO (US Edition)  

Release Date: October 1, 2016; Author: Warren Elsmore; Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series

LEGO builders, rejoice! The celebrated author of Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks, Brick Historyand Brick Vehicles is back with this new title that offers 40 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects to make from LEGO pieces. In Brick Animals, anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize cute animal models, including a cute cat, wild swan, big polar bear, friendly monkey, and more. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO’s Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Free your inner architect with these fun projects that really get your creative juices flowing. You can follow the instructions to the letter or go off in your own direction–it’s your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don’t need a lot of bricks to get started. Discover loads fun projects showcasing advanced techniques that are perfect for every LEGO enthusiast.

 

Brick Cars

 

Brick Cars: 40 Clever & Creative Ideas to Make from LEGO (US Edition)

Release Date: October 1, 2016; Author: Warren Elsmore; Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series

LEGO builders, rejoice! The celebrated author of Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks and Brick Vehicles is back with this new title that offers 40 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects to make from LEGO pieces. In Brick Cars and Trucks, anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize amazing vehicles, including a Ford Model T, SUVs, monster trucks, fire engines, and more. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO’s Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Free your inner architect with these fun projects that really get your creative juices flowing. You can follow the instructions to the letter or go off in your own direction–it’s your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don’t need a lot of bricks to get started. Discover loads of fun projects showcasing advanced techniques that are perfect for every LEGO enthusiast. showcasing advanced techniques for every LEGO enthusiast.

 

 

 

365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks

Release Date: October 4, 2016; Author: Simon Hugo; Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.

Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.

Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGOBricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

 

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Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have

Release Date: October 11, 2016; Author: Sarah Dees; Publisher: Page Street Publishing

LEGOs are great fun but expensive. This book creates hours of fun, new worlds and new toys from the collection of LEGOs kids already have. Each project includes a parts list so you can verify that you have all the pieces and even buy supplemental pieces if you want, but most projects avoid specialty pieces and feature ones likely to be in most people’s collections. The book engages kids with fun, kid-friendly language and cool facts about the things they are making.

Like other popular LEGO idea books, this book is packed with characters and life-like scenes, but takes the next step with detailed step-by-step instruction photos to help kids build more complex animals, robots, vehicles and buildings. The book features full-size photos of life-like scenes that are simple enough for kids to build on their own. Also included are a few no-instruction challenges where kids can create a unique toy using only the photo as inspiration.

Frugal Fun with LEGO Creations is the perfect play-time guide for parents, relatives, siblings and care-takers, and the activities are also simple enough that kids can create and play independently. This family-friendly book is sure to spark the imagination of your kids and keep them entertained for hours.

 

November, 2016

The Collectible LEGO Minifigure: The Ultimate Guide to Collectible Minifigures

Release Date:  November 7, 2016; Authors: Ed and Jeff Maciorowski; Publisher: Krause Publications

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The Greatest LEGO Builds of All Time

Release Date: November 15, 2016; Author/Publisher: Thunder Bay Press

LEGO bricks have been used for decades by children and adults to create dazzling and playful buildings, vehicles, and unique works of art. In The Greatest LEGO Builds of All Time, sixty of the most jaw-dropping builds of all time are presented in full color, with close-up photos, scale representations, historical commentary on the structures, and details on how each building was constructed using LEGO bricks. Included in this collection are the Empire State Building, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Sydney Opera House, as well as other iconic structures created by LEGO crafters from around the world.

 

 

LCP Spotlight: Adam Reed Tucker on Building Bridges Through LEGO Architecture

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As they say, a journey begins with a single step – and that step leads to a sure and steady stride that embarks you on an adventure of a lifetime. This is probably how Adam Reed Tucker will describe his journey towards his love for the LEGO brick and the eventual influence that it has towards his life’s enduring legacy.

Like other Lego Certified Professionals, Adam may have not initially thought of bearing the title, much more working with LEGO on his architectural projects. Unlike most AFOL or Adult Fans Of LEGO, Adam discovered his passion for the brick later than he expected – while he was already working as an architect in Kansas and Chicago. Prior to this, he studied architecture and design at Kansas State University, earning his degree in 1996. Though he remembers vividly receiving one of his first LEGO sets gifted to him by his aunt when he was 6 years old while visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the hobby didn’t catch up to him until he was a professional already.

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When the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded back in 2001, Adam thought of honoring the majestic twin towers of the World Trade Center by finding a way to express the complexity of the mammoth skyscrapers in a way that is most familiar and welcomed by anyone, even by children. What better way to do that than through the use of the LEGO brick. Then in 2002, he’s ideas were eventually confirmed when he stumbled upon a book by Henry Wiencek entitled “The World of LEGO Toys” published in 1987. Adam immediately noticed one particular adaptation where LEGO bricks were used as an architectural medium. In one of his interviews, Adam says. “As an artist’s medium, the [LEGO] brick is not initially thought of as a material typically used in creating art. But as an architectural artist, it lends itself perfectly to my applications just as paint to a painter or metal to a blacksmith. My medium of choice is plastic bricks that happen to be called LEGO.”

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‘The World of LEGO Toys’ by Henry Wiencek

When Adam decided to come up with his own company called Brick Structures, from then on, he knows that there is no turning back from this new found passion.  “Making the decision to leave a job that I really did enjoy was a matter of refining what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Working with my hands, creating art and sculpture, the freedom to create and explore my own vision of design without computer reliance, and to share architecture with the world all made this a natural move for me,” Adam says as he shares his thoughts in an interview at the National Building Museum. Adam believes that his designs are reflective of his interests in the arts, so much so that his creations are ‘scratch-built’ which means he does not use computer modelling, pencil and paper, or written directions in his work. Adam builds and re-builds certain parts of his buildings five or six times until he feels they are right.

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A self-confessed AFOL in 2006, he went on to be one of the founders of Chicago’s first LEGO fan convention called BrickWorld. It didn’t take long before LEGO noticed his work, and in 2007 Adam’s Brick Structures partnered with the LEGO Group to develop a new line of LEGO sets aptly named LEGO Architecture.

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On being awarded the status of a LEGO Certified Professional, Adam says in an interview with the Henry Ford Museum, “Really, all you have to have is an existing brick-based business. You have to use the LEGO brick in a way that is unique and innovative.” As an afterthought, he adds, “I’m consumed with exploring and pushing the envelope of where the LEGO® brick can go,” says Tucker, speaking by telephone from his home in suburban Chicago. “I’m enamored by all of the usefulness that LEGO harnesses within itself — education, philosophy, team-building, therapy, art, science.”

His recent venture on promoting the usefulness of the LEGO brick in inspiring others to appreciate architecture is now showcased at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in an exhibit aptly titled, ‘Brick by Brick’. Watch this video as Adam explains his LEGO Golden Gate Bridge in an interview with Beyond the Brick correspondent Joshua Hanlon. The Golden Gate Bridge is just one of the 13 recreations of architectural landmarks that Adam came up with for the exhibit.

Here are some of Adam’s spectacular LEGO-built marvels of architecture and engineering for the Museum of Science and Industry’s Brick by Brick exhibit which will run until February next year.

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As the creator of the LEGO Architecture series, and through his contribution for such grand masterpieces as exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Adam realizes that his enduring legacy is to inspire the next generation of designers who will wow the world with future architectural wonders; and to help them bridge the gap using the versatility of the LEGO brick. LEGO’s newest book in this genre – LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide – may likewise capture the essence of what Adam wants to teach to the world’s future architectural designers.

Adam says with conviction, “My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that’s possible with the LEGO brick.”

OUR FAVORITE ROLLING LEGO BB-8 HAS ACHIEVED THE 10K MARK!

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If you’re keen in keeping tabs with the news that we’ve been posting here at the BrickShow, you may have noticed how we have kept a close watch on Mark Smiley’s LEGO Ideas entry, the Rolling LEGO BB-8. Ever since we featured his MOC a month ago, we saw how it steadily gained support for a period of just less than two months. Now that it has gained the thumbs up approval of more than 10,000 supporters, Mark’s LEGO BB-8 will now have to find its way to get the nod of the LEGO Review Board.

 

However, this little rolling guy’s journey has just begun, and joining him for this year’s first Review Stage are the following fellow 10K achievers:

 

Mark and his team made several modifications to the Rolling LEGO BB-8 since it was introduced in February. He plans to improve his MOC by lowering BB-8’s head so it sits closer to the body, adding a pair of antennas, and the possibility of giving him omni-directional movement.


We’re excited to see how these LEGO Ideas projects turn out after the Review Stage later on. We’ll keep everyone posted with the most recent developments on this side of LEGO Ideas, and from all of us here at BrickShow, congratulations to all  the aspiring builders who achieved the 10K mark!

Is This Custom LEGO Mechatrobot the Future of Transportation?

Billed as the “world’s smallest Mechatrobot for children”, the Mechatro WeGo is Japan’s take on the future of children’s school commute. Playfully conceived by Sentinel Co. Ltd. as the ‘ideal’ mode of transportation in extremely mountainous areas and a new way of engaging in various recreational purposes, all of these may sound pretty cool more so if it can be actually real. We don’t know much about this mechanical wonder – where it came from, or what is its ultimate purpose. But one thing is for sure: it caught the attention of our mecha-genius LEGO designer Moko. We featured his transforming LEGO brick a couple of days ago, and now another robotic creation sprung into life in from his workshop – the aptly named LEGO Mechatrobot.

His rendition of the Mechatro WeGo maybe unassuming, not until you start peeling away the layers of this build will you see the depth of Moko’s inventiveness.

Like his transforming LEGO brick, Moko’s LEGO Mechatrobot is similarly articulated, capable of various poses and gestures.

You may follow Moko through his blog and same as before, it will be very, very helpful to hit Translate in Google Chrome’s address bar. In case you are still bit confused about this wonderful piece of Japanese pop-culture, RocketPunchArmy has a pretty neat product review on the actual Mechatro WeGo toy. Check this video.

 

DK RELEASES TWO MORE BOOKS UNDER ITS “LEGO BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURES” SERIES

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DK Publishing is set to release some LEGO themed books based on its Build Your Own Adventure (BYOA) series sometime in August. With the successful release of their two previous  BYOA series books also of August last year, LEGO Ninjago: Build Your Own Adventure and LEGO Friends: Build Your Own Adventure, Dorling Kindersley adds another two in the roster.

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DK’s Build Your Own Adventure Series helps readers to have more building ideas under a particular theme. The third in the series, LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure comes with a 73-pieces, micro-fighter version of the Y-Wing Starfighter together with a Rebel pilot minifigure exclusively distributed with the book. The minifig is somehow similar to Dutch Vander as seen in LEGO Y-Wing Fighter (7658). Here is the complete description from Amazon.

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A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® Star Wars™: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO Star Wars.

Organized into five chapters based on different planets in the Star Wars universe, readers will use their builds to break prisoners out on Cloud City and spy on the Imperial Army on Endor. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder builds.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and it comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO Star Wars model to add to their collection.

Next to be released by DK on August 2 is LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure. The set also comes with a free 99-pieces, Fire Truck set together with a Firefighter minifigure. Similarly, the book will provide you with several cool suggestions on how to come up with your own LEGO City building ideas. Here’s the official description.

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A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® City: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO City.

Organized into five chapters structured around different environments from the city world, readers will use their builds to aid a sunken boat in the city’s marina and help control a forest fire in a nearby park. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder models.

LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO City model to add to their collection.

 

Both books come in hardcover format and may now be pre-ordered via Amazon.com scheduled to be released on August 2 of this year. LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure retails at $24.99, while the LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure retails at $19.84.

This Transforming LEGO Brick Is More Than Meets The Eye

Japanese LEGO builder Moko shared in his blogsite what seems to be a highly articulated, LEGO MOC that shows an unassuming LEGO brick transforming to a cool, ‘mecha’ or robot. The build is actually similar to the Autobot named Hot Rod as seen in the 80s animated series of Transformers. Based on a rough Google translation, the transforming LEGO brick was designed at a 1:27 scale of the typical 2×4 brick, big but comfortable enough to hold at the palm of your hand.

This particular creation is highly articulated, with plenty of joints that allow this MOC to easily transform from one mode to another.

It is highly posable as well, rendering the transforming LEGO block to do some pretty cool battle stances.

I wish I could get more info on our Japanese creator’s blog without being lost in Google’s translation. So what do you think of this particular MOC? Share us your thoughts (and interpretation in case you know how to read and speak Japanese) in the comments below.

 

THIS MIGHT BE THE COOLEST LEGO BB-8 THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN

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There has been plenty of fan-built LEGO BB-8s all over the internet, but none like what Mark Smiley created and contributed at LEGO Ideas. So, what set it apart from the rest? This LEGO BB-8 ACTUALLY rolls while keeping its ahead afloat, and Mark goes on to show that his rendition of the skittish but loyal astromech droid is made of 100% authentic LEGO parts. Watch its demo video below:

Mark’s BB-8 received a great deal of thumbs-up from fellow LEGO Idea supporters, running at 2398 votes as of this writing. The interesting part is that it gained almost 2,000 votes since last Friday when Lego Gizmodo featured Mark’s ingenious creation. As you may notice, the design of Mark’s BB-8 is reminiscent of that of Sphero’s BB-8 robotic toy.

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Unlike, Sphero’s absolutely cool and sophisticated version, the build of Mark’s BB-8 is surprisingly simple. Using magnets that are bolstered up from a central axle and stabilized by LEGO weights, BB-8’s manages to keep afloat while his main body is rolling. It lacks any electric motor that allows independent motion, however, it comes with a desert-themed docking station that allows BB-8 to roll using hand-cranked wheels while he remains stationary. As expected, there is no standard LEGO piece for BB-8’s spherical body giving Mark experimenting on certain parts as the only option. After countless trials and errors, Mark found the perfect spherical candidate: the desert planet from the Sebulba Podracer and Tatooine set (9675). Mark said, “It took a lot of experimenting…I think I ordered one of every dome and ball shaped piece Lego has ever made off of Bricklink just so I could try every option.” After a quick paint job, the desert planet of Tatooine now houses the mechanisms for this adorable rolling astromech.

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Here is Mark’s commentary on his BB-8 design.

This unique BB-8 was designed with the primary goal of being able to move with his head staying up on top.  The entire model was made using 100% Genuine Lego parts.  His shells were of course carefully painted (and if this model is approved and created by Lego, the parts would come printed as so many Lego parts are).  Inside you’ll find Lego weights suspended from the central axle that bolster up two Lego magnets.  Those magnets are held up close to the top of the ball and attract the two magnets built into BB-8’s head.  The head uses a cockpit dome (painted), hinge parts, and the smallest Lego wheels to skate on top of the body.  The body’s shell started out as Tatooine from the Lego Star Wars Planet series. The total part count is around 180 pieces.

This Rolling BB-8 is super fun to fidget with, roll about, and satisfies a midpoint between static model and full on electric RC.  It would make a great addition to any Lego or Star Wars Fan’s collection!

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We hope to see more support for Mark’s BB-8 (I certainly voted for it) as LEGO gave him additional 182 days as a way of giving a thumbs-up for the project. Perhaps future builds will incorporate NXT programming. The design potential is limitless. Just visit his LEGO Ideas page and click Support if you like to see this LEGO BB-8 roll out in store shelves later on.

DK’S “LEGO STAR WARS: CHRONICLES OF THE FORCE” PLUS EXCLUSIVE MINIFIGURE OFFICIALLY REVEALED

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Several months, ago prior to the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Amazon announced the release of a new DK Publishing book that will help any young Padawan learner explore the bricktastic Star Wars galaxy. Just recently, the movie’s website officially announced the full-details of the newest Dorling Kindersley book about the galaxy far, far away retold in a fun and entertaining way that only LEGO can deliver.

Here’s the full description as quoted from Starwars.com, as well the great reveal on the exclusive Star Wars The Force Awakens minifigure.

Looking to learn the ways of the brick side of the Force? DK Publishing is your master now.

StarWars.com is excited to reveal LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force, an in-depth, photo-filled companion to LEGO Star Wars, coming in June from DK. Written by veteran Star Wars authors Adam Bray and Cole Horton, the new tome spans the entire saga, featuring detailed information on the latest sets and minifigures of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy — and comes with an exclusive minifigure of its own. Meet “Unkar’s Brute,” one of the junk trader and thugs employed by Unkar Plutt from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available only with LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force.

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Based on the above photo, the ‘Unkar’s Thug’ minifigure comes with a sand, brown color combination staying true to the harsh desolate environment of the planet Jakku. The minifig’s torso also closely resembles the old, tattered shirt of Unkar’s desert minion. While the head is a little far off from the actual character, it will be better if a helmet is added as seen from the movie. Overall, the minifigure is great and its exclusivity gives it a more “take me” appeal.

DK also has something for all LEGO Star Wars trivia lovers out there. Starting May, DK will release its Ultimate Factivity Collection: LEGO Star Wars. Designed for all Star Wars sages and Jedi in-training, it will test your knowledge across the Star Wars galaxy through cool activities, games, and puzzles jam packed together with a set of more than 500 collectible stickers. Here’s the official cover of DK’s LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Factivity Collection.

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DK’s LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force will be available in hardcover by June 7, and can be preordered through Amazon.  The Ultimate Factivity Collection: LEGO Star Wars activity book will be available in paperback by May 3, and can also be preordered via Amazon.

OUR TAKE ON THE COOLEST PODCASTS FOR LEGO FANS

If you’re like me who is pretty into music whenever I’m creating the next ‘big’ LEGO Idea concept (tongue in cheek), or simply while sorting out my long, neglected LEGO bricks, having something to listen to focuses your energies at any task at hand. Perhaps an even better alternative is to listen to a podcast – much more if it is geared towards LEGO. As TheBrickBlogger aptly observed, there is not much of very dedicated LEGO podcasts around, but there are some that is faithful to the craft. Here are some of them that is not just informative, but kind of funny and entertaining as well.

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Jeff and James “All Sorted” LEGO Podcast.

Whenever these two stay-at-home Canadian dads are not busy taking out the garbage or mowing the lawn, you can find them chatting their way running three separate podcasts: Breaking Dads which runs every Mondays dealing with the lighter side of parenting; Epic Gumdrop which talks about video gaming and airs every Fridays; and of course All Sorted every Wednesdays. Now on their 40th episode and going strong, this dynamic dad duo runs the show with such interest and zest that you’ll hardly notice that 20-30 minutes have passed already. With topics that are thoroughly researched, Jeff and James can communicate them in a way that is uniquely LEGO: fun and engaging. You can listen to their episodes via YouTube and iTunes.

 

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Joshua Hanlon and Matthew Kay’s  “Beyond the Brick” LEGO Podcast

Joshua and Matthew started Beyond the Brick back in 2011 with the goal of having a thought or two from the world’s leading LEGO builders and designers and as a platform to showcase awesome LEGO MOCs. Highly respected within the LEGO community, the tandem has already produced more than 150 podcast interviews and sharing recent developments within LEGO’s brick world. Each episode is around 30 minutes to an hour, and features some minimal video and images depending on the topics being discussed. You may catch them through their YouTube Channel right here.

I hope you enjoy their episodes as well as I do. If you happen to stumble upon a similar LEGO podcast, be kind enough to hit the comment button and let us know.