Despite a very limited range of interpretation on official LEGO products, said brand is still quite the favorite by many for building constructs inspired by the greatest sci-fi show ever to come out of the UK: Doctor Who. We’ve covered a brick-built statue of Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor at SDCC 2018 before; now we look at the TARDIS.
True, LEGO did release a TARDIS set via LEGO Ideas in the past, and this MOC’s smaller, without an interior. But YouTube LEGO builder Josh DaVid gave his TARDIS an epic jazz by designing it as a “kinetic sculpture” with the use of Technic pieces.
DaVid’s TARIDS build is supported in the air by an ingenious LEGO Technic rig, which goes into a blocky base with a hand crank in one side. Obviously, cranking the handle causes the Technic setup to rotate, creating the trademark Doctor Who special effect of the TARDIS whirling about through the vastness of infinite space-time.
Josh DaVid’s Technic TARDIS MOC is available to interested LEGO builders in two options: building instructions on Etsy, or a custom set with all needed parts on Mochub. It can also optionally install a Power Functions motor, though it’s not included in the basic build.
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.
After the launch of its Build an Add-On Contest, the LEGO Ideas team was quick to give another contest that will surely appeal to any genuine LEGO Harry Potter fan. The LEGO Ideas Magical Builds of the Wizarding World challenges you to come up with your best brick rendition of any creatures found in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and popular items and artifacts found inside the famous Hogwarts Castle.
The Submission Phase has already begun and will end on November 29, so you still have more than 20 days if you will act quickly. Like any other LEGO Ideas build contest, you are allowed to submit either a physical entry or a digital one done in LEGO Digital Designer. The deadline of submission of entries will be on November 29, while winners will be announced on December 20.
Magical Builds of the Wizarding World
It’s time to do your magic!
Have you ever imagined being a part of the Wizarding World? We now invite you into the LEGO® world of Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™, but be aware that you need to use your magical, creative powers to enter. If you are a fan of Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™, you probably have considered how cool it would be to have your own wand, broomstick or suitcase filled with magical creatures. Now is your chance! Let out your magical building powers to bring your favorite item or creature from the Wizarding World to life in LEGO bricks.
And speaking of prizes, this LEGO Ideas building contest comes with all the good stuff and winnings that any LEGO Harry Potter can enjoy: there will be one Grand Prize Winner, two Runner-Ups, and one Bonus Winner. The lion’s share that the Grand Prize winner will receive includes all of the LEGO Harry Potter sets released this year, namely:
This gives the overall champion the bragging rights of winning all of these 2018 LEGO Harry Potter sets, with an overall estimated value of $775. Two Runner-Ups and a Bonus Winner will also receive their very own Hogwart’s Castle (71043) respectively.
Remember: you have roughly 24 days before the submission of entry to the LEGO Ideas Magical Builds of the Wizarding World closes, so be sure to read and study all the details of the contest rules right here. Happy building!
Here’s another DK offering that will appeal to LEGO Star Wars fans. After the reveal of the LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure book a few days ago, Amazon UK has now listed a similar LEGO DK book that takes its cue from the LEGO Star Wars theme. The LEGO Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure Book Galactic Missions is now available for pre-order via Amazon UK, and I hope that it will find its way soon in the US.
Like other Build Your Own Adventure books, this upcoming release also comes with an exclusive LEGO Star Wars build and a minifigure. It also gives plenty of suggested alternate builds that you can create using the free LEGO pieces that goes with it. Understandably, the exclusive LEGO Star Wars build that comes with this book is still yet to be revealed, and we only have an outline of its image placeholder to speculate on. I couldn’t help but notice how similar it is to the shape and form of the Cloud City Patrol ship found in the recent LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) set. The pieces also shown on the cover of the book, if this is the actual pieces to be used for the build, also hints on the predominantly dark red color of the ship.
The LEGO Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure Book Galactic Missions will be available on August 1, 2019 – a good nine months from now – and will retail for £19.99. That’s kind of a very long wait, but if you don’t mind the long wait, then I’m sure this book will eventually pop up at other Amazon regional sites very soon. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this newest LEGO DK title.
LEGO Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure Galactic Missions: With LEGO Star Wars Minifigure and Exclusive Model
Want more ideas for LEGO® Star Wars™ models to build? You need this book with bricks that inspires children to build, play, and learn all about the LEGO Star Wars universe.
LEGO Star Wars Build your Own Adventure: Galactic Missions combines action-packed story starters with more than 50 fun ideas for building. Once you have built new creations, play out exciting adventures of your own using your personal LEGO collection. Use your favourite Star Wars minifigures to complete five top secret missions! This book comes with a minifigure and the bricks to build an awesome exclusive vehicle that features in the story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And now we’re going to have a look at yet another awesome MOC of a sports venue – a favorite large MOC subject – that’s been making the rounds online. This one’s fairly new in that it opened only last year, but has been a public favorite due to its multipurpose nature.
This is Little Caesars Palace in Detroit, current home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons. The MOC was created by resident builders of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Auburn Hills, and was unveiled to appreciative viewers at the actual stadium concourse Monday, October 22, during the first-second period break in the Red Wings’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Composed of over 30,000 LEGO bricks, the MOC Little Caesars Arena is 6 feet long, with more than a thousand windows of the stadium, plus tenant businesses replicated. The set’s also populated by about 600 minifigures, and has attached lighting.
LDC Auburn Hills master builder Clint Parry described the construction process on Little Caesars as very challenging, especially when replicating the arena’s curved exterior and domed roof. Total work time was about 60 hours, with correspondence from the Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment to accurately copy logos and related signage.
The scale MOC of Little Caesars will be temporarily displayed on its life-sized counterpart. Afterwards it will return to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Auburn Hills, where it will be regularly reconfigured to have alternating playing surfaces and players to depict either Red Wings or Pistons games. All LEGO pieces used on the MOC by Parry were bought at retail, pricing the completed work at around $3,000.
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.