The Nintendo NES Classic has proven to be more popular then anyone planned. Months after the release the NES Classic is still extremely rare. The other down side is that it only 30 games. You can wait around to buy one of these, or you can build your own (which some people might consider better). You just need a Raspberry Pi B+ and some technical knowledge. Best of all you can even build your own NES case out of Lego. WayGroovy has done just that. This MOC is based on the work by Chris McVeigh. With a few modifications WayGroovy was able to fit the whole thing in an amazingly small package.
The best part is that they documented the process, so you can build one yourself. Check out the Lego NES Pi Case here: http://imgur.com/a/8EeyD
“Let’s build up your own Jiji and bring it back home!
好吧! 一齊來組一隻JIJI 帶回家吧! :P”
JiJi the Black Cat is the male pet cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. Kiki and JiJi get in a lot of adventures including a scheme where JiJi needs to imitate a stuffed cat for a birthday party. Interestingly, in the original Japanese version the cat has a feminine voice and is cute/humble. In the American version the cat has a deep male voice and is extremely sarcastic. Either way JiJi is a memorable character. Lego fan Ck Ho (傑爸爸) has created a cute little MOC. The best part is that they went though the trouble of designing instructions. Which are publicly available.
Info and instructions for Lego JiJi are available here: http://ckholegoworld.blogspot.com/2017/01/2017-01-17-how-to-build-up-jiji-black.html
In celebration of the season 3 premiere of Bravest Warriors Ian Heath has created a Lego Catbug. Even better then that, he posted some easy to follow instructions to build your own. If you don’t have all the correct colors (purple) you can just swap for another. Now we just need a Lego Invisible Hideout.
Check out the Lego Catbug building guide over here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/32178075586/
Feeling like the wait is way too long for another Despicable Me? Thats okay, because the Lego community has been creating a whole lot of Lego Minions. There are Minions Parties, Mini Minions, Minion Maids, Batman Minions, and many many more. LegoGenre even has a whole section of these creations. The newest entry into the series is this collection of Minions! created by Yatkuu. My favorite of the bunch are the SuperHero themed Minions. Captain America and Batman Minion are instantly recognizable and hilarious. These little dudes have an interesting story:
“This series of Minions was inspired by my Nerdly-Minion and started as a project for the LEGO Store community window in Raleigh, NC. I meant to put these up on display for the release of the movie “Minions” due in July 15. I think the kids would have liked it.
Unfortunately, for reasons that I can’t really comprehend TLG decided to revisit the rules of the community windows and as a result these little guys will probably never see a LEGO store from up-close. Too bad.”
Yatkuu has been kind enough to post instructions for these guys, which you can find over on BrickFanatics: http://brickfanatics.co.uk/do-you-wanna-build-a-minion/
Check out these Lego Despicable Me Minions! over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yatkuu/15635280373/
And, if you are looking for more Minions check out this link: http://legogenre.com/?s=minions&submit=Search
It’s Christmas early. Hispabrick #021 has just been released. The new issue has major features on Lego Star Wars, Aliens, Miniland, Mindstorms, reviews, and interviews. This 101 page digital magazine is available as a 40+ MB PDF and best of all it is free.
Hispabrick is one of the best Lego magazines out there. Their content is top notch, and contains a lot of exclusive stuff. Even awesome instructions for your own Lego projects.
You can find Hispabrick 021 over here: http://www.hispabrickmagazine.com/en/content/english-hispabrick-magazine-021
Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) has been a huge success for Lego. Most of the proposed projects involve established properties that need to be licensed in order to release them. The program has been so popular that a few of the projects have even been supported by companies who would like to see their properties licensed through Lego. For instance, Lego Minecraft. It is super rare that a company actually supports and even submits their own projects into Lego Ideas. Here is an example of such a project.
Firaxis Games has submitted a Lego Ideas project based on their Civilization series of video games. The set would include a Worker Mech based on the Civilization: Beyond Earth unit. The mech would be accompanied by a worker, a minifigure with options to be either male or female. The designer, AndrewClark2, built 180 of these sets as a studio gift on the release of the game. Since this has been produced (although not officially) a set of instructions have been drafted. The whole build only uses 187 Lego pieces. Even if this never makes it through the Lego Ideas process, it is an extremely nice gesture from AndrewClark2 and Firaxis Games to share.
“When human beings settle alien planets, they’re going to need to build farms, quarries, paddocks for alien wildlife, habitation domes, and generators. Who gets to do all that hard work? The Worker unit! Designed by concept artist Mike Bazzell, the worker unit in Civilization: Beyond Earth will change equipment depending on its current job. This model is based on the front end loader, used to build quarries and mines. This Worker is ready to tackle any world, from harsh arid planets to miasma-laden fungal planets.”
Go vote for the Lego Civilization: Beyond Earth Worker Mech over on Lego Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/83016
If you are looking for a way to spice up your Lego pumpkins this year, then this Pumpkinbot is for you. The whole thing transforms from an innocent looking pumpkin into a deadly battle bot. This Lego Pumpkinbot is the work of Chris Maddison. Who wants everyone to have a Happy Halloween this year with these complementary instructions. Now you too can build your own. The first thing you will need is a part list:
- 30602 – 16 Orange slopes
- 3020 – 8 Orange 2×4 plate
- 6141 – 15 Dark Bley Circular 1×1 flat
- 6141 – 2 Reddish Brown Circular 1×1 flat
- 6141 – 1 Trans-Red Circular 1×1 flat
- 87087 – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 with Stud on 1 Side
- 61252 – 8 Dark Bley 1×1 with open O clip
- 3794b – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 with 1 stud center
- 60478 – 2 Dark Bley 2×1 with handle on end
- 2540 – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 with handle on side
- 2555 – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 with clip on top
- 3062b – 2 Dark Bley 1×1 round grey tall
- 30162 – 2 Dark Bley Binoculars
- 3023 – 1 Dark Bley 2×1 Plate
- 32002 – 2 Dark Bley Technic 3/4 Pin
- 30033 – 1 Dark Bley 2×2 with bar frame
- 11090 – 1 Dark Bley Bar holder with clip
- 98138 – 1 Trans-Red Flat-top 1×1
- 6246a – 1 Dark Bley Utensil Tool Screwdriver
- 4740 – 1 Orange 2×2 Radar dish
- 4081b – 1 Dark Bley 1×1 with clip
- 4081b – 1 Reddish Brown 1×1 with clip
- 4285b – 1 Orange 6×6 Webbed Radar Dish
- 4599 – 1 Orange 1×1 Tap
- 33183 – 1 Bright Green Carrot Top
If you need to purchase everything it should add up to about $15-20 depending on shipping. And, if you are lucky enough to own everything already… get building.
Check out Chris Maddison’s Pumpkinbot and the Instructions over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmaddison/10601306324/
Thanks to Reddit and JimmyLegs50 for the parts list: https://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/2kfkqb/pumpkin_bot_with_instructions_not_by_me/
Batman’s Tumbler is one of the most iconic vehicles in recent cinema. Lego quickly released a version of their own, titled “Lego Super Heroes Tumbler Chase (76001).” While popular, a lot of fans were underwhelmed by the actual design of the Tumbler. It was small and simple. Lego has recently given it another try with the release of “Lego Superheroes The Tumbler (76023).” This one is scaled up larger then the Minifigures, but is extremely detailed. One of the coolest vehicles Lego has released.
But, Lego is still missing a good Minifigure scale Tumbler. Brent Waller has decided to create his own, and best of all has created instructions to build your own. This Batmobile is perfectly scaled for Batman, while preserving the detail and shape of the famous car.
A Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) page was created to support this MOC, and it quickly earned its 10,000 votes. Ultimately Lego announced that this would be “not approved.” But don’t worry, if you have enough Lego bricks at home, you can create your own.
Check out the PDF instructions here: http://brentwaller.com/Tumbler/The%20Tumbler%20Assembly%20Instructions.pdf
And, more information about the “The Tumbler” Batmobile can be found here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/51318
A good amount of Lego fans have at one point or another fallen in love with the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES was originally released in 1983 in Japan with red and gold styling. The black and gray system didn’t show up until 1985 in North America and 1986 in Europe. For many people this would be their first video game console. Most kids at the time could be found in front of their TV having an adventure with Link or saving the princess with Mario. A good many of these kids were also enjoying the Lego Classic Space or Castle theme at the same time.
Chris McVeigh (Powerpig) has created a great Lego NES MOC with only 220 pieces. The end result is the main console, two controllers and two games. Perfect for some multiplayer. The cartridges can even be inserted into the NES. Although you may need to blow on them first.
The coolest thing ever, is that Chris McVeigh has provided super detailed instructions for you to build a Lego NES at home. Check out the PDF for a parts list. If you don’t happen to have all the necessary pieces My First Game Console (Sprite Edition) is available for purchase through Chris McVeigh’s online store. With preorders shipping out in about 2 weeks.
Check out My First Game Console (Sprite Edition) instructions here (PDF): http://www.powerpig.ca/lego_kit_guides_2014/my_first_console_sprite.pdf
You can also purchase the Lego NES here: http://powerpig.storenvy.com/products/5174624-my-first-game-console-sprite-edition
The Lego Classic Space Logo is an icon for everything Lego did right in the 1980’s. It is extremely recognizable, and embodies the optimism that the world was going through at the time. It seemed that through the 1990’s Lego was quick to forget this. Going from a classical space exploration theme into something more extreme. Since then there has been a resurgence in this classic theme. Lego has even recognized this trend, and has been making references to its popularity. One can only hope a full theme will land in the future.
Evil Mad Scientist has recently created a hand painted Classic Space jacket featuring the Lego Classic Space Logo. The beautiful simplicity of the logo means that this is a relatively easy project to do yourself. Evil Mad Scientist has included detailed step by step instructions.
The use of stencils and leather paints means that almost anyone can create one of these flight jackets. The whole project can be finished up in a few days. If you happen to have an old leather jacket around then this turns into a pretty cheap project.
Make sure to read more about Evil Mad Scientist’s Classic Space Jacket here: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2014/cls-jacket/ for the detailed instructions and photos.