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
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 Iron Man Arc Reactor is one amazing prop. The design is instantly recognizable and just plain cool. In the recent films, Iron Man uses the Arc Reactor to keep shrapnel from entering his heart. It is essentially a fusion power supply that has the ability to power the Iron Man suit. It looks hi-tech yet can easily be replicated using everyday objects. This Lego Arc Reactor is simply amazing.
Mr.Attacki has proposed a Lego CUUSOO project based on the Arc Reactor. The whole thing can be built with about 350 Lego pieces, and can be wired with LED lights. The details of this build are beautiful. The design is extremely accurate, and although appearing like a simple build, a lot of advanced techniques are used.
The good news is that Mr.Attacki has included a set of photo based instructions. If only every Lego CUUSOO project would go this far. At least if it never gets considered, fans can attempt to put it together themselves.
The whole project is made even more awesome with the inclusion of some LED lighting. This Arc Reactor look great in a darkened room. You can almost forget that the whole thing is made out of Lego.
Check out the Iron Man Arc Reactor over on Lego CUUSOO: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/29210
If you are looking for more, there is a whole lot of Iron Man on LegoGenre, check it out here: http://legogenre.com/tag/iron-man/
customBRICKS has created this minifigure scale Lego Apple Macintosh. This micro 128k computer is perfectly simple. Every piece has its place, and no Lego piece is superfluous. This little guy is actually a micro version of Chris McVeighs larger Lego Mac “hello.” which can be seen here. I don’t believe the 128k can get any cuter.
Check out the customBRICKS’s 128k over on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/custombricks/9737958177/