Pierre’s bombardment platform uses the new 1×1 round tiles, and incorporates some interesting polygonal shapes. I love the way the yellow spans the underlying dark gray.
The BrickIt team in Denmark has built a robotic system to sort LEGO bricks. The “Dynaway Sorting Plant” uses 28 Mindstorms NXT motors, 7 processors, 4 color sensors, and 14 touch sensors, and took over 250 hours of programming time plus 800 hours to build. The result is an amazing system that separates 2×4 and 1×2 bricks by both shape and color and then moves the pallets full of sorted bricks.
Read more about the sorting machine on BrickIt.dk.
James Pegrum’s (peggyjdb) vignette caught my eye with its slanted rocks and angled placement of the temple, making it look more refined and realistic.
Back in 2004, a certain fast food maker partnered with LEGO for the toys in their children’s meals. The result was some pretty awful LEGO pieces. However, Cole Blaq incorporates the Happy Meal skateboard into this orange beauty of a gunship, complete with a squiddy pilot.
Cole also posted this variation — more squat, and still somehow more brutish, despite the lack of a massive chin gun.
Between sick days and snow days, I’ve been stuck at home for nearly two weeks. Great for building, but cabin fever is setting in. The National Geographic Channel has been on pretty much constantly, so I was happy when NatGeo TV sent us a message to say that the LEGO factory in Billund will be featured on this Saturday’s episode of “Ultimate Factories”.
Here’s what they say:
Our cameras go on a fun and fascinating adventure in the world inside the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark. We’ll see what it takes for Lego’s crackerjack team of international designers to update the Legoland police station. Every single block of the new play set has to be designed with almost superhuman precision because every block produced has to fit seamlessly into the set it comes with, as well as every single Lego block ever made since 1958. We’ll see the new police station evolve through design and development, molding, painting and decorating, packaging and distribution.
And here’s a clip:
The show airs this Saturday, January 21, at 8:00 PM. Can’t wait!
Blake Baer has continued to build LEGO models inspired by the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, most recently featuring a series from The Hobbit. Here are a few we missed over the busy holiday season.
Bilbo and the dwarves escape aboard and within barrels in “Barrels out of Bond”.
Bilbo encounters the dragon Smaug for the first time in “Inside Information”.
The men of Lake Town defend their wooden buildings against Smaug in “Fire and Water”.
Ever since the announcement of LEGO Lord of the Rings and Hobbits sets in December, LEGO has been teasing us with posters of the minifigs.
Aragorn wields Anduril in his promo shot.
Legolas looks like he has a new Elvish hairpiece.
Death Cab for Cutie are one of my favorite bands, and I’ve enjoyed seeing them live (including opening for the Seattle Mariners a couple year ago).
Though it’s a less-sophisticated LEGO build, I also like his version of Transatlanticism — the album that secured DCFC as my favorite band at the time.
Though we missed it when he posted it back in September, Plans incorporates some interesting textures — can you spot the crab?
The combination of exotic colors and shapes from nature in Dita Svelte‘s modular bank makes this a standout build among fan-made modular buildings. The different gradients of green and earth tones add a complex layer of texture on top of that formed by the bricks.