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Slay demons with a 20 pound LEGO Doom BFG 9000

Doom returns to popularity in gaming with a new installment to the series next month. What better time than now for YouTube LEGO builder ZaziNombies to build one of gaming’s most infamous weapons, the BFG 9000 (“Big F***ing Gun”) from Doom (1993), in 1:1 scale. Weighing over 20 pounds and built from over 5000 LEGO pieces, ZaziNombies’s detailed replica of the BFG more than lives up to the name. See it hauled around, discussed, and shown from the first person perspective in this three minute video.

Just a good old boy

Despite their competitors’ frequent attempts, Nintendo remains the undisputed king of handheld gaming. After the mandatory cell phone, my teenage daughter’s 3DS is almost never out of her hands, and the sounds of Tomodachi Life frequently ring through our household. Of course all this began a quarter century ago with Nintendo’s Game Boy. The Game Boy was popular through most of the 90’s, and even remains a popular “retro” gaming item today, even among members of the smart phone generation. And judging by this crisp life-size LEGO facsimile, Strasbourg-based builder Kloou has fond memories of this iconic system:

If you like this one, be sure to check out the other brick-built Game Boys we’ve blogged:

Joris Block’s Game Boy and Amiga controller
The Arvo brothers’ Nintendo Game Boy

Portable LEGO Seismograph

It is strangely appropriate that Kosmas Santosa, a builder from Jakarta, Indonesia,  has built a LEGO seismograph.  Indonesia is a country that is heavily affected by earthquakes due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Kos has been utilising the ‘paint roller‘ in all sorts of ingenious ways this month, and his vintage seismograph is no exception. The locks on the front of the case, the levers on the top right of the machine and the pens that record the output are all constructed from the paint roller.

Portable Seismograph

I wonder what happens when you press the red buttons?

Lifesize LEGO Riedell R3 roller skates

These awesome brick-built roller skates by Julie VanderMeulen look sturdy enough to take a spin around the local roller rink. Seriously, at first glance I thought I was looking at two pairs of real skates! The lifelike toe stops, shoelaces (with aglets!), axles, and the accurately-sized wheels really sell this build. The stylish black and yellow color blocking and the R3 lettering on the heel isn’t bad either.

1:1 Scale Roller Skates

You can check out more photos on Flickr.

Celebrate Easter with beautiful LEGO jewelled eggs

Dutch builder Koen has created a set of beautiful Faberge-style jewelled eggs. What better way to celebrate Easter weekend with your favourite construction system?

These creations are packed with nice parts usage to get the details and sparkling metallic effects. Check out the stands too — great stuff. We’ve previously featured the beautiful red egg in the center; the green and blue ones are being featured here for the first time.

The Jewelled Egg Collection

Even better, the eggs open up to reveal appropriate minifigs for each egg’s theme: Spring, Love, and Ice…

The Jewelled Egg Collection

For the (LEGO) birds...

Join me as we go bird watching, courtesy of Joe Perez of Bright Bricks!

First, we see a beautiful example of a Peregrine Falcon. This record-setting bird of prey can reach speeds over 200 mph (322 km/h) and is found throughout the world. Joe’s rendition of this majestic bird is giving us some pretty impressive side-eye from its natural outdoor habitat.

To continue your bird-watching tour, click here

Lord of the Rings foosball: 1st team to 5 points wins the One Ring!

Hot on the heels of Jonas’s pinball machine comes another amazing Lord of the Rings themed game. But this time it’s tabletop football! (Or as we call it in my house, foosball). Balbo, a long-time builder of Lord of the Rings themed LEGO creations, says that he was inspired by the Iron Builder to make a tabletop game of his own. If you look closely, you’ll see that each player is a different character from the film and that the “turf” has mosaics of Bag End, the Black Gate, and the Eye of Sauron.

Lord of the Rings Tabletop Football
My only concerns with this awesome build would be its durability (foosball games can get pretty heated and I’d hate to see LEGO pieces flying across the room) and the amount of space between characters (especially over the Eye) which could lead to frequent dead balls. But still, I’d love nothing more than seeing Lord Elrond slip a soccer ball past Saruman to end the War of the Ring.

You can check out the rest of Balbo’s awesome LEGO creations on Flickr.

Incredible PC motherboards made entirely of LEGO

As modern video games become more and more demanding in terms of hardware, no wonder getting the cutting edge component parts is a pressing problem. Recently, dueling LEGO builders produced a couple of brilliant microchips, and now it’s high time to get a proper motherboard for your high-end gaming station. Depending on your ambitions and budget, you can either go for the popular and reliable GIGABYTE G4M-XPZ by Tim Schwalfenberg

GIGABYTE G4M-XPZ Motherboard

…or opt for Jonas’ ultimate ASUS P9X79-E WS, which can be upgraded with up to 64 GB of RAM.

ASUS P9X79-E WS - Motherboard

Functioning LEGO pinball machine bounces you from the Shire to Mordor [Video + Interview]

We’ve posted several impressive LEGO-built games over the years (including LEGO versions of Settlers of Catan, TrenchGo, and even a LEGO Star Wars pinball machine), but Jonas‘s Lord of the Rings-themed game is truly jaw-dropping. This one hundred percent LEGO, fully functioning pinball machine includes microscale scenes from all your favorite Middle Earth locations, including Hobbiton (the ball shooter lane), Helms Deep, Ortanc, Weathertop (a bumper), Fangorn, Minas Tirith, and even the Black Gates of Mordor (each gate is a flipper!)

The machine is over two feet long and a foot wide and tall (or 62cm x 32cm x 36cm to be precise) and Jonas says it took him twelve straight hours of work and more than 2000 pieces to create this arcade masterpiece.

LotR Pinball

Watch the video below to check out the game in action and remember, no shaking or nudging allowed!

Click to read the interview with Jonas

Look at me still talking when there’s science to be done

Some say LEGO is art, but others say it’s a science. This brick-built microscope from Josiah N. lends credence to the latter supposition. So start doing some LEGO science!

Science is Fun!

 

Wondering what a LEGO microscope could possibly show you? Well, Josiah’s got us covered there too, with a view through his microscope of a human cell. It’s incredible seeing the mitochondria in such detail.

Human Cell

The big LEGO book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Markus Rollbühler opens up a new page on LEGO building by presenting Grimm’s Fairy Tales in book form. We’ve seen literature depicted in LEGO through an artistic representation of a book before, but I here I particularly love Markus’ use of the pages forming gnarled tree silhouettes to add depth to the scenes. Markus says that there are references to six of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales depicted here: see if you can spot them all.

Brothers Grimm

Clicking bricks and clacking keys

I appreciate and love to see LEGO models presented in life size. It’s all about creating an illusion; can you build with LEGO something that doesn’t look like LEGO? Jonas succeeds with a 1:1 scale Underwood Typewriter built from the beloved brick. From the mechanical details to the elegant frame, his replica is dang near flawless.

Typewriter