LEGO Ideas just announced that they’ll be bringing SEGA’s iconic speedster, Sonic the Hedgehog, to brick form. This set will be based on a concept design submitted by 24 year-old LEGO superfan Viv Grannell from the United Kingdom. Her design was inspired by SEGA popular 2017 platformer game Sonic Mania, and features iconic characters, environments as well as power-ups from the game’s Green Hill Zone level. The design received 10,000 votes, which greenlit the project for approval from LEGO. Read more for additional pictures and information.
If you’ve browsed YouTube in the past 2-years, ASMR video might have randomly shown up in your feed. These refer to autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. The triggers for these sensations are commonly auditory / visual, and may be encountered through the interpersonal interactions of daily life. Spotify partnered with The LEGO Group to bring you an entire playlist of brick-filled goodness. Read more for a preview and additional information.
Ever wonder how some LEGO sets come about? If so, many start out as LEGO Ideas, an online contest of sorts that lets fans vote on custom-built sets. If a particular set gets enough votes, LEGO will consider making it a real one, and “Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship” by L-DI-EGO, is one of the latest submissions to get some attention. Consisting of a total of 1,1590-pieces, it’s modeled after the bounty hunter’s iconic vessel and has many extras to go along with it. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Even if you’re not familiar with the art of bonsai, this new LEGO set is a serene addition to any computer desk. You can use it as a way to relax or just celebrate this ancient art, but the 878-piece kit should keep you busy for a while. You’ll be able to shape the bonsai tree model with either green leaves or pink cherry blossoms, and when the seasons change, simply snap on the colored crowns to give it a completely new look. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, additional pictures and information.
The Brick Experiment Channel has been known for their custom builds, and their LEGO car is definitely worth a second look. There are three basic rules for all builds: vehicles must only have four wheels, no steering to simply things, and only use LEGO parts. This creation is powered by an SBrick receiver that has 50 meters of range, the BrickController 2 app for Android devices, and a PlayStation 4 wireless controller. Read more to see how it handles most obstacles with ease.
The hardest part about wrapping presents may be actually cutting the rolls of paper into perfect sheets, that is unless…you’re using this innovative machine by The Brick Wall. Simply put, this innovative machine precisely measures the presents by scanning it and then determines exactly how much paper to cut, which means you probably won’t be left with random shreds after you’re done wrapping. Read more to see it in-action.
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Designer Benjamin Bezine wanted to create an automated film scanner, but in an unconventional way. So, he decided to use a Raspberry Pi mini computer, LEGO pieces, and a mirrorless camera that uses machine learning to scan entire rolls of film. The version you’re about to see is the fourth-generation Roboscan model, with the biggest upgrade being the Raspberry Pi and using machine learning to detect when a photo is properly framed before activating the camera to fire. Read more for a video and additional information.
Brick master Jumpei Mitsui recently unveiled his latest creation, and it’s the famed painting from the Edo-period of Japan, Hokusai’s Ukioy-e print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. It took him over 400-hours and 50,000 pieces to recreate this masterpiece. Even before starting the build, Mitsui had to study videos of waves crashing as well as academic papers on the topic. Next, he sketched a detailed model of the LEGO model, complete with boats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Alex Bailey, a 15-year-old from Dublin, Ireland, spent about 1-week recreating Manhattan using LEGO pieces. No, this wasn’t a set that he purchased from a store, but rather built entirely freehand. After visiting The City That Never Sleeps with his younger brother Ashton in 2019, it left a lasting impression to say the least. Using a combination of his memory from a helicopter ride, along with some photographs, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, One World Trade Center, and more, were recreated in brick form. Read more for a video and additional information.
It’s official, the LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR, consisting of 830-pieces, is the first McLaren supercar to be recreated in LEGO Technic form. Not just a simple brick recreation, this set has a V8 engine with moving pistons, sleek racing curves, dihedral doors that actually open, and a unique blue paint job. It’s the newest model to be released as part of the long partnership with McLaren Automotive that started back in 2015. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.