“The Great Ball” is a Lego MOC built by Tiago Catarino. The Great Ball is a slightly better version of the Poké Ball. Which is one of most iconic items from the Pokémon video game series. It features a striking blue and white color pattern, with red highlights. Luckily all of these things can be replicated with Lego. Even the button and seam stripe are accounted for. Building a Lego sphere is a great challenge that requires a lot of little plates. To learn how to build your own Lego Poké Ball make sure to check out the video instructions below. There are a few surprises if you have never built one before!
There is something about the tactile feeling of a mechanical keyboard. The loud key clicks and the distance of travel make the keyboard very satisfying to type on. A whole community has formed around these keyboards. Many custom and commercial versions are available. If you want to go even further down the rabbit hole, there are custom keycaps with all sorts of designs and colors. This custom Lego mechanical keyboard is the work of JK Brickworks. They started with a base; by gutting a Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid and some 3D printed custom Cherry MX compatible LEGO keycaps. This allows Lego bricks to be clicked onto the working keyboard. Kind of similar to the new Lego Dots theme. The finished design features a lot of printed tiles, some of which are extremely rare. The caps lock is a bit more tactile and features a classic Lego hat. The best part is that at any time the keycaps can be changed out with different colors and/or newer printed Lego tiles.
Another earlier version of this project was built up using a membrane style keyboard. Which was gutted and built back up with a Lego Technic skeleton. Not as satisfying as the newer mechanical kind, but still an amazing project.
The designer of the custom Lego compatible keycaps offers them for sale in the Shapeways store. This way you can customize your own keyboard, with out going all Lego.
The Nintendo Entertainment System is an icon in video games. The original NES had some 700 or so games released. Having a collection of the whole library would take up way too much space, and cost way too much money. But the idea of playing every video game in one place is very popular. There is the official NES Classic Edition, which was never as widely available as the market wanted. It also only contained a selection of the more famous games.
The good news is that you can create your own version. A Raspberry Pi system is cheap, and easy to work with. Which is why a whole community has formed with people putting the system in all sorts of old electronics. To create a NES Raspberry Pi the hardest part is finding a shell, or old system to work with. If you have some Lego, you can even build your own.
Here the YouTube creator LGR has put together the Retro Power. A Lego NES Raspberry Pi System. If you have all the bricks, you can even put it together following along with the video. LGR goes through all the instructions and goes over everything from design to final product.
You can watch “Building a ‘Lego’ NES Mini Console (with a Raspberry Pi)” over on YouTube or below:
The Nintendo Switch is a phenomenon. It is an almost perfect blend of portability and console. Proving to be the best way to play most video games, especially indie games. The Switch even has a lot of Lego video games. (Lego Worlds, City Undercover, Marvel Superheroes 2, Ninjago Movie Videogame, The Incredibles, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Lego Movie 2, and DC Super-Villains. With many more coming!) Making a Nintendo Switch out of Lego is a fun build too. 3DS Animation has provided a few video instructions, showing how to make a Lego Switch, a Dock, and Joycons. Check them out below.
Another Lego project you can build is a working Nintendo Switch Dock. Through the top you can slot the system into the Lego Dock. Then you can attach optional Lego Joycons to finish the illusion. A cool detail is that you can build multiple Joycons in different colors. This build is also from 3DS Animation, who again provides video instructions for the Lego Dock.
There are lots of things Lego can do. One thing it is good at is being incredibly strong. Have you ever tried breaking a Lego brick? They are so tough, that some people think you can build a house with Lego, and some do not. A good question to put to the test is: Can Lego Break A Steel Axle? Thats just what the people at Brick Experiment Channel over on YouTube have found out. They did the homework, and all the Math. And, even a series of tests with Technic beams and pieces in which they apply a surprising amount of torque. All working towards the question, can Lego break steel? You will have to check out the video to see what happens…
Lego Racers is one of those early 3D games from the late 90s. Specifically 1999. Even though this is around the same time Lego Star Wars was released, the game only features original Lego themes. Choose from a selection of drivers and racers from classic Lego themes such as: Pirates, Space, and Lego City. You can even mix and match, and create your own racer. Which you will need to do, as you will eventually have to go up against Rocket Racer.
Lazy Game Reviews, or LGR, has put together a great eight minute video showing off the whole game. LGR even offers some tips on how to get the video game to run. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/qNBFNFbFlNo
There are so many lego Baby Yoda builds out there, and this is one of the best. This cute little guy was built by hachiroku24. It is completely made out of Lego parts. The key pieces are the ears, which are from a recent Lego Elves set (part 11089). They did make a small cheat, the 2×2 rounds with a hole, near the ears, have been photoshopped to match the rest of Yoda. Below you can see him being built.
Check out the Lego Baby Yoda building instructions above, in a handy YouTube format, which can also be found here: https://youtu.be/SgIMLmKoOGU
A woodshop is an inherently dangerous place. They are full of sharp and pointy tools ready to stab an eye out or chop a finger off. But, a Lego woodshop is slightly more safe (as long as you meet the restriction: ages 5+). BrickBrosProductions imagines what this would look like. They have produced a 3 minute and 27 second Lego stop motion video. Starting with blueprints and unfinished lumber; after a lot of hard work they end up with something new.
Some of the highlights include sanding, chiseling, and painting. All done with Lego. Check out their video below or over here: https://youtu.be/930TWN-_6og
There are a whole bunch of Lego Batman MOCs out there (click here). And for some reason people put a whole lot of time creating some of the most massive Lego scenes out there (see this one, and this one). The great thing is that there is always room for more. Check out this beautiful Lego MOC, titled “Lego Batman vs Joker Gotham Theater Showdown” built by Paul Hetherington. The scene depicts an epic fight between Batman, Robin, and Joker in the streets of Gotham. This MOC is essentially three smaller builds in one. The center piece is the Art Deco styled Gotham Theater, there is the street and trolly outside, and there is a huge brick built background. There is even a detailed story:
“Once again that Mad Harlequin of Hate, The Joker, brings menace to the citizens of Gotham. Beware as the Streetcar named Destruction advances into Gotham, and the Joker’s henchmen unleash horrible Joker Gas! Listen to the eerie dreadful laughing — has the Joker taken control of everyone?!? Wait — look above – that symbol of justice descending from the sky — The Batcopter! Piloted by the plucky Robin, The Boy Wonder and the courageous Batman! Are the tornado team of crime crushers in time to oppose the Grim Jester in the gripping tale of — Gotham Theater Showdown!”
Paul Hetherington has created one of the most beautiful Lego Art Deco style buildings. The Gotham Theater was originally inspired by Marbro Theater of Chicago (sadly torn down in 1964). This build features a limited palette of beige, brown, black, and gold detailing. Check out all of the unique patterns and textures on the facade.
Gotham Theater Power Functions Video
The Lego Batman vs Joker Gotham Theater Showdown has a secret. Power functions have been built into the scene and carefully hidden. The street car moves back and forth. The Joker is moving/aiming the balloon cannon up and down. The cops are all laughing out of control, spinning and falling down. And the Batcopter is hovering/twirling in place amid all this chaos.
The Lego Batman movie is almost here, and it is a perfect time to reflect on the past. Lets all take a moment and remember what was wrong with the Lego movie. This 15 minute video is also a great way to catch up on the first Lego film.
“After two years, you might have given up hope we’d ever sin this animated masterpiece, but here we are… sinning it… mostly because LEGO Batman is coming out soon. And because no movie is without sin and stuff.”