“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!
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.
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! ENJOY~ :P 很開心一直收到很多AFOL的留言… 問會不會有說明書或教學提供… 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.