A bicycle can offer a feeling of freedom unmatched by almost any other vehicle. If I could ride a bike all day I would. This Lego Bicycle Automaton, created by parsom, offers just that fantasy. The first thing you notice is that the automaton feature is on full display. The design mimics the design of a bike, with a chain and two wheels. By turning the small crank the Minifigure will start riding, with wheels turning and the background changing. Every season is represented, it doesn’t matter if it is sun or snow, nothing will stop a good bike ride. This Lego MOC is up on Lego Ideas, so make sure to vote for it if you want to see something like this released by Lego. There is also a video to check out (below), which shows how everything works.
You can make anything out of Lego bricks, even a Tapas Factory! The Brick Wall has designed an assembly line with Technic pieces. Everything is Lego, other than the food, a few BuWizz bricks, and the saw blades. A vehicle starts out transporting some delicious bread to the assembly line. Where it goes on a journey that results in it being sliced into eight pieces. From there a conveyor belt carries the bread to the toppings, which are carefully placed on each slice. Afterwards a vehicle picks up four finished Tapas and brings them over to you. There is even a place for a drink on the transport. The whole system uses 19 Power Functions motors, and took over four weeks to build.
In the video you can see the Lego factory assemble cheese/prosciutto, apple/salmon, cucumber/red pepper, and cheese/sausage. Each piece is then carefully topped with a cherry tomato and mozzarella cheese. Having Lego assemble your dinner is a pleasing idea, the only catch is that it is unbelievable slow.
Sometimes you get a crazy idea and just happen to have the rights tools to make that idea a reality. Over at Mantis Hacks they started with the idea to recreate a Technic Go-Kart model at five times the normal scale. The end result was huge but still not large enough for a human to use. For round two they made a few modifications and increased the scale to 8.34. After a lot of 3D printing (3 different printers!) and a lot of patience the Lego model was ready to go. A little bit of help with some glue and a few steel pieces the finished Go-Kart looks great. All the bits and pieces fit together, steering works, and the wheels turn. With a few planned modifications the Lego Go-Kart will eventually get an electric motor.
Check out the full Lego Go-Kart YouTube video showing how everything was made and put together below or over here: https://youtu.be/Ae7XLg3RFWY
Lego is showing off a new Technic set, the Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107). This super bike is one of the most powerful legal bikes currently available. Lego has tried to capture the “style, sophistication, performance” of the Ducati. With 646 pieces and a price tag of $69.99/€69.99 the bike goes on sale in August.
This street bike has a bunch of features. The headlining feature is that this is the very first motorcycle to have a gearbox with different speeds. Lego seems to be really pushing this design, as you can remove the panels to see the engine and how everything works. Also mentioned is that the bike has full steering, front and rear brakes, suspension, and a working kickstand. Everything is held together with bright red panels, and a super durable Technic frame.
“Thomas was never the same…” is a Lego MOC built by Leonid An. It is a horrific combination of Thomas the Tank Engine and a spider. A serene smile and eight legs ending in pointy red claws. This type of build is really interesting, as it is combining Duplo, Lego System, and Technic pieces. Most of the connections are made in the middle part of the train/thorax. A complicated setup of legs all meet up in this spot to support Thomas the Train. The two black printed circles on the cab of the train almost look like false eyes. A great detail. Something that may be haunting my nightmares.
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…
Ready your plastic Lego coins. A new arcade is about to open. Joshua Drake has created a whole series of Lego Arcade Machines. These video game machines have been sized to fit the Lego Technic Figures. These figures were featured in some of the Technic sets between 1986 and 2001. Their taller stature is a perfect match. If you look closely enough you can see that the hands line up perfectly with the arcade joystick and buttons. These are not the clean cabinets made today, these arcade machines are dirty, with some scuff marks and scrapes applied to the Lego pieces. Even the studs-on-top design help the cabinets achieve their 1980s retro look.
The new Lego Mindstorms EV3 (31313) is almost here with an official release of September 1st. The early reviews are starting to be published, with an especially good review by Lee Hutchinson over at Ars Technica. The whole 601 piece set includes an Intelligent EV3 Brick, 3 servo motors, a remote control, a color sensor, a touch sensor, an infrared sensor, an instruction manual, and Mac/Win software. And, to no surprise, no batteries.
“Still, price is really the only downside to this set. They’re ludicrously fun to play with, and I had a great time sitting on the floor like a kid piecing a robot together (and the whole process was made even better by the fact that I got to do it on the clock!). It’s hard to deny that making robots and then programming them to do your bidding is just straight-up awesome.”
Lego robots have made a lot of progress in the last few years. With the increased variety of Technic / Bionicle / Hero Factory parts, and people getting more comfortable with mixing them in with standard Lego bricks the options for Lego robot builders have blossomed. Flickr user, Legohaulic, has recently created a very charming series called E-MOTE. A series of scenes between two extremely expressive robots.
With detailed hands, some eyes, eyebrows, and posable limbs, these little Lego Robots can emote almost anything. One of the great tiny details is the use of a transparent brick to represent the heart on each of these bots. These robots are extremely minimal in design, making it easy to study the techniques and assembly. These two Lego bots have set a new standard in expression, humor and personality.
The Lego Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9 is an incredibly famous MOC. The whole thing is built using a modular system. A total of 17 modules combine to create this massive contraption. It runs 500 Lego balls, at a rate of 1 ball per second, through a 31 meter course. Featuring zigzag stairs, pneumatics, shooters, trains, screw and spiral lifts, elevators and conveyor belts. Lego bricks, technic and Mindstorm, all come together in a very unique machine. One thing is certain this Lego machine is loud.