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Hundreds of instruction books for old LEGO sets

The Brickfactory. Hundreds of instruction booklets for LEGO kits, organized by year, theme, number and name. If you're like me, just seeing the covers of some of these old kits will make you teary-eyed. (#268, the 1979 Family Room kit did it for me.)
posted by Lucinda on May 29, 2007 - 67 comments

 

It really tied the room together

Obviously, you're not a golfer. So let the WiigoBot do all the hard work.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 24, 2007 - 23 comments

Studies in lego miniature.

Although there is something appealing about large models in the Lego world, such as a 3,000+ piece Star Destroyer, there is a bonsai-like appeal to mini- and micro- scene creations, such as Chris Deck's approach to modelling the same Star Destroyer in just seventeen pieces. Through clever and unorthodox thinking, a menacing 5 story tall AT-AT can be produced in in a mere 41 pieces.
posted by boo_radley on Apr 19, 2007 - 35 comments

Nitpick: It's "Lego" not "Legos", kthx

Why We Banned Legos - Exploring power, ownership, and equity in an early childhood classroom. National Review response. (via this post on Salon Broadsheet)
posted by Melinika on Apr 3, 2007 - 224 comments

Makes me wish I had time and money for another hobby

Bricklink: Random images of Lego creations Go to Brickshelf and hit the Random link. You never know what you might find: A Lego Steven Colbert, brandishing a lightsaber; a nifty AFV; a cool-looking Lego wargame from Hong Kong (alas, the rules aren't public); some great character designs; a nifty little satirical comic about saving the future by defeating the Rethuglicans in the past; some things that are just very cute; some that are kinda disturbing; nifty creatures; and of course some really interesting and cool-looking, beautifully-detailed starships (and some pretty nifty water-going ships, too). Really makes you want some bricks, doesn't it? (Previously.)
posted by jiawen on Feb 4, 2007 - 22 comments

A race of atomic supermen which will conquer the world

An' all the hot cats on the block have been doing it too - c'mon now, honey, I wanna do it with you. Anyone hoping to build their own Death Probe without dismantling the vaccum cleaner or floor waxer can rejoice. The creators of Roomba and Scooba have released a barebones version. Add-on software from Microsoft is available, should more ambitious types decide to pair iRobot's tech with LEGO MindStorms pieces.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jan 10, 2007 - 17 comments

LEGO building LEGO

While thinking about nanotechnology, Jamais Cascio found a six-minute YouTube video of a LEGO Mindstorms factory that builds a LEGO car.
posted by cgc373 on Jan 4, 2007 - 26 comments

LEGO my... wait.

Oh, you never would believe where those LEGO bricks come from. Well, you might. It turns out it's a pretty awesome process. BuisnessWeek gives us the behind the scenes info on LEGO bricks. Did you know LEGO is the world's largest tire manufacturer?
posted by SansPoint on Nov 29, 2006 - 29 comments

A thing to do with your time and a lot of legos

Bitflicks : very large and accurate representations of video games made out of Lego blocks.
posted by boo_radley on Oct 9, 2006 - 10 comments

Lego Dildo

Lego Dildo
posted by cellphone on Sep 10, 2006 - 58 comments

Escher's "Relativity" in Lego

Escher's "Relativity" in Lego (original) [source]
posted by nthdegx on Aug 9, 2006 - 17 comments

Art of the Plastic Brick

Henry Lim composes sonatas and film scores. He also has a serious thing for Lego. The Hepburn portrait, Natalie Portman portrait, Beethoven and Fab Four portraits are impressive enough, but it is the full size, fully playable Harpsichord that demonstrates some kind of heroism. (mp3 included- to be listened to only once, really, or not even that.)
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 26, 2006 - 15 comments

Friday Flash

Lego Worldbuilder 2 An enjoyable and challenging sequel to the Lego Worldbuilder. Mefi post about the original
posted by boo_radley on Mar 31, 2006 - 10 comments

Obviously you know what's going on inside the tent...

Lego Brokeback Mountain Are we bored of Brokeback yet or can we still have a laugh at some cute little lego scenes...?
posted by atticus on Mar 5, 2006 - 25 comments

No DUPLO version available

The LEGO Suicides. A series of tragic deaths, built block by block. (flickr slideshow; non-slideshow link here)
posted by brain_drain on Feb 13, 2006 - 22 comments

Not dead but made out of plastic bricks...

Cthulego Rising is a pulp-tastic installation featuring zeppelins, zombies, even a little Doctor Who... and oh yeah, unspeakable horrors from beyond time and space too. [found via the rpg.net forums]
posted by sigma7 on Feb 4, 2006 - 13 comments

BootLego

In a landmark decision that is believed to have wide-ranging implications for trademark law, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed Lego's claim against Montreal-based rival Mega Bloks.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Nov 17, 2005 - 43 comments

I Found A Picture Of You

Lego Pinhole Camera. Polaroid Land Camera with Lego conversion. Sample photos.
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 9, 2005 - 12 comments

"Warthog is the colloquial name for the M12 light reconnaissance vehicle"

Lego Puma Warthog.
posted by nthdegx on Sep 26, 2005 - 9 comments

Lego meta-art?

The next Turner Prize winners? Art Craziest Nation is a mini-gallery of (in)famous pieces by modern artists, accurately reproduced with Lego by a duo called The Little Artists (John Cake and Darren Neave). The exhibition is at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool until next January. See the Lego version of Damien Hirst's Shark Tank, Tracey Emin's Bed, Jeff Koons' Balls, Andy Warhol's Money, Salvador Dali's Lobster Telephone, and many others. It's all in one single piece, with some of the artists themselves in Lego version - and others whose work is not exhibited, like Matthew Barney and Gilbert & George - hanging around sipping their Lego wine (ok, air) from Lego cups (or even throwing it at the Lego person standing next to them). Liverpool Football Club star Gerrard also featured in a tribute to the team's victory of this year's European Cup.
posted by funambulist on Sep 13, 2005 - 10 comments

LEGO Case mod

LEGO case mod.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Sep 9, 2005 - 19 comments

You know you like to tinker

First came the O'Reilly hacks series. There there was Make magazine, which claims to be the first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and DIY inspiration. Now a niche publication for Lego geeks who want to know everything about wee plastic bricks.
posted by Fozzie on Jun 24, 2005 - 1 comment

MMOLego

Blockland is a non-competitive multiplayer game where you build with interconnecting bricks. (via del.games)
posted by TuxHeDoh on Mar 14, 2005 - 6 comments

New Year, New Trouble!

The new Batman movie is here! Starring Adam West, Mark Hamill and Courtney Thorme-Smith, with Dick Van Dyke as Commissioner Gordon.
(quicktime, lego)
lego?

posted by yhbc on Mar 12, 2005 - 19 comments

1000 brix in your pocket

PodBrix. For the iPod enthusiast who already has every accessory: their own LEGO figure.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 8, 2005 - 10 comments

Thriller!

Michael Jackson's Thriller...in Lego form! This must have taken days and days to put together. For those of you who remember the video well, you'll be amazed. I love the Internet!
posted by braun_richard on Dec 19, 2004 - 35 comments

Electrons are for weaklings

LEGO Logic Gates - It's like Babbage, but with bricks. All the gates except XOR are here, and he goes on to develop a clocked flip-flop. While practical mechanical computers may be out, even at the nanotechnological scale, nanomechanical memory may be in.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Dec 14, 2004 - 14 comments

Bullets not included

Lego Beretta 9mm
posted by Orange Goblin on Dec 14, 2004 - 30 comments

Lego Logos

Another Plastic God. A congregation, affixed and transfixed.
posted by four panels on Oct 29, 2004 - 10 comments

Typo with Lego

Lego® — The Type Designer's Friend Renowned typographer Mark Simonson, in a quiet post to his lovely website, displays genius in a solution to a problem created by a need to capture thirty-five year-old fonts stored on spools of negative film so they can be revived in digitized form.
posted by tenseone on Oct 15, 2004 - 12 comments

I want one of these!

Supersonic RC a shockwave game from LEGO.
posted by riffola on Sep 15, 2004 - 10 comments

Spiderman 2, Lego Style

Spiderman 2, Lego Style (quicktime)
posted by jcruelty on Jul 7, 2004 - 18 comments

Worldbuilder

Worldbuilder (no relation to the old Mac adventure game toolkit) is an excellent way to start off the week by completely crippling productivity. I've played many games from these guys before, and they're always great. I envy the independent game designer that gets to work with Lego so often. Via GTA.
posted by majcher on Mar 22, 2004 - 3 comments

The Right Hand of Doom, with Kung Fu Grip

"Anung un Rama, loose the Dragon, for this is the ending of days. You were born into this world for this purpose only. Deliver the world into Chaos. Wake your devil heart. Set upon your brow that crown of fire, for your coming of age is the death knell of man."
posted by Hildago on Jan 20, 2004 - 10 comments

I can see my house from here!

The Brick Apple - New York City in LEGO®
posted by riffola on Dec 3, 2003 - 8 comments

Speaking of LEGO...

LEGO Escher is an amazing collection of some of the more famous prints by famous surrealist M.C. Escher rendered in LEGO. There's tons more like this at LUGNET (LEGO International Users Group Network).
posted by Mr_Spook on Oct 15, 2003 - 14 comments

Two great tastes taste great together!

Do you like Lego? Do you like pirates? How about Flash puzzle games with jerky animation? Well, then you'll love The Lego Treasure Hunt. (via SpinnWebe)
posted by Johnny Assay on Aug 30, 2003 - 18 comments

Aren't You A Little Short For A Stormtrooper?

The Star Wars Alphabet Project is where it's at. Jon Palmer is constructing LEGO models of every alphabet starfighter not visualised in the Star Wars universe. I can only wish that I'd thought of this first. Via
posted by armoured-ant on Jul 18, 2003 - 14 comments

Oddmusic

Oddmusic is for anyone interested in unique, unusual, ethnic, or experimental music and instruments, according to the site. The gallery is full of strange instruments - some are beautiful, some are whimsical, and some are just silly. Many have samples to listen to, including the noisy-but-impressive Lego Harpsichord.
posted by ukamikanasi on Jun 24, 2003 - 9 comments

LEGOdeath

Even unto the grave, still the little LEGOmen smile. [Flash]
posted by Pretty_Generic on Dec 16, 2002 - 14 comments

M.C. Escher + Lego = ?

M.C. Escher + Lego = ? I used to make spaceships and houses with my Lego not 3D representations of famous optical illusions! [via Filepile]
posted by bhell13 on Oct 7, 2002 - 29 comments

"Rise of the Empire"

"Rise of the Empire" Feast your eyes on a fake Star Wars trailer for Episode III done completely with Lego men (and women). It won the Audience Choice award at BrickFest 2002 and is really impressive for a home made production. See for yourself!
posted by boost ventilator on Jul 30, 2002 - 15 comments

Project Cryo.

Project Cryo. Immortalize your lego loved ones with this tasteful cryogenic chamber, and always have them close at hand. [via captaincursor]
posted by gazingus on Jul 22, 2002 - 5 comments

Lego fun
posted by Spoon on Jun 21, 2002 - 4 comments

lego mecha

lego mecha a friend just sent me this site showcasing some lego mecha. pretty incredible stuff! be sure to check out the links esp. the hall of fame :)
posted by kliuless on Feb 22, 2002 - 8 comments

Lego Shannanigans!

Lego Shannanigans! Lego that solves the rubik's cube, the towers of hanoi, is a vision command enabled, four-shot rotary cannon but probably still really hurts when you step on a single block.
posted by Spoon on Feb 13, 2002 - 7 comments

Lego isn't just for geeks anymore. The latest video directed by Michel Gondry for the White Stripes melds lego with rock in a wonderful way that just has to be seen.
posted by mathowie on Jan 27, 2002 - 16 comments

Maori challenge Lego to stop using Maori words for its toys

Maori challenge Lego to stop using Maori words for its toys Certain Maori objected to what they claimed was Lego's inappropriate use of Maori words, and the way Lego's Bionicle game mixed together strands of many cultures. So what's next? No syncretic philosophy/art? Although I suppose marketing Jesus or Mohammed or Buddha as crappy plastic superheroes might cause a little stir.
posted by phartizan on Oct 29, 2001 - 44 comments

Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks.

Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks. "Some of these movies will be quick childish animations, some will be well thought out, lovingly crafted works of intelligence and creativity."
posted by tranquileye on Sep 29, 2001 - 5 comments

Lego meets Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Lego meets Monty Python & The Holy Grail : a scary synthesis of geek culture from Tim Drage and Tony Mines of Spite Your Face Productions.
posted by nathan_teske on Aug 21, 2001 - 7 comments

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