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Cool LEGO Creations

I am always on the lookout for new LEGO creations to add to my collection. How many times do I have to repeat myself? I am a LEGO fan, and I’m proud of it! I know there are actually many of you out there in our community who build right along with me. Whether you freestyle or build from a kit, you’re still a fan. A couple of different photos came across my desk today and they were too good not to share. While one of these is a couple of years old, it definitely is worth repeating.

Listen up, ladies: Your geek wants a LEGO wedding ring. I cannot stress this enough. You may not want one for yourself, and that’s perfectly okay. But if the dude is going to be wearing a ring every day for the rest of his life, why not give him the one HE wants? The LEGO ring is pretty damn sweet. Not only is it an actual ring made from white gold, it also functions exactly as a real LEGO brick. You can grab your favorite pieces to build right on top of the ring. This is the one that musician Tyler Walker had placed on his finger by his adoring wife. It’s almost enough to make me want to get married again – just to get this ring!

This LEGO computer is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Even though the original post was written more than a year ago, I hadn’t stumbled across it until now. Check the detail in this thing, y’all. It’s epic! The machine was built in 2003, with an HP pavilion. The entire body of this computer is built with Lego bricks, without using glue or screws. The budget was eighty dollars and the building time was about a month. The entire structure is made to look like a little plastic town, complete with tiny people, streets, an ATM, a post office, fire hydrants and even a basketball court! And yes – this is a functional structure, used mostly for email purposes.

Last for today – but definitely not least – Apple software engineer Andrew Carol has designed a replica of the Antikythera Mechanism. Using over 1500 LEGO pieces, he has successfully created an exact replica of the mechanical computer invented by the Greeks to predict outer-space events. That device is the oldest known calculator. Its importance to the world has often been said to be more significant than the Mona Lisa. And now, it’s been made even better with LEGO!

What awesome LEGO creations have you seen – or built – lately?

Star Wars LEGO Slave 1 Review

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The Slave 1, as you know, is the vehicle that you will find Boba Fett riding around in. The LEGO version is well-made, easy to put together and comes with several cool little weapons.

I put my LEGO Star Wars Slave 1 together with a minimum of fuss and muss. There are three bags of LEGO bricks included and they’re numbered. As you follow the assembly instructions, you only need to open one of the bags at a time. You’re not faced with hundreds of little bricks from the onset of the build. That makes it nice for those of you who are anal about sorting your pieces prior to starting. You don’t have to!

The Slave 1 features an opening cockpit that rotates when the startship is rotated. It includes Han Solo, Boba Fett and Bossk minifigs. A Carbonite element holds Han Solo for transport, but you can pop him out easily whenever you wish. There is a secret compartment with a flick-firing missile repeater and side components with flick-firing missiles. You want to give these a light – yet firm – flick in order to make them fire properly.

If you’re an Adult Fan of LEGO, what is your favorite recent build? Do you build from kits, or do you freestyle it and come up with your own creations?

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BrickCon is for Adult Fans of LEGO

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So, what exactly is BrickCon, and why are adults obsessed with LEGO? Well, I can answer at least one of those questions for you today – with Dan Sabath.

More than 10,000 people were in attendance during the event this past weekend. This was the 8th year for the conference, which has grown exponentially since the beginning.

Dan has many tips for would-be AFOLs. Look at the shape of the bricks. Give good consideration to color and theming. Don’t stick to kits and sets… you want to let your imagination soar. You can build it if you can dream it.

Within five minutes of the doors opening, the place was completely flooded. On the conference floor, there were several different areas. There were sections for Steampunk, castles, trains, robotics and so much more.

Most things built by AFOLs are scaled to minifig size, which is what I’m a fan of. I happen to collect minifigures, as you already know. Building to this specification is where my particular LEGO passion lies.

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