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LEGOs

  1. LEGO Is Releasing a Fan-Created 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters Playset (Slime Not Included)

    Listen! Do you smell something? It's super-amazing LEGOs!

    LEGO came, LEGO saw, and LEGO kicked ass. Today, LEGO CUUSOO announced the results of their fan-creation competition, and though there were lots of great finalists—including a female mini-fig set I'd still love to see—only one CUUSOO finalist is making it to mass-production today: the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Playset!

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  2. This Slow-Motion Rain of LEGOs is Your Surprisingly Soothing Way to Start the Morning

    The Slow Mo Guys are returning to their childhoods this week, if only to blow up whatever they find there -- and film it in slow motion, of course. I mean, that is kind of their thing. While the duo's initial experiment -- detonating a picturesque LEGO house, wookiees and all -- doesn't go exactly as planned, the frustration it induces results in an unlikely work of art. So if you've ever wondered whether a box full of children's building blocks being blasted into the sky and then raining down in dreamlike slow motion is kind of beautiful, this is your chance to find out. (Spoiler alert: it totally is.)

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  3. How To Build With LEGOs in Google Chrome

    Google wants you to be able to do practically everything in a browser, specifically in Chrome. Chrome has already effectively eliminated the need for third-party email and calender apps, even word processors if you're comfortable enough with Google Docs. Now, they're making a new push to make your dedicated LEGO building client (LEGO Creator?) obsolete with the new Build with Chrome website. You can now play with LEGOs in Chrome, and you'll never have to fish around for a missing 1-by-1 piece ever again.

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  4. Check Out This Scale LEGO Model of the Back to the Future DeLorean

    Not all LEGO builds have to be massive to be impressive, even if that usually helps. This LEGO DeLoreon, for instance, is not full-sized; it's not even what you might call "large." Instead, it's a 1:15 scale model of the real deal, the real deal of course being the time-traveling one from Back to the Future. Constructed by Alex Jones, AKA, Orion Pax, the build is made completely of standard LEGO parts, but a custom silver paint job. And yes, the wheels can go into hover mode.

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  5. Free Universal Construction Kit Lets You Connect 10 Different Kinds of Building Toys

    Want to connect your LEGOs to your Duplos? Your K'nex to your Tinker Toys? Your Krinkles to your Zoob? Well the wait is finally over. With the Free Universal Construction Kit, you are free to assemble the most Frankenstein-ish of contraptions, the hideously mismatched kind of contrivances only a madman could love. It's barely one step above gluing the pieces together, and it is absolutely glorious.

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  6. Minecraft LEGO Pre-Orders Now Open

    Minecraft and LEGO were meant to be together pretty much from the start. After all, how could you have one without the other?That being the case, it was great news when official Minecraft LEGO were announced to be on the way through LEGO's CUUSOO system. They're not here quite yet, but pre-orders have opened, and you can pick up a 480 piece chunk (4 chunklets) complete with Steve and a creeper for $34.99.

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  7. LEGO Taxidermy is a Minimalist Triumph

    I've always believed in the old adage that less is more; there's something so satisfying about creating something cool and recognizable out of as little actual material as possible. Enter LEGO Taxidermy by David Cole. Made out of just a few dozen assorted pieces of LEGO, Cole's taxidermies are at once immediately identifiable and as simple as one could imagine. Cole sells kits for the deer, a bear, and a fox on his online shop, but due to the fact that he has to source the pieces from a number of different shops, the orders take a while to fulfil and are a little on the expensive side, but cool is priceless.

    See the others after the jump

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  8. Terracotta LEGO Street Art

    Nothing like a little staggeringly 3D-looking street art to brighten up your day and make you wish that you were talented at things other than wasting time on the Internet. Have no fear: I've got you covered. Above is a stunning street-chalking done by Planet Street Painting for the Sarasota Chalk Festival. Head on past the jump to check out the initial wireframe.

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  9. 8 Foot Long, 43,000 Piece LEGO Star Destroyer Will Blow You Away

    We've covered some pretty cool LEGO creations in the past, but I'm not sure that any of them can hold a candle to this behemoth, 43,000 piece, 8 foot long, 180 pound, Venator Class Star Destroyer built by Iomedes. Now, this isn't the first LEGO Venator Star Destroyer ever built. In fact, this is a deliberate replica of a model build by Erik Varszegi years ago. The difference is that that original model, while made primarily of LEGOs, was also screwed and glued. This interpretation is held together by nothing but LEGOs. Whether or not Iomedes will be able to move the beast from its current resting place and where it may ultimately end up are anybody's guess, but whatever the case, that is one amazing, amazing, amazing LEGO construction.

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  10. LEGO Predator Bust is Intricate, Angry-Looking

    At this point, there is a pretty established tradition of building intricate, awesome things out of LEGOs, sans instructions. Despite the fact that this is nothing new, this Predator bust by Shawn Snyder might be the most awesomely-detailed, actually-kind-of-scary LEGO bust on record. Not only does it have eyebrows that are slanted angrily and all the appropriate fangs, but you'll also notice that its collection of skulls all appear to belong to different species of animal. Now if I can just find an awesome LEGO recreation of the alien from Alien, complete with inner-mouth, my life will be complete. More pictures after the jump.

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  11. Rebrickable Website Helps You Combine Your LEGO Sets To Build New Things

    If you're anything like the average LEGO collector, you've probably picked up a number of sets over the years, built the awesome looking things on the boxes, maybe kept them on display somewhere for a little while until you ran out of shelf space, and then relegated all the blocks to some giant communal LEGO box somewhere. In the end, you wind up with a massive box of LEGOs and the instructions to build things that would only require a tenth of them, things you've already seen to boot. Well, no more.

    Rebrickable aims to help you use your entire LEGO collection to help you build sets that you never bought, but have the blocks for. All you have to do is enter the serial number of the sets you have, whether you want colors to match exactly, close, or not at all, and Brickables will tell you what awesome sets your sets can become when their powers combine. The best part is that the database includes both official LEGO sets and some custom ones that are way cooler than the multicolored monstrosities you free-styled as a kid. If you wanted to pull out your LEGOs again, but don't necessarily feel like recreating Hogwarts or whatever the kids are into these days, Rebrickable is the way to go.

    (via Technabob)

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  12. All Of Middle-Earth Made Of LEGO

    Winner of "Best Group Layout" at Brickworld 2011 was Middle-earth from The Lord of The Rings made entirely out of LEGO. The project was completed through a collaborative build that got its start on the MOCpages for sharing LEGO creations, following Brickworld 2010. After a year of planning and building, a team of participants from five different countries built an approximately 200 square foot rendition of Middle-earth. I mean, all of Middle-earth. From Hobbiton to Helms Deep, from Ringwraiths and the Armies of Mordor to the members of the Fellowship - it's all here. We've chosen a few of our favorites, but the entire collection can been viewed on the Journey of the Fellowship 2011 MOCPage.

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  13. Geekolinks: 1/29

    Battlestar Galactica gets online beta date (Eurogamer) Handmade Beowulf socks for wearing and reading (The Sanguine Gryphon) Little Big Planet 2 Launch Event Seeks to Make Guinness Book of World Records (Destructoid) Pixar plays it old school, builds a Studio Ghibli-inspired zoetrope (Tor) Woman seeks corporation for good times, marriage, romantic political statement (The Palm Beach Post News) A fully functional Antikythera Mechanism built out of Legos (NatureVideoChannel on YouTube) Own a fully functional car from Captain America for less than $10,000 (Screen Rant) (Pic via Reddit)

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  14. Terminator Bust Made of Legos

    Why, good morning. I'll bet you were wondering what a Terminator made of Legos would look like. Wonder no more. Though I'm wondering what it would look like when it shattered then reformed. Probably slower than in the movie. (via Makezine)

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  15. 1,000 Pounds of Lego Pieces on eBay for $20 a Pound

    eBay user harpel is willing to part with an entire trailer full of sorted Lego pieces for a minimum of $20,000. From his listing:

    Let's cover what is here in this lot. Well, first of all every theme you could ask for. And pretty much every piece Lego has made. I spent years separating and organizing 1000's of lbs of Lego. I weighed everything in their containers and it all came to around 1158 lbs not including the metal cabinet with Lego instructions.
    Yes, you heard that right. He even kept the instructions.

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  16. Geekolinks: 8/12

    The Introductory Cataclysm Patch is Live For WoW Player Testing (WoW.com) The ESA's Brief to the Supreme Court in Videogames Violence Trial (TheESA.com) Rainn Wilson is Kick-Ass, Kinda (Blastr) Did Internet Founders Intend Net Neutrality? (Spoiler Warning: YES.) (Wired) Disney Princesses As Superheroes, Again (Brodie H. Brockie) How Not To Make A Fire Tornado (flashmodin) You Can Get Stem Cells From Wisdom Teeth (Medical Daily) (image via Geeks Are Sexy.)

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  17. Fruit Flies Control Lego Robot with Virtual Reality: Yes, Really

    Swiss researchers, Chauncey Graetzel and his team at Zurich's Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems have built a virtual reality rig that allows fruit flies to control robots.

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  18. LEGO Spinal Tap

    We began the day with some LEGOs, and we're going to end it with the same. It just goes to show that you really can do anything with minifigures and some stop motion.

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  19. Hillel Cooperman’s TED Talk: Legos Are Not Just For Kids

    Lest we forget that TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, Hillel Cooperman made his six minute TED talk about, what else, Legos. The ever versatile kids' building toy has lead to robotics and programming competitions around the world, and, as Cooperman relates, the culture of adult Lego enthusiasts is growing day by day.

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  20. Animatronic Chess Set Made From 100,000 Legos

    In a project sponsored by Lego Mindstorms themselves, a group called Team Hassenplug has made this incredible motorized chess set and board. Each piece moves under its own propulsion, play is controlled by a touch screen interface where you can play against a computer or find a human opponent. If you can find someone willing to play a game of chess using $30,000 worth of Lego pieces. Lets face it, this is probably the closest most of us will get to playing human chess. Video below:

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