LEGO

brikbook

Check out the Brik Books Build-On Macbook Cover. This LEGOtastic cover from ThinkGeek is a grey baseplate that snaps onto your Macbook without using adhesive and is compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, and KRE-O building bricks. You have to supply the bricks and the Macbook. Compatible and non-compatible versions listed below: 11" Macbook Air (A1465) [...]

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water-strider-lego

When I was growing up one of my favorite insects to observe was the water strider (it still is). It was entrancing to watch this creature skate around on the surface of the water. "How does it do that?" I wondered. Now I know (well, at least, the very basic reasons). It uses the high [...]

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lego_mindstorms_app1

I’ve always been a fan of the LEGO Mindstorms robotics system that teaches children and adults how to build and program robots. Usually, you would use your Mac or PC to program the robot's brain, but now you can use your iPad or Android tablet, too. The LEGO Group just announced the availability of its [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News
Microduino-mCookie-Review-Main

Are you a maker? Inventor? Tinkerer? Want to play with Arduino but not sure what modules you need yet? Meet mCookie, a set of cool new magnetic and Arduino-compatible modules from Microduino.  Note: Images can be clicked on to view a larger size. These mCookie modules dramatically decrease the size of prototyping and allow you to work with [...]

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switcheasy_blocks1

As a LEGO fan and an Apple Watch owner, I had heard about people building their own Apple Watch charging stands with LEGO blocks. When SwitchEasy came out with its Blocks Apple Watch charging stand, I jumped at the chance to take a look at it. On paper, the SwitchEasy Blocks charging stand sounds great. [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
lego_minifig1

I’ve been a dedicated Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) for decades. At its height, my obsession resulted in a collection of more than 100,000 LEGO pieces. Now, I restrict myself to mostly minifigures, the little plastic people included in LEGO sets. Several years ago, LEGO launched a line of collectible LEGO minifigs, which they release [...]

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laserpegs-9

Kids and many adults like myself enjoy playing with the iconic multi-colored LEGO bricks and mini figures. But if you're looking for a new construction toy that is both educational, and can also be used with LEGO bricks, Laser Pegs light up construction toy sets are an interesting choice. I was sent the 4-in-1 Helicopter [...]

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lego-wall-e

It's WALL•E! I just love this little guy. He goes about his business working industriously, diligently, and faithfully alone but with such a purity of heart and a cheerful attitude - and he's cute to boot! The design for this LEGO WALL•E was formulated by Angus McClane, a LEGO Ideas member and a director/animator at [...]

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build-on-brick-bookends

Get yourself some bookends you can build on!  The Build On Brick Bookends not only keep your books tidy on your shelves, they serve as a base for building base compatible with most bricks (LEGO, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, or K'NEX Bricks).  Like many bookends, these have metal plates that slide under your books, DVDs, CDs, [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home and Kitchen, Miscellaneous, News
lego-wild

If building LEGO robots, race cars and spaceships don't excite you anymore, you need to take a look at Beautiful LEGO: Wild! by Mike Doyle. This is a 232-page book that features nature related LEGO sculptures from artists around the globe. Full-color pages show animals, flowers, insects, landscapes and more made entirely of LEGO bricks. [...]

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lego-creation-station

This isn't a product you can purchase; it's a wonderful, Portable LEGO Creation Station that an Instructables author named Tez_Gelmir designed and built for his very lucky LEGO-obsessed son.  The station is seen closed on the left.  I had to crop the original pictures to get them to fit on this page, but the station [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News
lego-legoworlds-1

LEGO, in conjunction with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, this week released a Minecraft-type world-building game on Steam called LEGO Worlds. LEGO Worlds lets kids and kids-at-heart build using virtual bricks in a sandbox environment. Steam is a game distribution platform that lets you buy once and play anywhere. LEGO Worlds automatically generates worlds, but players [...]

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brickstix

LEGO fans young and old will love BrickStix reusable stickers. These removable and restickable decals can be used over and over again to customize your LEGO creations without leaving a yucky sticky residue. BrickStix are available in a wide variety of sticker packs that range from Zombies to Space, Signs, Comics and more. Each sticker [...]

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lego-birds1

I love LEGO but have never really gotten into collecting all of the specialized sets based off of characters from TV and movies like The Simpsons, The Hobbit, Star Wars, etc. I prefer generic LEGO sets best because they inspire more creativity. That said, I have to admit that this new Birds set looks very [...]

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bigbang-lego

One of my favorite TV shows is The Big Bang Theory. What's not to love as it features a group of geeky friends that like all the same stuff that I do: computers, gadgets, video games, comic books, etc. Fans of the popular TV show who are also fans of LEGO showed their support by [...]

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LEGO-research-institute-set-for-girls-1

LEGO worked with  Ellen Kooijman, a geoscientist, to create this new play kit that shows female minifigs as scientists working in the Research Institute.  Then LEGO Ideas members selected this kit that contains everything these three scientists need to "explore the world below, around and above us."  The chemist figure has a lab with glassware and [...]

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lego-lunchbox-2

You can't actually build with this giant LEGO, because the bottom lacks the indentations to join up the blocks, but you can use it as a very cool lunchbox.  The LEGO Lunchbox is shaped like a traditional 2X4 LEGO brick, but its top lifts off so you can store your lunch inside.  It measures 3.9" X [...]

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mindstorm_ev3-1b

I love building things with LEGO, from as far back as I can remember to this day, with the Gadgeteer Kid.  I would argue that LEGO are one of the greatest toys ever invented, enabling kids and adults alike to transform their imagination into reality. Back in my day, all we had were the classic bricks, [...]

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EV3D_cover_web

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk is a complete beginner's guide to building and programming robots using the newest EV3 kit from LEGO. This is the follow up to his bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. Laurens is a MINDSTORMS Community Partner and has years of experience building and testing MINDSTORMS robots. LEGO [...]

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lego-slippers1

Are you a LEGO fan? I bet you don't have a pair of these snazzy LEGO slippers under your bed. Only the true LEGO fanatic will add a pair of these LEGO Brick slippers from Convenient Gadgets & Gifts to their brick collection. These slippers are designed in the shape of a 6 post brick [...]

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mindstorm_ev3-1

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as I [...]

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coi+-lego-power-brick

The COI+ LEGO Power Brick has a 4200mAh lithium-polymer battery inside with plenty of reserve power to get your devices through the day.  It has patented PCB and smart IC, so it charges your device at "a speed that best protects your electronic device", up to 2.0A.  It's small enough to fit in your gear bag, [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
lego

Pley is a LEGO version of Netflix. At Pley you create a queue of desired LEGO sets that you want to build. They then send you one at a time, so you can enjoy building each set without the cost of purchasing them. Once you are done, you ship the set back, and they send [...]

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smallworks-brickcase-ipad-mini

When you get tired of playing with LEGO apps on your iPad mini, you can play with LEGO building blocks on your iPad mini.  This BrickCase for iPad mini is a full-coverage case that fits the original iPad mini. (A case for the mini with Retina display is coming soon.)  SmallWorks says the case is [...]

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cat

What do you get when you combine an author who is a former LEGO Group product designer and a trusty robot companion named Brickbot? You get The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 by Megan H. Rothrock. This is a 196 page hard cover book that features 100 example LEGO models from the world's most creative [...]

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