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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

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 Read More…

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A backup battery to build on

on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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, Read More…

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Who would have thought… the Netflix of LEGOs

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

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 Read More…

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Here’s a LEGO baseplate building surface for your iPad mini

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

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 Read More…

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The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 – New from No Starch Press

on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

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 Read More…

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Blast off with “LEGO Space: Building the Future” – New from No Starch Press

on Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

LEGO Space: Building the Future from No Starch Press and authors Peter Reid and Tim Goddard take readers on a fantastic intergalactic LEGO adventure with sleek starships, cool robots, creepy aliens, fearsome space pirates, and much more. This 216 page hardcover book features color images and a selection of step-by-step building instructions that will let Read More…

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Be inspired by Beautiful LEGO – New from No Starch Press

on Saturday, September 21st, 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

If looking at your little brother’s LEGO creations never inspired your imagination, this new book from No Starch Press sure will. Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle is a 280 page coffee table book that features LEGO sculptures from dozens of artists. From abstract to life-like, the models featured in the pages of this book are Read More…

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This workstation corrals your LEGOs and encourages play

on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a lot of LEGO bricks, you know it can be a pain to keep them organized.  This LEGO Workstation from The Container Store makes it a snap to keep everything organzied and ready for play.  It stands 12.2″ x 14.6″ x 24.5″ high, and it has six cases to organize your blocks by Read More…

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Rev up your engines with the LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles book

on Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

‘The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles’ is the latest how-to LEGO book by Nathanäel Kuipers from No Starch Press. Available next month (July 2013), this 136 page book offers step-by-step instructions with full-color renderings for 10 vehicles ranging from a simple go-kart to a rescue truck. The idea is to use your existing Read More…

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Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks review

on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago when I was in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I happened to see Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks kits. As a huge LEGO fan, I was instantly captivated by these miniature LEGO-like bricks. My mind was whirling with ideas of cool models that I could build and display at home and work. Read More…

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This LEGO book makes me sad

on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

To me, LEGO bricks represent childhood, imagination and fun. This new book from Starch Press on the other hand, does not. The 232 page BrickGun Book by Jeff Boen has step-by-step instructions for building five handgun replicas from readily available LEGO pieces. Model plans include the classic Berreta 92FS and a rubber-band-firing MAC-11. Maybe it’s Read More…

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Build-On Brick Mug is the perfect coffee cup for your favorite LEGO brickmaster

on Friday, February 8th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you can’t drag yourself away from LEGO sets, even to eat, then you need this Build-On Brick Mug from ThinkGeek. It’s a mug that is compatible with LEGO™, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, and K’NEX Bricks™. $19.99 will buy you the mug, but be aware that bricks aren’t included. The mug can hold 12 ounces Read More…

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4 LEGO books that will take your model building to the next level

on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Did Santa bring you a bucket of LEGO bricks and now you have no idea what to build with them? Never fear my brick snapping friends, I have 4 books that will have you building cool stuff (or dreaming about building cool stuff) in no time.

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40% off all LEGO books from No Starch Press

on Friday, October 26th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Heads up LEGO lovers… No Starch Press is currently offering 40% off all LEGO books through the end of this month (Oct 31st, 2012). With the holidays right around the corner, any of their books would make a great gift for your favorite builder. Or buy one for yourself. We won’t judge you. The first Read More…

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Come to the Dark Side. We Have Lamps

on Friday, August 31st, 2012

This LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Lamp from ThinkGeek sheds some dark light on your desk.  The Darth Vader figure is 7.5″ tall and has poseable arms and legs.  He can even be used off his stand.  The lightsaber has 12 bright, red LEDs and is powered by 3 AAA batteries (or optional USB power).  Read More…

LEGO Ultimate Collection B-wing Starfighter

on Friday, July 13th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

The newly released B-Wing Starfighter is part of the LEGO Ultimate Collection. “This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you’re finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, Read More…

LEGO Building in Chrome Browser- Claim your piece of Australia

on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Hokay, here’s a big productivity killer (unless you happen to be a builder by trade………..maybe). Google Australia in conjunction with LEGO  has just released Build, a Chrome browser-based app that allows you to build with LEGO over a map of Australia and New Zealand. Users have access to over 8 trillion blocks and pieces to Read More…

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LEGO Model Building Gets SERIOUS

on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

I’m not a gun person, but I can’t help but be impressed by Jack Streat’s LEGO Heavy Weapons book from No Starch Press. First of all, he’s only 17 years old! Secondly, he offers plans for replicas of 4 guns: a Desert Eagle handgun, AKS-74U assault rifle, Lee Enfield sniper rifle and a SPAS combat shotgun. The plans don’t Read More…

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Brick Brites Blinking LED Plastic Building Brick Review

on Friday, April 27th, 2012

A couple weeks ago, The Gadgeteer had a news post about Brick Brites, clear plastic LEGO-like building blocks.  They’re different from regular LEGO blocks because they have motion-activated blinking lights built-in to add some excitement to your LEGO constructions.  How do you improve upon the LEGO brick?  I had to see what this was all about. Read More…

Brick Brites Light Up Your LEGOs

on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Sure, there are LEGO bricks that light up, but do they blink in different colors?  Brick Brites are motion activated pieces that work “with major toy brick brands” and blink when tapped, which helps conserve battery life.  That’s good, because I don’t see a way to change the batteries.  Comes in White/Red, White/Green and White/Blue for $9.99 Read More…

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Free Universal Construction Kit

on Monday, March 26th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

You build with LEGOs and you build with Tinkertoys, but you can’t build with LEGOs and Tinkertoys – until now!  F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created a set of 80 universal connectors that “enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys.”  (See the F.A.T. Lab site for a complete list.) You can’t buy the Read More…

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Nathan Sawaya – LEGO Brick Artist

on Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I know lots of us Gadgeteers love stuff like creating and building things with LEGO.  Well Nathan Sawaya is a New York based artist who’s taken things to another level. He builds with LEGO for a career As a full-time freelance artist Nathan accepts commissions to design and build custom creations. His work has graced photoshoots, conferences Read More…

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Eco-Friendly Earth Blocks Building Blocks

on Friday, March 16th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

These LEGO-like building blocks are made from “a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawn cedar logs, and coffee beans as well as other recycled materials.”  The Earth Toy Earth Blocks are 1.25″ long x 0.6″ wide x 0.6″ high.  A set of 50 blocks is $30 at the Guggenheim Read More…

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Cult of LEGO Book Review

on Monday, October 24th, 2011

Even though I’m a big fan of eBooks, I still love browsing through honest to goodness physical books. I find that there are some types of books that I prefer to be of the dead tree variety. One of these types is the large format, picture rich, coffee table book. I have a great example Read More…

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LEGO Life of George – Virtual meets physical

on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

LEGO Life of George takes iOS gaming into a new direction where games aren’t 100% virtual anymore. This game comes with 144 bricks and a Playmat. The idea is that the iPhone / iPod Touch app shows you a model and it’s your task to build it as quickly and as accurate as you can. Read More…