If the World Doesn’t End Tomorrow, we have LEGO Back to the Future to look forward to

From LEGO’s CUUSOO blog.

Felix Baumgartner’s jump recreated with LEGO

Did you miss Felix Baumgartner’s epic jump from outerspace? You can watch a nifty highlight reel of the event, or watch it re-enacted with LEGO. Because, come on, LEGO!

(Via The Mary Sue)

LEGO Minecraft is a real thing now

More than a few nerds are so filled with joy at this LEGO Minecraft news that they are losing their minds. The Brothers Brick, my favorite LEGO blog, has more pictures and the full scoop. But here’s the relevant details for those of you who can’t even wait for a web page to load:

“The new set, which was the first to receive 10,000 votes of support from users on the global LEGO CUUSOO idea collection platform, will be available for purchase in summer 2012, but can be pre-ordered from today, exclusively through Mojang retail partner Jinx.com for $34.99 €34.99 at. The sets will also be sold in select LEGO brand retail stores and the LEGO online shop from summer 2012.”

Probably the best year-end list ever: The year in pictures in LEGO

So much brilliance to choose from. I had to go with Pepper Spray Cop.

Hop on over to The Guardian to see them all.

8-foot LEGO man washes up on Florida beach

You can learn more about this awesomeness at BoingBoing.

LEGO robot solves Rubik’s Cube in 5 seconds

If that headline didn’t make your head explode, you can get the full scoop on this mind-blowing event over at Singularity Hub.

Summer 2011 Pentathanerd: Pinewood Lego Monkeyball II – Aerial Boogaloo

Dozens of brave Lego men kissed their Lego wives and kids goodbye to go forth and be launched from the Pinewood Lego Monkeyball II ramp in earlier this afternoon. Points were awarded per the color they landed the closest to.

Mark Seemann from the word filed this report:
“A wild set of entries graced the ramp of the Pinewood Lego Monkeyball ][ : Aerial Boogaloo event. From flying drones to boom arms to simple unaccompanied lego people, teams vied to land on gold for maximum points.

Nausea and Effortless struggled to find purchase on the points field; the Whom? had a clever plan to sneak in a quick landing for the maximum point area just below the end of the ramp, but failed to stick the landing.

The (Revenge of the) InterNerds teamed up to try out a last minute entry, succeeding in the end where others failed by launching a lucky solo lego person straight and true down the center to earn 600 points. For lack of definition, the head judge Kai E awarded both Revenge and InterNerds teams 600 points for their combined effort.

Then came Teh Awsumbs foray into Newtonian physics; a boom arm, counterweighted by a mostly full water bottle, suspended a lego person by a line which, when released from the start gate, swung out over the points field. Kai waited until the swinging slowed enough to judge that the lego person was sufficiently over the gold area, awarding Teh Awsumbs the maximum point value.

Not to be outdone, She! launched their simple vehicle. When it came to rest, a murmer went through the crowd as Justin H asked, “Is that it?” Then came the unique sound of an AR drone firing up, which (eventually) swooped down and magnetically attached to the vehicle, guiding it across the point field and over the gold area, past it, and off the board. Further attempts to regain the field were futile.

In later rounds, She! changed strategies and went with maximum dispersion, casting out the separated pieces of a lego person (or four, rather, as was learned after the event) onto the field. As the rules stated, if the lego person is in more than one area, the maximum point value of the fields is used, which earned She! 1000 points in the last round.

The overall standings after this event are:

4462 – Teh Awsumbs (event place: 1; event points: 1200)
3605 – Revenge (T3; 600)
3604 – The Whom? (5; 500)
3378 – InterNerds (T3; 600)
3294 – She! (2; 1000)
2708 – Nausea (6; 400)
2360 – Effortless (7; 300)

No lego people were harmed in the making of this event. Except for the four that She! used, which are currently in intensive care.”

Would you pay $400 to recreate Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer Executor

First of all, it’s called the Super Star Destroyer Executor? For real? Anyway, on September 1st LEGO is releasing a 3,152 brick, 50-inch, $400 set that lets you create Darth Vader’s personal spaceship in your own home.

So, would you pay $400 for a LEGO set? I paid $100 for the Harry Potter castle and that seemed a little ridiculous. However, it was a lot of fun putting it together with my nephews.

Also, of interesting Minneapolis Lego note: The Guthrie Theater made out of LEGOs.

LEGO Alphabet Spaceships

Spotted over at Coudal Partners the LEGO Alphabet Spaceships is the kind of link that begs for clicking. There you’ll find that cartoonist Mark Anderson has created spaceships out of LEGOs in the shape of each letter of the alphabet. The collection is a wonder to behold, and you can see each letter from many angles. Nice work.

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