Dropping Science: The Greatest Lego Machine


I received some of Lego’s robot building kit for Christmas last year and succeeded in building a little car that drove forwards, turned left and then got stuck under the coffee table. Japanese robot fan Akiyuki has gone one better than that (and then one better again and then about a million better on top of that) by constructing a lego machine that gives small toy balls the kind of epic journey usually reserved for Greek mythological heroes. It’s kind of a Rube Goldberg machine except it’s entirely self sustaining and so doesn’t require any components to be manually reset.

It’s an incredible feat of pointless yet wonderful engineering and I absolutely love it.


(We’re down at Demoncon in Maidstone tomorrow so if you’re about, feel free to pop along and say hi!)

New Lego Batman 2 Trailer


The Dark Brick of Gotham is back and this time he’s bringing his friends! The sequel to Warner-Bros’ Lego Batman game features a team up between everyone’s favourite bickering, heterosexual life-partners as Clark Kent enters the mix.

If past form is anything to go by then you should expect more characters, more engrossing puzzles and a storyline that probably still makes more sense than most of the Batman/Superman comics did.


Diary of a Bum Artist: 13.03.12 – Gallery of Discoveries

Sometimes you can’t just draw all day. Due to a change of arrangements I’m clearing space for me to move back into my old room (for the time being). Here’s some of the stuff I found over while clearing it all out… any claims I’m not a geek were always misplaced.

Avengers Assemble: Avengers Lego

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Lord of the Rings Lego sets, Lego has followed up with a star-spangled doozy. The Avengers are here and they’re up for a fight!! We know there’s gonna be some extra sets coming out when the movie makes it to our screens in the cinema.

‘Nuff chat. Here’s the rest of the first batch for you to take a look. At the bottom of the page remind yourself of your age and then remind yourself that that means you can afford it.

Although here’s a mod done by some guy on the internet. Some people’s near futile creativity know’s no bounds. Pointless creativity High Five!!

Dropping Science: The First LEGO Man in Space

Many years ago, my brother and I filled a jam jar with several hotel bathroom products and left it in the shed for 6 months to see if it would mutate into something (for the curious among you, it did not). This is about as far as extra-curricular science went for me as a child and so I’m somewhat humbled by the achievement of Canadian 17 year olds, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad.

Using $400 dollars worth of equipment that they found on craigslist, a hand stitched parachute and several Saturdays worth of hard labour, the pair sent a flag wielding LEGO man up to the far reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere. At the peak of his ascent, the patriotic toy reached 80,000 feet, putting him at twice the altitude of commercial airliners, at the point where the atmosphere meets space. Not content with almost putting the little guy into orbit, the friends also attached a camera and gps to their balloon so that they could film the whole thing and relocate the intrepid explorer when he finally landed, 75 miles from his point of launch.

The only excuse I can make for my comparatively poor efforts at youth science is that if I shot something up into the sky and it came down 75 miles away from where I grew up, it would almost certainly be in the sea. That’s my reason and I’m sticking to it.

Wonderful stuff.


Star Wars: Eddie Izzard Death Star Canteen – in Lego!!

Truly, sometimes things just combine into divine comedy. Eddie Izzard’s great at the best of times but you blend him up with Darth Vader trying to get Penne Aribiattar in the Death Star Canteen and then uploaded as a video in Lego by Thorn2200 and its no surprise that its almost got 14 million hits. Absolute three way genius!!

Star Wars Prequels in 2 Minutes…WITH LEGO!

Yeah, so we’re at the Bristol International Comic Expo today. But that doesn’t mean we’re shirking our duty to post up stupid stuff we found on the internet. My love of Lego movies (or “brick-films” as they are apparently known) knows few bounds and this is a fine example as to why.

Damn I love Lego.


p.s. Follow @danthompson2099 on twitter if you want regular updates on how the convention’s going.