Here’s a fun LEGO craft spotted on Flickr by user Onkelond. Give your LEGO Stormtrooper Minifig a cool light-up helmet using a LED and a 1.4 volt battery.
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Every year mad scientists, robot builders, power tool drag racers, craftsters, and other DIY guys and gals gather together at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds for one of the coolest events in the Bay Area — the Maker Faire!
This year there were plenty of fun things for Star Wars fans to see and do — including crafts, R2-D2 dancing, prop displays, the LEGO Jeep, Steampunk contraptions and more!
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself mindset. Maker Faire happens May 3 and 4 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in California. It’s a fun event for creative people of all ages who love to tinker and make things.
Whether it’s playing with robots (and there’s a lot of them!), checking out huge fire-breathing contraptions from Survival Research Laboratories, gawking at Tesla Coils, drag racing power tools, making all kinds of crafts, or just having fun geeking out, there’s plenty for everyone to do.
Here’s a selection of Makers and Exhibits that Star Wars fans might dig the most:
Gametrailers.com has posted the first two parts of a fantastic three-part series showcasing the history of Star Wars video games. From the first Empire Strikes Back cartridge made for Atari’s old 2600 in 1982 to the LEGO Star Wars series and beyond, these short docs walk us through the history of Star Wars video gaming with extensive gameplay footage and the classic old 8-bit soundtracks — no quarters required.
After Brett Rector left the stage. Steve Sansweet turned to the subject of The Man with the Hat– Indiana Jones and his return to adventure this year. First, Sansweet reminded audiences about the final installment of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones coming to DVD on April 29th. He then screened the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (in theaters May 22) as well as the trailer for the LEGO Indiana Jones video game before turning the subject back to Star Wars… From a certain point of view.
A pair of Bodyguard Magna-Droids from The Clone Wars collection.
In addition to posting images of some of the new products coming from LEGO’s Toy Fair reveal last Friday, we’ve got StarWarsShop’s Matt Martin on the floor to send back images from the LEGO booth itself.
The new line based on The Clone Wars is looking better than ever, and these pictures bring a nice sense of scale and detail to the kits that’s not always apparent in the press kit imagery. Make sure to check out all the images after the jump!
7673 LEGO V-19 Torrent
Today, LEGO officially unveiled eight new sets from their upcoming Clone Wars and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull lines at New York’s Toy Fair!
Be sure to click below to check out all the images!
Gizmodo.com updates today with an incredible gallery of mini LEGO Star Wars ships custom built by Tim Goddard, who says he’s constructed about 200 of the thumb-sized props for expansive dogfight dioramas.
Here’s a bit of the interview:
JD: How do you reach to these super-simplified constructions? Do you do some planning first or you go straight for it?
TG: Just go for it! Well, mostly. Loads of reference pictures are essential and I often use an architect’s ruler in the scale I’m working in; making the dimensions as accurate as possible is key to getting the look (but you can’t help a bit of chunkiness, this is LEGO after all!) It can take ages to get the smallest model to look just right, endlessly taking it apart and putting it back together again.
JD: Yeah, I can imagine… how long have you been doing LEGO?
TG: Pretty much all my life. Space Lego was my favorite as a kid, and when they released Star Wars LEGO it was a match made in heaven! I’ve been making my own custom Star Wars stuff for maybe 5 years but I’ve always enjoyed building.
The UK fan site Jedi News is the first out the gate with some tantalizing high resolution images from the UK Toy Fair that is happening right now. The LEGO display is filled with preview items from this year’s TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including some familiar Star Wars vehicles — the AT-TE, the V-19 Torrent, and the P-38 fighter — as well as some brand new faces.
The side of the AT-TE packaging indeed includes the recently revealed Padawan Ahsoka, alongside Clone Captain Rex of the 501st and little bitty Rotta the Hutt.
Visit Jedi News for more high-res pics, including more imagery of the Indiana Jones line of LEGOS.
With all the LEGO steampunk we’ve posted this week, we should have known there was some LEGO mojo floating about. Turns out today is LEGO’s official 50th anniversary, and Gizmodo.com has devised a cool timeline and list of LEGO curiosities. Here’s an excerpt:
It all first started in 1947, when LEGO bought their first plastic injection machine. The brick was not invented then but took final form in 1958, when the shape of the stud-and-tube brick was patented. Since then, LEGO sets have been going through dozens of iterations, from the younger version, DUPLO, to the most sophisticated LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sets, going through all the different themes of LEGOLAND and, of course, the most successful line of all times according to LEGO, LEGO Star Wars.
UPDATE: Boingboing.net just posted a time-lapse video of the largest LEGO set ever offered, the 5000-piece Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon, being constructed by their own Boingboing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson. And if you haven’t visited lately, check out the latest submissions over at the fbtb forums in the ongoing Steam Wars contest.