LEGO Death Star

LEGOLAND California creates their very own Death Star

That's no moon... That's a LEGO Space Station!  The folks over at LEGOLAND California are updating their LEGO Star Wars Miniland display in advance for the LEGO Star Wars Days on March 7th and 8th.  On March 5th, they will be unveiling a giant Miniland-scale Death Star, complete with a trench run battle.

The LEGO Death Star was constructed from 500,000 LEGO bricks and captures the scene in the 1977 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" in which Luke Skywalker bravely guides his X-wing fighter through heavy combat to destroy the deadly mega-weapon. Hopefully LEGO has hidden the Death Star plans out of reach from the Rebellion this time!

Source: BZPower's YouTube Channel
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LEGO Star Wars fan-made trailer

LEGO Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens teaser trailer

Watch this [pretty accurate] imitation of the Star Wars: Episode VII teaser trailer made completely out of LEGO's!
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LEGO braille printer

12-year-old builds low-cost LEGO braille printer

12-year-old Shubham Banerjee, a seventh grader residing in California, contemplated the issue of braille printers as a science fair project and decided there must be a better way.  Armed with his apparent genius knowledge, he came up with a solution using LEGO Mindstorms' EV3 kit along with a few bucks worth of hardware from Home Depot, bringing the original cost of a braille printer from the $2,000 range down to about $350.

Using a preexisting pattern for a printer, he reworked it with new hardware and software enhancements to print out letters in braille, calling it the Braigo.  The Braigo uses a controller that scans the alphabet.  You choose a letter and it prints it out using a thumb tack as a printer head onto on a roll of calculator paper.

The first prototype isn't fast, but it's a concept that works, and works well.  Banerjee is working on enhancements that will allow it to print full pages of text.

You can view more information and enhancement updates at the Braigo Facebook page here.
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LEGO Rivendell

LEGO Rivendell from Lord of the Rings

Rivendell from Lord of the Rings gets its own LEGO look-alike.  Created by Alice Finch and David Frank using 200,000 LEGO bricks after researching set designs, behind the scenes footage, and designs from Weta Digital, the company that created the special effects for Peter Jackson's film, The Hobbit.

Finch also created a LEGO Hogwarts replica in 2012, totaling over 400,000 bricks.  Pretty awesome for die hard fans of both films!
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