This Week in Lego: Zoetropes and ghosts and barons, oh my!
It's safe to say that everyone has, at the very least, seen a Lego block. It's hard to miss them. They're everywhere. Especially on the Internet. If you want to retain some sense of satisfaction in regards to that house you built back when you were five, though, you might want to not read any further. However, if you're interested in seeing the incredible things people have been working on, look no further than our weekly overview of the best creations from the Lego universe.
For our first week, we have an iconic moment in the outrageously popular League of Legends game, Lego-driven machinery and even a blast from the past.
Replicas of the iconic Ecto-1 from the Ghostbusters franchise aren't really new, but Ralph S, also known as the Mad Physicist on Flickr, went ahead and put his own spin on the vehicle anyway. Much like in the movie, Ralph based his Ecto-1 out of a modified 1959 Cadillac—one that he made himself, of course. A largish construct, Ralph's Ecto-1 is fairly intricate: It includes doors you can open, a steering wheel, and even a V8 under the boot. Visit the creator's Flickr album for lots more photos. [via Brothers Brick]
Made out of a single Mindstorms NXT kit, Spider Pen is a drawing robot with a little bit extra. In addition to all the components that come parceled with an NXT kit, it also has a pair of suction cups and a pen tucked into its innards. What's so neat about Ricardo Oliveira's Spider Pen is not that it draws pictures, but the fact that it does so while attached to a whiteboard mounted to a wall. Spider Pen, Spider Pen...
Love it or hate it, it's impossible to ignore Riot Games' phenomenally successful League of Legends. As such, it's unsurprising that someone ran off to re-create one of the most important moments in the game: the assault on a worm-like beast known as the Baron Nashor. Why anyone would attempt to attack a member of monstrous nobility is beyond me, but that's beside the point. The set, which has garnered support from over 8000 people now, consists of the Baron himself, a number of Champions from the game, and some random environmental props.
Back in the old days, when television was but a distant twinkle in an inventor's eye, we had the Zoetrope. The Zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of animation by spinning a cylinder—one banded with a set of sequenced pictures—really quickly. It wasn't exactly the most graceful contraption, but they didn't have Pixar back in 180 AD. Needless to say, this motorized Lego Zoetrope is a tribute to those devices of yore and also a nod to the interestingly named photographer Eadweard Mubridge.