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Physicist by day, LEGO builder by night, Ralph S. — who goes by MadPhysicist on his Flickr account (via BrickNerd) — is a hobbyist who builds complex LEGO models in his spare time. This time, he’s turned his attention to “Transformers,” constructing a transformable model of lead autobot Optimus Prime entirely out of LEGOs.
Though his models are impressive, he says in his profile that he builds them only for his love of the hobby: “I am sorry if it disappoints anybody, but I have no interest in selling any of my models… I don’t make instructions either. I’d rather spend my time building new things. I don’t work for LEGO. My LEGO building is strictly a hobby.”
Check out his Flickr for more photos and catch a picture of Optimus Prime in his transformed state below the cut.
If it’s Saturday, it’s gotta be SHELF PORN! Today’s collection comes from Irvine, California, where Darrin’s shelves are stacked with everything from graphic novels to Gundam.
“I love Gundam, Macross and Legos,” Darrin said. “Been collecting for nearly 20 years, and this is what I show for it. I have a very patient wife! I am also a huge fan of collectible figures of my favorite anime and DC/Marvel Superheroes. And here are some (and this is only some) of my collection.”
Check out his pictures below.
So there’s this LEGO crowdsourcing site I just learned about this week called LEGO Cuusoo where:
1. Fans submit their own fantasy LEGO sets.
2. Other fans vote on them if they think they are cool.
3. LEGO actually reviews all the submissions that receive 10,000 votes and decide if they want to pursue it as an actual LEGOS set.
4. The person who came up with the idea, if it gets turned into a real LEGO set, gets a percentage of sales.
People submit all kinds of LEGO creations, from models of the Apple Store to Legend of Zelda sets (which unfortunately didn’t pass muster when reviewed by LEGO — you can see recent review results here). And of course, there are some comic-inspired projects, not the least of which is this very awesome Assault on Wayne Manor playset.
Superheroes are coming to the world of LEGO, as the Danish toy company signed deals with DC Comics and Marvel Entertainment this month that will allow their characters to be used in a LEGO Super Heroes line. Lego already has a Batman line, but the deal with DC gives them access to every character in the DC canon, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. The Marvel line will focus on the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man, and it will launch in May 2012, at the same time The Avengers movie opens. Both the Marvel and the DC line will include both minifigures and buildable figures.
Update: JK Parkin returns from Comic-Con with pictures from the LEGO booth! Check’em out after the jump.
CubeDudes is a Flicker set of Lego figurines made by a variety of brick-obsessed folks. In addition to the Robin above, there are a number of comic-related characters to check out, including Batman, Spider Jerusalem, MODOK and even Calvin and Hobbes. (via)
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, “the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children,” has created a new award for “Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children,” or the TOADYs. And joining Mattel’s Barbie Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Doll and Fisher Price’s Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade in the list of nominees is the LEGO Batman video game:
How do you turn the ultimate creative toy into a symbol of commercialized childhood? Begin by partnering with media companies to sell that toy in branded kits designed for recreating movies like Star Wars, rather than creative construction. Then, dispense with hands-on building altogether by turning your toy into a video game so that instead of deciding what to build next, children choose which cyber weapons to use to beat up their opponent. Finally, ignore the fact it was rated suitable for ages 10 & up and partner with McDonald’s for a Happy Meal toy giveaway to simultaneously promote the video game, junk food, and the violent Dark Knight movie series to preschoolers.