Pax 2012: Skallops

Check out Skallops! You can use them with a deck of cards to build anything!





Bugdroid The Android Robot Made From Lego Bricks!

I was checking out Lego.Cuusoo today where amature builders can submit their ideas to Lego for consideration to be built into official Lego kits when I found this awesome Bugdroid the Google Android logo made from Legos:

Bugdroid the android logo made from Lego Bricks
The Android logo build out of legos!


Now most of my friends know I am a HUGE Apple fan, but I like to think of myself as OS agnostic. I am by no means a fanboy I do have a preference for IOS over Android and OS X over Windows though I do/ have own products with all three operating systems.

Anyways I thought this little Droid was kind of awesome and worth sharing so here he is! make sure you click the support button if you want to see this go into production.

If you are curious this was designed in Lego Digital Designer a free product from Lego that helps you design your own creations and create brick lists. If you love Legos you may be interested in supporting this Jawa Sandcrawler or the Mars Curiosity Rover as well.

What are YOU building?

ZombiU for the Wii U!

When I first heard about the Wii U I was not very excited to be honest! That was until I saw the latest trailers for ZombiU! I bought my Nintendo Wii shortly after launch, but never played it as much as I thought I would. I was sucked in by the innovative game play and motion control, but was very disappointed by the graphics quality and spent most of my time and money on my Xbox 360 because I liked the feel of the controller, the pretty graphics, and the epic stories in true next generation consoles. From the looks of these two videos Nintendo nailed it this time. Good use of motion control, pretty graphics, and truly innovative gameplay! I like it

So… What do you think? Did Nintendo hit a home run this time? I feel like they did, but I’ll know for sure when I finally get to play with it at PAX Prime 2012. One things for sure… Unless im horribly disappointed at PAX the Wii U will be under my Christmas tree this year!

LEGO Master Builder Academy Set #20200 MBA Space Designer Kit 1

I have been playing with Legos for a long time, but I was never able to design my own stuff that was anywhere near as cool as the kits I bought or the things I saw that were built by official Lego Master Builders.  So I was shopping at the Bellevue Lego Store a couple of months ago when I stumbled upon the Lego Master Builder Academy Kit 1 and holy cow! This thing is cool! First of all it has plans for three space ships (And a jetpack for the limited edition minifigure)  included in the box of parts making it a good value already but more importantly the book includes detailed instructions with tips from Lego Master Builders on things like locking and sideways building. If that wasn’t enough it also includes instructions for building several more models online as well as access to cool videos and tips from real Lego Master builders and an online community to share your creations.

Here are some pictures of ships I built with kit 1:

Lego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 RocketLego Master Builder Kit 1 Rocket with Alien Encounters Tripod WalkerLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Academy Kit 1 Minifigure with Jetpack

The Master Builder Academy also has an option to subscribe to a service that will send you the next 7 Lego MBA kits (Micro Building, Robots, Flight, Creatures, Auto, Adventure, and Outdoor Adventure. Each of these kits will build on the skills used in the kits before it teaching you new building styles and expanding what you though was possible with Lego bricks.

I am a BIG fan of this kit. I learned a lot about building and how to use some of the specialty bricks in new ways and I had a great time building with my wife and daughters. As you can see in the background of some of the pictures we build together and I feel like this gives us a lot of quality time together many families are looking for. So if you are looking for something do that will pull the family together and is also educational give Lego a GO! I’ll make sure to include updates to this post as I complete the optional online builds.



The Bladepad for the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 – Kickstarter

The Bladepad for the iPhone 4s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 / New iPad

I’m just going to come right out and say I LOVE first person shooter games. I am not at the Major league Gaming level, but I’m not bad and I really enjoy playing online multiplayer and testing myself against others. That said… I have always been disappointed that the gaming experience I have had on my iPhone and iPad 3 has been a major let down.


Enter the Bladepad for the iPhone 4s and iPad 3 (iPhone 5 to launch in December):

I’m very hopeful for this product. It looks like they have really thought this out. First it had duel analogue thumbsticks something my Nintendo 3DS XL (on pre-order) does not have. You don’t really get to see much game play on the video, but I like the layout of the device (It is VERY similar to the layout on my X-Box 360) and I really like how easy it is to un-clip the controller from the protective case so you do not have to lug a bulky slide out controller around in your pocket. I can see myself playing this on the bus on my way to work, on the plane, or just hanging out at home. For $69 on Kickstarter with a MSRP of $99 this looks like a steal! More good news is that it is releasing for Android soon!

So, what do you think is this a fund, wait and buy at MSRP if it works, or a no-go?