Saturday, August 31, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #36 - A LEGO engine

This week one video by Solde, who has been trying different working engines with LEGO Technic, showing is latest creation - A Nissan Skyline GT-R RB26 Bi-Turbo.



If you like a more "Technish" look you may also see other engines recently produced by Solde, at his YouTube channel.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, August 30, 2013

And more EV3 promotional videos...

Today a bunch of new official videos, promoting the new MINDSTORMS EV3 retail kit (31313) and some of the respective models.

Watch Jackson as he builds his MINDSTORMS models for different missions!



Mission 1: Build and Program Spik3r (Target: Babysitter)



Mission 2: Build and Program R3ptar (Target: Brother)



Mission 3: Build and Program Ev3rstorm (Target: Sister's Boyfriend)



Mission 4: Build and Program Gripp3r (Target: Mom)


"Terminate Transmission!"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

EV3 took over mindstorms.com

We are at two day from 31313 EV3 MINDSTORMS (the retail version) release and the new mindstorms.com website is already up and running.


There you may download the EV3 software for free, apps for mobile devices running iOS and Android, building instructions (missions better said) for the 12 bonus models developed by MCP community members, find cool videos and walpapers, and much more.


Go and pre-order now!

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Take a look 3XPLORE, and 3NJOY!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My EV3 unboxed

Just published a couple of videos of my own, unboxing my EV3.



Harder than finding Mr. Gold... See the video and you will find why!



Remember to have seen a couple of pictures which help to find how to
open the sensors casings without damaging them, but can't find them anymore...


Enjoy! The wait is ending!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New EV3 promotional videos

New MINDSTORMS EV3 retail kit (31313) release date is approaching fast!

Yesterday TLG published five videos with the main retail models, featuring funny challenges to play with each of them.
Here they are,


EV3RSTORM, as a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Shoot



TRACK3R, as a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Ice Breaker



GRIPP3R, as a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Cup Drop



R3PTAR, as a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Slither Strike



SPIK3R, as a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 SPIK3ER the Striker


And what about you? Which other play challenges come to your mind?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #35 - New-Holland wheeled excavator by GuiliuG

We have not been featuring an excavator for long, so here it goes a new one!
Guillaume (GuiliuG or lego7777777), a Belgium Technic builder, designed a New Holland wheeled excavator, which he took to the limits of compactness and complexity.



Below the extensive list of motorized functions included in this model:
  • 4WS
  • 4WD 
  • Rear stabilizer
  • Front blade
  • Superstructure slew
  • Arm sideways rotation
  • First arm articulation
  • Second arm articulation
  • Third arm articulation
  • Bucket articulation
All these packed in a small sized model, for the number of functions and amount of PF elements included (5 M-motors, 3 L-motors, 4 IR Receivers and of course 1 Battery Box).

I was impressed by the way that Guillaume found to pack every function and elements into such a small space. He even managed to include the notorious solution to pass two functions through a turntable. Really an advance model!

Of course I could only have seen all this from the building instructions carefully prepared by Guillaume, through 84 major steps and 88 pages.



You can find more information about this model at GuiliuG's website, where you can also contact the author to buy the respective building instructions for a small fee.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, August 23, 2013

First rumors on 1H14 LEGO Technic sets

Today we heard the first rumors about the 1H14 LEGO Technic sets.

According to a post at All About Bricks blog, they should be:


They're 7 new sets, exactly the same amount released in the 1H of 2013. If it follows the same tendency as in previous years, these should include the January releases as well as the release of one larger set in March.
In 2013 this was the set with the lowest reference number. If the logic gets repeated, this would be a twin-rotor helicopter this time.

Looking for repeating patterns, some fans have been suggesting that 42026 and 42027, might be the new pull-back models for next year.

But the most intriguing reference is 42023 Construction Crew... There is no other meaning for the word "crew" than a group of people.
A group of construction workers in a form of the old Techfigs, would be epic!
Finally a crew for our lovely large scale construction machines.
Guess this set will remain a mystery until we get to see some early pics...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #34 - What the heck?

This is time to reveal the latest MOC by Han Crielaard (designer-han). A truck 6x4 with rolloader crane trailer.

This one got peculiar orange/lime color scheme and that was the main reason to push it here this time. Although based on the colors from the truck fleet of a real Dutch 'special and heavy transport' company,  even I that often have been advocate for alternative colors or color schemes than those commonly used in official LEGO Technic sets, was quite shocked when I got to see this!...
What do you guys think? Should the Technic designers also consider similar color schemes in their official models. (leave you answer and thoughts in the comments to this post)



Main realizations or innovations from this model are the precise steering wheels on the trailer and the rolloader crane.

All packed within a 88cm monster, with 25cm height, 14,5cm width and 4,7Kg.

You can read all about the motivations, challenges doing this model and specifications, on its dedicated page at Han's website.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Community Survey Q2 2013 findings



The results for the latest the LEGO Community Survey are in! Here's what the CEE Team has to say:

Dear LEGO Fan community,

In June and July 2013, we ran an installation of our quarterly LEGO Fan Survey, and we would like to share the results with you.

Over 4,000 LEGO fans over the age of 13 participated from all over the world. In addition to the new languages offered in Q1, we added Italian and Polish versions of the survey. Teens (13-18) represented 12% of survey takers, and the largest two groups of adult fans participating remained those from 25-34 and 35-44. Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) from North America, Asia, and Western Europe represented the bulk of survey takers.

We were able to code all of the responses to the question regarding AFOL willingness to recommend products and services to friends and family members. Those highly likely to recommend have a strong passion for the brand, appreciate the quality of the products, and recognize LEGO products’ ability to draw out creativity and fun among people of all ages. Those less likely to recommend aren’t quite sure their friends will appreciate LEGO products in the same way they do, due to the perception of both high price and declining quality of products. Better efforts will be made by the CEE Support Team to share factual data on the pricing trends for the products (price per brick) along with quality and perfection rate data.

We also ask a question about the likelihood to recommend community resources and received a diverse set of responses to that question, too. Those likely to recommend community resources mention the warmth, expertise, and passion in the community as well as the wealth of information available to anyone with any interest (no matter how narrow). Those less likely to recommend feel that the community is too complex for casual LEGO builders or that the sites are too diverse and lacking a central source to hold them together.

There’s also a lack of awareness in nearly all regions except Northern Europe of the LEGO Community Events and Engagement team. Those familiar with the team feel that the fan community is strong and that they have good opportunities to participate in events with other fans much more than those unfamiliar with the LEGO CEE team. The Community team will continue to improve ways in being more accessible and easier to find while ensuring fair and equal support around the world.
Thank you to those of you who participated in the survey for allowing us the opportunity to improve. We look forward to your responses in the next survey and to your continued engagement and participation in the community.

With kind regards,
Yun Mi Antorini, Community Strategist

16.08.2013


Any comments on these?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MINDSTORMS EV3 Retail Kit, availabe for pre-order at shop.LEGO.com

As we already know, after the release of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Education Kits beginning of this month, the Retail or (Home Edition) counterpart (31313) will become officially available at 1st of September.

Meanwhile it is already available for pre-order at a significant number of the countries served by shop.LEGO.com service.
At US and CAN it appears listed with availability for 1st of September, but still not available for pre-order.





Below you can check the prices for those countries where the kit is already listed.


CountryCurrency31313
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
AustriaATEUR349,99
BelgiumBEEUR-
FinlandFIEUR-
FranceFREUR369,99
GermanyDEEUR349,99
IrelandIEEUR349,99
ItalyITEUR-
LuxemburgLUEUR-
NetherlandsNLEUR-
PortugalPTEUR-
SpainESEUR-
AustraliaAUAUD-
CanadaCACAD399,99
Czech RepublicCZCZK-
DenmarkDKDKK-
HungaryHUHUF-
New ZelandNZNZD-
NorwayNONOK-
PolandPLPLN-
SwitzerlandCHCHF459,00
SwedenSESEK-
United KingdomUKGBP299,99
United StatesUSUSD349,99
KoreaKRKRW-



In case you're planning to order something from the shop.LEGO.com website, you can use the LEGO Ads in this page. Easy way to order the LEGO sets of your preference and simultaneously support this blog.

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Don't loose time and order yours today, if you want to be among the first ones served!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vampire GT hits 3.000



Today the Vampire GT from Crowkillers (Paul Boratko), surpassed the 3.000 supporters at LEGO CUUSOO.

Likely it is still a long journey towards the 10.000 supporters required, although I though it was a good opportunity to highlight some photos and one animation that Paul recently prepared for his White variation from the Vampire GT supercar - The "Daywalker Edition".



Would you do car drifting with such a car?...



You may find additional pictures from the Daywalker, at Paul's Brickshelf folder.


If you have not yet supported this beauty, maybe it is about time to consider doing so!...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #33 - SR 3D Builder user interface tutorials

If you are used ti LEGO CAD tools like LDD or MLCad, you're likely to know SR 3D Builder by Sergio Reano as well.
SR 3D is probably the most advanced and powerful toll, to design digital models of your imagination, but some also complain on its not so intuitive user interface.

Probably realizing on that, Sergio prepared a few videos with tutorials, explaining the basics of SR 3D user interface.
Hence we have not one video this week, but three of them...





I'm sure you're now much better prepared to start your endeavor modeling your latest project with SR 3D.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

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