(Top Row: Ybike Explorer Go Kart, Lego The Hobbit: The Goblin King Battle, Nintendo Wii U; Middle Row: Nintendo 3DS XL, Furby; Bottom Row: Twister Dance, Skylanders Giants Starter Set, Nerf Lazer Tag Blaster)
December can't come soon enough, because we're going to kick off our Christmas countdown with a 2012 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar ($25). A new minifigure from our favorite space opera every day for 24 days? Uh, yes, please.
The set includes Darth Maul with a Santa-inspired hooded cape, fully equipped with a snow shovel to clear out the driveway for his Bloodfin speeder. There's also what seems to be R2D2 posing as a snowman (or the other way around . . . we're not exactly sure).
In any case, it looks like other Star Wars wonks have their eye on this LEGO calendar too, because it's already out of stock. But don't worry, Wookiees — more units are expected to ship on Dec. 18. If you just can't wait, you can pay a little more to order the set online from Toys R Us ($60) or Amazon ($51).
The Big Apple has gotten the Lego treatment before, but not like this. Motion designer and 3D artist J.R. Schmidt created this unthinkably detailed map of New York City. In Lego. To scale. All of a sudden, my mini Lego Starfighter doesn't seem so impressive. Sad.
J.R. took satellite imagery, then simplified the map down to pixels, with each colored pixel representing a different elevation. He rendered the pixels into Lego blocks to create a one-of-a-kind, true-to-life 3D model art piece. If, like us, you could stare at this mesmerizing rendition of New York City all day long, pick up a print ($15), iPhone case ($35), or iPod skin ($15) at society6.
Craving more creative inspiration? Check out other equally breathtaking digital pieces by the artist, like these geometric landscapes or this fantasy-tech-come-true video on the future of collaboration.
When the weather outside is frightful, let it Lego with master builder Chris McVeigh's spectacularly geeky build-it-yourself holiday ornament kits. Chris has compiled all the necessary parts for each project in kits available through his online store and has posted instruction guides and parts lists for additional projects on his website. Keep a close eye on the site for three more ornaments to come, but until then, check out this amazing collection of DIY Lego ornaments.
There are only 13 certified Lego professionals in the world — and one of them is New York-based sculptor Sean Kenney, who turned his childhood love for Legos into a full-time career. His piece de resistance is a life-size polar bear that took over 1,000 hours to complete. Like the work of a mason, Kenney's creations are built brick-by-brick, with a coat of glue between each layer for security. His large-scale Lego installations are on display around the world at gardens, landmarks, companies, events, Lego stores, and, now, GeekSugar. Here are some of our favorite pieces from Lego sculptor Sean Kenney's incredible body of brick work.
With season two of BBC and Masterpiece Theater's Sherlock complete, fans have too long to wait for new episodes of the detective and his trusty sidekick. Thankfully, the Internet always comes through for us, this time as a stop-motion animation of the season's climactic final scene with the role of Sherlock played by a cape-wearing Lego.
Watch the Lego-fied, spoiler-filled last nine minutes of the finale "The Reichenbach Fall" below. Again, spoilers ahead!
On Sunday, Team USA's men's basketball team beat France 98-71, but in case you missed the victory, watch the reenactment — Lego style. From the detailed Olympic uniforms to LeBron's headband to Tony Parker's glasses, it's the geeky toy take on one of the most-buzzed-about events in the Games.
The ladies of Anders Ruff have amazing party-planning skills, and Maureen Anders raised the bar even higher with her son Jeffrey's recent ninja party. Inspired by his love of Lego Ninjago, the seventh birthday party incorporated traditional Asian elements like rice-paper screens, bamboo, and carryout containers, awesome sweet treats, and tons of paper products (now available as printables in Anders Ruff's shop). From ninja cake pops to candy bento boxes, there are seemingly endless inspirational elements in this party, so start checking them out!
Source: Anders Ruff
For geeks who love fashion, there's something to be said for quirky, nerdy-chic accessories. From cool tablet cases to sleek laptop bags, we're all about stylish items that show a bit of personality. Enter the Lego brick clutch ($120) by agabag on Etsy: a foldover purse made entirely of classic Lego bricks.Measuring about 20 by 10 centimeters, the clutch is made with shiny, brand-new bricks. Lined with dark gray satin, it also has a small, business card-sized pocket inside. The best part? It can be made to order. The clutch can feature different colors, a contrasting flap, stripes, a checkered design — all kinds of patterns and combinations. Our inner 8-year-olds are giddy over the possibilities.
We've long been of the mindset that Legos aren't just a nostalgic toy of yesteryear. The latest in PBS' Off Book web series, "Lego Art," discusses how the plastic bricks have evolved into a legitimate art form. Watch as three Lego artists detail their craft from months spent filming stop-motion videos, emotional sculptures, and portraits worthy of any mantelpiece.