Inspired by Lego Tron’s minifig LEGOtrope, I decided I had to try to build one myself. A zoetrope is an old device that has a series of images on the inside surface of a slitted drum. Each image is slightly different, like an animation cel, and when the drum is spun and the images viewed [...]
Google Patent Search has several of the LEGO Company’s U.S. patent applications available online, and they make some interesting browsing.
Among the earliest patents is Patent No. 3005282 assigned in 1961 to G.K. Christiansen for a “Toy building brick … adapted to be connected together by means of projections extending from the faces of the [...]
Lego bricks make excellent tesserae and Todd Wilder has put together this fun question mark pattern. Check out his Flickr pages for a 3-D version as well.
Chadwick VonVeederVeld has created some classic optical illusions from Lego bricks. Check out his Flickr stream.
Here’s a recent eBay find – a Lego garage from the early 1960s. It’s 4×8 studs in area and 3 bricks high. The floor slopes toward the door, which opens and slides in.
The Lego company made several lines of toys before focusing on the building bricks for which they are now best known, including a [...]