What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ?


I remember my first encounter with LEGO Mindstorms very clearly and it was everything but not a pleasant experience. Not because I would be disappointed or unimpressed by the theme. Rather the complete opposite. :-) I will explain it ...
It was a complete coincidence and it happened when I visited a brick event in Prague lately. First, it's important to say that I am terribly afraid of snakes. So when I was walking around the hall full of LEGO and suddenly saw a moving snake in the glass display just next to me ... You know what happened - I was running away as fast as I could from the display.
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ?  
I am sure that I have scared or at least amused some people around. :-) It scared me so much that it took me some time to realise that it is not a real snake but a very real looking brick replica powered by LEGO Mindstorms toolkit.
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
And so begun my acquaintance with the LEGO Mindstorms ... :-)
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
Fortunately, there was not only the moving snake but also more friendlier LEGO Mindstorms creations which I was not afraid to approach closer to see what all they can do.
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
There was a machine programmed to pick some objects and move them from one place to another or a strong robot with whom I would not want to engage in fight ...
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
But the LEGO Mindstorms I saw at the event was just the beginning. Later back home I was googling a bit and discovered a huge number of very cool youtube videos of different LEGO Mindstorms MOCs.
There are my favourite videos:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHBlOzzV-Qk&feature=youtu.be
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifqMliNJ3F0&feature=youtu.be 
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brQMq8Vz4QA&feature=youtu.be
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUJ4L4kmbHw&feature=youtu.be
What all can you do with LEGO Mindstorms ? 
These videos make me think about buying the toolkit too and try to program something similar by myself. However, nothing as big and difficult as in the videos and definitely no snakes. :-)

What do you think about LEGO Mindstorms ? Is it something what interest you ?

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments below.


71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ?


Almost every year since 2009 LEGO has released at least one sailing ship. If you are thinking about buying one there are quite a few to choose from. Last week, LEGO added one more to its flotilla - The Silent Mary, a beautiful (but a bit scary) ship that appeared in Pirates of Caribbean movie. Definitely one of the most beautiful ships released by LEGO so far, in my opinion.
 
If you are fascinated by LEGO sailing ships it is good to know that their price used to rise sharply as time passed so there is no reason to hesitate with purchase. I guess that the new The Silent Mary will not be an exception and will provide a pretty nice return as the rest of the flotilla.

And which one out of the 8 ships released since 2009 is the most beautiful ? Is it The Silent Mary ? To help you decide which one might become your favourite, I have put together my list that highlights all such ships.

MyLEGOTalk #8 - Set 70413 - The Brick Bounty (2015) - 745 parts, 7 minifigures
RRP: 99.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 115 USD (+16% increase in price)

MyLEGOTalk #7 - Set 6243 - BrickBeard's Bounty (2009) - 592 parts, 8 minifigures
RRP: 99.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 198 USD (+100% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 
MyLEGOTalk #6 - Set 4195 - Queen Anne's Revenge (2011) - 1055 parts, 9 minifigures
RRP: 119.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 375 USD (+215% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 
MyLEGOTalk #5 - Set 79008 - Pirate Ship Ambush (2013) - 716 parts, 9 minifigures
RRP: 99.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 113 USD (+14% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 
MyLEGOTalk #4 - Set 10210 - The Black Pearl (2011) - 779 parts, 6 minifigures
RRP: 99.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 377 USD (+280% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 
MyLEGOTalk #3 - Set 70810 - Metal Beard's Sea Cow (2014) - 2,704 parts, 8 minifigures
RRP: 249.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 303 USD (+22% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 
MyLEGOTalk #2 - Set 71042 - The Silent Mary (2017) - 2,294 parts, 5 minifigures
RRP: 199.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: n/a
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 

MyLEGOTalk #1 - Set 10210 - Imperial Flagship (2010) - 1,618 parts, 9 minifigures
RRP: 179.99 USD
Bricklink last 6m sales price: 690 USD (+285% increase in price)
71042 - The Silent Mary - The Most Beautiful LEGO ship of all time ? 

It is a pretty nice LEGO flotilla, isn't it ? :-)

Do you plan to buy The Silent Mary ? Do you have any of the ships in your collection ?

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments.


The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie


I have preordered this book a month before its release. Frankly, I did not expect anything extra. With quite a few The LEGO Batman Movie books released immediately after the movie debut I was wondering that the one I picked will at least belong to the better ones. Now I feel ashamed that I was a bit suspicious about the book.
It is a perfect guide full of insider details, stories and sketches that will take you on the adventurous journey of how Warner Bros and the LEGO Group made The LEGO Batman Movie !
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The book has 200 pages and is divided into 3 sections - Locations, Characters and Vehicles.
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
In the first section dedicated to Locations you will find out that a look of Wayne Manor, the grandest of grand mansions, was inspired by the mansions of the American Gilded Age. You will discover how the whole Gotham City or Arkham Asylum was replicated by LEGO bricks. You will be amazed by the amount of detail that was considered by the team.
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Characters section is my utmost favourite. There are many pages dedicated to description of design development of individual heroes. I especially like the double page with Joker's grimaces or the hand drawn sketches of minifigs in action.
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
In the Vehicle section, there are perhaps all the vehicles that could be seen in the movie, including also the Duckmobile or Harley Quinn's Cannon Truck. You can also admire many pre-versions of finally approved models.
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
And if nothing of it impressed you so far ! I have one more thing that will definitely touch your heart ! Hugging for beginners. :-)
The Making of the Movie by DK Publishing - book about The LEGO Batman Movie
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Do you have some of The LEGO Batman Movie related books ?

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments below.