Watch out for the Alligators!

The alligators are coming! Our Spring 2011 Limited Edition kit will debut at BrickMagic in Raleigh, NC (May 5-8). After the weekend, if we still have any of the limited edition kits available, we’ll post them for sale in our store on this site! Stay tuned for some more exciting kits and sets.

The alligators are coming! Watch for them at BrickMagic!

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Shopping Cart Woes

Our Shopping Cart plugin is (still) not functioning correctly. While we work on it, please just email me if you want to place an order. Just let me know what you want and I’ll be in touch with you about details. Thanks for your patience!

UPDATE (4/19/2011): It looks like we have things up and running again! Feel free to try out the shopping cart yourself!

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What would you make with 100 bricks?

What would you make with 100 Lego® Modulex® bricks? That’s the number of bricks in our MiniBricks Madness Compartment Brick Kit. I recently had coffee with Joe Meno of BrickJournal (you do subscribe, don’t you?). He got a custom-color set of Modulex bricks and here’s what he’s done with them for fun. He’s currently in Billund, with The Lego Group folks and I can’t wait to hear about the ideas for future articles for BrickJournal.

Here's what Joe built with the 100 bricks in his MiniBricks Madness Compartment Pocket Brick Kit (he requested special colors).

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Lego® Modulex® QR code Mosaic

This Modulex® mosaic is made from studless bricks (except for the border). The size is 39 x 39 studs (14.5 cm square). This is the QR code for my website. I plan to bring it along for my vendor displays at conventions. It works great! There are many QR code readers for smart phones (many are free). I had been using QuickMark for my iPhone but just started to use OptiScan (was given a promo code to try the app) and I like it very much (seems to be much quicker at scanning).

Lego® Modulex® QR Code Mosaic

Contact me if you would like to commission a custom QR for your own website.

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Russian Nesting “Pigs” from LEGO® Modulex®

Brixe63 has done it again and amazed us with not only a terrific LEGO© Modulex© MOC, but also the quantity of Modulex she has available to build with!

Nesting Piggy Banks from LEGO© Modulex© by Brixe63

Nesting Piggy Banks from LEGO© Modulex© by Brixe63

Check out the Flickr set of photos.

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LEGO Target Gift Card

Just in time for the holidays, Lego teams up with Target to offer a terrific Target gift card set. Catch them while you can! NOTE: the Target trademark which is the eye of the dog is a 1×1 brick with a printed red bullseye!

This is the Lego Target gift card packaging. The clear plastic case holds 31 Lego pieces and instructions. On the back of the case is a bar-code which is swiped to redeem the gift card. You can choose the amount to put on the card at thve register.

Here is the completed 31 piece set. Adorable!

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LEGO + NASA = Awesome

On November 2, 2010, The Lego Group announced an educational partnership with NASA.

Over the next three years both The LEGO Group and NASA will participate in a joint outreach and educational program designed to inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

Read the entire press release here.

I can’t wait. You can even follow the countdown to the LEGO Space Experience (I want that minifig!!)

Follow the countdown here!

Wow, some people have all the luck. Not only will they get to orbit the earth, but they will be able to play with LEGO bricks without the fear of stepping on pieces!

In February 2011 more than a dozen LEGO activities will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts will build LEGO models, complete educational activities, and record the results.

UPDATE: The Brothers Brick have posted the press release from the NASA side of the partnership here.

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Not exactly Modulex, but really worthwhile

Mike Doyle has hit the AFOL ground running. He has just begun to create MOCs and not only are his creations amazing (check out his abandoned house titled Two Story with Basement) but his blog documenting them is a treasure. He has just posted a Lego Primer for (mostly) adults who are returning to creating with Lego. It’s a great intro to all things Lego and well worth a look.

Mike Doyle's Lego Primer

I think if we give him a little time, he will eventually be won over to try some creations with Lego® Modulex®!

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Limited Edition Fall Pumpkin Kit

Tiny Lego® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit

Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with this 2010 limited edition (50 kits total) Lego® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit. These are original, vintage Lego bricks from the 1960s & 1970s. The kit includes 25 bricks, including 2 more than you need to complete the pumpkin. One of the extra pieces is another olive slope (so you will have a pair). Instructions included. Cost: $12.50 plus $2.50 shipping to US. Email me to request your kit and I will send you PayPal payment instructions. Will ship immediately upon receipt of PayPal payment.

Limited Edition Minibricks Madness Lego® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit

Here’s a quick photo of the Pumpkin with a BrickFair Minifig.

Pumpkin with BrickFair 2010 minifig

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“Modulex? Is that real LEGO®? What is it?”

Many people have never heard of or seen the tiny LEGO® Modulex® bricks. Here are some of the questions we answer all the time (and will make available in our FAQ section). If you have a question, leave a comment and we will try to answer it for you!

Are these Modulex® bricks made by Lego®? Are they “real” Lego® bricks?
Yes! These bricks were made beginning in 1963 by Lego® for architects. Later, in the 1970s their use was for planning boards (wall charts to organize projects). The Lego Group started the company Modulex® to manufacture and sell the bricks. In the 1960s the studs were stamped with “LEGO” and later in the 1970s the studs were stamped with “M” for “Modulex.”

What makes these bricks different than standard Lego® bricks?
These bricks are not only smaller (approximately 5/8 the size of a standard brick), but they also have a different height/width ratio. A standard brick has a 5:6 width to height ratio. Modulex bricks have the same width, height, and depth, so they are a perfect cube (with a stud on top).

The tiles or smooth bricks are different too. Standard Lego® tiles are 1/3 the height of a brick, and smooth with no studs on top. Modulex® tiles are the same height as a regular Modulex® brick, but are studless. For this reason, some people refer to them as “studless bricks” instead of tiles.

Are the bricks still being made?
No. They were discontinued and have not been manufactured since the late 70s. All the bricks sold in the MiniBricks Madness webstore are vintage bricks that are 40-50 years old! Each brick is a piece of Lego® history in your hand.

Are these bricks “legal” for MOC entries in Lego AFOL conventions?
Yes. These are real Lego® bricks and are allowed in MOCs.

Are the colors the same as standard Lego® bricks?
No. The Modulex® colors form a muted palette. You can see a sample of the colors in the bricks that I used for my nametag.

Modulex sample colors

My name badge with Modulex® sample colors

What kind of special elements are part of the Modulex® system?

Since Modulex® bricks were designed with architects in mind, there are different kinds of special elements than in the standard Lego® system. The Modulex® elements include roofing connector pieces at various angles (roof ridges), special slopes, windows, doors, and a swivel plate. However, you will not find all the variety of parts that modern Lego® sets include. The slopes for Modulex® do not have studs on top, as many of the standard Lego® roofing slopes have.

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