"Hokey revisions and altered weapons are no match for a giant blaster at your side, kid."

"Hokey revisions and altered weapons are no match for a giant blaster at your side, kid."

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Last night as an early birthday gift, I went to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to see the Metal Gods themselves… JUDAS PRIEST!! Here’s a diorama I recently built and photographed: I made a few prints of these on photo paper with the intention of getting them signed by the band, but alas, I of course never ran into them. I did, however get a corporate luxury box rather than the general seating area.
Two things turn 30 this year: “Defenders of the Faith” by Priest, and Baron von Brunk.
-Baron von Brunk

Last night as an early birthday gift, I went to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to see the Metal Gods themselves… JUDAS PRIEST!! Here’s a diorama I recently built and photographed: I made a few prints of these on photo paper with the intention of getting them signed by the band, but alas, I of course never ran into them. I did, however get a corporate luxury box rather than the general seating area.

Two things turn 30 this year: “Defenders of the Faith” by Priest, and Baron von Brunk.

-Baron von Brunk

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"Electronic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Invincibility Starmen" by Baron von Brunk

Tutorial on Instructables - Video Demonstration

Tapping the small button on the back of the head causes the eyes to blink in sync with a tone melody version of the Super Mario invincibility theme, with each musical note assigned to a specific frequency generated by Arduino tone library. The rainbow model’s eyes, however, cycle through multi colors and play the Super Mario Bros. 3 “Coin Heaven” music (song by Koji Kondo). Technical specs per model: ~300 LEGO pieces, 6 Volts DC (2x 3V CR2032 coin cells), two LEDs (white straw hat; RGB color-changing for rainbow version), sound: piezo speaker, microcontroller: Amtel ATtiny85 programmed with Arduino Uno.

-Baron von Brunk

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I’ve completed the inner brains for my forthcoming electronic #LEGO Super #Mario Invincibility Starman models! Each circuit board contains an Attiny85 microcontroller, which is a smaller version of the type of chip located in my electronic Star Wars DL-44 blaster — which used an Atmega328 with 32 KB of space. To power these circuits, I have two 3V coin cells on each board. The boards fit snugly into the backs of the Starmen, and can be removed for easy repairs. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

I’ve completed the inner brains for my forthcoming electronic #LEGO Super #Mario Invincibility Starman models! Each circuit board contains an Attiny85 microcontroller, which is a smaller version of the type of chip located in my electronic Star Wars DL-44 blaster — which used an Atmega328 with 32 KB of space. To power these circuits, I have two 3V coin cells on each board. The boards fit snugly into the backs of the Starmen, and can be removed for easy repairs. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Yes! I am INVINCIBLE!!! The #LEGO portion of my electronic Super #Mario Invincibility Starmen is complete, so tonight we dine on Lead solder. Stay tuned for the nuttiness! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Yes! I am INVINCIBLE!!! The #LEGO portion of my electronic Super #Mario Invincibility Starmen is complete, so tonight we dine on Lead solder. Stay tuned for the nuttiness! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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GO GO SUPER SPACE SENTAI!! BIG ROBO ACTION!! Get a load of the bokeh on the Voltron in the background: f/1.8! By the way, although I do in fact own multiple original 1980s Voltron toys, the one shown in the photo is a 2001 re-release, as it’s in better physical shape than my older ones.
-Baron von Brunk

GO GO SUPER SPACE SENTAI!! BIG ROBO ACTION!!

Get a load of the bokeh on the Voltron in the background: f/1.8! By the way, although I do in fact own multiple original 1980s Voltron toys, the one shown in the photo is a 2001 re-release, as it’s in better physical shape than my older ones.

-Baron von Brunk

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"Band of Brothers"

"Band of Brothers"

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When I was a wee lad, the glow-in-the-dark LEGO ghost was one of my all-time favorite minifigures. I had one from the 1990 set “Black Monarch’s Ghost”, which contained the glowing ghost inside a mini shack/tomb with a knight on horseback. I used to carry the ghost with me everywhere I went, and would often draw pictures of it all day in school (by using lime green crayons to simulate the phosphorescence effect). I chose not to get a tattoo of this particular minifig, as the design wouldn’t translate very well as a tattoo on my pale skin, hence I opted for tattoos of the red Futuron astronaut and the green Castle Forestman — since they appear rather vibrant on my arm.
-Baron von Brunk

When I was a wee lad, the glow-in-the-dark LEGO ghost was one of my all-time favorite minifigures. I had one from the 1990 set “Black Monarch’s Ghost”, which contained the glowing ghost inside a mini shack/tomb with a knight on horseback. I used to carry the ghost with me everywhere I went, and would often draw pictures of it all day in school (by using lime green crayons to simulate the phosphorescence effect). I chose not to get a tattoo of this particular minifig, as the design wouldn’t translate very well as a tattoo on my pale skin, hence I opted for tattoos of the red Futuron astronaut and the green Castle Forestman — since they appear rather vibrant on my arm.

-Baron von Brunk

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Gorilla warfare. Probably.

Gorilla warfare. Probably.

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She’s giving him a huge Woody. Probably.

She’s giving him a huge Woody. Probably.

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The bulk of the prototype of my electronic LEGO musical Mario Starman is complete (sans a few transparent yellow tiles on the outside)! Now I’m going to experiment more with installing a pushbutton on the outside, then finally soldering the microcontroller circuit for the inside, which activates the lights and sound. When this model is a success, I’ll build three more: gold, blue, and rainbow!

The bulk of the prototype of my electronic LEGO musical Mario Starman is complete (sans a few transparent yellow tiles on the outside)! Now I’m going to experiment more with installing a pushbutton on the outside, then finally soldering the microcontroller circuit for the inside, which activates the lights and sound. When this model is a success, I’ll build three more: gold, blue, and rainbow!

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So I married an axe murderer.

So I married an axe murderer.

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Just confirmed from Chicago Comic Con 2014: in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII film, the new Sith Lord shall be revealed to be secretly Han Solo’s father - and as a nod to the Indiana Jones franchise, Darth Haggis is going to be played by none other than Sean Connery himself! Probably. Maybe. Who knows.
-Baron von Brunk

Just confirmed from Chicago Comic Con 2014: in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII film, the new Sith Lord shall be revealed to be secretly Han Solo’s father - and as a nod to the Indiana Jones franchise, Darth Haggis is going to be played by none other than Sean Connery himself! Probably. Maybe. Who knows.

-Baron von Brunk

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"I’m looking for a one-knight stand — but don’t worry, I’ll wear protection!"

"I’m looking for a one-knight stand — but don’t worry, I’ll wear protection!"

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"Electronic LEGO DL-44 Blaster" by Baron von Brunk - Tutorial on Instructables

Support this project on LEGO Ideas if you’d like to see it potentially sold in stores someday!

This is a project I’ve been gradually modifying since spring 2014: a full-size replica of Han Solo’s iconic weapon, rigged up with a small microcontroller programmed by Arduino to play sound effects and to make the muzzle flash blink! Making this project was rather difficult to the say the least, and I frequently ran into errors with the LEGO mechanics, the Arduino programming, the sound box, and the battery power — but nonetheless, I’ve succeeded in making custom toy function. Pulling the trigger makes the gun’s hammer and firing pin (with rubber bands) strike a momentary pushbutton, which is wired to the circuit board to pulse the microcontroller’s sequence of blinking an LED and playing a PCM sound clip of Han Solo’s gun firing. The individual sound effect was extracted by me directly from the scene in Episode IV when Han correctly shoots Greedo first!

Microcontroller: ATmega328P-PU, coded with an Arduino Uno
Power: 2 AAA batteries (3 volts DC)

-Baron von Brunk

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