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

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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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Here’s the almost final breadboard circuit for my Mk. II LEGO DL-44 Blaster pistol. The previous challenges have consisted of programming the chip, syncing the sound with LED flashes, powering down in idle mode, amplifying the audio, and now ensuring the transistor doesn’t overheat. A few minor tweaks and I’m ready to solder the final PCB and rebuild the physical LEGO portion. I also extracted the exact audio clip of Han’s blaster in Episode IV when he shoots Greedo (first) - for movie accuracy!

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For those of you in Deutschland, be on the lookout for my interview in the German video game magazine Games Aktuell — in a feature for gaming fan art and LEGO creations! With all of my press in Europe as of this year, I’m optimistic that eventually soon LEGO Group in Denmark will take notice too…-Baron von Brunk

For those of you in Deutschland, be on the lookout for my interview in the German video game magazine Games Aktuell — in a feature for gaming fan art and LEGO creations! With all of my press in Europe as of this year, I’m optimistic that eventually soon LEGO Group in Denmark will take notice too…
-Baron von Brunk

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Fun fact: there are only two kinds of countries in the world — ones that use the metric system, and ones that put men on the moon. "10, 9, 8, and counting down, our boys are on their way. Tell the world the universe belongs to us today!"
July, 20th 1969
-Baron von Brunk

Fun fact: there are only two kinds of countries in the world — ones that use the metric system, and ones that put men on the moon. "10, 9, 8, and counting down, our boys are on their way. Tell the world the universe belongs to us today!"

July, 20th 1969

-Baron von Brunk

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