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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"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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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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Happy birthday, America! Never forget.

Happy birthday, America! Never forget.

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"I’ve been waiting for you, Itchy-Wan."
Diorama and photography by Baron von Brunk. Camera: Nikon D5200 DSLR.

"I’ve been waiting for you, Itchy-Wan."

Diorama and photography by Baron von Brunk. Camera: Nikon D5200 DSLR.

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Some self-portraits of me in my attic LEGO workshop, taken with my new camera remote control for my Nikon D5200.

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"Vantage", LEGO Game Boy Advance Transformer by Baron von Brunk. Check out the tutorial on Instructables to build your own!

At last, the next LEGOformer in my most popular series — Vantage, a powerful robot that transforms into a Nintendo Game Boy Advance, armed with battery blasters and parody “Boom” automatic shotgun! With a basic design much akin to my Game Boy robot Domaster, along with a refined transformation cycle similar to that of my Game Gear robot Gearhead, this new figure is very sturdy and well-articulated. My previous LEGOformers were built “organically”, as in I’d compile a ton of relevant pieces and build the robot via trial and error — whilst this particular one was my first to be almost entirely designed on the computer with LEGO Digital Designer before being physically built and tested. That being said, the 3D instructional guide was released simultaneously. What was the most challenging part? That Boom shotgun: I spent several days trying to make one that looks like an actual gun as well as having the ability to be held by the robot as a weapon. I chose Doom since that was my favorite GBA game I played in high school back in 2002. My second favorite GBA game was Namco Museum!

-Baron von Brunk

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"Illuminated Mosaic LEGO Legend of Zelda Portrait/Lamp" by Baron von Brunk. Check out the tutorial on Instructables, so you can build your own!

Using the same design principles of my Nintendo World Mosaic from fall 2013, in conjunction with my mosaic “Lite Brite” mood lamps from December, I’ve combined both ideas and created a flat mosaic sprite portrait with hollow innards lined with bright LED strips! The light from the LEDs illuminate the colored LEGO dots plugged into a mosaic grid of Technic bricks, thus mimicking a “Lite Brite” effect. Each LED strip is soldered into a series circuit with 24 gauge wires, then connected to a switch and a female DC adapter plug. The grid of LED strips is attached to a rear door which opens/closes via LEGO hinge bricks.

Electrical power: 12VDC
LED strips: 16 feet (~5 meters)

-Baron von Brunk

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"The Incursion" - a new LEGO diorama featuring some of the mini ships from my popular Super Mario Bros. 3 airship “Fireflower” - along with some new mosaic sprite background items, and photographed with my new Nikon D5200 with its f/1.8 macro lens! I’m thinking of making one of the World 8 battleships next.

-Baron von Brunk

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Hangin’ With Mr. Koopa by Baron von Brunk

Way back in late 2011, I built several minifigure-scale Koopa Troopas to use amongst the scenery of my then work-in-progress Super Mario 3 Fireflower Airship. I decided against using them, and instead opted to have the airship display streamlined and less cluttered. These are a few of the winged minions; I think I built about 20 originally, half with wings half without. Underneath these Koopas is the tiled mosaic Nintendo World Store Platform from spring 2013.

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Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow!

Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow!

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"Fully-Functional LEGO Traffic Signal Lamp" by Baron von Brunk

With a frame consisting of over 1,700 LEGO pieces and with the magic of a color-sequencing microchip wired to powerful LED spotlights, I’ve built a traffic light that actually cycles through three colors! The LEGO structure serves as a frame to house the spotlights and internal wires, whilst the outside lights are made with transparent dots and Technic bricks, in the same fashion as my mosaic Super Mario Bros. lamps.

To build your own, check out my tutorial on Instructables — and be sure to vote on it for the Make it Glow contest!

-Baron von Brunk

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Mosaic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Lamp by Julius von Brunk

Technical details: E12 Candelabra CFL bulb, 580 lumen, 9 Watts, 5,000K CRI.

Based on my previous mosaic Super Mario Bros. LEGO lamp from 2012, which used a stained glass effect, this new model uses a clever rigging of Technic bricks and transparent dots to mimic a Lite Brite set!

To build your own, check out my tutorial on Instructables to build your own — and make sure to vote for this in the Make it Glow contest!

-Baron von Brunk

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I made a few changes on the Tiggs LEGO portrait/lamp. Replaced the incandescent bulbs with bright LEDs, and replaced the parallel wires with a series circuit in order to have the bulb sockets stay in place better due to one less wire. In a series circuit, adding more bulbs draws power away and makes both bulbs dim, whilst in a parallel circuit, both lights illuminate equally. With these particular LED bulbs, I noticed no difference between in brightness with the parallel and series circuits, thus I went with the latter of the two. Both bulb sockets are rigged up to a 120VAC power cord with a switch, similar to that of a Christmas light string.

Photo lights: 5,000k CFL bulbs (x2)
Eye lights: 5 lumen candelabra LED nightlight bulbs (x2)

-Baron von Brunk

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Electronic mosaic LEGO portrait of my deceased Main Coon named Tiggs!

I built this entire project over the course of a weekend, and then rigged up a simple parallel circuit behind the eyes to make them light up, in the same style as the stained glass window of my Super Mario Brothers 3 airship.

This is the Mk.1 edition of the portrait; soon I’m going to remake the eyes to be more green, as the orange and yellow kind of makes them look demonic! The lights in the picture are small 5 Watt bulbs, and soon I’m also going to switch them with bright LED bulbs to reduce heat. I’ve certainly got a knack for making portraits of cats — I should probably build others!

-Baron von Brunk

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