"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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I may not be the only #LEGO builder whose creations require a multimeter, but I am DEFINITELY the loudest! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

I may not be the only #LEGO builder whose creations require a multimeter, but I am DEFINITELY the loudest! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Electronic connectivity test is a success! The first LED strip is installed, the DC input jack & switch are functional, and the output is quite bright! Several dozen more of these strips to attach and solder, and this illuminated mosaic #LEGO portrait shall rocketh thy world. #Zelda #Link #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Electronic connectivity test is a success! The first LED strip is installed, the DC input jack & switch are functional, and the output is quite bright! Several dozen more of these strips to attach and solder, and this illuminated mosaic #LEGO portrait shall rocketh thy world. #Zelda #Link #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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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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Baron von Brunk can TriForce! The overall structure of my illuminated mosaic #LEGO Legend of #Zelda portrait/lamp is complete! Next comes the internal rigging of the LED strips, soldering, and wiring. #Nintendo #NES #TriForce #Link  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Baron von Brunk can TriForce! The overall structure of my illuminated mosaic #LEGO Legend of #Zelda portrait/lamp is complete! Next comes the internal rigging of the LED strips, soldering, and wiring. #Nintendo #NES #TriForce #Link (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Aww mam, once this bad boy is complete and gets the LEDs installed, it’ll be bigger than the biggest thing you can think of! I’ve already got the 12VDC adapter input rigged up towards the bottom, as well as the on/off switch. This is built like my LEGO traffic light in the sense that it’s hollow and has a door in the back to open/close for making internal repairs. #LEGO #Zelda #TriForce #Nintendo #NES #Link #MOC

Aww mam, once this bad boy is complete and gets the LEDs installed, it’ll be bigger than the biggest thing you can think of! I’ve already got the 12VDC adapter input rigged up towards the bottom, as well as the on/off switch. This is built like my LEGO traffic light in the sense that it’s hollow and has a door in the back to open/close for making internal repairs. #LEGO #Zelda #TriForce #Nintendo #NES #Link #MOC

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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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First colored light test with my new #Nikon #D5200 - I’m trying out some Dario Argento-esque lighting techniques with my #LEGO traffic light!

First colored light test with my new #Nikon #D5200 - I’m trying out some Dario Argento-esque lighting techniques with my #LEGO traffic light!

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Throwback Thursday: my second tattoo, done in fall 2010 on my right forearm: the assembly guide for a 1980s #LEGO Space #Futuron astronaut #minifigure! This was done as a monument to the specific rare red astronaut minifig I always wanted as a lad, but could never find. #tattoos #minifigs #minifigures

Throwback Thursday: my second tattoo, done in fall 2010 on my right forearm: the assembly guide for a 1980s #LEGO Space #Futuron astronaut #minifigure! This was done as a monument to the specific rare red astronaut minifig I always wanted as a lad, but could never find. #tattoos #minifigs #minifigures

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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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On this day in history exactly one year ago, I completed the photo shoot with Gene Kennish for my giant 5-foot #LEGO #NES controller. The positive feedback soon made its way to #Nintendo of America, to whom subsequently contacted me and commissioned me to build a display at their Rockefeller flagship store in spring 2013. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

On this day in history exactly one year ago, I completed the photo shoot with Gene Kennish for my giant 5-foot #LEGO #NES controller. The positive feedback soon made its way to #Nintendo of America, to whom subsequently contacted me and commissioned me to build a display at their Rockefeller flagship store in spring 2013. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Damn, I’m good. Reconfiguration of my #LEGO traffic signal lamp’s resistor circuits is a success: the internal spotlights shine at the proper 300 lumen output. Photo shoot and tutorial coming soon! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Damn, I’m good. Reconfiguration of my #LEGO traffic signal lamp’s resistor circuits is a success: the internal spotlights shine at the proper 300 lumen output. Photo shoot and tutorial coming soon! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Doing some more electrical experimenting with my #LEGO traffic light signal. The entire project has been built and tested since November, but my lights were too dim - thus I assumed the bulbs were too weak - but upon later examination and testing, I realized the bulbs are rather powerful, and that the resistors in my microchip circuit are dimming my output power. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Doing some more electrical experimenting with my #LEGO traffic light signal. The entire project has been built and tested since November, but my lights were too dim - thus I assumed the bulbs were too weak - but upon later examination and testing, I realized the bulbs are rather powerful, and that the resistors in my microchip circuit are dimming my output power. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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