LEGO International Space Station Model Ready to Sail Into Space

With awesome kits like the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 11 lunar lander, LEGO continues to give space geeks reasons to bust out their wallets. Now, thanks to a great design concept submitted by a LEGO Ideas contributor, we’re about to get another sweet LEGO space model.

Based on a design by Christophe Ruge (aka “XCLD”), this amazing LEGO creation lets you build a detailed model of the International Space Station.

The 864-piece kit (set number 21321) includes the ISS’ working laboratory and living quarters at its center, surrounded by eight double solar panel arrays, each of which can be tilted. It also comes with a miniature space shuttle that can be docked with the ISS, as well as a satellite that attaches to a robotic arm.

The finished model measures 19″ wide x 12″ long x 7″ high, and includes a display stand – which is essential give the space station’s unwieldy shape. Since this thing isn’t minifig scale, it comes with two tiny “microfigure” astronauts, so you can send them on a spacewalk around the station. It also comes with a 148-page booklet about the ISS, and the designer of the model.

Best of all, LEGO isn’t making us break the bank for this kit. It’s reasonably-priced at just $69.99. It goes on sale on February 1, 2020 on the LEGO website and at LEGO stores, so you won’t have to wait long to add this to your collection.

Hellgirl Stained Glass Window Is a Hell of a Piece of Art

I was a big fan of the original Hellboy movies with Ron Perlman as our cigar-chomping red hero. But as much as I enjoyed that series, I’ve never delved deep into the comics, so I’m not too familiar with Hellgirl. That said, now that I’ve seen this stained glass image of her, I’m intrigued.

This amazing work of stained glass art was handmade by Art Brothers Glass, in the classic Tiffany style. And no, they’re not talking about the 1980s Mall-pop singer. This intricate piece measures a whopping 41.3″ x 38.6″, and was made using 1470 individual pieces of glass.

This piece was created as a commission work for a Hellgirl fan in Poland, but Art Brothers would be happy to make you a custom piece like it. Something this big and intricate will set you back as much as $10,000, but there are lots of smaller and less complex stained glass portraits in their Etsy shop, with prices starting as low as $240. They also make stained glass pins in a wide variety of designs, including a number of pop culture characters.

[via Neatorama]

smART Pixelator Turns Your Images Into Pixel Art Templates

I have a very soft spot in my heart for pixel art, having grown up in the 1980s with rudimentary 8-bit and 16-bit video games dominating my formative years. So I really love anything that encourages the creation of pixel-based designs. The smART Pixelator does just that – letting you easily turn any image into a real life pixel art creation.

Working in concert with a mobile app, this battery-powered toy takes photos from your smartphone, and converts them into color images on its built in RGB LED matrix. This serves as a template onto which you can place colored pegs, sequins, or beads. Once your design is complete, you can remove the tray and frame your artwork. It’s basically like a modern day Lite Brite, except you can actually keep your completed designs.

If you use pixel beads, you can extract your images from the Pixelator and gently iron them through a special sheet to melt them into a permanent pixel art creation. As is shown in the video below, you can even create larger images which take up more than one screen on the device.

The smART Pixelator is available now over on Amazon. Prices start around $40, and they also sell add-on bead, peg, and sequin sets for about $15 to $20 each. I would have so loved to have one of these when I was a kid.

Octopus + Purse = Octopurse

With their big brains, eight tentacles, and lots of suckers, octopi are pretty amazing animals. But like most things with more than four legs, they can also look quite weird. If you think it would be cool to hang out with an octopus all the time, check out this crazy looking bag.

Designed and crafted by Russia’s KruKru Studio, the octopus purse has eight bendy tentacles embellished with rivets instead of suckers. You can store your wallet, keys, and other small items inside of its bulbous head. Maybe toss a few crustaceans in there since you never know when your pet cephalopod might get hungry. Otherwise, you could end up in a situation like this:

The weird and wild octopurse sells for $245 over on Etsy. It’s made from real leather, and each one is made to order in red, black, orange, blue, or purple. I think a purple octopus purse would look pretty sweet.

LEGO Maximum Security Prison Puts Your Minifigs Behind Bars

LEGO models can represent all kinds of different things, both imaginary and real. But this particular LEGO design takes on one of the more unpleasant sides of the real world – the seamy underbelly of society that is prison life.

Designed by LEGO fan GabKremo, this impressive maximum security prison model uses roughly 3000 bricks placed onto a 32×32 base panel. Outside, it’s got lots of neat details like a prison yard with barbed wire fencing, a prison transport bus, and a guard tower. The orange-jumpsuited minifigs even wear teensy handcuffs.

The interior is just as impressive, featuring cramped jail cells for its minifig inmates, a prison gym, kitchen, cafeteria, infirmary, and even a weapon armory for the guards. Naturally, all of the doors are made out of bars.

The subject matter of this model might not be the most kid-friendly LEGO design ever, but it’s still a really impressive build. If you’d like to see LEGO put this into production, show your support by casting your vote over on LEGO Ideas.

Making an LED Clock from Ping Pong Balls

Hey kids, what time is it? Better check the ping pong balls to find out! When turned off, this unique clock looks like a bunch of ping pong balls in a picture frame, but when activated, it turns into a bright and colorful digital clock.

Instructables contributor thomasj152 put this cool looking timepiece together by assembling a grid of 128 individual ping pong balls, with each of them backlit with an RGB LED from a strip light. Using an Arduino nano controller, a real-time clock module, and a small bit of programming, it displays the current time on some of its ping pong pixels, and can light up the unused pixels to create a colorful background.

While the idea of cutting open 128 ping pong balls and then wiring up all of the LED strip light sounds complicated, its builder says it was actually pretty easy to do, and he’s provided details for your to make your own over on Instructables, complete with the code required to run the clock. With a little programming skill, you could use the LED matrix to display other images or animations too.

These Food Keycaps Look Good Enough to Eat

Are you the kind of person who eats at their desk and gets food all over their computer keyboard? Well, now you can have food on your keys 100% of the time, and without the pesky Cheetos’ dust and constant need for cleaning.

Created by artisan keycap maker Dwarf Factory, and exclusive to Drop, Foodie Keycaps look just like real food, only miniature, and in the shape of a key. They’ve got tiny versions of cake, cheese, hot dogs, sandwiches, and waffles, each of which looks delicious, and is compatible with standard Cherry MX switches.

They’re handmade from resin, and can be had in either an uncovered version, or one with a smooth cover. I prefer the look of the uncovered ones, but I suppose they might be a little funky feeling beneath your fingertips. On the plus side, their textures might help you with your touch typing.

Unfortunately, the Foodie Keycaps are sold out at the moment, but hopefully they’ll make some more of these delectable looking computer accessories soon.

Stained Glass TIE Fighter Lamp: The Empire Lights Up

One of the more satisfying sights in the original Star Wars trilogy was watching Imperial TIE fighters get blown to smithereens by the Rebellion. But this awesome stained glass TIE fighter lamp is one that I’d never want to see in pieces.

This beautiful work of Star Wars fan art was handmade by Russian glass studio V&G Fantasy. It looks just like the TIE fighters flown by the empire, with those iconic flat wings, and round cockpit at its center. The pendant-style ceiling lamp is made from glass steel, and copper, and looks like it’s ready to do battle with some X-Wing lamps if they existed. I particularly love the blue glow that emanates from its interior. All it needs is some kind of laser cannons and it would be perfect. Maybe you could rig some laser pointers up to it for added effect.

The finished piece measures about 18.8″ x 10″ x 8.8″, and is designed to run on a 220-volt power source, so you might need to buy a converter if you plan on using it here in the States. All this awesomeness doesn’t come cheap though, with this one-of-a-kind TIE fighter lamp selling for $750 over on Etsy. Of course, if you work for the Empire, you probably have a pretty good sized expense account for this kind of thing.

Pringles Making Rick and Morty Pickle Rick Flavor Chips

When Rick Sanchez first turned himself into a pickle, things didn’t go very well. But eventually, when he put his immobile body into a rat-based exoskeleton, at least he was able to get himself around. Now you can enjoy the flavor of Pickle Rick in your very own mouth, courtesy of Pringles.

From the image above, they just look like regular Pringles. I was hoping they’d figure out a way to spray them with edible dye and make them look like portals. Also, given that Rick has pickled himself with large quantities of cheap booze, not vinegar and seasonings, I’m not sure I’d want to taste actual Pickle Rick. However, Pringles’ version should capture the salty and sour flavor we’ve come to expect from deli pickles, and not that of a disgruntled and hostile multidimensional traveler.

Those looking to taste Pickle Rick’s Pringles should keep an eye on shelves around Super Bowl time in February 2020, which is when the brand plans on running a special commercial featuring Rick and Morty and their new chips.

Colin Furze Made a Jet-Powered Star Wars Landspeeder

Inventor and madman Colin Furze has built some pretty wild stuff over the years. Among my favorites are his Star Wars-inspired projects, which so far have included a giant AT-ACT playhouse and a full-size TIE Silencer ships. I can only imagine what Colin’s neighbors must think of him.

Furze has yet again teamed up with eBay UK to sponsor a Star Wars build, this time replicating Luke’s X-34 landspeeder from A New Hope.

What’s really amazing about the project is that it’s not only quite accurate to the version seen on screen, but that it actually can drive. Furze started off with a standard golf cart he found on the auction website, and proceeded to rip it apart, leaving just the chassis, suspension and steering.

He then crafted a beautiful bent metal body for the vehicle then painted it up to look like it did on screen. Initially, he upgraded the cart’s electric motor for motivation, but that wasn’t enough for Furze, so he later added some jet engines to give it a little extra oomph.

You can check out the finished landspeeder build in the video clip below:

While the jets add an awesome look and sound effects to the vehicle, they actually don’t make it go that fast, so Furze thinks that at some point he might put in a more powerful electric motor, or possibly put a good, old-fashioned internal combustion engine. Regardless of how fast it goes, it’s still an amazing build.