when will lego learn that it will get millions of customers when it makes high grade mecha sets? Petition?
You do realize they actively discourage that kind of thinking with their models, right? They believe that Lego is a toy for children first, so the sets they design and produce are designed for Children to appreciate.
I'm not really sure what you are getting at with designed for children to appreciate.
Are you talking about it being too advanced for a kid or that they wouldn't find it cool because I would beg to differ on the latter
Why would they bother when they make multi-millions selling film tie-in lego.
Besides, reliable lego CAD with full parts catalogues and individual parts ordering services have been around for over a decade. If you want lego mecha, you can design and build your own... Which is part of the appeal of lego.
Not to mention the recently released Exo Suit.
Never. Just have to find different mecha models online and copy them to the best of your abilities.
It was MegaBloks that has tried the mecha bots line for awhile, before ending it and going back to simpler sets.
There's also ExoForce and some Ninjago robots.
Because moe girls doing moe things (sometimes hotblooded things) and fantasy is still more popular amongst english-speaking communities than robotic weapons.
Tenkai Knights came out with a block set alongside its lightly advertised anime/cartoon series. The series itself isn't terrible, though it is predictable.
Legends of Chima also had a gorilla bot (Primal, aka, Bionicle-ish, forms don't technically count).
Anyway, MegaBloks also had the Power Rangers Megazords for a time, and some Halo mechs, from the Scarab to the Mantis.
Minifig scale with the cockpit in a Knightmare Frame-like back
And both are identical under all their equipment. You only have to remove like 2-5 pieces to slap the other stuff on
Better than most of /m/ will ever do, and good enough to rival other custom block bots.
Posting a thread-related image, not a comparison image. Because block bots are all welcome.
Discourage what kind of thinking? I'm pretty sure they have a an age group in their 40's
I actually got that when it first came out. But they never had a real solid mecha genre and I don't mean Exo Force. I mean legit shit like this.
Wouldn't you dish out a couple of bucks for something as small, and good looking like this?
Not really. I'd rather save up and buy something large enough to display alongside the Gunpla and plamo I own.
Are you an idiot or did you actually not know that Lego has a service for submitting your own ideas, if they get 10k votes and pass the review they turn into sets. They actually just released this guy. Google Lego Ideas or Lego Cusoo. most stuff is shitty licensed ideas but I mean, we just go the most /m/ set ever.
but see those are the nice small ones. those are like maybe the 5-10 dollar power suits. Probably maybe big on sales and people would combine them to make a mech suit maybe half the size of that.
and probably dish out 50 dollars on this. YEAH
Even if some builders make it look good with actual Legos.
Over 70000 pieces.
Almost nothing for any custom block bot that's posted here. Best you can do is simply study the image and lots of trial-and-error.
Megabloks has a full line of mechs aimed at children called "Kapow!". Rock em' Sock em' robots made out of bricks basically.
Lego has made some okay mech, you will never see "high grade mecha sets from them".
Lego is first and foremost a kids toy, for kids to play with.
Most of the cool shit you see in this thread is made by older builders and is too fragile for kids to play with. Buildings from the lego Architecture series are one thing, but robots are another. Kids are gonna want to play with their robots, and they won't be happy when their robot dissolves in their hands.
I remember as a kid Mega Bloks had that Blok Bots line. Full-scale robots that had pilot figures and could also transform. Naturally I went apeshit for these sets. Still my favorite line they've ever released.
I ended up gluing some of them. Which I regretted once newer stuff came out that I could mix-and-match them with.
Still, I hope I can buy more of MegaBlok's missile launchers; they are much more interactive than Lego's flick missiles or static non-firing missiles.
Yeah I'd say that was the biggest knock against them. I really think they were a bit ahead of their time, with all the clicking joints that caused several other pieces to fly off. Shame too since I had so much fun with those despite the frustration. I also remember a knight set that I had. Came with a big ass sword and shield along with a little knight figure. Kinda wish they continued and improved that line.
I'm building my own Lego mecha, but it comes with a little problem - The articulations.
I'm mostly using the round ones you see everywhere since Bionicle sets, but the problem with those ones is that they can only support a certain amount of weight before making the mecha collapse on its own weight, and using other pieces instead of those round ones restricts the movement of the mecha, which is annoying for poses.
Any advices for that, /m/aster builders ? Oh, and can't post pics of the one I'm building, sorry for that.
Mixel joints or a more unconventional approach with t-bars and u clips and shit for small ones
How big are you making yours? If its small enough the ball joints should easily work. If larger though not sure about the waist joints but the hinges I used on the legs of >>11284595 are a good bet.
I dont think you can see the hinges on the pictures though
To compare the height, half of a leg of mine makes the whole leg of yours, and what you use for the elbow is what I use for the hands. But I think you're onto something with what you use for the knees, I'll try that.
Damn anon thats pretty big then. Here's the leg assembly for the ones I posted back just to show what I mean. I suppose if you swap out the ball joint for an exo force joint for the waist it should be stable without looking too standard/simplistic
Option 1a: Work up some overly complex TECHNIC Joints that use rubber bands for tension at the loss of general poseability.
Option 1b: Same as 1a, but instead of rubber bands, use spring-tension shocks or deliberately limited movement in exchange for a more stable assembly (such as a "z" shape where double bars make up the slant, thus limiting how mobile the part would be; such as on a chicken/reverse-joint leg).
Option 2: Find/buy and cannibalize/salvage the snippy joints from Lego Exo Force sets, which have enough resistance to allow for some posing. Really heavy sections will still eventually have them collapse.
Option 3: Find/buy and cannibalize/salvage the stiff Mega Bloks joints from older Blok Bot Kits. A last resort, since posing will be a lot more limited than the Lego Exo Force joints (and moving them does rattle off loose bits due to how much resistance those joints have), but can handle the most weight before custom building.
Option 4: Design your own joints using non-TECHNIC joint parts that have the movement range you want.
Option 5: Double up the ball-and-socket joints if it's primarily using the skeletal Bionical/Hero Factory parts. Movement will be restricted in some ways, and it may not look good due to the uneven design of many of those parts.
Granted, since we have no idea the type of build you're doing, it's possible some of this may not work for what you have in mind. If it's using a Bionicle/Hero Factory base for example, it's harder to use Mega Blok joints or the Exo Force joints since they not only aesthetically ruin the build, they are intended more for regular brick or TECHNIC builds, where movement is more restricted in return for more load-bearing capability.
Only in Japan would they have the equivalent of a design works/world setting for custom block robots.
And guides for smaller and less-complicated bots.
After trying the idea >>11287295 used for his knees, it became evident the problem doesn't lie on the knees, but at the part the legs begin, as that's where the legs collapse under the mecha's weight. I'll take the time and try your ideas with what I have in hand, I'll see what works and what fails. Thanks for the massive post.
i always wanted to build a mech that could hold a minifig in a cockpit when i was a kid but i didnt have enough lego pieces and parts.
It looks amazing btw! wish i still had my old lego to play with
If you're trying to emulate the leg/waist assembly of a Gunpla, you might want to consider deliberately limiting the degree of movement, either through fixed side skirts, or if you want to keep that level of mobility, replace the joints entirely with an Exo Force joint setup, like this Optimus? custom, or it's stiffer and harder to pose Mega Bloks Bot joint equivalent.
Yeah it took forever for me to make a mech that can hold a minifig inside.
>tfw I forever ruined this one by trying to turn it into a gundam
To be fair though the legs were horrendously unstable
For comparison; the Mega Bloks bot. Less organic posing, but stiff enough to hold a pose. Takes effort to bend them, depending on their overall wear (due to the fact that most joints of this type will be used rather than new).
you messed up in your mission. you should be using lego click joint pieces and not the ball joints from bionicle.
check it. I recently bought the 3 in 1 power mech lego set. it came with ball joints. being me I decided I wanted havd flexible knees but it failed and they collasped under the torsos and arms weight. so they had to be covered up to stop her from falling. lesson learned do not ever use ball joints unless your mech is light.
Back then I bought four when they were marketed down in a local store.
Best 60 bucks I've ever spent on Lego.