The 10 Most Awesome Things to Do With Legos

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I had three things that I really loved when I was a kid: my sock monkey, my Lab, and my Legos. As I got older, the sock monkey fell apart and the Lab got lazy. My Legos, though,  never failed me. Needless to say, I really like Legos. Even now that I’m in college, I have Legos sitting on my dorm room’s windowsill, and I’m super-excited about the upcoming release of the Lord of the Rings Legos. I must say that I’m proud of Lego for bringing back the old-style sets like City and Space. Here’s a list of the top ten things to do with Legos.

  1. Crasher Cars — This was one of my favorite games that I used to play with my friends (Jeff and Josh). The first step is for each player to build a vehicle of some sort. A Lego minifigure is placed in the car, but he has to be visible. The cars are then propelled towards each other with great force. The goal is to have your minifigure still attached to the largest chuck of Lego pieces, you get a bonus if your car doesn’t break. You get parent bonuses if you don’t break anything in the house.
  2. Ships/Boats — Lego has always had some really cool nautical sets with boats that actually float. Legos always improved any childhood bathing experience. I don’t recommend this for older children; college-aged student playing with Legos in the shower is a bit strange.
  3. Flying Devices — I must admit, the aerodynamics of the spaceships, planes, and other flying devices that I built were not always the greatest, but I had some cool looking spaceships! With guns. Lots and lots of guns. 
  4. Cranes — I had a thing for winches, pulleys, and rope. I really liked those little hand-cranked Lego winches; they have to be one of my favorite pieces. I was always making and improving crane designs.
  5. Minifigure Armies — Like any boy, I really loved playing war. My Legos didn’t often escape the conflicts that raged through my room and house. The minifigures were often conscripted into armies made up of all sorts of toys, imaginary and real. Unfortunately for me, my parents frowned upon the use of explosives–a rule my minifigures were most thankful for. 
  6. Star Wars — Star Wars Legos have to be some of the best Legos ever produced. From the tiny lightsaber duel sets to the massive “collector” level models of Blockade Runners and Star Destroyers, Lego really put a lot of effort into the plastic re-creations of the cult-classic film series. Join the dark side, we have awesome plastic stormtroopers. 
  7. Movie Reenactment — I never actually filmed any of the movies that we reenacted, but I know that we did recreate a lot of movie scenes with Legos. Sure, they might have featured divers as soldiers and police minifigures as shop owners, but I’m sure the critics over-looked those minor details.
  8. Castles/Buildings — I really like castles and medieval times, so castles were always a favorite construction project. Of course, the best part of building any castle is the destruction. Many different demolition methods were used, often consisting of catapults and rampant time-traveling motor vehicles.
  9. Lightsabers — I know I already mentioned Star Wars, but I think lightsabers are important enough to be in a category of their own. The multi-colored translucent rods are some of the simplest and best Lego weapons.
  10. Robotics — Finally, I have to mention Lego Mindstorms. Used even today in high schools and college engineering programs, these kits are really cool. My school uses them along with a professional data analysis program for introductory programming and data acquisition projects.

That’s just a taste of some of the things that you can do with Legos. I’d love to hear some of your favorite Lego-related stories. I’ll leave you with this video of an awesome Lego Rube-Goldberg machine.

May the Force Be With You,
~XK

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17 thoughts on “The 10 Most Awesome Things to Do With Legos

    Rachel Allison said:
    13 March , 2012 at 19:00

    LOTR Legos? Awesome! My family and I just finished re-watching the movies yesterday (extended edition, of course). It’s kind of an annual event in our house.
    Your list is quite good. For as long as I’ve played with Legos, I’m surprised I never thought to do a movie reenactment. I must give that a try! We’ve, of course, done stop action movies with them, but those were about ten seconds long and had no real meaning. haha

      xanthuskidd responded:
      13 March , 2012 at 22:46

      Yes! I’m really really excited about the LOTR Legos. I still need to *ashamed look* see the extended editions. (In my defense, I’ve read the books 3 times and the Hobbit 4.)

      I’ve never actually done much stop motion. I was thinking about giving it a try sometime.

        Rachel Allison said:
        14 March , 2012 at 09:16

        Well, this was my first time seeing Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King in the extended edition. I had seen the extended edition of Twin Towers, but that was it. The extended ones, though, were like… 100 times better, which is saying something because the regular movies are already really good.
        And all that reading is pretty impressive. 🙂 I’m just now starting to read the Hobbit for the first time. I figured after all these years of watching the movies, I should try and read the books at least once. lol

      Amy said:
      29 July , 2015 at 10:39

      Ikr I can’t get enough of the hobbit or lotr!

    The-Marnray said:
    13 March , 2012 at 19:14

    LOTR Legos! LOTR Legos!? LOTR Legos FTW!
    Sorry for the excitement. Im an adult who still plays with Legos. Haters gonna’ hate.
    I just noticed you missed making Lego Stop-Motion videos, I’m sure that would take to taco in “Fun Factor”.

      xanthuskidd responded:
      13 March , 2012 at 22:48

      Yes, indeed! I see no problems with adults playing with Legos; I mean, hey, I’m 20. :p

      I never did much stop motion; I thought about including it. Here’s one of my favorite Lego stop motions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0z_TU4Gw5o

        Sci-Fi Gene said:
        14 March , 2012 at 18:41

        I see your Lego Star Wars video and raise you one Lego Difference Engine video…

        (this could go on for a while, it seems there are a lot of people on YouTube with too much time and too much Lego on their hands)

        Sci-Fi Gene said:
        14 March , 2012 at 20:03
        xanthuskidd responded:
        14 March , 2012 at 20:23

        Good heavens! That thing is ridiculous! You probably already seen this one, but it’s amazing and worth re watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qsWFFuYZYI

      Amy said:
      29 July , 2015 at 10:37

      Who cares? Lego lotr is amazing

    Sci-Fi Gene said:
    13 March , 2012 at 19:59

    I recognize most of the games above from my own childhood although I was re-enacting Doctor Who and other TV shows rather than films. The castle sets were particularly good.

    @The-Marnray: it’s OK to admit to being an adult who still plays with Legos, and yes, it’s great for stop-motion – I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but finally got round to using Lego for my most recent short film.

      xanthuskidd responded:
      13 March , 2012 at 22:50

      I was a late-comer to the Doctor Who realm, so any TV series consisted mainly of X-Files. What editor do you use for your YT vids?

        Sci-Fi Gene said:
        14 March , 2012 at 18:38

        I’ve been working almost entirely in Blender for the past couple of years.

    metan said:
    14 March , 2012 at 03:21

    LOTR lego?! Oh. My. God. Thanks for the heads up, I can start saving now.

    d said:
    5 May , 2014 at 11:29

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    Amy said:
    29 July , 2015 at 10:36

    You might want to update this! Lego lotr came out 3 years ago! Even so, it is really cool! Anyone who doesn’t own Lego the hobbit (of some kind) I definitely recommend it. Legolas is the best!

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