Lego Boost Available for Pre-order

By BS Ted / June 4, 2017

Lego has opened pre-orders on their children's programmable set, Boost.  Boost is aimed at younger children than its other programmable line, Mindstorms.  The base Boost set contains the blocks and instructions to build five different models.  The models are programmed via a kid-friendly icon based interface which can be downloaded to a tablet of your choice.

Get your pre-order in over at Lego.com.  The sets are expected to be in by August 1st. 

The rundown directly from Lego:

Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster! Please go to LEGO.com/devicecheck for a list of all compatible devices.

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LEGO Macintosh Classic powered by Raspberry Pi

By BrickScouter Ted / May 24, 2017

Flickr User Benjamin Bertrand just posted a ridiculously cool build he made with a Raspberry Pi to form an old school iMac out of bricks.

The whole set is here and worth checking out: https:[email protected]/sets/72157681074224474/

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Near Virginia at the end of this month?

For anyone in the Virginia area May 30 or 31,  Troop 39 and WamaLTC are hosting the third annual Scouting for Bricks event.

From their website:

Come see amazing LEGO displays of castles, civil war scenes, Star Wars battles and hundreds of other creations by Fans of LEGO. We will also have LEGO Trains, Mindstorms robots, over a dozen specialized LEGO traders, and custom minifigures galore. Enjoy our hands-on family play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks and DUPLO blocks.

Sounds like a good time and helps fund camping trips and equipment for these kids.

BrickScouts T-Shirts

The  180th Pacific Coast Scout Group is raising money to support their Rover Scouts by selling the awesome looking design you see here. It is being offered in a wide range of colours.

This group and this product are in no way affiliated with BrickScouts.Org and none of the proceeds are shared.  I have however ordered one and look forward to wearing it to my next LUG event. 🙂

-BrickScouter Ted

Turkey Roast

By BrickScouter Ted / November 21, 2013

Today I came across this delightful little camping scene including a turkey roasting on an open fire:


This picture is buried deep in this post on EuroBricks but trust me, the fun details in the scenes are worth the trip.

Given that it will be Thanksgiving in the US next week it seemed appropriate. I think my next BrickScouts campout will have to include a roasted turkey. Although to be fair, I might include a bucket nearby with such a big fire in such a confined area, 😉

BrickScout Camp

By BrickScouter Ted / October 19, 2013

Scouter Bradley from Washington State built a BrickScouts (USA) camp at BrickCon in Seattle the weekend before last. Nice to chat with him again while I was there.

I love the swimming area floats and the Order of the Arrow ceremony.

Family Camping on Cuusoo

By BrickScouter Ted / October 10, 2012

Saw this little gem on the Cuusoo website today. A nice little family camping scene that could be made into a real LEGO set if enough people support it. I hope to get a BrickScouts set up sometime but in the meantime, if you like camping you might want to lend your support to this project.
 The tent design is interesting in that it allows for the tent to be opened as it is actually suspended from the tree. This adds some nice play features.

The barbeque and picnic table are also nicely designed but I would be a little nervous setting up camp right underneath a bee’s nest!

For those who may not be familiar with the site, LEGO Cuusoo is a site where you can share designs for a set that you think could be produced. If 10,000 people agree then the project will be given to LEGO set designers to see if it can be produced.

Mountain Guides Station

By BrickScouter Ted / January 9, 2012

As part of the Eurobricks Expand the Winter Village Contest Priovit70 has created a Mountain Guides Station including, ” 3 boy scouts, full of excitement waiting for their first hike in the snow.”

Although the Scouts look woefully unprepared for a days adventure on the mountain I am sure their Scouter is somewhere nearby making arrangements for proper gear

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