Earlier last month, Jason Kottke posted a story about how Lego
has become single use. It's the sort of golden-era thinking that
I promised myself I wouldn't fall in to, but I ended up nodding
along. Yeah, Lego's too corporate. Lego sold out!
Except that it hasn't.
Robin Sloan at Snarkmarket shook me out of my false nostalgia
with the Tao of Lego.
Despite opening by agreeing with Jason, Robin put together a post
crammed to the gills with links to amazing repurposing of the
supposedly single-use bricks. Want an example?
I bought a pile of the standard bricks and—as an
Star Wars kit to see how ridiculous the pieces were. On the box,
it appears to be made of all-kinds of single-use bits. Building it
told a different story. The feet of the walker turn out to be the
same part as the bodies of the Droids. Some of the joints are
re-purposed guns. There are dozens of little clever things so that
as you follow the instructions, there is moment after moment of
discovery. “Oh, I can do THAT with that part?”
is no single-use Lego | Quiet Babylon
It's amazing what can be done using Lego, even with the non-Lego Lego
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