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July has been Pokémon Go mania! People running around with their phones, trying to capture Pokémon. The game is particularly fun because of the augmented reality feature, which makes it look like you are finding those weird little virtual creatures in your own real world setting. So how is this connected to the LEGO hobby? Well, how about building your own Pokémon characters with LEGO bricks? 🙂

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If you need a little help with building your own LEGO Pokémon, you might want to check out the creations of LEGO fan Cephei-Delta, who doesn’t just build awesome LEGO Pokémon (cleverly called PokéMOCs), but also shares the building instructions.

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So far there are thirteen PokéMOCs in the collection, including Flygon, Mega Absol, Mega Ampharos, Mega Mawile, Mega Metagross, Mega Sableye, Metagross, Omastar, Starmie, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zapdos, and Zygarde 50%. You can download the LEGO Digital Designer instructions for all of the characters at the following link at Bricksafe.com: Dowload PokéMOCs Instructions

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There are other characters in progress as well, including Kyurem-W, Mega Venusaur, Vileplume, Volcarona, Ho-Oh, Mega Sceptile, Nidoking, Shuckle, Lunala, Galvantula, and Lapras. So if you are interested to build more, you can check back at the above-mentioned link for further downloadable instructions.

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Cephei-Delta also takes requests for further characters, and so far people suggested Deoxys, Alakazam, Meloetta, Dragonite, Diancie, Swampert, Eelektross, Volcanion, Salamence, Porygon, Garchomp, Blastoise, Cyndaquil, Fennekin, Arcanine, Solgaleo, Bellossom, Girafarig, (Mega) Gengar, Mega Manectric, Giratina (O/A), Zekrom, Reshiram, Kyurem-B, Magnemite, Magneton, Aggron, Gardevoir, Houndoom, Butt-wings, Torterra, Luxray, Mega Medicham, Slurpuff, Blaziken, Eeveelutions, Psyduck, Swellow, Metapod, Tyranitar, Articuno, and Moltres. As you can see, there are plenty to work on and there is always room to make more!

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Please note that some of the elements used in these models may not be available in the exact color, so you may need to substitute a few pieces. For example, the modified plate with angled handles that you see in Zapdo’s feet is not available in orange at this point (only black or white). But other than that, these are some fun projects you can work on while not running after Pokémon. I recommend picking up some of the LEGO Mixels sets, as they come with a lot of great colors, pieces, and small ball-joints that can be useful for Pokémon building. Find them at the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? Have you been playing Pokémon Go? How do you like the LEGO PokéMOCs? Are you planning to build some? What other characters would you like to get instructions for? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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“Mission to Space” is a NASA-LEGO partnership to inspire children about science and space exploration through two complimentary and interactive websites. They have lots of interesting information, activities, videos, quizzes, and more. If you have kids who are interested in spacetravel, becoming an astronaut, or how science is used in exploring distant planets, this is a great way to learn. It is also fun if you are just looking for some space related LEGO creations, and there is even a LEGO building challenge! 🙂

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NASA and LEGO have a longstanding relationship. LEGO released a number of space exploration related sets through the years, like the #21101 LEGO Hayabusa from 2012, the #21104 LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover from 2014, and the entire LEGO Discovery collection from 2003 (see below). In addition, astronauts regularly take LEGO sets and minifigures with them to the International Space Station for both science and fun. In fact, LEGO delivered 28 LEGO models to the station in the last five years. They are used for various research projects, and to build models to see how they work in microgravity.

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NASA says the following on their website about the collaboration: “NASA and LEGO have worked together to produce a fun and engaging online activity. “Mission to Space” takes kids on a journey through space with visits to the International Space Station, Mars and Jupiter, and gives them a chance to make their own space creations through an online building challenge. NASA research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is essential to humanity’s continuing journey of exploration.” Check the NASA “Mission to Space” website here.

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And this is what LEGO says about the partnership: “Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could visit other planets and travel through space? Well, here’s your chance to go on a mission to space through a partnership between NASA and the LEGO Group! Pack your space-lunch, and get ready to fly the International Space Station, pass the Moon, all the way to Mars and Jupiter! Learn fun facts about our solar system, play quizzes, and get a taste of life as an astronaut and space-pioneer! Round off the trip by entering an out-of-this-world building challenge.” Check the LEGO “Mission to Space” website here.

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You learn interesting facts, like that in 2003 NASA and LEGO worked together to send the first construction bricks to Mars aboard the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rovers. A third Mars rover, named Curiosity joined Spirit and Opportunity on Mars in 2012. Or, that onboard the Juno spacecraft that after a 5-year journey finally reached Jupiter earlier this summer, there are three specially-constructed LEGO minifigures made of space-grade aluminum: Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and ‘father of science’ Galileo Galilei (see below).

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Kids can also participate in the “Building Your Future” challenge. There is no prize, but it is still a fun activity. Here is the description: “We’re looking for the most creative builds and awesome space ideas. How would your home on a planet look like? How would you grow food in space? How would you travel from planet to planet? Just use LEGO bricks and build what your future in space look like, take a picture and upload to our “Mission to Space” gallery. The winner creations will be featured on LEGO.com and receive a winner badge on their LEGO.com gallery page!”

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While the “Mission to Space” website is supposed to be for kids, adults can enjoy it as well. And it also offers a great way for families to learn, explore and build together. I particularly like the little spaceship and planets you can build from the stop-motion instructions, and the videos about living on the International Space Station. This is a lesser-known section of the LEGO website, so check it out! And if you would like to build your own space exploration scenes, there are several LEGO City Space sets currently available at the Online LEGO Shop.

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What do you think? Did you know about LEGO’s collaboration with NASA? Have you checked out the websites yet? Did you learn something new? What do you think about LEGO in space? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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LEGO BrickHeadz collection coming!

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LEGO Stay Puft Marshmallow Man instructions

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LEGO Disney Castle designer-video

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One of the most exciting sets this year is #71040 LEGO Disney Castle that will be available this fall. We have already discussed the set in detail (see: LEGO Disney Castle Details & Pictures!), but at that time the designer-video was not yet released. When the video did become available I have considered just adding it […]

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Brick Breakdown: LEGO Nexo Knights library

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(Written by William) In this Brick Breakdown series I review official LEGO sets, from the perspective of looking at interesting building techniques we can all learn from. Today we will be examining one of the smaller LEGO Nexo Knights sets, the #70324 LEGO Nexo Knights Merlok’s Library 2.0. 🙂 Let me start by saying that […]

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Tiny LEGO sets for your minifigures!

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LEGO has been releasing a number of sets with miniature versions of LEGO boxes, so your minifigs can have their own LEGO sets to play with. The designs come on 1×2 and 2×4 tiles, and they are either printed or stickered. You can attach these decorated tiles to a plate or brick to make a […]

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Fun LEGO contest: build a LEGO lab!

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There is an interesting contest for LEGO fans run by a company based in the UK called Radleys. They make scientific glassware and laboratory instruments for industrial and academic research facilities around the world. The contest is about building a LEGO lab, it is for three age levels, open to contestants from all countries, and […]

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