As you may remember I introduced you to a small Hong Kong based company that makes LEGO compatible light-bricks. Here is the link to the article where I reviewed their products in detail: LEGO Light Bricks – More Options! Since then they have also sent me a larger version of their light-brick called the 12 x 12 light-up base. So I thought to show it to you in case you are interested to check it out. 🙂
As you probably guessed 12 x 12 in the name of this new addition to the LEGO light-bricks family refers to the LEGO compatible studs. So yes, it is quite large – more like a platform or stand that you could use for your LEGO creations. In fact, unlike the small light-bricks made by the same company that you can integrate well into any LEGO diorama or set – with LEGO compatible studs on top and connection-points at the bottom – the 12 x 12 light-up base only has studs on top.
The bottom of the light-up base is smooth with a door for the battery section and a couple of holes for hanging. It is basically a square black box with a clear LEGO-compatible top. Nothing fancy, but it is solid. The LEGO light-up base operates on 3 standard AA batteries and has a simple on/off switch. Once you turn it on 16 LED lights come on with either a solid color or with different colors flashing at random, depending on the model.
I think it would be worth to add options for different light-patterns for the same light-up base. This would make each unit a lot more useful and versatile, and you wouldn’t have to buy a bunch of different colored ones for different LEGO projects. I could see the solid lights used in LEGO space-stations, LEGO city displays, alien worlds and all kinds of other LEGO creations. Solid colors would also work well as lighting options for LEGO display cases, cabinets and shelves. It’s kind of cool when you can illuminate your LEGO displays with lights that come with LEGO studs! For the changing color version all I can think of is disco-floor! 🙄
The LEGO compatible light-up base is in the prototype stage at this point, but if you are interested you can check out LiteUpBlock.com and contact Samson. You can also leave him feedback right here, ask questions or share ideas for improvement. What would you use this light-up base for? What additional features would you like to have? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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