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Illuminated & animated billboards for LEGO

by admin on June 26, 2018

in Useful Resources

LEGO customizer BrickStuff is known for making very high-quality light-kits for LEGO sets and custom creations. Many of the lighted LEGO displays you find online and at LEGO conventions are powered by BrickStuff lights. The uniqueness of BrickStuff is that their lights are so tiny and their wires so thin that they can fit inside and run between the smallest LEGO elements. Besides offering starter-kits and individual modules to power your LEGO creations, BrickStuff also offers already preassembled kits to light up some of the most popular LEGO sets. We discussed BrickStuff’s products in detail previously (see: Light Up Your LEGO Models with BrickStuff), and today, I wanted to bring your attention to their newest product: illuminated and animated billboards! ๐Ÿ™‚

I first became aware of BrickStuff’s new billboards through Twitter, and I was immediately impressed. No other LEGO customizer produces such a product, so this is totally unique. The billboards are 5″ long by 2.5″ tall (126mm x 64mm) and feature a custom, full-color image, printed on top of flexible electroluminescent (EL) material that has been divided into sections based on the graphic design. Each billboard has a total of five sections, and when connected to the included power supply, the sections animate in sequence, creating a non-stop light show you can mount just about anywhere in your LEGO city.

Each kit includes one billboard with 7-wire connecting cable, one power supply/lighting animation driver, and one strip of sticky squares. The power supply can operate on either four AAA batteries, or a connecting cable is also included that works with the standard BrickStuff power supplies. You can either use batteries to power the billboard or connect it to the rest of your BrickStuff lights to power everything centrally.

These illuminatedย and animated billboards are the same size as an 8×16 LEGO plate, so you can use the included sticky squares to attach the billboard to a plate to design your own billboard frame, or attach to the side of a building or any other flat surface.

There are currently eight different billboard designs, advertising Brickville Airlines, a diner, a barbershop, a coffee house, the BrickTrak metro-liner, the Octan Racing team, the Brickville power company, and Ace Brickman’s private investigator services. You can see how each of the billboards is illuminated and animated at BrickStuff’s website. Below is just one example so you can see how awesome it looks.

As mentioned above, each of the billboard kits includes everything to set up your billboard, except for batteries and LEGO pieces that you might want to use to build a custom frame. The billboard kits are $43 each, which is not cheap, however even just one of these billboards is enough to add something very unique to your LEGO city or LEGO Modular Building layout.

I also really like that the artwork on the billboards is LEGO-ized. The diner billboard even features the #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner, and the barbershop and private investigator billboards are references to the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office. The other billboards also refer to iconic characters/vehicles/scenes from official LEGO sets, like the Octan racing team, and Larry the barista from The LEGO Movie.

These billboards fit perfectly on top of the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office, but of course, they can be placed at other locations as well. They are basically like billboards in a real city; some of them are placed on top or the sides of buildings, others sit on top of a pole, or in a train station, bus stop, or shop window. So, if you want to try something unique, and add a little excitement to your LEGO city, you might want to try out one (or more) of these illuminated and animated billboards by BrickStuff.

What do you think? How do you like these LEGO compatible billboards? Are you considering adding them to your LEGO city? What other illuminated and animated billboard designs would you like to see? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

brickmaster June 26, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Woa! This is different! Will have to check it out!

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Tito June 26, 2018 at 10:21 AM

They should also make one for the Palace Cinema and the Grand Emporium. Really cool stuff!

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admin June 26, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Good idea! ๐Ÿ˜€

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jabber-baby-wocky June 26, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Very cool. Is there a way to control the lights? Like how fast they are flashing?

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admin June 26, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Yes, the speed of the lights blinking can be controlled. ๐Ÿ™‚

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DavidH June 26, 2018 at 12:44 PM

You could probably achieve something similar by using an old and unused smartphone, although the weight and size might be an issue. Oh, and you also need lego art. Thinking it through, this is very cool.

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admin June 26, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Sure, a phone could work too, but this one is much thinner and thus more versatile. ๐Ÿ™‚

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BigShawn June 26, 2018 at 1:16 PM

This is a great idea! I wonder if other sizes would be possible too. I would like to see some movie posters like this too and some shop signs.

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admin June 26, 2018 at 4:33 PM

There has to be enough room for the wiring, but other than that, I don’t see any other limitations for the size. They probably want to stay with standard LEGO plate sizes though.

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Martin June 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM

I would really like to add lights to my city, but I don’t even know where to start. Having to run tiny wires all over sounds intimidating and cumbersome. Is there like a step by step plan how to start with lights?

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admin June 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Martin, BrickStuff and other light customizers often have starter kits specific to a particular set. Purchasing one of these is a good way to start out, as they give you full directions on how to install the lights. Once you finish one project, you will have a good idea how the lights work, and you can get more creative with future projects. It’s not that hard, but you do have to plan out how you run the wires. Fortunately, BrickStuff’s wires are so thin, they can run between plates. It does become cumbersome to lift of floors though (like in the Modulars), but BrickStuff also has some solutions for that with connectors that can easily separate between floors. You could also just wait until i-Brix gets released. Their lights are completely wireless. Should be available later this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sith015 June 26, 2018 at 5:13 PM

COOOL!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Rob June 26, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Fun idea! I could see getting the electric company one seeing as I have a linesman truck with a worker changing a light on the elevated commuter rail bridge.

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admin June 27, 2018 at 10:25 PM

That’s a great idea! Would love to see it if you ever add it to your city! ๐Ÿ˜€

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LEGOJeff June 27, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Neat! Especially that you can control the lights. I like the artwork too!

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