BrikWars

Why do you spend hours and hours building cool Lego models? To see how well they fight, of course.

BrikWars is the definitive plastic building brick miniatures war game. Some of the chapters and rules are still under construction, but it’s playable and very cool — especially the giant robot rules.

BrickBay

Of course if you want to make a Lego movie, you’re going to need lots of Legos and there’s no place like BrickBay to get your fix. As the name suggests, this is basically an E-Bay style portal devoted exclusively to Legos. One of the good things about buying here is you can get large quantities of basic blocks of a single color at a far lower price than Lego sells them for, as well as finding mint-in-box versions of some of the cool but out of print Lego sets such as the pirate series.

LDraw

Finally, you’re going to want to build your own sets with those Legos. Sure there are some really cool sets out there, but probably not quite exactly everything you need. I love Legos, but I confess I am very engineering deficient. There’s no way I could sit down with a bunch of Legos and just build a masterpiece.

Which is why there’s LDraw. LDraw is basically just a CAD program that is designed to help build things out of Lego. Toy around with your design in LDraw and then print out complete building instructions and parts requirements on your laser printer. What could be more cool than that? Oh yeah, it’s completely free!

Lego Movie: All of the Dead

I told my wife I had to have the video capture card to digitize my 8mm tapes, but realistically the main thing I wanted it for is to make stop-action Lego movies. I’ve already got a couple of ideas and am busy assembling Lego sets, though I probably won’t find the time until this summer to actually do this.

There are a number of Lego movies on the Internet, such as this amusing takeoff of horror films, All of the Dead. The camera work is pretty shaky in some parts, but the scenes of the minifigs rising from the dead is priceless (and unlike my plans, these folks actually used a real film camera).