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We want you to rediscover your love of LEGO, because LEGO is awesome.
These versatile plastic bricks aren’t just play things. You can use LEGO to manage your time better, or exercise your mind with the increasingly complex LEGO Mindstorms series. Cool Websites and Apps aims to bring you five things never before covered on MakeUseOf, despite our tens of thousands of articles. Here are five LEGO apps you need to know about.
PlayGo: Netflix for LEGO Sets. Yep!
Remember when Netflix sent DVDs over the mail? This is that, but for LEGO sets.
73.9 per cent of LEGO fun comes from building it the first time – that’s just science. This service lets you do that with over 300 LEGO sets, including a few you can’t find anywhere else. When you’re done building, and admiring, send the blocks back and more will show up – you can do this as many times as you want, every month.
There is a downside: if you want access to some of the biggest sets, they are only available if you upgrade to a $50/month plan. This is a little steep but it is less than the cost of some single sets, and just might might be worthwhile for the true LEGO Maniacs out there.
BrickLink: Buy and Sell Custom LEGO Projects
Ownership may be over-rated, but sometimes you’re going to want LEGO of your own, so you can create something unique. Maybe you’ll even want to sell it.
BrickLink is a marketplace where you can buy unique LEGO sets, and potentially even sell sets that you’ve created. You don’t even need to source the bricks yourself – you can just profit from your design, assuming enough people want it.
Whether you’re looking for a completely unique LEGO set, or want to see if any your creations can sell in the open market, check this one out. It’s worth exploring just to see stuff like this:
If nothing else there are some great gift ideas here, so dig into it!
LEGO Building Instructions [No Longer Available] (Android Tablets): Interactive Instructions for Technic Sets
The wordless instructions that come with LEGO sets are a huge part of their charm, but sometimes they feel remarkable unhelpful. If you want more information, and the ability to rotate the images so you can see more of what’s going on, LEGO’s official Building Instruction app for Android tablets is worth checking out.
It’s only for the “Technic” line of sets, and only works on Android tablets (no iPad, no Android phones). There’s a lot of potential for a better app on more platforms here, but if you’ve got a few Technic sets confounding you it’s well worth checking out (along with these other cool Android apps for LEGO fans).
Legoizer: Turn Anything Into a LEGO Mural
If you really want to spruce up a room, a giant LEGO mural might be just the thing. This service lets you upload any photo to get precise directions for building that mural, along with a complete shopping list. I decided to try it out with a Mario screenshot, because I’m a big Mario fan.
First, I got a picture of what the mural would look like and a list of which bricks I’ll need:
I also got line-by line instructions for building the mural.
It’s going to take a while to build this, but it might be worth it – and could be an amazing gift. What would you build?
Brick-A-Pic: Make Brick Mosaics Instantly
If a real-life mural seems a little over-ambitious, and you just want to quickly create an image for your Facebook profile, check out this site instead. Just upload your image and it will create a cool mosaic using it.
It might be pointless, but it’s fun. Give it a shot.
What Will You Build?
LEGO has probably never been more prominent than right now, what with the (relatively) recent success of The LEGO Movie and the popular series of video games for everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter. Online there are amazing LEGO stop-motion videos, and even a Chrome app that lets you build with LEGO whatever you want in the browser.
We want to know which LEGO sites you’ve discovered, so that other readers can check them out to. Be sure to leave links in the comments below, and to argue with me that the plural of “LEGO” isn’t “LEGOs” because honestly I never get tired of that one.