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Make your Own CubeDude Lego Creation
Is there anything more timeless than Legos?
The simple interlocking bricks have entertained children (and adults!!) for years, so when something new and innovative comes along, Lego fans rejoice!
CubeDudes were created be Angus McLane, a Pixar employee, and have developed quite the fan base. Numerous CubeDude creations have popped up all over the internet.
If you have made a Lego creation, please leave a comment!
Make sure you read this to the end, because there is a very special lego set that was released during the 2010 San Diego Comic Book Convention!
Plates vs. Bricks
Did you know that Lego pieces have a very specific taxonomy? Most of us probably call a piece a "flat three by two" or something like that. But look at the lego web site and you will see that the full sized standard lego is called a "brick" and the flat piece is called a "plate".
Three plates stacked on top of each other will equal the height on one brick.
Angled ones are denoted as "roof tiles".
As with all legos, there really are not a lot of rules. If the Lego blocks fit, then it works!
However, to make a CubeDude in the unofficial standard, you should follow these guidelines:
1. The heads of most CubeDudes are based on a 3 x 3 x 3 cube. This can easily be modified depending on the character you wish to build. Just look at the character from V for Vendetta - his head is much larger than 3 x 3 x 3 with his hat and facial hair.
2. The body is 3 x 2 x 4. Again, this is only a guideline and can change depending on the character or the outfit.
3. The arms can be attached in any number of ways, but is commonly attached using a 1 x 1 Angular Brick and a 1 x 1 Round Plate. A Lamp Holder Brick or a Plate 1 x 2 Vertical Fork could also be used. Let your imagination run wild!
4. The head is usually connected to the body using a Plate 1 x 2 with 1 knob. This can attach in the center of a lego piece as well as in the traditional lego pockets.
Lego Pick a Brick
While your lego inventory may not be extensive, there are a few great alternatives to buying them.
First, Amazon.com keeps a very good variety of lego sets.
Second, you can order straight from Lego! Pick-a-Brick is a service that is offered on Lego's website where you can buy a single brick or plate in any color they offer - for pennies! Of course, most Lego-aholics will buy more than one - justify it to your spouse that you are saving on shipping!
Third, Garage Sales in your town are a great source for finding legos from older sets.
2010 San Diego Comic Con
As promised, here is a special treat for true Lego aficionados. During the 2010 San Diego Comic Book Convention, Lego sold a wonderful cube filled with five Star Wars themed CubeDudes.
During each of the four days, a long line formed through the convention center as fans gathered to draw a ticket from a big bin. If the ticket you chose had a special marking, you were allowed to buy one (and only one) SDCC 2010 EXCLUSIVE Lego CubeDude. All told, there were only 1,800 of these available in the entire world.
2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive
Limited Edition Star Wars CubeDudes
- LEGO Interview: Angus MacLane and the CubeDudes | BricksABillion
Angus MacLane and the LEGO Community Angus MacLane is significant to the AFOL community for a number of reasons. For one, he's an animator at PIXAR who worked