Kickstarter for LEGO Compatible Tank Treads

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The LEGO fanatics at Brickmania are intent on going a step further with their military themed custom kits by producing their very own tank tread elements and they are going to use Kickstarter to pull it off.

We have all seen the LEGO chain element used for treads and this new proposed part is heavily based on that design. The significant difference with this element is that the "opening" which allows that chain to pivot either direction, will be covered up with an tread design for a more desirable esthetic.

Brickmania is not just creating a variant on the traditional chain though, they are also creating a two stud wide element perfect for minifig scaled tanks.

Brickmania plans to have the actual product ship to the Kickstarter pledgers by this July. The treads can be obtained in packs of 100 for a minimum of $13 ($19 if outside the U.S.) with higher pledge levels including limited edition Brickmania sets. At this point the Brickmania Track Links Kickstarter is fully funded and it will conclude in four days.

Update: Sharp eyed historian types have noted that these treads are designed with American and Allied tanks in mind. Brickmania indicates that they do have future plans for additional elements that better reflect the diversity of real treads.

7 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Why do you need Kickstarter for this? Just make them and sell them through one of the online custom Lego pieces shops, like Firestartoys, or something like that. :S

BTW, I wish there was a better way to do this than to pledge money. :S TFOLs like myself usually can't support projects like this, for practical reasons.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can see these looking perfect on something like a Sherman or several other American tanks of that era. They'd look a bit weird on most German tanks of WW2, but maybe if this project goes well they'll bring out some more designs.

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By in United States,

@lego613master I'm guessing you didn't click through and actually read the Kickstarter project: "The up-front expense of complex mold making, however, extends us fiscally beyond anything we have previously attempted. Rather than stretching our financial resources to their limit, we are asking our supporters help give us a jump start on the most expensive portion of the project"

I've read articles listing estimated costs of $15,000-250,000+ for LEGO molds

http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/3869/why-no-more-monorail/p2
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/02/retired-lego-mold-reddit/
http://gizmodo.com/5019797/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-lego
http://www.toysnbricks.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5105

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By in United States,

@ Paul_merton.

The kickstarter talks about exactly that. This current design is a "chevron pattern found on many American and Allied tanks and armored vehicles"

and

"The design for these molds will actually lay the groundwork for additional patterns of track links that we will be able to produce at a later date."

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By in United States,

@TooMuchDew- To tell you the truth I now realize that was a very misinformed statement. Yeah, I can see why they need this. *Whistles*

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By in United Kingdom,

Another military inspired Lego story. There is a very good reason LTG has not done military models in the past and that is part of the reason I love Lego. Normalising war to children through play is not a good idea. If adults want to play with the idea of formalised mass killing between nations that who am I to stop them, but please don't expect my support when you use Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder what the cost of the packs will be once they are sold normally.

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