Mechabrick Kickstarter Launches

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Those of you who were fortunate enough to make it to the Great Western LEGO Show at STEAM will no doubt remember the impressive display from the Dubreq Ltd team - MECHABRICK!

Their Kickstarter project has now gone live as of the 14th October and runs for 30 days, during which time they hope to reach their backing target of £13,000.

In a nutshell, the project aims to launch a kit (or kits if they reach their stretch-goals) to convert your Minifigs into 1/144 scale Mecha, and then use them in a board-game fighting in a futuristic city (which I understand the user makes them self from LEGO).

They are not only launching the robot conversion kits and the boxed game, but also aim to launch an expanding range of add-on upgrades and weapons for the robots that alter their spec in the game and help gain you the upper-hand in your battles (plus look cool!).

So... if you want to know a bit more about Mechabrick - Gangs of Neon City, how the robots are assembled, and how the game is played, why not head on over to their Kickstarter page and take a look! You can also see a lot more images over on their Flickr page too.

22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Nifty idea.

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By in United States,

Somebody really liked the look of Transformers as a kid. Interesting idea nevertheless...

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By in United States,

Hrm... I don't see how is the game all that different from Mobile Frame Zero - http://mobileframezero.com/mfz/ - the only difference is that MFZ mecha are made out of LEGO elements (and sometimes *GASP* clone pieces) whereas this has a whole bunch of third-party pieces that you'll need to buy in order to play.

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By in United States,

Neat idea, but the minifig integration seem half-baked. If you're molding all new pieces to fit over a minifig torso/legs, why not make an upper arm that simply fits over a standard minifig arm+hand?

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By in United States,

Shared my thoughts on Flickr. I kind of agree with truk's assessment, but my thinking went sort of the other way. If you're going to have to disassemble a minifigure to armor them in this mechsuit... then what's the point of having a minifigure torso and legs under the armor at all? You might as well go 100% custom and increase the articulation and stability in the process. The only purpose the actual minifigure parts serve for this model is sheer novelty.

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By in United States,

@truk, I think you made a good point. I think this is a really neat idea, but would probably like it more if it left the inner standard minifigure alone.

@Aanchir, that would be interesting - almost like those larger "Jack Stone"-sized figures. TLG is already doing larger "minifigures" with The Hulk, the Goblin King, and more.

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By in United States,

Reminds me of a game called Battletech that FASA made in the early 90s.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's having to take the minifigure's arms off that puts me off, that's not part of "proper" play. I didn't care about doing that when I was 8 and customising figures, but that's not something I'd want to do to any minifigure I cared about any more.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't wait to get my hands on this! I love the way it ties together robots, nano scale lego building and tabletop gaming. Am surprised there are so many comments about the arm design. I love my minifigures but will happily pull the arms of some old ones to make these mecha.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought the same thing @Aanchir. The only reason to base it on minifig parts is publicity, which is working.

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By in United States,

Cool.

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By in United Kingdom,

As a boardgame it sounds very cool, certainly the kind of thing I would play, however I think MFZ does that too without having to buy third party model kits to build up around a fig. Good luck to them, I shall watch with interest.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Why not just build mechs out of existing parts and sell the game ?

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a good idea to me.

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By in United States,

Sounds like a good idea but don't use Lego to promote the game. Might as well make your own mechs with your own parts. What's the point in using minifigs without arms or heads. It should have been made to add bricks to the minifig not substitute them. Looks interesting but I would not buy it.

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By in Hong Kong,

not interested, ,agree with darthcarlos, why have to use a partial minifig as the core and not make a totally new figure?

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By in United States,

From what I can tell, this game has nearly nothing to offer that Mobile Frame Zero doesn't have, costs more money, and is less versatile in both designing/building units and gameplay. I could maybe see myself throwing 1 euro at it to get the instructions for all the buildings but that is it.

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By in Australia,

I've gotta echo the statements many have made about the redundant nature of the encased minifig...

If it was up to me, I'd be making it more like the Battle Mech and Evil Mech CMFs, and the robots present in the Galaxy Squad sets... but that's just me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nothing interesting really. And that idea of promoting third party elements combining them with Lego parts... I don't think so... Do you really believe people will be able to spend hundreds if not thousands of $$$$/££££ to create all those buildings/infrastructure they were showing on their videos just for that game? Really? I rather buy more and more MODULARS and TRAINS, road plates and individual bricks (ALL GENUINE LEGO) and create my own town plan. Guys I'm not criticising anything. I only believe that third party elements shouldn't be promoted this way. If people have a dream and they want to see it being made in bricks or at least give it a chance there's CUUSOO where TLG can bring your "brick dream" to reality. No offence.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just looked on Kickstarter and I think its a good idea. I might consider pledging some money to get one of the smaller sets. I also like the idea of the game and the stickers. My only problem is that the only actuall LEGO in it would be the minigiure torso (no arms) and the legs. I would have been better if the mech went around the minifigure like helmet, armour ect...

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By in United States,

Can't login to the main forum.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bit late to the party, but I really like this. I think a lot of thought has gone into the way it's a complementary add on to Lego. Few minifig legs (maybe in contrasting colours) and any old torso (you don't see the torso when assembled) and you have yourself a nice mecha. Then go on to build yourself any gaming environment and mods you can imagine.
I like the initial simplicity coupled with endless possibility for expansion.
It's just another way I can enjoy Lego.

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