Mbriks, the magnetic LEGO compatible bricks project on KickStarter, has now reached 50% of its funding target, with 21 days to go.
Inspired by my crude attempts at using them to mount BrickHeadz in a frame in my article last week, Evan, the project's creator, has come up with something far more impressive by building them into the back of the BrickHeadz figures -- two Mbriks for Luke and one for Yoda -- and placing an image in front of the magnetically receptive surface, which shows off their potential much better!
He's also addressed a few points raised in the comments on the original article which you can read after the break.
Block size: After trying a number of iterations, the 1&1/3 height was chosen for internal magnet functionality as well as improved stability when attached via one of its 4 flat sides.
Block colors: we can't wait to offer more color varieties, it's just too expensive to do so at the outset.
Safety: I have been in frequent communication with the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) throughout the design process (and also consulted the E.U. equivalent), to ensure that Mbriks are compatible with all relevant restrictions.
Shipping: Unfortunately, the rates to ship from the U.S. are quite high - I quoted them directly from the post office near me. With that said - if I can find a cheaper alternative, i.e. shipping in bulk to the U.K. to then be distributed to individual backers from there, I'd be all for it and would happily return unspent shipping charges.
My experience with Supergluing magnets to LEGO: Bad!
If you're interested in backing the project and obtaining the magnetic blocks for yourself, head on over to Kickstarter to do so.