Mbriks update

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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.

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14 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Luke and Yoda are using the (magnetic) force.

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By in United Kingdom,

^you beat me to it. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

That setup needs some floating rocks in it.

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By in United States,

This may prove great for creating flying characters and ships in displays without using an insane amount of string!

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the idea but shipping ups the cost of this outside of US massively, making each component too expensive for me to want to jump in. Hopefully it succeeds and I can get them off a shelf/website this side of the pond in future.

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By in United Kingdom,

"My experience with Supergluing magnets to LEGO: Bad!"

Why is that? I found they stick easily.

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By in Canada,

Hard to sell his product if he says superglue is just fine!

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By in United States,

Hey @CCC! I found the magnets troublesome because they are so super smooth (as are LEGOs) that after some time, they would slip right off - even though I had used super glue! Plus, I really wanted a solution where all sides would be magnetic so I could build in all directions (upside down, etc...). That would have been tricky with glue as well. ...As for questions about shipping, I am speaking to a number of companies about getting the UK shipping costs down. I will notify Brickset and update the Kickstarter as soon as I have word. If you pledge now, or have pledged already (Thank you!), I will see to it that you are reimbursed for unused shipping charges. It's certainly not my intent to gauge people on shipping... Thanks everyone!

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By in United Kingdom,

They look so cool on that fame.. Joke for ya, s

What's the body Temperature of a TaunTaun?

Luke warm.. Lol

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By in Germany,

^ legoavenger14 you made my day! :D

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By in United States,

Always nice to see Lego paired with art pieces as backgrounds.
Gives some nice display options.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with the polarity issue - getting the magnets to flip if they are brought up to one with the same pole facing is a tricky problem to overcome.

However, I've never had a magnet slip out of a 2x2 brick once glued in.

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By in United States,

Hey, I've never seen this "Star Bores," so I know nothing. What does it have to do with Indiana Jones and the little green Martian? And what connection does this have to the uprooted tree in the background? And what's the big deal with this "force"? I assume someone will have to educate me... But cool magnet bricks. I do know that.

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By in United States,

AWESOME!!

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