LEGO Mindstorms EV3 R2-D2

Today I finally got some time to play with the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3. I upgraded my R2-D2 model so that it can now turn its head. This was possible due to the small new motor that comes with the set. EV3 has four inputs and four outputs. But the box unfortunately only contained three motors and three sensors. I also noticed that several very basic LEGO Technic parts, such as the 3/4 connector pin, are not included. On the plus side, there are several  36 Tooth Double Bevel Gears. The EV3 comes loaded with some programs, one of them being an Infrared controller software. I was able to use it directly to control two motors of R2-D2.

I will now start exploring the software…

I am happy to announce that three new books are now available. First to mention is The 2012 LEGO Minifigure Catalog. On its 170 pages it contains more than 500 minifigures that were released in 2012. I have even been able to include photographs for the ultra rare Super Heroes ComicCon and Toyfair Minifigures (thanks Dan, Greg & Huw!).

Second, I updated The 2011 LEGO Minifigure Catalog. In this second edition, many corrections and addititions have been incorporated. The book has now 146 pages and also uses the new layout introduced in the 2012 catalog.

Last, I would like to mention the second edition of The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog. This second edition includes all the 2012 Star Wars Minifigures and I am proud to have a photograph for every minifigure. The book also contains a new name index.

All books are available immediately on CreateSpace and they will all soon show up on I hope that you enjoy the books and I would like to thank everybody that helped creating them.

The 2012 LEGO Minifigure Catalog

My first model with LDD (LEGO Digital Designer)

It is sad that once I got to appreciate LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), it is already out of date. LEGO sill allows you to use it, but it is already a bit out of date. The new L motors are not in the database and it is unclear if they will ever be added. In any case, I build my RACE model in it and you can download the LXF file.