Big poster in Akihabara station promoting a special 30th Anniversary Gundam World 2009 event at Nasu Highlands Park. A smaller segment to the lower left is pimping the LEGO Stadium and the space center located in the same park.
Located a little under 2 hours by Bullet train from the center of Tokyo, Nasu has turned into a popular family resort area, especially for those trying to escape the summer heat and humidity.
When they throw in extra features that speak directly to the otaku's heart (almost always the father in this type of scenario), it's a given that the family will be spending most, if not all of it's summer vacation budget there.
Did we mention that they also have rollercoasters?
-- Posted using the Robots Dreams iPhone.
It’s way too early to start thinking about Christmas presents, although there are a few advertisements already popping up on the trains and in the papers here. Nevertheless, we’re giving some serious consideration to putting the latest Mindstorms version, the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0, at the top of our holiday wish list for Santa.
It turns out that James May with the popular British television show 'Top Gear' will be using them to build a full-size house. The house will be complete with a staircase, toilet and shower.
Of course, a challenge like that just cries out to be topped, and we know exactly the premier robot/LEGO guy that would be perfect.
We think that Jin Sato, one of the best robot designers on the planet, a LEGO guru, and a ROBO-ONE champion should rise to the occasion and beat the British at their own game. Jin should use 4 million LEGO bricks, and some scaled up Mindstorms components, to build a huge version of his landmark MIBO canine robot, at least big enough to be a companion to the life-sized Gundam currently towering over Tokyo Bay.
Full Size LEGO House
We’re going to try and avoid the obvious puns, like “To Lego, or not to Lego, that is the question…”, and just cut directly to the chase.
Several readers, including one sharp eyed visitor from Italy, pointed out a striking similarity between the Korean ROBOKIDS product line currently on display at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2009 here and another extremely well known, beloved, but much more expensive product line from Denmark.
Apparently the ROBOKIDS products seem to be the same size, same design, almost the same color scheme, and even have a robot controller unit that closely resembles the original Mindstorms RCX in appearance. However, according to an English Roborobo representative website the ROBOKIDS system was designed for the education market in Korea, and also includes the ability to scan program cards from a card reader which allows young students to program the robots without having to use a PC. And, the company does offer quite a few robot boards, perpherials, and sensors that we’ve never seen before.
How to make a unique and delightful, animated music-box type birthday cake?
Hide some Lego Mindstorms under the cake and use pipecleaner linkages fed through drinking straw tunnels to move whatever character the lucky birthday person loves.
Love Legos? Get ready for a challenging new multiplayer gaming experience featuring you and other Lego addicts worldwide when the online Lego Universe game is released next year.
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