04 December 2019

2019 Parts Fest #2: Andreas Lenander's vintage electronics

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Following his fantasy builds with the Fat Boy rims and his varied builds using 3x3 domes, we have some more down-to-earth LEGO® creations from Andreas Lenander today as we continue our second Parts Festival for 2019, which uses all these seed parts.


Continuing my new found affinity for the big Fat Boy rims (Motorcycle Rim Ø 75 Solid in Medium Stone Grey – 6268590|46334), I decided to tackle a real-life object.

I realized the size of the rims were ideal for large headphones and adding another type of rim on the outside gave it a pretty “real” look, so that was the starting point for this build. The new 1x2 plates with rounded corners and holes were a great fit when creating the band of the headphones, of course with some 3mm flex tubes inside.

MP3-player with small headphones

Before the era of iPads and iPhones, there were the MP3s. An amazing invention which enabled people to listen to (legally) downloaded music in the late 1990s.

After I finished the big headphones, I was messing around with some of the pieces from Mini Accessory, No. 11 in Silver Metallic (6266977|50018) and noticed that some of them would be perfect for the small headphones that came with MP3s back in the day. The small headphones did however look a little lonely just by themselves so I had to go all-in and make an MP3 player as well.


This build actually started with me acquiring a bunch of the rounded 1x2 plates. When placing them together in a few layers, the structure very much resembled the wristband of a watch.

Enter the new round base for the Frozone CMF-fig! (Plate 4X4, Circle, W/ 2 Knobs – 32627 | 6250188). This piece made for an ideal watch face when turned upside-down. The hollow studs are also very good for connecting pins and other pieces, so connecting the watch to the wristband was an easy task. I found that one of the greebling pieces had the best fit for this and it could also be used when creating some detail on the side of the watch, since the pin can fit within the plate given that it has holes.

Vintage TV and radio

Continuing with my exploration of the Batman greebling pieces I noticed that several of them resembled small turntables or knobs.

After thinking about how to best utilise that, I settled on some vintage electronic devices – more specifically an old radio and an old TV.

When looking at pics to use as reference material, there was actually an old TV that had knobs that looked exactly like some of the pieces I ended up using, so that was really fun.

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  1. I can't believe the number of builds Andreas has pumped out! And every one of them naturally uses the seed elements perfectly. I particularly appreciate the tangled wires on the MP3!

  2. Haha, thanks a lot buddy, glad you liked them :)

  3. Excellent builds! Love the radio and TV!!

  4. Amazing builds!

  5. Great builds Andreas, I especially like the usage of the Frozone's 4X4 circle plate. Part that I would have a hard time trying to incorporate into a build, here it looks just perfect for the job.