Very often as a parent, I get to be a kid again. One of the things I enjoyed most when I was younger is Legos; I had numerous sets of the little bricks and often combined them to build wild monstrous creations and full-bodied cars with what was a pretty limited number of bricks. I would spend hours with friends making huge gear drive systems to see what we could drag, pull, or move with the little Lego vehicles we built. Now that I am a parent, I find that my eldest son enjoys Legos as much as I did.
While perusing the web last night I found a link to the Lego website, where you can download and install an application from Lego to create your very own Lego set. The application will allow you to start with a predetermined base, or let you go completely freestyle. After creating your dream Lego thing, you can create packaging for it and submit the build request to Lego for production! The application can be downloaded here.
I downloaded the application last night and got started. The system requirements include an Intel Macintosh with Mac OS X 10.4 with a discrete graphics card (integrated graphics are not officially supported). However, on my MacBook, which has integrated graphics, I experienced no difficulty after launching the application. I chose to start with one of the provided bases to start building my own vehicle. In the hour or so playing with it I didn’t notice any crashes or freezing, and had a lot of fun along the way. I’ll resume the build process tonight, but I don’t think I’ll see it to completion. It’s neat to be able to assemble your own personalized model in a virtual space and a great way to be a kid again!