Legos and LEDs

Zombie Timmy LegoLast week Dan pointed me to an article on EvilMadScientist.com about putting LEDs into Legos.

I don’t know anything at all about electronics but it seemed pretty straightforward so I figured I’d give it a shot.

My first attempt was good old Zombie Timmy. I’ve created him in so many different media at this point it seemed like a natural first try.I picked up some 5mm LEDs at radio shack and used a coin battery like the article said. I was happy to see that there was no resistor necessary.

I sawed his neck off and drilled a hole big enough for the LED. Next I drilled out his eyeballs, and a hole in the back to run the LED’s leads out.

Then I went to work painting up a new Zombie Timmy body. A little blood here, a little dirt there, and I was done. I got a pretty encouraging result – he looks great with his evil, red-glowing eyes! The ring of red around his neck looks a little doofy. That’s the bottom rim of the LED. I will have to watch for that in the next project.
Borg Lego

After that, I figured I would try a Borg. Borg are fun to make because you get to make all these little imaginary circuit diagrams on them.

I followed the same construction technique as with Zombie Timmy, except I only drilled out one of the eyes. I also painted black around the bottom rim of the LED so light doesn’t pour out of his neck.
The only thing I’m not happy with is the way the battery sticks out the back (it’s tucked away behind the figures in both of the photographs here). I picked up a couple battery holders and would like to create a diorama-type setup with the battery holder and possibly a switch behind the wall.

My next project in this vein will be a new version of my Lego Sam Fisher, but this time with gren LED goggles.

6 Responses to “Legos and LEDs”

  1. Those are awesome! The Borg is really clever and is great looking.

    In order to prevent the neck from glowing on mine, I carved away the “flange” at the base of my LEDs, so that they didn’t stick out like that.

    -Windell.

  2. Neolardo Va Dinci says:

    The glowing Zombie Timmy neck looks eerily like the mother fo the bride Saturday night that was dancing up a storm with a glow stick wrapped around her neck.

  3. Betsey says:

    They Are So Cool, By The Way I’m A Huge KISS Fan Could U Make Some KISS Mini-Figs And Put The Pictures Of Em On The Website That Would Be Gold.

  4. Brian says:

    yeah using a drill to start off the eyes and mouth designs is a lot easier

  5. Austin says:

    awesome im gunna make one too

  6. Robbo says:

    I love the evil timmy with the bloody details. check out a bunch more lighted minifigs dating back to around 2002 at http://www.brickmodder.net