Tuesday, July 21, 2009

These colors don't run, but they might streak

Talk about ethical dilemmas. A recent MAKE Magazine post highlights how the same dye used on computer parts can be used to change the color of LEGO bricks. I'll let that sink in for a second.

We're talking about changing the color of your LEGO brick collection. On one hand, that sounds exciting in a who doesn't want to be an alchemist, experimenting with green minifigs or even aging bricks to resemble actual building exteriors, kind of way. And yet, the other hand is lurking, ready to slap that first hand for even thinking about painting a brick.

The MAKE post is based on 2005 experiments posted by SavaTheAggie on Classic-Castle.com, which resulted in the creation of a purple knight-- not the love child of Batman and The Joker, in case you were wondering.

So the question remains, if we have the power to color change, should we use it?

Photo by 713 Avenue.

1 comment:

Eric D. Burdo said...

That's a good question.

I try not to modify my bricks. I guess I'm a purist.

However, if I was doing something on a commission basis, or on a very large scale, it might be worth modifying them to save costs.