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BrickArms

LEGO doesn’t do guns. That’s obvious. The closest they get to providing firearm accessories for its minifigs is a megaphone that kind of looks like a gun, if you squint. In fact, they don’t do many weapons at all save for medieval armaments and lightsabers for their hugely popular Star Wars line.

BrickArmsSo I was surprised to hear from a friend about BrickArms, a small toy company he learned about at GenCon that specializes in original LEGO-compatible weapons (like the Space Magnum Pistol, above) and custom minifigs (like the Spy Bond, right, with Silenced Spy Pistol and a briefcase concealing a Micro SMG and spare magazine — yes, it’s that detailed). What began as a request in 2006 by the founder’s youngest son for World War II weapons has grown into a business that now produces 31 different weapons, weapons packs, and custom minifigs that are prized by collectors worldwide.

Does LEGO approve? Almost certainly not! But it’s just another example of how the toy has taken on a life of its own and inspired creativity and entrepreneurship.

Hit the jump for more pics of BrickArms’ work.

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BrickArms M2019 Blaster Pair

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BrickArms Bandit – ‘Mr. Black’

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Garand Rifle with monopod/magazine

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One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.

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  • So, how is it that LEGO is not suing this company? It’s one thing to design custom model sets using actual LEGO parts. But to clearly sell LEGO figurines seems like inviting big trouble.

  • So, how is it that LEGO is not suing this company? It’s one thing to design custom model sets using actual LEGO parts. But to clearly sell LEGO figurines seems like inviting big trouble.

  • Why should Brickarms ever be in trouble? If I by a car for example customize it or make it better than the original creators and sell it, is that my right? The anwser is yes.

  • Why should Brickarms ever be in trouble? If I by a car for example customize it or make it better than the original creators and sell it, is that my right? The anwser is yes.

  • “Why should Brickarms ever be in trouble? If I by a car for example customize it or make it better than the original creators and sell it, is that my right? The anwser is yes.” -Mike

    It’s similer to what you’ve said, except not exactly. BrickArms manufactures thier own weapons, that, just by coincedence, fit into a LEGO figures grasp rather well. The minifigures they make are all using LEGO torso’s perhapes, although are customized, which fits your statement.

  • “Why should Brickarms ever be in trouble? If I by a car for example customize it or make it better than the original creators and sell it, is that my right? The anwser is yes.” -Mike

    It’s similer to what you’ve said, except not exactly. BrickArms manufactures thier own weapons, that, just by coincedence, fit into a LEGO figures grasp rather well. The minifigures they make are all using LEGO torso’s perhapes, although are customized, which fits your statement.

  • For the record, one of the staff members of BrickArms, “the engima that is badger”, actually shook hands and spoke with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a former CEO of The Lego Group (The Christiansen Family founded and own a large proportion of the toy company):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nannanz/3645527852/

    Remember that in reality, Lego is quite happy that customisers like BrickArms are extending the playability of their official products by providing aftermarket accessories.

  • For the record, one of the staff members of BrickArms, “the engima that is badger”, actually shook hands and spoke with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a former CEO of The Lego Group (The Christiansen Family founded and own a large proportion of the toy company):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nannanz/3645527852/

    Remember that in reality, Lego is quite happy that customisers like BrickArms are extending the playability of their official products by providing aftermarket accessories.

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