The gun Kotaku teaches its readers to build. (kotaku.com)

Video game blog teaches readers how to make "realistic" Lego gun

Forget 3-D printing. Kotaku spotlights the work of a designer of hyper-real guns -- all made with kids' toys.


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Daniel D'Addario
May 29, 2013 8:15PM (UTC)

Gawker Media's Kotaku blog is doing the 3-D printing crowd one better -- it's showing readers how to build realistic gun replicas with toys their kids have lying around the house.

Kotaku, a video game blog, spotlights today the work of Jeff Boen, who's written a book on how to build astoundingly realistic guns from the plastic toy bricks. The blog post features a step-by-step depiction of what brick to place where; only black Legos are used, rather than, say, cheerful yellow, for that "real weapon" frisson!

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The gun depicted on Kotaku has "been featured in numerous video games" but does not shoot projectiles; Boen's book, per its publisher's description online, also shows how to design a gun that will fire rubber bands. "These models are not suitable for children under the age of 12," the description advises.

Obviously, even the rubber-band firing weapons are not exactly lethal firearms. Even so, the decision to spotlight realistic-looking weapons made from children's toys -- at a time when both the synthetic manufacture of weapons outside regulations and a fatality at the point of a firearm marketed to children are in the news cycle -- is a striking one.


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