The Lego steampunk line is set to debut in July and will include steampunk-inspired designs like a hover-mobile and "mad science ray."
Lego is looking to the future, with some inspiration from the past.
In July, the company said it will release a steampunk line that picks up on the aesthetic of a future that might have been.
Steampunk — which has inspired books, art and fashion — hinges on the idea of a future in which we use steam, rather than oil or electricity, as our primary source of energy. Still confused? Think 19th-century fashion and technology, but applied to a futuristic world. Or check out bing steampunk.
Lego's foray into steampunk will include three models and 13 different designs, including a hover-mobile, steam engine and "mad science ray."
The sets are part of the Lego Master Builder Academy. For now, images of the builds are only available to Lego club members.
One of the sets invites builders to "follow in the footsteps of the great inventor Leonardo da Vinci" and includes models of his inventions, such as his flying machine and helicopter.
Intrepid Lego builders have been making their own steampunk creations for years already, forging ahead without kits specifically designed for the purpose.
Steampunk.com shows off a "steampunk Lego shark submersible automaton" that is just as cool-looking as it sounds.
MOCpages, a site for Lego creations, touts several unofficial steampunk Lego designs, including some inspired by the steampunk video game "Bioshock." MOCpages has everything from a steampunk oasis to a steampunk toilet.
"It's a toilet… that runs on steam…" the description says. "I will not describe the liquid the steam is from though…"
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