The day has finally arrived! My LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) is now available from LEGO brand stores and Toys R Us. You can find more information about the set, with links to my previous posts and instructions for building additional mazes, over on the Maze page. For anyone in the Toronto area I’ll also be at the Yorkdale LEGO store on Saturday, April 9th, from 11am to 3pm if you want to come and hang out and have me sign your set.
The best part about this set for me is being able to design my own mazes, and lately I’ve been experimenting with other parts in my collection to see what is possible for designing cool obstacles. Kristal suggested I build a mini golf based maze, which I thought was a great idea. Mini golf courses are known for having interesting obstacles that you have to get around, and we had fun coming up some some that would be suitable for a maze. You can see the results in the video, or read more about it below.
One thing in particular I wanted to experiment with was building dynamic obstacles, and this maze features a swinging block and rolling gate that move as you tilt the maze. I also integrated one of the old 9V micro motors into a windmill to get it to rotate. I think dynamic elements like these can really add some interest to mazes. I really like the windmill and rolling gate, but the swinging block might need some work. It’s a bit too unpredictable right now, and sometimes it takes forever to get the ball through it.
I also tried using curved bricks for walls and curved slopes to add a bridge and some bumps to roll around. I really liked both of these ideas. The bridge is quite interesting, as it requires you to gain some momentum to get the ball to roll over it, and I think the curved walls can be used to make some really interesting maze designs.
I’m sure there are a lot of other cool LEGO parts out there that can be used to make some interesting mazes. I’m really looking forward to seeing what other people come up with!