Think LEGO's version of wooden train tracks by Brio, Ikea, and Thomas the tank engine, but made for cars, spaceships, and midieval carts. Our proposal is to pull together a new road/trail system for LEGO that compliments the existing road platform on baseplates.
This new product line, called Brick Trails, allows you to build a road or trail system that not only brings LEGO sets together for integrated play, but it allows builders to quickly build bridges over rivers or a road that leads to second tier of structures off the ground.
The line would be developed for two different groups:
•Colorful bricks in a basic set for younger builders (see sample above that was built using a 3-d printer at Olin College), and;
•Specific sets and colors to support specific themes: dark-bluish gray for classic town roads (see below), dark brown for castle/jungle/forest themes; light-bluish gray for space themes, etc
We’ve designed four 4 different bricks for this line
•These bricks are based on the height of a standard LEGO brick.
•They have a smooth tiled surface on top for cars, trucks, ships, carts, and other vehicles to roll, slide, and launch across.
•Holes on the sides and ends allow the Brick Trail bricks to connect quickly to each other and other projects using technic pins.
•The underside of the bricks allows classic bricks and baseplates to snap in place
As for price breaks, a basic kit comes with 10-15 Brick trail plates and 40 technic pins. This kit would go for ~$35.00 (bricklink sells similar sized bricks with studs on top and no pin holes on the sides for $0.50-$1.00 each). We’d also recommend a tool for popping pins out of the holes and stickers that could go on top to compliment themed lines. A larger kit in the $50-75 range would have ~50 plates.
Concept put together by Tim Raymond, Nick Tatar, & Sam Yang at Olin College.