Display LEGO® block creations in exciting new ways with Mbriks™ accessory blocks.
What if you could give LEGO® blocks (and Mega Bloks®, Kre-O® blocks, etc...) new, gravity-defying, multi-directionally magnetic powers? With Mbriks™, you can! Just build Mbriks™ into your compatible block creations to display them in amazing new ways on magnetically receptive surfaces. Got LEGO® fans on your holiday shopping list? We're on track to ship out in early December!
Read on to see how Mbriks™ rewrite the script on how block creations can be displayed...
A new way to display
Hello and welcome to the Mbriks™ Kickstarter page! My name is Evan and I am a father of two and the creator of Mbriks™. If you or someone you know like LEGO® blocks, then you've landed in the right place...
What are Mbriks™? Think of them as accessories to LEGO®, Mega Blok®, and Kre-O® blocks that make it possible to connect block creations multi-directionally to magnetically receptive surfaces while combining them with drawings and other artwork.
I've always thought that LEGO® blocks are too awesome to be limited to floors and tabletops. With Mbriks™, you get the double benefit of being able to display your block creations at eye-level while also freeing up floor and table space! For schools, this latter benefit is particularly helpful, as students can leave their creations on display without exhausting the floor and table space they need for other projects. (Want to donate a Class Pack of Mbriks™ to a school in need? Please check out the Class Pack pledge tier.
S.T.E.A.M. And a quick note to fellow parents: In addition to clearing up some floor clutter, Mbriks™ can be a great introduction to S.T.E.A.M. concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), as designing each artistic display requires careful consideration of gravitational, frictional, and magnetic forces.
Kickstarter: If you're new to Kickstarter, please find the pledge / pre-order tiers to the right (If you're on a phone, you'll need to hold it horizontally). The $12,800 I am trying to raise will reimburse our manufacturer, who has generously fronted the production costs and begun producing Mbriks™ in time for delivery before the holidays!
UPDATE:Thanks to your feedback, you can now add as many additional Mbriks™ 6 packs as you'd like to any order for only $10 each. You can also combine orders (for example: one Starter Pack and one Build Pack). Please click below to learn how.
If you're able to pledge today, thank you so much for your support! I can't wait to see what you will do with Mbriks™!
Please read on to learn more...
Thanks to their patent-pending design, Mbriks™ magnetically "stick" on all sides and edges, giving you greater flexibility with build orientation ("studs" up, out, tilted, upside-down, etc...) compared to other "alternative-display" methods, (e.g. Block "Tape")
Mixed Media Masterpieces
Combine your 2D and 3D creations.
Want to make your wall-mounted, LEGO® + Mbriks™ creations really pop? Add context and depth to your 3D structures with eye-catching 2D backgrounds. Whether you draw, paint, or print, an Mbrik's magnetic pull will connect to your magnetically receptive surface through paper or other thin media.
Think off the grid
Fine tune your display
With Mbriks, you're no longer tethered to a grid of studs. Feel free to slide and rotate your creations until you've got things looking just right.
Small But Mighty
Don't let an Mbrik's size fool you; each one can support many times its own weight in compatible blocks.**
"So what should I build on?"
Perhaps you already have some magnetically receptive surfaces around your home (see the fridge door pic above). However, if you're looking for a more permanent, art-like display, consider one of the custom displays offered through the campaign. Each one features a framed display surface carefully selected for magnetic receptiveness, high frictional coefficient, and write-ability (i.e. you can draw on them too!).
Production already underway!
Thanks in part to a strong showing at the 2018 NY NOW Show in New York City, I've been able to find a manufacturer willing to front the production costs and produce Mbriks™ during our Kickstarter campaign. With production underway, we're on target to ship out in time for the holidays! (Note that we still need to pay back the manufacturing costs we've been advanced, however, so your support is crucial!)
Thanks for reading about the benefits of Mbriks™! If you've heard enough and just want to get your hands on some, please check out the reward tiers starting at the top right of this page.
To hear more about the backstory behind Mbriks™, please read on...
I've always loved LEGO® blocks. Building with them... admiring what others have built... For myself, and for generations around the world, LEGO® blocks, (and their compatible cousins, Mega Bloks®, Kre-O®, etc...), have become synonymous with creativity and "can-do-it-ness".
In designing Mbriks™, I wanted to create a block accessory that would breathe new life into traditional block building; in particular, I wanted to create new ways to display new creations on new surfaces.
Actually, starting out, my goal was much simpler: come up with a way to get my daughters excited about hanging out in the kitchen while I cooked dinner. (For, as any parent can attest, being able to keep an attentive eye on young kids while actually getting something done is a particularly satisfying form of Nirvana rarely achieved ;).
My first thought was fridge magnets, but the simple picture ones were severely lacking in creative potential. A light blinked on in my head. I glued a magnet onto the underside of a LEGO® block and began building up the side of the fridge. "Hmmmm", I thought. This was a step in the right direction, but it still felt limiting. A magnetic construction block that only "sticks" on one side means building in only one orientation. How could I make all sides and edges "stick" without the pull force of each disrupting another? I puzzled on this for a few days...
Finally, it hit me. My heart raced as I sketched out the imagined block's interior. Over the next few weeks and months I refined the design. Finally, I enlisted professional help for the finishing touches.
After many tweaks to the initial design, I couldn't be more excited with the result! Magnetic and multi-directional, Mbriks™ truly lift your block creations to new heights!
Where we are right now...
It's been a quite a ride so far... At the moment, Mbriks™ are patent-pending around the globe and the manufacturing team and I have carefully refined our molds and assembly processes to create what we hope you'll agree is a fantastic block. We've tested early production units for functionality and for compliance with consumer product standards (Mbriks™ are recommended for children 8 and up***), and, as you can see from the pics and videos above, have had a ton of fun designing block creations for magnetic display. With all that said, we still feel we're just scratching the surface of what can be done with Mbriks™!
We need your help!
We hope you are as excited about the potential for Mbriks™ as we are! Would you, or anyone you know, enjoy building with Mbriks™? (Or, are you just feeling particularly generous?). If so, please pledge today and please share this page with others who may be interested. With your help, we can bring these exciting new display capabilities to block lovers around the world!
Evan Grove and the Mbriks Team
* LEGO® and LEGO® Minifigures are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these products.
Mega Bloks® is a trademark of the Mattel Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these products.
Kre-O is a trademark of the Hasbro Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these products.
** Please note that the number of Mbriks™ needed to support any given block creation can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including: the magnetic receptiveness and surface finish of the underlying surface, the weight/sizes of compatible blocks used, the thickness of any media placed between your structure and the underlying surface, and your creation's structural design.
*** Because of their size, magnetic strength, and intended use profile, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends Mbriks™ for users aged 8 and up.
© 2018 Evan Grove & Interactive Modular Inc.
Risks and challenges
It is our hope that by producing Mbriks™ while our Kickstarter is underway - as opposed to trying navigate sourcing only after it's finished - we will avoid the production delays often experienced by other projects. With that being said, we are watching carefully developments with the United States and its trading partners as our blocks are made overseas and might be subject to future tariffs and restrictions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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