Some things just shouldn’t be possible. In the realm of Star Wars, the abbreviated, unordered list goes something like this: warp speed intergalactic travel, the ability to communicate with aliens in English and be understood almost all the time, lightsabers with the little laser hilt thing. Thankfully, a pod racing arcade game made entirely out of LEGOs and LEGO robot pieces didn’t make the list.
The arcade cabinet in question is the work of Alexis Dos Santos, a prolific LEGO builder. Dos Santos created the miniature arcade machine using a combination of standard LEGOs and MINDSTORM pieces, LEGO’s entry-level robotics building blocks that are designed to work with basic computers and various programmable mechanisms.
The build includes a fully-functioning conveyor belt that is constantly churning out obstacles to be avoided by the player’s pod racer figure. In the video, Dos Santos uses a joystick to control the pod racer, zipping between the rapidly encroaching Star Wars-themed debris.
While the scoreboard doesn’t work, the machine does play a few of the sounds you would expect to hear from a homemade Star Wars arcade machine. The board is even smart enough to stop the game if the pod racer hits an obstacle. Sadly, there are no fiery explosions a la Episode I.