It looks like this flip-top walking LEGO vehicle has a mind of its own, but it’s really just powered by gravity and a tiny motor. The JK Brickworks custom LEGO builder guides us through building in a video on YouTubewhich was actually inspired by the old school Bear Mobile toy Made by Bandai in 1987. It looks like the original toy is some kind of sci-fi military vehicle, but JK Brickworks gives it a flashy new look.
The hypnotic flipping motion is triggered by a car moving forward in the center. Makes the machine heavy enough at the end of its run, causing the build to flip onto two legs, restarting the entire process. As shown in the JK Brickworks video, the toy’s unique twisting motion allows it to climb small steps and even up a slight incline.
If you want a deeper look at how to build this weirdly satisfying flippy machine, you can check out the nearly two hours long recorded live stream of JK Brickworks putting it together piece by piece. It appears that JK Brickworks also plans to create detailed building instructions, as it notes that “instructions will be available” in the description of its design breakdown video.
Sure, the machine may serve no purpose and have an unnecessarily unpleasant way of getting around, but it’s interesting that such a vehicle exists. As has been pointed out by some users on Redditthe only toy that comes close to this level of intrigue is probably the 1983 He-Man dragon walkerswinging sideways to take a single step forward.