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Flybrix is a crashable Lego droneMade from Lego bricks, the Flybrix toy drone is crash-friendly -- if it breaks you can just snap it back together.
Most drone pilots have had a crash or two in their time. But this tiny drone is definitely crash friendly. This is the Flybrix, and if you're thinking that the components look familiar, you're right. It's all Lego. Flybrix comes with everything you need to make your own toy drone, props, batteries Motor arms and a control board are all included, as well as the LEGO bricks. Configurations you can build include a quadcopter, hexacopter, or octocopter. There's an optional RC controller kit, otherwise you can fly it with your phone over a Bluetooth connection. The app lets you adjust the LEDs to change color and patterns so you can work out when the craft is idle or when its armed and ready to fly. Battery life is dependent on the size and weight of the craft but generally, you're looking at five to seven minutes of flight time. Even though the Flybricks is designed for kids, it's fun to fly as an adult, but some of the components are fragile even if the Lego itself is not. One of the motor connectors broke when I crashed it, and you may spend more time piecing it back together than actually flying the drone. Flybrick starts at $149 US for a basic kit at launch, and it's available now.