LEGO Steampunk Walking Ship (Strandbeest)
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LEGO Steampunk Walking Ship (Strandbeest)

November 19, 2019

[walking noise] Hey everyone. Today I’m going to show you my latest LEGO
creation, which is this walking machine. As you saw in the intro it is motorized, using
the Power Functions system. Here’s the remote control. And, if we take a closer look you can see the infrared receiver here, the
battery box here if we look underneath, you can see two M motors,
one on either side. The wiring for the motors runs up through
the frame, underneath the deck to connect to the infrared receiver here. Right now I have this resting on these two
stands here just so I can more easily show you what’s
going on but when it’s in action the entire weight
is supported on these legs. The walking mechanism is basically the same
as that developed by Theo Jansen If you’re not familiar with his incredible
kinetic sculptures, you should really check them out. Um, I’ll put a link in the description for
that. I can show you the legs in action while it’s
on the stand here I’ll just turn the battery box on And now using the remote control, I can either
control the right hand motor Forwards and backwards And also the left one [motor noise] So lets take a closer look at the legs So here I have a standalone model of one pair
of legs So they’re connected in the middle to this
central crank shaft which drives all the motion And as you can see the tip of each leg basically
drags along the ground then lifts up and goes to it’s original point
on the ground again Again, this is all based on the walking mechanism
developed by Theo Jansen. The proportions of each segment in the leg
are not exact to what he developed but I think this is about as close as you
can get at this scale using what’s available in the LEGO system. I’ve also created step by step building instructions
for how to build the walking frame If you want to check those out just to have
a closer look at how it’s built or even try to build it yourself you can find those on
my website. As you can see I’ve also themed this as a post apocalytic or retro future trading ship The cargo crane is fully functional It can rotate and slide along it’s base Each segment of the crane as well as the towball,
can be independantly raised and lowered using the controls at the base That way you can load, unload or move cargo
around on the ship On this side I have a cabin, for the captain. The roof can just come off The door opens and closes, as do the windows And there’s some stuff inside, which you’ll
just have to imagine. The ladder also lowers and raises so people
can get on and off the ship So that’s about it. I had a lot of fun building this model and
I hope you enjoyed watching the video. Thanks again and we’ll see you next time. [walking noise]


  • Reply Bart Rides Eternal January 21, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Reminds me of Mortal Engines, coming movie

  • Reply Julian Oprator February 3, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I think your Dog has Autism

  • Reply Ondskemannen February 3, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Thats soo cool! Both the functionality and looks is 11/10

  • Reply Rob C February 4, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Scary AF!

  • Reply Angelita Soto nieblas February 6, 2018 at 6:46 am


  • Reply Dvo rak February 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm


  • Reply Pixel__Man February 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Creapy …

  • Reply Roberto Ventilii February 13, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I play lego from 1973 , seeing this it is like p*rn for me

  • Reply Andrej Skyline February 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm


  • Reply Flipper February 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing and unique. Now practically, could it just be a caterpillar vehicle instead?… : > )))

  • Reply Thezebraherd February 23, 2018 at 12:41 am

    What is the cost of this

  • Reply Dein Gewissen February 25, 2018 at 6:11 am

    How brilliant👏

  • Reply Jason Gooden February 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    That is AWESOME

  • Reply Jason Gooden February 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I want a walking throne

  • Reply 蔡文生 February 25, 2018 at 1:13 pm


  • Reply Rodrigo Aguilar February 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    3:34 swiggity swooty

    Great build btw

  • Reply NekoWinters March 5, 2018 at 12:01 am

    You beat the new Peter Jackson film lol

  • Reply Nol OfTheQuest March 5, 2018 at 6:11 am

    This needs to go on lego ideas, I would so buy it!

  • Reply bart ioi March 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    wow amazing

  • Reply jonni2 March 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I really love the concept of a walking house!
    Good video!

  • Reply besorgter Burger March 8, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Pretty fucking cool! – Imagine LEGO would start a SteamPunk Series. Wouldn't that be awesome?

  • Reply Nina Z March 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Looks like miyasaki hayao

  • Reply Bob Brueckner March 13, 2018 at 2:02 am


  • Reply TheTsar ofAll March 13, 2018 at 2:56 am

    I deem it : THE BEACHWALKER

  • Reply Rick Leuce March 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    What makes this build EXTRA impressive is the fact you can steer it. I've always wanted the Lego Mindstorms technic AT-AT that is motorized, but I know it cannot steer.

  • Reply Eric Leonard March 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    soooo all i was doing when i saw that walking was "oh god XD"

  • Reply Blockistic March 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    How is this thing only 500 pieces???

  • Reply Salykin Sergey March 23, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    я русский

  • Reply King PufflePuff March 23, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    If I saw this outside my apartment, I'd probably pee myself. . .

  • Reply TANKMAN 9999 March 26, 2018 at 2:08 am

    all you need is a propeller like some of the real stradbeasts.

  • Reply Cuvtixo D March 27, 2018 at 1:33 am

    There's nothing "steampunk" about this. Not "post apocalyptic" either. Yes it's impressive, but the obvious cynical attempt to market this and get clicks on YouTube takes away from the accomplishment.

  • Reply crompch April 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Jesus christ that is horrifying.

  • Reply Alatina Thucklemuggin April 2, 2018 at 3:05 am

    one step away from that awful fucking running dog robot in the woods

  • Reply Hamp S April 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    This model is amazing – and ive been looking to get into the world of MOCs
    So, i just ordered the parts from the instructions you provided.
    Is there any way to get my hands on instructions or a set list for the villiage on top and motorized functions?

  • Reply Mr. Ski mask April 8, 2018 at 2:54 am

    this triggers's eye rape

  • Reply John Christensen April 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Have you ever researched radial aircraft engines? The master piston rod looks familiar.

  • Reply Tristan Jansen op de Haar April 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm


  • Reply AjgoR TV April 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I challenge you to make a LEGO pencil sharpener.

  • Reply Bramkan April 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Wow. Good job man haha jesus christ

  • Reply Samuele Fiorillo May 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm


  • Reply Ivan Scherbina May 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Thank's for russian subtitres

  • Reply TG Murray May 6, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Love the design. I like how you can control it with the variable speeds too

  • Reply Captain Lennart Wolffe May 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Ohmygosh! I love steampunk!!

  • Reply mrdoit4life payne June 2, 2018 at 6:15 am


  • Reply eysterous June 11, 2018 at 8:22 pm


  • Reply Travis Rabble June 13, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Reminds me of the giant mechanical spider from the Will Smith movie Wild Wild West

  • Reply 메로네아스 June 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

    um…. your hand made?

  • Reply Extol June 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Get rubber geet

  • Reply Like Others June 29, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Didn't expect that it would walk (or run) so smoothly, it's a very complex set but extremly functional, even for a build of that size. At the moment i can't find any criticism for it

  • Reply The Berry Juice June 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I LOVE steam punk and this is FANTASTIC!

  • Reply flippilz July 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    is this on LEGO ideas??
    we all have to vote for it ! 😀

    very good! greetings from germany 👋

  • Reply Scorpio Dagger July 17, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Like if you are planning on watching mortal Engines when it comes out

  • Reply Anthony Cassola July 20, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Holy crap, somebody get Adam Savage

  • Reply Blockistic July 30, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Please submit this to LEGO Ideas

  • Reply Bưởi 5 roi August 10, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Ai dịch tiếng việt v

  • Reply Test User August 19, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    maybe in a parallel universe these feet were invented, not wheels

  • Reply Muhd Hafiz September 2, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Ya'll: Hey I get that being afraid of spiders is common but why second to boat docks?

    Me: sweats profusely

  • Reply Akari Enderwolf September 13, 2018 at 2:26 am

    we need a lego steampunk game now

  • Reply Caosmaker89 October 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm


  • Reply kak tus October 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    раша тут

  • Reply Double T November 1, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    You should rearly make a lego set of this steampunk

  • Reply Double T November 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I think it is your far best creation

  • Reply Double T November 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    No, best creation so far

  • Reply NieMonD November 2, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    This needs to be a set

  • Reply Tonina Satta November 30, 2018 at 9:18 am

    That's absolutely amazing … and a bit creepy.

  • Reply scweemer December 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Mortal Engines before it was cool

  • Reply CroustiPuluche December 11, 2018 at 9:40 am

    that's what we need in minecraft

  • Reply TT - WISTY January 21, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Good creation. I love out when people get creative!

  • Reply The Flying Dolphin January 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

  • Reply Matt From Wii Sports February 4, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    This reminds me of Mortal Engines – anyone read that book?

  • Reply R.G.A. Club February 14, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Your so lucky to have that much lego

  • Reply Crystal M February 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    That is CREEPY AS FUC!

  • Reply Kayla Madigan February 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    LEGO's Apocalypseburg meets Mortal Engines.

  • Reply Kingcade15 February 27, 2019 at 4:41 am

    just to know how did you raise the "wooden platform" over the legs?

  • Reply crazycons February 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Reminds me of the machine in "wild wild west" with Will Smith. Awesome build!

  • Reply weierstrass weierstrass March 1, 2019 at 10:55 pm


  • Reply MajesticDemonLord March 4, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Infinitely better than 'Mortal Engines'

  • Reply Facundo Leguiza March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm


  • Reply BennyBoyGames April 11, 2019 at 12:37 am

    0:00 RUN

  • Reply Tinymotheemoji April 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    If this was at the foot of your bed at 3:00 am, what would you do?

  • Reply AidanLucky7 April 21, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Person: oh no a spider!
    Person: steps on it

  • Reply Miss Guidance April 26, 2019 at 2:26 am

    that walky, leggy boi has too many legs for its own good, it’s not my fault if that thing walks towards me and I just do HAPPEN to smack it with a rolled-up newspaper…

  • Reply Daniel Whyatt May 1, 2019 at 9:11 am


  • Reply Andrew Micallef May 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Just realised, it's like from the Mortal Engines series

  • Reply marsh kadesadaurat May 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    2:13 , так блэт

  • Reply Zack Fair May 25, 2019 at 6:32 am

    if its not powered by steam why call it steampunk? somethings ill never understand or is it a style? like emo? and not goth? to be honest it looks more like perpetual energy… but what do i know im just a wolf…

  • Reply RangedWeevil 61 June 2, 2019 at 1:02 am

    This is what mortal engines was based off of

  • Reply ActionZfilms Productions June 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Mortal Engines, anyone?

  • Reply Blackibanez 13 July 1, 2019 at 7:15 am


  • Reply Blue Steve August 13, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Lego technology

  • Reply Dennis Frias II September 11, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Scientist: okay people write that down

  • Reply Hema Pandey September 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hey there! Do you work in Lego technics?

  • Reply ISwearI’mNormal October 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Imagine walking home, and seeing this chasing you through a dark ally at full speed

  • Reply Painite Eclipse October 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Imagine this creeping up on you at night. I would grab my souvenir cane and then beat to pieces and then say: "It's the end to peaceful nights."

  • Reply Pavel October 10, 2019 at 8:00 am

    creepy but awesome)

  • Reply Lou Prado October 22, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    0:01 No jokes, I wasn't paying attention to the video and thought someone was lockpicking my front door…

  • Reply Un ツ October 24, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    this is more evolued then ma brain

  • Reply Anonymous Guy November 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    In America we go to Home

    In Soviet russia Home go to you

  • Reply Piskelpax November 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    imagine this running at you at 2 am

  • Reply Simon Rancourt November 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I was born 40 years too soon.

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