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Ultimate Lego Skateboard Built by LEGOLAND California Master Builders is Indestructible Says Braille Skateboarding

The LEGOLAND California Skateboard.
The LEGOLAND California Skateboard in action at Braille Skateboarding.

Ever since Braille Skateboarding started their You Make It, We Skate It series and began receiving the occasional Lego skateboard, that would barely last a round of very delicate skating before snapping apart on the most basic of skateboard tricks, I've long thought it possible to make a Lego skateboard that would hold up. If they just built it right.

Highlight Braille Skateboarding episodes from their YouTube Channel featuring Lego.
Highlight Braille Skateboarding
episodes from their YouTube
Channel featuring Lego.
Click to enlarge.
I was going to step you through a history of Braille Skateboarding and Lego Skateboarding creations but it is quite extensive and most end up the same way... broken.

Instead I've included a graphic of the videos you'll find if you go to the Braille Skateboard Channel and search Lego Skateboard. (You'll actually get a lot more than this but many have little or nothing to do with Lego).

In particular I'd draw your attention to Episode 217 of their You Make It, We Skate It series where they did successfully kickflip that Lego Skateboard at least a couple of times before its structure failed.

Most recently, LEGOLAND California sent Braille what I would consider to be the ultimate Lego Skateboard, built by their own master model builders to celebrate their new GO Extreme! show.

This skateboard is unique in that it held up to some pretty advanced skating by full grown adult skaters when Braille put it to the test in their skatepark, including several board slides down their five stair handrail. Watch the video below.

As noted earlier it's not actually the first Lego skateboard they've managed to kickflip, it is, however, the first Lego Skateboard to remain almost fully intact by the end of the video - with exception to the odd few very none critical pieces coming unglued.

Obviously the skateboard would have not survived very long had it not been glued (apparently gluing Lego together is allowed in the world of Lego Master Builders - particularly on large projects). 

However, even without glue, I feel it would have lasted longer than previous Lego boards simply because they built it like an actual skateboard. Not just in shape and concave, but also taking care to cross ply the Lego plates - just like the plies are in actual skateboards.

That said, without glue, it still would have been falling apart quite rapidly as the pieces that kept coming off, once unglued, clearly demonstrate.

Still, it was a very cool board and, if Lego was to put it out as a display kit, I'd seriously consider purchasing one for my wall. No doubt there would be a few brave souls willing to glue theirs together to see how it skates but gluing is definitely optional.

This isn't really the end of Lego skateboards though. I think the challenge now is to make one that skates well enough that isn't glued. I do think it's possible but not just with regular 'classic' bricks. Someone needs to put their knowledge of Lego Technic and Engineering to good use. 

Technic sets have many more ways to join and reinforce Lego structures than just clipping bricks together. I'd try it but I'm no engineer, and not so much of a Lego builder these days. I'm just surprised no one really has yet.

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