A brilliant design for a Lego Instax Mini camera, which actually "takes" Lego Instax Mini film "prints", is currently being showcased on the official Lego Ideas website.
The design features a white camera, which is very close to the actual dimensions of a real Instax Mini 11. It can be loaded with a Lego instant photograph, likewise very close to the proper dimensions of Instax Mini film, and features a mechanism that ejects the photo – and even rotates the picture counter indicator as it does so.
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As you can see, while the frames of the instant prints are made of Lego, the actual images are real pictures. As such, these "photos" can be customized either with designs featuring Lego characters or with your own images.
The physical design of the camera is highly impressive – not just because of how faithful it is both in terms of accuracy and scale, but also thanks to it being capable of actually ejecting an image just like a real Instax camera (by turning the lens) rather than just being a pretty, static shell.
For those unfamiliar with the Lego Ideas website, it's an official portal by the Lego Group where prospective Master Builders can submit ideas to the company. Operating a bit like a vote-based Kickstarter, fellow users are invited to support interesting designs by voting for them; if sufficient support is shown, the designs could be turned into actual retail products.
It may seem unlikely, but there are countless Lego products that started as fan submissions in this way, including sets based on The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, The Big Bang Theory, Disney's WALL•E, Doctor Who and numerous NASA spacecraft sets.
"My idea is for Lego to make an official Instax instant camera with pictures. I conceived and built this Idea because I'm a photography fan at heart, and I've always loved Instant cameras," says designer MScarletto07.
"Also, I'm a sucker anything with a retro feel to them. There is something really cool about having a tangible photo after taking the picture. Lego has now expanded from bricks to Art and Fashion, I see Photography as a natural progression and expansion of the brand."