Ever wanted to create a Lego replica of your little pug’s face? Who hasn’t? Now there’s an app for that. Brickshots lets you upload a photo of you pets and then gives you a detailed breakdown of all the Lego pieces you need to create a mosaic rendering of the image. Okay, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a photo of a pet. But that’s the route Mashable went when testing out the new app. A cute little kitty is also the subject matter for a demonstration from the Brickshots team. Mashable used Edie, a beautiful pooch from the team’s test run of Tindog—yes, that’s Tinder for dogs—in the Brickshots dry run.
The app requires a free registration, and from there, you can get on with your mosaic-making skills. Once you upload the photo you wish to Lego-fy, Brickshots gives you some color scheme options. After selecting your colors, the app provides a list of the bricks you will need and the building instructions. The bricks list is very thorough. These people know their Lego pieces and even include the Lego Element ID. The building instructions use a slidable bar to take you through the brick-by-brick process. A quick glance at the instructions and brick list will make you realize that this is no quick and easy side project. Listen, if you want a perfect mosaic recreation of your pet or your favorite celebrity’s face or one of your own selfies, you’re going to have to work for it…for several hours, most likely.
We decided to give it a go as well. Our Lego muse? A little legendary chihuahua named Tinkerbell. What better way to honor the late celebrity pup than a mosaic? Here’s what happened:
After browsing the very limited color scheme options, we finally settled on one. There weren’t any pink palettes, unfortunately.
According to the brick list, one would need 864 Lego pieces to create a mosaic of Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell.
204 pieces later, and Paris’s face isn’t even finished.
Boom! 864 pieces later, and you have a Lego mosaic that looks vaguely like Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell and little more like a multicolored amoeba. It’s certainly not as accurate as the Lego recreation of Justin Bieber’s butt. You tried, Brickshots.