Belkin's Lego Builder case lets you turn your iPhone into a Lego brick.

A co-venture between accessory-maker Belkin and everyone's favorite Danish brick maker, the Builder Case tricks out your iPhone's back with a little under 100 equally spaced Lego connectors.

For example, you can use the Builder Case to turn your iPhone into an HDTV for your little Lego minifigs.

An iPhone is docked in a giant Lego globe.

The Lightning cable snakes around the globe, almost like a contrail.

Or you could turn your iPhone into an old-fashioned telephone.

That's a lot of junk to be hanging off of the back of an iPhone, but it's still fun.

You can also turn your iPhone into a wall for Spider-Man to climb, thanks to the Belkin case.

Or, say, turn your iPhone into a screen-faced robot.

We already build so much of our modern lives off of the backs of our iPhones. It seems like a delightfully natural and whimsical extension to literally build some Lego on the back of an iPhone, too.

Belkin's Lego builder case costs $39.99 and will fit the iPhone 5 and 5s.

With The Belkin Builder Case, Your iPhone Becomes A Lego Brick

A new case from Belkin turns your iPhone into a base for building up any Lego creation.

Lego has many fine attributes, but great ergonomics are not amongst them. Those colorful plastic bricks are excellent for building out the vehicles and structures of your dreams, but you wouldn't exactly want to build a smartphone out of Lego, lest your hands become perpetually cramped and dimpled.

What's the sense behind the Builder Case, then? A co-venture between accessory-maker Belkin and everyone's favorite Danish brick maker, the Builder Case tricks out your iPhone's back with a little under 100 equally spaced Lego connectors, and actually we kind of love it.

The thing the Belkin case gets right is it doesn't try to make your iPhone into some big, unwieldy Lego construction. Instead, it tries to transform your iPhone into yet another device that can interact with Lego. Using the connectors on the back of the Belkin case, you can turn your iPhone into a base to build out a Lego skyscraper, plop on some minifigs in an impromptu diorama, or even turn your iPhone into a car or jet plane.

That's actually sort of neat. One of the key ways in which Lego has kept relevant is by underplaying the proprietary nature of its system of interlocking bricks with all sorts of adapting gadgets. The message seems to be, "You can play with anything using Lego! Just get the right adapter and almost anything can be a Lego brick!" Even an iPhone.

Belkin's Builder Case is just another iteration of this idea that every gadget or object in the world is just a few dollops of molded plastic away from being the centerpiece of another triumph of Lego engineering. And it does all of this without sacrificing any of the usual features you want in a case: It's scratch-resistant and features a semi-flexible outer frame for shock absorption.

We already build so much of our modern lives off of the backs of our iPhones. It seems like a delightfully natural and whimsical extension to literally build some Lego on the back of an iPhone, too.

You can purchase the Lego Builder Case from Belkin here for $39.99.

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  • SanGio

    This is cool, and I credit LEGO for participating officially, however - it should be noted that SmallWorks has been riffing on this concept with their thoughtfully Designed and well-made LEGO-compatible (but not licensed) cases for many years.  Nevertheless, the world is a better place with more options for LEGO iPhone cases.