When you've done hundreds of reviews of iPhone cases, you tend to get a little jaded. I mean, how many different ways can someone make an iPhone case, right? Sure, you can make them out of different materials -- leather, aluminum, wood, all three of the previous ingredients together, and various types of plastic -- and they can come in a variety of colors, but a case is just a case. Unless it is Belkin's new LEGO Builder Cases for iPhone 5 (US$39.99), that is.
The case is made of brightly colored plastic, so there's nothing new there. But when you take a gander at the back of the case, that's where you find an official LEGO base plate. If you are a LEGO fan, you can just start snapping those bricks and other components (not included) to the base plate and create the case of your dreams.
TUAW Editor-In-Chief Victor Agreda, Jr. and I were both given cases and a bin of parts with which to create our own awesome LEGO Builder Case masterpieces. These were tweeted to a special Twitter hashtag (#LEGOxBELKIN), where some pretty impressive entries have appeared in the past few days. Belkin's going to pick an entry as a winner, and one blogger is going to get 50 of the LEGO Builder Cases to give away to readers. Let's hope it's one of the TUAW gang!
The LEGO Builder Case is just a lot of fun, and the fact that it also happens to protect your iPhone 5 at the same time is just icing on the cake. If you love LEGO, this is the case to buy. The LEGO Builder Case also comes in an iPod touch (5th generation) version for just US$29.99.
If you're a LEGO fan -- and who isn't -- you'll have a chance to take part in a Twitter chat today (August 27) at 4 PM PST on the @belkin Twitter page with Master Builder Chris Steininger. He's one of only seven Master Builders in the US, and the youngest Master Builder in the world.
And now, behold the LEGO Belkin Stealth Antenna Extender Case for iPhone 5 in all of its glory (my entry in the contest):