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I want to give my minifigs a few laptops. Specifically, 62698 "minifigure utensil, laptop"s:

minifig utensil, laptop

I've seen laptops in sets and MOCs, but always either (a) closed, being held in a minifig hand or clip, or (b) open, laying on top of a tiled surface (like a desk), unattached.

But instead I want the laptop to lay securely on top of a table/desk while open. By "securely" I mean "if I shake the model, the laptop should remain in place" (no need for technic-level sturdiness).

AFAIK, an open laptop is too thin to be held by a clip, and has no obvious way of fitting over studs. What technique(s) can I use to attach an open laptop to a table?

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    If you're not limited to pure LEGO solutions, a tiny piece of blu-tac rolled flat could work?
    – Ambo100
    Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 23:17
  • I would like to avoid adhesives. Besides, blu-tac doesn't qualify as building :-D Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 23:25
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    Do rubber bands count as building? A Technic plate underneath with a rubber band through the holes would surely be sturdy enough for a little shake.
    – RSchulz
    Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 0:33
  • Rubber band was first thing on my mind too, but they rarely come in Black color. There are some larger size, but they are a little pricey. Maybe string with end studs could be used to instead of rubber band.
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 7:45
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    I can't test this idea as I don't own that laptop piece, but wouldn't the flat circular end of a minfig lever / antenna fit into the front slot of the laptop?
    – zovits
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 12:25

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Having received a copy of 41755 Nova's Room as part of the 2024 Q1 Activity Support I could test my idea mentioned above - but it turns out the handle slot of the laptop piece is just a hair too small for the flat end of the antenna lever piece:

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Undeterred, I kept searching for possibilities and even managed to find some solutions that offered a somewhat stable but definitely illegal connection, made possible by the flexibility and thinness of the laptop material at the slot:

Laptop piece supported by a vertical spear piercing it from underneath

Laptop piece supported by the tip of a flame element piercing it from underneath

Of course, integrating these connecting pieces into any kind of meaningful MOC is a nontrivial challenge in itself. Not that the Legoland OSHA would approve of them for office use, anyway. But the flame piece might even serve as a power LED (with the possibility of adding actual lighting from below!) if the rest is hidden well.

Another solution is offered by the thickness of the lower part, which can just be held by a Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with U Clip Thick (Vertical Grip) (presumably other clips would be compatible too), if the protruding upper half of the clip is not a visual problem. (Suggested by Hugo)

Laptop piece held by a U-claw from the side

Or, for more absurd options, one claw of a chain piece can also fit in the same slot - but only if the other claw has free space in front of the laptop.

Laptop piece supported by one claw of a chain piece

Then I recalled that a childhood friend, Johnny T. has exactly such a laptop in his office on the Ice Planet, so I asked him to provide some details about his desk and the attachment solution he devised (the same idea suggested by RSchulz).

Johnny Thunder in his Ice Planet uniform at his desk

Apparently, he simply used a black rubber band (presumably from a decommissioned 8000 Pit Droid) to hold the laptop to a black tile, a black 1x2 brick to hold the band taut, and built a desk with two holes for the rubber band to pass through the surface.

The underside of the desk, showing the cutouts

The black color of the desk surface and the back wall underneath helps camouflage the openings and the retro desk lamp actually supports the screen of the laptop to prevent it from tipping backward onto its spine.

Closeup of the desk with the rubber band visible

I hope some of these ideas can serve as an inspiration. And if anyone has other ideas, I'd gladly give them a try.

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    Great pictures, amazing variety of ideas. Brilliant work. Bravo. Bravo.
    – chicks
    Commented May 21 at 16:40

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