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Chipmunk Star Wars

Brick artist Chris McVeigh decided to make use of a fun group of chipmunks he found wandering his parent's backyard, and started "Chipmunk Adventures". This photo series depicts plastic Star Wars action figures interacting with the small creatures, with everything from Darth Vader taking a joyride to Chewbacca offering a rodent an almond. He became so familiar with these little critters that certain chipmunks would return to the lawn when he whistled. Continue reading for more pictures.

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LEGO Tomislav

Building LEGO sets is one thing, YouTube user "ZaziNombies" takes the bricks and builds life-sized video game weapons with them, like the Team Fortress 2 Tomislavy above. "Weighing in at over 10 pounds, and 3 feet long, we bring the Heavy's Tomislav to life entirely from LEGO bricks. Complete with its oversized drum magazine, and custom wooden furniture, here is the gun's real life, and oh so heavy, replica," said its builder. Continue reading for more.

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Prosthetic LEGO Arm

At first glance, it looks like a random pile of LEGO pieces, but this is actually a customizable prosthetic arm set for kids. Colombian designer Carlos Torres has unveiled the IKO Creative Prosthetic System, a prosthetic that lets children use their imagination to build their own arm. The interface consists of a battery, charging port, processor unit and a pair of myo-electric sensors for tracking movement of the stump and converting it into a signal. A separate muscle component receives these signals - equipped with a motor and LEGO connectors - carries different attachments on the end. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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8-Foot-Tall Lord of the Rings

The Tower of Orthanc was the daunting fortress that became Saruman's powerful base as he ruled over Isengard with an uncompromising iron fist, but now Brenden McMahon, has managed to recreate it with LEGO. Standing a whopping 8-feet-tall, it features nine individual floors, a torture chamber, library and even lights. The tower won "Best Mega Creation Award" at Brickworld Chicago, a popular convention for brick enthusiasts. Continue reading for two videos that show it in detail.

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LEGO Creator Ferrari F40

There are these LEGO Creator models, and then this newly released Ferrari F40. Comprised of 1,158-pieces, it features the iconic flip-up headlights out front, a triple exhaust, the beloved round taillights, a functional hood that opens to reveal a tool-filled luggage compartment, doors, and a rear hatch that contains the glorious 478-horsepower, twin-turbo charged 2.9L V8 engine. Available August 1, priced at $89.99. Continue reading for a video preview and more information.

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Porsche 911 RSR LEGO

Photo credit: Stef Schrader / Jalopnik

LEGO and the Porsche 911 aren't synonymous, but Legonauts have managed to create an incredibly detailed half-brick Porsche 911 RSR, right down to the racing livery and sponsor decals. To be more specific, it's hand-crafted from 380,000 LEGO bricks and arranged like a topographical map to approximate the organic curves of the race-ready 911. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Edible LEGO Bricks

Take a LEGO mold, Jell-O or gelatin, along with some corn syrup, combine them together and you'll have some edible bricks that can also be used to build things. To be more specific: mix water and corn syrup until your liquid solution is clear; pour the liquid into a pan without turning on the heat; add two packets of gelatin or Jell-O into the pan; heat the mixture on a medium-low heat for 10-minutes while stirring regularly; pour syrup into the silicone mold; leave to set for 5-hours. Continue reading for a video tutorial and a few tricks you can try.

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LEGO Battle of Helm's Deep

Here's another look at the epic Lord of the Rings Battle of Helm's Deep recreated with LEGO by brick masters Rich-K and Big J. While the official LEGO version features 1,368 pieces, this custom creation took 150,000 LEGO parts to recreate the classic scene from J.R.R. Tolkien's record smashing film. Besides the staggering number of bricks, there are also 1,700 minifigs, which took countless hours to setup in perfect formation. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Photo credit: Titans Creations

Titans Creations, a Singapore-based team of six, spent two months building a Millennium Falcon with 10,000 LEGO pieces just in time for LEGOLAND Malaysia's event on May 4. It measures 144cm by 144cm, and is approximately 40% larger than Lego's very own Star Wars "Ultimate Collector's Edition" Millennium Falcon, which is 84cm by 56cm, according to the Brickpedia, a database of LEGO products. The minifigs fit the ship's dimensions perfectly, and Titans Creations took things to the next level by adding 24 LEDs to light the corridors, hyperdrive, rear thrusters and cockpit. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Death Star

Photo credit: Laughing Squid

LEGOLAND California has embraced the dark side with a gigantic 1,900-pound (862-kilogram) Death Star model made from over 500,000 bricks. Measuring 13-feet (3.9-meters) high and 8-feet (2.4-meters) wide, it's currently the largest model in the themed Miniland exhibit. A forklift and a crew of helmeted workers were required to get Darth Vader's home, based on the one seen in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope", in space into position. Continue reading for three videos, a picture of the trench run scene and more information.

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