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LEGO Pinball Machine

Photo credit: Geoff Vlcek Photography

This may not be the first working LEGO pinball machine, but it's definitely one of the most feature-packed ones we've come across. Created by Bre Burns, this piece took between 200-300 hours to complete, and is powered by LEGO Mindstorm NXT parts, while the rubber bands were sourced from LEGO Technic, and the steel pinball was pulled from a LEGO Mindstorm kit, all without gluing, screwing, or fabrication of any kind. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Augmented Reality

The MIT Media Lab is known for their innovative projects, and this latest one that combines LEGO with augmented reality, is no exception. MIT's Changing Places group was created to tackle large challenges like fighting pollution and urban modeling, with the latter being solved using these two technologies. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of twelve brilliant Marvel movie details you might've missed.

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Star Wars Force Link BB8 Mega Playset

The Star Wars Force Link BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset is a fully interactive play system, and is being offered for just $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. BB-8 easily opens to reveal a multi-level playset including 3 Force Link activation areas with lights and sounds, as well as 6 areas of play and awesome play features including trap doors, firing projectiles, and more. Wear Force Link wearable technology to activate lights, sounds, and phrases in Force Link-activated figures, accessories, vehicles, and playsets. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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Largest LEGO Ship

Dream Cruises has just completed its 18-deck, 151,695-ton cruise ship, so they decided to mark the occasion by building a large-scale replica out of LEGO. This "World Dream Ship" replica was built using over 2.5-million LEGO pieces, and it weighs over 2,800 kg, while measuring in at 8.44 m (27.7 ft) long, 1.33 m (4.36 ft) wide and 1.53 m (5 ft) tall. More than 1,000 cruise line guests and members of the public, along with the help of Greater China's first LEGO certified professional, Andy Hung, helped construct the model. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Compatible Furniture

Studio NINE teamed up with Corian to create LEGO-compatible furniture with integrated building plates that let you build directly on their surface. The surface itself is made from a Corian material, ribbed with LEGO-studs, and offers a three-dimensional canvas to build to your heart's delight. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Boring Company LEGO

Besides building transportation tunnels, Elon Musk's Boring Company also offers quirky gadgets on the side, like this flamethrower, and now, a giant LEGO-inspired brick made from stone recovered from an excavated tunnel. Just like its plastic counterpart, these blocks are designed to be interlocking, which means if you're lucky enough to score a few of them, you may be able to actually build a structure of sorts. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there's no word yet on when these will become available for sale, nor what they'll be priced at. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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LEGO BTTF DeLorean

Photo credit: Ryan Mcnaught

LEGO fans rejoice! Ryan "Brickman" McNaught, a LEGO master builder, received permission from NBC Universal to recreate the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, and he used 65,143 bricks in the process. It's not an exact 1:1 replica, but this massive model does feature working lights and smoke dispensers for added authenticity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall

Harry Potter fans rejoice! LEGO has just revealed an all-new 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall set, which consists of 878-pieces, complete with special minifigs of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Nearly Headless Nick, and Professor Quirrel/Voldemort. Standing 14 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 11 inches deep when built, the set boasts four levels, a spiral staircase leading to the potion room, treasure room and Mirror of Erised. Expect it to set you back $99 when it hits stores on August 1. Continue reading for another video, hands-on pictures and additional information.

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LEGO Technic Heavy Lift Helicopter 42052

The LEGO Technic Heavy Lift Helicopter 42052 set not only has motorized functions, contra-rotating rotors as well as a working winch, but 1,042-pieces to boot, all for $98.88 shipped, today only, originally $139.99. This advanced building toy also features movable elevator and rudders, a multidirectional nose wheel and a buildable cargo accessory. Product page. Continue reading for a speed build video, more pictures and information.

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LEGO Hot Rod

LEGO Technic fans rejoice! Green Gecko Technic Workshop has built a LEGO Technic Pneumatic Hot Rod powered by a working V8 engine. That's right, in addition to an independent front suspension, pneumatic steering, a full body kit with opening doors, the pneumatic engine runs on compressed air and can rev up to 1500 RPM at 55psi. Continue reading for more geeky LEGO creations you probably haven't seen before.

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