Brick artists Jarren Harkema and friend Calvin Hartley from Cedar Springs spent countless hours studying the movies to make sure that their giant Sandcrawler replica was accurate. The finished product that you see above took more than 500-hours to build, consists of 10,000+ pieces, weighs 28-pounds and measures almost 3-feet in length. "The Sandcrawler is recognizable to most people familiar with Star Wars, but the inside isn't really shown in the movies. This gave us quite a bit of flexibility as we built the inside, yet still gave us a recognizable build. On the exterior, some of the angles and different paneling were difficult to achieve in order to get it right, but I'm satisfied with how it turned out," said Hartley. Continue reading for a flashback video of when Luke Skywalker received both R2-D2 and C-3PO from the Jawas.
Daniele Benedettelli has created a wearable, Pacific Rim-inspired LEGO exoskeleton that can be used to wirelessly control a smaller Cyclops MK II humanoid robot. While wearing the suit, you can command the robot to carry out various movements, such as bending their arms or waving goodbye, by simply moving. The smaller robot you see is based on a pair of LEGO Mindstorms NXTs, six motors and Bedettelli's very own custom Android smartphone app. How does the movement work? Well, the robot is connected via Bluetooth with an Arduino fitted to the back of the suit that transmits motion signals. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a person who watched too much Fast and Furious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.