Another day, another insane LEGO creation, and this time, it's from brick master Michal Kazmierczak's. He spent countless hours recreating the Gates of Erebor from The Hobbit, complete with a grand interior, using 120,000 pieces. Let's just say that images don't do it justice, but some of these shots are beautiful to say the least. For those who don't follow the series, the Gate of Erebor is basically the wide arched main entrance of the Dwarf-realm of Erebor. The entrance was at the head of the valley formed by the two southern ridges of rock thrust out from the southern slopes of Erebor. Continue reading for more.
Forget building miniature toy sets, the EverBlock system lets you use life-sized LEGO bricks to build real desks, tables and more. With four different stackable pieces - a full-sized 12" brick, a half-sized 6" brick, a one-quarter-sized 3" block, and a 12" finishing cap, you can create build practical objects that not only look cool, but are structurally sound, without the use of any tools. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Fisherman Jim McDonough spent 3-years building a 24-foot scale model of the 890-foot USS Missouri using thousands of LEGO bricks at his home in Redford, near Arbroath. When he started the project in his garage, his research told him it was going to be the biggest LEGO ship in the world, but his effort was in vain after Minneapolis-based enthusiast Dan Siskind created a 25.5-foot long version of the USS Missouri. Continue reading for a video of Siskind's model and more information.
Imgur user "RedTec" spent approximately 3.5-years building a fully-functional, bolt-action sniper rifle entirely from LEGO, and it even has a removable 9-round magazine. "Internal mech, note the bolt locked behind that light grey piece. I've developed the mech to the point where you can charge the gun with one finger, it's ridiculously smooth (not to mention sounds clean as hell). In the beginning it was terrible and took like 5 minutes to cock, it has come a long way," said RedTec. Continue reading for more fascinating photos.
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.