Damaging the soles of parent’s feet for over 60 years, the interlocking brick phenomenon known as Lego shows no signs of being consigned to the toy box of history. In fact, thanks to bored nerds taking to YouTube and displaying their animated Lego versions of Tron or The Hobbit or whatever, it’s never been more popular. But some lonely types have taken their brick fixation one step too far and made some jaw-dropping, mammoth or just plain bizarre constructions. Here are just a few of our favourites...
Kennedy Space Center
In space, no one can hear you scream, but the carpel tunnel created by snapping an insane 750,000 bricks together for this mock Kennedy Space Centre must have caused a few yelps. With a Saturn Rocket, a Vehicle Assembly Building, a launch pad and a 6ft tall Space Shuttle, plus astronauts, vehicles and various items of astro-paraphernalia, this monster took over 100 days to knock together.
Frustrated by the enormous prices of football season tickets? Perhaps building a sporting stadium out of 1.3 million Lego bricks would help. We’re not sure how, but it’s worth a try. This incredible recreation of the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich, TSV 1860 and the German National team changes colour depending on who is playing inside, just like the real thing. Plus it has 30,000 mini Lego spectators inside, plus the best Lego pies and Bovril you will ever taste and subsequently choke on. Because they are made out of Lego.
LEGO Volvo XC90
You certainly see quite a few cars up on bricks around where I live, but not an entire Volvo built from them. Built in 2004 at Legoland California, this full-sized replica Volvo can’t be driven, but sits at the gates of the theme park to sternly remind people about the dangers of driving and how great Volvos are. Perhaps they are suggesting that we should all use vehicles that can’t actually move and are probably quite painful to sit in.
Lego Pinball Machine
It’s all well and good sticking a few blocks together, making it look like a hovercraft, but it doesn’t actually do anything. That’s easy, anyone can do that. I’m doing that right now, while I’m writing this. But we like things that WORK. This amazing Lego pinball machine works like a charm. Using computers, robotics and other stuff we don’t understand, the 20,000 blocks in this machine can tilt, flip and match along with the best of them. Even the ball is made from a special spherical Lego block that looks just like a pinball ball. Ok, in fact it is a pinball ball, even Lego can’t do everything.
For those who say there is no art in Lego construction, I say ‘BEHOLD!’ Escher’s famous dodgy staircase painting has enthralled the art world and stoners alike for decades. Lego artisans Daniel Shui and Andrew Lipson have cornered the market in Escher/Lego mash-ups, putting together a few of the master’s mind-bending works. Rumours of them moving onto Rolf Harris next are yet to be verified.
Halloumi, feta, Pythagorean Theorem, Demis Roussos; those Greeks could do just about anything. In fact, in 100BC they built an incredibly accurate machine to predict eclipses and other celestial events. Thought lost, one was discovered in a shipwreck off the isle of Antikythera. But then the story gets really interesting, once someone realised Lego should be involved. Apple engineer Andy Carol built a fully-functioning replica of the machine using many, many little bits. No more must we worry about the appearance of unexpected ancient Greek eclipses.
Great Ball Contraption
We are sure it’s possible to create Lego defibrillators, Lego kidney dialysis machines and Lego Jaws of Life, which would all be very useful and beneficial. But we prefer constructions that have absolutely no worth whatsoever, unless you consider the random giggling of balls as worthy. And we do, of course. This incredible machine goes by the name of the ‘Great Ball Contraption’ as it is a contraption and great with balls. Mere words don’t really do it justice, watch the video. You’ll be spellbound.
Doctor Mobius Spider
Lego builds don’t just have to be for the purposes of good, they are versatile enough to fully attend to the services of evil. The already evil sounding Doctor Mobius realised this and gave birth to this hideous looking tarantula using lots and lots of little antenna pieces. Not happy with all the gross hairy bits, it also features nasty glowing eggs that live in the spider’s body cavity and EIGHT legs! Eight! Who ever heard of such a thing?
Crimson Permanent Assurance
The nerdsome worlds of Lego, piracy and Monty Python combine in a gloriously geeky fashion with this loving recreation of the ship used in a scene from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life. A short segment of the final film, directed by the visionary Terry Gilliam, the Lego version features many of the accountants turn buccaneers featured in the original and we are also very taken with the floor lamp that can be seen in the photograph. Ikea? I think so.
Holy repetitive stress syndrome Batman! Sticking with the movie theme, this magnificent Batcave took over 20,000 bat-bricks to render and 800 bat-hours to complete. It comes with Batmobile, Batcopter, Batplane and Batcycles and lights up, which seems a bit pointless as we all know that bats are blind.