Lego My Lego: 5 of the Most Amazing Things Ever Made Out of Legos

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Ah those ubiquitous plastic blocks, they’ve been a part of countless childhoods all around the world for decades now. Since 1949, to be precise, when the Lego company released the now eponymous toy, then called (drumroll) “Automatic Binding Blocks!” What a great pitch that must have been! Anyway, they shrewdly renamed the blocks after the company name, which means “Play Well” in Danish.
And play well millions and millions of people have! Aside from the occasional misery of the phenomenon known as Lego Foot (if you do not know what Lego Foot is, you had a deprived childhood and I’m sorry for you) people have enjoyed their Legos thoroughly, with the brand spawning) ever larger, grander, and more complex creations. Some of the most amazing wonders ever wrought in Legos were not created by the company’s designers, though; rather they were created by indisputable artists working with the Automatic Binding Brick as their medium. And here are five things that, working together fulltime, I’ll bet you and I still could not create in a year.

5 Lego Mount Rushmore

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This model is impressive for its scale, its detail, and its aesthetic beauty considering it is entirely made of gray Legos (not to mention the fact that while Mt. Rushmore is incredibly cool, the proud, noble men there rendered? Not exactly fodder for People Magazine covers. Sorry, Abe). This one has been done by a few artists, all of whom impress me and all of whom apparently had plenty of free time and monotone Legos.

4 Lego Volvo XC90

For those of you who don’t think a “model” of a current SUV is all that interesting, let me point out on detail… this scale model is scaled at precisely 1:1. That’s right some crazy but wonderful people made a full sized Volvo SUV model entirely out of Legos, and until you are within spitting distance, you really can’t tell that this thing is not ready to load up with gear, kids, groceries, or all three. It’s pretty goddamn cool, to put it elegantly.

3 The Seattle (Lego) Space Needle

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This model is a mere seven feet tall. “Bah!” you may say. “I could build that!” Well, good for you, but I could probably not. While more than ten feet shorter than our #1 entry, this model carries so much of its weight on thin support structures that it required the same kind of engineering mind that built the actual Space Needle (which actually, when you see it in person? Kind of meh, really).

2 Lego Soccer Stadium

The Allianz Arena model, to be precise. The field is lovely: it’s to scale, the colors are good, etc. Moving on: the artists made every step, all the bleachers, hallways where vendors vend and consumers consumer and on and on. The model offers you a cutaway view of both the interior and exterior spaces of the Arena in detail that makes your ears smoke a bit. It’s almost too much detail to take in without going cross eyed, or else it might even have been our number one entry.

1 Lego Burj Khalifa

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That’s right, someone took one of largest, most iconic buildings ever created in real life and built it out of Legos. And they did it on a scale that still renders the Lego building pretty damn big. How big you ask? Oh, seventeen and a half feet tall. Standing next to it, you are made to feel small by a model made of small blocks. Dwell on that for a while.

Now that you know more about some of the great thing other folks have made out of Legos, why not challenge yourself to make something great, too? Start small and practice. Maybe first try building your own house out of Legos, and then move up to the ISS and finally an entire scale model of Athens circa 345 B.C.! Too ambitious? We understand – try a model based off the city in the 8th century B.C., instead

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