Every kid around the globe who gets a chance to play with Lego all agree – Lego is awesome. The little interconnecting bricks with a name that is both singular and plural – so don’t add an “s” at the end unless you want to get some angry comments! – bring life to our imaginations. Sure, each set comes with instructions on what you can build, like a car or a pirate ship or a police station, but the real fun is when you go off-book and just start building your own ideas.
Maybe you liked to keep it simple and built some fun spaceships or nice houses, or maybe you went all Dewy from Malcolm in the Middle and built an entire city that worshipped you. Either way, you more than likely left a piece on the floor that someone would eventually step on just before they cursed your existence. All of it, from opening the package to stepping on a sharp blue piece of plastic, was part of the experience.
Sadly, as we get older, most of us leave Lego behind. Maybe we’ll play with them from time to time with our kids or nieces or nephews, but the spark is gone. No longer will we spend hours connecting the bricks to form the objects of our imaginations. But some of us – not me, mind you – still hold onto the magic. They still use Lego to bring their dreams to life, and their dreams are amazing. Here, to make you feel both nostalgia and amazement, are twenty amazing Lego creations you won’t believe people made.
20. Lego Indiana Jones
The greatest fictional archeologist ever put on the silver screen, Indiana Jones was turned into a life-sized Lego statue in the sadly closed FAO Schwartz in New York City years ago. Holding his ever trusty whip in one hand and the famous idol in the other, Lego Indy kept the store safe for years. Sadly, Lego Short Round, Lego Marion and Lego melting Toht never showed up. What a Lego bummer.
If you were able to get to the famed toy store where Tom Hanks played on a giant piano in Big before they closed their doors for the final time, you may have seen some other amazing life-sized Lego creations including Lego 3-CP0 and Lego Harry, Ron, Hermione and Hagrid from the Harry Potter movies.
19. Lego Batman
From comics to movies to cartoons, the Dark Knight Detective has kept the citizens of Gotham City safe for decades, so it’s only fitting that he be immortalized in life-size Lego form. With his Lego made frown fitting the visage of the great crime fighter, and his yellow utility belt presumably filled with Lego batarangs and Lego shark repellent, this Batman is ready to take down Lego Joker or any other Lego criminal that dares show up.
The question is, did they try to make a Lego cape, or did the creator of this amazing piece of Lego art know that there was no way the laws of physics would allow such a thing to exist? There’s only one man who knows the answer to that riddle… the person who built this.
18. Lego Batmobile
To celebrate the release of The Lego Batman Movie, Chevy finally answered the question about where Batman gets his wonderful toys when they revealed a life-sized version of the Speedwagon. Clocking in at seventeen feet and made out of 344,187 Lego bricks, Chevy revealed their amazing creation at the North American International Auto Show for all to enjoy.
The nearly seventeen hundred pound toy took over eighteen hundred hours to build, but the time was well spent – the Speedwagon became one of the must-see items at the famous Detroit auto show. As much as it saddens us to say this, the Lego engine didn’t actually work, so there were no fun rides for the kids. Maybe one day a master builder will learn how to power the world with Lego, but that time is likely far away.
17. Lego Batarang
The only clear explanation for this giant Lego Batarang that showed up in London is that a giant Lego Batman was fighting a giant Lego Bane and he left it behind, right?
Or it could be that Bright Bricks – a company that specializes in creating amazing Lego sculptures – built this to get in on the Lego Batman Movie celebration. This recreation of a non-lethal weapon that has knocked out who-knows-how-many bad guys over the years was made out of thirty-five thousand Lego bricks, taking two hundred and twenty-five hours to complete.
But enough about Batman and Gotham City, how about we move on to another famous town filled with weird characters and crazy shenanigans? Let’s take a trip to Shelbyville’s neighboring town and see if we can get a drink at Moe’s!
16. Lego Springfield
There are only a few fictional cities everyone knows; Metropolis, Gotham, Emerald City, and Springfield.
Of the four, we can’t imagine many people would want to go to Gotham, what with the killer clowns and kids in capes, and while Metropolis may be nice to visit, you know it would cost an arm and a leg to live there. Emerald City could be nice for a bit, but all the singing and flying monkeys would get annoying sooner or later.
Then there’s Springfield, home of The Simpsons. Sure, some kooky stuff has gone down in this small town, but overall it seems like a nice quiet place to raise your kids. A regular American town, if you will.
To celebrate all things Springfield, Lego artist Matt De Lanoy recreated the home of Krusty the Clown out of Lego. To really see just how much detail De Lanoy put into his build, be sure to check out his Flickr page.
15. Lego Brooklyn
How about we leave the fictional town of Lego Springfield and head over to the kind of real city of Lego Brooklyn?
Built by Jonathan Lopes in his apartment over ten years, this Lego set isn’t an exact replica of the neighborhood, but a look at what Lopes likes. Lopes selected his favorite buildings and sights to create the nearly 400 square foot diorama, taking the things he sees on a daily basis and building them out of Lego.
Lopes, who works in publishing, doesn’t keep his Lego Brooklyn in one spot though; his buildings were showcased around the city – his four-foot tall replica of the Williamsburg Savings Bank, made out of twelve thousand Lego bricks, stood in the window of Lopes’ local dry cleaner for a time.
14. Lego Kennedy Space Center
If he were still alive when the idea to build the Lego version of the Kennedy Space Center, the 35th President of the United States may have said: “We choose to go to build with small plastic bricks, not because they are easy, but because they are hard”.
Hopefully, Lego Kennedy got to say it at some point.
The Lego recreation of the Kennedy Space Center used 750,000 bricks to recreate the actual structure as closely as possible. The 1,506 square foot model includes a 6 foot Space Shuttle on the launch pad, a 9 foot long Saturn 1B rocket, and the Vehicle Assembly Building, which is 50,000 Lego bricks alone.
13. Lego Kennedy Assassination
Before we sent a Lego man to the Lego moon, President Kennedy was fatally shot and killed while campaigning in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Over the years, many people have worked to recreate the scene that took place at Dealey Plaza on that horrible day, but none of them have done it like Chicago resident Eric Peschke.
Since he was a kid, Peschke has been working on his Lego recreation of the Kennedy Assassination, taking the Lego his uncle and grandfather would buy him for birthdays and Christmas and turning them into a morbid after school hobby.
Now in his 30s, Peschke’s Lego recreation of the day includes Dealey Plaza, Parkland Hospital, and Love Field. It sits in his mother’s basement and is the size of a ping pong table. Peschke has tried to donate his creation to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza but the logistics of moving the whole thing have made it hard to figure out how to get the model to Texas. At this time, only Peschke’s model of the Kennedy motorcade has made it to the site.
12. Lego Allianz Arena
Not planning on going to Florida anytime soon but you still want to see Legoland? How about Deutschland? You won’t find the Kennedy Space Center here, but you will see a Lego creation that is just as impressive; the Lego Allianz Arena.
Lego Allianz Arena took 4,209 man-hours and over one million Lego bricks to build, standing just over 3 feet in height. The Lego builders used the original blueprints of the Allianz Arena to put together their recreation and just to make it crazier, it includes 30,000 Lego mini-figures to fill out the stadium, including 100 mini-figs that were designed by Legoland visitors.
11. Lego X-Wing Fighter
Put together brick by brick by Erik Varszegi and a team of thirty-two master builders, the team spent 17,336 man-hours building a supersized version of Star Wars Lego starfighter set #9493. Their version, which took 5.3 million Lego bricks and weighs in at 23 tons, is 43 feet long and includes a life-sized R2D2. Oh, it also makes all the cool X-Wing Fighter sounds we all know and love. Along with the master builders was a group of structural engineers who made sure that the creation could stay together as it traveled the world.
Built in the Czech Republic, the giant X-Wing, standing at 43 feet long with a wingspan of 44 feet – making it two feet bigger than the specs for an actual X-Wing – was unveiled in Times Square in New York to celebrate the premiere of the Lego styled cartoon The Yoda Chronicles. After its stint in New York, the Lego X-Wing took a cross country trip to Legoland California where it soaked up the sun for a few months.
10. Lego Times Square
Speaking of New York’s Times Square, Lego artist Sean Kenney built the famous location Lego brick by Lego brick, along with other New York landmarks like the Empire State Building, Yankees Stadium, and Hook & Ladder Company #8 – better known to the world as the Ghostbusters headquarters – for his art exhibition, The Brick Apple: New York City in Lego.
In the Times Square build, Sean didn’t leave anything out. From billboards for Wicked, Les Miserables, and The Lion King, to the giant screens, to the Naked Cowboy, everything that people think of when they think Times Square is included. Even the fancy McDonald’s can be found!
Sean’s current exhibition, Nature Connects, is currently touring North America. The exhibit includes over a hundred sculptures created with more than two million Lego bricks. If you can, we really suggest checking it out!
9. Lego Italia Tower
You probably don’t know this, but for a while, there was a battle to have the Guinness Record for the “Tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks” AKA who can build the biggest Lego tower. In 2013, the Red Clay school district in Delaware built a Lego tower that came in at 112 feet and 11 inches, but the summer after that, the Lego Budapest store built a tower that clocked in at 114 ft, taking the title away from the kids.
Not to be left out, Lego Italia decided to beat the record in 2015. Their tower, which stood at 114 feet and 11 inches broke Budapest’s record without leaning like a certain tower in Pisa. The tower stood tall with the help of wires, which does feel a little like cheating but, apparently, Lego and Guinness were cool with it, so who are we to complain?
8. Lego Taj Mahal
If seeing all these cool Lego creations has your master builder blood fired up, why not take on one yourself? When it was released in 2008, you could get the Lego Taj Mahal set for just $300, but a quick look on Amazon shows the set costing $3,500 these days, so you better be really dedicated to the experience.
The set, which consists of 5,922 Lego pieces isn’t just hard to build because it is so big and expensive, but because almost every piece is white. Still, the set would make for a great talking piece in any home, “Oh, I see you noticed my Lego Taj Mahal. You know, I spent nearly four grand on the thing and got so wrapped up in building it that my wife left me. Thing is, it was all worth it! Well, it wasn’t, but if I don’t try and act like it was, I’ll build a Lego noose and send myself to Lego heaven!”
7. Lego Iwo Jima
Lego artist Nathan Sawaya used a hundred thousand Lego bricks to recreate Felix de Weldon Marine Corps War Memorial that, itself, is based on Joe Rosenthal’s iconic World War Two photo of the raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Nathan painstakingly built his sculpture of the iconic moment for the National Museum of the Marine Corps located in Triangle, Virginia. Every piece of Sawaya’s sculpture, even the American flag, is made of Lego bricks.
Sawaya, a one time corporate lawyer in New York, started creating his Lego art in 2002 and quickly made a name for himself. Today, Sawaya has two best selling books – The Art of Nathan Sawaya and The Art of the Brick: A Life in Lego as well as an exhibition aptly titled The Art of the Brick that is currently touring the world.
6. Lego Mecha
At the Mall of America – the largest mall in North America and twelfth largest in the world – sits what was, until that X-Wing got built, the largest Lego build in the world, the Lego Mecha Robot.
The Lego Mecha stands thirty-four feet tall, towering over the nearby Lego helicopter that is in no way a small build. The mecha, called Herobot 9000, consists of almost three million Lego bricks and weighs in at an insane six tons. From his vantage point, the giant Lego man sitting inside Herobot 9000 can see pretty much everything going on at the Mall of America, so if you’re there and you hear a shockingly deep laugh when you drop your special Mall of America pretzel on the ground, you can be pretty sure that it was the Herobot 9000 pilot laughing at you and not your buddy.
5. Lego Contact 1: The Millennial Celebration of the Eternal Choir at K’al Yne, Odan
We’re not going to try and explain what Odan is, because we aren’t sure we really understand it. What we do know is that this Lego creation by Mike Doyle is called “Contact 1: The Millennial Celebration of the Eternal Choir at K’al Yne, Odan” and it is simply amazing.
The full piece is over 200,000 Lego bricks, with the majority of it being made with the smallest 1×1 Lego pieces available, which the creator of the art says was done for better detail. It took six hundred hours to build his masterpiece and now sells the models online. You can choose to buy the sets with the pieces included, or just pay to download the kit instructions and then go get all the needed pieces yourself.
4. Lego Volvo XC90
We suppose that, at Legoland California, they really believe in the saying “work hard, play hard”. With all those Lego bricks laying about, some of the Legoland employees decided to have a little fun with General Manager Peter Ronchetti. Instead of filling his office with packing peanuts, these Lego lunatics went ahead and took a life-sized Lego model of a Volvo XC90 that was being fixed and put it in Ronchetti’s parking space after stealing his car keys and moving his XC60 out of the space. Ronchetti took the gag in good stride, and who wouldn’t?
The Lego Volvo XC90 is made up of just over two hundred thousand Lego and weighs in at just under three thousand pounds. To get the Lego car into Ronchetti’s parking space, the Legoland employees used a forklift. All of this pretty much guarantees that working at Legoland is more fun than wherever it is you work.
3. Lego Titanic
Brynjar Karl was eleven years old when he started to go after his dream; to go to the Lego factory in Denmark and build a Lego Titanic. He started going after his goal by putting up a video on YouTube asking Lego if he could visit their factory, explaining that he was growing up with autism and showing off his blueprints for his Lego Titanic. The video went viral and, soon enough, Brynjar was showing up in papers and on TV all around the world.
In time, people around the world donated 56,000 Lego bricks to Brynjar to help him complete his dream. After eleven months, Brynjar’s Lego Titanic, which includes 360 LED lights to light up the inside of the ship, was finished.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Brynjar got to work on more projects once his Lego Titanic was complete, including a book about his experience and the building of an amusement park out of Lego, with his Titanic as a centerpiece. You can see what Brynjar is up to here.
2. Lego Hulk vs Lego Hulkbuster
One of the best moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron was when the then-evil Scarlet Witch made Bruce Banner turn into Hulk and it was up to Tony Stark and his Hulkbuster armor to take down the big guy.
The fight was amazing, with tons of smashing and bashing and witty one-liners from Iron Man, and a battle like that needs to be forever immortalized in Lego, so that is exactly what the people at Lego did.
Lego unveiled their Hulk vs Hulkbuster statue at the San Diego Comic Con in 2015 and pics of the beautiful monstrosity spread across the internet faster than even Quicksilver would have believed. The diorama, which was made up of over a hundred thousand Lego bricks captures a fantastic moment, just as the two titans are about to go at it hard. If these two came to life, there would be a lot of damage done to the convention center, and Lego bricks wouldn’t be able to take care of it this time!
1. Lego TARDIS
Any Doctor Who fan worth their weight in Cybermen parts knows that TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, but what is it made of? If you ask the team at Bright Bricks, they’ll tell you it is 100,000 Lego bricks and a whole lot of glue.
Bright Bricks built the Lego TARDIS for the 2015 Doctor Who Festival where it was a smash hit, even Peter Capaldi, the Doctor himself, was impressed, and if you’ve seen The Thick of It, you know that there isn’t much that impresses Capaldi.
Of course, the question we all have is just how much does the Lego TARDIS resemble the real thing? Will it take us through time and space? Is it bigger on the inside? Can we meet Karen Gillan? Sadly, the answer to all of these questions is no. Guess we’ll just have to build a Lego pillow to cry on.