Though most people quit playing LEGOs when they realized that their own creative abilities were limited, some people never stopped dreaming in blocks and figurative mortar. Have you ever wondered which are the coolest LEGO creations on the planet, and for what utilitarian good LEGOs can be used? Prepare to learn about the most interesting and successful LEGO creations ever made.
DESIGNER: Thousands of People
Can’t afford a real Apple iPhone? No problem! For just a few dollars worth of LEGOs, you can create your own replica. The LEGO iPhone is about the same size as the real one. Tutorials on how to make your own iPhone are available on YouTube.
DESIGNER: Henry Lim
The LEGO harpsichord was envisioned for decades before the designer actually built it. He used more than 10,000 pieces for the instrument that has a range of 61 notes. It weighs just 150 pounds, and supposedly, is much easier to move than normal instruments. (And, it actually plays!)
DESIGNER: Charles Babbage
Capable of solving second and third order polynomial math problems, calculating to the fourth digit, this LEGO calculator is called a “Difference Engine.” Whomever understands what that means is probably very impressed right now.
|“Relativity” from Escher
DESIGNERS: Andrew Lipson & Daniel Shui
What may have taken Escher a decade to fathom then complete in 1953, Lipson and Shui made in just six nights. The re-creation of “Relativity” is so charming that it is frequently requested for exhibitions.
DESIGNERS: Japanese Engineers
At first blush, this shuttle looks like the real deal, but upon closer inspection it seems a little matte. The Japanese creators used more than 65,000 pieces, and billed over 1,500 hours for completion. This design was created for Nasu Highland Park, which is a popular attraction in Japan.
DESIGNER: LEGOland, CA
The gorgeous Volvo is so beautiful that tourists visit LEGOLAND in California to see it every year. Though this car doesn’t operate, it is meant to signify drivers’ safety and education.
DESIGNER: Nathan Sawaya
Using more than 10,000 pieces to create this Han Solo who is frozen in carbonite, Sawaya spent three months to perfect his design. Though it serves no real purpose, it can at least be broken into easily carried pieces when he moves each time.
|iPod Case & Stand
DESIGNER: Thousands of People
The LEGO iPod cases and stands function as well as the expensive versions in your local mall, but they’re much cooler. A conversational piece that will amuse your friends, the iPod case can be made by anyone who follows the directions on YouTube.
|“Thriller” Music Video
DESIGNER: Philipp & Miriam Lents
Nearly 14 minutes long, this music video is entertaining and fantastic. From props to characters, backdrop to makeup, this is a well-made music video by anyone’s standards. The hilarious introduction to Michael Jackson’s version was honored in this re-creation.
|Giant Map of Europe
DESIGNERS: Vanessa Graf, Tanja Kusserow-Kurth, et al.
Composed of more than 245,000 LEGO bricks, this giant map of Europe was recently built to satiate recession-weary travelers who are missing their second homes. Including awe-inspiring features, and special touches in favorite destinations, this map has everything you need to feel more cultured.
Since the creation of beloved LEGO toys in 1949, children have built, and re-built the same basic structures repeatedly. Though LEGOs are an excellent way for children to learn about the world around them, and begin to see the world as a three dimensional space, they are also suitable for other uses. From cars to harpsichords, artwork to working engines, LEGO limitations have been lifted, and anyone can use them for practical designs.