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12 massive Lego builds you need to see

There’s been a lot of talk of Lego recently. First there was a new record for the world’s tallest Lego Tower, and then there was a machine to help you build your own. There was of course the hugely successful Lego Movie this year, and a DIY version that is almost as impressive.

All this got us to thinking, then, where can we see the world’s most massive Lego builds up close? Here are 12 of the best.

1. World’s tallest Lego tower

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We mentioned this already, but you can’t have a list of massive Lego builds without the World’s tallest lego tower – a record that was broken earlier this year. This monster construction in Budapest stands at 114ft, but the record is one of the most popular in the Guinness book. Watch this space then, because we have a feeling it won’t last long.

2. Allianz Arena

Legoland Germany is the host of this staggering replica of Munich’s Allianz Arena. Impressive enough from the outside, but it’s even better when you look to the stands and see it’s packed to the rafters with Lego soccer fans.

3. Full-size lego house

This full-sized Lego house was built from approximately 3.3 million plastic bricks, featured as part of James May’s Toy Stories programme on the BBC. Although the building is an accomplishment in itself, sadly nobody wanted to buy it. Sorry James, time to pack the bricks away.

4. Montmatre

Lego montmatre

Paris is the home of the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, but for the lego version you’ll have to go to Legoland, Windsor. Other attractions include a giant (although not record-breaking) tower and miniature Lego London.

5. Tyrannosaurus Rex

Lego T-Rex

Can’t wait for Jurassic World? Visit Florida’s Lego World Place to see this almost full-scale Rex towering over the visitors. They don’t look bothered.

6. Lego printer

Okay, so it might not be as ‘massive’ as the other constructions here, but this fully operational Lego printer is just as impressive. Now we just need a Lego 3D-printer to print the parts.

7. ‘Brickley’ the Lego Dragon

Lego dragon

Don’t be fooled by the cheerful smile on the face of Brickley – Disney World Florida’s Lego sea monster – this thing is a beast. Over 20-feet tall and built from over 170,000 bricks, we’d advise not getting too close to its razor-sharp lego teeth.

8. Biggest ever Lego Mario

Not only does this video feature the biggest ever Lego Mario, but it’ll even show you it being built – brick by brick.

9. Volvo XC90

Lego-volvo

While the bulk of this list has been reserved for artistic endeavours, hats must go off to Volvo’ marketing team for this replica XC90 – a stunningly detailed Lego build by Lego’s very own ‘Master Model Builders’. Arrogant, yes, but justifiably so.

10. Lego Springfield

Well, somebody had to do it. Given the shared bright yellow skin tones of The Simpsons and Lego characters, we’re surprised it took until this year for somebody to construct a model Springfield. Credit goes to its delicate lego craftsman Matt De Lanoy.

11. Arrested development in Lego

While we’re recreating TV shows in Lego, how about this Arrested Development set by De Lanoy’s same fair hands? All the little details are there, right down to a perfectly reconstructed Bluth stair car.

12. Japan (in 1.8 million bricks)

Lego Japan

These constructions are all well and good, but Lego is meant for kids – right? This is one for you then, as this epic map of Japan was built by over 5,000 schoolchildren from 6 different regions. And with that, this simple (okay – massively, massively, complex) childhood pleasure is restored.

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