A Lego Megapost

by thewheatandthechaff

As I’ve (a) been away for a month and (b) love anything to do with Lego (who doesn’t?) and (c) a lot of cool stuff has been going on in the world of Lego recently, I decided to condense it all into one big post.

First up is UK designer Aaron Savage‘s Brick the LP project, a series of classic album covers lovingly recreated in Lego. I’ll leave you to work them out:

You can view the complete collection here.

Next is Manhattan-based artist Jason Freeny‘s 18″ sculptures depicting the dissections of a trio of Lego Men.

If his Facebook page – which features the full, painstaking step-by-step process of their creation in photos (a selection of which are featured below) – is anything to go by, the guy is the Gunther Von Hagens of the toy world, having taken his scalpel to a number of other notable childhood faves.

Then there’s this pretty amazing collaboration with Google Australia called Build With Chrome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the little bricks’ arrival down under.

Lockey McGrath, marketing manager at Google Australia and New Zealand, explains how it was done:

“We made the bricks with WebGL, which enables powerful 3D graphics right in the browser and demonstrates the upper limit of current WebGL graphics performance. We then mixed in Google Maps  so you can put your creation in a Lego world alongside everyone else’s.”

Currently, the browser only allows users to select land to build on in Australia and New Zealand, and the plots are rapidly being snapped up, but the team behind it hopes to open in other countries soon.

Below are a couple of vids of the platform in action.

If you want to join in, just click “Build” on the left hand side of the page and the program will select a plot at random. Just be warned, if you’re planning to check this out at work, be prepared to write off the rest of your day.

The penultimate slice of Lego-based fun today is ‘Inception’, the result of an academic team project from a group of Visual Effects and Concept Design students at Staffordshire University, spanning 12 weeks and representing 1000 hours of work.

And finally, for any fans of Breaking Bad, the best is saved for last: A startlingly accurate Lego model of the meth lab from the show. According to Design Taxi, its creator has so far only been identified as a friend of Redditor GaryIsYouDotCom.

The details are bang on though, from Gale’s coffee machine, to Gustavo Fring with a giant piece of chicken and even the pure blue crystal meth.

The fifth series of the imperious series starts on 15th of July in the USA, but fans in the UK will unfortunately have to download it or wait for the boxset.