Another London-themed model, as this giant Egyptian King floated down the Thames in 2009 to promote Legoland Windsor’s new “Kingdom of the Pharaohs” exhibit. He weighed a ton and, at the time, was the largest Lego model ever built, at an impressive 16 feet tall.
The giant boy-king apparently brought river traffic “to a standstill” as he completed the last section of a 1395-mile journey from the Czech Republic to Windsor and made even seasoned Londoners stare as he made his stately way down the river (and Londoners are used to seeing all kinds of strange things). It’s clearly amazing workmanship to survive a tidal river journey like that, and the Pharaoh himself also seems to have enviable muscle definition on those abs. Sadly eclipsed in size fairly quickly, but a worthy holder of the largest model title for a while there.
4. Droid Control Ship
As demonstrated with NASA, it’s a beautiful thing when two geeky worlds collide, and that’s the case with Lego and Star Wars. There’s a huge crossover between the two fanbases, and Lego brought out a number of expensive model kits around the time of “The Phantom Menace” release, so that fans could spend up to $150 on a model of the Millenium Falcon (although thanks to the crazy automated pricing on Amazon.com, it’s currently retailing at an eye-watering $5899.99) But even this level of complexity is not enough for some enthusiasts, who have created their own Lego Star Wars models, such as this amazingly intricate Droid Control Ship. It was the work of one man – Paul Yperman – who was working from a book of Star Wars cross-sections and used 30,000 Lego pieces over a period of two years. That’s quite some dedication!
3. Hogwarts Castle
Another geeky crossover, another Lego masterpiece. This time, the inspiration is Harry Potter, and specifically the magical castle where the majority of the books are set. This model is remarkable in many ways, but I’m most amazed by the smooth curves on those towers. It’s hard to make Lego look elegant, and indeed anything but blocky, but this model seems to manage it. It was the work of Alice Finch, who won “Best in Show” at BlockCon with it in 2012. It uses 400,000 bricks and inside are scenes from the books and movies, such as Dumbledore giving a welcome address and the Harry and Ron in the Chamber of Secrets, all done with minifigs. A wealth of detail and a beautiful looking exterior shows why this model was an award winner.
2. The Czech Tower
All records are made to be broken, and the record for highest Lego tower is one that’s changed hands a few times over the years. Last year, the British thought they had reclaimed it with a 32m high tower at Legoland Windsor (Windsor previously held the record in 2008). And they had indeed broken the record, snatching it from Seoul whose tower had been built just a few months previously and a few centimetres shorter. But then in September 2012, another tower was built in Prague, with Olympic medallist Miroslava Knapkova putting the final brick into place. At 32.5m, it just pipped the British effort and, to date, no-one seems to have topped it. But the record changes more quickly than the internet updates, so by the time you read this there could be a new top dog.
1. X-Wing Starfighter
And here’s another record that has been smashed – the one previously held by the Pharaoh, as largest model ever constructed. As another example of the harmonious relationship between Lego and Star Wars, this X-Wing was built on a 1:1 scale and could fit Luke Skywalker happily inside. It’s made up of 5,335,200 bricks and took a team of 32 people 4 months to complete. It appeared in new York’s Times Square in May 2013 and was instantly popular, with excited fans of both Lego and Star Wars flocking to see it. It was built to launch the kids’ TV series “The Yoda Chronicles” but something tells me the model will be remembered long after the show has faded into obscurity (because really, do we need another Star Wars spin-off?) An awesome model indeed, and a deserving winner of our best Lego model award.