LEGO stories

Mention the European debt crisis, and most American's eyes will quickly glaze over. So Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon figured he could get us to pay attention by trying to reenact things using his Lego collection, plus a few Toy Story figures thrown in for good measure.
Building huge starships from the Star Wars universe with Lego seem to go hand-in-hand — not that we're complaining — and I0mede's 8-foot long Star Destroyer is no exception. It's a monster creation that uses 43,000 Lego pieces, weighs 180 pounds and faithfully replicates Erik Varszegi's Star Destroyer from back in 2005 — without any glue, steel frames or wooden structure support. You have to really see these pics to appreciate it — you'll be blown away. The dedication it takes to build something like this would completely overwhelm me.
Summer is winding down, which also means the end of cookout season. But wait! Don't roll your grill into the shed just yet! You still have time to make your propane tank seriously awesome.
Congratulations Sean Kenney, you win this week's bragging rights for building this incredible 10-foot tall Chicago Trump International Hotel and Tower out of Lego. This isn't just a Lego brick for brick replica of The Apprentice reality show celeb's Chicago digs. Kenney went all out, even building the exterior's "glass reflections" right in. This is taking Lego building to the next level.
Out of all the characters in the Star Wars universe, R2-D2 has to be the only one that gets so much love. Custom Xbox 360s, projectors, headphones, swimsuits, smartphones — the list goes on. Motorized Lego replicas? Well, that's just a tribute of love. Peter "Ickelpete" Salter's Lego R2-D2 is more than meets the eye. You'd be forgiven for thinking Salter's 15.7-inch wide by 23.6-inch tall creation was just a plastic statue, but it actually moves. It has a retractable leg, lights up, makes authentic "beep-doop" sounds and has a head that rotates &#8212 just like in the movies. All it took was 18 months of hard work.
I'm just eye-ballin' it, but I'd guess that Kevin Walter, pictured above, is only a little taller than 5'9". How would I know? Because that Lego masterpiece next to him is five foot nine. Pretty crazy, and crazier still: he made it using 50,000 Lego bricks. That's five times the pieces of that Lego Sandcrawler we saw recently.
Usually when we see a Lego something this big, it's from a brick-crazed enthusiast who either has a ton of creativity, or a ton of coffee. This time around, it's an official Lego Star Wars playset, part of the company's Ultimate Collector Series, and it's being billed as the longest Lego creation the company has ever released.