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Nathan Sawaya via Twitter
Nathan Sawaya via Twitter

How Those Awesome LEGO Oscars Were Made

Nathan Sawaya via Twitter
Nathan Sawaya via Twitter

New York-based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has made replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, Venus de Milo, and even the Mona Lisa out of the colored blocks as part of his career. So he was certainly up to the challenge of making 20 Oscar replicas for last night's 87th Academy Awards.

Sawaya had some experience making LEGO Oscars even before the preparation for last night's ceremony: He had built a single statuette to serve as a consolation prize to The LEGO Movie co-director Philip Lord last month after the film was snubbed for a nomination by the Academy. After a photo of the replica spread on Twitter, the creators of the movie decided they wanted to do more.

"The team behind The LEGO Movie approached me, they wanted to do something extra special for the Academy Award performance of best song nominee 'Everything is Awesome,'" Sawaya told Crave. Together they decided on 20 statuettes, to be given out during the performance, each made of 500 LEGO bricks—glued together for structural integrity.

Although some superstars were psyched to get their hands on one of Sawaya's Oscars—Emma Stone, Channing Tatum, and Oprah were some of the lucky recipients—the artist is hoping to make it possible for everyone to build a statuette of their own.

"So many people have asked me about getting their own LEGO Oscar that I submitted it to LEGO Ideas so that everyone has the ability to get one," Sawaya said. "Hopefully it will be approved in the next few days and we can all start supporting it." Or, you could try to replicate the process based on this video Sawaya posted on his twitter:

For more of Saway's work, check out his traveling exhibit, The Art of the Brick.

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Build Your Own Harry Potter Characters With LEGO's New BrickHeadz Set

Harry Potter is looking pretty square these days. In a testament to the enduring appeal of the boy—and the franchise—who lived, LEGO has launched a line of Harry Potter BrickHeadz.

The gang’s all here in this latest collection, which was recently revealed during the toymaker’s Fall 2018 preview in New York City. Other highlights of that show included LEGO renderings of characters from Star Wars, Incredibles 2, and several Disney films, according to Inside The Magic.

The Harry Potter BrickHeadz collection will be released in July and includes figurines of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, and even Hedwig. Some will be sold individually, while others come as a set.

A Ron Weasley figurine
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A Hermione figurine
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A Dumbledore figurine
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Harry Potter fans can also look forward to a four-story, 878-piece LEGO model of the Hogwarts Great Hall, which will be available for purchase August 1. Sets depicting the Whomping Willow, Hogwarts Express, and a quidditch match will hit shelves that same day.

[h/t Inside The Magic]

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This Working Pinball Machine Is Made Entirely of LEGO Bricks
Bre Burns, The Brothers Brick
Bre Burns, The Brothers Brick

LEGO sets are fun when you're piecing them together, and significantly less fun when they're fully assembled and gathering dust in your closet. That's not the case with the latest masterwork from builder Bre Burns. Her functioning LEGO pinball machine provides hours of entertainment even after the last brick has been laid.

According to the LEGO fan site The Brothers Brick, Burns built the initial model of the machine for the BrickCon LEGO exhibition in October 2017 and debuted an improved version at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle in March. The 2.5-foot-tall machine consists of 15,000 blocks put together over the course of 200 to 300 hours. Even the castor steel balls, lights, motors, and sensors are official products from LEGO Mindstorms and Technic—collections originally designed for building and programming robots.

Burns dubbed her creation "Benny's Space Adventure" after the excitable classic blue spaceman minifigure from The Lego Movie (2014). The final design includes sound effects, a coin slot, a gumball dispenser, a mosaic of Benny, and a moving spaceship mounted on top of the machine.

Master builders have been using LEGO bricks for years to make items that work in the real world. In 2015, Italian carpenter Nicola Pavan used LEGO to build a fully functional guitar, and that same year a team of professional builders broke a world record with its 215,158-brick camper.

[h/t The Brothers Brick]

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