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Life-Sized LEGO Models of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Characters

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There's something about the combination of LEGO and Star Wars that just works on every nerdy level, from small minifigures to massive custom sculptures of AT-ATs and the Millennium Falcon. Some of the newest additions to the group: three LEGO replica sculptures from a galaxy far, far away that will be on display at this year's Toy Fair 2016, a trade show where all the latest toys and games are unveiled.

The replicas are the second wave of statues commissioned by the LEGO Group (the first featured Rey, BB8, and Kylo Ren). Made to scale with over 20,000 bricks and a combined weight of over 400 pounds, the figures resemble Captain Phasma, Finn, and Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

The largest of the collection is the Captain Phasma sculpture. It took creators 275 hours and a total of 37,556 blocks to create the 81.5-inch figure. The 67.3-inch Poe and 68.9-inch Finn sculptures each weigh 112 pounds, and took 195 hours and 205 hours to build, respectively.

Take a look at the detailed figures from various angles below.

All images via LEGO Group.

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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This Voltron LEGO Set Is Almost Ready to Assemble
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In spite of the fact they need no outside help whatsoever in building a billion-dollar toy empire, and that amateur submissions to toy companies often go unnoticed, building block giant LEGO has had great success fielding ideas from their devoted fanbase. LEGO Ideas regularly sifts through submissions that have accumulated 10,000 votes of support among visitors to determine their popularity and practicality.

For their summer 2017 review, they’ve decided a fan’s idea to revisit a classic 1980s Japanese anime ticked all the right boxes: Voltron will be coming to stores in 2018.

LEGO announced the winners on its website. The concept for Voltron—a giant, sword-wielding robot compromised of five smaller robots—was pitched by Leandro Tayag, a fan from Malaysia who created a mock-up of what the giant ‘bot might look like.

A prototype of a LEGO Voltron set
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A 41-year-old software architect, Tayag says he was inspired by his love for the giant robot genre in the 1980s. After designing the 2100-brick prototype, Tayag’s idea received a voice of support from Voltron license holder Bob Koplar. It only took 22 days for LEGO fandom to meet the required 10,000 votes in order for LEGO management to review the pitch.

No firm release date or price point has been announced, but LEGO expects the set to go into development shortly. Another winner, a LEGO message in a bottle, is also expected to hit shelves next year.

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