YouTuber Builds Doom’s BFG Out of Lego

Lego is the defining toy of a number of generations, offering almost unlimited creativity in how it can be used. We’ve seen a complex computer case built entirely from the popular construction toy, but now Youtuber “ZaziNombies” has created a replica of one of the most well-known guns in all of video gaming history, Doom’s BFG 9000.

ZaziNombies has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to his Lego creations, which often focus on a great number of weapons from a huge number of popular franchises. Some of the Lego replicas already under his belt include the nuke-launching Fat Man from Fallout 3, Frostmourne of Warcraft fame and a large number of the guns seen in the Call of Duty series. All of these pale in comparison to the Lego BFG, which is the largest and heaviest gun he has ever built and is an amazingly complex build. The finished model is made from around 5000 individual lego bricks, including a number of translucent and light bricks and weighs in at 20 pounds. The real version may weigh a lot more (if it existed), but that is certainly a lot of weight for a Lego model.

Considering the lack of reference material for the iconic weapon, the level of detail that has gone into the model is incredible and includes a number of smart construction techniques in order to bring the whole thing together. For a full rundown of the model, check out the video below and get a glimpse into how the BFG may look in reality.

Fan Constructs Man Utd’s Stadium Out Of Matchsticks

I know what you’re thinking; well this is going to be rubbish! I bet you’re imagining a 10-inch mish mash of a project, well, no, stick with it and you might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. A Man Utd fan has dedicated a whopping 450 hours of his life/time, which is roughly 19 full days spread over 3 months with the aim of building the famous Old Trafford stadium out of Lego? No Matchsticks.

Below are three images that convey the construction and also the extent and detail level of this project, as you can see, it is pretty amazing.  The replica is almost identical to that of the current real life stadium layout and even includes the recently installed “Sir Alex Ferguson” statue which overlooks (much like the real version did during David Moyes tenure) outside the main entrance of the ground. The colour scheme is also extremely detailed and comparable to that of the current Old Trafford ground.

The skills, eye for detail and patience required to execute such a project is mind-blowing and opens up the possibility for a profession in replica model building.  I am sure there will be a market for commission pieces from excited fans who would like a mini replica stadium built to pay homage to their favourite football team.  The old school board game Subbuteo would have been very different if you had a chance to play in a stadium of this quality.

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Fantastic Individual Builds Football Stadiums out of Lego

This just looks fantastic! a creative and talented individual by the name of Chris Smith builds and sells Football Stadiums that have been built out of Lego.

The project in question goes by the name of Brickstand, below is a few images to convey his mini constructions, first up, Upton Park, which is home to long ball team West Ham, ok ok, Slaven Bilic has improved things after Sam Allardyce departed. The detail within the ground is quite something considering this is constructed out of Lego, even the club wording embedded within the seats has been incorporated. The price tag is £299.99 which sounds expensive, but it does come ready built and not just a box of bricks with instructions.

Next up Vicarage Road which is home to newly promoted Watford, I wonder how robust these models are? Just imagine spending £279.99 for the below stadium and then dropping it on the floor. The measurements are 50x50x15cm and is built-in parts which according to the site “is easy to store when not on display”

The last image arrives courtesy of “your going home in an ambulance” Millwall, this model has roughly 1500 bricks within it and measures 65x50x15cm. If you’re worried about shipping in the UK, then don’t as Chris Smith will deliver them to you himself, he does this because there is no adhesive within the bricks and it would be also difficult to trust Royal Mail with these stadiums.

Chris Smith aims to build all 92 grounds in the football league out of Lego, he must have Lego falling out in every direction in his house, by all means check out his website for a complete overview of his work, it’s certainly unique. Lego might be keeping an eye on how far this project will go, if it is successful in the long run then expect Football league kits to be marketed by the company in the near future, I wonder how Chris will feel if Lego make millions out of his concept?

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Couple Recreates Simpsons Kitchen in Their own Home

Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton decided to renovate their kitchen with a twist and replicate The Simpsons’ iconic colour scheme. The project, entitled, “retrovation” involved careful planning and referring to stills from various angles. During the process, the couple purchased a $20 counter top in blue and even managed to recreate the instantly recognizable, corncob curtains.

The renovation job didn’t stop there as the couple laid down blue and cream tiles, and covered the stove with green contact paper. Amazingly, they analysed the cooking utensils and performed extensive research to find matching pieces of equipment. Additionally, the drawers, knobs, and even insignificant details were taken into account.

While supply issues did cause a few problems, the couple employed their DIY skills to create interesting solutions. I personally think the final piece is a remarkable achievement but it’s not something I’d like to use every day. The kitchen feels too bright and during sleep-deprived states, I could actually believe I’m part of a Simpsons episode.

Also, The Simpsons hasn’t interested me since season 8, when it started to go downhill and lacked endearing stories. Whatever the case, this is an impressive build project but I’m more enamoured by other crazy designs such as an entire replica of the Star Trek Enterprise’s bridge.

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Adam Savage Builds Perfect Replica of Captain Kirk’s Chair

When industrial designer Adam Savage, famous as one of the hosts of Mythbusters, ordered a replica of Captain Kirk’s chair from the original Star Trek TV series he was left disappointed, calling the seat “totally sad and not accurate”. His solution? Build his own.

The video below shows Savage’s gorgeous duplicate of the iconic Captain’s chair in its full glory, and it has already garnered one important fan:

The chair, as exact to scale as Savage could make it, is based on the version that appeared in the two pilot episode of Star Trek, the unaired The Cage, which featured Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike (and a female first officer, which proved too progressive for CBS), and Where No Man Has Gone Before, which marks the first appearance of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. As such, the chair features a viewer mounted near the right armrest, included because Savage “wanted it to have a feature that no other chair has.”

Savage built the chair from scratch, including the upholstery, based on a number of plans remaining from the Sixties TV show, and photos of the original chair that is housed at the EMP Museum in Seattle. “I’m not going to say it’s 100% accurate, but it’s pretty freaking accurate,” Savage says.

Tron: Legacy Motorcycle Replica Auctioned for $77,000

People pay a lot of money on things they like on the big screen. But fortunately, some of the things they buy are quire awesome. Take the bike from Tron: Legacy for example. Who wouldn’t want to own such an electrical-powered beauty? I would!

Disney’s Tron: Legacy had its debut back in 2010 and since then, there have been a few people interested in buying a replica of the light cycle. Parker Brother’s Custom Choppers are said to have sold 10 such replicas for a price tag of $55,000. Even so, it looks like others are still interested in buying more of them.

An auction held by father and son Paul and Chris Andrews that took place on the 2nd of May at RM Auctions Sotheby’s brought forth everything from model car engines to customized classic cars. Amongst them was another Tron: Legacy light cycle replica, which apparently found an owner willing to spend $77,000 on it.

The vehicle is said to run on a 96 volt electrical motor and comes with light features to recreate that Tron: Legacy look and feel of the real light cycle. Would you have bought something similar if you had the money? All I can say is this:

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Buy Your Own Life-Sized Iron Man Hulkbuster for $21,500

Chinese model makers Beast Kingdom have unveiled a life-sized replica of the Hulkbuster – Iron Man’s behemoth suit from the forthcoming Marvel spectacular Avengers: Age of Ultron – at an event in Taiwan recently. It’s huge, mean, and it will only cost a wallet-busting $21,500.

The Hulkbuster was designed by Tony Stark – better known as Iron Man – to take on that raging viridian menace, the Hulk. But, before you ask your rugby-player friend to paint himself green and challenge him to a duel with your new Hulkbuster suit, this replica is only a statue, and one that stands at 3 metres tall, so you’d better have high doors and ceilings in your home.

If this hasn’t put you off, how about a scale replica of Hulk of $20,000? The pair are meant to go together, after all.

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Is Your Sony Charging Cable Genuine?

Recently, a charging cable has been released catered toward Sony products. The Chikou charging cable was originally thought of my most to be an official Sony product, brandishing a very similar design to their architecture and color schemes as we’ve seen Sony produce for years. Later on, Sony Taiwan released a statement to IT Home claiming that it was not an officially branded product.

Confusion was still wide-spread as Japanese branches of Sony were claiming through online portals that the Chikou charging cable was a Sony Mobile Authorized product and the production line quality was closely monitored by their servicing staff.

The cable was released with some impressive features, well as impressive as you can get for a cable. Featuring fire retardant materials and a magnetic connection to the phone to hold it in place, this cable can actually only be used with Sony products. It’s designed to clamp only to Sony products bodies, being measured and designed in this fashion.

We’re unable to come to a final answer as to if this is an official Sony product or not, but it heeds as a warning to those looking to buy any ‘official’ product. With so many knock-0ff and dodgy brands around these days, it’s hard to know if what you’re getting is actually genuine, or a cheap replica – or if there’s a third party company producing items (like in this case), is it actually approved by your products company?

If you’re looking for the always-safe option, go ahead and purchase directly only from your smartphone companies website. But, as with all ‘officially licensed’ products – expect to be paying a 200% premium.

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