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Some folk have got too much time on their hands. Then again, sometimes those people deserve to be applauded for their efforts. Like this guy, a dedicated Lego fanatic who whiled away the final months of 2010 building this incredibly detailed Barad-dûr replica out of roughly 50,000 Lego blocks. Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter …

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He had an eye for the tower since he first saw Lord of the Rings.

And the tower had an eye for him.

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I see...

I see yooooooo. ^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h what you did there!

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Impressive

Definitely in the HMS Hood league but not sure it quite tops that as there aren't any MInifigs.

The rockwork is very good.

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Dismantle it?

It should be in a museum!

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Oh...

Well, it's pretty cool, but the way it was being talked-about I expected to see pictures of a tower a good 15-ft high or more...

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And furthermore

I expected a quote from his wife or girlfriend.

No? Ah, I see...

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V.Impressive

Having looked at mine (sorry my son's) Lego bricks I have no idea how he's managed to get those curved walls. Everything I (sorry my son) builds is full of right angles..??

As a side note I bought myself (sorry my son) a Lego Mindstorms kit a few years ago. If you haven't discovered this yet then you (sorry your kids), will love it.

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"As a side note I bought myself (sorry my son) a Lego Mindstorms kit a few years ago. If you haven't discovered this yet then you (sorry your kids), will love it."

Let me guess, you bought your wife a bowling ball :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_the_Fast_Lane

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I have almost that problem...

I was tempted to buy a mindstorms kit but don't have son to blame it on!

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no problem

Buy if now for your future son / daughter. Of course, it would be a shame if something went wrong and it was not working when s/he is finally old enough to use it, so you will have to occasionally test it....

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"Let me guess, you bought your wife a bowling ball :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_the_Fast_Lane "

No, she got the '00' gauge Hornby train set.

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Speaking of Mindstorms

The least he could do would be to make the eye actually follow you around the room...

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Curved walls

Use lots and lots of 1x2 bricks:

http://leonardoslegos.blogspot.com/2010/08/lego-technique-curved-walls.html

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Well I'll be...

Lego building distilled to a discipline of engineering. I'm very impressed.

-dZ.

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Playmobil reconstruction

Or it didn't happen.

Allegedly

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Lego versus Playmobil

I'd always assumed that future IT workers could not grok Lego and that's why they ended up with the simpler Playmobil, leaving Lego to the software-engineers-to-be.

It also explains The Register's fascination with the inferior stuff and their stuffy comments about expensive Lego bricks.

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Very impressive...

...but unless there are some new pieces in lego since I was a kid, I think there has been gratuitous use of glue in several places on that model.

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Re: Very impressive...

You'll be amazed at how Lego has expanded the range and type of bricks since, say, the early 1980s.

There's a whole heap of angle-connection bits in my nipper's kits that I never had in my day.

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Apparently...

He lost out on an award at Brickworld 2011 (you know, THE Brickworld!!), because someone else had a model with the name Black Tower on the ballot sheet, and they were selected instead of Barad-dûr.

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title?

<pedantry>Replica?

I'd like to go visit the original it's based on.</pedantry>

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Re: title?

Go and look in Weta's warehouse, or New Line's lobby...

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