Life-size Lego teardrop trailer earns world record
Teardrop trailers always seem to bring out the nostalgia in us, so a Lego teardrop is like a hard-hitting nostalgia double-dose. Designed for this week's Motorhome & Caravan Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK, the world's largest Lego caravan stands 7.2 feet (2.2 m) tall and uses more than 200,000 blocks in its construction. And it actually sounds like it could offer a (semi) comfortable night of sleep, complete with running water, working lights and a place to lay your head.
We've learned over the years that Lego building isn't just for children. It's also a creative outlet for adults, who put their minds and hands to work creating everything from X-Wing and Rolls-Royce jet engine models to working hot rods.
The Lego teardrop joins the latter as a life-size Lego design that actually works. The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed. It also has a model refrigerator and cooking equipment.
The Lego trailer is based on an actual T@B 320 RS teardrop trailer, and it has a wheeled AL-KO chassis and metal frame supporting the colorful building blocks. Twelve professional Lego builders completed the project over a 12-week period, putting in more than 1,000 man hours.
The Lego caravan measures 7.2 feet high by 11.8 feet long (2.2 by 3.6 m) and is made from 215,158 Lego bricks. Guinness handed over the world record certificate for "largest caravan built with interlocking plastic bricks" after the ceremonial last blocks were added at its premiere earlier this week.
It doesn't sound like there are any plans to take the Lego trailer camping in the wild, but the caravan will make two appearances at the NEC, for the Motorhome & Caravan Show this week and the BRICK 2015 Lego fan event from October 29 to November 1. After that it will be used as a leisure vehicle promotional tool in the national "Freedom to Go" campaign.
If you happen to be in the area, you can see the Lego caravan at the Motorhome & Caravan Show through Sunday. If not, you can see more of the design and build in the photo gallery.