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Life-size Lego teardrop trailer earns world record

The Lego caravan is on display at the 2015 Motorhome & Caravan Show
The Lego caravan is on display at the 2015 Motorhome & Caravan Show
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Breakfast is ready ...
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Breakfast is ready ...
The Lego caravan is on display at the 2015 Motorhome & Caravan Show
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The Lego caravan is on display at the 2015 Motorhome & Caravan Show
Possibly the coolest feature is the working sink
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Possibly the coolest feature is the working sink
Guinness awards the trailer a world record at the premiere
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Guinness awards the trailer a world record at the premiere
Right down to details like Lego food in the fridge
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Right down to details like Lego food in the fridge
The Lego trailer and the T@b it's based on
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The Lego trailer and the T@b it's based on
Inside the life-size Lego teardrop trailer
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Inside the life-size Lego teardrop trailer
The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed
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The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed
The Lego caravan is full of colorful and fun detailing, like these decidedly blocky toothbrushes
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The Lego caravan is full of colorful and fun detailing, like these decidedly blocky toothbrushes
Lego flowers and chessboard
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Lego flowers and chessboard
The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed
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The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed
The dinette set transforms into a bed
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The dinette set transforms into a bed
The Lego bed doesn't look comfy, but it is functional
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The Lego bed doesn't look comfy, but it is functional
Working on the interior
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Working on the interior
The trailer measures 7.2 x 11.8 feet (H x L, 2.2 m x 3.6 m)
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The trailer measures 7.2 x 11.8 feet (H x L, 2.2 m x 3.6 m)
Organizers say the design blew the previous record of 20,000 bricks away
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Organizers say the design blew the previous record of 20,000 bricks away
This is what creative hands can do with 215,158 Lego bricks
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This is what creative hands can do with 215,158 Lego bricks
Inside, the design has running water and model appliances
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Inside, the design has running water and model appliances
Things are coming together
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Things are coming together
Testing the seating
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Testing the seating
Like a typical caravan, the interior features a dinette set that doubles as a bed
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Like a typical caravan, the interior features a dinette set that doubles as a bed
This Lego build was completed by a team of 12 people over a 12-week period
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This Lego build was completed by a team of 12 people over a 12-week period
Starting to build up the body
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Starting to build up the body
An internal frame supports the Lego build
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An internal frame supports the Lego build
Life started as a simple AL-KO chassis
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Life started as a simple AL-KO chassis

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 trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed
The trailer has real camping amenities, including a sink with running water, working electric lights and a dinette set that transforms into a bed

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.

The Lego trailer and the T@b it's based on
The Lego trailer and the T@b it's based on

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.

Sources: National Caravan Council, Guinness

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