10 incredible LEGO machines that really work

In our opinion, LEGO is the greatest toyever made. If you have the skills, you can turn simple LEGO bricks into justabout anything you can imagine. As a kid, I used LEGO pieces to make other toys. Asan adult, all I want LEGO to do is open beers for me and file my taxes. I'vegot the first part nailed down, but I'm still working on second.

Star Wars LEGO organ
This amazing LEGO creation is built from more than 20,000 bricks and was part of a German promotional campaign for "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3-D." Two professional LEGO builders constructedminiature scenes from the movie around the drum, positioned in such a way thatthey play out the Star Wars theme on a keyboard as the drum rotates. The onlyway this could be any more awesome is if the drum was housed inside a giantplayer piano (shaped like a TIE fighter) that was also made out of LEGO. LorenzLnggrtnr via Nerd Approved

LEGO Gears of War Lancer assault rifle
LEGO artist PLUM B created thislife-sized Lancer Assault Rifle from Gears of War that features a motorized sawblade and a clip-fed firing mechanism that shoots rubber bands. As impressiveas this weapon is, I fear that taking it into battle against Locust forces willresult in a swift and embarrassing demise.  MOCpages via Nerd Approved

LEGO pancake robot
Using LEGO Mindstorms and some standardLEGO bricks, Mexican Viking created a pancake bot that is basically a 3-axisCNC that uses the Z coordinate as the dispenser control — allowing it to serve upyour breakfast in preprogrammed shapes. Here we see it making Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes, but I wonder if it could handle making a pancake shaped like adinosaur getting attacked by a UFO — because that's what I want for breakfastevery morning. Makermigvia That'sNerdalicious

LEGO 3-D milling machine
In this video, Arthur Sacek's LEGO milling machine prints a 3-D face from a block of foam. It proves that thethings that you can create with LEGO are truly limitless. Perhaps one day theultimate goal can be reached — creating an advanced LEGO milling machine thatproduces more LEGO bricks. Arthur Sacekvia Nerd Approved

LEGO Sandcrawler
This highly detailed LEGO Sandcrawlerrequired 10,000 bricks and nine months to build. It features interior lighting,a fully functioning crane, conveyor belt and motorized ramp. It even has aremote-controlled drive system. In short, it's the ultimate Jawa action-figuretransport vehicle. Marshal Bananavia NerdApproved

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LEGO orrery
While the cycles and planets in this LEGO orrery by Guy Himber are fantasy based, it is still a marvel to look at. Justdon't go using it for any science projects, because you will fail miserably. See video here. VA Steamworksvia Nerd Approved

LEGO Super 8 projector
Friedemann Wachsmuth's Lego Super 8projector employs two LEGO technic motors to drive the projection and rewindmechanisms and a bright LED flashlight as a light source. When all is said anddone, it can play crisp video at 24 frames per second. It's the filmmakingmethod of choice for tiny LEGO men with painted-on thick black glasses andskinny jeans. Peacemanvia Nerd Approved

LEGO beer machine
Using LEGO Mindstorms, YouTuberNxt1engineer created a beer machine that is capable of serving two kinds ofDutch beer via Bluetooth commands, opening each bottle and cooling it todrinking temperature. So now we have LEGO making us pancakes and serving usbeer. It seems like the next step should be to make a fully functioning LEGO robot butler. That'sNerdalicious

LEGO television
Rod Gillies built a handsome retro TV outof LEGO, then went the extra mile and actually made the background scroll.Impressive, but it definitely needs a LEGO cable box to go with it since itseems to be stuck on the Superman channel 24/7. Rod Gilliesvia Nerd Approved

The world's most useless LEGO machine
YouTube user Invisibules re-created thefamous "most useless machine" — LEGO style. You turn it on, it turnsitself off — and that's pretty much it. Clearly, this is the pinnacle of LEGO engineering.

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