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Tab Sweep 15 (Special All-Lego Edition)

In which I post, with little or no comment, a variety of unrelated things that are cluttering up my browser and/or newsreader…

Gizmodo reports on the latest Lego world-record. A group of clearly insane Lego addicts people in Vienna constructed a Lego tower nearly 100 feet tall made of nearly 460,000 bricks.

Also from Gizmodo comes news of a gigantic 80,000-brick Lego Ferrari. Rather than reproducing an actual Ferrari in Lego scale, they’ve reproduced a minifig-scale Lego model in Ferrari scale. Speaking of minifigs, Giz also has an exhaustive minifig timeline. 2008 is the 30th anniversary of the minifig.

This story from the BBC is a nice counterpoint to the mysterious severed-foot stories from a few months ago. A 6-foot-tall Lego minifig (maxifig?) washed up on a beach in Brighton. A similar figure was found on a beach in the Netherlands in 2007. There seems to be some disagreement on the figure’s height.

Finally, we have Brick Fetish, a “narrative timeline of the history of Lego” and “repository of set images, catalogs, ads and promotional literature, idea books, patents, and photographs.” Lots of good stuff for clearly insane Lego addicts casual Lego fans like me. I had no idea that US Lego sets were made by Samsonite until 1972. Of course, I was an American Bricks kid myself. (It’s only in hindsight that the name “American Bricks” takes on a certain disturbing ”Freedom Fries” quality. “Don’t buy Lego from those stinky Europeans, buy American Bricks!”)