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A Lego leg, a life-size Lego house and 24 other impressive Lego creations (26 items)

By and , Deseret News

Feb. 6, 2014

Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the Lego company has been around for 82 years. Although many toys fall out of favor over time, Lego has grown in popularity and is now the world’s third-largest manufacturer of toys.

Much of the company's success comes from a motto that has hung on the walls of Lego factory since 1936: “Only the best is good enough.”

After many years of operation, what started out at a small carpenter's workshop has now pumped out hundreds of building sets, video games and, most recently, a movie created by Warner Brothers titled, "The LEGO Movie," released on Feb. 7, 2014.

The Lego brick, which has maintained the same design since 1958, has also inspired fans around the world to build their own creations.

From an amputee's Lego leg to a life-size Lego house — complete with running water — here are 26 interesting Lego iterations.

1 of 26. Lego tower

One of the tallest Lego towers was constructed in the U.K. in 2012 and is located at Legoland Windsor.

The construction involved hundreds of volunteers in and required more than 500,000 Lego bricks, resulting in a tower almost 105 feet tall, according to metro.co.uk.

At the time of its construction, the Lego tower was the largest in the world. Since then, a Lego tower in Delaware measuring 112 feet has outdone the Windsor version.

2 of 26. Lego leg

Christina Stephens lost her left foot after her leg was crushed by a car, according to cbsnews.com.

As part of an effort to address issues amputees face, which includes a Facebook page titled Amputee OT, Stephens created a leg out of Legos. The leg, while not functional, quickly garnered attention.

She documented the creation process in a video she posted to YouTube on June 12, 2013.

3 of 26. The Incredible Hulk

A life-size Lego model of the Incredible Hulk was present at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

See the making of the 500-pound Lego Hulk.

4 of 26. Lego arm

In 2012, engineering student Max Shepherd created a Lego prosthetic arm that mimics the full range of motion of a human arm and hand.

5 of 26. F1 Car

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, and teammate Felipe Massa of Brazil sit on a life-size model of a F1 car made of Legos at the 2013 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
1. Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK,
Feb. 7, 2014

Those were impressive, but I have to say that some of them were so spectacular that they kind of made the other entries seems uninteresting by comparison.

I'm probably most interested in the Temple construction. It seems like something -I- could do if I had enough white bricks, unlike those jaw-dropping spectacular super-projects like the X-Wing or the Beijing Games scene.

2. Just one more opinion
Pleasant Grove, UT,
Feb. 7, 2014

Long live the Lego brick!

3. Steffano J
Sandy, UT,
Feb. 7, 2014

Way to go Wilkeys!!!