LEGO bricks are small, but don’t let them fool you. They’re mighty. I’m reminded of how versatile they are any time I see custom LEGO builds. That’s basically all the time so you’d think I wouldn’t forget, but it happens. My memory was refreshed today because of an epic LEGO re-creation of the Pillar of Autumn Halcyon-class light cruiser from Halo. I don’t use the word epic lightly. This build by Lee Jones has impressive stats across the board.
Let’s start with the numbers. Jones spent three and a half years on this project. Can you imagine? That’s years of purchasing LEGO pieces, storing those pieces, and assembling the ship brick by brick. The finished model is over seven feet long and weighs over 200 pounds. If your jaw is already on the floor, brace yourself. The entire project involves $7,000 worth of LEGO. Part of me wants to know how many bricks that much money buys, but the other part me of is glad Jones doesn’t mention it.
I’m not saying the investment wasn’t worth it. The LEGO Pillar of Autumn is detailed and looks much like what you see in the game. The sides of the ship are made from different shades of gray and beige LEGO bits to make it look more textured. Jones has taken the ship to BrickCon and Brickworld and seeing the model next to humans really makes the scale hit home. He’s accomplished something amazing and moved his brick masterpiece at least twice (the thought of breaking this down for shipment practically gives me a case of stress hives).
See a few more pictures of this beauty:
You can see even more photos of the massive build at Flickr.