One of our favorite childhood toys, LEGO is celebrating it’s 80th birthday this year. While most of us know LEGOs as one of the coolest construction toys ever made, we don’t really know where it came from. Director Kim Pagel and LEGO put together a pretty awesome seventeen minute CGI animated short titled, The LEGO Story. The LEGO Story is a Pixar meets Wikipedia short film that explains the origins of LEGO, it’s creator, Ole Kirk Christiansen, and it’s humble beginnings. As long as I have played with LEGOs, I never knew the story behind the little plastic bricks. Now I know. Now, I need to go out and buy some LEGOs.

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I’m literally on the verge of crying due to happiness over how awesome this LEGO Tumbler and Bat from The Dark Knight Rises are! Instead of doing the minimum of just building a LEGO version of these vehicles, master LEGO builder and customizer, Peerk Krueger AKA mahjpa took it even further and motorized them. Instead of just setting them on your desk, you can take them out and create havoc in your neighborhood and what pretty cool is just in case something breaks, it’s an easy fix. If you’re thinking that you would never be able to create anything as cool as this, you don’t have to worry. Peerk has tutorials for sale on how to build your own at his site Now, somebody get LEGO on the phone and get these bad ass toys made!

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At some point, a regular toy becomes a work of art and that is the case with LEGO fanatic and builder, Brandon Griffith. Over the last few years, Brandon created an amazing LEGO chess board themed after Star Wars: Episode VI A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Well, after three+ long years, his labor of love is finally complete with the release of his Return of the Jedi LEGO chess board. Even though Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars film, I have to say that this is my favorite LEGO chess board. It’s fucking beautiful for God’s sake! Scout Troopers on the Empire’s side. Disgusting little Ewoks on the Rebel’s side. I have to admit that my favorite part of the chess set has to be the board itself. Constructed out of LEGO’s Brandon created the forest of Endor as the base of this amazing chess set. It’s so fucking beautiful that I would never touch it. This belongs in a museum. On that note, if I did play with it, I would be too busy smacking the Ewoks off the board in dramatic fashion because smacking Ewoks is what I do.

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Hmmm… Why is it that LEGOs makes me giddy like a little school girl? Created by ParanickFilmz (who specialize in brick based stop-motion spoofs) created this marvelous LEGO parody of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer. It’s pretty crazy how spot on they are in some of these scenes such as the scene pictured above. All I can say is God bless the fans and their insane amount of free time.

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LEGO Avengers ASSEMBLE! Whats really awesome about this mash-up is that it’s an official image from LEGO and Marvel. This bad ass poster will be available at select movie theatres around the country on May 4th, 2012. Currently, there is no info on which theatres will carry this poster so don’t ask.

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Oh man. Somebody fucked up didn’t they? TheOneRing got their little Hobbit hands on some leaked preliminary box art for LEGO’s newly announced ‘Lord of the Rings’ LEGO play sets. From the looks of the grainy photos, I’m all all down for these awesome LEGO sets. I do wonder what size the Hobbit LEGOs will be compared to regular LEGO characters. Hopefully its to scale. Look out of these Lord of the Rings LEGOs to be available in your local toy stores in Summer 2012.

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I have to admit that when I first came across Jay Hoff’s amazing ‘Star Wars’ LEGO diorama of Emperor Palpatine arriving in the Death Star, I kind of screamed and than teared up a bit. It is THAT beautiful! Jay created this amazing diorama using over 30,000 LEGO blocks and characters and was created for “Science Discovery Day” at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. I’m not sure exactly what this diorama has to do with science or discovery, but I’m not complaining. I have to ask one thing though. Who’s going to close the hanger doors? I’m not sure if Darth Vader is going to be pleased to know that majority of his Imperial forces is floating out in space.

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