Today I would like to introduce you to a Japanese LEGO builder who goes by the name talapz. He specializes in very unusual LEGO creations that are not just pretty to look at but also move, fold and behave in very unusual ways that you wouldn’t expect from LEGO. They are like magic! 🙂
Talapz’s creations were first noted back in 2009 after making a LEGO pop-up version of Kinkaku-ji, a Buddhist temple built back in the 14th century (see video below). It was so unique and mind-blowing that every LEGO forum and blog talked about it, and even non-LEGO news channels featured it. There is so much going on here; a brick-built LEGO box with everything from set image to parts list – that in itself is an amazing feat. Then there is a beautiful LEGO temple, which would be just fine in itself as a beautiful LEGO creation. But then the whole thing folds out like a pop-up book! It just can’t get better then this!
Since then talapz built another great Japanese temple called Todai-ji, which houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. This LEGO creation is also pop-up style, and if you are inclined to build one, it also includes parts-lists and building-instructions at the second half of the video.
Talapz continues uploading videos of amazing LEGO creations, so I highly recommend you check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel.
I have noted many times how Asian LEGO fans have been taking the LEGO hobby to a whole new level with some very unusual and complex LEGO creations. It seems they have a knack for combining LEGO with amazing mechanical features that nobody has ever attempted before or even thought about. I’m really curious to see what kind of sets and themes LEGO is planning to release now that they have set their eyes on Asia and are opening a factory just to cater to Asian LEGO fans.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO pop-up? Have you ever considered building something so complex? What kind of LEGO sets do you think LEGO should release in Asia? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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