You may have heard that there is some controversy around the Moon landings. According to Wikipedia: The Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA with the aid of other organizations. The most notable claim is that the six manned landings (1969–1972) were faked and that twelve Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon. Various groups and individuals have made such conspiracy claims since the mid-1970s. Conspiracy theorists claim that NASA and others knowingly misled the public into believing the landings happened, by manufacturing, tampering with, or destroying evidence including photos, telemetry tapes, radio and TV transmissions, Moon rock samples, and even some key witnesses. You can read the rest of the article with all the fascinating Moon landing conspiracy theories on this Wikipedia page.
So what does this has to do with LEGO? Well, LEGO fan Brian Williams recreated some of the key aspects of what Moon landing conspiracy theorists are claiming; that the images from the Moon were actually photographed in a soundstage or aircraft hangar. Conspiracy theorists point to odd shadows, reflections and other inconsistencies in the footage as proof that the manned Moon landing was faked. Brian recreated this scene with amazing detail and accuracy. Take a look below.
This diorama has been part of the popular LEGO Area 51 exhibit (named after the infamous and super secret military site), and featured prominently in promotional advertising for the various 2014 BrickWorld shows. After all everybody loves a good conspiracy theory, and recreated in LEGO they are irresistibly fun. Note the bicycle chase scene on top from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and there are other movie references inside the buildings. The studio itself includes miniature versions of actual video-production studio equipment including Mole-Richardson 1K Lamps, lighting-control board, stands, rigging, and studio camera.
You can find more images at Brian’s flickr gallery, which I think is worth checking out; Brian has some amazing LEGO creations, including depicting some other famous conspiracy theories and movie-scenes.
So what do you think? Did we really land on the Moon? Will we ever go back? Or was that all a big hoax? Would you like to see the space program expanding? And do you know of any other conspiracy theories remade in LEGO? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉