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Man Builds a Full-Sized LEGO House [18 Pics]

He used bricks pieced together by 272 LEGOs. Over 3,000,000 bricks were used so that’s about 816,000,000 LEGO pieces.

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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm
    Link: Man Builds a Full-Sized LEGO House - He used bricks pieced together by 272 LEGOs. Over 3,000,000 bricks were used so that’s about 816,000,000 LEGO pieces.
  2. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Sure, I get it, but in the name of all that is holy, WHY?
  3. Profile photo of Kiesar_sosay
    Kiesar_sosay Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm
    his name is James May, he`s most famous for being a presenter on the British motoring show, Top Gear. Top bloke.
  4. Profile photo of jinxiejae
    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm
    whoa
  5. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    James May of Top Gear
  6. Profile photo of dragosal
    dragosal Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    wow
  7. Profile photo of nancyxgirl
    nancyxgirl Female 13-17
    40 posts
    September 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    wow. just plain wow.
  8. Profile photo of ashker
    ashker Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Go James May, go great britain!
  9. Profile photo of Fatum
    Fatum Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Colorful.
  10. Profile photo of kikayoaka
    kikayoaka Male 70 & Over
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Wtf, that thing has got to be the ugliest house of all time.
  11. Profile photo of Bremir
    Bremir Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    Never mind. Thought it was the James May thing. Hadn`t seen this yet.
  12. Profile photo of Twisssted
    Twisssted Female 18-29
    99 posts
    September 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    Correction.. those people have 2 much free time...
  13. Profile photo of s1cKs0uL
    s1cKs0uL Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    That is to awesome for words^^
  14. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    wow. In the time he could have taken to cure cancer and solve world starvation problems. He did this
  15. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    That isn`t bluddy james may!
  16. Profile photo of Luniz82
    Luniz82 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    looks like fun
  17. Profile photo of The-Sentinel
    The-Sentinel Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    That is so cool! I would love to live there
  18. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    Nah, this isn`t James May, he`s doing the same thing for a TV series, but this particular one isn`t.
  19. Profile photo of mac_n_cheese
    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    yeah james may has done stuff liek this before
    he`s got a really boring life i guess
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    Seak
    1500 posts
    September 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    I want a house mad out of Legos to!
  21. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    james may goes to stay there on TV
  22. Profile photo of nirosaki
    nirosaki Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    WAAAAAMTT!! WAAAAANT!!!
  23. Profile photo of Monsdurr
    Monsdurr Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    Frogtango

    And all the time you waste on surfing the web and posting on IAB, you could`ve cured all the diseases in the world. Your point?

  24. Profile photo of KageLockhart
    KageLockhart Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    Well, it`s a fairly cheap way to build a house I suppose, but he`s effed if there`s a fire. There will be multicolored lava flowing down that hill in no-time.
  25. Profile photo of DeathDefy877
    DeathDefy877 Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    I want 2 live ther!
  26. Profile photo of WeenieDog
    WeenieDog Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    It looked especially awesome while the photo was loading.
  27. Profile photo of R0flc0pterz
    R0flc0pterz Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm
    Kinda like a new version of Hansel and Gretel.. Except people don`t eat your house, just steal bits for their kids.. Hmmm
  28. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    \/ No its a fairly expensive way to build a house. It cost him a fortune.

    Also its not entirely out of lego. He`s using wood supports. Cheater.

    Also, I could build something more awesome. easily. If someone were to provide the lego.

    And finally... Fancy needs his math skills checked in. There aren`t 800 million legos in that house.

  29. Profile photo of R0flc0pterz
    R0flc0pterz Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    And i like how so many people have said it`s James May, without even looking at the pictures.. Either that or i was watching something other than top gear all this time o.O
  30. Profile photo of Trizz
    Trizz Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    Why isn`t there one picture of James May in this?
  31. Profile photo of Evil_Eye
    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm
    I remmber seeing him advertising this for help in the newspaper a few weeks back. It`s being made pritty quickly...
  32. Profile photo of ledgehead
    ledgehead Male 40-49
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    September 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    I wounder if the big bad wolf could blow it over?
  33. Profile photo of shishkabob
    shishkabob Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    FU(KER BEAT ME TO IT!!!!


    i had this dream since i was 5 and ive always felt proud in my belief that it would be just as strong or stronger than a normal house and that i would one day do it.... although i never planned to have the basic walls the same as a normal house with 2x4`s

  34. Profile photo of Yadarfyn
    Yadarfyn Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    Hooray for James May. Glad there are some people who actually know he was involved...
  35. Profile photo of BullshtBob
    BullshtBob Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    I`d melt that mother.
  36. Profile photo of bridog6996
    bridog6996 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    He used a wooden frame? Cheater.
  37. Profile photo of GummyWurmz
    GummyWurmz Female 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    amazing!
  38. Profile photo of ashker
    ashker Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    "Nah, this isn`t James May, he`s doing the same thing for a TV series, but this particular one isn`t."

    "That isn`t bluddy james may!"

    "And i like how so many people have said it`s James May, without even looking at the pictures"

    I think the picture where it says, "J. May .09" means that it IS and how we know this was his idea, LOOK!!!

  39. Profile photo of BasuraBlanca
    BasuraBlanca Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    A house fire will just be catastrophic, won`t it?
  40. Profile photo of HUFFER
    HUFFER Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    UV (sunlight) breaks down bare plastics very quickly, I hope they paint that monster if they plan on keeping it around for awhile.
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    microxscream Female 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    Woooooh nelly.
    I want this guy to build my house ferr me.
    kthxxxx. :D
  42. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    why?
  43. Profile photo of gatorade777
    gatorade777 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    i think rain could be a problem
  44. Profile photo of nonamewillfi
    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    some people look at this and say amazing! i look at this and say no life.
  45. Profile photo of nomorecheese
    nomorecheese Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    they have nothing better to do than waste days building a house of LEGOs? i got two words for ya: INTERNET DATING
  46. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    Me want!
  47. Profile photo of NickMax
    NickMax Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    such fun to break and enter........

    *dreams*

  48. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    Madest, calm down before you give yourself a heart attack. People aged 40-49 should be a bit more health conscious. :)

    I`m surprised he didn`t use Duplo. I would think they would be sturdier.

  49. Profile photo of xxamsey
    xxamsey Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm
    moar pictures
  50. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    September 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    > madest
    M> This isn`t a Lego house. It`s a guy trying to build a Lego house

    Of course it is! With the cost of Lego these days even Bill Gates wouldn`t have enough to build the whole thing!

  51. Profile photo of Aniqa
    Aniqa Female 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm
    I wonder how the house will hold up in a hurricane
  52. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    The fact that one of the pictures is of Lego spelling out J May 09 pretty much confirms it`s James May.
    Obviously volunteers are helping him with the project, these are the people you can see in the pictures.
    As for the cost of bricks, well there was an appeal for Lego donations. I know because i donated some.
    He`s building it as part of a new series he`s doing on toys.

    He`s also done a garden made out of Plasticine at the Chelsea Flower Show and is going to re-create Brooklands (worlds first purpose built racetrack) on the site of the original, out of Scalextric.

    He`s doing other stuff too, but i can`t remember what.

  53. Profile photo of killgor
    killgor Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    like you know when you were a little kid how it sucked if your lego house broke think how bad it would suck now
  54. Profile photo of kinjomusashi
    kinjomusashi Male 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm
    architecturally speaking, that is one of the BEST insulated houses ever built...
  55. Profile photo of shivinski
    shivinski Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm
    freakin awesome
  56. Profile photo of SuperSmash
    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    I have trouble believing the whole 816,000,000 pieces thing. Seems it would take many years just to put them together. That`s almost a freakin` billion. According to the editors of Infoplease, it would take almost 32 years to simply count to a billion.
  57. Profile photo of Lafo
    Lafo Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    Wonder how long before someone breaks it.
  58. Profile photo of hosipickle
    hosipickle Female 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    poor guy needs to get laid :/
  59. Profile photo of vitaliy
    vitaliy Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Impressive, but sad. I wonder if everything inside is made of Legos too.
  60. Profile photo of moogleluvr
    moogleluvr Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    Please tell me that they used some sort of glue to keep those pieces together.

    If not, one good earthquake and it`s all over.

  61. Profile photo of pockypowah
    pockypowah Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    This was done by James May and a group of people for a show on BBC. Cool stuff =)
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    dope_boy_420 Male 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    Dude! I would so live in that house. Lol
    No joke.
  63. Profile photo of Ani187
    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    September 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm
    That`s awesome! I love Lego!!
  64. Profile photo of lemurs366
    lemurs366 Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    it would be awesome, `cept it`s ugly colours
  65. Profile photo of rogue_lily
    rogue_lily Female 13-17
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    September 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    Wait bout 6 months then that hideous monstrosity will begin to crumble and fade!
  66. Profile photo of ferdyfred
    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm
    Yup, James May from Top Gear did this not so long ago, as in maybe a week or so ago
  67. Profile photo of ferdyfred
    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    James Mays lego house
  68. Profile photo of fatex52986
    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    September 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    ok thats f*cking awesome
  69. Profile photo of JoexBro
    JoexBro Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 12:25 am
    He must get all the ladies
  70. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
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    September 3, 2009 at 1:00 am
    "Please tell me that they used some sort of glue to keep those pieces together.
    If not, one good earthquake and it`s all over."

    In Surrey??????

  71. Profile photo of AussieSheila
    AussieSheila Female 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 2:29 am
    Someone has too much time on their hands
  72. Profile photo of snowsthename
    snowsthename Male 40-49
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    September 3, 2009 at 5:45 am
    Imagine accidently walking into a wall and i do that quite often and then the whole place collapses around you lol.
  73. Profile photo of katybaby223
    katybaby223 Female 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 5:48 am
    I helped make some of the bricks! This was just down the road from me. I feel very happy that Dorking, Surrey has made it onto IAB :-)
  74. Profile photo of hknuddv
    hknuddv Male 13-17
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    September 3, 2009 at 6:08 am
    for James May`s new documentary, james may rocks and this is awesome too!
  75. Profile photo of Evil_Eye
    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 6:30 am
    http://www.jamesmaystoystories.com/James...

    There is a Plasticine garden as well

  76. Profile photo of Fehz
    Fehz Male 30-39
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    September 3, 2009 at 6:54 am
    So did they do anything to weatherproof it?
  77. Profile photo of YLE
    YLE Female 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 7:16 am
    ...wow...that would drive me insane. sooo many colours
  78. Profile photo of charmingman
    charmingman Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 7:19 am
    This is 10 minutes form my house on the Denbies wine estate! Me and my sister went down to see it but they hadn`t started the main building yet.
  79. Profile photo of keatonatron
    keatonatron Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 7:21 am
    What ugly colors. Black, blue, brown, yellow stripes??
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 8:24 am
    wow
  81. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 8:48 am
    Let`s just hope those pieces don`t get stolen.
  82. Profile photo of bigjames02
    bigjames02 Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 8:54 am
    If it`s "all Lego"...why is there wood??
  83. Profile photo of sixclaws13
    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 9:10 am
    I`d live in a Lego house.
  84. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 9:16 am
    Yes, yes, that is James May of Top Gear fame. I also heard we was building something else but I can`t remember what it was...
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    thenedman Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 9:24 am
    it was a really long sceletrics track (i have no idea how you spell it)
  86. Profile photo of heavenly15
    heavenly15 Female 13-17
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    September 3, 2009 at 9:33 am
    WANT.
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    icecream2269 Female 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 11:13 am
    cooool!
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    BlackRose09 Female 13-17
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    September 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    dude, this is totally a house that i would like to see the Kool-Aid man run through.
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    buxco215 Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    I`m gonna have to call Shenanigans on this one. That`s kind of cheating isn`t it? I mean using a wooden frame inside. I know it`s probably a code thing but still, I`d be more impressed if it was nothing but Legos. Actually, why not make the beams out of Legos too?!?!
  90. Profile photo of IkeRay
    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    yep, knew James May was in the process of this. sounds like fun.

    I have a question though. how did he get all the legos? mythbusters tried to make a giant ball out of legos and said they couldn`t collect enough to make the size ball they wanted.

  91. Profile photo of jmanbaseball
    jmanbaseball Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    i really dont think there are almost a billion legos in that one house. think about it, if each 4*2 dot lego is 3/4 of an inch long then 816 million would make a single mega block about 62 feet on each side. and thats solid legos with no space on the inside. i think where it says 3 million bricks it shoul say 3 million lego peices total.
  92. Profile photo of Sir_Viking
    Sir_Viking Male 13-17
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    September 3, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    "I`m gonna have to call Shenanigans on this one. That`s kind of cheating isn`t it? I mean using a wooden frame inside. I know it`s probably a code thing but still, I`d be more impressed if it was nothing but Legos. Actually, why not make the beams out of Legos too?!?!"
    Probably another code, they probably have to be solid for the entire height of the house.
  93. Profile photo of Spirithound
    Spirithound Male 18-29
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    September 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    "I have a question though. how did he get all the legos? mythbusters tried to make a giant ball out of legos and said they couldn`t collect enough to make the size ball they wanted."

    Maybe this is why the Mythbusters couldn`t get their legos...

  94. Profile photo of Poefan101
    Poefan101 Male 13-17
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    September 4, 2009 at 3:06 am
    I wonder how well it insulates.
  95. Profile photo of richmond32
    richmond32 Female 13-17
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    September 4, 2009 at 5:20 am
    Awesome~! That must have taken like a couple of months at least! : )
  96. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    September 5, 2009 at 1:31 am
    Hey! He`s using wood! He`s a phony!
  97. Profile photo of alynn
    alynn Female 18-29
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    September 5, 2009 at 11:04 am
    Who cares if he used a wood frame people. Have any of you built a house of legos?

    I think it`s rad!!!

  98. Profile photo of zanga254
    zanga254 Male 13-17
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    September 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    @ spirithound, the guy who "had" the idea is James May, a Top Gear presenter (the best car show). He has alot of fans and fans lined up to help build each lego brick, about 10 by 20 legos.
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    michael24895 Male 13-17
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    September 12, 2009 at 2:55 am
    god dam!! 816million legos O.O
  100. Profile photo of RobertK
    RobertK Male 30-39
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    September 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    Interesting idea. HOw many years it takes to build?

    Robert Khatchatrian
    http://www.robertkhatchatrian.org

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