Jeeps are known as tough vehicles, but only if they are made of metal. The one from Lego? Not so much. The builder of an impressive Lego jeep, made up of 120,000 small plastic bricks, found out the hard way when he tried to sit inside his life-sized creation.
Before the collapse of the jeep, it was quite a structure. The backbone was a real ladder-frame chassis made of Lego bricks, complete with shocks and leaf springs. From there, builders attached individually constructed body panels, such as fenders, grille, firewall, and floorboards, to the chassis while standing on jack stands.
In contrast, most of the life-sized Lego vehicles we’ve seen only resemble the car on the outer layers. Below that, they are usually supported by either Lego reinforcing structures that have little in common with actual car architecture, or boxed support frames made from non-Lego materials such as wood.
Built by a British Lego fan group calling itself SLUG, or Sheffield Lego Users Group, the Jeep also featured a realistic replica of the Go-Devil inline-four engine, complete with air filter, radiator and manifold. Other areas, such as the Jeep’s four large wheels and tires, as well as the three-spoke steering wheel, are also realistically rendered. There’s even a Lego jerry can and wrench — sorry, open-end wrench — lurking.
The disaster comes when the builders decide to take a seat in the completed Jeep. The smaller of the two men climbs in first and sits down carefully, apparently no problem. When the greater lord tries the same thing, everything seems to be going well until the moment he tries to disembark. The jeep disintegrates in spectacular fashion, the collapse collapses from the epicenter beneath the man’s foot.
Fortunately, the jeep had already served its purpose. According to SLUG, the team had built it for display at a Lego show in Manchester, which closed last weekend. The builders tried to sit in the Jeep only after the show.