​Behold the world's first full-size, functional Lego R2-D2

At Emerald City Comic-Con the world's first and only full-size, and functional Lego R2-D2 met its match when it came up against a full-size Dalek. The droid is about 16,000 bricks, 42" tall, weighs 65 pounds, and can go 5 mph. It's a radio-controlled, 4-wheeled masterpiece.

It's powered by two Arduinos, with a dedicated motor, sound and RC receiver controllers. It's programmed by Microsoft Surface Pro. It uses a 12VDC at 18Ah and a 9-channel airplane and 12-channel trigger type. It's an impressive piece of kit, and moves super smoothly. I absolutely love this build.

The R2-D2 goes by the name L3-G0, it was built by Shawn and Lara Steele, Nikita Steele, Laurel Lee Steele and Hosik Lee: "The Steele's are members of Sealug, the Seattle Lego User's Group, the R2-D2 Builders Club, and the Pacific NW R2 Builders Club."

...we went to Emerald City Comicon in 2013 and saw some of the wonderful Astromechs there. Of course I wanted to build one, but quickly realized it'd be a ton of effort, cost a lot, and I wasn't terribly familiar with the materials. It should've been obvious, but "gee, I wanna build a droid" sat in one part of my brain while "I wonder what I'll build next in Lego" sat in another part. Eventually we came to the obvious conclusion: "Let's build an L3-G0"... Normally we grab a bunch of bricks and start building, then get more bricks, but for various reasons I started toying around with some of the sections in Lego Digital Designer to see if some of my ideas were practical. Of course, once I started, I forgot to stop.

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Massive kudos to these guys. Job well done!

Read more about the L3-G0 the Lego R2-D2 here. I want one of these so badly!

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DISCUSSION

Thanks for the great post, we're glad you like him. L3-G0's tons of fun to show, everyone wants to pose with him, little kids talk to "R2-D2", they don't care if he's Lego or not.

We have a couple other "good" models and people always say nice things at shows, but L3-G0's way different because he can run around and interact with people.

He is a bit high maintenance at the moment:(, but he travels better than some models!