At last weekend's Brickworld 2013 in Chicago, one Lego build stood out above all else, a 3D diorama that showcased virtually every major scene from 1939's The Wizard of Oz. The detail is incredible—and it features a tornado!
The team of 12 builders hailed from VirtuaLUG (Virtual Lego User Group) and three countries. They each worked on their builds separately then brought them together to display at Brickworld, where they won the 2013 Collaborative Display award. This build does some serious justice to the movie once described as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor Triumph.
The incredible display measures around 10 feet in length and even recreates the sepia-tone from the film for the Kansas scenes, and then transforms into brightly-colored bricks for the Oz portions. Rounding out the build is the obligatory Yellow Brick Road (complete with ultra-violet lighted poppy fields) and a towering Emerald City. The attention to detail is mind-blowing.
But, the really exciting part of this creation is the motorized tornado, engineered to rotate with two motors and a worm drive. More on the complicated technics behind this part of the build here. [Flickr]