Rock out on this Star Wars Lego barrel organ
One hand crank, one keyboard, and more than 20,000 bricks. This is the coolest thing about "The Phantom Menace" in 3D.
Some people send Lego men spaceward, while others can only dream. Or build giant Lego barrel organs dedicated to Star Wars.
To promote the 3D version of "Serviceplan Campaign turned heads and arms with this mammoth instrument created from more than 20,000 Lego bricks.," German ad agency
When it's rotated with a hand crank, the barrel's many trees, buildings, and other Lego structures trigger levers that strike keys on a keyboard. That, in turn, plays the series' main theme.
Constructed by pro Lego builders Rene Hoffmeister and Axel Al-Rubaie, the barrel highlights settings from the films -- the Death Star, Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor.
The organ has made the rounds of German theaters to promote related Lego kits in conjunction with the film's release.
It bears a QR code linked to www.starwars.lego.com so that moviegoers can order the kits that were used to build it.
Check out the close-up pics and video below, as well as this vid, which shows part of the assembly process.
If only the film itself was this cool.
(Via The Verge)