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'Fully functioning' caravan made almost entirely out of Lego

It doesn't have a working stove, but in all other respects, this record-breaking life-size caravan could be a working holiday home.

The Lego caravan is constructed of 215,158 bricks and took 12 weeks to build. Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET

Guinness World Records has just awarded the world record to the largest caravan built with interlocking plastic bricks. As the newly awarded title suggests, it's a functional, life-size caravan, built from Lego bricks. To be precise, 215,150 Lego bricks.

I'm not entirely sure how many functional, life-size Lego caravans have been made previously, but this one's a corker. It was built by 12 Lego-certified professional builders for the UK's National Caravan Council, and unveiled at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, taking over 1,000 man hours over a period of 12 weeks to construct.

Its design is based on a real teardrop-style caravan, with the same dimensions of 2.2 metres tall by 3.6 metres long (7.2 x 11.8 feet), and inside it has a bunch of working features. The seating folds out to form a bed and it's fitted with electric lights and running water. There's even a chess set and windows made out of transparent bricks.

Breakfast foods are the best foods. Even the utensils, mugs and toothbrush are made from Lego. Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET

There are no cooking facilities, but there is a pretend Lego stovetop and non-functioning Lego fridge, complete with Lego fried eggs, Lego beans-on-toast, a Lego gooey egg with toast soldiers, and Lego fruit and milk in the fridge. There's even a Lego toothbrush and toothpaste.

"We wanted to create something truly unique to celebrate 130 years of leisure caravanning and we are absolutely delighted with our record-breaking model," said NCC Events marketing campaign director James Bissett.

Lego is rapidly rising in popularity with record-breakers, and the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Records will have several spreads dedicated entirely to Lego achievements, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said.

"We're always thrilled to see the creativity, dedication and commitment of the people who aim high and look to achieve something spectacular -- the level of detail in the caravan is phenomenal and I'm sure visitors to the NEC over the coming days will be just as impressed as we are," he added.

The Lego caravan will be on display at the Motorhome and Caravan Show until October 18, after which it will make appearances at Lego fan event Brick 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from October 29 to October 1, then at Excel in London on December 11-13. We hope those bricks have been glued.