Still doubt that you can build anything with LEGO?
If you’re a fan of LEGO or of iconic pickup trucks, you’re in luck this week—twice over, in fact, if you’re fond of both.
Chevrolet recently released a video of an adorable and awesome project to help promote The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: the construction of a 1:1 scale replica of their Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss made entirely out of LEGO bricks. The massive undertaking involved working with students from the Oxford Community School’s FIRST LEGO® League and Detroit’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary’s A World in Motion Program, in tandem with Chevrolet’s own engineers.
While this is the first full-scale LEGO replica of an actual Chevy, it’s not the first collaboration of its kind between the company and Warner Bros. Pictures. They previously worked together in a similar student-powered collaboration for a life-size LEGO Batmobile replica in 2017 to promote The LEGO Batman Movie. That past partnership involved students from Detroit’s Cody Rouge community, A World in Motion and FIRST LEGO® League.
The LEGO Silverado replica weighs over 3,000 pounds, uses 334,544 hand-selected bricks, and stands as a testament to what 18 talented builders can do in a little over 2,000 hours. It may not be drivable, but it sure looks like it could be!
Oh, and the most-used brick type? The standard red 2×8 stud brick.
Dante is the features editor of Mantle Magazine, a copy editor for Tech in Asia, and a communications consultant with Puzzled Owl. He also produces a quirky little pub quiz called GeekFight Trivia Night.