LEGO Genius Built a Fully Functioning Claw Machine With More Than 13,000 Bricks

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Claw machines are infamously frustrating, and even if you have a couple great tips for grabbing prizes, chances are you're still coming out on the losing end more times than not. But despite it all, they're still fun. And one genius YouTuber, who goes by the name Luke99, figured out a way to marry his love of claw machines and LEGOs. In a video, he said he wasn't allowed to get his own claw machine, so he decided to build one himself—out of 13,000 LEGO bricks.

The machine was built by hand, without glue, and the fully functional life-size cabinet stands six feet tall and is 30 inches wide and 30 inches deep. Instead of building a typical three-pronged claw, Luke99 created a four-pronged claw to make it easier to win one of the 100 plush toys he filled the machine with.

The whole thing runs on electricity and is coded with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 system. The color scheme consists of 8000 medium two-by-four azure pieces, orange accents, and 640 red studs to emulate LED lights. The joystick is built into an interactive panel.

Luke99 debuted his glassless creation in June at Brickworld Chicago, where LEGO enthusiasts kept winning toys, so much so that he had to shut it down. Finally, a claw machine exists in which you can win something—in Luke99’s case, two to three toys per try.

If games of chance aren't your style, Luke99 also constructed a life-size Batman pinball machine out of 7000 LEGO bricks.

Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

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Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

Think you know everything about Star Wars? Check out this list of 50 facts you might be surprised to learn.

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Naples, Florida, Resort’s Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar Costs $35 and Offers 48,000 Flavor Combinations

The Catch of The Pelican
The Catch of The Pelican

There's no limit to the snacks, garnishes, and full-fledged meals that can be served on top of a Bloody Mary. And at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, you don't have to edit yourself when assembling the cocktail. The bottomless Bloody Mary bar at the hotel's Catch of the Pelican restaurant has enough ingredients to make 48,000 possible combinations, and guests can access them all for $35, Travel + Leisure reports.

The drinks served at this bar start with either red or green Bloody Mary mix and vodka, or tequila if you want to make yours a Bloody Maria. You can dip the rim of your glass in one of the eight salt and spice mixtures created in house and up the heat factor with a dash of hot sauce—20 brands of which are available.

But the garnishes are where the bar gets serious. With 75 toppings to choose from, the spread looks more like a Vegas buffet than a Bloody Mary bar. Options include classics like olives and celery, as well as over-the-top indulgences like egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, and fried ravioli.

A single drink from the bar costs $14, but $35 for the bottomless option isn't bad if you think of the garnishes as all-you-can-eat brunch. The Catch of the Pelican also sells brunch items that aren't served on top of cocktail glasses. For diners looking for a more simple drink to go with their meal, there's a make your own mimosa bar.

The hotel restaurant serves brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Naples to try the Bloody Mary bar in person, you can experience the glory in the pictures below.

Bloody Mary Bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary.
The Catch of The Pelican

[h/t Travel + Liesure]

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