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.

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See What a Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Might Look Like in 2020

Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
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Special effects, cinematography trends, and acting styles may have changed over the last 40 years, but Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) remains one of the most beloved film sequels—even among younger generations of Star Wars fans—to this day.

The trailer, on the other hand, seems pretty outdated, mainly due to the voiceover narration that expels lofty phrases like “an epic of romance, of heroes and villains,” and “a galactic odyssey against oppression.” To see what The Empire Strikes Back would look like with today’s trailer standards, YouTube user AD_edits created a new one, which relies on dialogue from the film itself to set the stage for the galactic odyssey against oppression.

As Nerdist points out, AD_edits’s trailer also manages to hint at important plot points without giving too much away, like mentioning that Luke must find a great Jedi master without revealing Yoda’s identity. The original, meanwhile, contains a couple outright spoilers—it shows, for example, Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in Cloud City, waiting to ambush Han Solo and Princess Leia. Viewers might not have realized the significance when they saw the split-second clip in the trailer, but it would probably ruin the surprise when they watched the actual film.

Of course, there was always the possibility certain parts of the trailer could’ve ended up on the cutting room floor before the movie hit theaters, which has definitely happened before. The Cloud City scene made the final cut, but some storylines from earlier in the filmmaking process weren’t so lucky—in fact, most of the first draft for The Empire Strikes Back was completely scrapped. Find out about Darth Vader’s gargoyle-filled castle, Han Solo’s stepfather, and other axed ideas here.

[h/t Nerdist]