They have to be the most loathed toys in the history of parenthood. They are the cause of many an injury to unsuspecting bare-footed parents and are the inspiration for some of the most colorful language we have ever exposed our children to in a moment of blinding pain. Yes, I am talking about Legos.
I, too, have been the victim of a brutal heel-maiming, but have yet to ban them from our household. While I do wish they could make them a tad less stabby, I can’t deny the fact that they encourage some serious creative play in my children. Those little blocks have transformed into pirate ships, castles, monster trucks, and a variety of animals in the hands of my 3- and 5-year-old.
Legos aren’t just for little kids, though. Big kids love them, too. Even teenagers like Blake Baer, a high school sophomore who is responsible for one of the most bad ass Lego creations I have ever seen. Recently, he created a miniature version of Rivendell, a fictional realm for the elven from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The model is comprised of over 50,000 Lego pieces and weighs over 120 pounds.
The Pennsylvania teen is a Lego master. Rivendell is only one of his creations. Check out his gallery for more of his work.