Previously, we have come across apt representations of the gargantuan Sandcrawlers in the form of imposing buildings (see here and here). Well, this time around, the scope is taken to a vivacious LEGO level, with two friends Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley showcasing their version of the famed bulky vehicle. Inspired by Star Wars: Episode IV, the two buddies spent over 500 hours to painstakingly conceptualize and design the LEGO Sandcrawler (with the Technic line of the bricks). The incredible end-result is a 3-ft long, 28 lbs weighing Star Wars-inspired creation built with over 10,000 LEGO bricks.
Unsurprisingly, after being showcased at the Chicago’s Brickworld LEGO convention, the LEGO Sandcrawler was nominated for the category of ‘Best Mechanical Creation’. And, such great creations are only fueled by greater commitments, as is evident from Harkema’s interview (conducted by Michigan Live) –
The idea for the Sandcrawler was born in Hartley’s basement “that is “literally devoted to Lego” with tables, plastic tubs and an entire wall with drawers full of building elements. They chose the Sandcrawler because it provided a lot of interesting challenges when it came to the mechanics. The original building team started out with five, but gradually “whittled itself down to just the two of them.