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Video: Check Out This Awesome LEGO Replica of Los Angeles
Jorge Parra, Jr., 23, has created a massive homage to L.A. all out of LEGO! According to L.A. Magazine, Parra has been working on this for the past eight years, gradually adding more and more to the bustling scene. It's even got a little Metro train looping through the cityscape. Obvious landmarks include the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, City Hall, the U.S. Bank Tower, and the Aon Center, complete with a chopper on its helipad. Various billboards advertise Coca-Cola and the Hollywood Bowl, while a bustling beach is full of red-suited Baywatch-esque lifeguards. Planes can be found at LAX on one edge of the scene, while elsewhere, mothers stroll their children along well-manicured sidewalks. Perhaps the most L.A. thing about this tableau is the car chase, where a number of LAPD officers finally have their suspect cornered with his hands up. (There is actually an Instagram account devoted to LEGO LAPD officers, if that kind of thing is to your liking.)
If you're looking for more details than what is provided in the above video, Parra posts shots of individual scenes to his Instagram account.
He also makes stop motion animation shorts set in his LEGO L.A. Here's an 80s-style police procedural surrounding the suave Detective Fox.
Here's a sci-fi thriller about an extraterrestrial invasion, filmed when LEGO L.A. was a much smaller endeavor.
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