This Week in Lego: Appliances for the kitchen and mechanical menaces

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Lego creations are great, but they're even better when they're larger than logical or capable of helping you make a banana cream pie. This Friday, we have kitchen appliances, a 4-foot-tall tribute to Evangelion, and more. Now, if only someone will make a fully functional tricorder out of Lego blocks.

Here's a 4-foot-tall Lego replica of Evangelion's Unit-01

Neon Genesis Evangelio is one of the most popular apocalyptic mecha anime series out there, and Moko's Lego rendition of Unit-01 from the series has been long in coming. Three years long, to be exact. Was it worth the wait? You bet your holy catfish it was!

This sleek, true-to-form replica of Unit-01 is nearly four feet tall and weigh roughly 21 pounds, and it's the kind of thing that will make Evangelion fans squeal in delight. It even comes with articulated limbs, though I have my doubts as to how far you could actually push this masterpiece around.

A working tow truck for hauling your stalled Lego cars

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Society has a love-hate relationship with tow trucks. They're terrifying to see when you're parked somewhere illegal, but absolutely awesome when you have a busted tire. That said, tow trucks are likely best when they're built out of bright yellow Lego bricks. LegoMarat's rendition of an Illinois Department of Transportation International 44000 tow comes with a panoply of cool features. Not only is it an accurate-looking replica, it comes with working front and rear suspension, operational doors, 6 motors, 2 IR receivers, and a battery box. Oh, and you can control it remotely. [via Brothers Brick]

Lego mixer brings domestic godliness and nerdiness together

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Adult Lego enthusiasts have done a lot with the medium—coffee-table-sized controllers, drawing automatons, motorized wheelchairs, you name it. As such, Flickr user hippotam's Lego mixer might feel a little mundane in comparison, but you really shouldn't scoff at something that can help make you pancakes.

Fully functional and discreet enough to pass for an actual kitchen appliance, the hand mixer is hippotam's first attempt at Lego utensils but it looks like it might not be their last. Hippotam told TechHive that the mixer was handcrafted for a bi-weekly challenge at a local club contest.

"This challenge was to build a simple mechanism and I wanted to top other contestants by creating not only a Lego version of some object, but actually make it work like the real one," hippotam explained. The hand mixer is made out of lots of regular Lego pieces, two Lego Technic motors, a simple gearing system, and a battery box filched from a Lego train set.

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