Building castle models out of LEGO can be impressive, but what if the LEGO castle model unfolds like a pop-up book? Behold this LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle, a wonder of Japanese architecture and history, created by YouTuber and Japanese LEGO enthusiast talapz. The build took 15 months to finish, and is 70cm square (27.6in) by 11.5cm (4.5in) tall. It uses no glue.

This is not the first LEGO pop-up Japanese structure that talpaz has created. In 2012, his video of a LEGO pop-up Todai-ji (Buddhist temple) went viral:

…and in 2009, he jumpstarted his hobby with a LEGO pop-up Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto’s famous golden temple:

Next: More pop ups and more LEGO wonders, including The LEGO Great Ball Contraption, a 500,000 brick LEGO car that is powered by air, and How to build a huge LEGO house.

Thanks, @benklinger.

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