When a creative person gets their hands on LEGO bricks, there are endless possibilities to what they could design. In the past, we’ve seen designers recreate famous landmarks in miniature, sculpt animal forms, and even build life-sized cherry blossom trees. The latest impressive design we’ve come across is a fully-functional LEGO camera based on a Hasselblad 503CX. Created by Taiwan-based photographer, designer, and LEGO builder Helen Sham, the piece could soon become an official LEGO product.
Using 1,120 different LEGO pieces, Sham spent only 2 hours building her amazing yellow and black film camera. She reveals, “I LEGO-designed this camera because I am also a photographer and this camera has been one of my favorites. I love the manual mechanisms of this particular camera very much.” The original Hasselblad 503CX camera was released in the late ‘80s, but references the iconic style of the 500 Series that dates back to the late 1950s. Sham’s LEGO version not only resembles to the real thing on the outside, but the interior mechanics match the original model as well.
Sham’s camera features a waist-level view finder, a glass lens, a mirror, a spring-loaded shutter button, a running counter, and even a film winder where you can load real film. The designer submitted her Hasselblad to LEGO Ideas, a crowdsourced scheme for suggesting future LEGO kits. In order to make it as a toy on the company’s shelves, the project needs to attract 10,000 supporters. If it makes this goal, the design will then be submitted for review, where the brand will hand-pick projects to become new official LEGO Ideas sets.