Fan-Built Lego Scrooge McDuck Money Bin Is Three Cubic Acres Of Amazing
I'm a person who loves Scrooge McDuck, who ranks in at #4 on ComicsAlliance's official canonical list of the greatest comic book characters of all time, and I'm someone who has a huge amount of affection for Lego, the single greatest construction toy to ever come out of Denmark. Dennis Steppe, however, has put my passion for both of these things to shame with his construction of one of the coolest fan-built Lego creations ever: A massive, incredibly detailed recreation of Uncle Scrooge's money bin.
Posted on Facebook by Don Rosa, the legendary cartoonist who wrote and drew The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Steppe's Money Bin is a towering four feet to a side, cost a downright McDuckian cost of over $10,000 and over a year of work, and was built according to Rosa's own blueprints. And according to Rosa, who would probably know, it contains virtually every detail from its appearance in the comics.
In a related story, Rosa made blueprints for the money bin, and I had somehow never seen them before. One hopes those don't fall into the hands of the Beagle Boys.
One of the coolest features of Steppe's build is that it's modular: Each of the eleven floors of the Bin can be removed so you can check out the details, from Scrooge's treasure-filled penthouse all the way to the ground floor, which, in my favorite detail, is full of traps for would-be robbers:
The main attraction, though, is the Cash Vault itself, which contains an estimated one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred twenty-three dollars and sixty-two cents in Lego pirate coins.
For more photos, check out Rosa's post on Facebook, which includes the news that Steppe plans on (very carefully) bringing the build to conventions for Duck fans to check out for themselves.