The Red Bull Stratos Jump Gets a Dramatic Lego Reenactment

Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 15 2012 1:28 PM

Did You See This? The Lego Stratos Jump

Still from Lego Stratos jump
The "bunny hop" represents a crucial moment for Lego Felix.

Still from YouTube.

A record 8 million people watched Felix Baumgartner’s 23-mile fall to Earth yesterday, live on YouTube, as the skydiver became the first to plummet faster than the speed of sound. At least one of those viewers has already followed up by recreating the feat using Legos.

The results, apparently filmed using an actual hot air balloon (made from what looks like a trash bag), are surprisingly dramatic. I’m still not sure exactly how our Lego filmmakers pulled this off, let alone so quickly. (Did they film this all beforehand? If so it still manages to be remarkably faithful.) But they deserve extra points for the helicopter shot at the end. Watch it in HD if you can.

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Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer.