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The Lego paper airplane factory in action. (Arrow via YouTube)
The Lego paper airplane factory in action. (Arrow via YouTube)

We know you’re still beaming over the amount of work you put into that Lego Millennium Falcon, but you should direct your 8-year-old attention span to this guy’s amazing creation: a Lego robot that folds and launches a paper airplane.

Making a paper airplane that actually flies demands its own set of skills. Creating a robot out of Lego pieces to handle the task is something else, and genius Arthur Sacek was just the man for the job, The Awesomer tells us. It was all done in the name of a Super Bowl commercial for Arrow Electronics, a Colorado company which dabbles in aerospace and defense, among other things.

Sacek was brought in after the creative folks at Elevation Digital Media thought selling Arrow’s message could best be accomplished by bringing it “all the way back to the basics” with what a 5-year-old would imagine, and that was Lego.

The finished commercial offers lovely closeups of Sacek’s painstakingly created airplane factory, with mission control voiceovers mixed with famous words from President John F. Kennedy and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

A behind-the-scenes video shows the creativity and the hours that went into the paper-folding machine. Sacek admits that he didn’t just go to a Lego store and buy standard bricks.

“I love the challenge,” Sacek says in the video below. “Because when you have this kind of feeling, you can think how to change other kinds of things. Because we need to solve problems — we have a lot of problems everywhere. To be able to see and to best and to make things … It’s wonderful.”


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