Lego, the world’s second-largest toy company (behind Mattel Inc.) is constantly pushing the creative envelope — whether it be a new theme park in Malaysia, or inspiring others to construct the world’s tallest Lego tower in Delaware. While we still encourage you to recreate Hogwarts out of the tiny toy bricks, there’s been a recent trend in more inventive ways to use the product. Here’s a hint: most don’t involve building anything at all.

Let’s take a look at some of the most outlandish and innovative ways people have used Lego in the past month:

To design an adult watch collection
Lego lovers, rejoice! This November, the toy company will launch an adult watch collection, proving the colourful bricks aren’t just for kids. You’ll also be able to disassemble the links to customize the straps yourself. But would you wear it? Photo:

Lego adult watches

To create a planner that syncs with Google Calendar
Time stamps are so outdated. Designers at Vitamins, a design studio in London, created a wall-sized calendar that’s made entirely of Lego. Here’s how it works: each staff member is assigned a mini Lego figurine (fun!) and the toy bricks represent various tasks. But it’s not just all fun and games. Snap a photo of the calendar with your smartphone, and software will sync it with Google to create an online version. It’s Lego magic. Photo: Vitamins Design

Lego Google Calendar

To build an atomic force microscope
The modest plastic bricks may just hold the building blocks to the future (yes, I said it). University students created a Lego-based atomic force microscope at a summer school in Beijing… in only five days. They also used 3D-printed parts and electronics, but we’re still impressed. Photo: Institute of Making

lego atomic force microscope

To theme a wedding
Nothing shouts love quite like a Lego-themed wedding. Think Lego cufflinks, colorful bricks scattered across tables, and of course, a Lego-shaped wedding cake. It still made for an elegant occasion, with just a touch of nerdiness. Photo: Design Taxi

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To recreate the Thriller music video
Animator Annette Jung recreated Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller music video using only Lego pieces. Apparently people have attempted to create something similar in the past (who knew?) but her version is by far the most impressive. Video: Talking Animals / Vimeo

To make copies of e-books
A professor at the Vienna University of Technology is using Lego Mindstorms (aka mini Lego robots) to make copies of Kindle e-books. How it works? The robotic arm taps the spacebar of a Macbook, which triggers the camera and snaps a picture. Then, the Mindstorm taps to the next page, and continues the process until the book ends. Voila! We won’t be surprised if these little guys start to pop up more in the future. Video: Peter Purgathofer / Vimeo


To restore a mummy
Talk about durable plastic. The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge repaired a 13th century Egyptian mummy using Lego pieces. The adjustable structures were placed inside the mummy to prevent its chest from collapsing. Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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