I’m a proud member of a Lego Users Group — or LUG for short — but the folks at Hong Kong LUG really take fandom to a new level, churning out great MOCs on a consistent basis and even sharing neat stuff like building instructions for Tony Stark’s laboratory!
This is a vintage ad for LEGO, via Play Well TEKnologies, from when the Samsonite corporation was licensed to distribute the Danish toy in the U.S. Though its overarching message of “peace” is a good one, the copy does get a little off the rails. “Let somebody else’s child get his kicks tracking a little kid through a gun sight. Let somebody else’s child build a bomb shelter in the hollow of a tree.”
Or perhaps it’s just a sad commentary on how things used to be back then.
- The newest LEGO attraction — Legoland Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers, NY — will host its first-ever AFOL event on Thursday, May 2, and it looks like it’ll happen every month. An Adult Fan of LEGOs dream come true, to be sure! (Westchester.com)
- The company releases yet ANOTHER $199 set, and this one is pretty awesome: the Tower of Orthanc from Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. (GMA News)
- “There are no ballpoint grenade pens, no wrist-mounted dart guns, no Aston Martins tricked out with smoke screens, bulletproof glass, revolving license plates or ejector seats. Still, the geek-approved contraptions at Lego’s research-and-development facility in Billund, Denmark, are as covetable as anything cooked up by Q Branch.” So begins Smithsonian magazine’s fascinating feature, “How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers.”
- If you missed the Ultimate Collector’s Series X-Wing the first time around, it’s being re-released — or, more accurately, updated — later this month. Fingers crossed for a UCS Millennium Falcon reboot!!! (GMA News)
- Pre-order the forthcoming LEGO Marvel SuperHeroes video game and you could get some neat bonuses. (Game Revolution)
- CNET Australia interviews the only LEGO Certified Professional in the land down under.
- According to one researcher, “the average LEGO brick can be used 37,112 times.” (Geek Blog)
- Is Lego planning to release — gasp! — a 3-D printer? (Hint: this news broke on April 1st.) Of course, this would be totally awesome IRL. [The Sociable]
- Lego will pull set #9516, Jabba’s Palace, from store shelves following accusations of racism. [The Huffington Post]
- With manufacturing plants already in Denmark, eastern Europe and Mexico, the company will open another one in China, come 2014. [The Massachusetts Republican]
- A bunch of Lego toys, having spent some time on the International Space Station, returned to Earth last week. No word on whether parents stepped all over them or not. [NBC News]
- We’re kind of surprised this hasn’t happened yet: plans are underway for the world’s first official Lego museum. [Salon]
- …and the world’s first Lego hotel opens this week. [The Press-Enterprise]
Designed by pekko (http://lego.cuusoo.com/profile/Pekko), the Mini Shop series is a wonderfully-executed sub-theme for LEGO City, based on real brands (Starbucks, Apple, 7-Eleven and McDonald’s are seen above) and built on 8×16 baseplates. The insides feature awesome details, like stocked shelves and branded coffee cups (the use of 1×1 cones here is particularly clever). The project already has more than 8,750 supporters — and with 1,250 more LEGO will begin to consider it. Click through on the picture for more details!