- Now that the Back To The Future DeLorean is an official LEGO set, the next great 80’s movie-themed Cuusoo set could be here soon: a 30th anniversary Ghostbusters set, complete with Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, Zeddemore, the Ecto-1 mobile and yes, Slimer!
- Barnes & Noble is selling an exclusive $149 Architecture set. (PSFK)
- Here’s an oldie but goodie: Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz’s tour of the LEGO factory from 2008.
- Despite their new LEGO Movie starring Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Batman, the film’s directors insist “We’re not making Justice League.” (Digital Spy)
- A Netflix-type service called Pleygo will allow you to build sets then return them without having to buy the set. This could work! (GeekDad)
- Two more Minecraft sets are a-comin’. (Unwir3d)
- Why do LEGO minifigs have holes in their heads? (News Corp.)
- There’s a dating site for LEGO lovers. (Leg Godt)
- And finally, meet the woman who designed a working prosthetic leg out of LEGO. (USA Today)
I want to work with Kevin Hinkle one day.
This weekend I will be heading out to the birthplace of The LEGO Group: Billund, Denmark. The entire LEGO Community Engagement & Events (CEE) department will be together in one spot for our annual team meeting. We have several days planned to discuss a variety of current topics as well as overall strategy and team development. If you’d like a visual, just imagine the council of Elrond from the Lord of the Rings. We just need to decide who is going to take the ring to mordor.
Today in big, expensive, but totally want-able Lego sets is #12034, the Sydney Opera House.
- Need to know how to get around London? UK-based LEGO Master Builder Duncan Titmarsh built this handy map of that city’s subway as part of the 150th anniversary of the London Metro. (Londonist)
- Here’s a sneak peek of what the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark will look like. (Architecture News Daily)
- It’s not that clear nowadays, but yes, there was a time when they used to market Lego to both girls and boys equally. (Jezebel)
- And here’s a petition to get the LEGO Company to make more female minifigs via the CUUSOO project. (The Mary Sue)
- For Father’s Day, here’s Lego Darth Vader and Lego Luke Skywalker putting their past aside and enjoying some “Force fishing.” (PocketLint)
- Karachi, Pakistan gets its first Lego Store. (The Tribune Express)
- Continuing its partnership, Marvel will feature variants of Lego minifig Superheroes across its comic book titles beginning in September. (Flickering Myth)
- And here’s a neat mosaic featuring the existing Marvel SuperHeroes line. (FBTB)
I’d forgotten about Christoph Niemann’s lovely Lego ode to New York City until just now.
Hope you and yours had a great holiday weekend! Here’s what made Lego news in the past few weeks:
- That scale model X-Wing fighter, made from more than five million Lego bricks and which recently landed in Times Square, is on its way to LEGOLAND California. (The Huffington Post)
- Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson of the founder of the LEGO Company, will open a school in the company’s hometown of Billund, Denmark. (Mashable)
- The “Mr. Gold” minifig, randomly inserted into the Series 10 collectible packs, is fetching as much as $1,000 on the secondary market. And to think just seven years ago, $1,000 would’ve bought you not one but two UCS Millennium Falcons. And those didn’t even come with minifgs. (Yahoo!)
- Someone made it happen: here’s LEGO Voldemort vs. LEGO Gandalf. (Geekosystem)
- An awesome breakdown of what you can build with the 472 billion LEGO bricks made since 1958. (Gizmodo)
- When Finland met Denmark: make your own Lego Angry Birds. (Brothers Brick)
- Our favorite toy company and NASA are teaming up on a school-based competition, details of which are still under wraps. “Your students can tackle the same aeronautics challenges that NASA and industry teams have been working on. We want to see if your team can do better.” (NASA Education)
- And last but not least, a bunch of AFOL’s have built a display featuring 2.5 miles of LEGO train track. (World Record Academy.com)