’s Lego news roundup for the week of 4/1/13


  • 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]

My first build of 2013: the starship Enterprise.

My first build of 2013: the starship Enterprise.

It suddenly hit me why I bought all those Lego X-Pods back in the mid-2000’s: it’s because I thought the saucer parts would make for great primary hulls on Constitution-class ships from Star Trek.

It’s taken me this long to put together a version of the Enterprise, seen in the motion pictures; there’s about 50 pieces in this bad boy.

I’ve been a LUGNET member since 2000.

I’ve been a LUGNET member since 2000.

LUGNET was the first true Lego Users Group, bringing together AFOLs from around the world.  It was once known as “the friendliest place on the Web,” and Lego fans made it the top destination for all news about the world’s greatest toy — and hobby.  

Now, LUGNET is just a shadow of its former self.  But I predict it will make a comeback, and in a huge way.  Until then, it’s still a neat place to check out what other Lego hobbyists are up to.