The best memes are, of course, Lego memes.
- In your mind-blowing MOC of the Week, here is Goel Kim’s Battle of Hems Deep from The Lord of the Rings. The level of details — and sheer masses of minifigs — is Gollumesque in its madness. Says Goel, “It is 90 percent completed so far.” Hard to believe there’s still 10 percent to go! (Brothers Brick)
- Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Kathleen Fleming, director of entertainment development at Lego, who worked on projects including the TV series Lego Legends of Chima and Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. She was 39. (Variety)
- Today in Lego video games we’ll see, but never get to play: Lego Breaking Bad. Even Walter White couldn’t get away with it. (Los Angeles Times)
- Yes, the venerable Lego company makes bonehead mistakes. For instance, they allowed a licensee to make a sticker set featuring a pervy construction worker. (Adweek)
- …And the company has apologized. (Yahoo!)
- Do you agree with Gizmodo Australia’s list of ten most useful Lego bricks?
- Finally, a side-by-side review of the original UCS X-Wing and its redesigned re-release, the Red Five X-Wing. (FBTB)
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)
This amazingly-detailed model, by Flickrer RGB900, has just about every element a Canon fan would appreciate, right down to the red lens ring. The strap is designed from Lego tank treads and probably can’t be slung over one’s shoulder. But with a MOC this realistic, you never know!