Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day minifigures from minifigs.me

People everywhere are celebrating International Women’s Day today, and the LEGO world is no exception. Custom minifigure creators minifigs.me has created a special line of five inspirational women in tiny LEGO form to pay tribute to their huge contributions to the world we live in.

The minifigures include detailed recreations of pilot extraordinaire Amelia Earhart, Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, scientist Rosalind Franklin, artist Frida Kahlo and Nobel Prize winning female education activist Malala Yousafzai. All have been made with delightful attention to detail and each has a quotation from their real life counterpart printed across their back.

Each minifigure comes with their own inspirational quotation.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Man cremated in giant LEGO coffin

A fun-loving man whose motto was 'go big or go home' has been cremated in a giant yellow LEGO brick coffin after tragically dying of cancer.

21 year old Jordan McCole of Tylesley in Greater Manchester, England was obsessed with LEGO and his mother, Jannine, believes that the tailor-made 7-foot coffin was a fitting farewell for her beloved son, and hopes it will give inspiration to other families in mourning.

"We made the decision that we wanted to inspire others going through the same terrible situation of losing a young person and facing the prospect of a traditional send-off," said Jannine.

How to Make a LEGO USB Drive

Most of us carry around a USB drive but the ones we buy from electrical shops aren't particularly interesting to look at. The practical people will say: "So what? It's a thumb drive!" And yes, whilst you have a point, it's also nice to have nice looking things. So, if you have a few minutes of downtime or if you're at a loose end and want to give yourself a little project, here's how you can turn something functional into something fun!

What you need:
- Thumb drive
- LEGO bricks
- Super glue
- Razor blade
- Dremel / Drill

Monday, 6 March 2017

LEGO Minifigure Swapshop Coming To Toys R Us

How many of us have stood in a shop and felt endless packets of LEGO Minifigures an attempt to find those ones we need to complete a collection? And then we get home and find out that you were still unfortunate? Well there's some good news.

The LEGO Minifigure Swapshop event is taking place at Toys R Us in the UK on Saturday, March 25th where you will be able to pop along between 11am and 1pm to swap your duplicates with a fellow collector.

There is no limit to what you can swap, so if you have a bag full of Lego Batman's, this is the perfect event for you! Find your nearest Toys R Us store here.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Free LEGO polybags at Smyths Toys this Saturday

Want some free LEGO this weekend? Well take your kids down to Smyths Toys on Saturday to get your hands on one of 2017 LEGO City Police polybags.

"Join us in-store on Saturday, 4th March to build your own LEGO City Minibuild! Choose your FREE* LEGO City minibuild toy (30352 Police Car or 30351 Police Helicopter) and build in-store then take home to play!"

*One toy per customer. No purchase necessary. Limited stocks available, while stocks last.

For more information, visit the Smyths Toys events page.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Ten Little Known LEGO Facts

In 2017, LEGO was announced as the world's most powerful brand. Yes, LEGO is loved by all and it's no surprise. LEGO is an idea as much as it is a toy. Moulded in a thermoplastic polymer, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, LEGO bricks are known for their durability, which is why you can pull out your stash from 30 years ago and still play with them - like no time ever passed. LEGO is the true timeless toy - they don't deteriorate with age.

Not only will they look the same, but they'll fit together with every brick made since - even with those going back to 1949 when the Danish toy-maker, Ole Kirk Christiansen created the very first one. The precision of the production processes is the reason why we are able to make such amazing replicas of things like the stunning new replica model of Big Ben (available now), The Simpsons House (available now) and The Beatles Yellow Submarine (also out now!).

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Women of NASA is Your Next LEGO Ideas Set

Early this morning the results of the second 2016 LEGO Ideas review was announced and Maia Weinstock's Women of NASA has been selected as the next LEGO Ideas set to reach the market!

Maia is an accomplished science writer, deputy editor of MIT News and now, with today's news, she is in the exclusive club of people that turned an idea into a real LEGO set.

I'd love to ask her what her greatest achievement is in her career! You can read Maia's 10k Club Interview on the LEGO Ideas blog to find out more about her.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

FREE LEGO Batmobile Polybag - Set 30446

I blogged last week about the new LEGO Sale at the LEGO store and how, if you spend £25 or more on sale items, you get a free LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes The Batmobile polybag (set 30446).

Well today I got mine through the post and I'm very impressed with what I got.

With 63 pieces, the vehicle is based on its 'Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice' namesake and although we've already seen a larger LEGO version for sale recently, the polybag one is a great addition if, like me, you're a collector of Batman LEGO.

The Amazing Star Wars LEGO Photography of Avanaut

Photographer, Vesa Lehtimaki, known online at Avanaut, has taken Star Wars Legography to the next level.

With the perfect perspective, the right lighting and a little bit of baking soda, he's been able to create some truly stunning images of LEGO Star Wars minifigures and ships, in Star Wars universe settings, most notably Hoth!

Vesa has built up a fantastic reputation for himself over the past 5 years or so and was nominated for a HUGO Award for his efforts. His Legography led him to meet with the production team of The LEGO Movie back in 2014 and he's also released a book via DK Publishing that was blogged about on starwars.com.