We’ve featured Movoto before here on our site with the LEGO My House Calculator article and they’re back with a neat infographic on what buildings and landmarks you can build with all the LEGO bricks in the world. There are about 472 billion bricks that have been made since 1958 and what kind of building and landmarks you can build using those billions of bricks are staggering.
- 2,972 of the White House
- 588 of the Taj Mahal
- 200 of Buckingham Palace
- 74 of the Empire State Building
- 66 of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building)
- 1 Great Pyramid of Giza
What else is neat is that you can also build about 46,000 medium sized houses for around 122,000 people. Some other facts that Movoto has stated are the number of bricks used for some of these buildings. Check out their site for much more information and stats.
- Burj Khalifa: 7,067,231,175 bricks
- Empire State Building: 6,325,329,353
- Buckingham Palace: 2,350,135,986
- White House: 158,783,167 bricks
Every year, LEGO hosts an “Inside Tour” for guests in Billund, Denmark to let fans experience what goes on at the factories and exclusive LEGO sets are given away to individuals as a parting gift. This year, attendees will be receiving the Villy Thomsen Truck (4000008) as their going away gift. The truck was a very important truck back in the 1950′s because it was the first truck to transport LEGO products between cities. The instructions on LEGO’s site have been taken down but luckily, The Daily Brick has them up on their site if you want to build your own. If you’re interested in going to the LEGO Inside Tour for 2014, check out the site for more details on how you can attend next year’s tour.
**Via Brick Fanatics**
Joshua Hanlon and Matthew Kay have been hosting Beyond the Brick podcast/videos for more than a year. The team would like to go to Brickworld Chicago 2013 and record some great footage to be released on a DVD in the future. They have set up a Kickstarter project and need your support to help fund their journey to Chicago. The money raised in the project will provide better equipment to take to Brickworld, supplies for the DVD, and rewards that are offered for supporting the project. There are lots of things included in the DVD:
- Over 90 minutes of high quality edited content
- Convention floor builder interviews
- Guided tour of the displays at Brickworld Chicago
- Creative LEGO building technique ideas from some of the world’s top builders
- Video inside Brickworld Chicago events
- Discussions with builders about how they prepare and set up for Brickworld Chicago
- Anything else that catches our eye at the convention
The DVD won’t be available after the Brickworld Chicago 2013 and will only be available for supporters of the Kickstarter. As of this writing, they are already more than halfway to their goal of $500 with 28 days left until the project ends. The more money that is sent, the better quality of content Beyond the Brick will be able to provide. So if you’re interested in helping out the team, head over to Kickstarter and show your support.
The results of a survey conducted by the Reputation Institute have been revealed and The LEGO Group has been named one of the top 10 companies globally in 2012. The research called RepTrack100, surveys the 100 most largest and most known brands in 15 different countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia/Pacifics to find which companies are reputable. The LEGO Group finished 5th in 2011. John Goodwin, Chief Executive Vice President and CFO of LEGO, states:
That we are able to finish in top 10 for the third year in a row is a fantastic recognition of how our organization is consistently making the LEGO promises come to life. We want children of all ages to experience joy and pride when exploring their creative potential. We want to leave a positive impact on in the world. We want to deliver a world class service to our customers. And not least do we want our employees to experience the strong sense of purpose and spirit that characterize the LEGO Group.
The results in North America illustrate that we are building a global reputation. But, it is also clear from the past three years’ results that we need to continually deliver world class products and service both to customers and consumers to maintain such an impressive position.
If you always wanted to play with LEGO bricks all day long at school, that will soon become a reality. LEGO will be opening the first ever “LEGO school” in the world. The International School of Billund will be combining the international baccalaureate (IB) with LEGO’s emphasis on creativity and play of the bricks with the Danish school system.
The program is for aimed towards students from ages 3 to 16 and is set to open in August. The population of the fee-based school will be both Danish residents as well international students. The government will be paying two-thirds of the fees while parents pay the rest of the fees. The school is the next step in a long line of projects for LEGO’s owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen to turn Billund into the Capital of Children.
**Via The Guardian**
Our friends over at BrickPicker has announced a LEGO set review contest over on their site with a chance to win some great prizes. All you have to do is write some quality reviews of LEGO sets. The contests starts today and ends on July 3rd, 2013 at 11:59pm (Eastern Time). There are some guidelines that are required for you to be entered in the contest. The reviews have to be a total of 1000 characters combined in the following categories:
- First Impression(WOW Factor) & Introduction
- Unique Parts/Minifigures
- Playability/Build Experience
- Value for money(new)
- Theme Popularity
- Growth Potential
- Display Attributes
- Final Analysis & Conclusion
The Brickpoints system has also been overhauled for this contest. A normal 1000 character review will get you 10 Brickpoints but you can earn 500 points for more in-depth, detailed reviews. All reviews will be approved or disapproved by Ed or Jeff and you will be able to revise and resubmit them if they are disapproved.
Now to the goodies! There are some really nice prizes for the winners of the contest.
1st Place: Monster Fighters Haunted House (10228) or $200 LEGO Gift Card
2nd Place: Creator Expert Palace Cinema (10232) or $150 LEGO Gift Card
Star Wars Jabba’s Palace (9516) or $100 LEGO Gift Card
There are also four (4) $25 LEGO Gift Cards given to exceptional reviews which are then converted for the Evaluation Corner. For these special reviews, a single person can win them all so there’s more incentive to write quality reviews. To read more about the details of the contest, head over to the BrickPicker forum.
If you remember from last year, LEGO released a video called “The LEGO Story” on the company’s 80th birthday. Yesterday, LEGO released an outtake of The LEGO Story called “Stepping on a Brick.” It’s a nice 1 minute video that shows exactly what the title says, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen stepping on a LEGO brick.