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LEGO – The Toy That Changed Our Lives Newsweek Collector’s Edition Available July 17

Newsweek: LEGO - The Toy That Changed Our Lives

The folks at Topix Media Lab has reached out to us letting us know of their latest Newsweek Collector’s Edition which is about LEGO. The issue named LEGO – The Toy That Changed Our Lives will be available starting July 17 where magazines are sold and it takes a look at the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick, the 40th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure, and the 50th anniversary of LEGOLAND parks. I’ve already taken an early look at the issue and it’s a pretty fun read and I’m sure LEGO fans will want to add it to their collection. Again, it will be available starting next Tuesday and you can find it where magazines are sold or in the link above (July 17).

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LEGO Minifigure Factory Debuts in Denmark

LEGO Minifigure Factory

Here’s something really cool that debuted at the Copenhagen LEGO Brand Store earlier today. LEGO fans love customizing their minifigures and LEGO has introduced the Minifigure Factory which allows fans to customize the design of a minifigure torso and print them directly onsite. The cost is 30DKK which is about $5 and the invention is by designer Jens Hjorth who has shared the project on Facebook. It has taken 18 months for the LEGO Minifigure Factory to come to fruition and it is currently doing a test run for two days in Denmark.

LEGO Minifigure Factory

From the looks of it, the Minifigure Factory has some premade designs to choose from for the front and back of the torsos. It doesn’t look like you have the option to upload your own design. It also looks like the machine can print a number of minifigures at the same time but it also means that you’ll probably have to wait until the machine fills up before it runs so it can be more efficient.

LEGO Minifigure Factory

LEGO Minifigure Factory

There’s no word yet on whether or not it will launch globally but hopefully the test run is successful so we can get them in every LEGO store. If you’ve been following my posts, you would know that the LEGO Mosaic Maker has finally made it to the United States so it’ll be quite a while before we see the Minifigure Factory over here if LEGO does decide to launch it worldwide.

LEGO Minifigure Factory

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LEGO House: Home of the Brick Now on Netflix

LEGO House: Home of the Brick

LEGO has released their newest documentary on Netflix with LEGO House: Home of the Brick. The 47 minute show takes you through the journey of how it came from the an idea from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen come to reality.

From 15th June you can discover the fascinating LEGO spirit manifested in the ultimate LEGO building on all NETFLIX servers globally.

The original idea behind the LEGO House came from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen – a dream for the LEGO Group and for the town of Billund.

A unique journey into the making of a house built on a foundation of dreams. This is a construction diary unfolding the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick.

The concept has all the way been to build a LEGO House which would offer the most amazing hands-on experiences and inspire the guests to embrace creativity.

This includes a one of a kind architectural idea by BIG and Bjarke Ingels, a restaurant that serves the food by robots, 25 million LEGO bricks and dedicated staff that tries, fails and revises ideas in order to reach the company motto: Only the best is good enough.

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LEGO Tweets About Secret Service Aston Martin Set

LEGO James Bond 007

A few hours ago, LEGO tweeted something very bizarre about something they’re working on. The tweet says:

We’ve been thinking about creating a special Secret (Service) model that could help an agent out in a tricky situation. Any ideas? @astonmartin #LicenceToBuild

The accounts for Aston Martin and even James Bond have replied to the tweet and posted the above image. Connecting the dots, LEGO is working with Aston Martin and the James Bond franchise to produce a set, possibly the famous Aston Martin DB5. What do you think the tweet by LEGO is referring to?

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LEGO House Documentary Coming to Netflix

LEGO House

LEGO has announced that starting tomorrow, there will be a special LEGO documentary on the LEGO House coming to Netflix. The show takes you through the journey of how an idea from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen come to reality. Check out the trailer below.

From 15th June you can discover the fascinating LEGO spirit manifested in the ultimate LEGO building on all NETFLIX servers globally.

The original idea behind the LEGO House came from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen – a dream for the LEGO Group and for the town of Billund.

A unique journey into the making of a house built on a foundation of dreams. This is a construction diary unfolding the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick.

The concept has all the way been to build a LEGO House which would offer the most amazing hands-on experiences and inspire the guests to embrace creativity.

This includes a one of a kind architectural idea by BIG and Bjarke Ingels, a restaurant that serves the food by robots, 25 million LEGO bricks and dedicated staff that tries, fails and revises ideas in order to reach the company motto: Only the best is good enough.

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The Brick Fan May 2018 Monthly Recap

May was a very busy month in regards to LEGO news and here’s a recap of some of the more notable articles from the month. Again, it might be a longer post than other months.


LEGO June 2018 Store Calendar Promotions & Events – The June promotions has kicked off and it’s a fairly calm month in terms of promotions.

June 2018 LEGO Store Calendar


LEGO City Summer 2018 Capital (60200) Revealed – One of the largest LEGO City sets for the summer 2018 wave is the Capital (60200) which is similar in scale to the Town Square and City Square sets from previous years.

LEGO City Capital (60200)


LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) Review – My long-awaited review of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) is now live.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)


LEGO Star Wars UCS Cloud City Rumored Details – There are more details for the rumored LEGO Star Wars UCS Cloud City set.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Infinity War Movie to Set Comparison – A new series which I hope to continue with other themes is comparing LEGO sets released for movies and the first one is for Avengers: Infinity War.


LEGO Ideas First 2018 Review Stage Underway – The First 2018 Review Stage has kicked off with ten sets that qualified for it.

First 2018 LEGO Review Stage


LEGO BrickHeadz Harry Potter Sets Officially Revealed – The new LEGO BrickHeadz Harry Potter sets were revealed and are set to be released in July.

LEGO BrickHeadz Harry Potter & Hedwig (41615)


LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Product Details – The LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets were officially revealed with information about the pricing and piece counts.

LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Hogwarts Express (75955)


Rumored LEGO Bricktober 2018 Set Details – There are some details of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 sets which include minifigures from various themes like LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and LEGO Harry Potter.


LEGO Summer 2018 Set Details Recap – I’ve done a recap of the summer 2018 LEGO sets which includes details for the pricing and piece count.

LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow (75953)


LEGO Overwatch Sets Announced at Licensing Expo 2018 – The 2018 Licensing Expo kicked off a few weeks ago and Activision Blizzard announced that there will be LEGO Overwatch sets with multiple sets at various price points.

LEGO Overwatch


LEGO Mosaic Maker Coming to the United States – LEGO has finally released the popular LEGO Mosaic Maker machine in the United States.

LEGO Personalised Mosaic Portrait (40179)


LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Official Box Art Images – The official box art images for the LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets were revealed and they look very nice.

LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Hogwarts Express (75955)


LEGO Brand Store (40305) Set Not a Promotional Set? – The new LEGO Mini Brand Store (40305) set will not be a promotional set as first thought but can be purchased by itself.

LEGO Brand Store (40305)


The Toys That Made Us LEGO Episode Review – The Toys That Made Us has finally returned to Netflix which included the episode about LEGO.


LEGO DC Super-Villains Video Game Officially Announced – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced the next LEGO video game with LEGO DC Super-Villains which comes out in October.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Video Game


LEGO Ideas Third 2017 Review Stage Winner Announced – LEGO has announced the winning project for the LEGO Ideas Third Review Stage.


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The LEGO Group Announces Collaboration With IKEA to Promote Creative Play

The LEGO Group has announced that they are partnering up with the popular Swedish furniture company IKEA to promote more creative play in the home environment. The press release doesn’t go into detail of what will be happening with this partnership however my guess is that we could see LEGO branded furniture being sold at IKEA. Stay tuned as we expect more information in the near future about the LEGO/IKEA team-up.

IKEA AND THE LEGO GROUP IN COLLABORATION TO ENABLE MORE PLAY AND CREATIVITY

We know that play is an important part of life and we believe in the power of play. Play lets us be creative, explore, experiment, dream and discover. IKEA and the LEGO Group, join forces to encourage more play.

Play is key to develop. And it is an essential part of a better everyday life. Play is so many different things, for so many different people. In the everyday life there are different barriers for play. Some of the barriers are more evident for grown-ups. One being that grown-ups think that playing can be messy. Other barriers are more evident to children – like grown-ups trying to create order in the play environment, where children in fact enjoy and often immerse themselves in the midst of it all.

“It started with an invitation from the LEGO Group “Do you want to play?”. Of course we said yes to this and together we now want to enable more play by triggering play in the functionality of the everyday life. At IKEA we first and foremost want to resolve this built in or maybe just perceived conflict that play is messy in a creative, humanistic and playful way. Because we believe more play makes the home and the world a better place”, says Fredrika Inger, Business Area Manager for Children’s IKEA, at IKEA of Sweden.

In the IKEA Play Report, IKEA asked children what they want and 47% of them said that they want more playtime with their parent1. At the same time 90% of the asked parents believe play is essential to wellbeing and happiness, building on to the belief that play is important. In an upcoming study on play made by the LEGO Group, 95% of parents responded that play is fundamental to their child’s development and that playing with LEGO bricks helps their children to be creative. Then why don’t we play more? The collaboration aims to increase the opportunity for playing more. First out is to try to make the whole home a better functioning and more fun place.

“In the LEGO Group our mission has always been to inspire and develop children through play, and there’s an exciting and fun challenge in finding a solution that can encourage more creative LEGO play while at the same time pleasing parent’s interest in household look and feel to enable children and their parents to play together. We know that creativity is a critical skill needed for the future, but we also know that tinkering, experimenting, being creative and trying out new things can be messy. In our collaboration with IKEA we therefore wish to deal with the challenge that some parents might have with the – wonderful – mess that play creates”, says Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President, Product Development at the LEGO Group.

“Bringing people together over play and enable more play are things that are key for both us and the LEGO Group based on our respective visions, missions and values. That is why we want to explore what can happen when we work together, trying to get more of the many people to say yes to play”, says Fredrika Inger, Business Area Manager for Children’s IKEA, at IKEA of Sweden.

In the next couple of years the first outcome of the collaboration will reach customers in IKEA stores.

1 IKEA Play Report

About IKEA Range & Supply

IKEA is one brand and many companies. Around the globe, a large number of companies operate under the IKEA trademarks.

IKEA Range & Supply, consisting of IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult and IKEA Supply, have the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores around the world with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduces 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

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