Archive for January 2013

First look at LEGO® Man of Steel sets

USA Today have rounded up some of the toys we can expect to see on shelves this summer for Superman: Man of Steel. Included are the first look at the LEGO Metropolis Showdown set which includes Superman and General Zod minifigures along with a car and aerial accessory.

5 year old faces suspension from school for building a gun from LEGO

A five year old student from Hyannis West Elementary School faces possible suspension from school after building a gun from LEGO bricks!

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LEGO donate bricks to Children’s Ward

WarwickWe keep hearing these wonderful stories about LEGO and here is another courtesy of The Leamington Observer.

LEGO have donated bricks, figures and games to keep youngsters amused while being cared for on Warwick Hospital’s children’s ward.

The donation of toys aims to help ensure children on the MacGregor Ward are continuing to use their imagination while playing.

Susan Moulton, play specialist at the hospital, said: “I would like to offer my sincerest thanks. Our ward is always looking for new toys for our playroom  and this is a fantastic donation of a much loved toy.”

Ian Moore at LEGO added: “Our aim is to spread the fun of lego across the younger generation, ensuring children all have the opportunity to continue to use their imagination and creativity when playing with toys.”

Happy Birthday LEGO

LEGO celebrate their 55th birthday today! On the 28th January 1958, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, patented the LEGO brick.

Sadly Ole Kirk Christiansen passed away two months after the LEGO brick was patented. His son Godtfred who had been a junior managing director at the company took over the reigns and two years later came up with the name LEGO from the Danish “leg godt” which means “play well”.

Ole Kirk Christiansen had founded a toy company in the early 1930′s specialising in wooden toys but it wasn’t until the 1950′s he moved onto working with plastics. The LEGO bricks created from that year are still compatible with the modern day brick.

 

 

 

 

LEGO Arkham Asylum Breakout Designer Movie

One of my favourite sets from the year so far is the Arkham Asylum Breakout and here is the official LEGO channel Designer Movies on the set!

Sound the alarm! The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow have escaped from Arkham Asylum with the help of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. These villains are about to wreak havoc in the streets of Gotham City! Help Caped Crusaders Batman™ and Robin swoop into action and put those good-for-nothing criminals back where they belong! Chase after the security van as it breaks through the gothic gates! Then throw each villain back behind bars in 8 highly detailed rooms. Includes 8 minifigures: Batman™, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow and a guard, all with assorted weapons or accessories

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LEGO respond to Turkish race row

LEGO have responded to the story that was posted in many of todays newspapers with the following statement:

“All LEGO Star WarsTM products are based on the movies of the Star WarsTM saga created by Lucasfilm. Jabba’s Palace appears in Star WarsTM Episode VI and appears in a famous scene on the planet Tatooine. The building is the palace of Jabba – a fictional movie character.

The picture shown above depicts the building from the movie scene. The LEGO designers try to reproduce all buildings, space ships and characters from the movies as close as possible when creating a new LEGO Star WarsTM product.

This is done to allow both young and old Star WarsTM fans to act out the scenes from the movies at home. The LEGO Star WarsTM product Jabba´s palace does not reflect any non-fictional buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque.

The LEGO minifigures  shown on the box and found inside the box (Jabba, Salacious Crumb, Bib Fortuna, Gamorreanic Guard, Oola, Han Solo, Princess Leia disguised as Boushh, Chewbacca and B’omarr Monk) are all modeled after fictional characters from the movie.

The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interprete it wrongly, but point out that the design of the product only refers to the fictional content of the Star WarsTM saga.”

LEGO to open store in Glasgow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALEGO are to open their first store in Scotland at Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries this spring. It will be the 11th store to be opened in the UK by The LEGO Group.

LEGO Stores head of European marketing, Florian Mayer, had this to say – “With the opening of our 11th store in the UK, we are now also offering our Scottish fans a wide range of Lego products, including exclusive and difficult to find sets that aren’t available elsewhere and unique LEGO hands-on, minds-on play experiences.”

LEGO accused of racism?

Here is an interesting article that has appeared on the Daily Mail website regarding the “resemblance” between LEGO Jabba’s Palace set and a mosque in Istanbul called Hagia Sophia .

LEGO accused of racism by Turkish community who say toy is offensive because it  is ‘based on a mosque’

Judge for yourselves… similar or not?

Legends of Chima Comic

Here is a look at LEGO Legends of Chima: The Story of Laval and Cragger comic #01. The story follows our hero Laval and his allies as they battle The Crocodile Prince, Cragger, for the power of Chi!

Empire Strikes Out artwork and release date revealed

The Empire Strikes Out will finally be available to buy from 18th March 2013.

According to Amazon the DVD will come with a Limited Edition Darth Vader with Medal minifigure, priced £6.99. An acompanying book will also be available from April 2013.

91sen4tHYcL__AA1500_Here is the product description: “Your favourite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO® Star Wars®: The Empire Strikes Out™. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in-training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions. Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry as they compete for the Emperor’s approval. It’s an action-packed comic adventure that’s out of this world.”