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Entries in Lego (5)

Tuesday
Feb112014

Thoughts on gendered Lego from a woman you should know

Women You Should Know brings us this great piece on the classic 1981 Lego ad and the girl (now a 37-year-old naturopath) who starred in it. You may remember the original ad circulating around the net last year as Lego announced its heavily gendered (and mightily criticized) Friends line, the message of which seemed to many people to be, "This is Lego for girls--and the rest is Lego for boys". 

From the article: 

Something about this piece with the iconic 1981 ad tapped the zeitgeist and it became one of HuffPo’s more viral articles in recent memory, receiving over 60,000 shares. And along the way, the small world of Facebook led to a comment thread on my wall where someone, upon seeing the little red-haired girl holding her LEGOs, wrote, “Hey, I know her!” And now I do too, because that’s the serendipity of social media. Her name is Rachel Giordano, she is 37 years old, and she’s a practicing naturopathic doctor in Seattle, Washington. Giordano agreed to talk to me about her childhood and the ad, and to pose for a new Then & Now photo meme, which you see above in the lead image.

As I was planning my interview with Rachel Giordano, I saw this blog post by Achilles Effect, and knew immediately what Giordano should be holding in the new version of the photo. Enter the Heartlake City rolling beauty salon TV news van, one of the latest additions to the LEGO Friends line. Advertising copy lets us know what being a news anchor involves for minifig Emma:

“Break the big story of the world’s best cake with the Heartlake News Van! Find the cake and film it with the camera and then climb into the editing suite and get it ready for broadcast. Get Emma ready at the makeup table so she looks her best for the camera. Sit her at the news desk as Andrew films her talking about the cake story and then present the weather to the viewers.”

Cake? Seriously? And what-the-what is that when you look inside the news van? Where is the equipment? Is it behind the gigantic makeup vanity?

Follow the link for more.

Women You Should Know: The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say

Friday
Jan112013

Swedish customs compensates disappointed Star Wars collector

Oddball Star Wars news from Sweden:

Lego collector in southern Sweden has been compensated by Swedish Customs after his Star Wars spaceship package was opened by customs officials, drastically devaluing the collectors item.

The Lego enthusiast, who lives in Halmstad on the west coast of southern Sweden, was upset to find the seal was broken on his Star Wars Lego package when it came in the post in September.

The package, which had been sent from Hungary, had been opened and inspected by Swedish Customs.

The Lego item was a Star Wars Tantive IV spaceship, which the collector valued at 1,838 kronor ($285), according to the Hallands-Posten newspaper (HP).

Too funny. Follow the link for more.

The Local: Star Wars fan strikes back over Lego letdown

Sunday
Dec162012

Dads driving up the cost of Lego Star Wars kits

While UK tabloid The Sun may not be the most reliable source for this, or anything, it does seem to have a ring of truth to it: 

KIDS’ Star Wars Lego sets are selling online for 25 times the normal price — because dads buy them for THEMSELVES.

They are the first toys to be bought more for adults than children.

And that has forced the prices to record levels.

Plastic brick versions of the films’ Millennium Falcon spaceship are selling for an incredible £2,995 on the net — 25 times the original £119, say Lego.

The Falcon and the range’s £274.99 Death Star, £349.99 Super Star Destroyer and £149.99 R2D2 are mainly bought by dads, according to research. Sales leap more than a third at Christmas as they treat themselves as well as the kids.

Lego’s Justin Clasby said: “We’re seeing a huge surge in adult fans queuing up to get their own hands on the sets.”

Toy expert Peter Jenkinson said: “Almost 20 per cent of grown-ups in a toy shop are there to satisfy their inner kidult.”

The Sun: Lego cost soares as dads play

Monday
Oct082012

X-Wing made from 30 year old Lego

These days anyone can go buy a Lego Star Wars X-Wing fighter. When I was a kid, we could only dream that Lego would make Star-Wars-themed blocks. We had to do what we could with our generic Lego.

I pulled my 30-year-old Lego out of the garage a few weeks back and gave it to my kids. Of course someone has to teach them how to play with it...

So I built this X-Wing. The colours are wrong, the dimensions are wrong, it's all a bit wrong. But I did it from memory and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wednesday
Jun132012

Star Wars Lego version of famous M.C. Escher print

Paul Vermeesch, Lego master, explains:

Six months in the making, I present my largest creation to date: a 1x1x1 foot model of M.C. Escher's print "Relativity" reenacted in the Lego Star Wars theme. A far larger, cleaner, and more detailed rehashing of my 2010 version, this diorama is fully lit from the inside, presents the original Star Wars trilogy in a roughly counterclockwise format, and even features a minifig-scale theatre in the back which plays Lego's CG version of the Star Wars saga. Enjoy!

Boing Boing: MC Escher's "Relativity" recreated in Star Wars Lego, with many in-jokes and grace notes

MOCpages: Star Wars Relativity V2