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LEGO Minifig Agitprop! Also, LEGO literature, mythology, history, men-o-war and a hell of a lot more in this amazing custom minifig collection by Dunechaser of The Brothers Brick.

Prior Brothers Brick awesomeness.
posted by EatTheWeak (28 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
dude Minifigs are little tiny 15mm lead soldiers, nothing to do with legos.
posted by Max Power at 3:22 PM on May 31, 2009


I like how a lot of the sets are all the minifigs, and then suddenly a picture of a pug for no reason.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:31 PM on May 31, 2009


You know, just because you can depict depict something using LEGOs doesn't mean you should. I mean, What the hell? Is that supposed to be funny? Is it meant to be transgressive? Is it supposed to stir outrage at the Bush administration? Is there a point at all?
posted by longsleeves at 3:39 PM on May 31, 2009


LEGO seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence in popularity of late. LEGO Rock Band, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones.

As a guy who played with LEGO as a kid, I think that's great, because LEGO was fun. But I think it sucks that LEGO essentially creates the theme for their bricks these days, rather than allowing kids to let their creativity and imagination create things with the bricks. I was chuffed the day I used my lego pieces to create a replica of the Vic Viper from the Gradius video games. I was so impressed with myself I didn't ever break that thing apart.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:56 PM on May 31, 2009


We had the prescribed Lego sets (Pirate Ship!!!) and then there was the big box o' random Legos. The latter was much more fun.

A friend of mine said the hardest part of her divorce was dividing the Lego.
posted by futureisunwritten at 4:14 PM on May 31, 2009


Man, I'm an idiot. I like to pride myself on my knowledge of symbols and emblems, but I had always thought that the Equal Rights symbol was one of the Baha'i symbols. It took Lego to set me straight.
posted by Burhanistan at 4:30 PM on May 31, 2009


I will award 20 favorites to anyone who sets up a LEGO playset that depicts Matt, Jessamyn and cortex wearing Metafilter T-shirts.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:14 PM on May 31, 2009


Oh yeah, photo proof (perhaps on Flickr) required, natch. Bonus 5 favorites if you have cortex eating a giant donut. Another 5 if it's set on a Monopoly board instead of a playset as per this comment of mine. Favorites awarded to the first (and only the first) person to provide a link to a photo.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:27 PM on May 31, 2009


I will award 25 favourites to the first person making a Lego diorama of Effigy2000 in the guise of a puppetmaster, pulling the strings of a MeFite member / marionette, who in turn is building a MeFi themed diorama.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:55 PM on May 31, 2009


Ooooh! I'll throw in 5 favorites for that picture as well!
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:57 PM on May 31, 2009


Wow, seems like that LEGO Extraordinary Rendition really riled people up (and please correct me if I'm wrong, if anyone from the LEGO Community is reading this). One of my students made a LEGO 9/11 for a project in the 01-02 school year, and I don't remember anyone getting bent out of shape at all... but hey, art school.
posted by jtron at 6:19 PM on May 31, 2009


longsleeves - more on the rendition set and the reasons for it in this editorial.
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:30 PM on May 31, 2009


But I think it sucks that LEGO essentially creates the theme for their bricks these days, rather than allowing kids to let their creativity and imagination create things with the bricks.

This is a common misconception.

You can still buy brick buckets, or any of the Creator sets that are brick-based building with no strong theme beyond something like "cars" or "dinosaurs". The Technic line is just as strong as it ever was (that's Expert Builder for you children of the 80s).

Having more specific themes in the System line is something LEGO has to do in order to compete in certain segments of the toy market. But they make plenty of other good stuff that is true to the more traditional notion of what LEGO "should be."
posted by Fleebnork at 6:34 PM on May 31, 2009


agitprop is such an idiotic word.

legos are awesome, no matter the context.
posted by nadawi at 10:13 PM on May 31, 2009


the resurgance in LEGO is driven as much by their back-2-basic approach than any licensing deal
posted by doogyrev at 12:18 AM on June 1, 2009


It is my mission in life to inform all US citizens that 'Lego' is a brand name/collective noun and as such there is no such thing as 'Legos'. You can have a box of 'Lego', or a box of 'Lego bricks', but you can't have a box of Legos. Thank you for your attention.
posted by memebake at 2:28 AM on June 1, 2009


It is my mission in life to inform all US citizens that 'Lego' is a brand name/collective noun and as such there is no such thing as 'Legos'.

It is difficult to put into words just how much I agree with this statement.

'Legos'... Urgh. It's like having someone tell you about how much they love reading the Metafilters on the internets.
posted by permafrost at 6:31 AM on June 1, 2009


To further memebake's point:

In the 80s, many LEGO catalogs had a statement from Susan Williams on the back page:

The word LEGO is a brand name and is very special to all of us in the LEGO Group Companies. We would sincerely like your help in keeping it special. Please always refer to our bricks as 'LEGO Bricks or Toys' and not 'LEGOS.' By doing so, you will be helping to protect and preserve a brand of which we are very proud and that stands for quality the world over. Thank you! Susan Williams, Consumer Services.

Susan Williams was not a real person. She was a fabrication of LEGO marketing created to be the "face" of their Consumer Services department.

Legos!
posted by Fleebnork at 6:33 AM on June 1, 2009


I find it a little odd that Metafilter, of all places, has so many people insisting that we only use the term that the Corporation insists on to refer to the good in question, and that using any term other than that specifically sanctioned by the Corporation is a terrible error.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:59 AM on June 1, 2009


Yes, funny, that.

I used to worry about saying only "LEGO" but nowadays I usually just say "legos". Most people don't care, and only the uptight fans squirm. And that's fun to watch in any case.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:11 AM on June 1, 2009


Effigy2000 wins the award in this Lego-related post for "First person to comment on a post showing Legos used in creative ways to assert that Legos can no longer be used in creative ways."
posted by Legomancer at 8:21 AM on June 1, 2009


Effigy2000: "But I think it sucks that LEGO essentially creates the theme for their bricks these days, rather than allowing kids to let their creativity and imagination create things with the bricks."

Things my six-year-old son has made recently, by himself, using modern Lego plus his creativity and imagination:

Indiana Jones vs. the Bad Guys chess set

US Airways Flight 1549 lands on the water

A wizard

Whatever this is

Obama robot
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:23 AM on June 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Effigy2000 wins the award in this Lego-related post for "First person to comment on a post showing Legos used in creative ways to assert that Legos can no longer be used in creative ways."

To be fair, I don't think he was saying that they can't be used in creative ways. His comment was directed at the LEGO company and its marketing of specific theme-based sets like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Speed Racer, Indiana Jones, etc.
posted by Fleebnork at 10:09 AM on June 1, 2009


corpse in the library - now that's what I'm talking about. I wish I could favorite your comment 100 times.

I'm having a hard time picking a favorite between "Indy v. Bad Guys Chess" (what an amazing ruleset that game must have!) and the Wizard.
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:22 AM on June 1, 2009


Legomancer: "Effigy2000 wins the award in this Lego-related post for "First person to comment on a post showing Legos used in creative ways to assert that Legos can no longer be used in creative ways.""

I was happy just to be nominated, but to win!

Also, yes, what Fleebnork said. I probably could have explained what I was getting at a little better.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:17 PM on June 1, 2009


Lego -- to be proper. Compare: urinate
Lego bricks -- to be also proper, but more annoyingly so. Compare: micturate.
Legos! -- to be cute. Compare: go pee-pees, as in "go pee-pees all over the thread."
posted by rokusan at 2:46 PM on June 2, 2009


Effigy, you missed your opportunity to thank all the "little people". For shame.
posted by rokusan at 2:47 PM on June 2, 2009


Legos! -- to be cute. Compare: go pee-pees, as in "go pee-pees all over the thread."

I also contributed some facts and information to the thread, but I guess it's all invalidated by my one moment of levity.

My apologies.
posted by Fleebnork at 6:55 AM on June 3, 2009


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