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The three witnesses to Lord Vader's skiing mishap were never seen again.

"Two years ago, Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki put out a 38-page hardcover book of photos of Lego-built scenes showing imagined scenarios on the snow planet Hoth. It was a delightful collection of pictures full of levity, depicting AT-AT Walkers kicking through fresh powder, snowtroopers on skis, and Chewbacca covered in snow. Today, Lehtimäki is back with an expanded collection of Lego Star Wars photography, titled Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy." [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Nov 24, 2015 - 5 comments

Things are sillier when they're done with LEGOs (sorry, no dino DNA)

TT Games has made a number of LEGO-based games, often LEGO versions of other franchises. These include cutscenes that recreate some version of movie scenes, which initially didn't include dialog, as seen in these collections of cutscenes from Lego Star Wars : The Complete Saga and Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. That changed with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, but things really got fun with LEGO Jurassic World (with all Jurassic Park movies). "So, you two, um, dig up dinosaurs?"
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 21, 2015 - 18 comments

Block Transfer Computation

The Doctor Who Lego set has been officially revealed
posted by Artw on Oct 5, 2015 - 49 comments

How to build a medieval LEGO village

Detailed guide to building a medieval village. LEGO builder Luke Watkins Hutchinson / Derfel Cadarn's massive, 300-photo guide to building an intricate medieval scene out of LEGO bricks. [more inside]
posted by knuckle tattoos on Sep 29, 2015 - 24 comments

The Juggernaut is totes adorbs

Sure, Lego has some Marvel minifigs mainly those from the movies. But what if you wanted minifigs of every character ever represented in Marvel comics. [via mefi projects]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 8, 2015 - 48 comments

LEGO kits vs LEGO tiny pieces + imagination

The LEGO sets of our youth promote creativity better than the kits of our kids' The take-away (for me) was that people like kits, because worrying about building something from scratch is hard, but that reliance on kits decreases creativity, not only around the original topic but also across other activities.
posted by old gray mare on Aug 19, 2015 - 90 comments


Turn videogame sprites into LEGO mosaics (via).
posted by roll truck roll on Jul 13, 2015 - 14 comments

Wait, it was the dinosaur that escaped from the Zoo!

Lego Adventure in the City. via the always wonderful The Kid Should See This [more inside]
posted by signal on May 22, 2015 - 9 comments

It is time we demonstrated the full power of this styling station.

The LEGO Friends series has received a lot of criticism (previously) since it was released over three years ago, but as any fan of LEGO will tell you: Parts is Parts. And it's what you do with them that makes the difference. To Wit: The LEGO Friends Death Star. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 5, 2015 - 20 comments

DC Super Hero Girls

DC is partnering with Mattel, Lego, Random House and others to launch DC Super Hero Girls universe for girls. Here's seven things CBR hopes they can acheive.
posted by Artw on Apr 23, 2015 - 32 comments

Suds and Studs

Instagrammer louiebaton photographs beer and Lego. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Apr 2, 2015 - 3 comments

Spared no expense.

Three words: Lego. Jurassic. Park.
posted by brundlefly on Mar 20, 2015 - 30 comments

Beauty Tips, for Girls, from Lego

More controversy for Lego Friends [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Mar 17, 2015 - 29 comments

Women of the Supreme Court in Lego

The women justices of the Supreme Court, represented in Lego. More pictures here. Not a commercially available set, unfortunately, but a custom design by Maia Weinstock. Maia's other Lego projects include scientists, album covers, and this infographic on gender representation in minifigs.
posted by Metroid Baby on Mar 9, 2015 - 13 comments

Do you remember love?

Lego. Macross. Transformer.
posted by boo_radley on Feb 12, 2015 - 10 comments

My kid could make that!

Paint. A Short Lego Film by Jon Rolph
posted by a lungful of dragon on Feb 9, 2015 - 6 comments

Worlds collide for Sci-Fi and LEGO fans

LEGO has announced that it will produce WALL•E and Doctor Who And Companions sets selected from submissions to the LEGO Ideas program. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Feb 4, 2015 - 61 comments

"I will drop you like Greece's GDP."

Several months ago, Epic Rap Battles of History (previously) decided to try something new: They teamed up with Forest Fire Films to create "Zeus vs. Thor"... in stop motion LEGO [NSFW]. Here's a look behind the scenes (Parts One and Two) for some insight into both the stop motion work and the song writing process.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 comments

When it clicks, it clicks.

How LEGO Became the Apple of Toys Fast Company details LEGO's near collapse and subsequent rise.
posted by Fleebnork on Jan 9, 2015 - 53 comments

Smuggling Lego is the new Smuggling Diamonds

Teeny, tiny, blockity, sellaby, black markety. A new underground currency has hit the market. Lego and Lego sets. Unrelated, go head, suffer a Lego firewalk. I dare you.
posted by headspace on Dec 29, 2014 - 34 comments

Recommended for 6–12 (with time reduced for good behavior)

Conveniently, LEGO® vines growing on the outside of the museum provide handgrips the thieves can use in climbing up to the skylight.
[more inside] posted by Etrigan on Dec 18, 2014 - 22 comments

I can tell by the pixels & by seeing a lot of shops in my time

LEGO’s letter to parents, and how not to tell a fake when you don’t see one
According to the website of the Independent newspaper, LEGO UK has verified the 1970s ‘letter to parents’ that was widely tweeted last weekend and almost as widely dismissed as fake. Business as usual in the Twittersphere — but there are some lessons here about dating type.
[more inside] posted by Elementary Penguin on Nov 27, 2014 - 53 comments

The Worm in the Machine

A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body: Timothy Bubisce of the OpenWorm project (previously) has uploaded a neural mapping, or connectome, of the C. elegans worm as software into a Lego robot. The result? It kinda sorta behaves like a worm would. So, not quite the Kurzweillian dream of uploading one's consciousness into a machine, but still fascinating.
posted by Cash4Lead on Nov 17, 2014 - 23 comments

The Time of the LEGO Doctor

You've seen the Eleventh Doctor regenerate into the Twelfth. But you haven't seen it done in LEGO, until now. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 12, 2014 - 33 comments


And now, because it's Tuesday: a stop-motion LEGO animation of The Cult performing their 1985 hit, She Sells Sanctuary.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane on Nov 11, 2014 - 38 comments

The Braigo

Shubham Banerjee is an inventor who earlier this year unveiled a braille printer that he was able to assemble with a Mindstorms LEGO kit and a few very inexpensive odds and ends from the hardware store. Here he is presenting a demo of the device in action. He has named the device a Braigo and has created a startup company with the intention to refine the design and put it on the market. Earlier this week, Intel Capital announced it would invest in the company. And what's the kicker to this story? Banerjee is only 13 years old.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 7, 2014 - 6 comments

Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Bargeloads of art and exhibit materials have been going out to the former prison island of Alcatraz recently, all for an imprisonment- and human rights- and freedom of expression-themed exhibit by Chinese activist dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who designed and directed the installation while remaining under detention in Beijing. The barged materials include over a million Lego blocks, assembled in San Francisco.
posted by muffuletta on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 comments

Publish or PERISH!!!

LEGO Academics experience the trials and tribulations of their taller, less-plasticy peers (previously 1, 2).
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 1, 2014 - 14 comments


Brickjest is a recreation of Infinite Jest ... in Lego!
The Grauniad interviews Kevin Griffin, who makes the recreations with his 11 year old son, Sebastian.
posted by Lemurrhea on Aug 28, 2014 - 11 comments

Illegal Weapons Used in Wrestling Death Match

Illegal Weapons Used in Wrestling Death Match (slyt). Not the 'Most Illegal Thing I've Seen in the History of Wrestling', but still good. The pain is visceral. So, so visceral.
posted by Capt. Renault on Aug 26, 2014 - 36 comments

In conclusion, LEGO is a land of contrasts.

LEGO does something good! (Sets revolving around female scientists sold out in one day; previously.) LEGO does something bad! (Sets with major petro-company branding.) [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Aug 12, 2014 - 85 comments

Cube Dudes

Back in 2009, Pixar animator (and LEGO enthusiast) Angus MacLane posted over one hundred pictures of his own personal LEGO creations he called Cube Dudes. The builds were pop culture characters that had squared off heads with one corner where the nose would be. It was a unique concept that immediately caught fire within the LEGO online community. Other builders emulated the style with builds of their own. The LEGO corporation even produced a pair of special LEGO Star Wars Cube Dude sets that were sold only at conventions. But if missed out on these sets and you'd like to build your own Cube Dude Boba Fett, there are instructions available online.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 3, 2014 - 16 comments

Leia ambivalence

Reelgirl: Slut-shaming Princess Leia or protecting childhood from adult sexuality?
HitFix: The Terrible Unspoken Implications Of Star Wars' Slave Leia [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 25, 2014 - 100 comments

Want free Lego? Head to Cornwall

"Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick.

She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17 years old.
Seventeen years after being swept overboard, one container full of Lego pieces still regularly spills its treasure on a Cornish beach. That sounds cute but it points at a hidden world of oceanic currents and the threat of plastic and its durability to the ocean's health.
posted by MartinWisse on Jul 21, 2014 - 22 comments

legO, Canada!

The 50 States of Lego. The Great Lego North (alternate link). More Canada. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 8, 2014 - 25 comments

A LEGO movie not ever coming to a theater near you.

A brick Sistine Chapel on the brink of brick civil war? Sounds like a job for the History Cops.
posted by fuse theorem on Jun 14, 2014 - 9 comments

Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a minifig?

Flickr user Missing Brick recreates scenes from Aliens (and a few more) with Lego minifigs.
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 6, 2014 - 8 comments

Explore the world and beyond!

In August, Lego will launch a new line depicting women scientists, that will include an astronomer with a telescope, a paleontologist with a dinosaur skeleton and a chemist in a lab. The idea for the set was submitted by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist in Sweden. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 5, 2014 - 44 comments

MetaFilter For Her: Like MetaFilter, but pink!

Collectors Weekly, a resource for vintage and antique collectors, examines the gender politics of the Easy-Bake Oven, the toy industry’s gender divide, and why ordinary things go pink. (Don't miss the Dumbest Products Made 'For Her' slideshow at the bottom of the "pink" article.)
posted by Room 641-A on May 9, 2014 - 38 comments

How Does He Take Selfies When He's a Toy?

Meet the Lego Pilot. Circling the globe from the flight deck.
posted by Xurando on Apr 17, 2014 - 0 comments

Not entirely LEGO...

SuperAwesomeMicroProject (youtube) is a life-size LEGO hot rod, powered by air. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 22, 2014 - 7 comments

20 Iconic Bands Recreated in LEGO

"Self-proclaimed knowledge, music, LEGO and die-cast car junkie, Adly Syairi Ramly presents a collection of 20 iconic bands that he’s taken the time to recreate with everyone’s favorite building blocks." [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Mar 19, 2014 - 21 comments

The Legographer

"UK-based photographer Andrew Whyte has documented the adventures of a brave lone LEGO photographer in his 'The Legographer' photo series." (via)
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Feb 21, 2014 - 4 comments

Children haven’t changed, but adults who market to them have.

The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 11, 2014 - 51 comments

Can It Actually Be THAT Good?

Maybe the creators are benefitting from really low expectations. "The LEGO Movie" is getting some implausbly positive reviews . [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Feb 7, 2014 - 213 comments

Bigger than the Tunguska blast of 1909!

LEGO's Cuuso system (previously) has chosen their next fan-submitted set release. The previous one was the "Back to the Future" Delorean, and it appears they are sticking with the "Beloved Sci-Fi/Comedy vehicles of the 1980's" theme. Get ready to build Ecto 1 (official video announcement with pictures of the winner and runners up)!
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 30, 2014 - 36 comments

You're never too old to play with Legos.

Reminisce with a virtual Lego set. Make that house you always wanted to build but never had enough pieces for. Or just make another spaceship. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Jan 29, 2014 - 27 comments

Disco pants and haircuts

The Blues Brothers mall car chase recreated in Lego. Comparison. Making of. (MLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 4, 2013 - 48 comments

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

"The Synth Kit that just hit the market originated a year ago, at a TED conference where Bdeir and comedian/musician Reggie Watts met backstage after giving talks, and started discussing the idea of littleBits musical instruments."
posted by kliuless on Nov 13, 2013 - 47 comments

Legophone (no actual lego involved)

Google/Motorola unveil new modular phone idea. This is a partnership with the the Phoneblocks people, which was generally not well received when we last discussed the idea.
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Oct 29, 2013 - 42 comments

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