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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.
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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.
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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 THE WORLD AND THE WORLD AND THE WORLD

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

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

If you've got to watch a clock, then watch this one

LEGO Ball Contraptions have been seen (and gawked at) once or twice on the Blue before. But if you're looking for a bit more purpose to this particular genre of LEGO build, look no further than the impecably accurate and stylish LEGO Rolling Ball Clock.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 22, 2013 - 11 comments

Our feet would never forgive us.

I sat her on my lap and went to the official Lego website. She dismissed every Lego City kit that I pointed to. She had her eyes set on a kit that I was pretending not to see. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Aug 20, 2013 - 110 comments

At Home Plastic Meth Lab

The Superlab Playset will keep enthusiasts, young and old, living imaginatively in the world of Breaking Bad. An interview with those who made it.
posted by juiceCake on Aug 17, 2013 - 12 comments

Welcome to Fhloston Paradise (among other places)

In the mood for some ginormous LEGO dioramas from beloved films? Of course you are! Besides the usual suspects of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Batman, there are some equally impressive projects to be found based on Logan's Run, The Fifth Element, 300, Mothra, and even The Wizard of Oz.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 13, 2013 - 18 comments

It cannot, however, keep your cat from messing it up

LEGO Mindstorms can be used in a great many ways, but in terms of building something that perform a task better than your average human, you can't beat a steady hand for lining up dominos. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 comments

The Cyberpocalypse

"The apartment block behind my shop wasn't there when I moved in either. That was just shanty houses stacked one on top of the other. It's tough these days for a developer to legally purchase a patch of land and everything above it, but 'connected' guys can be pretty persuasive. They kept the boat dock at water level, but demolished the rest. I know some of the folks who live in the lower levels of that building, but the guys up top keep to themselves. One thing I've learned living here for so long is not to ask too many questions." - Henry Li, On the Neighborhood
The Cyberpocalypse is an incredible build featured at Brickworld 2013. Shuppiluliumas has been describing different bits of it in this photoset More pictures can be found in the creator's photostreams, linked inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 comments

They had me at "1980 something space guy"

Today saw the release of the first trailer for The LEGO Movie, and there are some interesting things to note about it. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 19, 2013 - 79 comments

Transportation via CSS3

CSS Tube Map, a re-creation of the iconic map of London Underground routes, rendered entirely with HTML5 and CSS3*.
If you'd like a more compact** means of getting around, here is a CSS TARDIS.
Or if you'd just like to forego the CSS in favor of something more solid, here's a Tube Map made of Lego on display at several stations.
* "for use with webkit browsers, such as Chrome and Safari - Firefox is also supported", sorry IE
**at least on the outside... but the outside is all that it shows

posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 13, 2013 - 16 comments

Traveller's Tales Presents...

LEGO Breaking Bad: The Video Game
posted by OverlappingElvis on May 1, 2013 - 17 comments

Lego Star Wars

The Padawan Menace (SLYT)
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Mar 27, 2013 - 8 comments

But why is the girl in the ravishing red Lego dress so sad?

In Pieces, on display at the OpenHouse gallery in SOHO through March 17th. New York based LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya and Australian photographer Dean West (Warning: annoying Flash interface) create magic together. [more inside]
posted by misha on Mar 12, 2013 - 8 comments

Color in the cracks of the city

Lego Bombing and the Art of Infrastructure: "Oftentimes the displays are little more than attempts at drawing the eye or conveying a message. Sometimes, though, the two combine to great effect, pointing out glaring, gaping holes in the world around us. In the case of Lego Bombing, as it has become known, those holes -- and therefore, that art -- crop up in our crumbling infrastructure. The colorful plastic blocks are being snapped into walls, streets, and buildings all over the world courtesy of Dispatchwork."
posted by jammy on Mar 6, 2013 - 21 comments

You're a Wizard, Harry!

Alice Finch has used 400,000 LEGO pieces to create Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in wonderful detail. [via]
posted by deborah on Feb 28, 2013 - 29 comments

It Happened On Brick Avenue

Dustincropsboy's first (and hopefully not last) stop-motion animated Lego film is a charming story of romance. He also made a poster for it.
posted by Legomancer on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 comments

En arche en ho Legos :: The Price of a Lego Brick

“LEGO® sets are not cheap toys. They are made to the highest standards and have the price to go along with it. However, in the past couple decades it seems that the price of LEGO sets has become outrageous. New sets can sell for up to $500 retail and old sets can sell for twice that in a secondary market. This is a children’s toy, right? There is no way LEGO sets have always been this expensive; it is just molded plastic. Let’s take a look at the history of LEGO pricing and try to figure out what is going on.”
posted by zamboni on Feb 7, 2013 - 106 comments

Lego riddles anyone?

55 Years of The Brick
posted by ersatzkat on Jan 31, 2013 - 26 comments

"Will treaty lead us to form a “Treaty Empire” or a “Treaty Rebellion”?"

Northwest coast native artist, Andy Everson explores pop culture and native rights in his prints. Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist Andy Everson's image of a hand holding a feather has become synonymous with the Idle No More Movement, which has shifted the Canadian political spotlight on First Nations issues in recent months (previously). But I predict it is his C3P0, Yoda, and LEGO figurine self portrait giclée prints that will be irresistible to many mefites.
posted by chapps on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 comments

little techie.

little techie. from the mind of a 5-year-old tech geek. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 4, 2013 - 24 comments

An unexpected gathering of bricks

What It Takes to Build a Lego Hobbit [cached version] - How Lego's An Unexpected Gathering was designed from the 2,700 pieces of the modern Lego "system of play", which remains compatible with a brick design that goes back to 1958. Despite worries that the stacking brick system has become less creative, a persistant series of complaints that have spawned their own bingo card, it remains hugely popular, in part through quality control and clever licensing. The Lego Bag-End house also comes in a life size version.
posted by Artw on Dec 23, 2012 - 41 comments

88 Bricks per hour

Lego has announced it will release a Back to the Future Delorean next year [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Dec 20, 2012 - 54 comments

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