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I’ve mentioned many times before how much of a LEGO geek I was back in the day; this article on the UX of LEGO panels activates about seventeen different parts of my brain. I always had a collection of “special” parts that were key to any build with a minifig, and these were at the top of the list.

Date posted: August 5, 2020 | Filed under design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

LEGO has just announced their new Imperial Star Destroyer set, clocking in at 4,784 pieces and measuring almost 4 feet long. It’s amazing. It’s also $700 and won’t fit over our fireplace.

Date posted: September 7, 2019 | Filed under geek, humor | Leave a Comment »

Jalopnik dives into two iconic LEGO Technics sets to determine which cars they were based on. I was given the 8860 set in 1980 and it was one of the best Christmases I ever had. Spoiler: the closest they can figure is that it’s from a Tatra T97, which makes it that much cooler.

Date posted: August 1, 2017 | Filed under cars, history, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

$200 is pretty steep for something I don’t actually need, but OH MY GOD this official LEGO snowspeeder is amazing.

Date posted: March 24, 2017 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

How did I not know about this before? LEGO offers free Digital Designer Virtual Building Software. I’ll definitely be grabbing this tonight.

Date posted: February 18, 2015 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Um, This Is The Lego Movie Trailer And It Looks Freaking Brilliant. Need I say more?

Date posted: June 19, 2013 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This Incredible Full Scale Lego X-Wing Is the Largest Model In History.

I like that it’s a repro of the small X-Wing kit, but would have been more geeked if it was a model of the real thing.

Date posted: May 23, 2013 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

DIY Lego key holder: HOLY SHIT THIS IS GENIUS

Date posted: November 28, 2012 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is the first MMORPG that I am reasonably interested in playing:

The game will have multiple Lego-based worlds to be explored. Some worlds will have traditional Lego themes, such as pirates, ninjas and castles, while others will be novel for the Lego space. Users can assemble semi-completed components from these worlds into entirely new designs, or they can build new components from scratch, using standard bricks.

It’s aimed at the 8 to 12 year old market. What does that say about me?

Date posted: February 19, 2010 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Reading this article about nomenclature for Lego families reminded me of the painstakingly illustrated plan diagrams I sent to the Lego corporation in the 4th and 5th grade with designs I’d created and suggestions for new pieces. My nomenclature followed that of Barney, with an “-er” suffix added to the number of studs at the top.
Lego bricks were a lot simpler back in those days, which reminds me of another article I recently saw which describes why the company is moving away from more universal bricks to specialized themed playsets (NYT link) because of the money associated with Hollywood tie-ins. My feelings on the subject echo those of a psychologist quoted for the article:

“When you have a less structured, less themed set, kids have the ability to start from scratch. When you have kids playing out Indiana Jones, they’re playing out Hollywood’s imagination, not their own.”

My M.O. was to build the kit, then take it apart and try to build something else from my own head. I’d guess that 9/10 of my bricks spent their lives as original creations.

Date posted: November 4, 2009 | Filed under history | Comments Off on Lego Naming Conventions