LEGO is no stranger to making model train sets. Their product range in that regard even covers both classic-looking locomotives to more modern contemporary transport. But there can always be more added to the lineup; and a subway operator for the Toronto Transit Commission has high hopes his product proposal would successfully pass LEGO Ideas.
Aaron Chapman, known as Legovader217 on the LEGO set submission platform, has only been an operator for the TTC subway system for shy two years. But he’s rather proud of the subway train he operates, one of the Canadian-made Toronto Rocket rolling stock series. And he has exerted his graphic design and LEGO building experience to create an impressive model.
Composed of over 2,900 pieces, Chapman’s Ideas submission has a Toronto Rocket subway comprised of three cars, crewed by two minifigures in TTC uniforms, plus 28 pieces of track for the train to roll on. Details are meticulously replicated; articulated features include front-end couplers and sliding doors; and the roofs can also be removed for minifigure interior posing and play.
This Toronto Rocket subway Product Idea is fitted with a Power Functions motor for remote operation, although Chapman has suggested it be made optional if LEGO would consider it for review. But to do that he still needs 10K support for the set, and he currently has over 4,000 with just under a year left.
We’ve long seen stunt walkers able to walk across fiery coal embers or broken bits of glass barefoot without seemingly suffering injuries. Scott Bell, who set a Guinness World Record for the longest barefoot fire-walk in 2006, and now runs an events company arranging for similar walking events during team-buildings and special occasions, is an old hand at hazardous barefoot-walking. But one surface material remains his certain nemesis: LEGO bricks.
Firewalkers risk burns and glass-walkers risk cuts whenever they do their thing, but they might agree with Scott Bell that doing the same to a bed of LEGO pieces is much worse. Why is that?
In an interview with Smithsonianmag.com, Bell offers his opinion on the greater pain caused by LEGO compared to fire or glass. The latter materials might potentially crunch under the weight of one’s foot, but a LEGO made of sturdy plastic would never give and thus dug into one’s sensitive sole.
Another Guinness holder, Russell Cassevah, has pretty much shut most serious attempts at breaking his April 2018 record of walking through a bed of LEGO bricks some 2,737 feet long. His feet were actually red and bleeding at the end of it. To that, Bell remarks, “Glass will move as you stand on it, whereas Lego, you’ll get one that will sort of stand proud and refuse to go down.”
Amazingly, children stepping on LEGOs on the floor are a lot less inconvenienced than if it were a grownup. That too is scientifically explainable: kids weigh less and exert less pressure on a brick under their foot, compared to the adults. It’s why “I hope you step on a LEGO” is a legitimate putdown for anyone past the childhood years.
The year 1928 was the year Walter Elias Disney introduced what would become his most iconic creation in popular entertainment to the world: Mickey Mouse. This came in the form of the animated short Steamboat Willie, which premiered in November 18 of that year. What do you know, November 18 is this Sunday, and 2018 is nine decades after 1928.
Obviously, the Disney Company is celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Perhaps the most prominent event in paying tribute to the nice but plucky humanoid rodent is Walt Disney World in Orlando. At their Disney Springs commercial complex, special Mickey merchandise and food items are being offered ahead of Sunday.
Even the Disney Springs LEGO Store is getting in on the Mickey Mouse celebration action. They’re spearheading a massive brick-building effort to create a tribute mural that will showcase the various milestones of the king of Disney characters, as established in the Kingdom Hearts videogames.
Ahead of his 90th anniversary, LEGO has also released some highly collectible sets in the form of BrickHeadz for not just Mickey (41624) but also Minnie Mouse (41625). The rumors that the BrickHeadz line may eventually be terminated would only add to the potential value of these two LEGO sets.
Interestingly, a Steamboat Willie set is up for contention in the Second 2018 Review Stage for LEGO Ideas. The results won’t be revealed until early next year, but that too would’ve been a nice addition to the LEGO contributions for celebrating 90 years of Mickey.
Despite a very limited range of interpretation on official LEGO products, said brand is still quite the favorite by many for building constructs inspired by the greatest sci-fi show ever to come out of the UK: Doctor Who. We’ve covered a brick-built statue of Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor at SDCC 2018 before; now we look at the TARDIS.
True, LEGO did release a TARDIS set via LEGO Ideas in the past, and this MOC’s smaller, without an interior. But YouTube LEGO builder Josh DaVid gave his TARDIS an epic jazz by designing it as a “kinetic sculpture” with the use of Technic pieces.
DaVid’s TARIDS build is supported in the air by an ingenious LEGO Technic rig, which goes into a blocky base with a hand crank in one side. Obviously, cranking the handle causes the Technic setup to rotate, creating the trademark Doctor Who special effect of the TARDIS whirling about through the vastness of infinite space-time.
Josh DaVid’s Technic TARDIS MOC is available to interested LEGO builders in two options: building instructions on Etsy, or a custom set with all needed parts on Mochub. It can also optionally install a Power Functions motor, though it’s not included in the basic build.
This is becoming a habit of sorts for Guinness World Records indeed. Once with the Millennium Falcon was a surprise; twice with the LEGO Ideas Saturn V wasn’t anymore. And with this third LEGO set giveaway on the Guinness website, it’s become an official trend thoroughly milking a LEGO-Guinness partnership.
As you surmised, Guinness World Records once again has opened a trivia question on their record section involving LEGO sets. The prize is, surprisingly, a LEGO Creator Maersk Line Triple-E (10241) container ship set, released in 2014 and officially retired. You have to wonder if LEGO provided some for Guinness.
This set is unique among the LEGO products featured in the 2019 Book of World Records, in that its basis the Maersk Triple-E is a former record-holder, since outsized by OOCL Hong Kong as the Largest Container Ship by capacity. It’s still impressive, knowing that set 10241 is 600 times smaller than the actual size.
If you’d like to snag one of these supposedly retired LEGO Creator sets from Guinness, then visit the Maersk Container Ship record info page on Guinness here to answer the trivia question to the right. Like the other contests, only website visitors from Canada, Ireland and the UK can participate. This time, the deadline is Friday, November 16, before midnight.
In government, cabinet secretaries are usually perceived to take the effort to have some inside knowhow of the field his department or ministry oversees. So when Jeremy Wright, UK State Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, mentioned in recent interviews that he relied solely on aids summarizing reports on culture and media rather than subscribing to publications, he was put through the wringer by British media for seeming pop-cultural ignorance.
A week after this initial blowup, another interview with Wright, 46, on AOL UK the publicly beleaguered State Sec somehow managed to rehabilitate his rep – with the British LEGO-building fandom at least – by revealing both his LEGO collection and AFOL-ness.
In his own words, Jeremy Wright reveals that building with LEGO bricks was his own personal way of de-stressing from the pressures of government work. Where many people have different ways to “switch off”, Wright declares that his is LEGO.
Despite his wife commenting that his LEGO collection was getting “too large”, the State Sec of Culture, in his words, just can’t stop collecting and building. “In my view it’s a great way of putting your brain into neutral, which sometimes we all need to do.” Then again, he’s saying that when one of his completed sets is the LEGO Star Wars Death Star (75159).
It can be a lot to think about, when you feel yourself therapeutically relaxing from your job at the UK Cabinet by assembling a planet-destroying battle station. But hey, he may have proven himself as being savvy in culture and media after that earlier mishap.
As we know, there are several possible ways by which somebody might dress up in a LEGO themed costume for say, Halloween almost two weeks ago. They can either be humanoid LEGO bricks or minifigures. Some costume manufacturers have these LEGO costumes available, but sometimes nothing beats a homemade creation.
Really, anybody who’s seen photos from Halloween of pop star Justin Timberlake on social media has to give him props for his LEGO minifig costume design. He, wife Jessica Biel and their son Silas just blew everyone away at what Halloween party they attended in October 31, dressed as LEGO Batman, Robin and Harley Quinn.
Said Halloween photo of the Timberlakes as LEGO DC minifigures was a hit on social media. It was quite viral to the LEGO fandom, in fact, that The LEGO Group itself would repost the photo on their official Instagram account. Their very impressed caption read as follows, “You’ve nailed it!”
By now, well after Halloween has passed, LEGO’s repost of the image has been given over 83,000 likes and more than 300 comments from LEGO fans everywhere. Even Disguise, the costumer maker that created the Halloween costumes we mentioned earlier, might learn a few things.
Awesome costumes for Halloween are something of an old hat for Justin Timberlake and family; last year they were dressed up as Toy Story characters.
Thanksgiving 2018 will be arriving next week, and the Friday immediately afterwards will thus be Black Friday. There are various (often conflicting) explanations on the origin of the name, and its claims of being the “busiest shopping day of the year” are contested, but the fact remains that many shopping deals come out this time.
We can count LEGO among those who have opened up some irresistible Black Friday deals for their own formidable global chain of branded stores. But if you’re looking for LEGO at other retailers that carry them, some of these have their own Black Friday offerings.
Here’s what we might expect from three major retail chains.
- Best Buy (why an electronics retailer? There are LEGO videogames, of course!)
- LEGO The Incredibles –$59.99 $29.99 (PS4, Switch and Xbox One regular editions only)
- LEGO DC Super Villains – $49.99 $19.99 (PS4, Switch and Xbox One regular editions only)
- Target (big mechanical sets)
- LEGO The Ninjago Movie Garma Mecha Man (70613) – $59.99 $41.99
- LEGO The Ninjago Movie Lightning Jet (70614) – $59.99 $41.99
- LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing Starfighter (75172) – $59.99 $41.99
- Walmart (for early-age LEGO fans)
- LEGO Classic Creative Box (10704) – $39.99 $20
- LEGO Duplo Creative Box (10854) – $39.99 $20
Now, this is likely just the beginning. There are 11 days left before Black Friday arrives, and more retailers with LEGO products in their shelves might yet hammer out some pretty amazing deals of their own.
The new LEGO Star Wars book released by Dorling Kindersley looks to further enhance the experience for collectors and fans of the LEGO Star Wars line, by encouraging them to go beyond the official set builds and helping them find inspiration for putting together the LEGO Star Wars MOC of one’s dreams. This is the professed goal of the LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book.
LEGO Star Wars Ideas Bo0k
Find a galaxy full of LEGO® Star Wars(TM) ideas to build–from activities and art, games and challenges, to practical makes and your very own inventions!
This book features 200 imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and a handful of bricks, to builds to keep you occupied for hours. Set up a game of LEGO Star Wars skittles, create a pencil pot shaped like your favorite Sith or Jedi, build a fleet of tiny TIEs, design Darth Vader’s family tree, and customize a podracer. Challenge a friend to take on a rathtar, mix up your minifigures, stage your favorite movie battle scene with LEGO Star Wars bricks–and much, much more! LEGO® Star Wars(TM) Ideas Book is packed with a family friendly range of activities to inspire every LEGO Star Wars fan. What will you build?
Created by the authorial team of Hannah Dolan, Elizabeth Dowsett and Simon Hugo, LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book presents ways to take existing Star Wars sets and builds, then editing and customizing them into something new. Its contents are divided into quick-reference sections, from random builds of the day, to recreation of Star Wars scenes.
These tips and suggestions are then interpreted into beautiful LEGO Star Wars MOCs by a team of expert LEGO builders who have even included “Challenges” that involve creating MOCs a particular way and inviting the reader to figure them out. Solutions are provided, of course.
The LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book is available now at bookstores carrying LEGO books from DK, priced at $24.99 in the US, $31.99 in Canada, and £17.99 in the UK. It’s also available at a discounted price in Amazon here.
Anyone with a wide enough scientific education would know what a sundial is: a device that tells time via available sunlight, which casts shadows on a dial of hour-lines, said shadow being cast by a raised gnomon. There are so many variations on the sundial structure, including “ring dials”, where sunlight passes into a hole and falls on marked hour-lines. Recently, Chinese-based LEGO educational group Playable Designs attempted a new LEGO-themed, Guinness Record to make the world’s largest sundial built using LEGO- to be exact – Duplo pieces. The group used a ridiculous number of large Duplo bricks in order to make a sturdy structure.
With some 45,000 LEGO Duplo pieces in several colors, the Playable Designs team went to work on the world’s largest sundial, out of these many Duplo bricks at the Beijing art district. Upon completion, the largest ring sundial in LEGO Duplo measured 2.81 meters in diameter and 08 meters in thickness, and proven to indeed tell time from the sun like any ring sundial would. Watch this featured video from Guinness World Records.
Playable Design group founder Mrs. Hou remarked that the project was primarily a teaching tool to encourage and inspire children to learn about science, astronomy, math and history, all subjects that pertain to sundials. Still, she adds, they’re very happy all the same that their work was recognized by Guinness as the new title holder for the world’s largest sundial made entirely of plastic bricks.
Playable Designs specializes in developing LEGO-related educational programs in Chinese schools. Their largest LEGO Duplo ring sundial project took three months to design before the actual building process, and involved Astronomy professionals and mechanical engineers.