LEGO Announces “Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo” Contest.

Back in 2008, The LEGO Group and Cuusoo, a Japanese website, entered into a collaboration that opened a beta website. There, aspiring LEGO modelers can submit their MOCs in the hope that online fan support and LEGO staff reviews can see their work become a commercially available set.

If it did, the creator even gets a 1% royalty payment. The site was known as LEGO Cuusoo until 2014, when it was transferred onto the Chaordix online platform and got its present name: LEGO Ideas.

Since then, a number of ideas have been submitted to the site; 21 have been announced to be official and 19 of these have been released commercially. As LEGO Ideas gets ready to celebrate its first decade, they are holding a contest: Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo. As plainly stated, contestants need to create a new logo for LEGO Ideas, the medium being actual LEGO bricks, LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), or any LEGO CAD software.

The lucky winner who gets his new logo picked will receive the crème de la crème of the most popular LEGO Ideas sets released throughout the years. These are but a sampler:

  1. Yellow Submarine (21306) 
  2. Caterham Super Seven (21307)
  3. Adventure Time (21308)
  4. NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)
  5. Old Fishing Store (21310), all signed by their respective LEGO designers.
  6. Women of NASA (21312), signed by the LEGO designer and fan designer.

Runner-ups who were “close, but no cigar” will receive the Saturn V and the Women of NASA sets as consolation, so their efforts will still be rewarded.

Criteria for the logo entries are the following:

  • Overall coolness and originality: 25%
  • Most inspired details: 25%
  • Relevance to contest theme of LEGO Ideas: 25%
  • Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

The deadline for entries is on December 15, exactly 10 AM EST. Hurry and join in on this page!

Here’s a Chance to be a Proud Owner of a Platinum R2-D2 Minifigure Valued at $3,200++.

If you think that your minifigure collection is a massive treasure trove, then you may want to check this out. LEGO is sponsoring a contest where you can be one of the two proud owners of this very special, ultra rare Platinum R2-D2 minifigure valued at £2,500 or $3,200++. UK’s shop.LEGO.com is currently running the said raffle until January 12, and is open to all contestants 18 years old and above, residing in Europe, Canada, the US and other countries where the LEGO Brand Store can be found.

The best part of it is that no purchase is necessary to join the contest. All you need to do is simply enter your email address, birth date and country of origin on their contest registration page. You are also asked to subscribe to LEGO Shop’s email list, hit the Apply button and your entry will be recorded. That’s all there is to it. Do take note that one email is equivalent to only one entry, and purchasing any LEGO material is not needed in order to increase your chances of winning.

The winner will receive his/her Platinum R2-D2 minifigure on a custom display case, together with a certificate of authenticity to flaunt your prize. For full details of the contest’s guidelines and other mechanics, head over to this link.

LEGO and Airbnb Contest Ends This Friday!

If you recall, we previously mentioned about a special tour and accommodation experience that has been offered by LEGO, and global hospitality provider Airbnb, in which a lucky applicant can win for himself and three companions a one-night stay at The Home of the Brick, aka LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

There the winning group would be treated to a unique brick-themed hotel stay, and be able to see whether they can realize what they answered in the Airbnb contest application form: “If you had an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?”

News flash: this one-of-a-kind experience will happen next week, on November 24. And the deadline for submissions for answers to the promo question on Airbnb is this Friday, November 17. The exact time till the offer ends is at 6:59 AM GMT, so this is something to bear in mind for non-European applicants, as the LEGO House one-night stay is open to fans worldwide.

Just to refresh your memories – in order to qualify, the answer to Airbnb’s question must be between 50 to 500 words. Furthermore, children in your party of 4 must be at least 4 years old.

The winning group’s stay at The Home of the Brick in Billund will be overseen by Jamie Berard, one of LEGO’s Master Builders and prolific set designers responsible in creating some of the most awesome LEGO sets around: the Cafe Corner (10182), Emerald Night (10194), Tower Bridge (10214), and Assembly Square (10255) just to name a few.

Once the group has settled in on the evening of November 24, they will be free to build to their hearts’ content, with Jamie helping them along.

Time is running out! If you’re still down to win a visit and stay in the LEGO House, go to the Airbnb page for this unique experience and answer their question now! Good luck!

5 LEGO Sets Named as Finalists for 2018’s Toy of the Year Awards.

It has been customary for the Toy Industry Association Inc. to recognize certain toy manufacturers for their outstanding contribution to the toy industry, and LEGO is one of the industry leaders that have a legacy of being recognized time and again as a Toy of the Year (TOTY) awardee. Last year, we saw LEGO bagging not just one, but two awards with the beautiful and mechanically impressive LEGO Friends and Amusement Park Roller Coaster (41130) earning the title of Construction Toy of the Year Award, while the grand LEGO Disney Castle (71040) received the Specialty Toy of the Year.

As it seems, it looks like LEGO has earned a greater chance of bagging the same title again. Earlier this week, online voting for this year’s TOTY has officially begun, and LEGO once more dominated the nominees’ list with five sets under various categories. Nominated for Collectible of the Year, we have the LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017). For Construction Toy of the Year it is everybody’s favorite droid in brick form, LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187) and Captain Salazar’s dreaded ghost ship, the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042) that has made it to the cut of being qualified as nominees. The still elusive, and hard-to-find, LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) also made it as a nominee for Specialty Toy of the Year, and the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) was named as a candidate for Tech Toy of the Year.

2018 TOTY Finalist: Collectible of the Year

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Construction Toy of the Year

LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187)

 LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Specialty Toy of the Year

LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Tech Toy of the Year

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101)

 

It should be noted that a LEGO-compatible product also made it to the roster of TOTY finalists with the Mayka Toy Block Tape by Zulu. The concept behind a LEGO-tape is relatively new and has recently caught the fancy of builders both young and old.

The voting process officially began last November 3, and will end on January 5, 2018. The voting will include not just Association members, retailers, and journalists, but also the consumers. The winners will be announced in a formal presentation ceremony on February 16, 2018. You may refer to this link for the complete set of guidelines on how the Toy of the Year finalists were selected. Consumer voting is on-going, and if you wish to show your support for these LEGO sets, then head over to the voting page for the Toy of the Year Awards.

Do you agree with this year’s selection of nominees? Do you have another LEGO set that you wish were included in the nominees list? Drop us a comment below and tell us what you think.

 

Win a Night in the LEGO House for 4, Courtesy of LEGO and Airbnb.

Just this September, The LEGO Group inaugurated one of their latest attractions right on their own doorstep. LEGO House, also known as the “Home of the Brick,” is a multipurpose interactive experience located in Billund, Denmark – home of the LEGO Headquarters.

Part-LEGO store, part-café, part-public art piece and part-educational attraction, the 12,000-square meter complex is a brand-new play venue for the whole family that is centered on the progressive learning competencies gained from playing with LEGO.

It’s the hottest new LEGO-themed getaway, and the company would like to help you get a one-night stay at the Home of the Brick.

LEGO  has just announced that they will be offering this opportunity for their loyal customers by teaming up with Airbnb, one of the most trusted online hospitality services in the world. Starting November 1 to November 16, interested applicants with a registered Airbnb account can try to win a one night’s stay at the LEGO House in Billund, fit for a group or family of four.

They will be hosted at the Home of the Brick by real-life LEGO Master Builder Jamie Berard. To enter the contest at, you need to answer one question: If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?

If your little composition (50-500 characters) catches LEGO’s fancy, you and your family/group of four (children must be at least age 4) will be flown in to Billund and received at LEGO House by Master Builder Jamie, their host for the evening, on November 24.

It will be a magical experience shared by your party as you literally build your wants and needs with LEGO blocks, and Jamie will even help turn your dream LEGO building vision into reality by the following morning. Try your luck by registering with Airbnb and submitting your entry at their contest page here.