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Beauty tips for male Lego execs


Hugh writes, "Lego published annoying 'beauty tips' for young girls; Elbe Spurling has a nice response: beauty tips for male Lego executives."

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Lego cell phone dock spins 360

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User Toulouse shows off a fairly slammin' cell phone dock on the OnePlus One Android smartphone forum. Even though it's for the new OnePlus One phone, the build can be recreated for any handset.

(Side note: I do hate his use of the word "ghetto" in the description, common among some makers. Does he honestly live in a poor neighborhood where improvisation and thoughtful use of materials reign? If not, what's it saying?)

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Lego slippers


They're $12.50/pair from Thinkgeek: one size, red or blue, 3X2 only, and have thick enough soles to cushion even the most violent Lego/bare-foot impact. (via Geeky Merch)

Humble Brainiac Book Bundle: tech books for kids!


Get more than 15 DRM-free kids tech ebooks from No Starch Press, including the amazing Lauren Ipsum, as well as a wealth of killer Lego books, books for young makers, and kids' programming guides -- support EFF and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, too!

Familiar film scenes in Lego

A film by Morgan Spence.

Dark and creepy LEGO creations

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LEGO master Mike Doyle's new book, titled Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, presents a variety of artists' shadowy, macabre, and black comedy brick creations.

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Cast metal Lego brick charm


They're $20 from Thinkgeek, and are made of a "silvertone metal alloy," whatever that is.

Lego wishes it invented Minecraft

"Minecraft is digital Lego," says Lego marketing director David Gram. "We only wish we had invented it." This is mentioned in about the same breath as the phrase "core brand beliefs," a concise reminder why they didn't.

Anamorphic illusion of Lego Minifigs

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Those Minifigures are actually 2D anamorphic paintings flat on the ground created by the amazing Leon Keer at Legoland Deutschland. See the reality below.

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Lego trailer for Walking Dead, Season 5

"The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer." In Lego. (via Devour)

The Simpsons' Springfield, USA in Lego

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Sure, Lego released some Simpsons kits, but a fellow named Matt De Lanoy built the entire town of Springfield out of Lego!

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Matt De Lanoy's Flickr stream (via PFSK)

Lego: Batman's Tumbler

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The Lego Super Heroes model of Batman's Tumbler with Batman and Joker minifigs will be available September 1 for $200, or right now from scalpers for $850-$1150 (caveat emptor).

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Kids' Boba Fett minifig cosplay


Toronto awesomedad CGS1 created an amazing Lego minifig costume for his son, documenting it on The Dented Helmet.

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Evolution in Lego

"Lego Evolution" (Thanks, Lux!)

Dante in Lego

Romanian Legoist Mihai Marius Mihu's Nine Circles of Hell creations are the perfect companion to the Dante for Fun picture books that retell the Inferno, Paradiso and Purgatorio for children.

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Banksy artworks in LEGO

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Banksy pieces redone in LEGO by Jeff Friessen of The Brick Fantastic (via Laughing Squid).

Cyberpocalypse: the cyberpunk Lego city


In 2013, a group of Lego masters unveiled Cyberpocalypse, a spectacularly detailed, moody, neon-lit cyberpunk city. It's a triumph of EL wire and science fiction aesthetics, a kind of bricky Burning Man theme-camp in miniature.

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LEGO minifigs are satanic (or at least grumpy)

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Slawomir Kostrzewa, a priest in Wolsztyn, Poland, is concerned that certain LEGO minifigs are "about darkness and the world of death" and could "destroy (children's) souls and lead them to the dark side." More interesting is that Kostrzewa attempts to back up his argument with research by University of Canterbury professor Christoph Bartneck suggesting that the faces of LEGO figures have become angrier over the years. Kostrzewa's claim is on the heels of his revelation last year that My Little Pony is a "carrier of death."

"Lego the building blocks of Satan, warns priest citing NZ study" (New Zealand Herald)

Professor Bartneck's response to the matter is here: "LEGO is not a tool of Satan"

Resume in the form of a custom Lego figure


Leah is looking for a job at a creative agency, so she created a Lego figure of herself and boxed it up as a resume in the form of a custom kit. She made two of them, and used the instructions for building the fig as a means of highlighting her creative credentials. It's a pretty lovely piece of work -- I hope she gets a job!

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Lego R2D2 timelapse

Via @CaldwellOne comes this great timelapse by Reed Stoner of the R2 unit we shared over the weekend.

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Somehow I missed the announcement for this fantastic LEGO R2D2. This Ultimate Collector Series kit is just beautiful.

Packed with several of R2s coolest tools, my favorite detail is the extendable rotary cutting arm (it deploys via a lever on R2s back!) The completed droid stands just over 1 foot tall and is comprised of just over 2,000 pieces.

This kit also comes complete with a lovely display placard and an R2D2 minifig.

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Seven year old girl tells Lego off for gender stereotyping in toys: "make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!"


Charlotte, who is seven, wrote this devastating letter to the Lego company over the way that girl characters and boy characters are handled in its increasingly gendered toys: "All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks."

She calls on Lego "to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!"

That's a pretty unassailable request. Thank you, Charlotte, for putting it so well.

7yo Charlotte writes an adorable and strongly worded letter to LEGO regarding the lack of adventures for girls.

The Classic Lego Space Flight Jacket

Our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories painted a leather bomber jacket with the 1970s and 80s “Classic Lego Space” logo. They included step-by-step instructions for painting your own. It involves stripping the shiny stuff off the leather and using special acrylic leather paint.

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The Joker's Fun House in LEGO

Brickbaron's LEGO rendition of The Joker's Fun House is decidedly Gotham's coolest evil lair. See photos over at Flickr. (via Devour)

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Via Kottke. Previously.

Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated in Lego

Duncan, the good fellow at Brick Tease, has recreated the classic, brilliant, no-hold-barred car-chase-in-a-mall sequence from The Blues Brothers (a movie I watched once or twice a day in tenth grade) with Lego. Then, just to show you how closely he hewed to the original, he released a side-by-side comparison. And if that wasn't enough, he produced a 12-minute documentary showing how he did it. (via IO9)

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Themepunk's dream-job

Dave sends in, "A job advert for an educational designer at LEGO in Denmark posted on the Guardian's job boards. Looks like only teachers need apply!"

Incredible Lego projects

Wired posted a gallery of the best Lego projects of all time, as collected by Mike Doyle in his new book, Beautiful LEGO.

A bit of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in Lego

"Lego Thriller" by Annette Jung, Talking Animals Animation Studio.

LEGO introduces female scientist minifig! (And Yeti too!)

Legoooo LEGO's new Minifgure Series 11 includes its first female (lab) scientist character and a Yeti. Both are excellent additions to the minifig universe! I also appreciate that the scientist is holding Erlenmeyer flasks while the Yeti is gripping a popsicle.

UPDATE: Maia Weinstock writes that she "she's not the first (LEGO) female scientist... she's the first female LAB scientist." More background in Maia's SciAm piecec, "Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist"