Today, Lego announced Replay, an initiative to collect, clean, and redistribute old bricks through organizations like Teach For America and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. Basically, you toss your old Legos in a box and ship them off with a prepaid label provided by logistics company Give Back Box. From Wired:
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The biggest challenge in the process, says Give Back Box founder Monika Wiela, will be sorting and cleaning all the pieces. Her company will collect the bricks at its facility in Alabama, where workers will then separate out the broken bricks and machine wash the rest. The goal is to make the donated toys seem like new, as opposed to grimy hand-me-downs.
Relive the glorious moment when the First Order almost ended the Resistance! This lovely model of the rinky-dink Crait Ski Speeder will take you there.
The kit comes with a Poe Dameron minfig as well as some Admiral named Ematt, a 'resistance trooper' and 2 First Order snowtroopers. Pretty sure the resistance guy dies easy.
You may engage in futile attacks on the Mobile Big Laser used by the FI to smash the resistance's big barn door!
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This is the machine ballet of Lego minifigures getting made at a factory in Kladno, Czech Republic. Below, the molds behind a minifig.
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A ridiculous show of LEGO mastery.
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The LEGO Tantive IV is a must have for my family LEGO display.
Even far, far than the Escape pod.
This set comes with a 1769 piece Tantive IV and 5 minifigs including Bail Organa.
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The LEGO Steamboat Willie is absolutely darling.
Based on the legendary animation that introduced us to Mickey Mouse, the Steamboat Willie can be yours!
It also comes with black and white Mickey and Minnie minifigs. A Minnie-fig??!
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Here's something that might make you feel old: The first episode of Seinfeld ran July 5, 1989. Thirty years ago! To celebrate this 30th-anniversary milestone, designer Brent Waller has recreated Jerry's now-iconic Manhattan apartment in LEGO, along with minifigs of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George, and Newman. The set is only a concept right now -- not that there's anything wrong with that!. But, if it gets enough votes in the LEGO Ideas contest, it will become an actual product you can buy in stores. Vote now.
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The Rebels sure got their asses kicked on Hoth. Can you do better? Give it a try with the LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Echo Base Defense kit.
Luckily Luke gets out of the bacta-tank just in time. Now it is your turn to defend the base with useless canon and watch as your mini-fig compatriots are overrun by the glorious attack forces of the Empire, or just play as the guys on the side of Order.
This 504 piece kit includes a Probe Droid mini-fig.
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Everything is better in LEGO.
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The 2321 piece LEGO Voltron is the first non-Star Wars set I've really, really wanted in a long time.
Make no mistake, this is Lion Force Voltron, and it looks awesome!
Amazon is offering one-day delivery in my area, so it'd still arrive in plenty of time for a Father's DAy build.
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Making a Turing machine is a kind of nerd rite of passage, like manually editing your X11 settings or building a two-second time-machine. As far back as 2005, we were chronicling the adventures of Lego Turing-machine builders (the state of the art advanced rather a lot by 2012), as well as the ongoing effort to attain Turing completeness in wood and also baked goods.
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I am hoping the LEGO Boost creative toolbox will pair one hobby my kid loves with another she doesn't yet have.
My child builds LEGO as if she were Zach the maniac of old. We have a very large collection of Star Wars and some Ninjago LEGO sets. Slowly she has taken over every bookshelf I'll let her. She loves to build LEGO. Maybe this set will also teach her to code.
I used to play with Mindstorms. I just saw my two OG sets with a few expansion packs, as I cleaned out a basement and packed things into storage. This I hope this set brings her as much fun as those did for me back in the 90s. Boost seems to be the modern evolution of Mindstorms.
My friends and I used to build LEGO Mindstorms robots and pitch them against one another on a conference room table, late at night at our Dotcom-era start-up. The idea was to throw the other person's robot off the table. We'd devise all manner of sticking ourselves to the table, or prying, bashing, smashing and disassembling the opposing Mindstorm. People got frustrated after a few sessions as the robots took hours of assembly and moments to become LEGO pieces once again.
This set is more structured than I remember Mindstorms as being. This 847 piece set has instructions to make Vinnie, a dancing and guitar playing robot, Frankie the robo-cat, a working guitar and some other things I can't quite identify. Coding occurs via an IOS, Android and Windows app. Read the rest
This new 859 piece LEGO Pop-Up Book is at the top of my must-have LEGO list.
This new for 2019 set comes complete with pieces to build two functional pop-up scenes from two different fairy tales.
Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk associated minifigs are also included in this one of a kind LEGO set.
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For under $25 the X-Wing Fighter and Turbo Laser LEGO set is getting snapped together soon!
With Luke, R2 and Storm Trooper minifigs, this new smaller Star Wars kit is one of many I'll be picking up this year under the guise of "gift for my daughter."
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This VW van made of LEGO is amazing. There are more photos on the VW site.
The van was designed and built by Rene Hoffmeister, one of only 12 officially certified LEGO® professionals in the world. Along with colleague Pascal Lenhard, the duo used 3D modeling to assemble a plan for the van, including a precise figure for the number of bricks needed. Beyond ensuring the major flexible pieces like doors worked, the pair also had to ensure structural rigidity in the side walls and other vertical surfaces to keep all the bricks from collapsing.
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