- Last week the blog Talking To Strangers posted about a LEGO sticker showing a construction worker figurines catcalling, “Hey Babe!” LEGO issued a response, where they said, “To communicate the LEGO experience to children we typically use humor and we are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a minifigure was portrayed here.” I’m still scratching my head. What is funny about the normalizing of street harassment? [Talking To Strangers]
- A 15-year-old New Jersey teen named Saheela Ibraheem is headed to Harvard next year after being accepted to 13 other prestigious schools including, MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, Brown and Williams College. [Clutch Magazine]
- More in outstanding women, Jennie Lamere, was not only the only female entered in the TVNext Hack Event, but she was also one of three to be titled “best in breed” and win prizes from sponsors. Her creation, Twivo, would allow you to block tweets about certain shows to avoid spoilers! She’s a clear reason why we need more girls in tech! [Evolver.fm] Keep reading »
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Seven-year-old Luka Apps was distraught (!) when he lost his special JayZX figure at the local grocery store. The JayZX is a key component of the LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider set, and as a devout LEGO fanatic, Luka needed the piece. So his dad helped him write an email to LEGO explaining the situation. Keep reading »
You can’t walk through my home barefoot without stepping on a colorful, sharp piece of plastic at least once. Yes, we are one of the families that helps ensure that Lego’s sales and profits continue to rise in an economy where many toy manufacturers are struggling.
And apparently, we’re not the only ones: Lego is crediting a recent boost in sales to a bunch of new customers — specifically, girls. The 36 percent profit seen in the first half of 2012 is being attributed to Lego’s newest line, Lego Friends, which is targeted towards little girls. Lego Friends includes “Lady Fig” (lady figurine) characters that accompany a variety of sets from a beauty shop to a café, all heavily saturated in pink. Lego Friends are a departure in how Lego has marketed their building blocks toward girls in the past, despite the paltry representations of girls seen before. I can’t be the only one who remembers this ad from the 1980s? Keep reading »
A Florida man was strolling on the beach this morning when a giant Lego man washed ashore. So yeah, that happened. The 8-foot-tall toy, who goes by the name Ego Leonard, has been doing a lot of traveling lately as he’s washed up on beaches in Holland and England as well. The message on his shirt says “No real than you are.” According to Ego’s website (yes, he has a website), he “comes from the virtual world,” which represents “happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.” Clearly, he has lessons to teach us, but it appears that English is his second language. Perhaps he should take grammar lessons from Courtney Stodden. [Boing Boing]
A Lego Wonder Woman figurine is on the way, now that DC Comics has given Lego access to their characters! Thirteen new Lego people based on DC superheroes are on the way, including Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, the Joker, Wolverine and Captain America. The Wonder Woman above is not an official mockup — she’s only a custom figurine, the blog DC Women Kicking Ass reports. You can see a teeny tiny photo of the official Wonder Woman Lego, as well as Catwoman and Poison Ivy and all their pals, on the blog Comic Bricks. Who’s with me for a trip to Toys R Us? Keep reading »
Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures — and more — apparently have tiny little yellow LEGO penises. (OK, not really. But they are all boy LEGOs.) The only two that are women are a cheerleader and a nurse.
Geez Louise. I’m actually shocked there’s no secretary or waitress. Keep reading »
Playing with Legos might be a little juvenile, but can we wear them? Accessories designers Dee and Ricky Jackson have built an empire based on Lego belts, pins, and rings, with fans like Kanye West. But we think metalsmith Shannon Conrad’s $70 2×2 Building Block Ring is a heck of a lot better than Dee and Ricky’s $200 Interchangable Lego Block Ring. Shannon cast the ring in reclaimed sterling silver, and while it looks pretty cool on its own, what makes it even more fun is that you can build on top, changing up the ring as you please. What do you think? [Makers Market] Keep reading »
Meet Dee and Ricky Jackson, twin brothers from Staten Island who have struck gold in one of those ways that makes you either go “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “You’ve got to be kidding.” The duo creates Lego accessories in the form of belts, brooches, and necktie-shaped pins that have caught the attention of celebs (Rihanna and Kanye, to name a few), and designers. In the video above, Dee and Ricky tell the tale of their success, which is less interesting for what it is, than how it’s told; it basically reads like a fashion mockumentary. To begin, the brothers explain that their inspiration was kind of random: “One day, we were like yo, what if we did a Lego belt.” The belt then made its way on to the models at a Marc Jacobs fashion show, and apparently, “Everybody hated Marc’s show that year. People were saying the only thing that was hot on the runway was the Legos.”
Seems like a pretty easy and fun job, right? The Jacksons think so. Tells Dee to the New York Daily News: “It is easier than dealing drugs. We are flipping bricks – Lego bricks.” [NYDailyNews.com]
Poor baby! An 18-foot tall giraffe made out of LEGOs in Berlin’s LEGOland Discovery Center keeps getting his tail stolen! A spokesperson for the LEGO center said every time a visitor ganks the giraffe tail, which is made of 15,000 LEGOs, it costs $4,300 to replace. Heartless hoodlums have stolen the animal’s tail four times already. The weirdest part of this whole story, though, is that in Australia, news outlets reported that the giraffe’s penis was stolen, not its tail. (Slow news day Down Under, eh?) See, a stolen giraffe penis would be damn funny. If we have any Frisky readers in Germany, we’re anxiously awaiting clarification on this matter! [Yahoo] Keep reading »
Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States. But he’s already ruling Legoland in California, where master craftsmen/nerds have “pre-enacted” the entire inauguration, including Oprah. Over a thousand mini figures were constructed to build the scene, from the motorcade to the swearing in on the Capitol steps, to the lines at the port-o-potty. However, perhaps the most magnificent details are Aretha Franklin’s giant lego ta-ta’s. She’s stacked! [Telegraph]