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  • Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest

    04/01/2014 4:19:52 PM PDT · by MCH · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Matthew Day
    A Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can "destroy" children's souls. In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, and that they "were about darkness and the world of death". "Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters," he explained. "These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark...
  • Lord and President Business: Lego Movie Perpetuates Crony-Capitalism Contradiction

    02/26/2014 5:29:31 AM PST · by InsightSur · 4 replies
    NB: this review necessarily contains extensive spoilers. For a movie about plastic bricks, The Lego Movie is surprisingly fun — and funny. Unfortunately, the film is tinged with a layer of hypocrisy more intricate than the instruction guide to a Lego castle. The Lego Movie may just be a movie for children about toys, but it is making an impact (even if only subliminal) on impressionable minds — young and adult alike.
  • Lego Movie. Anyone seen it?

    02/20/2014 11:39:48 AM PST · by MNDude · 22 replies
    I'm hearing about the Lego Movie come up in conversation a lot lately. Has anyone here seen it? Is it any good?
  • The LEGO Movie is Practically Communist

    02/07/2014 11:57:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/7 | Bilge Ebiri
    A tubby panda bear becomes a kung fu master. A snail races in the Indy 500. A forgotten garbage-robot saves humanity. Our cultural products for children these days often reflect the fact that we live in the age of empowerment. It’s become something of a cliché, frankly — the outcast or nobody who wins the big race and/or saves the world. And at first glance, The LEGO Movie, as brilliant as it is, appears to be no different. The film’s hero, an average construction worker named Emmet, is told that by finding a sacred object, called “the Piece of Resistance,”...
  • Outrage as Toy Company Creates 'Crystal Meth Lab' for Children with Breaking Bad Play Sets

    09/08/2013 4:37:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 8 September 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    Outrage as toy company creates 'crystal meth lab' for children with Breaking Bad play sets • 500-part set has all the drugs paraphernalia used in hit American series • Lego refused to sanction or endorse the toy, which was made by independent company Citizen Brick • Twitter users blasted £160 toy as an inappropriate plaything Children can now build their own drug dens with a shocking new play kit inspired by TV show Breaking Bad. The sell-out £160 kit, branded 'SuperLab', lets any child or adult recreate Walter White's notorious crystal meth lab. Complete with protective masks, drug paraphernalia, figurines...
  • Study: Lego faces have gotten angrier

    06/14/2013 6:11:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | June 13, 2013
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, - Researchers in New Zealand said they analyzed the facial expressions on Lego figures from the past 35 years and discovered the faces have been getting angrier. The team, from the University of Canterbury and the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements, said their analysis of Lego figures found most facial expressions could be categorized as happiness, anger, disdain, confidence, concern or fear, with happiness and anger being the most common. The study, published in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, found angry expressions on Lego figures have become increasingly common since the...
  • Mom says school overreacted to Lego gun

    05/30/2013 6:31:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    upi ^ | May 29, 2013
    PALMER, Mass., - A Massachusetts woman said officials at her son's school have backed off plans to discipline the kindergartener for bringing a Lego gun on the school bus. Mieke Crane said she was initially told her son would have to write a letter of apology to the school bus driver, serve detention Tuesday and face suspension from the school bus for bringing the Lego gun -- which is slightly larger than a quarter -- on the bus to Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Palmer Friday morning, WGGB-TV, Springfield, Mass., reported Wednesday. "I think they overreacted totally. I totally...
  • (Pontifex Maximus ... NOT!) Kim Jong Un Building 'Mini World' with Replica Big Ben & Eiffel Tower

    04/29/2013 6:53:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | THE SUN
    Kim Jong Un building 'mini world' with replica Big Ben and Eiffel Tower Chubby tyrant Kim Jong Un is building a “miniature world” in North Korea – with a replica of London's Big Ben at its heart. The dictator is set to open the theme park in capital Pyongyang – and has included the iconic clock tower. The new attraction, which opens this year, will also boast a copy of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The secretive state famously doesn’t allow its citizens to leave the country – so it appears Jong Un has decided to bring the world to his people....
  • Lego to pull 'anti-Islamic' Star Wars toy set following Muslim furor

    04/02/2013 8:55:49 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01 APR 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    As TheBlaze reported back in January, Austrian Muslims became outraged when they saw that Lego, a popular children’s toy company, created something they viewed as anti-Islamic in nature. Following months of intense angst and debate, Lego has reportedly agreed to stop making one of its Star Wars toy sets in an effort to temper the storm. ...He also smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave. Furious Muslim critics complained that the Lego set’s Asian and oriental figures were “deceitful and criminal” characters such as gun-runners, slave masters and terrorists.
  • Report: Lego To Stop Production Of ‘Star Wars’ Set Due To Anti-Muslim Backlash

    04/02/2013 5:45:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 40 replies
    CBS Connecticut WTIC 1080 ^ | April 1st, 2013 | Staff
    ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Lego will reportedly cease production of a popular “Star Wars” toy set after Muslim communities complained about the product. The Independent reports that several Muslim groups in Austria claimed “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim as it showed popular “Star Wars” character Jabba the Hut in a mosque-like lair with a hookah, guns and an imprisoned Chewbacca. “This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association, told The Independent. “The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists.” RT News reports that Muslim critics felt “Jabba’s...
  • Hyannis West student, 5, warned for making Lego gun (Faces Possible Suspension)

    01/29/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 24 replies
    myFoxBoston.com ^ | 1/29/2013 | Staff
    HYANNIS (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A 5-year-old boy faces possible suspension, after building a gun out of legos, during his after school program. Joseph Cardosa is part of the after school program at Hyannis West Elementary School, on Cape Cod. His parents received a letter a few days ago that said Joseph has received his first written warning for using toys inappropriately, and that upon a secon written warning, he will be suspended from the program for two weeks. Joseph's parents, Shelia Cruz and Octavio Cardosa, say the school is taking things too far. "It's not like he's designing...
  • Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set {by Muslims}

    01/24/2013 5:37:25 AM PST · by drpix · 60 replies
    telegraph.co ^ | 1/23/2013 | Matthew Day
    Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques. tria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.” The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings. The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting...
  • LEGO Finds Spare Discontinued Set So Boy Who Saved Up For 2 Years Wouldn’t Be Disappointed

    01/09/2013 7:44:54 PM PST · by Altariel · 21 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | December 3, 2012 | Mary Beth Quirk
    We’re used to dealing with companies that seem to take joy in foiling their customers, so when a company comes through, really performs above and beyond, we jump at the chance to warm a few hearts. Like say when an 11-year-old boy saves up his money for two years to buy a LEGO train set only to find out it isn’t being made anymore and is now a collectible, completely out of his price range. You better believe this one has a happy ending.In a letter posted as part of a video on YouTube (via Buzzfeed) A Massachusetts boy with writes...
  • Boy writes letter to LEGO after losing minifigure, gets awesome response

    01/09/2013 7:52:58 AM PST · by Altariel · 213 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mike Krumboltz
    Seven-year-old Luka Apps spent his Christmas money on the LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider set. A sound investment, if you ask us. But the thing about LEGOs -- those small pieces are easy to lose. They don't call 'em minifigures for nothing. Against his father's recommendation, young Luka took his newly procured Jay ZX shopping. And then, wouldn't you know it, the figure went missing, never to be seen again. Luka, not one to admit defeat, decided to write a letter to the good people at LEGO seeking a replacement.
  • LEGO Gun Book Causes Online Tizzy

    05/25/2012 5:25:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Parents preoccupied with creating a conflict-free Utopia for their kids would seem to have little to fear from a Danish toy maker, an ingenious and enterprising British youth, and a small San Francisco publishing company. Yet this trio causes much handwringing in the May 16th edition of “The Mommy Files,” ( http://tiny.cc/bfjrew ) an online parenting blog published by the San Francisco Chronicle. The source of the anxiety is LEGO Heavy Weapons, a guide to building toy guns out of LEGOs. The author is Jack Streat, a 17-year-old resident of the United Kingdom, and the book is...
  • LEGOs for girls has feminist group in a twist

    04/20/2012 8:20:38 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/20/2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    But the SPARK Movement objects to the "LadyFigs," the female version of the little figures who man the spaceships, trucks and forts children create. "Ladyfigs" are somewhat anatomically correct, which hypersexualizes girls, according to the group.
  • Lego man to stay in police custody in Florida

    10/29/2011 11:24:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29, 2011
    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Lego man is going to stay in police custody for three months. Lego man, a 100-pound, 8-foot-tall sculpture, didn't do anything wrong except wash up on a Florida beach.
  • A life-size Legoman washes up on Siesta Key beach

    10/27/2011 12:22:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    wptv.com ^ | 25 Oct 2011 | Matt Collins
    SIESTA KEY, Fla. - Where did a life-size Legoman, which washed up on Siesta Key beach, come from? That's the question people in Sarasota County are asking. Jeff Hindman found it while walking on the beach Tuesday morning. It was red, yellow and green and, Hindman said, was about eight-feet tall. The figure apparently surfed ashore overnight. Its shirt read "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE." SIESTA KEY, Fla. - Where did a life-size Legoman, which washed up on Siesta Key beach, come from? That's the question people in Sarasota County are asking. Jeff Hindman found it while walking on the...
  • Disgust At 'Lego' Terrorist Toys

    07/30/2010 8:26:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies · 5+ views
    Sky News ^ | 4 December 2008 | Unknown
    A range of Lego-style fighting figurines - including an Islamic terrorist militant - has sparked outrage among Muslims. The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives. Shocked by the playthings, British Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurines "absolutely disgusting". Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the figures were "glorifying terrorism". He said: "I don't think there's any difference between someone that shouts hatred through a megaphone and someone that creates a doll that glorifies terrorists.
  • Fourth Grader's Toy LEGO Gun And Policeman Leads To Suspension Threat

    02/05/2010 6:17:41 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 20 replies · 562+ views
    armedselfdefense.blogspot.com/ ^ | 02-05-10 | Sasparilla
    A fourth grade New York City boy was playing with LEGOS in the elementary school cafeteria this week when he was escorted to the principal's office. He faced suspension for bringing a toy to school. It was a LEGO policeman that held a two inch plastic rifle. The school has a "no tolerance" policy for toy guns. The boy was stunned that he was in trouble because the toy was so small. The boy's parents are livid. They believe school officials didn't exercise good judgment. They believe that this particular toy isn't one that could be used to threaten people...
  • "From My Cold Plastic Fingers"

    02/04/2010 9:18:50 AM PST · by .454Puma · 17 replies · 651+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 02/03/2010 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    More proof gun hating liberals are sick in the head: 9 year old boy suspended from school over 1 inch LEGO toy.
  • Lego gun reaction shows conditioned views on armed citizens(Canada)

    12/07/2009 3:47:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies · 1,775+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 December, 2009 | David Codrea
    There's been a SWAT raid in Toronto over a gun scare, and designer Jeremy Bell was temporarily held at gunpoint. Per the Toronto Sun: The partner at digital marketing company Teehan+Lax was surrounded by heavily armed tactical officers, cuffed and held against the wall of his Richmond St. W. office -- until, that is, the cops found the gun he had been holding in front of the window about 90 minutes earlier was a pile of blocks. The BrickGun Semi-Automatic gun (purchased online from BrickGun, "designers and builders of the world's most realistic custom Lego weapon models") arrived at Bell's...
  • LEGO model of the Yamato Battleship

    06/06/2009 1:14:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies · 1,949+ views
    theknightshift.blogspot.com ^ | Christopher Knight
    Nearly six and a half years in the making. 22 feet from bow to stern. Measuring a meter across at its widest point. 1/40th the scale of the real thing. Nearly a quarter-million individual LEGO pieces. And the whole thing weighs 330 pounds. Behold the achievement of Jumpei Mitsui, who has faithfully rendered the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato in LEGO...
  • If Frank Lloyd Wright had LEGOs ...

    05/30/2009 5:34:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies · 1,284+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 30, 2009 | George Hesselberg
    Frank Lloyd Wright and LEGO would seem an unnatural fit: curve meets corner, prairie meets cube. But like a red brick and a yellow brick, the worldwide trademarks are now joined with a blue brick, an Illinois company called Brickstructures, in creating and selling LEGO building block versions of Wright’s iconic creations, Fallingwater and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Can Madison’s Monona Terrace be far behind? And how will the notoriously formal Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation handle its partnership with a worldwide company that also puts out a SpongeBob SquarePants model? You’ll have to make your own LEGO Monona Terrace, said...
  • A Statue of Jesus Christ Made Entirely Out Of Lego Stands In A Church At Vasteras, Sweden

    04/12/2009 1:54:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 814+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 12, 2009
    12 Apr 2009 A statue of Jesus Christ made entirely out of Lego stands in a church at Vasteras, Sweden Photo: EPA [Pic in URL] Members of the congregation donated nearly 30,000 Lego bricks to build the 5ft 8 high statue, said Per Wilder, the pastor of the Oensta Gryta Church in Vaesteras, about 70 miles west of Stockholm. "This work began a year and a half ago so we saw that the initiation date was fitting in well (with this year's Easter holiday)," he said. "It is a fantastic installation and it will be there as long as we...
  • Swedish parishioners unveil Lego statue of Jesus

    04/12/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 2,467+ views
    philly ^ | Sun, Apr. 12, 2009
    STOCKHOLM - Parishioners at a church in Sweden celebrated Easter on Sunday by unveiling a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) statue of Jesus that they had built out of 30,000 Lego blocks. It took the 40 volunteers about 18 months to put all the tiny plastic blocks together, and their creation shows a standing Jesus facing forward with his arms outstretched. The Protestant church was filled to capacity with about 400 worshippers on Sunday when the statue went on display behind the altar, and some of the children in the congregation couldn't help but touch the white art work.
  • Lego Man Prank Call (Humor)

    04/11/2009 2:04:28 PM PDT · by fieldmarshaldj · 14 replies · 813+ views
    YouTube ^ | 3-12-2009 | Dane Boe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qZy6ARqGC4&feature=channel_page Funny video of a prank call made by a "Lego" construction figure.
  • Space Shuttle Built out of Legos

    04/10/2009 10:56:31 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 6 replies · 710+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 04 09 | Nick
    Two Japanese LEGOsmiths used a whopping 65,000 bricks and 1,590 man hours to complete the stunning diorama, which even simulates a launch with flashing lights under the boosters and a vocal countdown. The only thing it doesn’t do is lift off.Part of the “Nasu Space Center,” it appeared as a scene in Nasu Highland Park, an amusement park in Japan.Link to more about the LEGO shuttle (with video).
  • Lego Obama Presidential Inauguration Brings Hope to Bricks Too [PHOTO]

    01/20/2009 10:58:46 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 7 replies · 1,173+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 Jan., 2009 | Gizmodo
    There's also hope and change in the land of the brick: Behold the Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in Lego bricks, complete with every single character that will be at the Capitol, including Lego Oprah.They have every single character there, from his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia Ann and Sasha—the youngest resident of the White House since JFK Jr—to Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, VP Dick Cheney and wife Lynn, George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush. as well as Dr. Rick Warren.The fun thing is that...
  • Throngs of LEGO people inaugurate The One (It's for the children)

    01/17/2009 3:29:03 AM PST · by Ezekiel · 18 replies · 684+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 16 January 2009
    Kids look at a scene depicting President-elect Barack Obama taking the presidential oath of office on the steps of the Capitol in Legoland park in Carlsbad, California. Obama will herald his new era of change Saturday by rolling back the years to launch four days of inaugural festivities on a slow train to Washington. (AFP/File/Valerie Macon) Photo Tools
  • Lego-Style Terrorist Figurine Sparks Muslim Outrage

    12/05/2008 4:46:17 PM PST · by ElKafir · 21 replies · 680+ views
    Now, why is Ramadhan Foundation assuming that the terrorist figurine is a Muslim??? ;)
  • Disgust At 'Lego' Terrorist Toys

    12/04/2008 6:03:05 PM PST · by mosquewatch · 40 replies · 1,148+ views
    Sky News ^ | Thursday December 04, 2008 | Author : Not Given
    A range of Lego-style fighting figurines - including an Islamic terrorist militant - has sparked outrage among Muslims. The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives...
  • Lego-style terrorist fighting figures launched in United Kingdom

    12/04/2008 7:16:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 990+ views
    Lego-style terrorist fighting figures launched in United Kingdom The Mercury December 05, 2008 12:22am Terrorist toys Dangerous play ... a range of Lego-style figures that include a gun-toting terrorist have been launched in the UK. The tiny figures - decked out as a follower of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden - have a removeable mask and are fully kitted out with a rocket launcher, assault rifle and grenades. The range has been slammed by religious leaders. Mohammed Shaffiq, of Muslim organisation The Ramadhan Foundation, branded the toy “absolutely disgusting”.
  • Lego-Style Islamic Terrorist Figurine Sparks Outrage

    12/04/2008 11:35:54 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 56 replies · 1,602+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12-04-2008
    A Lego-style Islamic terrorist figurine has sparked outrage among Muslims and others. The Islamic terrorist figurine called 'Mr. White' that has sparked controversy The controversial toy mini-figure, made by American Will Chapman as part of his BrickArms line, is a masked militant with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives. The character is called "Bandit — Mr. White" and sells for $14. Shocked by the plaything, British Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurine "absolutely disgusting." Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the toy is "glorifying terrorism." "I don't think there's any difference between someone that shouts...
  • Guy Makes Lego Aircraft Carrier (pics)

    09/21/2008 6:23:35 PM PDT · by steel_resolve · 41 replies · 2,658+ views
    www.villiard.com ^ | 9/21/2008 | unknown
    looks like some frenchy likes building American Aircraft carriers out of legos! (He actually did an awesome job) More pics at the link
  • A golden anniversary for Lego (50 years old today)

    01/28/2008 2:28:52 PM PST · by Squidpup · 34 replies · 131+ views
    cnet News.com ^ | January 28, 2008 | cnet News
    On Monday, Lego is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the day it filed its first patent for the iconic plastic brick. Since the beginning, Lego sets have been themed, and the very first theme was space. Not long afterward, Lego added castle and pirate themes. One of the first major elements of the "System of Play" was the Lego Town Plan. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the company is releasing a new, updated commemorative Town Plan this year. While updated, it includes '50s-era elements like a gas station, car wash, and garage, plus a movie theater and, of course, a...
  • New Book Shows How to Build Lego Guns, Catapults

    12/13/2007 4:46:16 PM PST · by RDTF · 29 replies · 304+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Dec 13, 2007 | Fox
    Legos — they're not just for good kids anymore. A book written by two former employees of the Danish plastic-brick giant is burning up the Amazon.com sales charts — and raising eyebrows on the other side of the Atlantic. "Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against" was published in August by No Starch Press, a small independent publishing house based in San Francisco. Its authors, Ulrik Pilegaard and Mike Dooley, both worked at the Lego Mindstorms robotics division before leaving to join an independent robotics firm. "You'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse,"...
  • Giant Lego man found in Dutch sea

    08/08/2007 8:33:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 552+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | Reuters
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A giant, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort on Tuesday. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre (8-foot) tall model with a yellow head and blue torso. "We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water," said a stall worker. "It was a life-sized Lego toy." A woman nearby added: "I saw the Lego toy floating towards the beach from the direction of England." The toy was later placed in front of the drinks stall.
  • (Huge Lego toy mystery) Day in pictures

    08/07/2007 2:55:48 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 2,501+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 08/07/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    A huge Lego toy has mysteriously appeared on Zandvoort beach in Holland. Nobody knows where it comes from. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/6934921.stm
  • UK: Flat-pack villages offer chance to pick up an affordable home [from IKEA]

    07/17/2007 8:35:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 72 replies · 1,134+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/18/2007 | Lucy Bannerman
    Nine “Ikea” villages could be built in Britain within a year, in the strongest sign yet that the future is flat-packed. Plans are under way for more than 1,000 Swedish-style kit homes across the country, to cater for the increasing numbers of first-time buyers for whom most homes are now well beyond budget. A radical experiment is emerging as a solution to the crisis in affordable and sustainable housing, with developers predicting a tenfold increase in the number of flat-pack homes within five years. Starting with the assembly of 120 timber-framed homes in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, this autumn, the...
  • Lego upsets parents by producing guns for children's play sets

    05/11/2007 5:55:51 PM PDT · by holymoly · 47 replies · 1,343+ views
    thisislondon ^ | riday 11.05.07 | thisislondon
    Lego has upset fans by giving some of its play figures realistic-looking guns and pistols. For generations its products have been seen as providing harmless fun - it was even said that for years it refused to supply green bricks in case boys used them to make tanks. But critics accuse it of changing its stance, partly because of tie-ins with big-budget films and partly to counter the challenge of action-packed computer games. The new versions of its Star Wars Stormtroopers now carry guns so large they can hardly hold them, despite the previous ones having nothing more alarming...
  • Lego apologizes to Muslims over bogus box set image

    10/14/2006 7:09:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 81 replies · 7,160+ views
    Journal Inquirer ^ | 10/13/06 | Howard French
    Danish toymaker Lego Group today issued a pre-emptive apology to Muslims around the world for the appearance a second time since spring - via e-mail and on numerous Web sites - of an authentic-looking Lego box showing the prophet Mohammed in a sexually compromising position, company officials said. "The picture of the box is computer manipulated and in the picture Lego elements are used to depict the Prophet Mohammed in a situation of a sexual nature - with a severely offensive text," Charlotte Simonsen, Lego's head of corporate communications, said in a company statement. Lego operates its headquarters for North...
  • Lego to Outsource Production To Mexico, Czech Republic

    06/20/2006 10:15:12 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 23 replies · 1,755+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/20/06 | Al-AP
    Danish toy maker Lego Group said Tuesday it will end its production in Enfield, Conn., and lay off 300 people there in early 2007, while some 900 employees in Denmark will also be let go over the next three years. The production in Enfield is to be moved to Mexico, the group said in a statement. Along with the 300 production layoffs, the distribution facility in Enfield will also be affected, Lego said, without providing details. At Lego's headquarters in Denmark, up to 900 production employees will lose their jobs over the next three years as nearly a third of...
  • LEGO Difference Engine

    02/09/2006 6:26:12 PM PST · by zeugma · 22 replies · 359+ views
    Andrew Carol ^ | 2/9/2006 | by Andrew Carol
    Building A Calculating Machine Using LEGO Carol's LEGO Difference Engine 2. (click for larger image) History Before the day of computers and pocket calculators all mathematics was done by hand. Great effort was expended to compose trigonometric and logarithmic tables for navigation, scientific investigation, and engineering purposes.In the mid-19th century, people began to design machines to automate this error prone process. Many machines of various designs were eventually built. The most famous of these machines is the Babbage Difference Engine. Because of engineering issues as well as political and personal conflict the Babbage Difference engines construction had to wait until...
  • Talk about a Christmas Present

    12/13/2004 9:18:48 AM PST · by eternlvoid · 5 replies · 824+ views
    I saw someone paste this in a chat. It looks like some guy has taken over 7,000 legos to create a mosaic of Bush's portrait. Seems like a good thing to hang in a window in a blue town :
  • NASA's Mars Rover Is Landing Again - in Toy Stores

    01/18/2004 10:14:57 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 157+ views
    TBO ^ | 1/18/04 | Andrew Bridges
    Calif. (AP) - The California Institute of Technology is making a little green off the red planet. Caltech, which runs the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA, patented the twin rovers it sent to investigate the surface of Mars and is licensing their images for commercial use. Models of the six-wheeled Spirit rover are already on store shelves. Caltech has inked three deals so far and expects perhaps three more. Officials of the private university didn't say how much money they hope to make, but pledged to donate half to educational outreach programs and the rest for Caltech research. "We did...
  • Lego expecting worst loss yet, ponders layoffs

    01/09/2004 5:01:17 PM PST · by Holly_P · 5 replies · 168+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 09, 2004 | Jan M. Olsen (A.P.)
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish toy maker Lego, which has its North American headquarters in Enfield, said Thursday it was expecting a $237.6 million pretax loss, the worst in the privately held company's 72-year history. The company, whose colored plastic building blocks have been a favorite children's toy for decades, fired executive vice president and chief operating officer Poul Plougmann over failed marketing strategies. Lego also dismissed Francesco Ciccolella, who was responsible for corporate development. Additionally, the company said it would possibly lay off some of its 8,000 workers worldwide. Lego has several retail outlets in the United States and a...
  • U.S. Air Force Request for Information - Space Lego Project

    08/10/2003 9:43:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 216+ views
    Date Released: Saturday, August 09, 2003 Air Force Materiel Command U.S. Air Force Request for Information - Space Lego Project General Information Document Type: Special Notice Solicitation Number: RFI-SpaceLego Posted Date: Aug 07, 2003 Original Response Date: Sep 08, 2003 Original Archive Date: Sep 23, 2003 Current Archive Date: Classification Code: 18 -- Space vehicles Contracting Office Address Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, 2251 Maxwell Ave, Kirtland AFB, NM, 87117 Description The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate is soliciting information and follow-up discussions to support research and development...