My tribute to LEGO

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I thought for my second blog post, I’d pay tribute to one of my favourite toys of all time…. LEGO ®

Being a bit of a lonely kid, I could spend hours sitting in my bedroom building LEGO models, mostly so I could stage small-scale LEGO wars. I even found the pegs from a Battleships game fitted almost perfectly into certain bricks making miniature missiles for my hi-tech LEGO fighter jets. I also went through a phase of trying to design LEGO buses, seeing how many figure I could squash into a road-worthy vehicle. Ahh such good times!!!


Some Facts

Appealing to Geeks and non-geeks alike, LEGO products have become some of the most popular constructions toys in history and it all started back in the 1940s when The LEGO Group launched its “Automatic Binding Bricks”. Since then billions of brightly coloured bricks have been bound together in a multitude of combinations by over 400 million children and adults. The number of bricks and fans keeps on growing, with approximately 7 LEGO sets sold every second and an average of 42 bricks existing for every person alive!

With 915 million ways to combine just 6 LEGO bricks, its certain that LEGO sets will continue to be popular and versatile into the future, although let’s be honest, 6 bricks is hardly going to stretch the imagination far.



LEGO Bricks in Life

LEGO bricks are constantly being used in new and inventive ways to create complex models, life-size buildings, animations, works of art and much more. One artist has taken it upon himself to use LEGO bricks to repair damaged and crumbling buildings, however the colour scheme could do with some revisions. British TV presenter James May took the toy to its limits when he constructed a life-size house out of 3 million bricks donated by The LEGO Group. The building featured a functioning staircase and bed (albeit uncomfy to lie on) but unfortunately it had to be demolished when funding to move and preserve it could not be found.

How about LEGO art? Artist Nathan Sawaya sculpts in LEGO bricks and has created some amazing artwork on display in New York, whilst another budding LEGO artist called CubeDudes has built Cube-esque characters from TV and comics. Even popstars find themselves constructed in LEGO bricks.

LEGO has even touched the world of animation, with short movies such as this amazing stop-motion lightsaber fight sequence.

If complexity of design is what you’re after, then check out this Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with a remotely controlled gearbox, or maybe you prefer a life-size vehicle instead!

Finally, LEGO is not just about putting bricks together, it’s also become virtual with a range of programs being created for the PC. Ldraw is one of the most popular and allows the designer to easily construct virtual models using the full range of LEGO bricks all in a CAD environment. You can then render your designs in 3d using POV-Ray.

I’ll add more fun LEGO links to my forum as and when I find them as well.


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