Thursday, October 7, 2010


One ordinary morning, I was strolling around the office and VOILA, my eyes darted to a big Lego man happily standing on Nathan’s desk. My normal reaction was to squeal, and squeal in delight, did I. With matching hop in place as if I was riding a make-believe pogo-stick. Just imagine my surprise when I found that it wasn’t just a figurine but…

Wait for it…

A lamp!
My heart-melted into a mushy marshmallow goo.
I firmly believe that no childhood is complete without legos. If I had my way, I’d pass a law requiring parents and schools to let kids play with legos. These colorful quadrilaterals transform and create countless worlds and figures with just a snap. With every brick, kids and even the kids at heart, become engineers of their own imagination.

"Build it" (Plane)

"Build it" (Train)

"Build it" (Fire Truck)

The Lego company was founded by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen who made wooden toys as a way to earn extra cash. What I find even more interesting is the meaning behind the actual term, lego. It’s from an amalgamation of the Danish phrase "leg godt," which means "play well."

And that’s exactly what people did with their legos. They played with it. In seemingly endless and imaginative ways that gave this classic toy, a new and refreshing twist.

Here are some not-so-kiddie lego projects that are equally cool and fun.

German artist, Jan Vormann has been creating Lego installations all over the world, finding cracks and gaps in buildings, statues and walls, and filling them with a burst of colourful Lego bricks. Vormann calls his installations “Dispatchwork”.

Next stop, Nathan Sawaya. He is so obsessed with legos that he left his job as a NYC attorney to become a master lego builder ... which is no small feat. Sawaya now has a studio in the big Apple and over 1.5 million Lego bricks.

British television presenter of TopGear, James May and a group of volunteers built a two-storey LEGO house in the middle of the Denbies ine estate, in Dorking, UK. The life-size house uses over 816 million Lego pieces. The two-story Lego palace features a staircase, toilet and even a shower.

Here are more from crafters and designers who add some functional flavor to this classic toy.

And throw us in the bunch as well! Check out Popjunklove’s lego-inspired collections.

Compared to the high-tech and battery-operated toys that fill Toy Kingdom, these bricks don’t light up or run by remote.

 They are plain, uncomplicated, four-sided bricks that use your imagination as it’s main power source and this is the reason why I believe Legos will never ever grow old.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Can you tell me, where can I buy this kind if big Lego man?


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