Quick-Brick Fun Fact 9

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The LEGO supervillian Ogel was the nemesis of the Alpha Team for 5 years (2001-2005, the entire span of the Alpha Team theme). Interestingly, the name ‘Ogel’ is the backwards spelling of the word ‘LEGO’, as the evil character is supposed to represent the opposite of fun, play, and happiness.

Quick-Brick Fun Fact 8

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The Ninja minifigure was first released in 1998 with the first ever wave of Ninja-themed sets. Since then, it is has been released in hundreds more, becoming very popular with the Ninjago theme (2011-present). The minifigure has varied and ranges from ghost ninjas to robot ninjas, but the essence of the ninja has remained…

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LEGO Set Highlight: 600 Police Car

The very first set to feature a LEGO minifigure was this set: 600 Police Car. Though the model is small and extremely disproportionate, the set is so significant, as it led the way for thousands of sets with thousands more minifigures. Released, of course, in 1978 following the patent of the LEGO Minifigure, it was composed of 23 pieces, and shared set numbers with an Ambulance set released in 1970.

LEGO Set Highlight: 10253 Big Ben

The beautiful architectural masterpiece and a crown jewel of Great Britain is perfectly recreated in this amazing set! The giant timepiece acts as a cornerstone for the Palace of Westminster, some of which is included in this massive product. Released on June 15th, 2016 to LEGO VIP members and on July 1st, 2016 for everyone else, it is constructed with 4163 pieces and priced at $249.99 (£169.99, 219.99€).  It stands over 23″ high, is 17″ wide and is 7″ deep. Notable features include 4 printed clock faces along with movable hands, rare gold-colored pieces, beautiful scenery, and tinted-transluscent elements.

Quick-Brick Fun Fact 6

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There are currently only 18 different kinds of pegs, the most comon being the Black Connector Peg w/ Friction (in 1624 different sets) and the least common being the White Connector Peg w/ Friction 3M (used in only 1 set). Found in almost every set, pegs are among the most mass produced LEGO pieces in the world today.

LEGO Set Highlight: 3433 The Ultimate NBA Arena

Released in 2003, 3433 The Ultimate NBA Arena was a unique set in multiple ways. It led the charge of 27 sets in the year to be the only ones ever to include altered minifigures: the legs had special springs for ‘jumping’ and the hands were cut off at the bottom so that a minifigure could hold a basketball. Also, it was the largest of the NBA sets which included minifigure representation of actual NBA players; this one contained 10 of the most famous players of all time. The theme lasted only 2 years and was the only one with such minifigures, until 2016 when a series of 16 minifigures of the German soccer team was released.

LEGO Set Highlight: 850 Fork-Lift Truck

850 Fork-Lift Truck was released 1977, and contained 210 pieces. It came with 5 other sets that composed the first wave of LEGO Technic sets. Although for the next 20 years Technic vehicles were built with basic Technic bricks, the year 1998 saw a switch from Technic bricks to Technic Liftarms and Panels; the style with which this little set was built would no longer be produced again. Still, the Fork-Lift Truck helped pioneer features (such as gears and steering) that would remain in Technic sets for many years to come.

MOC: 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria

Cruise the streets with style in the highly-detailed, minifigure-scale 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria! This old-fashioned classic from the 50’s was a member of Ford’s brand-new line of vehicles: the Fairlane models, produced to keep up with Chevrolet’s new and very popular Bel Air automobile. The Fairlane cars were the first Ford vehicles to feature optional seatbelts, factory-installed air conditioners, and panoramic windshields.

This brick-built version has everything a car lover could ask for: chrome bumpers and grille, opening doors, accurate color styling, smooth design from the front to the back, roomy interior with a steering wheel and gauges, and (coming soon) opening trunk. The complex building techniques employed in this model account for its near-perfect recreation of the original using 182 parts. The entire model is 17 studs long, 6 2/3 studs wide, and 4 bricks high.

 

MOC by Brickster_Tim

MOC: Natural History Museum

Enjoy the experience of spending a day at the Museum with this awesome LEGO project. With this project, based on the Natural History Museum, you will finally be able to immerse yourself in the fabulous world!

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum’s main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road. This set contains the Natural History Museum (based on a lot of pictures) and some other elements like the LEGO dinosaur (91 lego pieces). This set also includes seven LEGO minifigures.

Want to see this creation as a LEGO Set? It is currently up for voting on LEGO Ideas! Be one of the 10,000 pioneers and vote for free here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/141362/

MOC by CARLIERTI

Quick-Brick Fun Fact 4

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The first ever LEGOLAND Park was opened in Billund, Denmark (The LEGO Group’s natal country) on June 7th, 1968. Back then, it encompassed an area equalling 14 acres; but now, it has expanded to 45 acres with dozens more rides and attractions, all divided into 9 themed areas. The second LEGOLAND Park was opened in Windsor, UK almost 30 years later; and was followed by the first USA park in California, opening only 3 years afterward. Now, there are 6 open LEGOLAND parks (including Germany, Florida USA, and Malaysia), with four more planned for the future (Dubai, Korea, Japan, and Shanghai)!