This Tape Makes Everything LEGO Compatible

Team Nimuno is currently crowdfunding an invention that will let you realize your wildest dreams because this tape makes everything LEGO compatible. Nimuno Loops is a flexible, bendable, shapeable, cuttable, reusable tape with a top side compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, Kreo and other major toy building block systems. You can LEGO on the walls. You can LEGO on the ceiling. You can LEGO on the fridge, your glasses, the toilet, your kid’s toy dinosaur, the sink, your forehead, an umbrella, your car and, well, you get the idea. Nimuno Loops turn almost any surface into something you build on so you can finally realize your desire to create an entire Inception-style world with folding buildings if you have enough bricks, imagination and adhesive tape. The product is currently in the prototype stages with estimated delivery in July of this year. Based on the fact that the project was designed and developed by two professional industrial designers—and the fact that it has absolutely crushed funding goals—it’s a pretty sure bet that a successful product will end up on your doorstep in just a few months.

‘Forbes’ Names the World’s Most Reputable Companies in 2017

Forbes has recently announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Companies for 2017. Complied with the help of The Reputation Institute, the list highlights the top 100 companies based on feedback collected from over 170,000 respondents familiar with the brands. The Reputation Institute also tracks the company’s perception in seven categories, products & services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership and performance, scoring them under the RepTrak Pulse measurement system.

For the second time in a row, Swiss timepiece aficionados Rolex tops the list with a RepTrak Pulse score of 80.38. Following in second is the LEGO Group with 79.19; The Walt Disney Company with 79.19; Canon with 78.28; and Google with 78.22. This latest ranking is based on surveys collected in Q1. Take a look at the top 10 below, and head over to Forbes for the full 100.

The World’s Most Reputable Companies in 2017 – RepTrak Pulse Score
1. Rolex (80.38)
2. LEGO Group (79.46)
3. The Walt Disney Company (79.19)
4. Canon (78.28)
5. Google (78.22)
6. Bosch (78.13)
7=. Sony (77.74)
7=. Intel (77.74)
9. Rolls-Royce Aerospace (77.66)
10. adidas (77.27)

LEGO Partners With HP To Help Bring Creative Learning Into Schools

Maker of famous multicolored blocks, Lego, has announced a partnership with HP at Bett 2017.

Lego will be joining the HP for Education scheme, which allows schools that have invested in HP computers to cash in credit for software, devices and training.

As part of this, Lego will bring two education programs into the fray: Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 is a package designed to get secondary-school students interested in the basics of robotics and computer programming, while WeDo 2.0 mixes Lego bricks with basic modelling software, to introduce primary-school students to computing and science.

“At HP we recognize that with tight budgets, schools have to make difficult decisions every year between buying much-needed education hardware or investing in software such as education programs and training courses.” said Neil Sawyer, education business director at HP.

“We want to stop schools from being forced to minimize their IT assets or forgo software purchases in order to invest in vital education technology.

“With Lego Education adding two of its leading software programs and brick sets to the initiative, HP for Education will deliver creative learning solutions to thousands more pupils in the coming months, boosting STEM skills and preparing young people for the workforce of tomorrow.”

Not many brands shout “creative learning solutions” as eloquently as Lego, so it’s a boon for HP to have them onboard with their education scheme. Indeed, the nebulous term of “creativity” has been championed at this year’s Bett show, from Adobe’s push to bring Creative Cloud Android apps to Chromebooks in schools, to startups exploring ways for technology to enable students to create in the classroom.

Check Out This LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Known for its off-road prowess in the outdoor community, the Jeep Rubicon is a treasured 4×4 outdoor vehicle for the big kid in all of us. So when we stumbled upon this LEGO version of the famed Jeep vehicle from LEGO Ideas member Chiho Kim, we immediately hoped this concept come to fruition in the coming months.

No detail was spared in developing this concept LEGO truck, even the light bar is a life-like rendering in itself. It’s positioned atop four mean off-road tires, boasts the classic Rubicon roll cage, fog lights up front along with Jeep’s classic hood design, a beautifully built cabin, and rock sliders to boot. It’s the larger, meaner and off-road ready version of Chiho’s original build, and we for one aren’t complaining. Be sure to check out some of the other options this LEGO Ideas member has put together as well. They’re impressive to say the least.

LEGO Batman Event Added To 2017 Events At LEGOLAND Resort

LEGOLAND Florida announced today that a new event themed around the upcoming Batman LEGO Movie will be coming to their park in 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie Days will take place on March 4-5 & 11-12 at the park and will feature ” photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman-inspired LEGO build activities.”

The park also announced a new event called KIDZ BOP Weekend.  This event will run from April 28-30 and will feature The KIDZ Bop Kids live in concert at The KIDZ Bop Theater as part of their 2017 tour.  Some of the songs being perfomred include  their version of the LEGO NINJAGO theme song, “The Weekend Whip.”

LEGOLAND Florida also announced that all of their popular events will return in 2017 as well, including LEGO Star Wars Days, Brick or Treat and of course Christmas Bricktacular.

Americans Bought So Many Legos That They Tried To Get Us To Stop

Denmark-based Lego is the world’s most profitable toy-maker, with Mattel and their Barbie empire a close second. But when Lego reported a decline in revenue for the first half of 2016, the news was just what the company was hoping for.

According to Reuters, business was booming at Lego to the tune of a 25 percent growth rate in 2015. But it couldn’t keep up with the demand in North America, which was the world’s biggest toy market in 2015. So the company that brought you “The Lego Movie” did something highly unusual: it embarked on an effort to get Americans to stop buying its toys. The company reduced its marketing and advertising activities here while investing in more production plants in China, Hungary, Denmark and Mexico, and it hired more than 3,500 new employees to meet demand going forward.

“We are working very closely with our retail partners to ensure that as we go into the important holiday season, the back half of 2016, that we’ve got all of the levers pulled to get back on the growth trajectory,” Lego Chief Financial Officer John Goodwin told Reuters. “We feel we need to invest, to build some breathing space.”

If Lego wanted people to buy fewer Legos, my family definitely missed the memo. I haven’t been able to use my dining room table for actual dining in months, thanks to my 8-year-old’s painstakingly built Lego world consisting of a smoothie shop, roller coaster, Ferris wheel, pop-star house, tree house, double-decker bus and more.

My house aside, Lego’s effort to slow North American sales seems to have worked, but sales in Asia and Europe continued to grow by double digits, according to the Washington Post.

Lego, a family-owned company founded in 1932, has been successful for decades, releasing thousands of sets of colorful blocks and inter-connecting pieces for boys and girls worldwide. And the company partners with some heavy-hitters: “Star Wars,” Disney, Angry Birds, “Ghostbusters” and the White House, to name a few. Their brand power goes beyond the box, with six Legoland theme parks, 125 retail stores and dozens of video games. (Oh, and the aforementioned movie from 2014 garnered $468.1 million at the box office.)

New LEGO Headquarters to Be Designed by C.F. Møller

LEGO group plans to add a new headquarters in Billund Denmark, which will be designed by Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller. Spanning around 52,000 square meters, the new office will incorporate energy efficiency features as well as numerous green spaces for an open environment. Møller’s design will take influence straight from the famous brick toys and is said to include a LEGO People House, a colourful atrium and architectural features built right on top of recognizable LEGO elements.

Senior Vice President at the LEGO group, Claus Flyger Pejstrup states:

“We want a distinct office building that clearly conveys the LEGO values, and which truly expresses the creative, innovative culture of our company. I am very excited that we can now present our vision for this new building, both to our employees and to the community.”

Check out the space above and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

This Man Making LEGO Food Sculptures Is an Artistic Hero

LEGO play-sets all come with a warning that they should not be used by children under four, as the small pieces make for quite the choking hazard. However, such a warning is applicable to those of all ages who find themselves face to face with the work of Tary, a Japanese artist who has created LEGO sculptures of food so realistic that one could actually drool.

Using a wide variety of colored bricks from preexisting LEGO sets, Tary has wrought creations from all manner of food groups and cultures. The key to these success of these sculptures is his attention to detail, such as the gooey cheese slowly dripping off his slice of pizza sculpture, or his ice cream cone that seamlessly melts into a puddle. The traditional Japanese dish of shrimp tempura over a bowl of rice even won him the first place prize in an original LEGO model contest.

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Make LEGO-Shaped Gummy Candy With a DIY Silicone Mold

It’s fun to build things with LEGO, but it’s even more fun if you get to eat your custom creations. These homemade LEGO gummy candies are easy to make, taste great, and can even be stacked like real LEGO bricks.

In this video, youtuber Grant Thompson “The King of Random” explains what you need to make custom gummy candies, and how to do it. For ingredients, you’ll need a box of your favorite flavor of Jell-O, corn syrup, and a few packets of unflavored gelatin. You’ll also need some food grade molding silicone to make the LEGO mold (this video will show you to create the mold). When you have your mold ready, mix a half cup of very cold water with a quarter cup of corn syrup and stir it together until the liquid turns clear. Pour the liquid into a pot with the Jell-O and packets of gelatin, stir it until everything mixes in evenly, and heat it on the stove at medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Your sugary soup should now be a thick candy syrup that’s ready to be poured into your mold. Let the gelatin cool for about five hours on your counter and you have your own homemade, LEGO-shaped gummy candy.

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Family Fun & New Attractions at LEGOLAND This Summer

One of the new additions to LEGOLAND for 2016 is the newly reimagined Imagination Zone.  In this new area, kids can participate in a variety of hands-on LEGO building activities in a variety of themes, has debuted several all-new areas where kids can unleash the power of their imagination in fun new ways.

The area went under an extensive refurbishment and now offers new experiences such as the Creation Zone, Water Zone, Wheels Zone, Building Zone and Flight Zone.

Also new at LEGOLAND Florida is the new “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity” 4D film.  The 12½-minute film follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their Lava Monster Army. Led by heroic Clay Moorington, the band of knights join forces with the great digital wizard, Merlok 2.0, to vanquish the enemy and stop him from getting his devious hands on a powerful book of magic.

After the show is over, kids can get their parents to download the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Merlok 2.0 mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices for even more fun!

When the sun goes down at LEGOLAND Florida, the skies light up with LEGOLAND Night Lights!  This new experience at LEGOLAND Florida features  meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite LEGO characters, including some making their first appearance at LEGOLAND Florida Resort; exclusive opportunities to build alongside LEGO Master Model Builders; and a spectacular, brick-tacular LEGO NINJAGO fireworks display.  This new event will take place every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 through July 31.

Creative Cove is a new expansion area at LEGOLAND Water Park that adds a fun, hands-on attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets.

Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.