Inside the ‘Other’ LEGOLAND and Its Model Shop With More Than 3 Million LEGO Bricks

Who says that you have to outgrow your childhood passion? LEGO’s master builders Robbie McCarthy and Bill Gowdy are a perfect example of living the childhood dream by touring you through the breathtaking LEGOLAND Model Shop in California. Providing some insight on how some of the models you see around worldwide LEGO Shops are digitally planned and physically constructed, each crew member have their own specialty when it comes to building with LEGO, which imaginably would cut downtime in comparison to a lonely pair of hands doing the constructing these monstrous models. Robbie also showcases some very rare LEGO pieces, such as bricks actually plated in gold.

Get an inside look at the LEGO Shop below and let us know your thoughts.

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Braille LEGO-Style Bricks Help Blind Children Learn To Read While Playing

Co-founded by the non-profit initiative Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, and the agency  Lew’Lara\TBWA, The Braille Bricks project aids blind children to learn how to read through play. Each block features a braille letter, for blind and sighted children to use as a toy and learning tool.

Take a look at the first ever braille lego bricks below and how they are used. The simple but brilliant design used the Braille alphabet & six-dot figures to help the visually learn to read, while stimulating creativity. The blocks showcase the 26 letters of the alphabet in braille in a fun and exciting way.

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This Lego-Inspired Apartment Is Every Child’s Dream

With a mission that states “Reach every child in every country in the world,” it’s only fitting that LEGO is the focal point in this new child-friendly apartment by HAO Design. Highlighted by an open space that incorporates the kitchen, dining and living room areas, the firm installed a round blue “LEGO Play Pond” sofa, a multi-purpose feature that serves as a lounge area, playspace and toy storage. We also find LEGO block details throughout the the entire space, most notably the dining table and balcony, while the toy’s colorful and adaptable characteristics are applied to the master bedroom and guest room as well. Juxtaposed with concrete, marble and steel fittings throughout, check out this unique space above and head over to HAO Design for more of its works.

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LEGO to Release Disney Minifigurines

Exciting news for LEGO fans and Disney fans! LEGO will release new minifigurines based on popular Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan and Maleficent. The minifigs were so excited that they even did a photo shoot at Walt Disney World!

The full series includes Disney classics including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck; 1950s Disney characters, including Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland, Peter Pan and Captain Hook from Neverland and villain Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty; Disney movie favorites Ariel and Ursula from the Little Mermaid, Genie and Aladdin fromAladdin and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch; Toy Story favorites Buzz Lightyear and Alien from Pizza Planet and never-before-seen in the LEGO world, Mr. Incredible and Syndrome from The Incredibles.

The collectibles will be available May 1 and will be sold in toy stores, shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores nationwide for $3.99 each.

Which Disney minifig are you excited to add to your collection? I’m looking forward to Stitch from Lilo & Stitch and the Alien from Toy Story. They may go head to head in a battle with my Star Wars minifigs!

The 2016 Best Picture Nominees For The Oscars Recreated in LEGO

In celebration of the The Oscars, Toscano Bricks has recreated the 2016 Best Picture nominees in LEGO.

It takes a lot of bricks to build the best movies of the year… Here are the Oscars 2016 Best Picture Nominees in Lego: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.

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Paul Feig Unveils the LEGO Set for the ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

Peter, Ray, Egon, Winston and company finally got the LEGO treatment this January, more than three decades after Ghostbusters‘ 1984 release. Paul Feig’s female-centric reboot may not even have a trailer yet, but that hasn’t stopped the director from teasing the film’s upcoming toys. Now, after revealing Mattel’s action figures, Feig took to Twitter today to unveil the film’s very own LEGO set. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Minifigure form, the set also includes Chris Hemsworth’s character alongside the previously unseen “Red Daemon” and the iconic ECTO-1.

Check it out above and stay tuned for the first official Ghostbusters trailer. The film is currently slated for a July 15 release.

LEGO Is Releasing a ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Game

LEGO is adding to its extensive resume by teaming up with Lucasfilm for a Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game. Characters, locations, droids and vehicles from the blockbuster film have been brought to life in LEGO form, as seen in the tongue-in-cheek video clip above, while new stories and adventures based on the movie are also included. Check out the trailer and purchase the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita starting June 28.

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LEGOLAND In Lake Wales Is Hiring People to Build Things All Day

Good news for anyone who was obsessed with Legos growing up: The creative division of Merlin Entertainment, which runs LEGOLAND theme parks worldwide, is looking to hire 20 “Master Model Builders” at their factory, known as the “Merlin’s Magic Making Hub,” in Lake Wales, Fla., a spokesperson tells TIME.

The company says it is accepting applications from people of all backgrounds, so Lego fans don’t necessarily need to be architects or graphic designers to throw their hat in the ring. In the past, the interview process has involved build-offs, requiring applicants to construct a Lego model based on a photo.

The Florida site is said to have hired about 50 model builders so far, and there are about 100 of these builders working at facilities in California, Malaysia and throughout Europe.

LEGO Will No Longer Ask You Why You’re Buying An Actual Ton Of Bricks

If you’ve got a plan to build a life-sized statue of Aaron Rodgers or Jeff Goldblum in your backyard, you’ll no longer have to explain to LEGO why you’re buying so many bricks. The company says it’s reversing its policy on bulk purchases, and won’t ask customers what their intentions are when they buy a bunch of LEGO pieces at once.

In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, LEGO said that while in the past it had asked customers ordering bulk purchases to explain the “thematic purpose” of their project, because it didn’t want to “actively support or endorse specific agendas.”

“However, those guidelines could result in misunderstandings or be perceived as inconsistent, and the LEGO Group has therefore adjusted the guidelines for sales of Lego bricks in very large quantities,” the company said.

Instead, the company will ask customers to make clear that LEGO doesn’t support or endorse their projects, if they’re displayed in public.

The change comes after Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accused the company of censorship in October. He wanted to buy bricks in bulk for a piece on political dissidents, but LEGO said at the time that its policy was to reject requests if it believed the bricks would be used to make a political statement, the BBC notes.

Check out the Biggest LEGO Millennium Falcon Ever Made

LEGO and Star Wars have a unique love affair, with the Danish toymaker putting out comprehensive LEGO sets after each franchise installment that have inspired successive generations to tinker about with the vehicles and set pieces that they see on the big screen. However, nothing designed by LEGO comes close to the ardor that one particular fan — who goes by Marshal Banana — has for one particular spaceship from the series, specifically the iconic Millennium Falcon. The LEGO replica which he created from 7,500 LEGO pieces is the purest expression of his love for Star Wars, measuring at 22 pounds and three feet in length, and taking a whole year to plan and construct. The level of detail in Marshal Banana’s creation, from the guns and pipes to the lit-up engine, puts the official LEGO replicas to shame — in comparison, the standard model by LEGO consists of 1,329 pieces, while the biggest Star Wars model ever produced is the $6,000 USD Ultimate Collectors Series Falcon, which falls short at a mere 5,000 pieces. Take a look at the magnum opus above, and check out more of Marshal Banana’s work at his Flickr page.

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