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The classic red 2x4 Lego brick. Note the protruding interlocking "stud" mechanism atop the brick.
The classic red 2x4 Lego brick. Note the protruding interlocking "stud" mechanism atop the brick.

Lego is a line of building toys manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company based in Denmark. LEGO (disambiguation) LEGO may refer to: LEGO, as in LEGO Bricks, a trademark of the The Lego Group LEGO, as in lego bricks, or legos, popularized terms for any set of interlocking-block type toy LEGO, as in Low-End Graphics Option formerly sold by Sun Microsystems. ... Image File history File links LEGO_logo. ... Image File history File links LEGO_logo. ... Lego Group is a family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark and best known for the manufacture of Lego-brand toys. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 320 × 240 pixelsFull resolution (320 × 240 pixel, file size: 48 KB, MIME type: image/png) Red 2 x 4 LEGO brick from the LDraw parts library. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 320 × 240 pixelsFull resolution (320 × 240 pixel, file size: 48 KB, MIME type: image/png) Red 2 x 4 LEGO brick from the LDraw parts library. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... Lego Group is a family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark and best known for the manufacture of Lego-brand toys. ...


The company's flagship product, "Lego bricks", have consisted of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings and even working robots. Space, Castle, and Town minifigures Minifigures are small, plastic figural toys produced by Danish toy manufacturer Lego, which are usually sold with Lego sets, as characters intended to populate modular Lego environments. ...

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Early history

A Chrysler Building replica made entirely of Lego bricks, on display at the Times Square location of Toys "R" Us in New York City.
A Chrysler Building replica made entirely of Lego bricks, on display at the Times Square location of Toys "R" Us in New York City.
Main article: History of Lego
See also: Lego timeline

The Lego Group had a very humble beginning in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark. Christiansen began creating wooden toys in 1932; the company began calling itself "Lego" two years later in 1934. The company expanded to producing plastic toys in 1940. In 1949, Lego began producing the now-famous interlocking bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". These bricks were based largely on the design of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the UK in 1947. The first Lego bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were developed in the spirit of traditional wooden blocks that could be stacked upon one another; however, these plastic bricks could be "locked" together. They had several round "studs" on top, and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they could not be pulled apart. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (902x1204, 479 KB)A replica of the Chrysler Building made entirely out of Legos, found at the Times Square location of Toys R Us in New York City. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (902x1204, 479 KB)A replica of the Chrysler Building made entirely out of Legos, found at the Times Square location of Toys R Us in New York City. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ... For other uses, see Times Square (disambiguation). ... Toys R Us (currently typeset as Toys Я Us in the logo) is a toy store chain based in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article describes the History of the LEGO Group. ... Lego Group logo This article lists notable events and releases in the timeline of the Lego Group and Lego products. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Billund is a municipality in the center of the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark, in the county of Ribe. ... Kiddicraft was a predecessor of Lego bricks. ... Cellulose acetate, first prepared in 1865, is the acetate ester of cellulose. ...


The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well". The name could also be interpreted as "I put together" or "I assemble" in Latin, though this would be a somewhat forced application of the general sense "I collect; I gather; I learn"; the word is most used in the derived sense, "I read". The cognate Greek verb "λέγω" or "lego" also means "gather, pick up", but this can include constructing a stone wall.[1] For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... Look up cognate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The Lego Group's motto is "Only the best is good enough", translated from the Danish phrase, Det bedste er ikke for godt. This motto was created by Ole Kirk to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly. The motto is still used within the company today.


The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned, following poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.


By 1954, Christiansen's son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play, but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their "locking" ability was limited, and they were not very versatile. It was not until 1958 that the modern-day brick design was developed, and it took another five years to find exactly the right material for it. The modern Lego brick was patented on January 28, 1958, and bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks. Godfred Kirk Christiansen (July 8, 1920 - July 13, 1995) is the son of Ole Kirk Christiansen, the founder of LEGO. Lego Group Categories: | | | ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ...


Design and manufacture

A Lego City.
A Lego City.

Lego pieces of all varieties have been, first and foremost, part of a universal system. Despite tremendous variation in the design and purpose of individual pieces over the years, each remains compatible in some way with existing pieces. Lego bricks from 1963 still interlock with those made in 2008, and Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers. Model of Trafalgar Square in London, as seen in Legoland Windsor, 2003-11-01. ... Model of Trafalgar Square in London, as seen in Legoland Windsor, 2003-11-01. ... Trafalgar Square viewed from the northeast corner. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Map of Berkshire, UK, showing the location of Legoland Windsor at 51. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1152x752, 382 KB) Summary Only a few months before pulling down the city into many boxes - A view over the Lego City I once called Chicago ;-) picture taken by myself - scanned up Licensing File links The following pages link to this... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1152x752, 382 KB) Summary Only a few months before pulling down the city into many boxes - A view over the Lego City I once called Chicago ;-) picture taken by myself - scanned up Licensing File links The following pages link to this...


Bricks, beams, axles, mini figures, and all other elements in the Lego system are manufactured to an exacting degree of tolerance. When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of "clutch power"; they must stay together until pulled apart. They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the resulting constructions would be unstable; they also cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 µm.[2] Tolerance in Final Fantasy is an allowance, given as a permissible range, in the nominal dimension or value specification of a manufactured object. ... A micrometre (American spelling: micrometer, symbol µm) is an SI unit of length equal to one millionth of a metre, or about a tenth of the diameter of a droplet of mist or fog. ...


Since 1963, Lego pieces have been manufactured from a strong, resilient plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS. Precision-machined, small-capacity molds are used, and human inspectors check the output of the molds, to eliminate significant variations in color or thickness. Worn-out molds are encased in the foundations of buildings to prevent their falling into competitors' hands. According to the Lego Group, about eighteen bricks out of every million fail to meet the standard required.[2] Only one percent of the plastic waste in Lego factories goes unrecycled.[3] Monomers in ABS polymer ABS plastic pipes in use in a wet basement of a paper mill, in Sault Ste. ...


Manufacturing of Lego bricks occurs at a number of locations around the world. Molding is done at one of two plants in Denmark and Czech Republic. Brick decorations and packaging is done at plants in Denmark, United States, Mexico and the Czech Republic. Annual production of Lego bricks averages approximately 20 billion (2×1010) per year, or about 600 pieces per second. To put this in context, if all the Lego bricks ever produced were to be divided equally among a world population of six billion, each person would have 62 Lego bricks.[2] Map of countries by population — China and India, the only two countries to have a population greater than one billion, together possess more than a third of the worlds population. ...


In 2007, Lego Group announced a restructuring of the current production setup including the outsourcing of some of the production work to Flextronics, a Singaporean electronics company. [4] Lego Group plans to close the production facility in Enfield, Connecticut and outsource this work to the Flextronics factory in Mexico.[4][5] Flextronics will also oversee the factory in Kladno, Czech Republic. The Czech facilities would also be expanded due to the planned closing of the Swiss factory in Baar, which mostly manufactured TECHNIC parts.[5] On February 19, 2008, Lego announced that the Lego Group would instead take over operations of the Kladno factory from March 1, 2008.[6] Flextronics International Ltd. ... National motto: Majulah Singapura (English: Onward, Singapore) National anthem: Majulah Singapura Capital Singapore1 Largest city Singapore1 Official languages English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil Government President Prime minister Westminster system (de jure) Dominant-party system (de facto) Sellapan Rama Nathan Lee Hsien Loong Independence - From Malaysia August 9, 1965 Area  - Total... Enfield (CT) Shaker Village Enfield is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... Kladno is a city in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. ... Baar is a municipality in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. ... Example of studded construction. ...


Today

Since it began producing plastic bricks, the Lego Group has released thousands of play sets themed around a variety of topics. Examples include, but are not limited to, space, robots, pirates, vikings, medieval castles, dinosaurs, holiday locations, the wild west, the Arctic, airports, miners, Star Wars, Batman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Exo-Force. New elements are often released along with new sets. There are also Lego sets designed to appeal to young girls such as the Clikits line which consists of small interlocking parts that are meant to encourage creativity and arts and crafts, much like regular Lego bricks. Clikit pieces can interlock with regular Lego bricks as decorative elements. A LEGO Pirate Pirates is a Lego theme launched in 1989 featuring pirates, soldiers, islanders and sailing ships. ... Vikings is a Lego theme originally released in Fall of 2005. ... For other uses, see Castle (disambiguation). ... Orders Saurischia    Sauropodomorpha    Theropoda Ornithischia Dinosaurs are giant reptiles that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for most of their 165-million year existence. ... The cowboy, the quintessential symbol of the American Old West, circa 1887. ... For the ships, see USS Arctic, SS Arctic, MV Arctic The red line indicates the 10°C isotherm in July, sometimes used to define the Arctic region border Artificially coloured topographical map of the Arctic region The Arctic is the region around the Earths North Pole, opposite the Antarctic... LEGO Star Wars is a LEGO theme involving the Star Wars universe. ... LEGO Batman is a theme of LEGO building sets based on the comics, films, and cartoons featuring the DC Comics superhero, Batman. ... 2006 sets from ToyFair in New York City Lego SpongeBob SquarePants is a series of Lego building sets based on SpongeBob SquarePants, a Nicktoon on the childrens cable TV network, Nickelodeon. ... Lego Harry Potter is a Lego theme based on the books and films of the Harry Potter series. ... For the upcoming video game, see Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. ... LEGO Exo-Force is a LEGO toy line strongly based on the popular mecha anime genre. ...


The Lego range has expanded to encompass accessory motors, gears, lights, sensors, and cameras designed to be used with Lego components. There are even special bricks, like the Lego NXT that can be programmed with a PC or a Mac to perform very complicated and useful tasks. These programmable bricks are sold under the name Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms is a line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, beams, and pneumatic parts) to build robots and other automated or interactive systems. ... Lego Mindstorms is a line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, beams, and pneumatic parts) to build robots and other automated or interactive systems. ...


In 2006 a new Lego Mindstorms kit called Mindstorms NXT was released. It is more advanced than the RCX, has a bigger screen than the RCX, and has a new array of sensors. They include touch, sound, light, and a new ultrasonic sensor technology. There is also a Bluetooth compatible hookup that can send and receive messages from one's cellphone and other Bluetooth compatible devices. The RCX was only compatible with Windows, but NXT is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. For other uses, see Mindstorm. ... Ultrasound is sound with a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing, approximately 20 kilohertz. ... Bluetooth logo This article is about the electronic protocol named after Harald Bluetooth Gormson. ... Cellular redirects here. ... Lego Mindstorms is a line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, beams, and pneumatic parts) to build robots and other automated or interactive systems. ... For other uses, see Mindstorm. ... 1. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ...


There are several robotics competitions which use Lego bricks and the RCX. The earliest, and likely the largest, is Botball, a national U.S. middle- and high-school competition stemming from the MIT 6.270 Lego robotics tournament. A related competition is FIRST Lego League for elementary and middle schools. The international RoboCup Junior soccer competition involves extensive use of Lego Mindstorms equipment which is often pushed to its extreme limits. Botball® is a robotics competition for middle and high school students. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary/elementary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... A typical FLL robot from the 2004 season, using the RIS platform The FIRST Lego League (also known by its acronym FLL) is a competition for elementary and middle school students (ages 9-14, 9-16 in Europe), arranged by the FIRST organization. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... RoboCup Junior is closely related to the RoboCup autonomous robotic soccer competition. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Lego Mindstorms is a line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, beams, and pneumatic parts) to build robots and other automated or interactive systems. ...


Bionicle is a line of toys by the Lego Group that is marketed towards those in the 7–16-year-old age range. The line was launched in January 2001 in Europe and June/July 2001 in the United States. The Bionicle idea originated from the earlier toy lines Slizers (also known as Throwbots) and Roboriders. Both of these lines had similar throwing disks and characters based on classical elements. The sets in the Bionicle line have increased in size and flexibility through the years. Bionicle is a line of toys created by the Lego Group that is marketed towards those in the 7-16 year old range. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... Lego Group is a family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark and best known for the manufacture of Lego-brand toys. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Slizer was a line of Lego toys released in 1999 much like Bionicle, they are known as T Throwbots in the American regions but Europeans call them Slizers. ... Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal classical elements to explain patterns in nature. ...


Lego Group operates four Legoland amusement parks, three in Europe and one in California. On July 13, 2005, the control of 70% of the Legoland parks was sold for $460 million to the Blackstone Group of New York while the remaining 30% is still held by the Lego Group. There are also several Lego Brand retail stores, including at Downtown Disney in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. As of year end 2005, there are 25 Lego Brand Retail stores in the USA, a number of stores in Europe, and a franchised Lego store in Abu Dhabi. The entrance of Legoland Deutschland. ... Ferris wheel Amusement park is the more generic term for a collection of amusement rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) is a prominent private equity and investment management firm founded in 1985 by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman. ... Downtown Disney is the name of an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area; there are locations in two Disney resorts: Downtown Disney (California), at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California Downtown Disney (Florida), at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Categories: Disney parks and attractions ... The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is a major recreational resort (owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company), and is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment area. ... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. ... Mall of America (also MOA, MoA, or the Megamall) is a shopping mall located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1843 Incorporated 1858 Mayor Gene Winstead Area    - City 99. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ...


Lego has also successfully branched into video games that appeal to a wide age range, with titles like Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Bionicle Heroes as well as the Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, the upcoming Lego Universe MMOG, Lego Batman, and Lego Indiana Jones. BIONICLE Heroes is a 3D video game of the third-person shooter genre, based on Lego popular Bionicle franchise. ... LEGO Universe is an upcoming massively multiplayer online game developed by NetDevil. ... A massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) is a type of computer game that enables hundreds or thousands of players to simultaneously interact in a game world they are connected to via the Internet. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the fictional character. ...

Further information: Minifigures

Lego Digital Designer, is a Lego software for Windows and Mac OS X which allows users to build with Lego bricks on their computers. Users can then publish their creations online on the Lego Factory website. Space, Castle, and Town minifigures Minifigures are small, plastic figural toys produced by Danish toy manufacturer Lego, which are usually sold with Lego sets, as characters intended to populate modular Lego environments. ... 1. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Lego Factory is a theme that started in 2005 and is close to the Digital Designer. ...


On January 28, 2008, Lego celebrated the 50th anniversary of the patent on its interlocking blocks with a worldwide building contest. Google paid tribute to the anniversary by writing its name on the Google homepage in Lego bricks, along with the Lego figure on one of the letters.[7] is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


In art

The Walt Disney World Resort features a sculpture of Brickley the Lego Sea Serpent made of Lego bricks.
The Walt Disney World Resort features a sculpture of Brickley the Lego Sea Serpent made of Lego bricks.

One hobby among enthusiasts is to make short movies or recreations of feature films using Lego bricks. Such movies are called "Lego movies", "Brickfilms", "Legomations", "Brick Flicks" and "cinema Lego". They usually use stop motion animation. For example, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail special edition DVD contained a version of the Camelot musical sequence redone with Lego minifigures and accessories. Download high resolution version (1304x1922, 421 KB)Picture from Disney World. ... Download high resolution version (1304x1922, 421 KB)Picture from Disney World. ... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. ... A brickfilm is any film made using LEGO bricks, Mega Bloks bricks, or other similar plastic construction toys. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ... Reefer Madness was issued in a Special Addiction as a reference to the cult films ironic appeal. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Mr. Amperduke is a dialogue-free graphic novel featuring Lego type creatures which originally appeared in the British comic Judge Dredd Megazine Page 3 from original Mr. ... Judge Dredd Megazine is a British magazine featuring comic strips set in the world of Judge Dredd, launched in October 1990. ...


Lego used to sell a line of sets named "Lego Studios" (now discontinued), which contains a Lego web cam (repackaged Logitech USB Quickcam Web), software to record video on a computer, black plastic rods which can be used to manipulate minifigures from off-camera and a minifigure resembling Steven Spielberg. Because of the low quality of the camera and software most Brickfilmers do not use it. A web camera (or webcam) is a real time camera whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video calling application. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ...


Lego bricks have been used to recreate many music videos. Examples include a re-dubbed version of the song "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone, and "Feuer frei!" by Rammstein. Dragostea din tei (pronounced ) is the most successful single by the Moldovan band O-Zone. ... For the allotrope of oxygen, see Ozone and for the novel by Paul Theroux, see O-Zone (novel) O-Zone was a pop trio made up of Dan Bălan (aka Duke), Radu Sârbu (aka Picasso), and Arsenie Todiraş (aka Arsenium). ... Feuer frei! is the command to start shooting in German military language and also a well-known songtitle from the German band Rammstein. ... For other uses, see Ramstein. ...


Another notable example is the award-winning music video for the song "Fell in Love with a Girl" by the White Stripes. Director Michel Gondry filmed a live version of the video, digitized the result and then recreated it entirely with Lego bricks. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Fell in Love with a Girl is the second single released from The White Stripes third album White Blood Cells. ... The White Stripes are a minimalist rock and roll duo from Detroit, formed in 1997. ... Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... Digitizing, or digitization, is the process of turning an analog signal into a digital representation of that signal. ...


Artists have also used Lego sets with one of the more notorious examples being Polish artist Zbigniew Libera's "Lego Concentration Camp", a collection of mock Lego sets with a concentration camp theme. Poop ... It has been suggested that Internment be merged into this article or section. ...


There are numerous examples of animations using Lego on YouTube, including a popular series of shorts set to stand up routines by comedian Eddie Izzard. YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... Edward John Eddie Izzard (born February 7, 1962) is a double Emmy-winning English[1] stand-up comedian and actor. ...


The Little Artists have created an entire Modern Art collection in a Lego Gallery. 'Art Craziest Nation' was shown at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK. Hirsts Shark Tank by the Little Artists The Little Artists are John Cake and Darren Neave. ... Dejeuner sur lHerbe by Pablo Picasso At the Moulin Rouge: Two Women Waltzing by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892 The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893 I and the Village by Marc Chagall, 1911 Fountain by Marcel Duchamp, 1917 Campbells Soup Cans 1962 Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two... This page is about the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ...


Several webcomics are illustrated with Lego, notably Legostar Galactica and Irregular Webcomic!. Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. ... Irregular Webcomic! is a webcomic created by David Morgan-Mar, an Australian physicist. ...


Brendan Powell Smith has created an illustrated bible using Lego bricks, called the Brick Testament. Brendan Powell Smith Brendan Powell Smith (born 7 September 1973) is an American artist, author, and atheist, best known as the creator of The Brick Testament in which he illustrates stories from the Bible by photographing dioramas constructed entirely out of LEGO bricks. ... For other uses, see Bible (disambiguation). ... Adam and Eve from The Brick Testament website The Brick Testament is a project created by Brendan Powell Smith in which Bible stories are illustrated using still photographs of dioramas constructed entirely out of Lego bricks. ...


Nathan Sawaya is a professional Lego artist who currently has a museum show of Lego sculptures and Mosaics touring the US. Nathan Sawaya (born July 10, 1973), is an artist who builds custom three-dimensional models and large-scale mosaics from popular everyday items and standard Lego toy bricks. ...


Jason Burik is also an artist who provides Lego art to the world. Jason Burik is a Lego artist who builds custom replica models with Lego blocks. ...


Serious Play

Main article: Lego Serious Play

Since around 2000, the Lego Group has been promoting Lego Serious Play, a form of business consultancy fostering creative thinking, in which team members build metaphors of their organizational identities and experiences using Lego bricks. Participants work through imaginary scenarios using visual three-dimensional Lego constructions, imaginatively exploring possibilities in a serious form of play. Lego Serious Play in action (Photographs: David Gauntlett) Lego Serious Play, an official product of the Lego Group, is a form of business consultancy fostering creative thinking, in which team members build metaphors of their organisational identities and experiences using Lego bricks. ...


Trademark

A message displayed to visitors of http://www.legos.com protesting the dilution of the Lego trademark

The Lego Group's name has become so synonymous with its flagship toy that many refer to the bricks themselves (collectively) as "Lego" or "Legos" (the latter term being common only in US English), although the Lego Group considers such uses to be trademark dilution. Lego catalogues in the 1970s and 1980s contained a note that read: Image File history File links Lego_website_brand_name_notice. ... Image File history File links Lego_website_brand_name_notice. ... Lego Group is a family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark and best known for the manufacture of Lego-brand toys. ... For other uses, see American English (disambiguation). ... Dilution is a trademark law concept forbidding the use of a famous trademark in a way that would lessen its uniqueness. ...

"The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us in the LEGO Group Companies. We would sincerely like your help in keeping it special. Please always refer to our bricks as 'LEGO Bricks or Toys' and not 'LEGOS.' By doing so, you will be helping to protect and preserve a brand of which we are very proud and that stands for quality the world over. Thank you! Susan Williams, Consumer Services."

The official Lego website is www.lego.com. For many years, visitors to www.legos.com (also registered to the Lego Group) have received notices similar to the one pictured, and were intentionally redirected to the official website, to further protect the brand.


"Lego" is officially written in all uppercase letters. The company asserts that to protect its brand name, the word Lego must always be used as an adjective, as in "Lego set", "Lego products", "Lego universe", and so forth. Majuscules or capital letters (in the Roman alphabet: A, B, C, ...) are one type of case in a writing system. ...


See also

  • LUGNET Lego Users Group Network

// General LUGNETâ„¢, The LEGO Users Group Network, is one of the largest online LEGO-oriented communities. ...

References

  1. ^ Homer, Odyssey 18.359
  2. ^ a b c Page 18 of the Lego company profile document. lego.com. Retrieved on 12 May 2007.
  3. ^ How Lego Bricks Work. HowStuffWorks.com. Retrieved on 13 May 2007.
  4. ^ a b Lego Group to outsource major parts of its production to Flextronics. lego.com. Retrieved on 12 May 2007.
  5. ^ a b Lego to move operations out of Denmark and U.S.. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved on 12 May 2007.
  6. ^ The Prague Post Online: Business: Gearing up
  7. ^ Lego Legacy Continues to be Built. TIME magazine. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.

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Further reading

  • Bagnall, Brian. "Maximum LEGO® NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains". Variant Press. 2007. ISBN 0-9738649-1-5
  • Bagnall, Brian. "Core LEGO® Mindstorms". Prentice-Hall PTR. 2002. ISBN 0-13-009364-5
  • Bedford, Allan. The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide. San Francisco: No Starch Press, 2005. ISBN 1-59327-054-2.
  • Clague, Kevin, Miguel Agullo, and Lars C. Hassing. LEGO® Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub. 2003. ISBN 1-931836-76-0
  • Courtney, Tim, Ahui Herrera and Steve Bliss. Virtual LEGO®: The Official LDraw.org Guide to LDraw Tools for Windows. San Francisco: No Starch Press, 2003. ISBN 1-886411-94-8.
  • McKee, Jacob H. Getting Started with LEGO® Trains. San Francisco: No Starch Press, 2003. ISBN 1-59327-006-2.
  • Ferrari, Mario, Giulio Ferrari, and Ralph Hempel. Building Robots With LEGO® Mindstorms: The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs. 2001. ISBN 1-928994-67-9.
  • Kristiansen, Kjeld Kirk, foreword. The Ultimate LEGO® Book. New York: DK Publishing Book, 1999. ISBN 0-7894-4691-X.
  • Wiencek, Henry. The World of LEGO® Toys. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1987. ISBN 0-8109-2362-9.
  • Pilegaard, Ulrik, and Dooley, Mike. "Forbidden LEGO®". San Francisco: No Starch Press, 2007. ISBN 1-59327-137-9

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Lego
Official
  • Lego Official Website
Community
  • LUGNET - Lego users group network.
  • Brickshelf - Website to host pictures of Lego creations.
  • MOCpages - Display and rate Lego creations.
  • EUROBRICKS - European Lego fansite discussion board.
Database and Reference
  • BrickWiki Open Content Lego Encyclopedia
  • Wiki-Brick-Links Open directory of links to Lego web sites
  • Peeron Lego Set and Part Inventory Database, also hosts the Instruction Scan Library.
  • Brickset Guide to Lego sets past and present.

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