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  3. Richard Jones

    LEGO House Live Tours

    I don't think I heard the story about the airstrip/half share in an airplane previously. The fact that the electronic train had a "Mindstorms like pricetag" was also surprising.
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    Acompáñanos a este evento en vivo en Facebook Live donde tendremos una conversación muy especial sobre los catálogos de LEGO de los años 90, que tanto nos hicieron soñar cuando éramos niños. Let's join us on Facebook for this live conversation of the 90's LEGO catalogs and have a nice comeback to our childhood.
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  6. This is such a cool find! I really love this. Thanks @Sara Skahill
  7. Jordan Paxton

    LEGO House Live Tours

    Did anyone attend yesterdays tour? Did you learn anything that surprised you? I was pleasantly surprised by a LEGO train from 1968 that reacted when you blew the train whistle! There are quite a few hidden gems in the vault and this is one that caught me off guard. LEGO set 118 Electronic Train. Definitely something worth looking into.
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    As part of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Bee-themed Family Fun Activities this summer, ColonialLUG released a swarm of bee models. Explore the arboretum to find all ten models with the help of an informative map, or step up the challenge by wining it without! Learn fun facts about North American bees while taking a leisurely stroll through the gardens, but just bee-sure to have a good time! Map-ColonialLUGBees.pdf
  9. Watching kids build is so rewarding. They can be so creative and so unique. I have actually learned a couple interesting ( but non approved) connections from my daughter. I never would have thought to insert the needle end on the "syringe" element into a mining's wrist socket = Laser blaster hand ! Sometimes bricks get used as mining parts, and vice versa. It is a truly amazing process to watch play out. For most kids, that don't have a room full of bricks like their parents Every day is a building challenge. They only have a limited supply of parts and colors, so they just make it work. They use whats on hand to fit their needs. No obsession over details, no stress about making the shape perfect, no worries about color palette. They are just having fun with it, and thats what its all about !
  10. Love the 1x3 jumper! I have been using it a lot since it was released.
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    LOLUG will be displaying some cool creations that we have been building during our quarantine! Come check out some real cars as well as brick built ones!
  12. Our first meeting in almost 4 months is a couple days away. We had to cap it at 40 members and presell tickets and it sold out in about an hour. Everyone is excited to finally be getting that hands on community spirit back up and running.
  13. Best part of being lugbulk coordinator this year? I got to see everyone as they came to pick up their orders. Man, I miss human contact. Smiled at someone at the Costco today as I let them by, and realised that it was wasted behind the mask.
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  15. I like the overview and gives an even deeper insight into the history and values of Lego THX
  16. Alessio Varisco

    LEGO Group History

    These texts are exciting to read. Thank you Jan Beyer!♥️
  17. Agreed! Some days I just sit and sort all day. Incidentally, those are amazing pieces! I also like to draw and color my favorite Minifigures as part of my "therapy"🙂
  18. Thank you Sara Skahill! I shared it with my community this morning. It would be nice to read an interview also written of the current managers who told a bit of history of the company; I would like and I would be fascinated. ♥️
  19. Some days sorting is exactly the therapy needed.
  20. I too took a look at the BlueTooth Hub (train version). I spent some time last week motorizing the promotional 40th anniversary train (7810 / 40370) and have a short article on this on our club web site (https://www.cltc.ca/motorize-lego-7810-locomotive/); I was thinking that it would be elegant to use the BlueTooth Hub (88009) and the newer compatible medium motor (45303)... but almost C$100 is too steep. As similar comparison of the dark blue passenger train (60197 - C$199)) to the PowerUp components which total C$117.97 (remote=C$29.99 + motor=C$17.99 + hub=$69.99). It does not make sense to have the PowerUp components worth some 60% of the train set cost... and discourages the use of PowerUp components by young people wanting to explore robotics / automation. I would encourage TLG to look at opportunities to make the PowerUp components more competitively priced to foster children to play with motors, controls, and automation.
  21. It' s amazing to discover how the mind of a person works, how even in the way back he was still thinking yo improve the design and tooked such a deccision to change it completely. No risk, no gain!
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    Bricks in Motion is hosting its annual summer contest! This contest encourages participants to create a highly polished LEGO stop-motion animation with the theme of "Fright and Fear." The contest is sponsored by Dragonframe, BrickStuff, and Minifigs.Me, who are providing the prizes for the winners. If you're a brickfilmer or interested in making a LEGO stop-motion animation this summer, please visit our website for more details. The contest runs from July 6 - August 31, 2020.
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    Virtual Meeting via the Facebook Page Come and join us to our monthly build activity.
  24. "However, on his way home to Billund, he ponders over the idea of creating a new design for a brick with three inner clutch tubes instead of two. When he reaches Billund, he has come to the conclusion that three tubes will work better than two, because it will provide even better interlocking action." My Dad told me a slightly different version of this story decades ago. I don't know if there is any truth to it, but it might be worth looking into it further. My Dad was an architect, born in Germany, and he was using LEGO for modeling since the early 70s. He had a deep appreciation for the company, and for Godtfred Kirk Christiansen. I don't think he ever met any of the Christiansen family, as I'm sure he would have mentioned it, but he did know several of the early employees. (All of this of course meant that we had tons of LEGO at home! ) He told me about the issue with early LEGO not having enough clutch power, and the meeting to solve the problem, like it's mentioned in the article. What he added though is that when Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was pondering about how to improve the LEGO brick, at some point he was walking on a muddy path, and he noticed how the grooves on his shoes/boots stuck to the mud and created a strong bond. This was like a light bulb moment that gave him the idea of using inner tubes for clutch power. Again, I don't know if this part of the story is true or not, but this is what I heard from my Dad. He told the story several times and used it as an example of the brilliance of Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, and also as an example of inspiration that may come out of nowhere if we just remain quiet and listen. My Dad also used nature for inspiration and always strived to listen to nature and make his structures fit in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Unfortunately, he passed away last year, so I can't confirm any more details.
  25. Wow, only five days? I remember seeing that sketch of the inner tubes at the latest LEGO House Live Tour! Thank you for sharing this article with us.
  26. This article was written by Mads Klougart Jakobsen, Manager, Internal Communications, and first appeared on the employee-only LEGO web. With his permission we can share the story with you, and you are welcome to share it with your community. 100 years ago, today, former LEGO® owner and managing director Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was born. His influence on the company and the success of the LEGO system in play is undeniable, but brand-new research done by our historians in LEGO Idea House shows that his influence on the LEGO brick and the company is even greater than we initially thought. “For decades we have been unable to give a precise answer to the question of how the LEGO brick was developed, and who was the mastermind behind the design. We have been convinced that it was a lengthy development process carried out by a team of LEGO employees in the mid to late 1950s. Thanks to newly-discovered material, we have found out that Godtfred actually played a pivotal role in developing the LEGO brick that people all over the world love today,” explains Signe Wiese, Corporate Historian from LEGO Idea House. Here is the never-before-told story of the development of the iconic LEGO brick: It’s January 23, 1958. Three men are sitting in a LEGO office in Billund. The three men are Godtfred Kirk, his brother Karl Georg (presumably) and Axel Thomsen, head of LEGO sales office in Germany. The latter explains that he’s getting complaints from his customers in Germany about the fact that models built with the company’s plastic building bricks are lacking stability and clutch power. The problem is discussed at length, and several ideas and solutions are put forward. At some point, Godtfred finds a piece of paper with circles on, and starts to sketch the different ideas for a new brick design. That same day, Godtfred hands the sketch to Ove Nielsen, then head of the LEGO moulding shop. He is instructed to make a sample of the new brick design with two inner clutch tubes. One of the first sketches of the design with two inner clutch tubes. The following day, Godtfred brings his sketches and samples to the office of patent agency Hofman-Bang & Boutard in Copenhagen for them to get started on the work of applying for a patent. However, on his way home to Billund, he ponders over the idea of creating a new design for a brick with three inner clutch tubes instead of two. When he reaches Billund, he has come to the conclusion that three tubes will work better than two, because it will provide even better interlocking action. He has Ove Nielsen create a new brick sample by cutting up and gluing together existing elements. This new three-tube design is then sent to the patent office with express courier. Only a few days later, on January 28, 1958 at precisely 1.58 pm, the LEGO Group files the application for a patent for a new type of building system. A system in which two or several interlocking plastic building elements can be put together in a great number of mutually different positions – or as it is more widely referred to: The patent of the LEGO brick. “We’re now able to conclude that it took no more than five days to develop and patent the design of the LEGO brick, and we can also conclude that the mastermind behind this everlasting design was none other than Godtfred himself. I can’t find a more fitting way to celebrate his 100th birthday,” smiles Signe.
  27. I am ok with the decision and the rules, it is in any way Lego who decide which communities they want to engage or not. It could be based on the participation, promotion activity etc, no problem for me. I know that I was not active enough and that I have a business in Lego field, but I have also 50k subs and it represent potential community to reach so it is up to Lego to decide if they want more ambassadors or influencers. As I said before, I am more concerned with the way it has been done which I do not find to be relevant with Lego values : no warning clearly explains who I am, what I did, what I will do, so not hidden things on my side unclear reason (I need to send several email and participate here to get a small explanation about the term "business") no exist step explanation (right is removed, but you can have still activity, support, review etc to do which can engage your image and the Lego one, after removing the status, which could be tricky to handle) no exist survey In short : lack of communication. I was surprised too. As I said before, If I had knew my business was a problem for Lego, I would not apply some months ago. In the same way, if I would have received a warning for not enough participating, I would have considering making a change. But as said Jordan, my community is more a fan/customer community of my work, than a LUG, therefore I can not engage my community so easily that is why I have chosen the review side, as many other. But in the same way my work was not dedicated to only promote Official Lego product, I also published my creations (50/50), which could have been a problem for Lego when reviewing my status considering what I give to them for what they gave to me. Anyway, it is for me a considerable loss of energy and time to try to read, participate, renew my website for upcoming review, and made the review/report considering what it bring to me and my community in this short period. So, as you said, sometimes it doesn't work, no problem at all, it has been a great experience. I think both Lego and I have learn something. We can resume with : From Ambassador side : do not underestimate the investment in time to participate (which can also represent a stress) From Lego side : evaluate well the community and ambassador prior validate, to avoid short term off boarding And some improvement to make the off boarding process easier : Exist survey Exist step explanation (rather for legally questions) Let's continue the discussion 🙂
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    Join the Richmond Virginia LEGO User Group on July 18th for a LUG Meeting at Deep Run Park, in Glen Allen. We have reserved pavilion number 5, and will have our July meeting in the open air. Bring a chair and a mask and anything else that will make you feel comfortable.
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