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Father Puts Away Childish Things for Son, Arrests Follow

The Florida father and son allegedly assaulted each other over Legos

(Newser) - A father and son got into a fight over the latter's toys that ended in arrest Tuesday night in Florida. Important to note: the man's son is 19 years old. The Smoking Gun reports police were called to the home of 46-year-old Nicholas Melice Sr. around 11pm. Apparently... More »

Kid Trashes $15K Lego Sculpture on Exhibit’s First Day

And in the exhibit's first hour

(Newser) - The trouble with "no touching" signs: 4-year-olds can't read them. Such was the situation in Ningbo, China, when on Sunday a boy of that age ducked under the rope encircling a sculpture of Zootopia character Nick Wilde and knocked it over, ruining the $15,000 Lego fox, reports... More »

Kids in Wheelchairs Get a Lego Figure of Their Very Own

'We've got genuine tears of joy right now'

(Newser) - People in wheelchairs now have something in common with astronauts, knights, and pirates: a Lego figure to call their own. NPR reports Lego will release its first figure with disabilities in a set called "Fun at the Park" this June. (The set and figure can be seen in a... More »

Lego Changes Policy on Using Bricks for Politics

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei can now get his Lego bricks in bulk

(Newser) - Whether it was a genuine change of heart, the #legosforweiwei hashtag, or other public backlash, the Lego Group is now OK sending piles of its famous bricks to the person who's been called "China's most dangerous man." The company had refused to sell in bulk to... More »

You Can Now Swap Lego Heads With Your Own

Finally

(Newser) - Good news! It no longer takes years of hard work to become an astronaut, doctor, or medieval knight. Instead, you can just slap your own head right onto the appropriate Lego person's body. Mashable reports a new company lets customers replace the typical bright yellow Lego head with a... More »

Everything Is Awesome for Lego Employees This Christmas

More than 17,000 employees will be getting an extra paycheck in January

(Newser) - You know who might like Legos even more than your kids? The company's employees. That's because Lego is giving more than 17,000 employees around the world an extra month's salary in January, the Copenhagen Post reports. A Lego spokesperson says to think of it more like... More »

Lego Just Solved Its Most Painful Problem

1.5K people will soon be able to painlessly step on its blocks

(Newser) - If you've ever muttered a few choice curse words after stepping on a Lego block—and who hasn't—you'll appreciate Lego's genius new product: protective slippers. Made as part of a holiday promotion from French advertising agency Brand Station, the slippers are the "ultimate gift"... More »

Lego Refuses to Sell Bricks to Dissident Artist

Ai Weiwei's supporters are sending him plenty

(Newser) - Lego's attempt to keep its products out of the hands of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has come down on it like a ton of bricks. After Ai announced in an Instagram post that the Danish company had refused to sell him Lego in bulk because they can't... More »

Why Lego Went to Space Today

26 figurines accompanied first Dane in space

(Newser) - It's one huge journey for a Lego man: Three astronauts blasted off for the International Space Station this morning, including Andreas Mogensen, who's now the first Dane in space. Lego is one of his country's most famous products and Mogensen is bringing 26 Lego figurines bearing the... More »

Now Hiring: Lego Professor —at Cambridge

Candidates should have experience in 'play'

(Newser) - It's a potentially enticing intersection of goofing off and prestige: University of Cambridge is hiring a new professor for this fall to direct its Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning. Or, as the Telegraph puts it, a "professor of Lego," courtesy of a $6.... More »

Scientists Make a Robot With a Worm's 'Mind'

Lego invention moves without being programmed

(Newser) - They're not quite at the point where they can implant a human brain into a robot—but scientists have taken a step closer. They've simulated the simple and well-studied nervous system of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm and stuck it in a robot, the Smithsonian reports. First, they mapped... More »

Lego Is Biggest Toymaker in the World

Company overtakes Mattel, thanks in part to its movie

(Newser) - Barbies and board games will always have a place in the family rec room, but it's Legos that rule the roost. The Danish toymaker now ranks as the largest toymaker in the world in terms of revenue, beating out competitors Hasbro and Mattel for the top spot with an... More »

Woman Stole $60K Worth of LEGO Sets: Cops

Gloria Haas wanted to sell them on eBay, detectives say

(Newser) - A New York woman is charged with stealing 800 LEGO sets worth almost $60,000 and trying to sell them on eBay. Gloria Haas, of Island Park, was arraigned yesterday on charges of grand larceny. Nassau County detectives say the 53-year-old woman lifted the toy sets from a storage facility... More »

Coming Soon: Female Lego Scientists

Toy maker responds to criticism

(Newser) - Lego has apparently heard the criticism that its plastic universe is mostly a boys' club, and things will change this summer. A new line of figurines due out in August will feature a female chemist, paleontologist, and astronomer, reports Time . The set was suggested by a female geochemist in Sweden... More »

Huge Lego Tower Breaks World Record

Budapest swipes honor from the USA

(Newser) - Lego lovers will be stoked by this news: Budapest, Hungary, is now home to a 114-foot-tall Lego tower to rival the city’s most picturesque architecture, CNN reports. The Guinness Book of World Records has put its official stamp on the project, declaring the multi-colored structure—which features a profile... More »

Man Selling Lego Collection to 'Save His Marriage'

Swede says wife can't stand it

(Newser) - A Swedish man is offering his entire, 700-pound Lego collection—including advanced items like a remote-controlled excavator—for sale because his wife finally put her foot down, the Local reports. "The old bag" told him to ditch the set, he writes in an online ad. "You can make... More »

The Lego Movie Transcends Politics

Because it's a giant ad: Noah Kristula-Green

(Newser) - The Lego Movie has garnered positive reviews from people all over the ideological spectrum, which is unusual in an era when "everything is politicized." Why the widespread approval? "What really makes the film work is that it represents the highest form of capitalist expression," writes Noah... More »

LEGO Movie's Reviews Are Shockingly Good

Critics are overwhelmingly behind this zany cartoon

(Newser) - One of the best-reviewed movies of the last 12 months is an epic story about ... LEGO people? Believe it or not, The LEGO Movie is getting virtually unanimous critical praise—as of this writing it's at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes , with just one Top Critic offering a negative review.... More »

Lego People to Outnumber Real People by 2019

Will total 8B by the end of the decade

(Newser) - Today's oddest factoid: There may be 7 billion humans on the planet, but by 2019 a species of tiny plastic people will outnumber even us: Lego figurines. Randall Munroe, the physics grad behind the webcomic xkcd , has compared Lego production forecasts with human population predictions to determine that by... More »

Today's Legos Are Angrier

Happy plastic faces on the decline: study

(Newser) - Lego characters, it seems, are no longer living in a state of bliss. Once, the figures wore uniform smiles, whether they were gas station workers or hospital patients. Today, however, life has gotten more complicated: Since the 1990s, the number of angry Lego faces has climbed while the number of... More »

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