Lego Is Ditching Oil-Based Plastics

Lego Is Ditching Oil-Based Plastics

“Lego’s 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer be made from ABS, the oil-based plastic in the 60 billion blocks the company makes each year.”

In terms of materials, plastics is still pretty new. Lego was one of the first companies to popularize the space age material way back in the 1960s. Today Lego is on the quest to improve plastic, by finding a new recipe that will use less oil. The first step in their plans is to open a sustainable materials center in 2016, where over 100 employees will research new materials for the company.

The plastic that Lego currently uses is ABS, which is a nice hard plastic that will last for decades. They also use a much softer, and less satisfying plastic for some pieces. It is always a disappointment when a Lego piece is not cast in ABS. That is why it is so important for the company to make this change properly. And, it’s why they need to invent a whole new material to do it.

Check out more information here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3048017/why-lego-is-spending-millions-to-ditch-oil-based-plastic/2

The New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 – 75828

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Side

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Rear

The upcoming Ghostbusters film is getting its first Lego set. The new Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 (75828) is ready to go. The set features some awesome new pieces, including more Lego hair. You can never have enough Lego hair. It will be on shelves on July 1st 2016 for $59.99 USD. This puts it at $10 more then the original Lego Ideas set, but you do get 2 additional minifigures. I have a feeling that this set will be right at home in the Firehouse Headquarters.

Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Minifigures

The set features the Ghostbusters Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin. Plus some sort of red devil.

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Front

Lego Has Adjusted Guidelines For Bulk Sales

Lego Adjusted Guidelines For Bulk Sales

Lego has officially changed its policy for bulk sales. In the past Lego would ask about how the bricks would be used. If they didn’t like the intended use, then you wouldn’t be able to place a bulk order. Well all that is now over:

“As of January 1st, the LEGO Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of LEGO bricks for projects. Instead, the customers will be asked to make it clear – if they intend to display their LEGO creations in public – that the LEGO Group does not support or endorse the specific projects.”

Read about it here: http://www.lego.com/en-gb/aboutus/news-room/2016/january/adjusted-guidelines-for-bulk-sales

Lego Silhouette Or Shadow?

Bricks Noir's Lego Silhouette Pointe Tilt

There are many ways to build with Lego, and the relief style has been gaining popularity. The variety of Lego pieces has finally enabled creators the ability to work with curves. There is no way something as fluid as these human figures could have been built a few years ago. These silhouette Lego creations are the work of Bricks Noir. The first is titled Pointe Tilt, and features a ballerina. The second is titled Lovers’ Embrace, and depicts a romantic moment between two people. Check out some of the details, especially the ears and mouths.

Bricks Noir's Lego Silhouette Lovers Embrace

You can find more about Bricks Noir’s Lego creations here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138007304@N02/23593057375/

Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) Build And Review

Swiss Ghostbusters's Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827 Review

Swiss Ghostbusters got their hands on the upcoming Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) a few weeks early. The new set will be released in January 2016, at $350. They put together an extremely slick build and review video. This thing is huge.

“We are proud to present to you, just four weeks before the official launch, the official “Lego Ghostbusters Firestation Headquarter Set 75827 .” We want to share this joy with you and have made this short video review for you. In it you will see the building process of the set in a timelapse and a small review of the features of the Ghostbusters headquarters.

The pure building phase would take about 10-12 hours.
We had a lot of fun building this great set and we especially recommend it to any Ghostbusters fan.”

Swiss Ghostbusters is well known in the Lego community for creating the rejected Ghostbusters Headquarters over on Lego Ideas (CUUSOO) in 2014. You can catch up on the details of that over here: http://www.swissgb.ch/my-statement-on-the-release-of-the-lego-ghostbusters-firehouse-headquarters/

Source: http://www.swissgb.ch/lego-ghostbusters-firehouse-headquarters-set-75827-build-and-review/

An American Gothic Lego Mosaic

Cole Edmonson's Lego Mosaic American Gothic

American Gothic is one of the most iconic paintings of the 20th century. It has been recreated and reimagined in almost every way imaginable. Cole Edmonson has created a huge Lego mosaic of the painting. It measures in at 36.25″ x 30″ which makes it a little larger then the original painting. It’s always good to see a Lego mosaic in actual bricks rather then computer rendered.

Check out Cole Edmonson’s Lego American Gothic here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brickreplicas/23443558071/