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#1 Bonaparte

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 07:10 PM

LEGO® MUJI – bricks and paper

The LEGO Group has teamed up with design-led Japanese retail company MUJI to offer a new product concept combining bricks and paper crafts.

BILLUND, DENMARK NOVEMBER 2009 - LEGO® MUJI explores new ways of being creative by combining the well-known LEGO brick with paper through the use of the new LEGO System paper puncher.

The product line brings together the worlds of The LEGO Group and MUJI in a unique and enriching new experience. There are 4 sets in the LEGO MUJI series, each with more than 100 LEGO bricks and an assortment of paper

The sets all have different themes, and include LEGO bricks, paper and inspirational materials. The themes are Christmas, fairytales, transparent bricks and paper as well as a more open-ended concept. In addition, the specialized LEGO System puncher and five different paper packages will also be made available.

The sets, which were pre-viewed at the Design Tide Exhibition in Tokyo in October, will be released for sale in Japan on 26 November. The launch will constitute a live test in the market with limited quantities available for sale across 40 MUJI stores and the MUJI online store.

With this exciting new LEGO category, the LEGO Group is exploring new ways of playing and engaging with the LEGO brick, as well as new ways of doing business outside the traditional toy industry and retail. This is done by stimulating entrepreneurial culture through collaborative business projects with internal and external entrepreneurs interested in basing their business on an open LEGO platform.

Takahashi Okutani, Manager. Overseas Merchandising Department, MUJI Japan

“LEGO bricks are not just a toy, but a system that inspires children's creativity. MUJI also seeks to inspire creativity with products that appeal to a simple and reflective lifestyle. As both brands are based on strong values, we have worked together to create a new concept that can be of great value to children.”

Paal Smith-Meyer, Senior Director, New Business Group, The LEGO Group


“The LEGO system offers endless creative possibilities to build structurally, and so does paper with its many colors, patterns and textures suitable for folding, drawing and cutting. Combining these two creative tools with a LEGO system paper puncher, we will open up a new creative dimension for kids and their parents to explore and express themselves through.”

LEGO MUJI background

May 2008 - MUJI approaches The LEGO Group, and a meeting is set up in Tokyo. During this meeting, MUJI presented their interpretation of the LEGO brick, and the potential of the collaboration was explored.

“I was excited that they really understood the LEGO values and the core idea of the brick as a creative tool, which they then complemented with some fresh, new ideas,” says Senior Business Developer Marc Brøndum.

October 2008 - After a second meeting, it is agreed that the proposals from MUJI where interesting enough that they should be explored further.

February 2009 - MUJI representatives together with their design team visit LEGO HQ to attend a workshop with the LEGO New Business Group and designers. During this workshop, the idea of bricks and paper is framed and conceptualized, and an ambition to bring the concept to market is signed off on by both parties.

March 2009 – the LEGO MUJI project is approved by the LEGO Group, and brought into the MIP development process.

June 2009 – Meeting and approval session in Tokyo.

July 2009 – Visuals tested and approved.

August-October 2009 – Finalizing legal matters and testing of products.

October 2009 – LEGO MUJI shown to the public for the first time at the Design Tide Exhibition at the Roppopongi store in Tokyo

November 26 – Test launch - only nine months after project approval - to consumers across 40 MUJI stores in Japan. Workshops with consumers will be conducted in the MUJI stores to investigate the potential of the concept even further.

About MUJI

MUJI is a Japanese retail company distinguished by its no-frills design minimalism, streamlining of processes, simplification of packaging and no-logo policy. Initially a subsidiary of the Seiyu Ltd, supermarket chain, MUJI became a separate brand in 1989.

Starting as Mujirushi (no brand) Ryohin (quality goods), the MUJI product range was developed to offer high quality, low cost, generic products. There are currently more than 7,000 products in the MUJI range, which is sold through its 181 brand retail stores and additional 147 outlets across the world.

About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932, and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to children's creative development and learning, and its products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 07:31 PM

Wow, I never would of thought of that whacky idea!  :pir_laugh2:

What is they made a PIRATE ship or something?  :jollyroger:
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 07:38 PM

Another member pointed this out a while ago... so uhh... yeah!
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 07:42 PM

Judging from the style of this message, this is the official press release by TLG.

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 08:24 PM

...and what does this have to do with Lego Pirates? :P

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 08:36 PM

Bonaparte is the Classic-Pirates LEGO Ambassador and is therefore responsible to communicate any significant changes they make.
Not directly related to Pirates LEGO, true. But still it is his function to tell us.

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 08:38 PM

View PostZorro, on Nov 27 2009, 03:36 PM, said:

Bonaparte is the Classic-Pirates LEGO Ambassador and is therefore responsible to communicate any significant changes they make.
Not directly related to Pirates LEGO, true. But still it is his function to tell us.

Oh I get it... so it's a message to classic-piraters who don't go to the rest of EB...
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Posted 28 November 2009 - 12:38 AM

View PostDarth Legolas, on Nov 27 2009, 08:38 PM, said:

Another member pointed this out a while ago... so uhh... yeah!

View PostDarth Legolas, on Nov 27 2009, 09:38 PM, said:

Oh I get it... so it's a message to classic-piraters who don't go to the rest of EB...
There's an old saying that goes: If you don't have something meaningful to say, then say nothing. Very applicable here!

View PostCaptain M, on Nov 27 2009, 09:24 PM, said:

...and what does this have to do with Lego Pirates? :P
Barely, but on their website you'll find a boat, soldier(s), crocodile, a whole bunch of sea animals, ...

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#9 Commander Laquiet

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 01:07 AM

This look quite interesting.

Some of the bushes and plants could be made to look quite nice mixed with other Lego foliage elements.
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Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:08 PM

That doesn't appeal to me at all. That's definitely too far from classic. I've used paper to make sails for some of my ships, or sometimes to make parts of minifig's outfit, but that's a completely new approach.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:09 PM

I dunno, this could have interesting potential. I doubt it'll go far enough to see it, but I think there are many possibilities with this concept. It's also nice to see 2 companies that both produce "thinking" products team up.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:39 PM

this looks like a very nifty tool, but can it cut things besides regular old paper? things like making a custom sail from cloth similar to TLG's, and different colored capes. regular printing paper can be ripped easily and is not something i use for making a sail with.

it would however be very useful if it could cut thicker material like worn out sails, so your damaged holes may be replaces with a less tattered one. id have to use this thing to really test what it can do.
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:41 PM

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 04:24 PM

There's something I in no way expected.
But I must say this is a pretty cool idea,
A half paper, half Lego 2footish pirate ship is officially on my want to see list.
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 06:18 PM

It seems like an interesting cocept, that is for sure. Now we have to wait and see how people can use this in creative ways.
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