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  1. This project is based on the house of Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the founder of the LEGO group that celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. I made several rooms in the house. The workroom contains various details such as his typewriter and various blueprints. If you want you can support this project
  2. Will TLG be hosting their Fan Media Days event in Billund for 2019? Despite previous years' events taking place at the end of May, none of the AFOL media outlets I frequent (Brickset, New Elementary, Eurobricks, etc.) seem to be talking about it in advance.
  3. Hello everyone! The first couple of AFOL Designer Sets from BrickLink have arrived to the people who pre-ordered them, so I thought it's time to make a review of my design, The LEGO® Story (which now has a set number too, BL19008). The postman gave me a classic brown box, with the BrickLink logo on it. After I opened it, I was finally able to see the beautiful, high quality box design. It has a white sleeve, with a couple of images of the four vignettes, the BrickLink logo, the 60 years anniversary logo from LEGO and a nice sticker, with "Exclusive LEGO element included" label. When you remove this white part of the box, you can see a nice backdrop photo for the model (on the inner side of the white sleeve), and of course the matte black box, with the BrickLink logo, and a nice brick pattern. The box is closed with a special shiny sticker, which includes the set number and name, and the (user)name of the AFOL who designed it. Let's open this black box! You can see here a thank you message from BrickLink and The LEGO Group, the exclusive element, the numbered bags, and the building instruction: Here is the exclusive element! - 39789pb01 The set contains 9 bigger, and several smaller bags (inside the bigger ones, for the smaller LEGO pieces), which are numbered similarly to the official LEGO set bags. A1 and A2 contains the pieces for the old workshop, B1 and B2 for the old moulding machine, C1 and C2 for the designer's office, and finally D1, D2, and D3 contains the pieces for the modern factory with the big moulding machine. The building instruction booklet is really high quality, just like the ones which you get with the bigger Creator Expert sets these days. I believe most of you have already seen the set on different sites, but here are some photos of the final model, and an official unboxing video made by BrickLink! Official unboxing video:
  4. LegoFjotten

    [MOC] Captain Nemo's car

    This is a small build for the Eurobricks 2018 event in Billund. The goal was to build a car in the Speed Champions style, either an actual car or a movie car. Since I'm not a car buff I opted for the latter. The car is Captain Nemo's car, from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I took some creative liberties to make it more Speed Champions like rather than going for accuracy. Comments are welcome, and check out my Flickr for higher resolution photos! Wasn't quite sure which forum this belonged in, but since it's a steampunk car it ended up here.
  5. Legoginge

    My Billund Board

    Hi everyone. I just thought I would post a photo of the types of things I like to do with sets I buy. The image here is made up of all my "Billund" specific LEGO sets. Cheers Legoginge
  6. minifigminute

    Billund: Lego Mecca

    Hey everyone,Curious how many folks here (if any) have ever been to HQ in Billund. I'm seriously considering taking my son when he turns 16 (or so). Just curious what sort of experiences folks have had. I'm also curious about the Lego Inside tour. It looks quite exclusive where you have to register and everything! Bet it's hard to get in on that!So, anyone ever been? And if so, what was it like?
  7. TimeCruiser

    Engineering of The LEGO House

    This month's issue of an engineering magazine that I receive has the cover article about the engineering that went into The LEGO House that opened last year in Billund, Denmark. The article is also available online, and I figured others may be interested in reading it as well, since it goes into more depth than the presentation that was given at my local LEGO fan convention a while ago. I did not find any engineering related topics for The LEGO House, so it seems like this would just get categorized as web-content in the Media forum. If there is a better place, then moving or merging it would be appreciated.
  8. Just noticed this contest on Airbnb. Win a free night for four in the Lego House in Billund with Jamie! Wow! Enter the contest by registering on Airbnb and submitting your entry. Read the fine print very carefully. Good Luck! LEGO House Billund, Denmark Jamie Entire home/flat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Beds £0 It’s on us! Thanks for entering! Don't pack your bags just yet! We’ll email the winner after Nov 17. While you wait, tell your friends to wish you luck. About this listing For one night, the LEGO House in Denmark becomes your family’s private playground. Unleash your imagination, bring your wildest LEGO vision to life, and fall asleep surrounded by 25 million bricks. The space Room type: Entire home/flat Property type: Other Accommodates: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Beds: 2 Check In: Anytime after 2PM Amenities TV Essentials Essentials Towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper Heating Heating Central heating or a heater in the listing Air Conditioning Free parking on premise + More The space The newly opened LEGO House in Billund, Denmark has already drawn builders of all ages from all over the world. Now Airbnb and LEGO House are giving your family the chance to have the place to yourselves for the night—and to make your wildest LEGO vision a reality. Your journey will start when Jamie, one of the finest master builders in the world, welcomes you into the LEGO House and sparks your imagination with top-secret LEGO tips and tricks. Then he’ll join you for lunch served by two friendly robot waiters—but first you’ll have to build your meal order out of bricks. Next, the doors will close to the public and Jamie will lead you on a private expedition. You’ll stand at the foot of the Tree of Creativity, built by hand from over 6 million bricks, and then explore the Masterpiece Gallery, showcasing LEGO creations from fans all over the world. From there, you’ll head to the Experience Zones, where you can direct your own LEGO movie, engineer robotic cars and send them flying over jumps, design cities, and much more. Since all this creativity will no doubt bring up memories of your favorite childhood LEGO creations, the next stop is the basement, where you can trace the timeline of LEGO history and rediscover the most iconic sets ever produced. Finally, you’ll reach your destination: a bedroom floating in a pool of bricks underneath a 6-meter-tall LEGO waterfall. Everything around you is made out of LEGO bricks: armchairs, lamps, the alarm clock, the TV, your favorite story book, and even the cat. But before you drift off into your most colorful dreams ever, there’s building to do. After all, it was your winning idea that brought you here. Drawing on Jamie’s expertise, you’ll use the endless supply of bricks to make your vision a reality. The next morning, after breakfast and before the doors reopen to the public, there’s one final surprise. We won’t reveal it here, but let’s just say that in some small way, your family will leave your footprint in LEGO House long after you leave, just like the memories of your time here. To enter, answer this question: If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build? Describe your dream creation between November 1 of 2017 at 9:00pm Pacific Time (5am GMT) and 11:59pm Pacific Time on November 16 of 2017 (17 of november, 7:59am), and you could spend the night among an infinite supply of LEGO bricks—and create a version of your entry with a LEGO Master Builder. Winners will be flown in from around the world. Guests should be a group of 2-4 people. All children must be at least 4 years old. You must be able to travel to Denmark for spending the night at the LEGO House on November 24 of 2017. Note that the experience involves some moderate physical activity and you may need to already have a visa to enter Denmark. You must be able to spend the night at LEGO House on November 24 of 2017. Note that the experience involves some moderate physical activity. Submissions should be 50-500 characters in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Danish, or 100-300 characters in Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Japanese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, or Korean . Please read the full contest rules under “House Rules,” below. Other things to note House rules • Play is mandatory! • Parents are advised to wear LEGO-proof slippers at all times. • If there’s anything you miss in your bedroom, feel free to build it yourself. • The bed is so comfy, you might need a brick separator in the morning. • If 25 million bricks aren’t enough, a real LEGO moulding machine is installed in the lobby. • We know you’re looking for that one rare brick, but please refrain from diving into the LEGO pool. • No night at the LEGO House would be complete without BRICKfast in bed. • State of the art home security: just throw some bricks on the floor before leaving! Terms & Conditions Night at LEGO House on November 24th of 2017 NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. When you submit a submission for this Contest, you agree with the Official Rules below. Sponsor. The Sponsors of this Contest (“Contest”) are Airbnb Ireland UC, the Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Airbnb”) and the LEGO House A/S, Koldingvej 2, 7190 Billund, Denmark (“Partner”). How to Enter. Participants who at the time of participation, have reached the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction, whichever is higher, may enter the Contest from November 1 of 2017 at 9:00pm Pacific Time (5am GMT) until November 16 of 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (November 17 of 2017 at 7:59am GMT) by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the close of the Contest to be eligible. It is not required to purchase any good or service to participate in the Contest. Process: To participate in the Contest and to enter to win the prize described below, you have to: Sign in with an Airbnb account. Go to the Night At LEGO House competition listing page. Click on the "Enter to Win" button by which you will be also accepting these Terms and Conditions and the Airbnb privacy policy. Tell us what you and your family would build with an infinite supply of LEGO Bricks. In the form provided, write your answer in at least 50 characters but no more than 550 characters (the “Submission”). The Submission must be sent from the participant’s Airbnb account to be verified and reviewed. Submissions will be accepted in English, French, German, Danish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian Korean or Swedish. Each participant can only participate once and you represent that you are more than 18 years old or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is higher. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Airbnb is not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any Submission for any reason whatsoever. By entering the Contest, participants agree, on their behalf and any guest that as a winner they are permitted to share the prize with, that they may be contacted by Airbnb in relation to the Contest and agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Contest and grant Airbnb and Partner and their group companies and agents the right to use their name and/or image and/or town/country of residence. In the event that the guest (or guest’s guardian) does not agree to take part in such publicity, the participant shall not be permitted to share the prize with such guest. Eligibility. The Contest is open to residents of the following countries only: United States, Canada (except Quebec), France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina (except Mendoza). If you are not resident in one of the listed countries, you are not eligible to enter or participate in the Contest. Residents of Brazil are not eligible. By entering eligible participants agree that the individual winner(s) will be selected from all Submissions received from these countries. Directors, officers, employees, independent contractors and agents of Partner and Airbnb, or their subsidiaries or affiliates, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible. Participants represent that they are willing and available to travel to Denmark to be there on November 24 of 2017. At the time of entry, participants must have legal means to enter Denmark and remain there for the duration of the trip, such as a valid passport and valid visa, if required, or EU Identity Card. The winner may bring three guests. Winner Selection. There will be one (1) winner. The judges will select up to ten (10) Submissions that score the highest to be Finalists. The participants who submitted those Finalists will be asked to verify their availability and eligibility to travel on the required dates. From the eligible Finalists, the judges will select the Submission with the highest score as the winner. The Submissions will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the following criteria applied by a panel of judges: Creativity (33%): How creative is the answer and how much does it delight us? Originality (33%): How does it surprise us? Is it a unique perspective? Responsive: How well does it respond to question (33%). If there is a tie, the judges will select the Submission that was submitted first. The panel of judges will be comprised of chosen members from Sponsor and Partner, and/or authorized personnel or consultants chosen by Sponsor and Partner, including at least one independent judge. If substantially similar Submissions are submitted by different entrants, judges will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. Prohibited Content. Submissions/content must be the original work of the participant and not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition, and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb or Partner; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (d) adult material; or (e) defamatory content. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or that the Sponsors deem inappropriate for any reason, in their sole discretion. License. By submitting a Submission, participants grant each of Airbnb and Partner a perpetual (or for the term of the protection granted by the relevant intellectual property rights), worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, communicate to the public, broadcast, perform, display, or otherwise use in any manner they deem fit (a) the Submission and all other information and material provided by the participant arising out of or in connection with this Contest at any time; and (b) the participant's name, likeness, photographs, personal information and all other personal attributes and forms of personality or publicity rights, in whole or in part, with or without modifications, in any form or medium (including but not limited to: internet, any printed medium distributed via press, billposting, point of sale advertising, flyers, leaflets…), whether now existing or later developed, for entertainment, promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or any other purpose. To the greatest extent permitted by law, participants agree to waive and not to assert or invoke any so-called moral rights in relation to their Submissions (including without limitation the right to be identified as the creator of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work). The participants also waive any revisionary rights or any rights that have a similar effect. The participants further agree that non-use of the Submission by Airbnb and Partner shall not be grounds for revocation of such license. For the avoidance of doubt, the license referred to in this paragraph is a fully paid-up license and entry into the Contest is adequate consideration for such license. By entering, you guarantee that your Submission is original as referred to above, and that you have all necessary rights to provide the Submission and to grant to Airbnb and Partner as applicable the rights set out in these Official Rules, as well as the consent of any person identified, depicted or referred to in the Submission. You will indemnify and hold Airbnb harmless for any breach of these provisions. Only the winner will receive a prize according to the next paragraph: ‘Prize’. Prize. The winner will receive, in recognition of their personal creativity and originality and as full and comprehensive consideration for the License described above, the following trip: Overnight stay inside the LEGO House with up to three (3) guests. One night accommodation near the LEGO House. Flights (or train) and ground transportation for the winner and up to (3) three guests to and from an airport near the winner’s residence to Billund, Denmark. Food and drinks for up to four (4) people while in Billund, Denmark for two days. Meeting with a LEGO Master Builder. A translator for this meeting may be provided if the winner and guests do not speak English or Danish. Not included in the prize are: Passport or visa fees, and any other expenses not listed above. It shall be the sole responsibility of the participants to avail of the necessary authorizations including visas for such trip. The total value of the prize is approximately 3600 EUR (which is 77,330MXN or 73,695 ARS)(assuming 600 EUR value + the costs of the return trips from the winner’s residence to Billund, Denmark). Actual value will vary based on winner’s home location. The Sponsors are allowed to ask for a written confirmation or proof of the place of residence and age of the winners and any guest(s) they are permitted to share the prize with before awarding the prize. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted. The prize may not be redeemed for cash. If due to circumstances beyond Airbnb's or Partner’s control, Airbnb or Partner are unable to provide the stated prize, Airbnb and Partner reserve the right to award, as substitute, a prize of equal or higher value. Notification/Announcement of Winner. The winner(s) will be selected on or by November 18th of 2017 and will be notified by phone and/or via the email associated with the Airbnb account from which the winning entry was sent within twenty-four (24) hours. The winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize in writing within twelve (12) hours of such notification. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any winner who does not confirm acceptance of the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, or who is in breach of these Official Rules, and reserves the right to select an alternative winner in such event. In the event of a dispute about the identity of a winner, the Sponsors will award the prize to the authorized account holder of the Airbnb account from which the winning Submission was sent. The Sponsors will publicly announce the name of the winner within 10 days of the close of the Contest on and may also announce the winner through social media channels such as (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). If no winner is selected who is available to travel on the required day, the Contest may be forfeited and no prize granted. Prize Conditions. Save as may be required by any applicable mandatory laws, the prize will be as referred to in these Official Rules and is provided as-is with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. Nothing in these Official Rules operates to limit or exclude the application of relevant consumer protection laws or the liability of Airbnb under such laws. This Contest is subject to applicable local laws and regulations, including but not limited to tax laws. The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to or resulting from the award of the prize, and the Sponsors will have no obligation for any taxes that may be payable. Sponsors may require the winner, and where applicable, the winner’s guest, to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release permitting the Sponsors to use the winner’s name, image and winning Submission in promotional materials where permitted by law and subject to applicable rules. Refusal or inability to sign and return such forms within 24 hours of receipt may result in disqualification and awarding of prize to an alternate winner. The winner and guests represent they will behave as good citizens during their stay at the LEGO House and that they will cooperate with the security personnel present. General Liability Release. By entering this Contest, participants release the Sponsors and their agents from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Contest and/or fulfillment and/or use of the Prize, to the extent permitted by applicable law. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes any person’s or entity’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence or any other liability which may not as a matter of law be limited. Data. By entering the Contest and submitting a Submission and any other personal information, participants are expressly consenting to the processing of their personal information by the Sponsors for the purpose of the Contest or any associated publicity by Airbnb or Partner. Airbnb’s privacy policy will apply. Airbnb may share the Submissions with Partner and third party prize providers that may be located outside of your home jurisdiction, for Contest administration and prize fulfillment purposes. Participants who do not consent to the collection of their personal information will not be able to enter the Contest. For information on how to access or seek correction of your personal information, or how to make a complaint in relation to our handling of your personal information, please see our privacy policy at Interpretation and Disputes. Participants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the judges, which are final and binding; (b) that any disputes shall be governed by the laws of Ireland (or by mandatory local laws, if applicable), and shall be resolved only in the courts in Ireland (or in mandatory local jurisdiction, if applicable), without resort to any form of class action or other form of collective action, to the extent permitted by applicable law; and (c) that they consent and waive any objection to the jurisdiction of said courts for any such disputes. Miscellaneous. The Contest is void where prohibited. If any provision or part-provision of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Official Rules. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Sponsors may suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, in which case the prizes will be awarded among the eligible Submissions received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible. With reference to the Italian participants please note that this Contest does not constitute a “Manifestazione a Premio” under the provisions of D.P.R. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) because (i) both Sponsors are duly incorporated and established in an EU Country: therefore, prize competition rules of the Country of establishment apply as per applicable guidance from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development; (ii) in any event, winner(s) are selected and prizes are assigned to them on the basis of their personal writing talent and consequently the exception described under Article 6, par. 1, letter a) of the above mentioned decree shall apply. With reference to the Argentinian participants, please note that this Contest does not require previous and express authorization of Lotería Nacional SE, complying the rules of commercial loyalty (Ley de Lealtad Comercial N° 22802 and Decreto Reglamentario 1153/07) and personal data protection (Ley de Protección de los Datos Personales N° 25326) and other concordant and related rules applicable to this Contest. Furthermore, by being a Contest without intervention of chance it is not required to make a probabilistic calculation of the possibilities to obtain a Prize by a participant. The probability of being selected as a winner will depend on the quality of each submitted story, following the described criteria. To the extent permissible by law, any local language version of these Official Rules is for reference only, and the English version shall prevail. About the Host, Jamie Hi, I’m Jamie. True LEGO fans will recognize me as the designer behind the LEGO Modular Buildings and Architecture series. As a kid, I dreamed of becoming a LEGO Master Builder. I later became a finalist in a Master Model Builder competition, and soon after was invited to join the LEGO Creator design team. I can’t wait to welcome you into the home of the LEGO brick and spend some time creating together!
  9. Between 1st and 4th of June 2016 I've had the pleasure of attending Fan Media Days at Billund with a group of my esteemed colleagues from various media. It was officially called Fan Media Day, because in Denmark 4=1. What follows is my personal account, which is deeply biased, potentially offensive and up to 20% serious. Truth is, I'm taking advantage of living closer to Denmark than most attendants and it's my plan to smear everyone and everything before they can give you their version of the story. Or maybe they already did, but I crawl from under Technic subforum's rock too rarely to find my way around Eurobricks and spot their threads. This is going to be a somewhat long story, and you are advised not to read it while drinking. All images are clickable and link to high-res versions. Video: Edit: More photos in my flickr album here: Some people just can't behave First thing I saw at Billund airport. How can one not like Denmark? Long story short, thanks to the awesome Kim and lovely Ana from TLG I was one of the lucky few to get invited to interview Lego designers and to visit the Lego factory and the famous vault AKA Memory Lane, and finally to enjoy the famous Danish summer which usually lasts up to 48 hours but this time lasted throughout the entire duration of the event. I know that because I was the last one to fly home (I was testing a theory that staying at Denmark for 90+ hours automatically makes you a Lego employee. It doesn't). I actually got a third case of sunburn in Denmark's recorded history and the first two were made up. I'm kidding if course, but we've enjoyed a spectacular weather for pretty much the whole trip, which accounted for some incredible sights. When flying over Germany, everything looked so clear that you could almost see the umlauts! Seen from above, Denmark looks very much like cotton My plane to Billund was missing 13th row of seats. That's just sloppy plane building. Being a lazy person I have arrived later than most of the group, landing just past 10 PM. I was very excited and very relieved after having just 20 minutes to catch my connecting flight at Brussels, which was made slightly difficult by the fact that I've disembarked at gate #6 and had to go to gate #70. If anyone asks what Brussels looks like, it looks like a blur. I was also deeply impressed with Danish sunsets which happen well after 10 PM at this time of year, but that's because I come from a country which has yet to invent sunlight. While at the airport, I've intercepted one of Eurobrick's moderators (no names cough*Ezra*cough) who just flew in from US and was too confused by the metric system to be left on his own. We were driven to a Lego Holiday Village by a very friendly taxi driver, then to a Legoland Hotel, then to a Lego Holiday Village again. The blame is all mine - as a Facebook addict, I wanted an opportunity to pretend I was staying at the Legoland Hotel even though I wasn't. All ended well with help of Fernando from TechnicBRICKs because Portugese people are the best and they totally don't mind when you call them from an unknown number very late at the evening and start talking without telling them who the hell you are. We have found ourselves in a lovely, if a little stuffy, LEGO Pirates-themed room which made me wish I was 11 again. But since I was a little older, and the only Pole in the group, I have introduced my esteemed roommates to vodka. They only looked slightly terrified and Fernando was up when I was falling asleep and up when I woke up, which leads me to believe that they were taking turns keeping watch for the whole night. We were a group of 30+ males and Kim knew perfectly what kind of ID cards would look best on us Me with certain EB moderator. He let us put a fake clerical collar on him, but he wouldn't let me add "reverend" to his nameplate Next day we were welcomed at Lego headquarters by Kim, who was very friendly and dedicated, and also well experienced with AFOLs, which he proved by starting with gift bags. Each of us was given a nice Ghostbusters set, a lovely selection of polybags, a Lego notepad and some writing utensils which we used to make nameplates for ourselves. This was very helpful in establishing who is who and in making us easy to find should we attempt to blend in among the Lego employees. Kim was very efficient in keeping us happy, fed, and subsequently docile, and for most of the time we actually acted like responsible adults. After a brief introductory session we proceeded to the place were dreams are made, also known as the Lego factory. The introductory session with Kim. Aeden is giving me the "is there more free vodka?" look At this point I should mention cards. You see, it occurred to me before the trip that it might be useful to have a card to exchange with others, but since I'm basically just one guy, I've eventually decided that it would be presumptuous of me. Then I came to Billund and everyone had cards. Literally everyone. I'm a moron. Upon arriving to the molding factory, we were first given some suspicious looks and audio sets that would let each of us hear Kim clearly. It was a great idea and it greatly helped Kim to keep us in check. We were also shown a roughly current Lego color palette and samples of various types of plastic, of which Lego is using approximately 25 at the moment. We have then proceeded to a storage facility where boxes of ABS granulate and presumably other things were carried around by robots, conveyor belts, and a nice lady in a forklift. We have seen a granulate being unloaded from a truck, and then Kim took us to a molds warehouse. The storage facility. I'm a silly person and shiny objects distract me. No, really. I have no idea what this place was but everyone was taking pictures so of course I did, too Judging from this person's expression, delivering granulate is the world's most boring job The molds warehouse was one large room full of complex metal cubes which according to Kim were so heavy, industrial equipment was necessary to move them around. Or he just teased us, because none of us looked exactly like a bodybuilder. We have also been shown sprues that are created while molding, and had a long discussion on whether that makes them legitimate Lego pieces and how we could use them. Next stop was the actual molding factory, where Lego pieces are cast, collected and stored. A mesmerizing place, as you can imagine. There were rows of machines making new pieces and dropping them into trays, then two robots looking like blue wardrobes would come around and collect the full trays and leave empty ones instead. Some of us immediately started crawling in front of our future robot overlords, but I'm not naming names. The robots would then drop off the full trays on a conveyor belt that took them completely not where we wanted them to go. There was also a huge bin with waste, composed of sprues and bad batches of pieces (we were told touching a single piece may spoil the entire batch because of sweat stains and such). Lego recycles all of that stuff. Personally, I was impressed that long, thin pieces such as beams or plates can be cast and then retrieved without being warped even a bit. The waste bin Yellow axles are not going away any time soon, sorry A close look at the mold. You can see sprue between the Lego bricks, which is normally separated after casting. We were told that molds for 2x4 bricks are among the most expensive ones. From there, we went to a robotic storage warehouse, which is that famous place where incredibly tall racks of boxes are managed by robots alone, in a complete darkness. I'm not going to lie, it was a scary place. All these robots work in complete darkness, with no humans in sight, and for some reason they are locked behind bars. What I'm saying is, nobody knows what they're up to when there's nobody around. Do they confer in robotish and plan their inevitable rise to power? For the most skilled builders Lego is considering a "cast it yourself" set I wish my workshop was this organized When a robot acts suspiciously, it's interrogated with the use of these tools Everything is controlled by a software. "Stocklin" is Danish for "Skynet". Some facts Lego museum was the next on our list. No surprises here - we've seen early Lego sets, latest Lego sets, a Lego dog peeing and a Lego car famous for a well-working gearbox. There was also a Star Wars room with THE Millenium Falcon put behind thick bars for some reason (experience, I guess), and I had to be dragged away from the Super Star Destroyer. One day, sweetie, you will be mine Never met anyone who would admit to liking these in public THE Falcon, safely fenced off from AFOLs' greedy hands Apparently there is a Lego set representing human intestines It's worth noting that Idea House has a special room showing Lego sets next to their knock-off copies. We were told a set can be copied from start to finish inside 12 weeks from its release - something to consider for anyone who asks why is Lego protecting its future plans. Just don't ask me which set is real and which is a copy ;) From there we went to the famous vault, which Lego calls Memory Lane. Fallout lore aside, the vault is where Lego stores every single set ever released. And the best part is, you can totally touch the boxes because, as we were told, this is actually just one of many vaults and the only one with public access. There are things you expect to see in your life. A Lego mouse with an earring is not one of them. How to make a Technic guy happy? Just give them the oldest gears you can find. More plastic goodness Some funny people put Technic sanctities next to Belville sets. I hope they were arrested. That's what happiness looks like This device, also found in the vault, measures relativ fugtighed I'm almost sure this was my first Lego set ever. I still have that front slope with a lot of tooth marks on it. My first Technic set. I could be a proper functional adult if it weren't for this little box. This concluded day one, not including a nice supper and a friendly evening meeting, most of which I've spent being distracted by seeing sunlight at 10:30 PM. In case you wonder what the gates to the paradise look like Some people see this every day to the point of boredom As soon as you enter, the first challenge is resisting the urge to dive straight into this container Place of many awkward conversations starting with "daddy, what is rum?" This squirrel has a better job than I ever will At some point during the first day we have also been given the opportunity to plunder, ahem, I mean visit the Lego employee store. We were kindly asked not to take photos inside and not to discuss the prices. Nobody said anything about taking photos of the group leaving the shop, though. I took a photo of this building assuming it was some important place. It wasn't. Danish people, putting Lego wherever possible Billund has an average of 3 monuments per citizen, and most of them feature Lego pieces Denmark, a cyclist's paradise Day two was the day of interviews with designers. I have worked closely with Fernando to interview Lego Technic, Worlds, Rebrick, House and Ideas staff. A video will be coming later, but it was very informative, everyone was very friendly, and I got to meet my idols. The interviews took place here. See, I can take photos of important buildings after all! Pre-interviews briefing. I'm awesome at taking pics of people's backs. Fernando, Milan AKA Grohl and me, proving that the longer you deal with the Lego business, the more alike you look The Lego House being built. Imagine the building instructions. The interviews went smoothly as everyone was very nice and professional. The highlight of the day was Jan dropping by with a box of the German football team minifigures for us. What followed was brutal, uncivilized, and highly entertaining. The only photo I managed to get. The box was completely empty some 2 seconds later. This building was called Tech House. I imagine this is where Technic designers bask in awesomeness and look down with smiles upon lesser mortals We were given the opportunity to play with the new Technic sets and share our photos. The rest of the day was unimportant. The interviews were followed by a lunch and another nice supper, and then it was time to wrap things up. Some of us flew home this very evening, including one EB moderator who could handle the metric system no more, and some of us stayed for another day, including me. In fact, my flight departed at 2:30 PM, so I have spent quite a while as the last member of the group, considering a visit to Legoland, getting terrified by the amount of people by the Legoland entrance (it was Saturday), and generally strongly wishing to stay in Denmark forever. Unfortunately I've ended up on a plane, then on another, and in between I've faced the challenge of catching my connecting flight at Frankfurt in 15 minutes. If you've ever been to Frankfurt, you know the problem: it's not a city with an airport as much as an airport with a city. Somehow I managed to catch the plane, but my luggage didn't and I'm still waiting for it as I'm writing this. Wish me luck and kudos to you, Lufthansa. To sum it up, I'm very grateful to the TLG, the Technic team and to Kim especially for making this incredible experience possible. Everyone is very nice and friendly at Denmark, and Lego staff doubly so. We also had this incredible summer weather which I suspect Fernando has brought with him from Portugal. All in all, I hope to repeat this experience in the future, provided my esteemed colleagues can bear with me once more ;) Some of the awesome gifts I got from awesome people in front of a Lego hamster
  10. Hello everybody! After having visited Billund a couple of times, Copmike and I had the idea to build one of the most iconic buildings in LEGO history, the Løvehuset (Lionhouse). If you have no clue what I'm talking about, let me explain what the Lionhouse is about. This is the place where everything LEGO-related began. It's the Kristiansen's family house and Ole Kirk Kristiansen started producing wooden toys here in 1932. Later he switched to the famous plastic bricks we all now. The house is still placed in the middle of Billund and is now called LEGO Idea house and is housing the Lego museum. There you can find a lot of exhibits from the wooden era upto the latest sets. Sadly it cannot be visited publicly, but if you want to visit it (and you should do that at least once in your life), look out for the next Eurobricks event in Billund 2018. This builiding is of course part of the movie worth seeing, , and a previous exclusive minifigure-size set is in there, too. So the house has been an official set before. The bad thing about this set is, it was only given away as part of the LEGO inside tour 2009. Three years later it was produced for LEGO employees again. It was never sold on a regular basis. So it is really hard to get hold of it. But we didn't want to just copy an existing set, so we chose another scale and some nice new features. The scale is somehow in between microscale, architecture and minifigure size. It fits nicely on a 16x16 plate, the roof can be lifted just as with the modular buildings and inside you can find some nice details we included: A printed tile with the patent certificate, a panel printed "DET BEDSTE ER IKKE FOR GODT", Kirk's slogan "only the best is good enough" and a red 2x4 brick. All these details can be found in the real museum, too. We also decided to give the building a more accurate color scheme, replacing the red bricks in the exclusive model with brown ones for the walls and dark orange for the roof. The set can be built in two different time settings, either the 1935 version with chimneys and the big window on the front or the nowadays version with plain roof and the smaller white windows The house already exists in real life, here the roof parts are replaced by the currently existing red roof parts. Now comes the best part of it: This set is now on LEGO ideas! If we reach 10000 votes you can also have a piece of LEGO history! So if you like our model, please move over to our ideas-site, support us and share the news! We really would appreciate if you tell other LUGs about our project, 10000 votes is a number, but with your help we believe we can do it. Thank you in advance, Copmike & Holodoc = Holocop
  11. For the opening of Legoland in 2015 I was asked to make a display model of the main entrance. This was displayed in the lobby of the hotel so that visitors entering from there could see what the other entrance looks like. It's a huge model, so here are some close-ups of the details: There are a couple of large dinosaurs near the flag sculpture. The corners of the bricks of the real models have been smoothed out so that children do not hurt themselves when they climb on top of it: I was unfortunately not able to get a 2x2 tile with the LEGO logo. It could have completed the large sculpture at the entrance: The entrance welcomes in Danish, German and English: There is an ATM next to the information counters: On the left you find the ticket shops. I had also made one in yellow and one in green, but there wasn't enough space: On the right there is a sculpture with clown inside of the flower arrangement: The marching band on top of the entrance: The complete model: I am not aware of the current whereabouts of this model. I hope it is on display somewhere. Brickshelf gallery with more pictures:
  12. Hello, this is my video of the LEGO Idea House tour on tuesday after the press conference - what an awesome experience. Very interesting! Have a nice weekend Andres
  13. I know the Inside Tours take a select amount of people that register each year and it is incredibly exclusive to get in. Does Lego do any aspect of that tour for the general public, or for people travelling. Like, is that Museum aspect of the tour a public exhibit? I know with certain game companies and other big name manufacturers sometimes offer small informal tours to people travelling from overseas as a good gesture if they've been contacted ahead. I'm planning a Europe trip in a year or two, with Denmark as a destination and I am accepting that I probably won't get into the Inside tour when the signups open, so do I have any chance of seeing anything inside the factory if I'm in Billund? What would I have access to if I was to head to Billund.
  14. Hello, in March, I have been to Billund and bought an exklusive Billund-Architecture-Set: The "LEGO House" (4000010). Beside the nice building, a fine booklet and a minifigure are included, as well. This is my video review - in German language. But if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me at any time. The "real" Lego House will open in about two years from now. Have you already seen this set or have you visited Billund in the past? Best wishes Andres
  15. I have been in Billund a few days ago, and I have seen the basement of the Lego House: This really seems to be an amazing place to be. In 2017 (I hope so...) the Lego House will be open to all Lego fans around the world, who will visit Billund. We made a video of the building lot and the "brick"-model. And we've visited the Lego Headquarter (not far away) as well. And I have seen the building of Ole Kirk Christiansen: There, he created the LEGO bricks. So a wunderful place :D All the images, you can see right here: And this is our video (some parts are in German, others in English) What do you think of the Lego House? Are you excited, like I am?
  16. Hi all Today, three generations of the Kirk Kristiansen family laid the six foundation bricks for the LEGO House at the construction site in downtown Billund, Denmark. The event - which I was fortunate enough to attend as a representative for the Danish LEGO User Group,, included speeches by LEGO House manager Søren Lund, LEGO CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, architect Bjarke Ingels (BIG) as well as a very thought provoking and inspiring session with director Bo Stjerne Thomsen from LEGO Foundation. Bo engaged all attendees in a lot of fun activities with just six standard 2x4 bricks. I think the pictures (check links below) tell the story of everybody having a really good time. Thank you to LEGO for inviting I'm really looking forward to follow LEGO House as it emerges. Also, I hope the AFOL Community will be part of the LEGO House story. Come on, 2016... Check out my photos on Flickr: or Facebook: https://www.facebook...=1&l=991a6883cc /Klaus