Looking Back on the last decade with 2020 Hindsight…

Happy new year: Welcome to 2020. I rediscovered playing with LEGO Bricks as my kids were growing up. When we attended a Fan Event in 2009, I discovered that being an AFOLwas actually a thing you could do! I now realise that I have been an AFOL for a little over 10 years, and during that time we have seen a number of changes – this coincides with the opportunity to have a look at some of the changes we have seen with the LEGO sets being sold to us over the last decade.

It feels as though the number of sets has ballooned, and that the number of parts in a set has also increased over that time. And what about Licenced themes: Some days it feels as though they have been taking over the LEGO shelves in the toy stores. But have they really proliferated that much?

Now that we are at the end of the 2010’s, I thought we could approach the decade with 2020 hindsight: Let’s take a look at the data in the Brickset Database, and take a year by year look at the number of sets being produced, as well as the number of sets with high part counts (lets define that as over 1000).

We’ll look at the number of themes over this period as well: how many are related to a single intellectual property (IP)? Some themes relate to multiple IPs, while others remain home grown, within the LEGO group, and are dependent on nothing except the imagination of the designers.

Who knows what else we might stumble across along the way. Grab a coffee. There will be graphs. Lots of graphs…

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Community Corner: BrisBricks Toowoomba Expo 2019

Coming up this weekend from the team at BrisBricks…

The team at BrisBricks are busy building towards their first LEGO® Fan Expo in Toowoomba on November 9-10th.

BrisBricks LEGO Fan Expos have welcomed tens of thousands of patrons over the years to be amazed and inspired by the visually stunning exhibits and we’re excited to bring this to Toowoomba for the first time. Our energetic team of clever builders and friendly volunteers freely donate their time, displaying their own creations and personal collections that will take children and adults on a magical journey through the ages of LEGO.

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‘Bygglek’ is the name of the Ikea-LEGO collaboration, and its coming in 2020…

Twelve Months ago this week, while I sat in a hotel room in Japan preparing to go to Japan Brickiest, Ikea and the LEGO Group announced a forthcoming collaboration. Today, as part of Ikea’s Democratic Design Days 2019 Event, we heard just a little bit more:

It’s all about the compromise between the sorted pack up and stepping o a brick in the dark… BYGGLEK research at home in action. (source: IKEA)
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The Search For Bill and Mary I

Long Term Character Development in LEGO Town and City.

In which we begin our ongoing search for Bill and Mary, by looking through LEGO Town and LEGO City for evidence of long form story telling, beyond the confines of a single set. If we can find it, then we are one step closer to demonstrating whether or not the protagonists of the 6000 Ideas Book could still exist in LEGO City today…

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The Rambling Brick Is Going On The Road…

The Rambling Brick is going on the road, and I need your help!

Next Week, the Rambling Brick is off to Billund, to take part in the Recognised LEGO Fan Media Days.
I have some interviews lined up with designers from Architecture, Overwatch, Powered Up, LEGO Games and Technic.

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Community Corner: Love Me Love You by WORLDLUG

Tickets sales are underway for WORLDLUG’s Brick Exhibition in MELBOURNE, Australia on May 25, raising funds for Love Me, Love You. Love Me Love You is a non-profit organisation that strives to empower and build resilience in young adults so that they may overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and other life hardships.

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Community Corner: Newcastle Brickfest July 13-14

Rainbow Bricks Presents NEWCASTLE BRICKFEST 2019, A LEGO Fan Event.

Rainbow Bricks is excited to be returning to Newcastle again on July 13th and 14th, 2019! Located on the New South Wales Central coast, Newcastle is approximately two hours north of Sydney.

While the show is still a couple of months away, applications are now open for exhibitors. For further details, you can find out at the event page at facebook.com/newcastlebrickfest – contact the organisers via the event page. Tickets are also available now at https://trybooking.com/BBHJK. All funds raised go back to local schools and charities.

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