Is this a new series of “megafig” money banks?

As soon as I saw the pic in the local Toysrus (TRU) catalog when I visited Hong Kong, I wanted one.  Unfortunately the stock had not arrived when I left Hong Kong. TRU calls it the “LEGO Ninjago Collectible Money Bank”.  Measures 34 cm according to an eBay listing.  Will be great for displays or as presents for little (or bigger) boys. I can only hope that we’ll get it in Singapore soon, and have more designs to pick from… Imagine a clone trooper version. The SW fans will go crazy…

SKN# 933503

Price (each) : HK$299.90 (approx SGD50)

 

Random post about Smart Phones & LEGO

The photos used in today’s weekly ‘digital’ supplement in the local newspaper, The Straits Times, caught my eye. Thought it shows how popular both the featured items are in Singapore, i.e. smart phones and LEGO. Hey, Singapore is ranked #1 for smart phone penetration rate if you didn’t know:
http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2011/12/42-major-countries-ranked-by-smartphone-penetration-rates/

Totally random. Ha.

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LEGO activities in Singapore this June hols

For Singaporeans and tourists to our sunny island:

Building a Loving SG using LEGO bricks & minifigs

Was registering for tickets to the Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) 2012 when I saw this. Will share more details when available.  Doesn’t sound like it’ll be an exclusive fig, but it’ll be for charity so why not right? 🙂

Via: http://ndp.org.sg/participation/building-a-loving-sg/

Building a Loving SG

As part of Singapore’s 47th National Day Celebrations, Singaporeans from all walks of life can contribute to the building blocks of National Day Parade (NDP) at the Floating Platform! Spearheaded by a group of young adults from various youth organisations, we want to re-create the rousing celebrations at Marina Bay Floating Platform with over 100,000 LEGO® bricks and LEGO® minifigures.

This project also wants to reach out to Singaporeans from all walks of life, getting them to openly express their love for our country by participating in this record-breaking initiative. Members of the public can be represented by a LEGO minifigure at the ‘celebrations’ by making a $5 donation where they will receive a pair of customised LEGO minifigures – one of the LEGO minifigures will be placed on the seating gallery of the platform, while the other is for their keepsake as a reminder of their participation.

All proceeds received from the project will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund whose mission is to reach out to every child in need and provide them with the resources to do well in school – and beyond.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2012 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

PBS documentary on LEGO artists

In their latest episode the PBS series, Off Book features LEGO art and 3 very different brick artists who are using LEGO bricks as a medium to express their art.  Their names should be familiar to you: Sean Kenney, Alex Kobbs, and Nathan Sawaya. Enjoy the short clip. 🙂

LEGO blocks are one of the most beloved toys in the world, playing a role in many a person’s childhood. But for some creators, LEGO has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk to three LEGO artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.

Featuring:
Sean Kenney
Alex Kobbs
Nathan Sawaya

Music by:
Pixelord – http://soundcloud.com/pixelord
Project Divinity – http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/2741/project-divinity
Da Robotz – http://soundcloud.com/da-robotz
Yusuke Tsutsumi – http://soundcloud.com/yusuke-tsutsumi
Tryad – http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/104/tryad

Produced by Kornhaber Brown: http://www.kornhaberbrown.com

LEGO Disney store re-opens

I spent one of my happiest holidays in Disney World, so looking at the pics gave me a good vibe. Wish I can go and see the new store, but I’ll have to make do with some pics unfortunately…

The Lego Imagination Center in Downtown Disney has quietly reopened after closing in February and temporarily relocating to Island Charter’s former location. One of the original retailers at Downtown Disney that opened in 2001, the store was renovated and now reflects much more Disney flavor, especially outside. “As this store is over 10 years old, we felt it was time for a complete refresh and redesign,” said Amanda Santoro, spokeswoman at Lego Systems Inc.

The changes include:

  • New Disney-themed outdoor scenes featuring characters such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody with RC; Belle in minifigure style, the Beast, Lumiere and Cogsworth; and Prince Phillip in minifigure style, his horse Samson, and Maleficent as a dragon.
  • Indoor suspended scene featuring Aladdin and Jasmine in minifigure style, the Genie and the magic carpet.
  • A relocated and bigger Pick a Brick wall.
  • A new upper level with play areas.
  • A new outside play area with a racing feature.
  • Digital Box, an interactive kiosk that enables shoppers to see an assembled product on a screen.

The store will hold grand reopening events on Memorial Day weekend. “We’re doing a large scale community build – building the Lego Store mascot Brickley – and Disney is fully involved in the planning,” Santoro said.

More here: http://retail.ocregister.com/2012/05/16/lego-store-shows-off-remodel-at-downtown-disney/71734/

And here: http://ocresort.ocregister.com/2012/05/16/remodeled-lego-store-reopens-at-downtown-disney/112968/

LEGOLAND Malaysia Opening on 15 Sep 2012, Hotel in 2014

Stumbled upon the roadshow at Vivocity (a shopping centre in Singapore) and found out that LEGOLAND Malaysia is having its’ grand opening on 15 September 2012. And, there’ll be a LEGOLAND Hotel too. You’ll have to wait longer to stay in the hotel tho, cos work has only just started and the hotel is slated for opening in 2014.

Roadshow Information

LEGOLAND Malaysia has just announced the official park single-day tickets which are priced at a special introductory offer of RM96 (S$40) for adults and RM70(S$29) for kids.  These single-day tickets are available from the LEGOLAND Malaysia Road Show (25th – 29th April 2012) which starts today at Vivocity in Singapore.

You can also pop by to have a look at what I presume to be the model of the LEGOLAND Hotel. 🙂

If you can’t make it for this roadshow, don’t worry there are a few others planned.  You can check the schedule here: http://www.legoland.com.my/Plan/Roadshows/ 

News of the theme park

According to news reports, LEGOLAND Malaysia General Manager Siegfried Boerst said the RM700 million theme park on a 76-acre land in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, was 75 per cent complete. He said that last month, the contractors began work on theming the park, and next month they would begin installing the 50 million Lego bricks and models.

Boerst said over 35,000 annual passes had been sold and 60 per cent of the buyers were Malaysians, and about 30% from Singapore. The annual passes, priced at RM195 per adult and RM150 per child, are valid until end of 2013. “The official park single-day tickets will go on sale online later this month and these tickets will be priced at a special introductory offer of RM96 for adults and RM70 for kids,” he said.

It is the second after Legoland Billund park, Denmark, to house the Observation Tower, where visitors are lifted up 41 metres for an excellent view of the Legoland theme park as the tower revolves to make a complete circle in 50 seconds. It’ll also have LEGOLAND Water Park suitable for kids from 2 to 12.

News of the hotel

Merlin Entertainments Groups has signed a management agreement with LL Themed Hotel Sdn Bhd to develop and build the LEGOLAND Hotel in Nusajaya, Johor, the first in Southeast Asia and the fourth in the world.  LL Themed is a 51-49 joint venture company between Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) with Iskandar Harta Holdings Sdn Bhd.

DRH Managing Director Nadziruddin Basri said: “We at DRH are focused in bringing new, innovative attractions to Malaysia’s leisure and tourism offerings and to make Malaysia a destination of choice for both local and international travellers.”

LEGOLAND Malaysia General Manager Siegfried Boerst said the hotel was the first to be designed from a child’s eye view and was scheduled to open for operations in the first half of 2014.
Read more: Legoland Hotel to be built in Nusajaya http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/20120424132955/Article/index_html#ixzz1t3lHTPoB

Read more: Legoland Malaysia to open on Sept 15 http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/20120425155004/Article/index_html#ixzz1t3kdU800

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