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Lego remakes popular ads and makes whole ad break Lego-only

The folks at Lego are keen on dominating the world, but they're very clever in the way they go about it.

On Sunday night, TV viewers in the UK were gripped by a show of maximum import. It's called "Dancing On Ice." And it's exactly what you think it is.

Unable to move during the ad break -- this is a very exciting show -- they were then subjected to a Lego takeover, the likes of which they couldn't have imagined.

For Lego had remade four popular British TV spots, all in Lego and … Read more

Hey Lego, say 'yes' to that female-scientist minifig set

Last week, a letter from 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin addressed to the Lego company garnered a lot of attention and became a social-media sensation. So, what did Charlotte have to say that attracted such interest? She took Lego to task for skewing its products toward boys.

"I love Legos but I don't like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls," the young Lego fan wrote. She also shares her observations that Lego girl toys just go to the beach and have no jobs, while Lego boy toys get to go on adventures, save people, and swim with sharks.… Read more

'Sherlock' Lego set: 221B Baker St. tribute in bricks

The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies -- as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. -- might end up a legitimate Lego set.

The "Sherlock" Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name "Flailx," is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers -- along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the "Back to the Future" DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture -- submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.

The suggested "Sherlock" minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty. … Read more

Lego Bill Murray prayers answered: 'Ghostbusters' set coming

Rejoice, all you children of the '80s, all you Bill Murray fans, all you who have sewn deep into the night to create a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit costume. The bigwigs at Lego are smiling down on you, and giving you an offering in the form of greenlighting a fan-designed "Ghostbusters" set.

Lego tinkerer Brent Waller put together a model for a "Ghostbusters" set in honor of the film's 30th anniversary this year. He built minifigs, the Ectomobile, and the ghost hunters' headquarters building. He really nailed Bill Murray's hairline for the minifig. The project went up for vote on Lego's fan site CUUSOO, where it gained 10,000 supporters, enough to get Lego to look at making it official, which it did.… Read more

Build with Chrome is a virtual Lego time-suck, but worth it

You really, really want to build something out of little plastic bricks, but you're stuck in your office, far away from your Lego stash. Lucky for you, Google has just unveiled Build with Chrome, a virtual Lego playground that gives you access to all sorts of pieces for building online.

You can jump right in, or take some lessons first. The Build Academy sets you against a series of challenges to train you to be a master builder. You're guided along by a virtual hippy-wizard Lego minifig, a character that ties in marketing-wise with the upcoming Lego movie. It starts off basic with learning how to rotate your baseplate and gets increasingly more complex as you hone your skills.… Read more

Lego Space flight jacket makes you look like a toy astronaut

When I was a kid, Lego Space kits were some of the best, because they had astronaut minifigs and colored translucent pieces. Double win. Those tiny explorers usually had the classic Lego Space logo emblazoned on their chests, a red arrow zipping across a gold planet.

Evil Mad Scientist, a small company that offers hardware for maker projects, has created the ultimate Lego Space fashion statement for adults who wish to honor all that time spent tinkering with Lego Space creations. The jacket is a classic leather flight jacket, a la "Top Gun." Other necessary materials include leather paints and a deglazer to strip off the shiny top of the leather and make it suitable for painting.… Read more

'Downton Abbey' fan makes Lego tribute

As a present for his girlfriend, New Yorker Eric Stevens has built a Lego replica of the stately home and characters from the hit British period drama "Downton Abbey."

The Crawley clan of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil, as well as the servants Carson the butler, Thomas the first footman, Bates the valet, and Branson the chauffeur are all represented in custom-Lego form. … Read more

The Lego Simpsons house is coming! Don't have a cow, man

Lego is coming to Springfield.

The toy giant confirmed Wednesday that it will soon release a Simpsons house set. Reports had been circulating for a few days about the kit.

According to Lego, the set will go on sale on February 1, and will retail for $200. The company also will release a set of Simpsons minifigures in May that will cost $4 each. Finally, there will be a Lego-themed episode of "The Simpsons" that will air in May in which the show's characters and the town of Springfield will appear in Lego form.… Read more

Small fry: Stephen Fry gets his own tabletop game figure

How much do you love the marvelous British actor, comedian, author, and self-proclaimed gadget addict Stephen Fry? If you love him enough to carry him around with you, you'll be happy to know he finally has his own miniature gaming figure.

Preorder your very own miniature Fry as Master of Lake-town from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" for $20. The resin figure is for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Strategy Battle Game (PDF) and comes unpainted and requires assembly. Games Workshop recommends Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paint. … Read more

Crave Ep. 150: Will dogs speak human in 2014?

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Strap your dog's mind-reading headgear on. It's the last Crave show of 2013 and we're predicting that in 2014 dogs will be talking. No More Woof uses a Raspberry Pi computer to turn your dog's thoughts into audible phrases. The European Space Agency launched a satellite carrying a 1-billion pixel camera that will 3D-map the Milky Way, and a Romanian man has built a full-size drivable car out of 500,000 Legos. Better buckle up, because 2014 will be here much faster than the Lego car can drive. Read more