What was once a humble toy, that granted took a big imagination to use and an even bigger wallet to execute, has grown in its demographic and appeal substantially in last couple of decades. I am of course referring to Denmark’s greatest export; no, not Barbie-Girl-squealing pop band Aqua, but Lego. Seeing its reign under constant threat from games consoles and other toys, Lego has had to seriously up its game if it was going to stay in the market and be as respected and loved as it was when I was a child. A genius move of getting in to bed with massive branded franchises like Star Wars, Marvel & DC and Harry Potter has ensured that Lego has stayed, if not reclaimed its position, as the number one toy for children.
And I say for children when we all know full well that Lego is as much for children as Star Wars itself is. Nowadays with the massive and detailed sets that one can buy from Lego , although the age range on the box may say 10-16 years, are you buying that Imperial Star Destroyer for your nephew or yourself? Yes, I thought so.
One of the excellent things about Lego today is not just how much the sets and ranges have expanded, it’s how incredible the detail and scope of Lego sets are nowadays too. When I was thirteen or so, I was bought for my birthday Lego’s flagship (if you’ll pardon the pun) set which as the time was the Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship. It contained a modest – by today’s standards – 865 pieces and eight minifigures. It was, at the time, their most expensive and elaborate set. I kept it for many years, still with its box and sold it on eBay a couple of years ago for £75, proving that Lego retains its value too. I had many sets from the Pirates theme and indeed I had a lot of sets anyway; over 150 sets I’d estimate have passed through my hands in my life so I do consider myself somewhat of a Lego connoisseur. That’s just a posh word for nerd.
Fast forward to today. Lego’s ever-growing diversity continues to impress me and some of the sets released in recent times have left me salivating at the mouth in my Lego geekery and worship. But the reason I am writing this blog is about to be explained. Join me as I take you on a journey into the minds of two people who really know they two-studded flats from their sloping roof tiles as we gasp in awe, worship, love and adoration together at their art. These artists have proved just how much you really can do – the level of detail you can create and showing perhaps that literally anything can be built in Lego.
The first piece that came my way was a report on a Romanian artist who has recreated the nine circles of Hell from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy in Lego. No, you read that right. The Divine Comedy, one of history’s most prolific and influential texts of the Italian word and shaper of Western literature has had some of its most famous scenes envisioned in the tiny plastic Danish brick. The circles that were recreated are: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery.
Really you just need to click here to see the article on the Telegraph website.
If your jaw is still on the bottom of your face beneath the top part of your mouth, then it won’t be for much longer until I present to you my next one that I was sent recently. This is an article on how a Seattle mum & housewife felt that Lego’s own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry from Harry Potter wasn’t quite to her level… so she built her own.
Out of an astonishing and incredible 400,000 bricks.
And to think, you could just build a McLaren F1 instead, eh?
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