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How to Become a LEGO Designer

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As a kid, I played with LEGO bricks and dreamed of submitting my own designs to the company. But it turns out that becoming a LEGO designer is actually really hard; here's a two-minute video showing the interview process. It involves testing.

Representative quote: "Imagine you had to build under the pressure of having your job depend on it. That's the reality for the 21 hopeful designers that have been selected to come to LEGO's annual recruitment workshop."

So who makes the cut? There's a whole YouTube playlist devoted to interviews with LEGO designers. Here's a sample, in which the designer shows off a $399 Star Wars model:

And believe it or not, there are extensive YouTube reviews of these things. Here's a fifteen-minute review of that Star Wars set. That's some serious building, folks. If you're serious about getting this job, here's an interview that explains the basic process.

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2000-Piece Fishing Store Set From LEGO Ideas Is Now Available to Buy
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Not every concept that fans submit to LEGO Ideas makes it to the production line. Many designs don’t receive the 10,000 online votes required to move on to the review stage, and even when they do, that’s no guarantee they won’t be shot down by LEGO bigwigs. But the Old Fishing Store, one of the most ambitious sets that’s appeared on the site, is now available for builders to purchase.

Designed by Dutch LEGO fan Robert Bontenbal, the seaside building consists of about 2000 pieces, making it the largest LEGO Ideas set to date. It includes four human minifigures as well as animals like seagulls and a cat hanging around the bait shop.

Bontenbal, who works as an architectural draftsman, originally designed the set for his own enjoyment. “I liked it myself, and it looked so good so I decided to submit it to LEGO Ideas to see how the rest of the LEGO community liked it," he said in an interview with LEGO Ideas.

When he uploaded the fishing store set in December 2015, it took just six weeks to attract the 10,000 supporters needed to advance. Customers can purchase the real thing today through the LEGO shop for $150.

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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