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A Golden Girls LEGO Set Is One Step Closer to Becoming Real

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LEGO bricks may not come in floral prints or white wicker textures, but that hasn’t stopped Golden Girls enthusiasts from sharing their desire to see Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia—and yes, even Stan—turned into tiny plastic playthings.

As part of the LEGO Ideas initiative, in which fans submit and vote on each other’s proposals for new LEGO sets, Samuel Hatmaker (a “lifelong LEGO fan who works in product development and marketing in New York City” and goes by the handle lostsleep) has put forth a proposal for a Miami-Bricksburg mashup that would reconstruct the foyer, living room, and kitchen of the ladies’ fictional Florida bachelorette pad. But with a quirky, fourth wall-breaking touch: the house would be constructed as a television set, with one wall removed.

Even with 343 days left to go in the voting process, The Golden Girls LEGO Set has already gotten the thumbs up from 10,000 supporters—the total number needed in order for LEGO to take the idea seriously. And they do: LEGO Doctor Who came to be from another LEGO Ideas proposal.

Next up for Hatmaker is a LEGO Review, in which a team of designers and marketers evaluate its viability in the marketplace. If that goes well, the product goes into production to be sold around the world, with the creator earning both royalties and bragging rights.

“I have re-created many classic scenes from the show,” Hatmaker explains, “including a visit from Burt Reynolds, Rose shooting Blanche's vase, Dorothy playing ‘Grab That Dough,’ and Rose rescuing her Teddy bear from a mean little girl.” Clearly, the details of this proposed play set are in the hands of a true aficionado. Which means that he did not forget the cheesecake.

All photos courtesy LEGO Ideas.
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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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This Voltron LEGO Set Is Almost Ready to Assemble
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In spite of the fact they need no outside help whatsoever in building a billion-dollar toy empire, and that amateur submissions to toy companies often go unnoticed, building block giant LEGO has had great success fielding ideas from their devoted fanbase. LEGO Ideas regularly sifts through submissions that have accumulated 10,000 votes of support among visitors to determine their popularity and practicality.

For their summer 2017 review, they’ve decided a fan’s idea to revisit a classic 1980s Japanese anime ticked all the right boxes: Voltron will be coming to stores in 2018.

LEGO announced the winners on its website. The concept for Voltron—a giant, sword-wielding robot compromised of five smaller robots—was pitched by Leandro Tayag, a fan from Malaysia who created a mock-up of what the giant ‘bot might look like.

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A 41-year-old software architect, Tayag says he was inspired by his love for the giant robot genre in the 1980s. After designing the 2100-brick prototype, Tayag’s idea received a voice of support from Voltron license holder Bob Koplar. It only took 22 days for LEGO fandom to meet the required 10,000 votes in order for LEGO management to review the pitch.

No firm release date or price point has been announced, but LEGO expects the set to go into development shortly. Another winner, a LEGO message in a bottle, is also expected to hit shelves next year.

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