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How LEGOs are Made

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Millions of LEGO bricks are made every hour. The LEGO factory in Billund, Denmark is highly automated, using robots and sophisticated molds to create the bricks, store them in color-coded bins, and even recycle any bricks or other bits that don't pass quality inspection. Here's how it works, in just two minutes:

If you want to linger with the process longer, here's a five-minute How It's Made segment on the factory. It's a few years out of date, but the process is still basically the same today—just with newer robots! Favorite quote: "This machine spits out 15,000 heads an hour." They're minifig heads, fortunately.

For those of you wondering whatever happened to "a big box of plain LEGO bricks," they still exist, and are surprisingly price-competitive with the finicky model sets. You're looking for a "Creative Bucket," which is itself shaped like a giant rounded LEGO brick. Now get building!

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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.

A prototype of a LEGO Voltron set
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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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