Click the brick: links for all Lego lovers

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From the Netherlands' world record for the tallest Lego tower ever built to a brandnew flagship in New York: it was hard to miss the popular building bricks these past weeks. Here are products, events, and facts any Lego lover will appreciate.

The shortfilm

For the launch of its new website, legoclick.com, earlier this year, Lego released a short film to spread the love for ideas that just click. Or as the company puts it: "If you're a fan of LEGO bricks, eureka moments, or guys with odd mustaches, you really should see this."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OinrOnjzH_A

The documentary

Director Jess Gibson has portrayed AFOLs (adult fans of Lego) for AFOL: A Blocumentary. See how they build entire worlds from the humble bricks: the full documentary can be watched at http://vimeo.com/9581676.

The book

Designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann, who blogs at niemann.blogs.nytimes.com, posted a series of tributes to the city of New York in Lego form last year. Now, his miniature taxis, fast food eateries, and even a Lego-made Statue of Liberty have been compiled into a book: I Lego N.Y.

Watch the commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPP9BirBL4.
Buy the book at http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/I_LEGO_NY-9780810984905.html.

The artist

Nathan Sawaya is currently touring the US with a show titled, The Art of the Brick. It's the "only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium." His works were constructed from nearly one million Lego stones.

Tour dates and more information on the artist can be found at http://www.brickartist.com.

The app

LEGO Photo is a free iPhone and iPod app that 'legoes' every photo you upload. See what your loved ones (or loved design items) would look like if they were made out of lego bricks.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lego-photo/id347363502?mt=8

The gadget

Here's one that we're afraid is a one-off, but it's too good not to share: check out this video of the one and only "Lego felt tip 110" printer connected to an Apple Mac.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX09WnGU6ZY

The architecture

Apartment Therapy has a great round-up of Lego architecture, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water or Le Corbusier's works in Legos as well as complete kitchens set in the small bricks. If you feel like having a go yourself, there are Lego architecture sets that let you assemble iconic buildings such as the Sears Tower in Chicago.

http://architecture.lego.com

The furniture

ABGC Architecture and Design build interiors from the bricks, such as giant office meeting tables ( a picture of one they designed for a Dublin ad agency: here).

Contact them for custom works at http://www.abgc.ie.

The accessories

New York duo Dee & Ricky are launching a Lego-inspired G-Shock watch this month: featuring far more than just the usual stopwatch and world time, this limited-edition piece comes with contrasting LCDs that make for a characteristic Lego look. Dee & Ricky previously collaborated with department store Barneys for interchangeable Lego rings.

http://www.deeandricky.com

The world record

Limmen in the Netherlands is the new home of the world's tallest Lego tower (30,52 meters), built of 700,000 bricks in early June by 1,800 volunteers.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roql8CsINK4

The World Cup

Relive the soccer tournament's most dramatic moments, courtesy of this artist, who has posted animated Lego clips on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iEkp_t7CnA

The store

Lego has a new flagship since June, located at New York's Rockefeller Center. Happy shopping!

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