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Beijing 2008 In Lego

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the that's-a-lotta-bricks dept.

Toys 177

jedie noted an impressive rendering of the Beijing Olympics in Lego. Featuring 300,000 bricks, and 4,500 Lego people, it was built by the Hong Kong Lego User Group. Yes that exists. Amazing. I'm pretty sure that the lighting inside the water cube was not made using stock legos. At least, none in my giant cardboard box.

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177 comments

One interesting tidbit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650095)

They actually used several Tyco blocks, but then painted them so they'd appear to be Legos.

Countdown (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650099)

10 seconds until the IOC pulls this for copyright infringement. If you doubt this, then look up how they attacked free-Tibet protesters over using their symbol (in handcuffs).

Re:Countdown (2, Insightful)

jandrese (485) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650155)

Yeah, I'm sure that one had nothing to do with being politically charged...

Re:Countdown (2, Informative)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650939)

check techdirt for what else the IOC is covering up.

Pee in the cup! (5, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650599)

It is well known that many serious Lego enthusiasts will take various stimulants and body building supplements to give them that edge.

please.... (-1, Troll)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650123)

Please...

Please...

No more clutching-at-straws-to-be-news-stories to promote Olympics related advertising.

No more Olympics, please. It's NOT news for nerds. It's news for jocks.

Re:please.... (2, Funny)

DanWS6 (1248650) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650185)

I had no idea jocks were interested in Lego

Mod parent funny, not informative (2, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650669)

Hmmph, many jocks played with Legos as kids.

I'll bet a few Slashdotters even played sports when they were younger. Hell, I might even say that there are some who still play, if not watch, sports -- even if a few NFL games are more important than the entire olympics to them.

Dude, it's made from leggos, it is nerd news (4, Insightful)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650197)

The Olympics may be for jocks but building anything in an extensive manner using legos is still awesome. What matters is not the context of the subject but rather the engineering creativity behind it, and I'd have to say, the love and detail in this project is impressive. On a side note, I have my doubts about a Hong Kong team building it. If the Chinese really built it, they would have conscripted their entire population to build a lego model up to scale :).

Re:Dude, it's made from leggos, it is nerd news (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650447)

On a side note, I have my doubts about a Hong Kong team building it. If the Chinese really built it, they would have conscripted their entire population to build a lego model up to scale :).

Well if it makes you feel better about the story's credibility, the members of the HK Lego User's Group were taken from their parents at the age of 3 to undergo years of rigorous Lego construction training.

Re:please.... (1)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650391)

Ahh just as I was about to post regarding you being modded insightful I see that now you are smited with the troll stick. Anything can be news for nerds, eg the existence of slashdot ;)

Where's the lego minitiature (4, Insightful)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650125)

of Tibetan monks being hauled away to prison?

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650193)

What you said was completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, but if by "monk" you meant "terrorist who burned up shops and killed people", you'd be right.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (2, Interesting)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650229)

Ummm ... I'm pretty sure it wasn't monks who were burning shops and killing people ... and there is even some debate as to whether it was everyday Tibetan householders targeting the Han Chinese, or whether it was the work of agents provocateurs sent in to create justification for the ensuing crackdown.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0, Flamebait)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650273)

That is the silliest bullshit I have ever heard. Why the hell would we create a mess just before the Olympics when the Tibetian separatists weren't actually causing any trouble at the time? The "debate" is created by the Western media anti-China propagandists who stop at nothing to flame China; logic and lack of evidence be damned.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1)

digitrev (989335) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650301)

So as to demonize those damned Tibetans. Obviously, both sides are full of bullshit. However, the Chinese are do not hold the moral high ground, if there is even any to be found these days.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650333)

The logic escapes me. If we were really up to a silly operation like this, we'd do it AFTER the Olympics end, not just before they start. Something as nonsensical as that could only be done by George W. Bush.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1, Interesting)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650445)

Something as nonsensical as that could only be done by George W. Bush.

And here we have solid proof: The communist thug apologists (AKA: thugpologists) are taking their one-liners from the DailyKos and DU.

Hey Mr. Thugpologist:

Those lines only work on people stupid enough to buy into the DailyKos rhetoric. The rest of us see right through you.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (-1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650481)

Hey Mr. American Imperialist Pig: Your president is a douchebag, and that reflects on all of you. You have no moral authority to criticize us, especially when you sponsored terrorists to attack our land, burn our shops, and kill our people.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650679)

Dear internet poster: every "authority" is granted to criticize anyone, regardless of their origin or "morals". Cry more, but do it less online.

On the matter of doing it after the Olympics - why? Why not do it while you can get the media coverage to show you're not doing anything wrong. Granted, the wrong coverage has gotten into the papers, but maybe blaming the US will help!

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650711)

Wow.

So now it's AMERICA that's sending people to burn Tibetan shops? It's not Agent Provocateurs sent by the Chinese Thugocracy in order to keep the Tibetan monks in line and quiet an embarrassing and troublesome region by deception and violence (like ALL Communist thugocracies do), it's America.

Because, you know, we have SUCH a vested National Interest in beating up Tibetans and Han Chinese in the Himalayas, an area of the world totally outside our influence. Yep, that's it, it MUST be the Eeeeeeeeeevil Americans! Look out! They've come with Coca-cola and Marlboro to ruin your teeth and give you cancer!!

The kind of thinking required to believe that is just so twisted I can't even get my head around it. Who would believe such utter lunacy? Smitingpurpleemu, you are either the WORST Thugpologist IN THE WORLD, or a complete and utter moron. Possibly both, I'm still deciding. Either way, you are convincing no one here but your handlers.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650751)

The American government supports the Free Tibet movement, along with anything anti-China, such as the East Turkestan Liberation Army (which is aligned with Al-Qaeda and sent its fighters to Afghanistan).

It makes far more sense for the Americans to contract this hit on Lhasa to mess up the Olympics. Why the hell would we create a mess just in time for our own Olympics? Wouldn't it make a ton of sense for the Americans to do it instead?

The kind of thinking that makes you believe that we staged the attacks is utterly ludicrous, spurred on by the anti-China propaganda spewed by the "Mainstream Media," and completely defies logic and common sense.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (2, Insightful)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650947)

you sponsored terrorists to attack our land, burn our shops, and kill our people.

Dude ... put the kool-aid down and back away slowly. Re-read your posts in this thread. Take a few deep breaths. Ask yourself whether it's even just slightly possible that the state-run media has planted a few ... let's just call them exaggerations in your head?

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0, Troll)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650377)

Says the resident slashdot apologist for the evil Communist Chinese Thugocracy.

*eyeroll*

Go back to reading your "party approved" propaganda lit. We aren't interesting in the "party line" here.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650409)

Go back to believing the garbage that your "Mainstream Media" spews about China and trying to defend American imperialism as they fuck up the world in the name of "freedom and democracy."

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (5, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650477)

> Go back to believing the garbage that your "Mainstream Media" spews about China and trying to defend American imperialism as they fuck up the
> world in the name of "freedom and democracy."

You mean I have to choose between American imperialism and repressive Chinese human rights abuses? Can't I say they're both wrong?

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650581)

That's the first sensible thing that's been said in this whole thread.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1, Insightful)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650585)

If you population didn't elect presidents for the last 50+ years who are greatly in favor of American imperialism, then maybe you have a point, but no, your point fails.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650623)

Or, you could tell the thugpologist to stuff it.

Last time I checked, and "imperialist" government generally tended to take over smaller countries for the purpose of extracting wealth and resources. America does none of the above.

In fact, when we take over a country, we tend to SEND and SPEND large amounts of our wealth, manpower, and lives to build that country up into a functioning democracy, leaving the people there better off than before. This is the exact OPPOSITE of imperialistic behavior.

Obviously, there are those that have bought into the DailyKos/DU/communist/thugs-R-us line that helping people remove vile and murderous dictatorships is somehow "imperialism". But those people are either apologists, like smitingpurpleemu, or useful idiots, like some we occasionally see here on Slashdot.

Is America perfect? Hell No. Do we always do the right thing? Hell No. Do either of these things make America "Imperialist"? Hell No. For all our faults, we are still the last, best hope for Freedom in the world.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (-1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650671)

There you go with the "Americans' Burden," close relative of the "White Man's Burden" that was the dominant justifying principle of European imperialism in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. And LMAO at "Freedom", if by "Freedom" you mean the freedom for your subjects to implement a puppet government under your control, then yeah, that's freedom.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (3, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650881)

if by "Freedom" you mean the freedom for your subjects to implement a puppet government under your control,

Let's list the "puppet" governments, shall we?

1 - Germany
2 - Japan
3 - Italy
4 - Poland
5 - France
6 - Austria
7 - Hungary
8 - Spain
9 - Belgium
10 - Greece
11 - Portugal
12 - Egypt
13 - Indonesia
14 - India
15 - CHINA (who were then re-oppressed by the communist chinese. But we DID free them from IMPERIAL Japan first)

Please add any other nations oppressed by the Axis powers during WW2 and freed by American "Imperialism" that I may have forgotten.

Since WW2:

16 - South Korea
17 - South Vietnam (failed)
18 - Afghanistan (work in progress)
19 - Iraq (work in progress, nearing completion)

Yep. Just LOOK at all those "puppet states" like Germany, who wouldn't even send assistance to Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein. Or France, who's recently voted out (by the people) government had back-room financial deals with Saddam Hussein's government in the oil-for-food scandal. Yep, real puppets there.

Face it smitingpurpleemu, you have NO argument. The Chinese Thugocracy has NO moral footing to stand on, and you have NOTHING to back yourself up with, so you fall back on empty DailyKos and DU talking points and useful idiot rhetoric.

Now Begone. The grown-ups wish to have a conversation.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (-1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650979)

LMAO, look at the post WW2 history, which is what I was referring to anyway, and you're 1/4. FAIL. Iraq and Afghanistan are not works in progress, they are epic failures, puppet governments whose legitimacy are not recognized by their own people.

You didn't liberate China, WE liberated China. You had very little to do with the Sino-Japanese war, there were maybe a few thousand American pilots fighting in China. That's IT. WE held off the Japanese long enough so you could finish them off.

"Democracy" and "Freedom" are merely codewords for American imperialism. The Evil American Empire has absolutely no moral standing on anything, and all you have is "Mainstream Media" anti-Chinese propaganda to listen to. No wonder you're such a douchebag. American Imperialist Pigs always end up that way.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24651035)

Child, please leave.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (-1, Troll)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 5 years ago | (#24651079)

At least I am posting under my own name and not as a gutless AC, American Imperialist Pig.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (2, Insightful)

Rycross (836649) | more than 5 years ago | (#24651101)

Yeah, from where I'm sitting you're both over-nationalistic douchebags.

The whole "Your government does bad things so you have no right to criticize my government," has never held ground here. We're individuals, not our government. Both the Chinese government and the American government does fucked up things. Its a colossal waste of time to cry about who is worse when the more important thing is working to improve things.

But then again, I find crybaby nationalists who can't stand a little criticism of their country to be annoying. Maybe if more people actually considered criticism and held their leaders accountable instead of going "LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU WE'RE SO PERFECT AND AWESOME" the world wouldn't be in such a shitty state.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24651031)

Obviously, there are those that have bought into the DailyKos/DU/communist/thugs-R-us line that helping people remove vile and murderous dictatorships is somehow "imperialism". But those people are either apologists, like smitingpurpleemu, or useful idiots, like some we occasionally see here on Slashdot.

How about those people who removed the vile and murderous dictatorship known as the Batista regime in Cuba? The USA didn't help them, the USA opposed the removal of the Batista regime. The USA tried to kill the people who kicked out the dictator. Why? Because the USA had a lot of economic interests in Cuba, such as sugar plantations and distilleries. So you see, if you're trying to remove a dictator the USA currently doesn't like, for example Saddam Hussein in 2003, then the USA will help you. By sending in thousands of cruise missiles, tanks, bombs, etc.

But if you're trying to remove a dictator that the USA currently likes, for example Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, or Fulgencio Batista in Cuba, then the USA won't help you. They'll give the dictator weapons and money to try to stop you. The USA might even send people to try to kill you.

The actions of the USA aren't aimed towards Freedom For The World. They are designed to give the best economic and strategic advantages to the USA.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (5, Funny)

AndGodSed (968378) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650195)

You missed it.

It's right next to the Lego miniatures of politicians looking the other way.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (2, Funny)

haystor (102186) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650433)

The monks were hauled away, disassembled and their bricks used in the construction of the water cube.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650455)

I didn't see the Lego razor-wire.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24651023)

Hahahah. I have to say, this is the funniest and wittiest comment I've read on Slashdot in a while. Thanks for the laugh :)

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (2, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650437)

> of Tibetan monks being hauled away to prison?

They've been photoshopped out, just like the little un-cute singer and the paralysed dancer. Ssshhh...our little secret.

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650873)

They've already been executed and had their organs harvested and sold.

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Disturbing%20Truths/chinese_death_vans.htm
http://www.friendsoftibet.org/main/execution.html
http://www.timboucher.com/journal/2006/06/18/chinese-death-van/
http://pupaganda.com/2008/06/23/usa-today-china-makes-ultimate-punishment-mobile.aspx

Re:Where's the lego minitiature (1)

Skazz11 (1035412) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650885)

I don't get it - why is the parent modded troll?
If it's just the old "-1 Disagree", then I get it, but is there any other reason for modding this troll?

If it is "-1 Disagree", then please inform me what it is that is disagreeable about it, because I don't get it.
I'm sure there are strong feelings involved, but censoring isn't exactly the way to help China's case in the matter.

Logo Olympians (5, Funny)

CanadianBeaver (1335935) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650149)

Hopefully it doesn't have a miniature BSOD during the opening Lego Olympics.

Re:Logo Olympians (1)

Naked Jaybird (1190469) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650385)

/* Digs in son's Lego box for all his blue and white legos */

Re:Logo Olympians (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650597)

Sure it does! It's above the lip-syncing little girl and the remarkably heterogeneous "culturally diverse" parade! Sadly there are no fireworks above the stadium... You need a mind storms computer to make those.

Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (3, Interesting)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650163)

Is it just me or does it seem that the Lego Corp has lost their way? When I was a kid, we used the generic Lego bricks to build a million different things--all based on our imaginations. Now the little brats do nothing but assemble kids with of all things directions. What happened to make up your own ideas? I've now seen so many kids who are unwilling to build anything that strays outside of the confines of "the kit". The creative building childhoods that had been the last remaining birthright of an American is now fading fast. Kids will not grow up creative in the states and we will drift along and invent nothing new.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (5, Informative)

spazghost (1346955) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650223)

There is still lots of creativity with Legos. Haven't you ever heard of factory.lego.com?

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650791)

Please select your operating system:

  • Windows
  • Mac OSX

Sadly, I haven't heard of it. Does it work under Wine?

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (5, Insightful)

MagdJTK (1275470) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650259)

What?! TFA has a load of pictures of things which aren't from a guide.

"Kids aren't creative!"

"These kids are being creative right now."

"Don't use facts to ruin my rant, you brat!"

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (2, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650269)

Because we old-skool lego'ers had to use our imaginations. Even with G.I. Joes we ignored the storylines of the canon and made up our own, sometimes even bringing -- *gasp* -- non-G.I. Joes into the mix.

Nowdays, kids don't play with toys -- their toys play them.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650471)

Nowdays, kids don't play with toys -- their toys play them.

But only in Soviet Russia.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650655)

Also, there are a lot more kids on my lawn these days, and they won't get off.

Seriously, have you ever actually seen kids playing with toys? The imagination is definitely there, and they do freely mix and match toys to fit whatever game they're playing, which is often something they're making up on the spot.

I have a 9 year old and a 6 year old, and they're constantly engaged in some form of imaginative play. Just because the play sets these days tend to be trying to encourage playing to a specific story line, kids rarely do that.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

ross.w (87751) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650933)

That still happens, My nine year old just created a "Jedi Olympics" tableau, and he regularly creates scenarios combining the Star Wars Lego figures with other characters and vehicles not seen in any of the movies. Lego may be more complicated, but it still allows a lot of scope for creativity.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650285)

... and get off of my lawn!

P.S. Having to wait 5 minutes between posts is a bit excessive...

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (5, Informative)

frogzilla (1229188) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650327)

That's what I thought until I started to buy kits for my son. He did build according to the instructions. Then he proceeded to do what I had done, and what you are waxing nostalgic about, 20 years before. He built whatever he pleased. He built, destroyed, rebuilt, on and on. He would spend entire days surrounded by his Lego.

I think the blocks are all good. Old and new. He seems to have outgrown them now. He's 14 and he started with Lego when he was two or three. The thousands of dollars worth of newer generation blocks (and all of the instructions) are boxed away with the older generation blocks (with no instructions -- they got lost somewhere along the way) for future rediscovery.

I think that Lego blocks are _still_ the world's greatest toy.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650915)

That's what I thought until I started to buy kits for my son. He did build according to the instructions. Then he proceeded to do what I had done, and what you are waxing nostalgic about, 20 years before. He built whatever he pleased. He built, destroyed, rebuilt, on and on. He would spend entire days surrounded by his Lego.

My son does the same thing, not just with standard LEGO, but with his Bionicle models as well. I didn't think there was as much room for creativity with such sculpted parts, but it's amazing what he comes up with.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (2, Insightful)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650365)

The really disappointing part is the number of special pieces. Nothing is made out of Legos anymore, they're all made out of the same parts as every other toy with Lego connectors instead of GI Joe rivets.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650459)

There are still a lot of generic Lego's around. You just need to look at the toy stores at kids eye level to find them. The ones at adult level are for "bigger kids/adults" who want to make something impressive looking. The real problem is if you go to these stores what happened to the real model kits. Where you get these plastic cut outs which you need to break off, chisels down, paint glue together (without melting the plastic from the highly toxic glue). Let dry wash down and add decals. And you better follow those directions in order if not you will need about 12 hands to get that last piece on.

But still the models and the lego kits teach different values to the kids. The ability to sit down and work threw a project pay attention to directions, learn to improvise when the directions are not clear or misprinted. Do something that can take hours or days to complete. These are skills that kids need to learn as well, and without the immediate feedback that Video games provide. Wow after 2 hours of work I completed the 4 wheels on the car.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (2, Interesting)

niceone (992278) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650487)

Things have moved on. but the creativity is still there. You can still get buckets full of plain bricks, but you can also download lego digital designer [lego.com] - free CAD for lego! How cool is that? And you can order all the individual bits you need from the store. And it works in linux via WINE.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650563)

Not sure what kids you are observing, but my four-year-old uses his Legos in wonderfully imaginative ways.

When he gets a new model, I am the one who insists on helping him put it together according to the instructions, boring old dad that I am. But within a day or two, he has completely dismantled it and built a whole fleet of strange and wonderful contraptions, bearing absolutely no resemblance to the "intended" model.

All about you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650567)

Is it just me...

Are you even remotely serious? You can't find a forum that doesn't have that bitch whenever Lego is mentioned.

the last remaining birthright of an American

What? What? Please stop. Do you have ideas of your own, or do you really just repeat morning Jingo radio?

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

Born2bwire (977760) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650601)

When were you a kid? I'm 25 and all I had were kits with instructions and what not as a kid. Didn't stop me from accruing a massive lego cache that served as the basis for my own projects. Nothing like using legos to enhance a child's ability to build weapons of mass annoyance.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

timbck2 (233967) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650693)

Is it just me or does it seem that the Lego Corp has lost their way? When I was a kid, we used the generic Lego bricks to build a million different things--all based on our imaginations.

  Now the little brats do nothing but assemble kids with of all things directions. What happened to make up your own ideas? I've now seen so many kids who are unwilling to build anything that strays outside of the confines of "the kit".

    The creative building childhoods that had been the last remaining birthright of an American is now fading fast. Kids will not grow up creative in the states and we will drift along and invent nothing new.

...and get off my lawn!

(There, fixed that for you)

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

eht (8912) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650743)

In this interview [monocle.com] with the CEO of Lego he talks about going back to more normal pieces.

Link stolen from Dan's Data [blogsome.com] .

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

Skazz11 (1035412) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650747)

You do know that the basic tiles are still offered, right?
But a lot of stores don't seem to want them.

Try Creative Building [lego.com] and Creator [lego.com] .
But yes, it does seem to be Indiana Jones, Batman, Star Wars, and the likes that give the greatest profit for stores.

It is sad that Lego City and Lego Castle are now specialized blocks with a lot less creative freedom, but I don't exactly think you can blame Lego for the loss of creativity.

Re:Next, Lego Will Make It a Creativity-Free Kit (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 5 years ago | (#24651055)

From looking at the boxes, only a handful of parts in most kits have such a limited use that you suggest. I don't know if newer instructions are like the old ones, but Lego was pretty consistently good at showing many different projects that can be built from the same kit without showing how to make them all. I think the box images still show that same sort of thing.

Funny (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650219)

I zoomed in on one of the pictures, and see a guy holding what appears to be a "Free Tibet" sign.

Re:Funny (1)

karbyn-aceous (1204544) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650483)

while standing next to the Olympic rings !

Re:Funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650533)

Wow. I am not sure that it really says that, but I can't imagine what else it would be. I mean it could be "F*** Tits", it is really grainy... but gp post is probably right.

well done (1)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650227)

I always love these lego creations. The swimming cube and bird's nest were a feat.

I was looking for this as well [wikipedia.org] .

Oh... 4500 lego PEOPLE (4, Informative)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650235)

I was wondering WTF was the difference between a brick and a lego.

Re:Oh... 4500 lego PEOPLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650317)

Yes, another great job of edtiing,

Re:Oh... 4500 lego PEOPLE (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650507)

Thanks for clearing up that detail.... I was wondering why there was only 4500 Lego blocks and 300 000 non-Lego blocks in the whole thing.

Re:Oh... 4500 lego PEOPLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24651017)

Lego are the inhabitants of Legoland. Pay attention.

Water cube standard blocks (2, Informative)

vimm (1300813) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650279)

those look like my truck/car/spaceship/jetski/motorcycle lego windshields to me.

Re:Water cube standard blocks (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650485)

Indeed, they are, but the poster/editor was referring to the image after that, the outside shot... which to me looks like a bunch of those little "lights" single round see-through pieces, or possibly one of the antenna pieces from technics, but the point was the actual lighting I think, which if you look at the far side, looks like some sort of lego-fungus, or coral infront of a light projecting the shadows/light inside the cube, but given how many various sets of lego there are now, it might be from some sort of "biological lego"...or "sea-world lego" set or something.

Re:Water cube standard blocks (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650579)

Ok scratch that, looking at the picture before, its actually just normal technics lego, a bunch of single-width hinges, and strips... (thought that was something else first time I looked at it)...

But some of the advanced technics sets come with lights, and plenty of power-packs...need a close-up to really tell.

Who Knew? (5, Funny)

TheNecromancer (179644) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650355)

I didn't realize that Lego had a "smog" building block.

Re:Who Knew? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650649)

They don't. Nor do they have smug.

Don't act so suprised (4, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650357)

Featuring 300,000 bricks, and 4,500 Lego, it was built by the Hong Kong Lego User Group. Yes that exists.

Why not? It's not like The West has a patent on geekitude. If anything, the geek mindset is even more prevalent in Chinese-speaking countries than here. They didn't become so dominant in electronic products by growing rice.

Sniper in the water cube? (1)

billlava (1270394) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650393)

Did anyone else notice what appears to be a sniper overlooking the Olympic swimmers in the third picture? These communists are really taking security seriously! Even their lego recreations constantly have guns pointed at their heads...

Re:Sniper in the water cube? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650591)

I think that's a walkie-talkie, not a gun.

Re:Sniper in the water cube? (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650603)

Um, dude, it's a walkie-talkie.

Re:Sniper in the water cube? (1)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650745)

Ah, so Lucas got his hands on these before they were published, eh?

Re:Sniper in the water cube? (1)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650765)

gah, Spielberg

Re:Sniper in the water cube? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650783)

That's no sniper. There are two dudes there - one with a camera and one with a walkie-talkie.

all I see is a big grey cloud (3, Funny)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650423)

My browser must be broken :-)

Missing pieces... (5, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650475)

I thought they erred in not recreating the female Chinese gymnastic team, but I saw that the box was labeled "Ages 16 and up."

Re:Missing pieces... (1)

karbyn-aceous (1204544) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650675)

... and you think this would matter to the Chinese because ... ?

Featuring 300,000 bricks, and 4,500 Lego (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650519)

So what are the 295,500 bricks that aren't Lego?

Re: Featuring 300,000 bricks, and 4,500 Lego (1)

clampolo (1159617) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650825)

Knowing the communist Chinese, they are probably human kidneys.

Lego building should be an Olympic comptetion (1)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650527)

that way, someone could win the lego gold, by building a replica of them winning the lego gold for building a replica of them winning the lego gold.

Of course, if recursiveness could be a competition then perhaps they win the gold by building a lego replica of them winning the gold in recursiveness for building a lego replica of them winning the gold in lego building for building a replica of them wining the gold in recursiveness.

wouldn't that be neat!

Re:Lego building should be an Olympic comptetion (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 5 years ago | (#24650817)

No, that would be painful. Don't forget these are the people who brought you your name and horoscope written on a grain of rice.

paralympics?!!?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650921)

Wheres the LEGO paralympic?

Let the good times roll. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24650981)

"There is even George Bush's favourite sport, beach volleyball" Thanks to a few amusing photographs, George W. be remembered throughout time as the president who loved women's beach volleyball. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/10/article-1043122-0237D88300000578-522_468x327.jpg [dailymail.co.uk]

forgotten venue (1, Redundant)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#24651093)

They forgot to put in the Lego BSOD [wordpress.com] !
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