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New LEGO Set Honors NASA’s Female Pioneers

For all their exemplary qualities, the LEGOs of yesteryear did have one flaw: the minifigures were predominantly male. In recent years, however, there’s been a notable uptick in female-focused sets, thanks in large part to fan-created concepts promoted through LEGO Ideas. One such project is the Women of NASA, a LEGO set celebrating some of the space agency’s most notable female figures that was posted to the LEGO Ideas last summer and has just been approved by the brick toy company for mass-market release.

The “five notable NASA pioneers” honored in the set are: computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who…

Now You Can Enjoy a LEGO Brick Burger

You can apply a lot of adjectives to LEGO bricks, but “appetizing” has rarely been one of them. Yet one restaurant in the Philippines, called Brick Burger, is having a good deal of success by replicating the familiar nub-topped blocks in their hamburgers. They’ve created buns shaped like the toy in three primary colors: red, yellow, and black.

Brick Burger first opened its doors in 2016, and owner…

Don’t miss out on a chance to apply for Cambridge’s LEGO Professorship

Some people think that academia is all work and no play, but that won’t be the case at the University of Cambridge. In 2015, the English educational institution announced that they were looking to hire the world’s first full-time professor of play, development, and learning. As The Guardian reports, the application for the LEGO professorship is due on Friday, January 20—meaning fun-loving scholars only have three days left to throw their hats in the ring.

Cambridge’s so-called “LEGO professorship” was established by a £4 million donation from the LEGO Foundation, a corporate foundation whose mission, according to its website, is “to make children’s lives better—and communities stronger—by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced, and acted upon.” More than a third of that donation will fund a new Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL), led by the LEGO professor; the remaining money…

‘Star Trek’ Klingon Warship Made of LEGOs

Proving that nerdy interests don’t need to be mutually exclusive, io9 reports that a German man named Kevin J. Walter has built a miniature version of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey ship from the Star Trek saga, entirely from LEGO bricks.

Walter told io9 that the project is his way of paying tribute to the TV show’s recent 50th anniversary. From conception to finished product, the model took him around eight years to complete, including a year and a half or so to construct the final version.

The space ship’s model is based on a virtual design, which the LEGO hobbyist tweaked from 2008 and 2010. As for its individual sections, the ship is built from a variety…

Use This Handy Guide To Build Your Own LEGO Ornaments

If you’re still searching for the perfect new addition to this year’s holiday tree, it’s time to give up the hunt for the elusive Perfect Ornament and build your own. To get started, check out The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer by Chris McVeigh. The colorful, hardcover how-to features 15 easy-to-build designs to get you into the swing of crafting…