In this edition, a new documentary on AFOLs will bow at the Tribeca Film Festival; LEGO formally announces the new Simpsons minifigs; and a Mindstorms team solves a Rubik’s cube in mind-numbingly record time.
- BREAKING DIDDLY-DO NEWS: With The Simpsons house already for sale, LEGO releases the first official images of the 16-character Collectible Minifigure line. The good news: waaay more characters than Homer and family, including Itchy & Scratchy, Mr. Burns, Apu and others. The bad news: each fig will be at the new $3.99 price point, up from $2.99 for Series 1-10 and the TLM versions. Perhaps to pay for all that extra ABS atop Marge’s head. 🙂 (Facebook / Mashable)
- BRICK-RELATED JOB OF THE DAY: ThinkGeek is looking for an in-house LEGO builder. Portfolio required! Apply here. (ThinkGeek)
- Beyond The Brick, which is billed as a “brickumentary” film offering a look into the world of AFOLs, will bow at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. (TFF)
- BONUSES: The Blu-Ray release of The LEGO Movie will reportedly include a Vitruvius minifig while “a Hobbit-themed LEGO set” may be included with the DVD release of The Desolation of Smaug. (Brickset / Enstarz.com)
- Speaking of TLM, the movie has now grossed $400 million worldwide. This article offers a fascinating look at how the film got financed and who will get left behind for the 2017 sequel. (Hollywood Reporter)
- Here’s an interview with co-director Chris McKay. (MovieHole)
- TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSION IN BRICK: CNet reviews their favorite Doctor Who CUUSOO submissions.
- Many AFOLs have tried to make their hobby into a living — and some have succeeded. Artist David Tracy is one of them, and in this article he reveals some of the challenges of building with — and acquiring — brick. (LA Weekly)
- Tests show that it takes more than 30,000 “impressions” to “wear out a LEGO brick.” (Ars Technica)
- A Mindstorms-based MOC solves a Rubik’s cube in just under 3.3 seconds. (TechRepublic)
- Last but not least, here are 20 bands, duos and rap groups re-imagined in minifig form. The Fab Four never looked so good. (High Snobriety)