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LEGO 60th anniversary celebration & raffle!

by admin on March 8, 2018

in Community News

LEGO’s founder, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, patented the LEGO brick on January 28th, 1958. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this historic event, LEGO released a whole series of sets under the LEGO Classic line with the Building Bigger Thinking subtitle, as well as a number of special anniversary sets. You can read more about them here: LEGO 60th Anniversary Sets & Promotions, and learn how to enter for a chance to win one of the anniversary sets further below. 🙂

It’s amazing how much LEGO has become part of our culture and our daily lives. The Toys That Made Us documentary we talked about recently (see: Consulting for The Toys That Made Us Film) examines how certain toys have shaped our childhood and continue to influence us even in our adult life. Because of the vision, persistence, and dedication of Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, his legacy is still carried on, and LEGO is definitely counted as one of the most influential toys that made us, and continue to make future generations.

Besides releasing the 60th-anniversary sets to celebrate the continued relevance and popularity of the humble LEGO brick, LEGO is also running a pretty extensive social media campaign reminding fans of the anniversary, as well as encouraging people to participate in the celebration by sharing their own LEGO creations on social media with the hashtag #WhatWillYouBuild. (You can read more about the campaign here.)

Whatever you think of social media, spreading fun and creativity is always a worthy cause, so if you would like to share your own LEGO creations, pictures of you building with LEGO when you were a child, pictures of your own children playing with LEGO, or using LEGO in creative ways in your everyday life, feel free to share them on whatever social media channel you are using, and by adding the hashtag #WhatWillYouBuild (this way, LEGO will see your pictures too!).

And, to make this event even more fun for our readers, if you post a link to your picture or pictures in the comment section below, we will enter you in a drawing for a chance to win one of three #40290 LEGO 60 Years of the LEGO Brick sets (see above). If you would like to participate in the raffle here are the details:

  • To enter the raffle just be creative and build something to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick! You can build with friends and family, include your kids, build with 60 bricks, only green bricks, or whatever comes to your mind! You can also share old pictures of you playing with LEGO as a child, pictures of your LEGO collection, or using LEGO in creative ways in your everyday life (i.e. phone stand, bookend, pencil-holder, etc).
  • Post your photos on a picture-sharing site like Flickr, Imgur, Instagram, or on social media like Facebook, G+, Twitter, etc. (If you post on social media, you can add the hashtag #WhatWillYouBuild, but this is not a requirement to enter the raffle.) If you do not use social media or any picture sharing sites, you can also send your photo to me (by using my contact info at the top of the left side-bar) and I will post the picture for you in the comment section. And that’s it!
  • You have until next Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 10:00 PM EST to enter for a chance to win one of three #40290 LEGO 60 Years of the LEGO Brick sets. So, you have one week to participate in the raffle. Don’t over think this, just post something fun, and link to it! You can enter more than once, but you can only win one prize.

Once the raffle is closed, I will count all the entries on the weekend after the 15th (so, either the 17th or 18th of March), and let my little sister pick three random numbers from the number of entries (so, if there were 50 entries, she will pick three numbers between 1-50). The three winners will be contacted on the email address they provided at the time of their entry in the comment section (so, make sure your email address is correct). The three winners will be announced the following week once they send me their shipping address and I have a chance to ship out their set. Have fun, and good luck in the raffle! And if you want to check out the LEGO Classic Building Bigger Thinking sets with a special 60th anniversary printed tile, they are available at the LEGO Classic section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber M. March 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM

#whatwillyoubuild
Lego fish tank
https://flic.kr/p/e5bXtJ
Wedding bouquet
https://flic.kr/p/21xFcoi
Five Nights at Freddy’s
https://flic.kr/p/yTkd9S

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admin March 8, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Very cool! Love the flowers! 😀

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Håkan March 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Seems to be some custom prints there in the Five Nights at Freddy’s build. Where’s the pink Game Boy tile from?

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kingcobra March 8, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Okay, cool raffle! So I can just send you a picture if I don’t use social media and you will post it for me here in the comments? I will try to put together something this weekend. 🙂

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kingcobra March 14, 2018 at 9:23 PM

Admin, can you please add the picture I sent you here? Mine was the one with the blue robot. Thanks!

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admin March 14, 2018 at 10:13 PM

Added picture for you. 🙂

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Hayato March 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Okay, this is fun. Not into social media, but I will see what the kids and I can put together.

NOTE BY ADMIN: Added photo on behalf of Hayato. He said it is a cholotate, strawberry, vanilla ice cream cake his children came up with to celebrate LEGO’s birthday. 🙂

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FrenchToast March 8, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Sign me up! Pictures come soon!

NOTE BY ADMIN: Picture sent in via email. Made by FrenchToast’s son.

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DavidH March 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Okay, give me a few days and I will post something.

NOTE BY ADMIN: Mini Yellow Castle – picture sent in via email.

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Becky R March 8, 2018 at 1:15 PM

My daughter’s diorama for school. 😊
https://www.facebook.com/becky.rittman/posts/1746988395323349

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Håkan March 8, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Any alternative link for non-Facebook-users?

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admin March 8, 2018 at 1:57 PM

That link actually doesn’t work for me either, and I use Facebook. Becky, would you take a look and see if you can post a working link? Would love to see your daughter’s diorama! 🙂

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Oscar March 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM
LegoMom March 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM

That’s simple and neat. Gives me some ideas for the next holiday season!

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Oscar March 8, 2018 at 3:06 PM

thanks

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Oscar March 8, 2018 at 2:07 PM
MorningCoffee March 8, 2018 at 4:08 PM

can we share this raffle with others? like in a facebook group or something?

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admin March 8, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Sure, share away! Spread the fun! 😀

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Sarah March 8, 2018 at 9:58 PM

Here’s what we built when I had a problem that needed a solution. LEGO is great when you can make something functional, and very cool. ^_^

https://twitter.com/EuroGamerGirl/status/971908314480046080

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Håkan March 9, 2018 at 3:44 AM

Cute.

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admin March 9, 2018 at 11:15 AM

That’s super cute! 😀

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Sarah March 11, 2018 at 12:15 AM

Thank you both!

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 8:07 AM
Håkan March 9, 2018 at 3:42 PM

I actually used to have these physical save icons…

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 8:08 AM
Oscar March 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM
Oscar March 9, 2018 at 8:11 AM
admin March 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Love both of your turtles! 😀

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 1:01 PM

thanks

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Håkan March 9, 2018 at 3:46 PM

I have a similar turtle from that Exo-Suit set.

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 8:42 AM
admin March 9, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Looks like you really like that space dude. He is one of my favorite minifigs as well. 😀

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 11:41 AM

It is the best, I have 7 more unopened

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admin March 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

I just hope LEGO would make them in other colors too besides just dark-blue. I would love to have a regular blue version to match Classic Space! 😀

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Oscar March 9, 2018 at 1:01 PM

That would be really cool

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Håkan March 9, 2018 at 3:47 PM

I just have the lower parts (torso and legs) from the Copenhagen Build-A-Minifigure booth…

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Justin March 9, 2018 at 11:19 AM

We put together 6×12 LEGO scenes that fit in a shadowbox designed for shotglasses (when turned sideways, it fits 6×12 plates PERFECTLY, with a height of 5 bricks + 2 plates, counting the 6×12 plate).

For the 2018 Oscars, we themed 13 scenes on the 9 Best Picture nominees, 3 other nominees for other categories, and 1 of Jimmy Kimmel hosting. 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf6bdV8BdYZ/

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admin March 9, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Nicely done! Which shadowbox are you using? It might be useful for others as well as a display case. 🙂

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Justin March 12, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Good call! I’ll find a picture and share it below!

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Justin March 12, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Thanks!

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Gwyneth March 10, 2018 at 10:31 PM
admin March 10, 2018 at 11:01 PM

Oh, wow! Those are very clever! 😀

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Oscar March 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Oscar March 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM
Justin March 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfpg_bShFPe/

The Olympics were super fun! We made a ton of sigfigs for many of the USA athletes, and took a series of photos and stop-motion videos to share, along with this 16×32 olympic rings mosaic, that’s still hanging on our LEGO wall!

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admin March 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM

That’s awesome! Reading the comments, I also remember watching the Olympics with my mom or sometimes my grandparents. So proud of everyone who takes the challenge! And doing well is an icing on the cake! 🙂

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Justin March 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Thank you! And agreed – the athletes are all so incredible, and have such dedication to their craft. This year, we watched more of the events than in the past, and it was really a lot of fun! 🙂

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Justin March 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Christmas 6×12 LEGO Scenes: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdNzJAjBHm6/

Here are a series of photos that show all of our 6×12 LEGO Christmas scenes in the shadowbox I referenced in a previous post. The frame is actually a shot glass display case from Michaels (an art store in USA). When turned sideways, it is the PERFECT size to hold a 6×12 LEGO baseplate! We mounted it on the wall so that the door opens up, but I’d recommend doing it the other way instead, as we have to constantly be holding open the door to get into the case. If you flip it, you might consider switching out the hardware for something sturdier, like one that can be locked or something, so it doesn’t fall open on it’s own.

I found this link for the product at Michaels: http://www.michaels.com/10147365.html

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admin March 12, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Justin, thanks for sharing! I’m going to check that out at Michael’s next time I go. Love that store. So many interesting things! 😀

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Justin March 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Sure! I bought ours during one of their 40 or 50% off sales, which certainly helped with the price. I’d honestly like to have a second one!

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Xevo March 12, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Here’s mine, using mostly just the pieces from 10401 https://twitter.com/xevo1979/status/973203610958954497

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admin March 12, 2018 at 4:59 PM

Adorable! 😀

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Oscar March 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM
Oscar March 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM
Thomas March 12, 2018 at 4:42 PM

I would like to enter the raffle with the attached pic of my city!Wonderfull contest with a beautifull prize. Keep up the good work, I always enjoy your articles. (Admin, thanks in advance for posting them in the comments for me.)

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admin March 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Thomas, I have embedded your pictures above. Wonderful LEGO City you got there! 🙂

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Andre March 12, 2018 at 4:53 PM

#WhatWillYouBuild My 10 year old son would like to enter this in your contest. He has Aspergers and is fixated on anything Egyptian, especially pyramids. Thanks. (admin will include my pictures.)

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admin March 12, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Andre, I have included your two pictures as you requested. I couldn’t include the video of your Christmas display that you shared with me on Facebook, as I couldn’t figure out how to download/upload it.

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Oscar March 13, 2018 at 4:11 AM
Oscar March 13, 2018 at 12:27 PM
Oscar March 13, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Water Cooler & Fruit Drink Dispenser
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24148548@N00/32625942712/

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TomTom March 14, 2018 at 9:28 PM

Mine is something I put together at my desk. Sent it to admin.

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admin March 14, 2018 at 10:12 PM

Added picture for you. 😉

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admin March 15, 2018 at 10:45 PM

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY. Of course, you are still welcome to share, if you like, but only submission before the deadline will count towards the raffle. 🙂

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admin March 20, 2018 at 12:01 PM

UPDATE: The winning numbers have been selected, and the winners have been contacted by email. Once I hear back from all three winners, I will announce them here as well. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks everyone for playing! 🙂

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admin March 22, 2018 at 10:05 PM

UPDATE: All three winner have provided their shipping address, so it’s time to announce them! The winning numbers were 4 (FrenchToast), 25 (Andre), and 29 (TomTom). I will be shipping their sets out tomorrow. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you all for playing! 😀

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