There is a really nice LEGO documentary that recently aired in the UK titled “The Secret World of LEGO”. The documentary takes you inside LEGO’s headquarters and the LEGO factory sharing some interesting details, and also follows the adventures of three adult LEGO fans as they interact with the company in different capacities. You can watch the full documentary below. It is about 45 minutes long and very enjoyable from beginning to end. So grab your popcorn and enjoy the show! 🙂
“The Secret World of LEGO” interviews several LEGO employees and follows them around their workplace, which is very impressive. LEGO incorporates some very clever ways to keep their work environment fresh and conducive to creativity. We also get a chance to take a brief look inside the LEGO factory, but the focus is really on what does it look like to work for LEGO and the philosophy of the company.
The three LEGO fans featured in the documentary are Justin Ramsden, Tom Poulsom, and Mark Guest. Justin dream has been to become a LEGO designer since he was a child, and the documentary follows him as he applies for this coveted position. You might remember Tom Poulsom from previous articles, as he designed the recently released #21301 LEGO Ideas Birds set. The third LEGO fan featured in the documentary is Mark Guest, who launched the new LEGO magazine for adult LEGO fans titled Brick Culture. He travels to Billund, Denmark, along with Huw Millington from Brickset.com, to meet up with LEGO and discuss the magazine.
Great documentary, isn’t it? I felt that the angle of the producers that LEGO is like a cult or religion was a bit over the top, especially at the beginning, but it was thankfully toned down and replaced by more interesting material. Also, I was very impressed by the sharing of Jørgen Vig Knudstorp (CEO of the LEGO Group), Matthew Ashton (Vice President of Design at LEGO) and Kim Ellekjær Thomsen (LEGO Community Manager) and their vision and love for the company. With people like them at the helm it is pretty obvious why LEGO is a lot more than just a toy manufacturer and why people love working for the company.
So what do you think? How did you like “The Secret World of LEGO”? Did you ever consider working for the company as a LEGO designer or in some other position? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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Ironic how it says ‘This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds’ and you say it is in the UK. I live in the UK… 😐
Hm… the video is playing fine for me here in the US. Maybe since you are in the UK they want you to watch it on TV rather than on YouTube? You might try connecting to the site through an anonymous proxy. My guess is that should fix it. 😉
There’s no ability to watch Channel 4 online? I know that in Sweden, all similar public service channels put up their internal programming online on their own sites.
That’s possible as well. I rather use YouTube videos here as they are more reliable as far as loading and playing, but yes, if you can watch in on the Channel 4 website, that’s great too! 😀
I always wondered how much royalty you would get for a successful Ideas set.
The creator of the Bird set earned 1% of net profits from that set in the first 3 months, which was “enough to buy a new car”. Let’s say it was $25,000. That means that set earned $2.5 million for Lego. I bought one of the Bird sets and really liked it. But being realistic, it didn’t have as much hype as some of the other Idea sets (like Exo-suit or Research Inst.).
Can you imagine what a mainstream or ‘popular-themed’ set earns for Lego?
Yeah, exactly! I was calculating those numbers too! And I think this is also good news for LEGO Ideas creators; that they can earn some decent income from their project. Basically it seems like that with a LEGO Ideas set you can earn about 100,000 in a year. LEGO Ideas sets are not around for very long, but even that is good money. Alatariel will have two LEGO Ideas sets, so she is doing even more awesome! 😀
Can you imagine how much the creator of the Wall-e set will be earning… I believe the term is “Crazy Money” 😉
I wish I had access to that memory lane room
Yeah, it would be amazing! 😀