Lego has long been a firm favourite of children everywhere. Lego have been producing their awesome building blocks since 1932, and they’re still going strong. These days, the company are producing licensed characters, including Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars.
It is now possible to build a new, humungous version of the new Millennium Falcon – intricately engineered with 7,500 cluster pieces and piloted by the ever-youthful Han Solo. The Corellian freighter is said to be the spitting image of the original, to the tiniest detail. Stars Wars fans both young and old are flocking to the Lego store in order to get their hands on this famous ship. The new Millennium Falcon is equipped with: the exterior detailing; quad laser cannons upper and lower; landing legs; lowering boarding ramp; the usual crew of 4-minifigures (Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO) and the cockpit’s detachable canopy.
The building possibilities, when it comes to Lego, are endless. A trip to Lego Land, for example, will reveal a replica of London in all its glory built entirely from Lego bricks. Lego sets also come in themes; pirates, knights, boats and farm yards to name but a few. And Lego is not just for children, adults can get in on the action too. Imagine building a life sized model of your favourite car or even a roulette wheel.
While Lego was originally thought of as a boy’s toy, it has now crossed the gender divide. Lego sets aimed specifically at girls have been introduced over the years, and there is also a push to make Lego in general gender neutral in order to encourage girls to get in to engineering.
The joy of building something from scratch is timeless, with each new generation mesmerised by the possibilities. Lego may have had dips in popularity over the years, but one thing is for sure –it’s here to stay.
Did you ever dream of working abroad? Working on a beautiful island sounds like a blast, but what if you can make the dream come true? Malta, also known as the pearl of the Mediterranean Sea, is a south European island located between Italy and Libya. This stunning island has lately become a popular location for foreign workers. It’s no wonder; with a relatively warm climate all year long, along with English being an official language, who wouldn’t want to work there?
When considering your options for working abroad, it is important to research and make sure you are allowed to apply for work in these countries. It’s more common to work abroad in Europe, considering the alliances between countries that make paperwork a lot easier to manage. Since Malta is a part of the European Union, it is not an exception. If you are an EU citizen, it is definitely easier to apply and get accepted to work in Malta. If this isn’t the case, fret not. It’s more complicated, but not impossible if you are skilled in something that is in high demand and you speak English at an adequate level. To read more about what rules apply to you, click here.
As mentioned, it is easier to work in Malta if you are an EU citizen, since your work permit is granted automatically. If you are unsure, it can still be helpful to ascertain that everything is in order before accepting a job offer. Read more about getting professional help solving the necessary paperwork.
Malta is a very popular location for online gaming companies, as well as other IT businesses. The island is well-known for its tourism as well, generating more than three times the population in tourist visits every year. All in all, Malta seems like a great way to try something new.
From its humble beginnings almost 70 years ago in Denmark, Lego has grown in popularity through several generations. The concept is simple: little plastic blocks designed to slot into one another, alongside a myriad of themed accessories. Such a toy encourages creativity.
Consequently, there now exists ‘professional Lego artists’ – people who have managed to take their hobby and turn it into a full time job.
How do you become a Lego artist?
Officially known as Lego Certified Professionals (LCPs), most start out as enthusiasts. But, enough messing with those bricks makes them ‘experts’, taking on larger and more astounding projects, with a view to make money. Of course, anyone with Internet access can thrust their builds into the public eye, but LCPs are those whose major achievements mean they are officially recognised by the company Lego as business partners.
There seems to be a genuine demand for ready-made Lego objects. For example, Ryan McNaught, an Australian LCP, made his name from building interactive models, and creating bespoke signage for corporations. On the other hand, some just use Lego as an art medium. Ex-attorney Nathan Sawaya is renowned for creating human figures. Robin Sather favours historically themed layouts, often using his models for educational purposes such as telling mythological tales. The common denominator is the desire to communicate and inspire, just as they have been inspired by a material as versatile as Lego.
So who makes Legoland?
LCPs are not usually involved in actual Lego merchandise. Master builders are specifically employed by Lego to design and maintain their attractions. Reaching the status of master builder usually involves many long years as a glue lackey, sticking down the designs of others; duties gradually accumulate as you move up the ranks, but you usually need a degree in a relevant arty subject and a significant amount of experience in modelling. However, there are currently only 40 master builders in the world, which shows you how difficult it is to become one. Having said that, there are only 12 LCPs!
But don’t let that put you off!
Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL) is the name given to anyone over the age of about 16 who likes to build things in their spare time. The Internet is brimming with communities where you can exchange construction tips and indulge in your hobby socially. This is probably a good place to start if your sights are set on one day becoming an LCP.