Constructing the Future

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.