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Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

There's a scene in Showtime's Billions where a forward-thinking hedge fund manager is interviewing prospective quantitative analysts and gives them a flat-packed cardboard box. The candidates come and go until one finally correctly supposes that the box is impossible to put together, and recognition of this apparently shows the …
Lucy Orr, 22 Jun 2018
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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

Reassuringly expensive plastic brick maker Lego was forced to write down a load of stock in 2017 – a move that rocked its bottom line – as it produced blocks that some customers clearly didn't want to build with. The Danish-based toy maker reported an 8 per cent slide in revenue for the calendar year to DKK 35bn (£4.21bn) – …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Mar 2018
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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

Lego has swapped out its CEO of just eight months after finding a younger man to fill the role. Bali Padda, 61, took over the top job at the toymaker in January this year, but has now been replaced with Niels B Christiansen, who is 10 years his junior. In an interview with the Financial Times, Lego chairman Jørgen Vig …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Aug 2017
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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

CES 2017 Smart Wi-Fi-enabled hairbrush? Virtual reality shoes? Some visions of the future at this week's CES trade show simply won’t materialise. But what about building a 'bot made of LEGO? Toymaker LEGO unveiled its Boost line this week at CES – a set of 840 programmable bricks for your kids to control self-made robots with. Boost …
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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

Romance isn’t dead. Just ask a Reg-reading engineer who made his own wedding cake... from Lego. Dan M approached his nuptials with sweetheart Rach in the way you’d expect any hard-nosed kick-ass uber-genius to. “When I proposed to my (now wife) in January she started to plan everything in detail, asking for my opinion about …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016

Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

A proposed Lego Saturn V is gaining momentum down at Lego Ideas, and is well on the way to the 10,000 supporters it needs to be considered for production. The miniature heavy lifter features a full-fat Apollo 11 Moon mission kit, including lunar orbiter and Eagle lander. The Lego lunar orbiter and lander For the LEGO fans …
Lester Haines, 9 Nov 2015

Wailing kiddies face Xmas Legogeddon

Parents who've been eyeing Lego as a Xmas gift for their wide-eyed kiddies had better get down to their nearest toy shop sharpish, fill a trolley with as many plastic bricks as they can and fight their way to the check-out before the full effects of a predicted pre-Yule Legogeddon begin to bite. According to London's Evening …
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2015

Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

A proposal for Lego to build an Analytical Engine staffed by Babbage and Lovelace characters has received just under a third of the support it needs to be considered for production. The pleasantly designed product was proposed to Lego's internal Ideas programme, and at the time of writing has amassed 2,972 supporters of the …

Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81

Horst Brandstätter, the man behind the global Playmobil phenomenon, has died aged 81. Horst Brandstatter. Pic: Brandstätter Group Horst Brandstätter. Pic: Brandstätter Group According to the official obit, Brandstätter passed away on 3 June at his home in Zirndorf, Bavaria, having continued to work to the end on what was " …
Lester Haines, 9 Jun 2015
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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

Lego has created a block-by-block world-building computer game to take on the Microsoft-owned Minecraft series. Lego Worlds is now available via Steam for Windows PCs, and allows players to use virtual plastic bricks to construct and alter landscapes, buildings, forests, mountains, and yeah, you get the gist. "In a galaxy of …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2015

'I've got a brick feeling about this' - El Reg's guide to the best Lego films + TV

Using toys to re-enact beloved movies is pretty much one of every nerdy kid's favorite playtime activities and Lego makes this easy, by providing minifigs of many of celluloid's leading characters. It's safe to say I had far more fun with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego down the pub than I did watching Michael Bay's film …
Lucy Orr, 26 Dec 2014
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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Product Roundup It's fairly well accepted that events and things from our past help to make us the twisted, misanthropic people we are today. Or perhaps that's just Team Register. It being the season of festive excess, we wondered if there were perhaps some geeky gifts that, as a kid, helped you explore science, tech, and similar areas, and …
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Dec 2014
NIST's LEGO watt balance

Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

How many boffins does it take to make a LEGO machine to measure a fundamental physical unit? Nine, apparently – but the outcome, a LEGO watt balance, can measure a kilogram with about one per cent inaccuracy. The serious point to the National Institute of Standards and Technology-led effort (NIST) is that with the Le Système …

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Vid Star Wars' fans have been treated to their first glimpse of episode seven of the movie franchise, after a trailer for The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, was released on Friday. Youtube Video Opinions about the film's teaser have been mixed, with the latest lightsaber design being poorly received by some netizens. …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2014
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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

Lego has changed, according to a Polish priest, who has warned that newer sets of the popular Danish toy are actually tools of Satan that can destroy children's souls. Lego Monster Fighters Lord Vampyre The sweet yellow bricks of yesteryear are no more, apparently, now that Lego has started producing series of minifigs like …
Team Register, 3 Apr 2014

This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

Video Forty years after the invention of the Rubik's Cube, the puzzle that's done more to induce finger injuries in youngsters than any games console, has been cracked at lightning speed by a Lego-built robot controlled by a Samsung S4 smartphone. The team behind the new Guinness World Record-winning robot consists of David Gilday …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2014
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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

Obscure Danish toymaker Lego and advertising kingpin Google have together created a block-building distraction for Chrome browser users. The Build With Chrome plugin lets fans to construct and share their creations online, and uses WebGL to render the board and a simulation of fully functional Lego bricks in hardware- …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2014
Air-powered LEGO car

Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

Vid An Australian entrepreneur and Romanian tinkerer have built an air-powered car out of LEGO. Detailed at the modestly-named, the car was built with funds contributed by 40 “patrons” who each stumped up an undisclosed amount to summon it into existence. Australian Steve Sammartino led the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2013

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