BrickArms featured on NPR & in new book on “makers”

I’ve been a fan of BrickArms ever since Will Chapman won me over during a talk at BrickCon way back in 2006. Since then, Will has expanded his business to a new dedicated location, released more new designs than we can keep up with, and been featured in numerous publications and media outlets.

NPR logoThe latest coverage of BrickArms was on NPR today. Will explains how his son’s interest in World War II inspired him to create BrickArms, and the story covers a bit of the process Will uses to design his minifigs and accessories. You can listen to the full story on

Following the feature Chris Anderson wrote for WIRED magazine a couple years ago, he expanded the piece into a full-length book titled Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

I haven’t read the book yet, but we’re told that BrickArms features prominently in the longer work as well, providing an example of how individuals and small business can incubate innovation and deliver interesting new products, without the staff and apparatus of traditional corporations.

If you’ve read the book yourself already, let us know what you think in the comments.

4 comments on “BrickArms featured on NPR & in new book on “makers”

  1. Siercon and Coral

    ^^Seriously. Virtually every comment over there is debating over what the current state of human nature is… Anyone care to say: “Creative, diligent, and appreciated by many”? Keep it up Will! We’re glad you’re getting into the public eye, even if the public is a special place to be ;)

  2. Syruss

    Frankly, if a brickarm is the most violent thing that a child is exposed to these days, I think they’ll be fine. Add to that the fact that many of the them are historical or inspired by a video game that most people have played, I find them very innocuous.

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