LEGO’s new Dots line is the company’s latest attempt to gain a foothold in the tween girl jewelry market. (See the LEGO Dots announcement here.) Most LEGO fans are probably familiar with the company’s previous venture into this market with the Clickits theme, which had dozens of sets from 2003-2006. And while that theme’s success in its target market is open for debate, it’s rarely a theme that elicits positive responses from adult fans, thanks to one fatal flaw: Clickits is barely compatible with traditional LEGO. Certainly, some enterprising fans have put bits to great use, but it’s largely its own system. Thankfully, LEGO appears to have learned a lesson from that experiment and its new line of tween jewelry is solidly grounded in the bricks and plates that we all know and love. Or, perhaps more accurately, the tiles. The titular “dots” are the plethora of good old fashioned 1×1 tiles included in every set.
In advance of the theme’s release on March 1, LEGO sent us what they’re calling a Creativity Box. It is not a retail product and is instead intended to showcase the variety of parts Dots sets will include. So let’s dive in and take a quick look at some of Dots’ offerings. Continue reading →
LEGO has officially revealed its long-rumored new product line, LEGO Dots. The initial wave of the 2D tile-based arts and crafts theme features bracelets, picture holders, a jewelry stand, a pencil pot, and the first in a series of “Extra Dots” emoji booster packs. Prices vary from US $3.99 to 19.99 with availability beginning on March 1st.
The spiritual successor to LEGO’s previous Clikits play-jewelry product line, the Dots theme centers on colorful 1×1 tiles (square, round, quarter-circle and new gem tiles) with bright colors and expressive prints including emojis, rainbows, glitter, animals, space, music, and more. (Keen-eyed readers will also note that several of the tiles have appeared previously in 21045 Trafalgar Square’s hidden art gallery.)
Builder Kale Frost provides Fairy Batman with the perfect habitat in this clever music box model. The release of the first wave of LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures brought us an astounding variety of Batmen: Mermaid Batman, Glam Metal Batman and even Catman, just to name a few. My personal favorite of the lot was Fairy Batman with his pink leotard, tutu and requisite magic wand. But, how to display such a character? Thanks to Frost, we finally have the answer!
This little wonder is a fully functional music box with opening lid, spinning Fairy Batman and yes, it plays music when the crank is turned! The exterior is beautifully rendered in brown and gold with Batarang accents. The larger bat on the front is particularly well done utilizing, teeth, bat wings and an ice cream cone. The box itself is gorgeous, but it’s the inside that really puts this model over the top.
In traditional Chinese weddings, the bride is hidden from the public until marriage. The golden beads, a sign of wealth and fortune, acts as a veil to shield her face from curious onlookers. The ultra-rich showcase their wealth with intricate gold designs very much like the LEGO headdress built by Timothy Ng. Traditionally, the color red is very much a symbol of loyalty, fertility, and love and thus very much plays a vital role in Chinese weddings.
Jonas Krammhas graced our site much in recent months as his participation in the Iron Builder contest led him to build numerous popular and incredible models like the Green Sitting Room and Aladdin’s magic carpet. But now he’s back with something else entirely: a Witcher medallion. The wolf head necklace is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the series, and it’s remade almost perfectly here, sized just right for LEGO Witcher cosplay.
Jeweled eggs were meticulously detailed Easter eggs commissioned by nobility in the late 19th and early 20th century. The eggs are wholly artificial, made of materials such as gold and ceramic, and often opened to reveal layers of smaller intricate details, similar to Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls. Fabergé eggs are the most famous of these jeweled eggs, being crafted by Peter Carl Fabergé for the last Czars of Russia, and are today worth millions. In 2014, a junk dealer in the USA was doing research on a trinket he planned to scrap for its metal content, and discovered he was in possession of a lost Fabergé egg valued at $33 million.
Builder Koen’s jeweled egg may be made of humbler materials, but it is like its namesakes in being a fantastic display of craftsmanship. Koen created it as a wedding gift for his bother, and so it opens to reveal a LEGO bridge and groom.