Lego is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.
Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks. As of 2013, around 560 billion Lego parts had been produced.
Lego’s new Juniors line is ideal for preschoolers who are ready to move beyond the Duplos’ chunkier bricks. When the line launches in March, it will include 13 sets — some with licensed characters like Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Batman — and other more traditional building sets like this Vehicle Suitcase ($25) and a pink House Suitcase ($25).
The Lego Simpsons House ($200) celebrates the animated show’s 25th anniversary with a 2,523-piece set that features 16 of the show’s main characters in minifigure form.
Lego fan Brent Waller submitted the concept for the company to create a building set of the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car. The set comes with everything the characters needed to detect paranormal activity — including the four main characters in minifigure form. The Lego Ghostbusters set ($50) is a real hit.
The Lego Friends line has been a hit with little girls everywhere, and the signature Heartlake line’s expansion to include the 1,120-piece shopping mall ($110) was a welcome addition.
In August, Lego introduced the Ultra Agents line — a theme based on secret adventure missions — complete with this Ultra Agents Mission HQ ($100) 1,060-piece set. The line combines brick building with online content to extend play.
Star Wars fans — like us! — are going to flip for the cantina scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina set ($70). The 616-piece set comes with minifigures of all the interesting characters.
The Lego City line expanded with 27 new sets this year, including the Lego City High-Speed Passenger Train ($150), which is operated via remote control.
In March, the Metal Beard’s Sea Cow set ($250) hit Lego Store shelves with every detail you remember from the flick. The 2,471-piece set comes with the signature double-decker couch, the actual sea cow, five minifigures (including Emmet), and the complete ship.
With the introduction of the new Star Wars Rebels show came a new line of Lego sets, including Star Wars Rebels the Ghost ($90). The set includes two cockpits, two spring-loaded shooters, and ejecting escape pods.
Lego’s Spider-Helicopter Rescue set ($45) comes with 299 pieces, including Mary Jane — her first time in minifigure form!