Lego bricks sure have come a long way since I was a kid not too long ago. I have so many fond memories of me and my Lego’s. I remember emptying my bucket of bricks all over my bedroom floor, giving me a all the room I needed to sort through the different colors and shapes of bricks, finding the exact pieces I needed to make the objects of my imagination come to life. I remember those summer days like they were yesterday. Oh to be a kid again.
Todays Lego sets are way more technologically advanced and intricate then anything I ever owned. Take the Lego MINDSTORMs set for instance. With this set you can build AND program yourself just about any type of thing you want.
That’s right, program.
Lego Mindstorms comes complete with a CPU Lego brick that acts as the brains of it all. You can build anything, for example, a robot, flying blimp, bull dozer and give it the command to move, say blink or do just about anything. Why didn’t they have this when I was a kid? It also features light, sound, ultrasonic wave and touch sensors giving it the ability to distinguish color, objects and visual stimuli aiding it in where you program to go. Just let your imagination and creativity run wild.
In addition to programmable Lego sets, the Danish company started in 1949, puts out some of the most elaborate Lego sets right out of the movies. From the Hogwarts Castle right out of the Harry Potter movies, to the Star Wars Death Star, not to mention Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego spares no expense when it comes to transforming the movie world into those multi-colored snap together bricks.
Not only do they specialize in toys, Lego has ventured into the theme park business with their Legoland amusement parks opening up in Europe and here in the US. The parks feature some of the most elaborate themed miniature settings you will ever see. The Legoland in California features an entire replica of the New York City skyline.
Lego has also opened retail stores throughout malls across the country. They sell every kind of Lego sets imaginable. You can also pick up individual spare bricks in all shapes and sizes. Don’t worry about your kid running wild in there. In fact, Lego encourages it. While you’re there you can sign up for the official Lego newsletter and get up to date on all the latest events in the world of Lego. They also have workstations where you and your child can pick up a few bricks and get started on building the castle of your dreams. Bet you can’t do that at Walmart.
So the next time you’re at the mall and you pass by a Lego store, stop and think as to how far those little bricks have come along over the years. Whether it be learning programming with Mindstorms or building an intergalactic battle ship, these days Lego definitely have more to offer then they ever did. What started as simple multi colored building bricks , they’ve evolved into a true world wide phenomenon that has much to offer you and your family.
And who knows. Maybe in 30 years your child will be reminiscing with his kids about the time you got him his first Mindstorms set and how you spent hours building it together.