First ever LEGO CON takes off with great success

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LEGO fans everywhere were treated with tons of exciting and awe-inspiring moments at LEGO® CON 2021. From thrilling building challenges and official set reveals, to exclusive behind-the-scenes access to LEGO Designers and special guests, there was something for everyone during the two-hour livestream!

Emma Perkins, Senior Director at The LEGO Agency, said: “We established LEGO® CON as a unique way to bring fans of all ages and interests together for one incredible and inspiring day of LEGO fun! We wanted to connect with LEGO fans in a new way, and seeing the idea which we first pitched internally ten months ago now brought to life feels truly incredible. I’m absolutely thrilled to see the engagement from fans who fully emerged themselves in the event, whether it was through voting in a poll, creating a LEGO DOTS design, or connecting with other like-minded fans in the live chats. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for LEGO CON moving forward!”

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Special guests and exhilarating competitions

One of the many highlights of LEGO CON 2021 was the guest appearance of former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino who talked about what it’s like to be a real-life astronaut and let fans in on details behind the NASA Artemis mission. Mike and LEGO Designer George Gilliatt also revealed how NASA and the LEGO design team worked to recreate actual space craft as LEGO sets. Adding to the thrill, they also hinted that more exciting things are yet to come from the collaboration!

 

For fans of LEGO Technic, the highlight of LEGO CON 2021 was undoubtedly the Ultimate LEGO Technic Driving Challenge race between Volvo Engineer Frida Jönsson and LEGO Designer Samuel Tacchi – set by a team from LEGO Education’s First LEGO League. Fans cheered along as the teams competed for the pride and glory of becoming the first official LEGO CON champions to take home the unique LEGO CON Technic Driving Challenge trophy.

 

Unveiling new products

Attendees of LEGO CON 2021 got to experience our official worldwide reveal of the LEGO Star Wars™ Imperial Light Cruiser, LEGO Star Wars™ Imperial Armored Marauder and the LEGO Star Wars™ Boba Fett’s Starship™ building sets. Not only did they get a good look at the products in detail, but they were also treated to a live Q&A with Michael Lee Stockwell, the LEGO Design Manager who oversaw the development of these set.

Meanwhile, LEGO Harry Potter fans were treated to an epic Speed Building Challenge between LEGO Designers before LEGO Design Master Marcos Bessa joined us live on-stage for a sneak peek at the latest incredible builds inspired by the Wizarding World.

The crowd also watched the world exclusive announcement of the next fan build to be made into an official LEGO Ideas set. At the age of just 16, Hungarian LEGO fan Donát Fehérvári had his mesmerizing, fan favourite Foosball Table selected for production as part of the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports contest review. His work leaves many young builders in awe and inspired to keep building and unlocking their full creative potential!

 

Interactive engagement throughout the event

Although LEGO CON 2021 took place virtually, it still offered attendees the chance to make their mark with LEGO DOTS by contributing to a massive 100m2 art installation. Brick Master and DOTS Creative Lead, Amy Corbett let fans in on some of her favourite design tips as she led the interactive DOTS building session. Using digital LEGO plates, fans created customized designs and patterns, which will be exhibited on the walls of LEGO House for years to come. The large LEGO mosaic wall will stand as a display of the endless creativity and power of the brick, and what better place to do so than the Home of the Brick? Best of all, there is still time to join in the fun and be part of LEGO history! Fans across the globe can submit their unique designs on LEGO.com/try-dots and become part of the epic display.

 

LEGO Minecraft® fans also got the chance to participate in a Q&A session with Mojang Studios’ Chief Storyteller Lydia Winters, make their voices heard and be part of the design process as they participated in a poll to help determine which character skin will be included in a future LEGO Minecraft caves and cliffs set (to be released in 2022)… Drumroll please!

 

Going behind the scenes with a LEGO designer
Many LEGO fans, both kids and adults, often wonder what it’s like to work as a designer making LEGO models, and today they got to pull back the curtain and discover a typical day in the life of a designer. LEGO Friends Design director Fenella Charity, and LEGO Friends Designer Ellen Bowley took fans behind the scenes of the LEGO Headquarters in Billund, Denmark to reveal a typical work day with all of its playful fun. The team also revealed interesting behind-the-scenes details about the design process and how hidden “Easter eggs” sometimes make it into models.

Other highlights of LEGO CON 2021 included a special appearance by LEGO VIDIYO musical sensation L.L.A.M.A who inspired an impromptu dance party with his hit single “Shake” featuring three-time GRAMMY® winner NE-YO and newcomer Carmen DeLeon, a speed-building competition between LEGO Harry Potter™ designers, and a closer look at LEGO® Luigi™, the newest character to join the LEGO Super Mario™ line-up.

Tim Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability and Nelleke van der Puil, Vice President of Materials also discussed the latest updates on the LEGO Group’s sustainability journey, especially highlighting the newly announced prototype LEGO brick made from recycled plastic bottles.

Hosts Melvin Odoom and Michelle Khare led viewers through the event and were joined by the star-studded cast and dedicated adult LEGO fans from all corners of the world. Attendees were also able to engage with one another and make their voices heard by joining conversations and connecting with other fans who share the same passions.

The livestream kicked off with a session driven by dedicated adult LEGO fans who shared building techniques, tips, and tricks with younger fans as a way to inspire their creativity and encourage them to keep building and having fun.

Many beloved product lines were represented, including LEGO® Super Mario™, LEGO VIDIYO™, LEGO Technic™, LEGO Ninjago®, LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO Minecraft®, LEGO Harry Potter™, LEGO DOTS, LEGO Friends, LEGO City and LEGO Ideas. Fans also got a peak at the different experiences zones within LEGO House throughout the course of the program.

About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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