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For the amateur architect within us all, LEGO Masters is on the way from FOX, to be hosted by gravelly voiced comic actor Will Arnett. The unscripted competition reality series is based on the British series of the same name. Each episode will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts going head-to-head in building challenges. All the while, Arnett and a panel of expert judges (go figure) will provide encouragement to the builders, and introduce new challenges. In the end, one duo will hold the title of LEGO Masters.
Not holding the title of LEGO Masters are children who leave LEGO pieces on the floor, in the paths of their barefooted, unsuspecting parents.
Said FOX’s Alternative Entertainment and Specials President, Rob Wade of the show:
“This show is an hour of fun for the whole family and Will is the ideal host. He’s already a member of the LEGO family and his passion for this show is infectious. He’s also a great collaborator and, let’s be honest, he’s hilarious – which makes him perfect for this competition.”
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Arnett, who will also serve as an executive producer, is no LEGO novice. He famously voiced the funniest Batman there ever was in The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and The LEGO Batman Movie 2, coming in 2022. The Arrested Development veteran can currently be heard voicing the titular character on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.
“It gives me piece of mind to be able to continue building my relationship with The LEGO Group,” Arnett said. “Ultimately, my goal is Danish citizenship.”
Here’s an official synopsis from the network:
Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
A list of LEGO sets due to retire in 2019 has been published, giving fans some tips on what to buy before the end of December.
Following the previous lists of LEGO Star Wars sets expected to retire this yearand next, The Brick Fan has published a list that covers all of the sets due to retire before the year is out. According to the long-running website, the source is credible, so this may be the perfect way to plan some Christmas purchases.
Bear in mind that this list is reported in good faith, there is always the possibility that some sets may sell out sooner or may stay in stock longer than expected. It is a useful guide though for those debating what sets to purchase during the remainder of 2019.
Lego has announced the opening of a new campus in Billund, Denmark, inspired by a painting of the toymaker’s famous plastic blocks in billionaire owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office.
The first phase of the quirky C.F. Møller Architects-designed project, which when completed in 2021 will span 54,000 square meters and will house 2,000 Lego staff, opened on October 28. Lego-style bricks appear in the exterior walls and two gigantic yellow blocks are perched on the roof.
Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the Lego Group, said that the workspace “reflects our values” and “instills a sense of fun.” Adding, “Our mission is to inspire children so it’s important we provide our talented colleagues with an environment that is playful and inspires creativity and innovative thinking.”
The new campus has a focus on sustainability and Lego confirmed that builders have covered the roof of the nearby parking garage with 4,150 solar panels to produce more than 1 million kWh, which will supply half of the energy of the campus.
The Danish toymaker has largely weathered a growing consumer backlash against plastic-based products but continues to trial initiatives to bolster its sustainability record. Lego has invested $110 million (1 billion Danish kroner) in a project to replace petroleum in its construction blocks by 2030 and unveiled a pilot scheme for bricks to be recycled in the United States earlier this month.
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said in 2016 his mission was to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow” but promised a “continued ambition to leave a positive impact on the planet, which future generations will inherit.”