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This is how you should be storing your LEGO® collection

Turn dreary clean-up time into a fun activity for everyone with these amazing LEGO® storage pieces from ROOM Copenhagen.

There’s no question that LEGO® sets are an absolute essential in every household. But, ask anyone who’s stepped on a stray LEGO® brick and they’ll tell you just how important it is to pick up those sneaky little pieces.

Storing LEGO® bricks and other pieces certainly isn’t as fun as building with them, or at least it wasn’t until ROOM Copenhagen introduced us to its amazing LEGO® storage units. Using the LEGO® brick blueprint, ROOM has extended the LEGO® experience to lunchboxes, drawers and large storage boxes, turning clean-up time into an awesome game of “build the oversized LEGO® bricks”.

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Not only are these bricks proportionate to the LEGO® two-by-two and four-by-two bricks, they are buildable just like your normal LEGO® bricks, making them that much more appealing to your average LEGO® fan. Colours that are currently in stock at Kiddiwinks include blue, red and yellow. 

As if oversized LEGO® bricks and lunchboxes weren’t enough, ROOM has also introduced the iconic LEGO® minifigure head with the trademark LEGO® smile. Open up the top and store your odds and ends, or simply use it as a cute decor  accessory.  You can even use the large version as a fruit bowl, as per a suggestion by ROOM!

The LEGO® Iconic Storage Head makes a quirky fruit bowl.

“Though made first and foremost with children in mind, our products are sure to please parents as well as any adults with a soft spot for the LEGO® brand,” explains ROOM on their website.

The storage pieces are created with a strong focus on quality and functionality, making them ideal to add to your home. The items are BPA and Phthalate free, and no PVC is used.

Take your LEGO® adventures one step further with this awesome range from ROOM and finally get the family to clean up after themselves!

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom brings a whole new LEGO® series!

The dinosaurs are out and they’re taking over the world! That is according to Jurassic World™: Fallen Kingdom, of course. This marks the second film in the Jurassic World trilogy – a momentous one for dino fans across the globe. Naturally, the film would be missing a puzzle piece without a corresponding LEGO® Jurassic World™ series, a selection of which are now available through Kiddiwinks!

The series has something for all age groups, from LEGO® DUPLO® T. rex Tower which includes an Owen Grady LEGO® DUPLO® figure, to a selection of LEGO® Juniors Jurassic World™ sets, and of course, straight LEGO® Jurassic World™ sets.

Enter Jurassic World with your child and recreate all the drama and tension from the movie, with this exciting set!
Enter Jurassic World™ with your child and recreate all the drama and tension from the movie, with this exciting set!
Introduce your child to the thrill of exploration and a LEGO® Juniors Jurassic World adventure
Introduce your child to the thrill of exploration and a LEGO® Juniors Jurassic World™ adventure
Unite Owen with the faithful Velociraptor in this thrilling Blue’s Helicopter Rescue set, inspired by Jurassic World™.
Unite Owen with the faithful Velociraptor in this thrilling Blue’s Helicopter Rescue set, inspired by Jurassic World™.

Watch the final trailer here:

Plan to watch the film? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!

Click here to view the LEGO® Jurassic World™ sets available at Kiddiwinks!

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Discover your LEGO® favourites the old-fashioned way

Our fast-paced technological age means that kids are spending more time in front of a screen and less time learning to solve problems with their own hands and ingenuity.

Technology certainly has its place and knowing how to use it is an essential skill for kids these days. But so too, is the ability to create, discover and learn spatially.

We’ve all heard the long list of benefits of LEGO® play. Not only does it improve fine motor skill, (an essential and often under developed skill in young children), but it also helps kids to interact well with each other, forming relationships based on sharing and teamwork.

LEGO® play is versatile

It can be about teamwork or solo problem solving. It can be totally fantasy-driven, focused on free-building to create whatever you dream up, or it can be about following instructions.

It’s about being in the moment

Playing with LEGO® blocks and sets is always interactive and demands focus right then and there. Watch any young child absorbed in their LEGO® building task and you will understand the importance of losing yourself in the creation so completely, discovering the laws of physics and geometry and the wonders of creativity along the way.

Visit our stores to discover, play and learn

That’s why we’ve taken care to set aside interactive play areas in three of our four stores. We also hold regular LEGO® builds, as all of this encourages kids (and adults!) to immerse themselves in the wonders of LEGO® play.

What you’ll find:

  • Interactive LEGO® wall with troughs of bricks for free build activity that includes mosaic building
  • LEGO® Play tables
  • LEGO® DUPLO pit
  • LEGO® Club availability to sit and build one of a selection of complete sets provided for building on-site at tables

These school holidays, stop by our stores in Habitat Centre, Somerset West, Blue Route Mall and Willowbridge Shopping Centre where you’ll find piles of LEGO® blocks to build from. It’s a good diversion for the kids, and by good, we mean genuinely constructive learning through play!

Our interactive areas are always overseen by a designated Kiddiwinks staff member, and we encourage parents to stay and even join in.

Find a store near you by visiting shop.kiddiwinks.co.za

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The brick that built an empire

Did you know that 33 000 bricks are manufactured every minute at LEGO® factories? That might seem a lot, but it’s just enough to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for this sought-after toy. The LEGO® brick’s simple design makes it versatile and so precise that it remains unrivaled over the almost 60 years it has been in production.

The two basic components that make a LEGO® piece unique are its studs on the top and the tubes within. The studs are a little bigger than the space between the tubes and the walls, so that when two pieces are pressed together, friction works to keep them together.

“Our products have undergone extensive development over the years – but the foundation remains the traditional LEGO® brick.

The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. The interlocking principle with its tubes makes it unique and offers unlimited building possibilities. It’s just a matter of getting the imagination going – and letting a wealth of creative ideas emerge through play.” – The LEGO® Group

This smart design means that you can build anything from a basic LEGO model airplane to a giant LEGO® sculpture, or in James May’s case, even a full-size LEGO® house in the country.

LEGO® parts are made from a durable plastic called acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and are created mechanically, via robots which inject molten plastic into moulds.

 

The ABS comes in a granule form and is melted down at 232 degrees Celsius before being injected into the moulds. The moulds are extremely accurate, which is how LEGO® bricks are so uniform. The mould precision tolerance is as little as 0.002 millimeters, according to How Stuff Works.

Once injected into the mould, the ABS is compressed at a pressure of between 25 and 150 tons. It takes just 7 seconds for the LEGO® piece to cool sufficiently to fall out onto a conveyor belt and into a bin to be sorted.

When it comes to quality assurance, LEGO® has a thorough process. Drop, torque, tension, compression, bite and impact tests are mechanised all to ensure that pieces are safe and sturdy.

“Technicians use a measuring beaker to determine whether pieces could cause a choking hazard for small children. For every million LEGO® elements, about 18, or 0.00002 percent, fail to pass the tests.” – How Stuff Works

Perhaps that’s why a LEGO® piece is almost indestructible – and why it hurts so darn much to step on one! In fact, Software developer and LEGO® fan Phillipe Cantin conducted an experiment to find out just how much force you’d need to exert on a two-by-two brick before it gave out. It turns out you’d need the equivalent of 950 pounds of pressure for it to give way.

So, not only is the LEGO® brick built for versatility, it’s also built to last, making it one of the most outstanding toys out there.

 

Visit the Kiddiwinks online shop or find the nearest Cape Town store near you to find the LEGO® sets you love!

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Say hello to 2017’s LEGO® Minifigure Series

After much anticipation, the LEGO® Collectable Minifigures Series 17 is finally on shelves.

You can expect a good variety of the quirky and goofy in this set, including Corn Cob Guy and Butterfly Girl, sporting equally hilarious descriptions.

Corn Cob Guy’s description on the LEGO® site wins the prize for the corniest:

“Pop this guy any question about corn, and prepare to be a-maized! He’ll teach you how to plant, grow, reap, cook, pop, eat, dress like, and even act like corn.”

And Butterfly Girl’s description sits firmly in the quirky category:

“Flies like a butterfly, dreams like an entomologist. Can’t wait to grow old enough to raise a pet caterpillar of her own.”

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With another 15 minifigures in this series, there’s plenty of variety. As usual, collecting them can offer a great incentive for the youngster (or even, eternal youngster) in your life needing to get good grades, do their homework and their chores.

The LEGO® Collectable Minifigures Series 17 list:

  1. Battle Dwarf,
  2. Veterinarian,
  3. Circus Strong Man,
  4. Corn Cob Guy,
  5. Elf Girl,
  6. Hot Dog Man,
  7. Gourmet Chef,
  8. Connoisseur,
  9. Rocket Boy,
  10. Retro Spaceman,
  11. Roman Gladiator,
  12. Professional Surfer,
  13. Dance Instructor,
  14. Butterfly Girl,
  15. The Yuppie,
  16. The Highwayman. He was the mystery minifigure that was recently revealed by BrickBrains.com.

LEGO Minifigure Series 17 Highwayman

How old is the LEGO® minifigure?

All this hype had us asking ourselves how the minifigure first came into being in the LEGO® Group’s long history. It turns out that’s almost 40 years with the first minifigure as we know it being released in 1978. Its facial expression is simple: two eyes and a smiling mouth. Three years before that, a version of the minifigure had been released, with the same cylindrical head as the minifigure we know but without moveable arms or legs, and no facial features either.

Watch this quick evolution of the minifigure:

By 1989, according to Gizmodo, new facial features were added to coincide with the release of LEGO® Pirates. The pirate minifigures sported stubble, eyepatches and beards and the female pirates had lipstick. Each wore accessories in the form of hats or carried some kind of weapon. And so the minifigure with its accessories became established.

By 1990, the LEGO® Group had released its first specialised minifigure along with the LEGO® Castle set: the LEGO® ghost. This particular minifigure had a ghost suit which fits over a normal minifigure. Thus, you could assume Corn Cob Guy’s direct descendent goes all the way back to the LEGO® Castle set of 1990.

Watch this video by Gizmodo to see how LEGO® minifigures are produced in the factory:

Order each new LEGO® minifigure from Series 17 at our online shop or
visit our three Cape Town stores.

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