LEGO artists continue to amaze people with their outrageous creations all over the world. This time, ancient Egypt has received the little, colored, construction block treatment.
An exhibition in Cairo, Egypt has taken proven historical artifacts and placed them side by side with several remarkable LEGO creations.
19 LEGO models that have toured museums and science centers across North America as the “Secrets of the Pharaohs” exhibition have landed a permanent home at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The LEGO figures are geared towards children visiting the usually staid museum and they highlight several famous and iconic Egyptian archeological finds. Some models are life-size, such as a replication of the sarcophagus mask of King Tutankhamen. While others (the sphinx, for example) are scaled down to fit inside the building.
The fixed creations are highlights of the exhibition but there are several interactive elements that will delight both children and adults alike. Puzzle games, multiple photo opportunities, and a chance to write your name in hieroglyphics are just the start. You can step into a role in a tacky mummy movie, get lost in a maze and of course get lost in your own LEGO creations.
Part of the fun in these LEGO exhibitions is learning the amount of time and bricks it took to create some of these fantastic looking models. LEGO artists worked for over 220 hours and used over 25,000 bricks just to create Tutankhamen’s mask.
The LEGO World Locations continue to amaze families with their life-size creations and theme park thrills. While the new trend in LEGO is looking towards Vikings, including the creation of the world’s largest LEGO ship that is looking to set sail later this year.
The LEGO brand has always been a strong competitor in the toy market. It is reported that kids across the world spend at least 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks. In 2000 the British Association of Toy Retailers named the LEGO brick the “Toy of the Century”.
Many of the models that have gained worldwide acclaim have been created by simple LEGO enthusiasts who utilize their own time and money on their creations. LEGO has created groups for long-time LEGO fans to join and share their creations.
The LEGO Ambassadors are adult hobbyists who share their knowledge and creations with their community, while LEGO Certified Professionals are hobbyists who have turned their love of LEGO into a money-making endeavor.