"As soon as my kids discovered the camera accessory at the Lego store, which fits in the hand of a mini-figure, I worked out a way to start placing the character in my day-to-day shots and he became a cohesive element. For the whole year, I really never left home without the figure.”
With parents causing so much carnage in pursuit of that elusive PlayStation 4 on Black Friday (so much so that the day is under threat of being rechristened “Bloody Friday”) it’s only natural to wonder what has happened to Christmas. And when, for the record, did kids stop wanting toys under the tree? Pretty recently, as this infographic by Abby Ryan Designs makes clear.
Ever wondered why lego mini-figures have holes in their heads? Is it to match the bricks? To snap on hats? Nope. In reality, they have been designed to allow air to pass through if lodged in a child’s throat.
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"If ever there is a moment to join or start up your own company, this is it," says Smith. "To be the little nimble startups that can run rings around the major corporations and move faster than them and be more innovative than them, the moment is now."