Lego's New Site Brings out the Kid—and the Procrastinator—in All of Us

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Lego's revolution will be tweeted--just check out LEGO CL!CK, the company's new social networking Web site. Now, even though anyone who's every spent time with the bricks knows they don't actually go "click" when you put them together, it's a pretty cool site. A little sparse for now in terms of content, but the plan is this: players and thinkers from all over come here to share ideas (Lego-related or not) in the form of tweets, videos, photos, and blog posts. The animations are fun enough on their own, but here's hoping the content gets that way too.

Companies jumping into the social networking kiddie pool are a dime a dozen, but Lego's story is interesting because its audience is so singular and so diverse at the same time. People who drink Coke won't necessarily call themselves Coke-drinkers, but chances are if you've played with Legos even once, you identify with what makes the product great--and you'll play with it again. Lego fans are lifers. And, Lego hopes, they'll all find their way to this site.

Lego Star Wars

After the company hit bottom in 2004, in the red by $344 million, it pulled itself up mainly by cashing in on lucrative Hollywood tie-ins (Indiana Jones, Star Wars...), but even though it saved Lego's ass, replicating movie sets doesn't scratch the same itch as building your own spaceships. So it's nice to see Lego tapping back into that idea, and courting crowds beyond the Star Wars demographic. So now we have architectural Legos, Muji Legos, Lego electronics, even an iPhone app that turns photos into Lego-brick mosaics. This new commercial (pretty well-written, I might add) sums it up:

 

And LEGO CL!CK is more of the same. Which, for this Lego Lifer, is more of a good thing.

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  • Colin Doody

    I do agree, however the branded sets come with a revenue stream from the studio/brand to Lego. Which I assume came in handy in paying off that debt.

    LEGOs is an iconic product, glad to see them pushing the boundaries and looking for the next innovation that'll keep them relevant and profitable. I could watch those videos all day, might want to think about an in-house production team to build branded, viral videos for some of the other products struggling for relevancy in this fragmented marketplace.

  • Joe Harder

    Agree with Tyler G. that some of the inherent creativity with Legos is lost with the licensed sets. My ten year old builds those, then adapts and combines them with other ones over time, so the original set, which cost a premium, is built once then it's just the pieces.

    I love the idea of giant sets of parts.

    My son discovered that a pretty consistent $0.10 per piece seems to be a pricing standard, slightly more for some sets (the architectural ones, especially, are expensive per piece), a bit less for others, so that's a guideline we look at when evaluating bang for the buck.

    My M.B.A. students love playing with Legos when I use them in class, fwiw...

  • Tyler Gray

    Love this ad. It pretty much nails the dad/son/daughter appeal of Legos. Here's an idea for Lego: Instead of branding them with Star Wars or Sponge Bob or Guggenheim, spend the money researching how customers who DON'T build the intended projects use their Legos. Then release giant buckets of parts geared specifically to those types of constructions. In other words, put out 2,000 piece kits generically labeled "Cars," "Boats," "Planes," "Dwellings," etc. With no instructions. Here are all of the primo pieces. Go to town.