The Edge is a brand new BBC One daytime game show that’s all about skill and judgement, brains and balls!
Contestants must answer general knowledge questions to earn the right to bowl a ball down a custom built alley.
Who thinks up this stuff?
We thought, “What a crazy thing to make. There’s this manufactured, centrally planned toy that creates all of this spontaneous, democratic, populous creativity.” The tension between somebody dictating how you’re supposed to build the thing and these fans making their own thing seemed like a great idea for a movie about creativity. Lego just trusted us and said, “Well, please make sure there are cool vehicles in the movie so we can make toys.”
Phil Lord, on writing The Lego Movie (from Hollywood Reporter)
I’d like to think that the last line isn’t an exact quote, and that the Lego Group were as excited about making a fun, emotional movie as they were about simply wanting to sell more product.
It’s also lovely that the movie explores that tension between following set instructions and free building, as it’s invariably the thing that many adults say about Lego ("in my day it was all just basic Lego and your own imagination, none of this fiddly tiny bricks and following instructions nonsense"). In truth though, there has always been both modes of play, and many kids find it more enjoyable to build the sets (at least initially).
I’m kinda glad that a sequel is planned, but it’ll be hard to follow on from the first film.
We have deliberately avoided publishing an image of the reverse. We found that people were using the address to make donations to the Museum. While altruistic, the tokens are in fact registered objects in the collection, and we are unable to access the Bitcoins that people donate because it would mean destroying the holographic strip, resulting in damage to the object.
Bitcoin: how do we display the intangible? (Comment by curator Tom Hockenhull)
Follow-up comment by Mike Komaransky:
Perhaps those aren’t donations but transactions of a different character? I know of few other museum pieces where the viewer can directly increase (and not decrease) the value of the piece and do so anonymously.