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Just watch your step! AirBnB offer one night stay in an amazing LEGO house!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 in App PR,brand PR,Children's Brands PR,Consumer PR,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Toy PR,Venue PR.

AirBnB have teamed up with LEGO to offer one lucky family with the chance of spending a night at the recently opened LEGO House in Billund, Denmark – the home of the famous children’s toy. Most importantly, there will be LEGO proof slippers, so you don’t have to wince at the thought of stepping on a stray block.

Almost everything, from the furniture to the decorations, is entirely made from LEGO (even an adorable LEGO cat). Thankfully, the mattress, pillows, and duvet, are the only things NOT made from the little blocks; just make sure to check the bed before you lie down!

The quirky holiday will be hosted by Master Lego Builder (or design manager specialist), Jamie Berard. With his assistance, the winning family will take part in fun LEGO activities like making their own LEGO films, building robotic cars, and designing a meal using LEGO, which is then served by two robot waiters!

To win, all families have to do is describe what they would make is they had an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks – Berard will even try to assist with building it during your stay! Unfortunately, LEGO has yet to announce if they will be releasing an instruction booklet to build the house yourself, here’s hoping!

@Joesharp1996

What’s in the box? Lego shake things up in their new adorable Holiday video

Posted on October 30th, 2017 in Kids PR,Leisure PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR,Uncategorized.

With the festive season now just around the corner, everyone has a tactic to figure out what presents await them. You can try and feel what’s under the wrapping paper, or guess by weight and size, but everyone knows that the tried and tested method to figure out what’s inside that box is to simply shake it (and hope it’s nothing fragile). In their new Holiday campaign, LEGO shows that the iconic rattle of the small building blocks is enough to get any child’s imagination going!

In this short yet endearing video, LEGO presented children with an unassuming, gift wrapped present and asked them to guess what was inside. After shaking the box, each child’s eyes lit up with excitement as they recognised that specific LEGO sound and gleefully told the camera what they wanted to make once they opened it.

From flying boats to carrot villages, the kids certainly don’t seem to be short of ideas, truly showing the magic of the world renowned toy.

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Man bun alert! Mattel gives their Ken Doll a 2017 Diversity Makeover

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 in Consumer PR,FMCG,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

We all like a good makeover now and again, whether that means changing the colour or style of our hair, or updating our wardrobes to treat ourselves to a fresh look. Now, Mattel have decided to apply this same concept to Barbie’s Beau, Ken. Since the birth of Ken in 1961, his appearance has hardly shifted from the conventional characteristics of tanned, blonde and muscular. But in 2017, Mattel felt it was necessary to reform the limiting framework of Ken’s image. New and improved Ken now comes in 15 different variations, with three body types, seven skin tones and nine hairstyles. One version of Millennial Ken even has a man bun, while another sports some cornrows. Similarly, Ken’s new garments include skinny jeans, high-top trainers, and vibrant-coloured shirts and vests, in an effort to make him look more like the young men of today’s generation.

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Various celebrities have taken to twitter to comment on Ken’s new makeover; Emily Jashinsky specifically writing, ‘Does man bun Ken doll also come with a Soul Cycle membership, vintage record player, and 50,000 in student loan debt?’

Mattel’s revival of Ken’s appearance follows similar updates that the company made to Barbie last year, and now both characters represent a variety of body shapes and skin tones. Personally, I think this is a very effective way of making children more open to diverse appearances. Additionally, kids can be inspired by a wide range of styles through their favourite dolls, and no longer have to feel like they are confined to following one ‘fashionable’ look. With all these changes, we’re already anticipating the next phase of Ken’s evolution.

– @georgielmw

Never “Lego” of your imagination: Lego brings children’s crazy creations to life

Posted on April 7th, 2017 in brand PR,Children's Brands PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,FMCG,Kids PR,Leisure PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

The wonderful people at the Lego Group have made a cloud that rains candy, after gathering a group of kids at their ‘Lego Playgroup’ and asking them “if you could build anything, what would you make?”. Of course these young, imaginative children  built something only dreams are made of; a rainbow cloud that rains candy!

Lego commissioned a group of Aeronautical Engineering students from Singapore Poly-Tech to make the kids dream a reality. The engineers build a drone-powered cotton wool cloud, which actually RAINED CANDY!

One student involved in the project said “I think as we grow up, we have this preconceived idea of what can and can’t be done, but as kids they don’t really have that., so they’ve got this boundless imagination”

The look of amazement that washes over the kids faces when they see their magical candy cloud float down is simply heart warming. Now if only we could order one for the office!

– @mckinleykearney

LEGO reveals new machine to put your “selfie” in a personalised LEGO kit

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 in brand PR,Experiential Marketing,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

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The largest LEGO Store in the world has just launched a new feature for their guests: a photo booth style Mosaic Maker that allows customers to have their face turned into a LEGO mosaic within minutes.

In todays’ agenda, more and more companies use new technology and innovations to come up with creative ideas for their customers. LEGO is trying to convert them into unique experiences as they launch the ‘Mosaic Maker’.

So how does it work?

As you enter the booth (made out of bricks as well), the Mosaic Maker snaps a couple of headshots then renders it on the LEGO bricks that are printed on the kit. In under ten minutes you can get the LEGO set ready with your unique instructions and all of the bricks that you need to build the mosaic with. Then, it will take around three hours to have fun and put your picture together with LEGO bricks.

Lego has been working on this new version since the beginning of the year, with a lot of testing and development.  Lego’s Head of Global Retail Innovation, Martin Urrutia declared, ‘We know that today, for our fans, personalisation is very important.’ And what can be better than creating your own set and having your ‘selfie’ included?

So, if you want to create your face with LEGO bricks, head on down to Leicester Square and try it out!

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