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LEGO Launches Buildable Posters For $120 Each, And They Come With Their Own Unique Soundtracks

LEGO makes too many awesome things for our wallets to handle! One of their newest projects is a series of pop culture-themed art posters that you can build yourself. (Can you hear that in the distance? That’s me, fanboying. Loudly.)

The new LEGO Art lineup has four incredible sets, including Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, portraits of the legendary band The Beatles, different versions of the Iron Man suit, and a set of Sith portraits from Star Wars. Scroll down and have a look, dear Pandas. Just don’t give in to the Dark Side of the Force. Another cool thing is that each of these sets comes with its own unique soundtrack for you to listen to while you’re putting your poster together. Now that’s a whole new level of immersion.

Bored Panda spoke about the mosaic posters with Samuel Johnson, the design lead for the LEGO Art range. Scroll down for our full in-depth interview with him!

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LEGO released its new Art range with 4 pop culture-inspired sets. They’re mosaic posters that you can build yourself!

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There are posters for fans of Iron Man, too, not just fans of Star Wars

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And let’s not forget about Andy Warhol’s print of Marilyn Monroe

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“For decades, LEGO has been experts in recreating icons of the world that we live in, in three dimensions. We have seen many adults (including some celebrities) building with LEGO bricks to relax and escape from the stress of daily life. LEGO Art embraces this mindset!” Samuel told Bored Panda.

“LEGO Art is aimed at both adults that are familiar with the LEGO universe, but also those that may never have considered purchasing a LEGO set before. The 2-Dimensional building platform is easy to master and escape in. With a new style of building instruction and included ‘soundtrack’ to engage and immerse yourself in your favorite passions. Each set includes a soundtrack and options to build alternate mosaics.”

Here’s LEGO’s video about Warhol’s print

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If you love The Beatles, you can get mosaics of the legendary foursome and turn you home into a miniature art gallery

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Don’t they look great together?

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Samuel explained that the 4 sets each focus on a different passion. “We chose both Star Wars and MARVEL’s Iron Man as they are familiar to LEGO and our fans. But where someone that really enjoys Iron Man (for example) may not have been interested in owning a playset-type product, this is an entirely new offering for them,” he said.

“LEGO does not have a huge foothold within the art passion, so we spent a long time deciding which art/artist would be the best fit for the launch year of LEGO Art. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe Diptych really lends itself well to the LEGO color palette and interchangeability of colors within the same design.”

Here’s how Darth Maul looks like in a home environment

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Each LEGO Art set costs around 120 dollars

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Star Wars fans rejoice! Just be careful not to give in to the Dark Side!

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He continued: “Lastly, our focus on music + LEGO continues to grow as we have adapted extremely recognizable photos of John, Paul, George and Ringo into unique artworks for our Beatles set that shows these influential artists in the prime of their careers inspiring future musicians the world over.”

Bored Panda wanted to know whether we can expect the LEGO Art lineup to expand with new posters in the new future. Samuel told us that they’ve already got a lot of ideas on the table for new sets. “Stay tuned,” he said.

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Each set comes with its own unique 90-minute-long soundtrack that you can listen to while building your poster

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Building instructions for each poster have a QR code that lets you access the soundtrack. Each one is around 90-minutes-long.

If you just can’t wait for the LEGO Art sets, you’ll need to be patient a while longer. They’re launching on August 1 for international retailers and September 1 in the United States. Of course, you can always preorder them if you want to call ‘dibs’ on ‘em.

Each one of the sets costs around 120 dollars, so it’s a more serious investment than getting a paper poster for your room. On the other hand, it’ll last longer and you’re likely to pay that much (and possibly more) for high-quality posters made by well-known artists.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, sadly, there aren’t any LEGO Art sets out for you (yet) but you can always get John Lennon’s poster and squint a bit (“You’re a Yellow Submarine, Harry!”).

Building each poster might take you a while. Each LEGO Art set has around 3.5k pieces (and the vast majority of them are studs). So be careful not to vacuum any up while you’re tidying up your home in the middle of your creative process.

Let us know which of these posters you love the most, dear Pandas. Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for my next paycheck and building tiny versions of the posters with the LEGO pieces I have at home.

People loved the idea of LEGO posters that you can build brick by brick and stud by stud

While some people were a bit more skeptical

Samuel then went into more detail about each set:

  • “Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe is a 4-in-1 set that gives you the option to build one of four designs. Just imagine having 4 of the set and being able to display them all like a gallery. Stunning! One portrait can be built at a time, but all pieces are included to build any one of them.”
  • “The Beatles is a 4-in-1 set that gives you the option to build one of four designs. Choose to build your favorite of the ‘Fab Four’ or why not take it apart and try a different one. One portrait can be built at a time, but all pieces are included to build any one of them.”
  • “MARVEL’s Iron Man is a 3-in-1 set that gives you the option to build one of three designs. Choose the legendary armor that Tony Star used to battle Thanos or the powerful “Hulkbuster” suit, or why not go back to the beginning of the story with the Mark III armor?! One portrait can be built at a time, but all pieces are included to build any one of them. As an added bonus, with the purchase of 3 of this particular set, it is possible to build an ultimate-sized mosaic depicting Iron Man in his iconic repulsor blast pose.”
  • “Join us with the Star Wars: The Sith set as we explore the legendary stories of Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, and the timeless Dark Lord of the Sith: Darth Vader! LEGO really IS the pat to the dark side! One portrait can be built at a time, but all pieces are included to build any one of them. As an added bonus, with the purchase of 3 of this particular set, it is possible to build an ultimate-sized mosaic depicting Lord Vader himself wielding his powerful lightsaber.”

Samuel added: “Each set includes 9 brand new canvas’ elements that you can use to build the mosaic, all of the dots you need to create your chosen image, a picture frame built from LEGO bricks, and 2 wall hanging elements that allow you to easily hang it on the wall. (All you need is a screw in the wall—not supplied).”

He continued: “Additionally, each set has its own exclusive soundtrack, and these soundtracks provide fascinating anecdotes from those closest to the stories of Andy Warhol, the Beatles or the creators of Iron Man, and Star Wars. The soundtrack dives deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art, or film in a new way. Build your model, enjoy the soundtrack, admire your work and it’s ready to hang!”

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations…

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Six Industry Innovators Share Their Inspirations from the Lunar Landing

When the Apollo 11 came to rest in the lunar Sea of Tranquility on July 20th, 1969 and began transmitting back to Earth grainy black-and-white images of a spider-legged ship, pale figures within shiny helmets, and, a bit later, magisterial photographs of Earth itself against the black void of space, the human race’s conception of itself changed forever. The voyage inspired political realignments and countless scientific breakthroughs; it also inspired the look and feel of a number of cultural masterpieces, from Brian Eno’s 1983 ambient classic Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks to Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1971 stark sci-fi epic Solaris.

Architecture and design took that giant leap for mankind along with Neil Armstrong. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, we spoke to innovators in the industry about their own lunar inspirations.

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Perilune by Suzanne Tick for Luum Textiles. Photography courtesy of Luum Textiles.

Suzanne Tick, creative director, Luum Textiles

As a child, the textile designer Suzanne Tick watched the landing from her home in Bloomington, Illinois. “What was riveting to me was the sound of someone on the moon and his buoyancy,” Tick says. “I had this realization that a person can be on the moon while I’m sitting at home and he could also be floating!” Since then, the moon has been an important force in her life. “I’ve lived by the MoMA Moon Charts and they have played a large part in my consciousness. A poignant time in my life was 2009, 2010, and 2011 which coincided with the last three years of my father’s life, my marriage, and my son living with me. For this reason, I wove a triptych of each of these years and sewed them together as a reminder of that shift in my life.” This design became Perilune, a printed polyurethane which was introduced through Luum.

Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York by Gary R. Hilderbrand. Photography by James Ewing.

Gary R. Hilderbrand, FASLA FAAR; principal, Reed Hilderbrand; Peter Louis Hornbeck Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design

“Because my Aunt and grandmother had a large color TV, anything momentous like this we watched in their living room,” says Gary Hilderbrand. “All gathered ‘round for the moon landing. It’s singed on my brain.” The landscape architect would go on to transform a brownfield in Beacon, New York, into a waterfront parkland with site-specific work by artist George Trakas and two buildings by ARO. “Apollo amplified my instincts about knowing our place in the world and a sense that we somehow had technological knowledge to improve it,” he says. “Seeing these missions orbiting around the other side of the moon, and then exploring its surface, gave me hope that we could right our own environmental mess and craft a smarter, saner landscape. That way of seeing the Earth descended directly from the Apollo 8 ‘earthrise’ photograph. Who would not be affected by that image?!”

SiriusXM’s New York Headquarters and Broadcast Center by Michael Kostow. Photography by Adrian Wilson.

Michael Kostow, founding principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects

Satellite radio wouldn’t exist without the technological breakthroughs of the Apollo mission, so it made perfect sense to have a space fan design the headquarters for one of its largest players, SiriusXM. “I watched the moon landing as a youngster and even had early aspirations of becoming an astronaut,” says Michael Kostow. “I later wanted to design space vehicles for NASA, would build and fly multi-stage model rockets, and even as an architecture graduate student had an early morning ‘party’ to drink Tang and watch the first launch of the space station with my classmates.” The compact efficiency of the capsules influenced his plan for the satellite broadcasting company: “We wanted to invoke simplicity and timelessness,” he says, “and allow the empty space to be an active player in setting the mood.” Mission accomplished.

Aerial and Half-Moon by Kelly Harris Smith for Skyline Design. Photography courtesy of Skyline Design.

Kelly Harris Smith, designer and creative director, Kelly Harris Smith

“I’ve never been on a rocket ship,” says designer Kelly Harris Smith, “but I have flown on an airplane and to this day I always request a window seat so I can peek out over the landscape.” The designer was born after the moon landing but carries the legacy of an aerial point of view into a collection for Chicago’s Skyline Design of glass panels with systems of micro-patterns within shapes and gradations of color over larger repeats. “It’s rooted in looking at the familiar in a new way,” she says, “which I have to imagine is what all astronauts experience looking back at Earth.”

Draper, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photography by Mark Flannery.

Elizabeth Lowrey, principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects

“Watching the moon landing, even at such a young age, I was awed by the realization that anything is possible,” says Elizabeth Lowrey—even growing up to design a new home for Draper, a not-for-profit engineering firm that created software for Apollo 11. “I remember, as we stepped into Draper’s lobby, the first thing we saw was a space shuttle model.  Even more thrilling was the opportunity to meet Margaret Hamilton, the pioneering software engineer who had made the moon landing possible!” A glass and steel structure forms the roof of the Draper atrium, which is rung with seven floors of offices and laboratories connected by blue glass vertical and horizontal stairways, green walls, and “the Cloud,” a polished steel polyhedron that is truly out of this world.

On the Water/Palisade Bay, New York City. Photography courtesy of ARO.

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP, principal, Architecture Research Office

“I was seven, I remember watching the feed of the moonwalk,” says ARO co-founder Adam Yarinksy. “And if you were a kid that was into building models, you had the plastic model kit that was black and white with USA in red on the side. I built a model of the Saturn V and the lunar and command and service modules. The purposefulness of the vehicle had a kind of directness when you compare it to technology today. The control panels were just rows and rows of switches that all looked the same. There was a kind of Dieter Rams quality to it.” But it was politics, not aesthetics, that really inspired Yarinsky’s work with ARO, including this vision of the upper harbor of New York and New Jersey which proposes archipelago and wetlands to mitigate rising sea levels and storm surges. “The finite nature of the planet we’re on reinforces the notion that architecture is part of this web of relationships,” he says. “The best architecture tries to modify and transform, but it’s not an autonomous thing. It’s linked. That sense of connection is the legacy.”

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