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Lego (often spelled LEGO) is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks.

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BrickFair is a Lego convention and exhibition held annually in the Eastern United States. It was first held in 2008 at Tysons Corner, Virginia by Todd Webb, and in subsequent years, the Virginia convention has been held in Chantilly, typically during the first weekend of August. BrickFair is a four-day event, operating generally Thursday through Sunday. The convention displays Lego models, displays and trains, most often covering more than 100,000 square feet of convention space. BrickFair conventions are also held in New England and the Southeastern United States, with the advent of BrickFair Alabama in 2012 and BrickFair New Hampshire in 2013. BrickFair currently operates in every season and in four East Coast states. BrickFair is believed to be the largest Lego convention in the United States and one of the largest in the world. The Virginia convention usually has approximately 20,000 attendees fill the Dulles Expo Center throughout its public hours, while the Alabama convention has grown steadily in public attendance each year.

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Model of Trafalgar Square in London, as seen in Legoland Windsor
Credit: Kaihsu Tai

Lego model of Trafalgar Square

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...that one of the largest shoe companies in Germany, Klauser Schuhe, sponsored the painting of the Lego Bridge in the style of Lego bricks?
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Bionicle Heroes is a 3D video game of the third-person shooter genre, based on Lego popular Bionicle franchise. It was released in November 2006 by TT Games on all then-current console systems (PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Nintendo GameCube), PC, and Nintendo's handhelds (Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS); a Nintendo Wii version was later released in April 2007. The game stars Bionicle's 2006 feature characters, the Toa Inika and the Piraka. Players must destroy enemies, solve puzzles in order to progress further, and throughout the game, maximize their individual special powers (for example: the ability to activate certain objects, construct vehicles and platforms, or even binocular vision) and gain better and deadlier weapons. While the game is loosely based on the first third of the Bionicle Legends story arc, it is non-canonical and features several characters from previous arcs in the franchise. The Nintendo DS version of Bionicle Heroes is in the first-person perspective instead of third-person, and is the first LEGO game to be rated T for Teen. The Game Boy Advance version is also vastly different, having a top-down perspective instead of over the character's shoulder.

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