The LEGO House The Brick Moulding Machine (40502) Exclusive Set Officially Revealed
LEGO has unveiled another LEGO House exclusive earlier today, following the likes of last year’s LEGO House The Wooden Duck (40501) . And just like its predecessor, the LEGO House The Brick Moulding Machine (40502) celebrates another piece of LEGO history that highlights the company’s manufacturing process of the iconic brick.
For those of you who have already visited the famed House of the Brick in Billund, Denmark, you have probably noticed that this LEGO House The Brick Moulding Machine (40502) set is the replica of the one that is found on the ground floor of the LEGO House. The set comes in a lime green color scheme similar to its larger real-life counterpart and comes at a sizeable 7.4 x 11.4 inches.
The actual LEGO Brick Moulding machine located on the ground floor of the LEGO House in Billund. The LEGO House The Brick Moulding Machine (40502) comes in at 1,205 pieces and is expected to retail for 599 DK (around $100) starting March 4 when the doors of the LEGO House opens once again to the public. For more information about The LEGO House, you may visit their website right here .
Here’s LEGO’s official press release.
LEGO® House reveals new LEGO House Exclusive product:
40502 – The Brick Moulding Machine
The newest product in the Limited Edition series of LEGO® House Exclusives is soon to be available at the LEGO House Retail Store in Billund, Denmark.
Ever since the opening of LEGO® House, it has been an important milestone for LEGO House to create exclusive products because we believe they add significantly to the experience of visiting LEGO House – the pinnacle LEGO experience.
The first three exclusive products were the LEGO House Architecture set, the LEGO House Tree of Creativity, and the LEGO House Dinosaurs.
One thing is remaking our iconic models in LEGO House into LEGO sets. But since we also want to tie the LEGO Group and not least the LEGO Group history closely to LEGO House it made a lot of sense for us to introduce this new series that we call: The LEGO House Limited Editions. The Wooden Duck is the first item in the series of LEGO House Limited Editions.
We are now happy to announce the latest product in our Limited Edition series – The Brick Moulding Machine!
The Brick Moulding Machine is representing an era in the history of the LEGO Group going from producing toys in wood into plastic. It is the story about putting all efforts into one focus and leaving your core competencies behind to explore the new possibilities and technologies in producing toys with plastic materials.
The first machine arrived in Billund in 1947 and it took up to four people to manually operate one single machine efficiently.
Today the LEGO Group has around 1,000 moulding machines operating all over the world and one LEGO employee can operate 32 machines. The Billund facility alone produces 1,360 LEGO elements each second from these machines.
In LEGO House guests can experience a real-life moulding machine up close. The green machine is identical to the moulding machines found at the LEGO production sites in Denmark, Hungary, Mexico, and China. The difference, however, is that it has a special custom-made mould designed to only contain six bricks. Standard moulds produce many more bricks.
Did you know?
• The first moulding machine is bought in 1946 after Ole Kirk Kristiansen attended a demonstration of a plastic injection moulding machine at a fair in Copenhagen.
• In 1949 the LEGO® Group’s plastics department manufactures various kinds of toys. Among these are the company’s first plastic bricks, which are marketed under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks”.
• On 28 January 1958 at 1:58 pm, the modern LEGO brick is born when a patent for the unique clutch power is secured.
• In 1960 the second-generation owner, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen decided to put all eggs in one basket and purely focus on the LEGO brick.
• A real-life moulding machine can be found in LEGO House where guests can see it up close. It is identical to the ones in other LEGO production sites but is custom-made to only produce six bricks at a time and run at a slower pace.
• In the 60s and 70s, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen initiated decommissioned moulds to be cast into the concrete foundations of new factories in Billund to prevent them from falling into wrong hands.
• In the History Collection in LEGO House, you can also find decommissioned moulds hiding in the floor for visitors to see.
Facts about 40502 Brick Moulding Machine
• The Brick Moulding Machine represents an era in the LEGO Group going from producing wooden toys into plastic toys.
• The 1205-piece model measurements are the following: 7.4” (19 cm) tall, 5.9” (15 cm) deep, and 11.4” (29 cm) wide.
• Base comprises printed tiles with the words ‘LEGO® House’ and ‘The Brick Moulding Machine’.
• Ideal for fans of LEGO® building and collectors of toy memorabilia. Suitable for ages 10 and up.
• Price: 599 DKK
• This set is only available in LEGO House.
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