We were very sad to hear the news that Lego is scrapping 1,400 jobs worldwide. This because sales have fallen and the company is in need of a “reset”, as Lego chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp was quoted as saying in a BBC news article (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41160743).

What caught our (that is to say, Tsjerk’s) attention was not the news of the loss of jobs per se, but the picture that accompanied the story on the Dutch news site nu.nl:

(http://www.nu.nl/beurs/4908287/speelgoedmaker-lego-schrapt-1400-banen-wereldwijd.html)

We LOVE the 50 cm bricks and figures!! *coughcurrentlyalsoavailableinourshopcough*

At the moment of writing this, we have three of the figures on display in our livingroom…

Tsjerk insisted. I thought one, maybe two, was enough, but I was quickly overruled. But I have to admit, I like them as well.

Why? Why are they so cool? Because they are, don’t deny it. Is it just because we all played with Lego as children? Do they resonate with some deep childhood nostalgia experienced by all of us? Because that’s the thing, they are definitely a conversation starter. People see them, say something along the lines of “wow, cool”, and proceed to tell you about what they liked to build when they were young – cars, airplanes, castles, houses, cities, contraptions to turn your stereo on…

It’s a shame that Lego feels that sales as so bad they need to drop so many employees. However, the market in secondhand Lego is doing pretty well, as far as we can tell. I know Tsjerk usually gets pretty annoyed when we sell one of the large figures, because he’d really rather keep them for himself!

Sales may be dropping, which suggests that kids are playing less with Lego, but we don’t think that Lego will ever really disappear completely. At the end of the day, it’s too much fun to build, to create, to let you imagine run riot. That’s why we’re never very sad when we get sets in that need to be checked to see if they are complete. It’s not a bad way to spend an evening ;).