#toys

Lego CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, speaking with Jens Hansegard:

Hansegard: You’ve done a few, small designer collector sets with Minecraft, a popular block-building videogame. Now, we’ve been told that something bigger is coming up. Is this true?

Knudstorp: Minecraft is a very fascinating game because it offers a great construction-like experience. We’re very happy to work with the company. Making Lego Minecraft products was one of the biggest wished-for items and they have done very, very well in the market. That’s why we are expanding our offering. That’s all I can reveal right now. We think it’s a very exciting opportunity for us.

I’ll say. That’s going to be massive.

Pagan Kennedy:

It was a “classic situation” for an inventor, says Lonnie Johnson of the moment in 1989 when he waited nervously for a meeting with toy executives at Larami, a pink Samsonite suitcase on his lap. Inside the suitcase was a new kind of water gun. Instead of a pistol that piddled out a thin stream, this toy was engineered to spray water dozens of feet. “I had bought a milling machine and made all of the parts myself out of PVC pipe and Plexiglas,” Johnson says. “Even the valves — I made those too.”

As a child of the 80s, I have a deep affection for the Super Soaker. I also have a deep affection for pink Samsonite suitcases. 

[via Gizmodo]