To commemorate Singapore’s 50th Birthday, LEGO Singapore organised a “live” construction of 8.5 foot version of the Dragon Playground with LEGO bricks at Raffles City Shopping Mall last week. This tied in nicely with their theme to ‘Rebuild Your Memories’, where Singaporeans are encouraged to construct replicas of their fondest Singaporean structures.
The girls went and pieced together some white bricks, thus contributing to this colossal playground model, comprising 22,000 LEGO Bricks constructed over 32 hours. It’s on display till the end of July at Raffles City Shopping Centre’s Atrium at level 3, if you’d like to take a photo.
In recent years there has been such great renewed interest in our heritage playgrounds, and Mum in the Making compiled a very charming photographic walk-through of them, including two dragon playgrounds. One of the links at the end of her post (“Mosaic Memories“) was a very fascinating read into the history of these playgrounds, and I was amazed to learn that the accidental designer of these playgrounds (Mr Khor Ean Ghee) doesn’t feel too sentimental about his pelicans getting extinct. With a pragmatism that characterises his generation, his view was that his design has served its time and purpose:
“Then we wanted identity, so the playgrounds were locally designed such that you can see this is a Singapore playground,” say Mr Khor. “Nowadays, it can’t be helped because Singapore is so small, it won’t be cheap to design it ourselves. The modern playgrounds are also of better quality because the companies that produce them keep improving on them.”
LEGO Singapore had earlier launched 4 LEGO® SG50 Limited Edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds, that could be redeemed singly for free with a minimum purchase of LEGO products. The 4 Mini Builds were winsome Singaporean icons such as The Cable Car, Ice Cream Bike, a slab block of HDB Flats and the Dragon Playground, which was by far the most coveted.
They are all fully redeemed by now though, but it’s not too difficult to put them together if you have similar pieces at home. Or come up with your own uniquely Singaporean creation!
The girls had such a fun time shopping (typical females eh) and sitting down to make little creations.
Such a cute structure, if I may say so myself! Whenever I see my kids playing with their LEGO, I can’t help but recall this lesson to self that took place a while ago – I have become slightly more relaxed (though still rather heartbroken) since most of their LEGO sets are now irretrievably Mixed Up.
In addition the launch of the extremely popular mini builds, LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 BIG MiniFigures. At 31cm tall, they are certainly more Mega than Mini! With only 50 pieces available, you can imagine how exclusive they are. The back of the mining even comes with a unique serial number and birthday message for SG50.
To stand a chance to win one of these mini builds, you can spend a minimum of SGD 100 on Lego Toy(s) in a single receipt from 5- 31 August 2015 at participating outlets to be one of the lucky ones to receive a LEGO SG50 BIG MiniFigure.
Participating outlets: All LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, Departmental Stores and select toy stores.