What do I mean by fan media? Recognised LEGO Fan Media (RLFMs) are the online blogs, sites, social media channels etc. who have been recognised by The LEGO Group as offering something worthwhile and original to the LEGO community. You can read more on the LEGO Ambassador Network. New Elementary is lucky enough to be an RLFM, and to be invited to Fan Media Days.
This means we can bring you extra content this year: fascinating interviews conducted by Are J. Heiseldal. Are is a journalist who works for the Norwegian channel TV 2 Sporten, but more importantly he's an AFOL, well known throughout the worldwide LEGO community thanks to his involvement at events plus of course as L@GO on Flickr where you'll find his modern reinterpretations of classic 1980s City sets.
You ask the questionsWhat would you like Are to ask LEGO employees? Add your suggested questions to the comments area below and he will include the most interesting ones.
We won't know until the day exactly which teams he will speak to but it might be any of the following: LEGO Minifigures, Unikitty, Harry Potter, LEGO Ideas, Brickheadz, LEGO Architecture, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, LEGO Friends, LEGO Creator Expert, LEGO Mindstorms and TT Games / LEGO Games. Also, he might interview members of the AFOL Engagement team: Tormod Askildsen (head of AFOL Engagement), Jan Beyer (manager AFOL Network Events) or Signe Lønholdt (senior manager Community Growth / LEGO Ambassador Network). There are some other exciting events lined up at Fan Media Days that we will reveal at the time.
We are looking to run more parts festivals and building contests in 2018, and the funds currently being raised will go towards the worldwide postage costs for these.
If you enjoy New Elementary, would you consider helping our GoFundMe campaign... in the same way that you might put money towards buying an app, a book or an annual magazine subscription?
Finally and most importantly, a big shout out to the (at time of writing) 22 people who have kindly raised £458 for New Elementary to be able to deliver this content to everyone! What the hey, they deserve to be named personally here – in reverse chronological order they are Dustin Durham, Tim Goddard, Deborah Higdon, Gary Scheppke, Michael Studman, Jackie Britton, Adrian Hennessy, Matthew Martelli, OBrick Wan, Mevit's Bricks, Richard Jones, Rhys Knight, Richard Selby, Eduard Petrac, Alexander Alekseyev, Kevin Gascoigne, Neil Crosby and our four anonymous donors – you are all utterly awesome. Amounts varied from £5 to £100, with an average of £20, and I'm utterly blown away by that. Thanks also to those who haven't felt able to donate but offered such kind words of encouragement. Having kept this up for five years now, this really means a lot to me.