LEGO Fidget Spinners

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Allen over at TheBrickFan states that "The current fad, at least here in the US, is fidget toys and fidget spinners."

I can tell you Allen that it's not just in the USA: every toy, gift, card and pound shop here in the UK are selling the spinners so it seems the craze is sweeping through playgrounds on this side of the Atlantic as well.

There are plenty of 'unofficial' LEGO versions around but now LEGO itself is jumping on the bandwagon by publishing instructions for two variations, one using turntables, the other a Technic axle, for the rotation.

Happy spinning!

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44 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

What a great idea!!! My son is going to be thrilled. Well done Lego!!!

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By in United States,

Ha! That's cool!

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By in United Kingdom,

A revolutionary idea!

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By in United States,

It'd be cool if you did an article showing bunch of fan made fidget spinners. I've seen a number of them, and there are no two that look alike. I made one using mostly system bricks and an axle, but most have been using technic, so it's really cool to see the variety.

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By in United States,

The turntable one would probably be superior; I figure holding the axle on both sides will squeeze the pieces together and create friction. If anyone builds both, I'd be interested to know which works better.

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By in United States,

@ZG Brickfilms has a great idea there. I created a thread in the forum for pics!

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By in United Kingdom,

How many bets 20 constructed exactly like this are gonna turn up on Ideas over the next couple of weeks.

How. Many. Bets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Genius. Well done Lego Marketing team!

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By in Australia,

^^ @ Aryliffe, I saw at least one on Ideas about a week ago.

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By in United States,

I must build it!

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By in United States,

There's an official one now?!?!?! Wow! My LEGO one was good, but this is amazing! I must build this!

Also, where will this be released? Will it be a ToysRus Mini Build or something?

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By in Iceland,

No. I cannot stand these. Really, Lego? You have sunk lower than I ever imagined.

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By in United Kingdom,

These things really irritate me, but I guess Lego are bound to cash in on a new craze. I can expect pick-a-brick sales of these pieces to skyrocket following this!

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By in United States,

I'm not very interested but I'll probably try making at least one,still it's a fun idea.

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By in United States,

These are a fad?

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By in Belgium,

Only heard about this yesterday but seems like shops have been selling out over here too. My son hasn't mentioned it yet though, great to make one in Lego, at least you can use the pieces after the fad too :)

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By in United States,

Oh yes.

It will be interesting to see how these stack up (no pun intended) against real ones.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ha great idea fidget spinners are a big thing now.

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By in Germany,

Some wise man once said "I'm getting too old for this sh**"

But seriously, I have never heard of that "fad". Asked my kids about it, they have never seen anything like this either.

Reminds me a little of 6835 ;-)

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By in United States,

Fidget Spinners are dumb.

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By in United Kingdom,

One problem with fidget spinners is the reason my daughter's school (and many more) have banned them - children seem to like chucking them at each other!! A lego one wouldn't last long!

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By in New Zealand,

(sigh)

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By in United States,

Oh no dont let this cancer spread

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By in United Kingdom,

As a teacher, I can tell you that this craze is well embedded in the UK - and it's great to see the massive range of lego spinners my students ate already making. The spinners are banned in school, but I'm encouraging them to bring their lego ones in to show me!

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By in Venezuela,

There's another two models now at LEGO.com. They're Classic-themed, so they use more basic pieces (I actually can build the red one, so I'll try!).

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By in Australia,

I seriously don't understand the appeal of these. They're everywhere! I wonder how well the LEGO ones work.

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By in New Zealand,

@TheMikeAwakens the technic axle one is much superior upon building both of them. The turntable one doesn't work near as well due to not being as free when spinning.

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By in United States,

..............

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By in United States,

You have got to be kidding me. I've seen almost nothing but this on many, many lego youtube channels and websites. And now it's spreading to even LEGO itself! This is just so annoying. When will this stupid trend end!?

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By in Canada,

Do these have a set number? I know it's a strange question.

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By in Australia,

These have plagued Australia too. They are so stupid as they are no proven benefit for children who fidget and are just a distraction to their peers.

Why on earth would Lego waste their time on this? I suppose there will be Lego Pokemon Go next....

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By in United Kingdom,

I notice that turntables had appeared on the pick-a-brick wall in Manchester and thought it was a bit strange. Now it makes sense.

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By in Australia,

@Brickchap Precisely, they don't really fulfill their intended purpose of helping kids concentrate...

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm fidgeting and spinning all sorts awaiting June 1st launch of you know what!

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By in United States,

This will be how humanity will fall.

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By in United Kingdom,

Remember when Pogs were THE DEVIL? Good times.

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By in United States,

Come on Lego, you're better than this. Fidget spinners are a stupid excuse for kids to be twitchy. I'm so sick of everyone in america pretending like they have ADHD, when only like 5 percent of kids legitimately have it.

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By in United States,

Fidget Spinners are one of the worst ideas to ever disgrace this Earth. Lego versions should not exist. Why?!??!??!!!

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By in United States,

I remember a time when a child had to learn to sit still through class...

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By in Australia,

I'll be happy, in about two months, when everyone finally forgets that these things exist.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't get the appeal of fidget spinners. I tried playing with some in a toy department when I was there buying LEGO. I even looked up spinner tricks on YouTube. Still not impressed and I generally like motion toys.

I would be surprised if the LEGO spinners worked as well as the real thing. I haven't deconstructed a real spinner, but I'm guessing they have a ball-bearing ring to minimise the friction. I doubt there's a way of emulating that in LEGO.

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By in United States,

Oh, joy. The real ones are irritating enough; I expect a LEGO one to fall apart even faster. Won't mind picking up stray LEGO bits as opposed to ball bearing and odd round bits, though. I can do something with stray LEGO.
So very annoyed that these are popular, and yet I will probably look at the instructions anyway.

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By in Spain,

Here we go us AFOLs forgetting again that LEGO is a toy meant for KIDS.
If spinners are a big thing now and kids like them, why shouldn't Lego put out the instructions to make one with bricks? Some of you look disappointed but you're forgetting that this is NOT FOR YOU.
Besided, didn't they just release the instructions for free?

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By in United States,

You know something is getting real when LEGO jumps on board.

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