LEGO my Ego
Amid Black Friday blues and Cyber Monday concerns, one holiday shopping tradition remains as glossy as ever: the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Since 1926, the catalog has been offering luxury presents for the good girl or boy who has everything. And starting in 1960, the fantasy gift list has also included a "His and Hers"selection -- matching planes, a pair of camels, or a Jaguar coupe for him and a jaguar coat for her, anyone? (OK, maybe not that last one -- but it was 1963, before either equal rights or public awareness regarding endangered species.)
The 2008 Christmas Book is as creative as its predecessors, with the opportunity to immortalize the couple of your choice as life-sized LEGO sculptures in collaboration with artist Nathan Sawaya.
Attorneys for Neiman Marcus obviously took a crack at The Book before it landed in lucky mailboxes around the globe, however. The item description includes the following caveat regarding your would-be blockheads: "Just make sure you have the rights to their likenesses; we're not here to judge." In addition to concerns about rights of publicity, the fine print notes, "LEGO and the brick configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group. The Life-Size Replicas are not affiliated with or endorsed by the LEGO Group." Fair enough, given previous LEGO controversy.
With the legal details out of the way, all you need now is USD $60,000 per sculpture plus shipping -- and a full-time nanny to make sure that Junior doesn't dismantle the artwork during playtime. On the other hand, the reconfigurable nature of the sculptures could come in handy in the case of a post-holiday breakup.