From NPR: Lego has provided many boys with hours of play, and thanks to a Seattle entrepreneur the little plastic men can teach history too. Will Chapman wanted to teach his son about World War II by acting out history, but he couldn’t find the pieces he needed to do so. That’s why he started BrickArms, where he turns blank Lego pieces into WWII soldiers.
This is a family story, a story of loss and exile, and of the intersection of personal history with large historical events. It is also a quintessentially American story of arrival, and of a second chance. This is a story so close to me I seem always to have known it. It is the story of how my father came to America.