The Getty’s director of security takes apart the LEGO® “Museum Break-In” set

LEGO Museum break-in set

With the holiday gift-giving season upon us, I’d like to point out a rather surprising toy that became available this past year.

It is the LEGO® “Museum Break-In” toy set. Among this museum’s many treasures are a blue diamond, golden sword, glittering antiquity, gold nugget, and priceless painting that bears a resemblance to a certain Vermeer painting made famous by Scarlett Johansson.

I conducted a security assessment of this museum and discovered that the “precious objects” are only marginally secured. I’d recommend to this museum’s staff to use some sturdy mounts with tamper-proof fasteners and perhaps some alarm sensors.

The museum in question has an easily accessible skylight that appears not to be locked or alarmed, and the two thieves also come equipped with handy rope to assist them in their endeavor. Conveniently, LEGO® vines growing on the outside of the museum provide handgrips the thieves can use in climbing up to the skylight. Also of concern is the lack of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) coverage. However, after some looking online I did find a YouTube video in which a ten-year-old boy shows you how to make your own LEGO® CCTV cameras with only five LEGO® pieces. Your child may want to look into adding this security measure, at the very least.

On the plus side, there is a wall of red laser beams that protects the front door—but again, leaving the skylight and adjacent windows unprotected. The set also comes with three police responders equipped with both a tactical police vehicle and a helicopter for chasing down the criminals who have their own “getaway vehicle.” I couldn’t help but note that this van has space in the back for the ill-gotten goods, but only room up front for one of the criminals. Perhaps a double-cross is also in the works?

This set is available online for about $70. Recommended for 6–12 (with time reduced for good behavior).

LEGO Museum breakin-set - detail of fake LEGO Vermeer