Katy Perry greeting the kids who’ve built her vehicle. | Source: LEGO Group

LEGO has always put kids in the driver’s seat — and, at holiday time, their voices are more important than ever.

The LEGO Group launched its biggest holiday campaign to date, turning to the most creative minds on the planet: kids. They were handed creative control behind the cameras, building, unbuilding, and rebuilding what the holidays mean to them. Instead of typical, picture-perfect images, the kids chose to design, build, and bring to life a vehicle to help them deliver presents and bring the community together.

The film shows kids using play to navigate their way and overcome any obstacles that arise on their journey to deliver the gifts. The overarching campaign highlights that play is the best way to bring people together. This chosen narrative was rooted in new research from the LEGO Group, which found that the vast majority (84%) of kids wish they could play more with their parents.

Pop artist Katy Perry jumped on board — literally and figuratively — to supervise the kids. As an avid LEGO fan and collector, on top of lending her face to the campaign, Perry lends her hit “Firework.” She dons an outfit inspired by LEGO bricks and greets the kids on a larger-than-life LEGO vehicle they just created together using the LEGO System in Play.

“As a LEGO fan who has built a lot of models with kids in the last few years, it was super heart-warming to see what happens when kids are put in charge of holiday gift-giving,” says Perry about her involvement in the campaign. “Play comes in so many forms with no set of rules and to see them apply that makes me hopeful for a really bright future for the generation.” This includes her 2-year-old daughter Daisy.

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Developed by the creative team from the LEGO Agency, the fully integrated holiday campaign will run across a variety of channels and in LEGO stores across 35 markets. It’s the first time a celebrity has been featured in one of the LEGO Group’s holiday campaigns and will be supplemented by further content featuring Perry.

As another piece of the holiday campaign, the LEGO Group launched digital and in-store wish lists for children to let their parents know what they would like. An online LEGO Gift Finder is also available to make the process even easier and for gift-givers to easily find the LEGO products that inspire the kids in the film.

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Maude Campbell (Guest Contributor)

Maude Campbell (Guest Contributor)

Maude has written for Popular Mechanics and the New York Post, among other positions at Elle and HGTV magazines.