Become re-acclimated with LEGO

If you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance that you played with LEGO as a kid and are starting to re-discover the joy of building with LEGO.  This page is an attempt to welcome back fans of LEGO to join the LEGO Community.

Hillel Cooperman does an excellent and humorous job summarizing the emotions involved with coming to terms with being an adult who still enjoys playing with a children’s toy.  It’s well worth 6 minutes of your time, recorded at TED and is PG.

To summarize, these are the different phases we all go through.  If you’re in any of them, come out to a meeting and join the LUG.

  • You start out with a modest collection of LEGO Sets, building with LEGO on your own or with family.
  • As your imagination and collection grows, you come to the realization that you have, or are about to, spend an enormous amount of money on a children’s toy, with no end in sight.
  • In an effort to save money, you may have a moment of weakness, and consider alternative building block sets to add to your collection.  Or hunt for used LEGO on eBay, Craigslist, yard sales, etc.
  • Once your collection grows to a certain point, you’ll discover the need to sort all the elements into individual containers.  And as your sorting method evolves, you’ll again come to the realization that you have, or are about to, spend an enormous amount of money on storage containers for a children’s toy, with no end insight.
  • Eventually you will attend your first LEGO Convention or public display event.  It’s here where you come to the realization that you’re into LEGO just as much as those displaying, and quickly realize the need to study up on the LEGO Community terminology for what all the elements are called.
  • After being inspired by other LEGO creations, you’ll draw up with your own design with the intention of sharing your creation at a public display.  However, once you go to build your design, you quickly discover that from your collection that cost enormous amounts of money and is neatly sorted, you don’t have the parts you actually need to complete your creation!  Which is when you discover the LEGO Gray Market (Bricklink).
  • Then at the end of the day, you proudly share your first MOC, but are quickly humbled by other awesome MOCs on display.  And the process repeats.

If you enjoyed Hillel’s talk, search YouTube for his presentation at “BrickCon the Second Decade – UNCENCORED” which covers a brief history of the evolution of LEGO User Groups, and gives a glimpse into the playful and lighthearted nature of the LUG culture.