Some would call it an unhealthy obsession – I would prefer to refer to it as a hobby.
LEGO isn’t for some. Those who cannot accommodate bricks must continue to put up with people like me (who, by the way, are not responsible for gigantic minifigs washing up on Florida shorelines). We need some kind of creative outlet, and at least this activity is more interactive than outmoded options like zoning out in front of a radio or television for hours on end.
Building LEGO sets has been my zen. Combine that with the crazy possibility of someone eventually producing an Apple Store model constructed entirely of… it happened. Oliver Burridge from our community asked if he could create a “Day in the Life of Chris Pirillo” for our YouTube Channel and I happily agreed to support the endeavor. Part of the “plot” will be spent within an Apple Store, apparently – and this scene has already been recorded:
So, maybe we’ll inspire a passionate brick enthusiast to upload a DesignByMe set for any of us not-so-Master builders to buy one day?
I’m running out of room around here; without a dedicated LEGO space somewhere in my home, I’ll soon be swimming in bricks (and they’re quite sharp around the edges if you hadn’t already noticed). Perhaps it’s better that I stick to collecting minifigs and disassembling the sets once I’ve done ’em?
While I have certainly known about LEGO for a number of years, I can’t say that most of my adult life was spent with bricks. It wasn’t until the social network FriendFeed came about that I started to become interested in LEGO as a post-pubescent. There, some people were regularly sharing MOC (My Own Creation) images, minifigure dioramas, and the like. I re-shared, and the rest is history.
I learned about Brickcon, the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere LEGO Convention & Conference, last year – and when Dan Sabath reached out to me, I was compelled to sign up and spend a day with other Adult Fans of LEGO down at Seattle Center in a large room filled with buys and builds. I didn’t know any names, I didn’t know any faces, I just knew that I wasn’t alone.
This year, Dan was helping registered attendees sign-in by the front door. We chatted for a minute or so, then my girlfriend and I passed through the gates and into a crowd of what must have been thousands. We were about to dive in when I could hear Dan shouting from behind. He forgot to tell me that one person recognized him from YouTube earlier – from the video we shot at the beginning of last year’s public event: What is Brickcon. The video did its job!
So, what about this year’s Brickcon festivities? I was just as enchanted – seeing so many new projects up close. There were so many people snapping still photos, but I thought it would be much nicer to record the experiences in video, instead. We used a digital camera that has amazing image quality (but horrible autofocus). That said, here’s 17 minutes of footage from Brickcon 2011:
If you ever have a chance to go, you should. It should remain quite affordable – and it’s family friendly, so you’re welcome to bring the kids along. Even if you have absolutely no interest in this part of our world, you’ll certainly be enchanted by what these Master Builders have constructed.
“Who are the people in your neighborhood?” Assuming you leave the house every so often, you’ve likely seen other human beings in public. Have you ever thought about collecting them in a non-creepy way? LEGO is giving you that chance with the LEGO Community Minifig set.
Construction worker? You can put him in your pocket or pretend to be pounding the pavement with your little LEGO jackhammer. Ambulance drivers? They’ll carry just about any injured brick for you on their stretcher. The consummate sportswoman? She’ll wow you with her gigantic trophy (which stands just about as tall as she does).
This is a little LEGO community that was created for the LEGO community (it’s very meta). To be specific, it was really produced for the educational market – in case your child wanted to play make believe without relying too heavily on his or her imagination. LEGO can help bridge that gap with this series of minifigs.
With this set, you’ll also get a mini LEGO fire brigade, grocery shopper, baker and his customer (with pizza and popsicle pieces), farmers, and a few others – including a self-employed businesswoman who has her own LEGO-branded laptop – which happens to be my favorite part of this collection.
Here’s a more complete tour:
Granted, you might find the bundle a bit on the expensive side for 256 pieces – but how much is an education worth? Would you rather have a young mind learn about careers in a book (?!) or have them develop their own mini-town with bricks? I’ve yet to hear of a LEGO-induced paper cut (and I’m not counting an instruction page mis-flip).
If I was disappointed, it was likely with the snowmen – which were given skeleton heads. It’s not like LEGO doesn’t have the ability to create a more snowman-like face… they just didn’t. If you like spooky snowmen, then I guess you’ll be happy with their decision.
I believe we’ve all experienced the pain of “LEGO foot” – not realizing there’s a rogue brick on the ground before our socked or bare feet can discover it. You know who put it there? No, not your kids – and not any self-respecting Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL).
To combat this daily threat under which we all live, LEGO has seen fit to unleash Ninjago. While they claim it’s for nothing but battle fun, I believe the Ninjago characters are here to protect us from the truly evil forces of random floor pieces.
Each Ninjago minifig runs around $10. I picked up my first set a few months back, but didn’t bother to blog or do a video on the collection. Each one comes with a spinner base, set of weapons, cards for additional play, and the minifig with accessories (itself).
I’ve never been a CCG player (not even when they were all the rage). LEGO seems to be a few years late onto the scene, but that didn’t stop them from crafting a complete experience around this part of the LEGO universe. Me? I’m not so interested in the Ninjago collectable cards – or the sets, really.
In recording this video and looking at the corresponding cards for each Ninjago LEGO character, I quickly came to realize that I think my skeleton Ninjago minfigures didn’t come with the corresponding head gear (as seen on their card). Maybe this was a fluke? Intentional? I’m certain I wouldn’t have chucked the LEGO accessories – and certainly not three times over, with each of missing pieces belonging to the three skeletons in the original series release. I believe this was an oversight – likely a discrepancy in whoever was tasked in creating the (admittedly-wonderful) card art.
I’m likely to continue collecting the Ninjago minifig sets, although I’m not inclined on buying similar-looking minifigs at the $10 price tag. As noted in the video, there are some “DX” Ninjago LEGO characters which appear to be nothing more than alternative versions (much like the skeletons). There are some variations, but not enough for me to think I’ll ever own all of ’em.