By Jonathan Bender
An grownup LEGO fan's twin quest: to construct with bricks and construct a family
There are sixty two LEGO bricks for everyone on the earth, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender learned that he didn't have a unmarried one in all them. whereas reconsidering his early life dream of changing into a grasp version builder for The LEGO crew, he discovers the lads and girls who're skewing the averages with collections of thousands of LEGO bricks. what's it concerning the ubiquitous, brightly coloured toys that makes them so not easy for everybody to place down?
In seek of solutions and event, Jonathan Bender units out to discover the quirky global of grownup lovers of LEGO (AFOLs) whereas changing into a builder himself. As he participates in demanding situations at fan conventions, searches for the biggest inner most assortment within the usa, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was once allowed into the head mystery set vault), he unearths his LEGO trip twinned with a moment inventive endeavor—to have a baby. His worlds intertwine as he awaits the result: Will he win a construct festival or convey a brand new fan of LEGO into the area? like any brilliant love tale, this one has surprises—and a cheerful ending.• Explores the realm of grownup lovers of LEGO, from rediscovering the adolescence joys of establishing with LEGO to comparing LEGO's position in tradition and art• Takes an within examine LEGO conventions, neighborhood taboos, and construct demanding situations and is going behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND• Tells a hot and private tale in regards to the try and construct with LEGO and construct a family
Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now stocks LEGO bricks along with your little ones, this ebook will entice the internal builder in you and reignite a love for all issues LEGO.
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My wife and I thread our way to the back of the attic, where another couple is testing the integrity of caned wooden chairs by repeatedly banging them into the floor. I'm ready to pack it in, as I feel the first small bead of sweat form at the base of my neck. But then my wife says a magic word. " Pluralizing the word "LEGO" is one of the most common mistakes made by the average mom buying a set or the dad talking about his kids. It is also one of the largest pet peeves of adult fans. AFOL Eric Harshbarger, a renowned LEGO mosaic builder who constructed a LEGO portrait of the actor Dean Cain atop a billboard on Sunset Boulevard for Ripley's Believe It or Not in 2003, explains the proper usage of the term on his Web site.
TWA Stealing from a Thief 37 prints and model cars are stacked haphazardly on folding tables. The stale air and pink carpet leave me feeling claustrophobic, but like someone bewildered in a blazing home, I wander away from the front door and head further inside the house. Clothes and price tags hang from furniture bunched together to leave narrow aisles that lead into the two bedrooms on the first floor. " declares the marker-stained sheet of paper taped onto the yellowing wallpaper. The temperature rises as we climb up to a wood-slatted top floor with a finished bedroom.
LEGO Star Wars minifigures always command a premium, plus sets at garage sales are rare, especially considering that the few local BrickLink store owners are always scouring the area on the weekends. "You'll have to compete with me for sets," he says, and I can't tell ifhe's joking. I ask him ifhe ever worries about becoming obsessed again or if it's too late; but before he can answer, I offer a potential justification for why this might not be a bad thing. "It always starts small, but then it grows.