Brick by Brick

Written By: Ray

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Although my journey as an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) is just beginning, my obsession with the Danish toymaker LEGO began at an early age. I can still remember opening my first LEGO set during a birthday party in my youth. It was an underwater-themed set, and I couldn’t wait to build it. Sure, my dad applied the stickers, and of course, I eventually lost every brick that belonged to the set. The LEGO aesthetic and its cathartic building experience has stuck with me, and become a part of me, throughout my life. I currently have hundreds of LEGO sets, and my collection is rapidly expanding (thanks in large part to a supportive girlfriend and a steady income)!

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In researching LEGO, I consider myself lucky to be a part of the generation I to which I belong. Had I been born into the generation when LEGOs first arrived, I’d be playing with an entirely different line of LEGO toys… or not at all. “LEGO” (derived from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”) started in 1932, manufacturing wooden toys. It wasn’t until 1949 that Ole Kirk Christiansen, LEGO’s founder, began producing what he called “Automatic Binding Bricks,” which were a precursor/ancestor to what is now known as the classic LEGO brick.

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I don’t know if Ole himself could imagine how big his company would make it someday (or how painful it may be to step on one of his creations). LEGO has become one of the highest grossing toy manufacturers in the world, and even a pop-culture icon! There are hundreds of new LEGO sets per year, a LEGO movie, LEGO-themed clothing and jewelry and even a LEGO artist, Nathan Sawaya. His creations can be seen on display at “The Art of the Brick” exhibits in art museums nationwide. I attended the exhibit in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was utterly blown away. If you get a chance, go see this dude’s stuff. It’s incredible!

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Who knows what LEGO will do next? All I know is that, as long as LEGO is around, they’ll be a spot for their sets on my shelves!

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DOAT Ep 16: Legos my Eggos

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This week on the Dork of All Trades Tim and John invite Ray in to talk about Legos.

John was confused about the topic, Don’t google Blue Waffle, Ripping notes, Waffles, blocks, legos, toys, legos are expensive,Ray loves legos, legos birthday cake, Death Star lego Set, Beer tasting,Manyuk beer festival, lego store in King Of Prussia mall, mall of America, New York, Chicago, life size Iron Man, Ray spends 10% of xmas money on legos, AT-AT lego set, Escapism, form of art, Bloody Knuckles, Tim’s Mad, Kinex sucked, Tim played legos after his brother, John built an Eiffel Tower, and more!

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