LEGO a Love Story | Jonathan Bender | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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LEGO a Love Story | Jonathan Bender | Talks at Google

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Journalist Jonathan Bender delves into the world of Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs) and shares his experiences and insights.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the significance of the term "Dark Ages" in the AFOL community?

The term "Dark Ages" refers to the period when individuals stop playing with Lego bricks during their teenage years. It is followed by a resurgence of interest, often later in life.

Q: How do adult fans of Lego categorize themselves based on their building preferences?

Adult fans of Lego can be classified as either "customizers," who modify existing Lego bricks to create unique designs, or "purists," who prefer to build with Lego elements without any modifications.

Q: How do adult fans sort their Lego bricks?

Sorting methods vary among adult fans. They may begin by sorting bricks by color, then by shape, and eventually by individual part and color to easily locate specific elements during building.

Q: Are there any design programs recommended for building Lego creations?

Lego Digital Designer (LDD) is an official Lego program that allows users to create their own sets and kits using Lego elements available on their website. For more advanced options, the LDraw program offers a larger element and color palette.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Jonathan Bender explores the Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL) community and their passion for building and collecting Lego bricks.

  • He visits Lego headquarters in Denmark, explores conventions, and discovers the world's largest private Lego collection.

  • Bender highlights the history of Lego and its transition from wooden toys to plastic bricks, as well as the introduction of themes and mini figures.

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