Oh hello there!
So you want to have a place to discuss LEGO bricks? What's that? You don't know what LEGO bricks are?
LEGO bricks, which most other people know about already, are a line of construction toys based out of Denmark. They are widely regarded as the best toy ever made in the history of mankind.
The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well". The name could also be interpreted as "I put together" and "I assemble" in Latin
Part of the appeal of the LEGO product is its universality. For instance, all bricks made after the year 1958 are completely compatible, even with the bricks in the set you just picked up yesterday.
Bricks, beams, axles, gears, mini figures, and all other parts in the Lego system are manufactured to an exacting degree of precision. When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of strength and flexibility mixed together to stick together. They must stay together until pulled apart. They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the resulting constructions would be unstable; they also cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 µm.
The bolded part is probably the biggest contributor to the success of the product; LEGO bricks are famous for the ability to be assembled in so many configurations almost anything is possible.
The other major contributors to the success of the product is the aesthetic appeal coupled with the official licensing of a very popular franchise...
With the addition of the TECHNIC
line, LEGO introduced pieces like gears and axles, which allow for creations such as a LEGO microtome
that can cut down to 250 microns.
A lot of LEGO fans are crazy
LEGO aficionados are also famous for having some terrible
acronyms for building terms.
AFOL- Adult fan of LEGO
MOC- My Own Creation
SNOT- Studs not on Top (meaning, your model is not just built by stacking bricks vertically. this is also the worst acronym ever
LEGO has also licensed some really cool
LEGO also has a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG coming out in the future, and we have a thread
Needless to say, I am very excited
for that last thing.
I have a lot of LEGO bricks
NOTE: these are now all sorted and organized by color. Mostly.
I also build some cool things sometimes:
sorry for blurry
Are you sad because you cannot afford enough LEGO bricks, or because you gave them all away as you got older? Never fear, the LEGO Digital Designer
is here! You can use this program to build with virtual bricks (and then even order the exact bricks used to make that set, along with building instructions in case you forgot, or are gifting it to someone!)
The designer is a bit cumbersome, but it is better than NOT playing with LEGO!
P.S- this PDF
(go to the link and download it) is my bible. Read it and learn.
P.P.S- Excepting the last four images and the LEGO Tie Fighter, all the others (I think) were taken from Brothers-Brick.com
, which is a pretty good portal if you want to look at cool things or dip your toe into the LEGO community.
P.P.P. S. (this is going to get cumbersome as I add more inevitably, much like when I build things!)- Bogart suggested all those people who are 'to old for LEGO', or who feel odd going to pick them up in Target, read this