The world of AFOL (Adult Fans of Lego)

Come on, we know you’re out there. You’re the parents who muscle in on your kids’ Lego creations, who intercept the Lego Club magazine in the mail to see what the new release kits include or who are up building long after the kids are in bed. Admit it, you are an AFOL.

Check out this fantastic documentary about Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs). Apart from the jaw-dropping Lego creations, you get the chance to meet some superstars of the Lego world. There’s Josh, also known as Brickstud, whose style is described as whimsical and whose creations include amazing insects and sea creatures. There’s also Mark, who specialises in robots with moving parts – “I imagine a world inside my head. I let that travel down my arms to the brick and see what comes out of it.”

The documentary includes footage from BrickCon, a Lego convention where enthusiasts show off their creations and participate in Lego challenges such as the ‘Speed Build’ and the ‘101 Piece Challenge’. The thing that I enjoyed most about this documentary is the AFOLs’ enthusiasm. Their delight in showing specific bricks, in finding particular pieces and watching ideas come to life is evident. You also hear them say more than once about their designs, “No! They’re not kits!”

Grab a cuppa before you start watching this clip – it is half an hour, but half an hour well spent.

(via Gizmodo)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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