The Secret Underground World of Lego

I’ve not played with my Legos nearly enough lately! This little snippet has reminded me to get back to it! Anyway, this is a great little description of one AFOL‘s transition out of the “dark ages.”* On the one hand Hillel’s story mirrors mine… On the other hand, at least he had the excuse of having a 4-year-old kid to get him back into it.

* Disclaimer: There is a little bit of “language” in this video, so I wouldn’t watch in front of the kids.

HT: Bill Ward

Wittenberg Bricks

Happy Reformation Day! I could not pass up blogging on this little Lego creation by Chris Wunz – “The 95 Theses.” This vignette depicts the historic day when Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, Germany. The event sparked the Protestant Reformation on October 31, 1517.

I love the statues and stained glass above the doors. See Chris’s Flickr set for detail shots.

HT: VignetteBricks

Lego Reference Desk

I put together this little Lego vignette depicting me at the Reference Desk at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I decided to pick my favorite part of the year for the scene – the first Reading Week – when all of the Interpreting the New Testament (NT502) are working on their word studies. I’ve seen this frantic look all too often. I feel sorry for the harried students, but it’s nice to feel needed. ;^) Here’s a link to the Brickshelf Gallery, and here’s another to my Facebook album.

The Lego Group – Amazing Customer Service

I’m quite excited. In a few days I’ll get a new Lego set in the mail – the 2008 Castle Advent Calendar.

A few weeks ago it was announced that this great little set (complete with a whole bunch of new minifigs) was not going to be released in North America (to the great disappointment of many Lego fans). So, a few blogs (for instance, The Brothers Brick) encouraged fans to contact Lego in protest. Many did, including myself. I was quite surprised to get a voicemail this past week from The Lego Group informing me that a limited number of sets would be available in the US, and that they were giving fans the opportunity to get one. Now that’s customer service! They listened to their fan-base, they responded, and they even took the time to contact them with the offer. Wow!

It’s exciting to get this set. When I was a kid I was a big Lego Castle fan! Since returning to Lego as an adult I’ve not purchased any Castle sets. This will be my first! I’m excited to start the collection with such a good set.

Oh, and by the way, at BrickCon 2008 the Lego Group announced a new Castle Medieval Market Village. Very nice!

a modular lego townhouse

Last week my wife was away visiting family. While she was gone, I spent a few evenings working on this Lego townhouse. The model was based on misc2006’s alternate model for set 4954. It is compatible with other modular Lego models (e.g. Cafe Corner, Market Street, and Green Grocer). I used mainly pieces from 4954, but I did supplement the model with pieces not found in that set.

Lego – A Grievous Alternative

Late last Friday night I spent a few hours playing with Lego blocks – my new obsession… I put together an alternate model for the 7656-1 General Grievous Starfighter. I’ve been reading various Lego blogs and catching up on new building techniques that have developed since I stopped playing with Legos 20 years ago, and I decided to give some of them a try. Well, here’s the finished product. It was my first original model in the past two decades. Overall, I don’t think it’s too shabby. It’s amazing how cathartic it is to have a non-academic, non-book, non-computer hobby! (Click the thumbnail/this link to see other views of the model.)


So, I’ve decided to embark on a new hobby – one that does not involve “reading” or “research” and one that takes me back to the family room floor during my childhood. I’m going to start building with Legos again. Boy, I wish I had all the bricks I had when I was a kid. I had pirate ships, space ships, and castles. I remember fondly having all of the collection in one big tupperware container. My younger brother and I would fight over all the “good pieces” (the neat little intricate guns, walkie-talkies, and swords that went with the minifigures). I think I lost a certain frequency range of my hearing from all the times I clawed my way through the big bin looking for that one tiny little piece that would complete my latest creation (it’s a sound I’ll never forget). So, forgive my waxing nostalgic, but I figured I’d vent my desire to regress into childhood. If you happen to have Legos and want to get rid of them, contact me!

Oh, and by the way – “lego” in Homeric Greek (λέγω) can mean “to gather” (LSJ), and it is used at least once in the context of “picking out stones for building a wall” (Ody. 18.359). A similar meaning is given to the Latin, lĕgo (Lewish & Short). The original name “Lego” is derived from the Danish leg godt, meaning “play well” (Wikipedia).