Some background. I am working on a project for my sociology class where I have to research a given community and write a paper about said community. Why I chose to research the Lego Community will become clear in a bit.
But first, We need to get the boring disclaimers out of the way.
There are two intentions behind creating this topic
- To gather information for my project
- More importantly, I genuinely want to know how others were introduced to Lego, what role it played in how they grew up, and what they’ve done with their passions.
Furthermore, all of this is optional. I do not want anyone feeling as though they have no say in what is and isn’t used in the project. If at any point in time you do not wish that I use your story in my paper then all you have to do is contact me. I also don’t want anyone to feel that they have to agree in order to participate in the discussion. Feel free to contribute as much or little as you would like.
With all that out of the way, I’ll start with my story.
I first got into Lego when I was 6, getting the Bionicle Inika Nuparu and Brutaka sets. Over the next 10 years I acquired various Bionicle (both G1 and G2), Hero Factory, and Technic sets, amassing a sizable amount of parts in the process. After a decade of collecting I was forced to lock up the majority of my supply in storage in anticipation of the House selling. I still had a small cache (thanks in large part to both of my big tubs literally over flowing), but the parts I had to work with had greatly diminished. Probably my two most notable creations during this time was my interpretation of Makuta rendered in CCBS (capable of combining with a slightly modified version of the 2016 Uniter Tahu set into first a centaur-like creature, then into a more humanoid combination) which was later retooled to look like a dragon (sadly disassembled because he used too many parts), and what essentially amounts to a re-skin of said Tahu Set that attempts to capture his original Nuva look (wasn’t a very big fan of all the gold).
Once I left for college I discovered a little program known as Lego Digital Designer. By spending more hours than I care to admit on LDD, I was able to hone my skill with Technic and created five completely custom Toa on the program (never did get around to making a Toa of Fire). Unfortunately they all used pieces that I either didn’t have, or simply didn’t exist in the color that I needed them in. After those five I put a hold on messing with Lego (digital or otherwise) for the next few months, during which time I pretty much forgot everything that I had learned about Technic. It wasn’t until this last summer that I was able to get my hands on my full supply, including what had been locked away in storage. With full access to every single piece that had been collected over 15 years, I set about creating My first ever self-MOC in the flesh (er, plastic?). Because of those few months away from LDD, I was essentially starting from scratch. It was actually kinda like learning a new language. In a similar way to how a mostly Hispanic kitchen staff can make you regret forgetting three years of Spanish class (true story), not knowing all of the potential uses of any given Technic piece drove me mad. Even so, I don’t regret forgetting all that I had learned, because if I’m being honest, the experience of relearning everything brought a very euphoric sensation, as if all the secrets of the universe were being revealed to me. In the end, this is what I came up with: The powerful yet reckless Toa of Stone, Nova.
The upper torso is a modified version of a design created by the youtuber Kemzal (Just a heads up I have attained permission to feature his design in this post, Full credit to him for the original design).
Following the completion of my self-moc I gave away my entire supply to the son of one of my coworkers as a way of sharing my love for Bionicle and Technic with the next generation.
As for why I’ve chosen the what I have (that being the Lego community), there are three questions driving my research:
- How were you introduced to Lego?
- What role has it played in your life’s story?
- Have you experienced a similar euphoric experience to what I described? If so, How is it similar or different? Did it have to do with something completely different? What do you think caused it?