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Fast-forward 30 years, and after a trip to LEGOLAND with my daughter where we looked around the LEGO Star Wars exhibition and my wife encouraged me to buy a souvenir from the shop, I'm hooked.
So it's partly nostalgia for me - which is why I only collect OT sets, but I also love all the recent advances in LEGO parts and building techniques.
For me 2015 was the perfect time to come out of my dark age - there aren't actually many retired sets I would have wanted. For one I'm glad that TLG is redesigning some of the earlier OT UCS sets. I already have the X-wing and can't wait for the Snowspeeder.
I don't intend to buy more sets than I have room to display, so cost isn't so much of an issue. As a kid I couldn't have dreamed that TLG would be making these sets and I would be able to have any that I wanted...
I had met a woman at that time whose son was 8 and had numerous SW sets, and I was fascinated with the builds and figures being a long time SW fan. So I started buying sets for my son and putting them aside for when he became a little older.
Well, one night I became bored and decided to gently open a few sets and build them, wanting to repackage again when finished, and that was it - I was hooked!
When 10030 came out I knew I had to have it, and started checking out older sets I had missed. The collecting craze commenced...
13 years later and my love for LEGO has only grown - it's fun, interesting, versatile - my motivation is clearly the amount of satisfaction I get when building, playing, collecting, sorting, and reading about these little plastic bricks.
It has become quite a passion in my life!
Walking into his bedroom hoarded with Lego elements in the summer of 2015, mostly Bionicle and Chima sets, I found the idea of building Legos as a very difficult hobby because of all the search for the sets. When I completed a creation used with random plates and bricks, he told me that with your very own imagination, as well as your own hand-eye coordination, you are more than welcome to build Legos.
When I got home from visiting my friend, I asked my Facebook friends if building Legos would be a great hobby for an adult. Let me tell you, 99.9% of my friends agree. On the following week, I entered the Lego Shop trying to start off with a cheap and small set. When I bought my first set, so did my legendary fortune of building Legos as a hobby.
To this day, heading into 2016, I will never forget what my friend did to motivate me into building Legos.
While I have more than a mild collector obsession with the various themes, once I actually get to build with the brick, I'm able to focus on the process and put all the day's stresses out of my mind. Completing a build (especially a big one) brings a nice feeling of accomplishment. That kind of therapeutic action is the main reason I still love building with Lego, and the OCD-collection-ism should ensure that I will always have a new set or 20 from which to build...
On the nostalgia side of it, LEGO has been the perfect vehicle as it was a big part of my childhood. Being reunited with it after a couple decades was a revelation of sorts. Star Wars drew me in like a tractor beam while Superhero figs keep me hungry for more. Combined with other licensed lines like LotR/Hobbit, TLR, Cars, PotC, etc. ties it all into my passion for pop culture. Its a good embodiment of my childhood and the 80's growing up. Now all we need is some Transformers and GI Joe themes.
I think that overall, a big part of its appeal is that of all miniature worlds: order, systemisation, control - difficult to achieve in our complex real world. :) But there's also the pleasant chaos of a big box of mixed Lego bits, and the enjoyment of letting the parts you have determine what you build. Yet you can also creatively rebuild even a tiny set in so many ways. The collectability of it doesn't hurt either - I love hunting for things, and the number of sets produced means that there's always something else to hanker after.
I like how it dovetails with my other interests - one of the happiest weekends I can remember spending involved visiting two real castles and then going home and watching one medieval-set movie after another while building some Castle sets. :)
Besides, Hallmark ornaments are childish or for old ladies.
No need to feel shame for something that is shameless!
I represent a lot kids, so they are often confused as to why some bearded guy in a suit has shelves full of Lego. It helps build trust.
Although none of them have a clue as to what the Ecto-1 or DeLorean Time Machine are...
(I should also probably note that the minifigures don't argue with me, either. And they don't complain about my ideas or urban planning suggestions.)
the Half built location play set's do not do anything for me. Ship's, airplanes, Spaceships, Car's, models that can be view from all sides them i nice to have.
it hard to explain.
i also think it may have some thing to do with my hording that i can not stop my self from doing. if i think it can be useful i will keep it.