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Brickset Barbarossa Bonus Ball Bonanza - 8th October 2016

Hi All

My turn to try filling the Badger-shaped-hole for this Saturday's draw.  Hopefully everyone should be familiar with the rules, so onto the question...

How would you extol the virtues of our favourite plastic brick to a non-judgemental, but perplexed, adult... or, in simple terms, what do you say to someone who accuses you of playing with children's toys!?

This week's prize will be a couple of random polys OR £5 GBP worth of parts from my BrickLink store!!

If someone would be kind enough to pull today the list of entrants, I'd be most appreciative! Good luck everyone!!


  • LobotLobot Member Posts: 1,029
    UCS 75060..... simples!
  • CoviCovi Member Posts: 334
    I would say: "You should give it a go yourself, it is really relaxing and takes off some stress after a hard day at work!"
  • iso3200iso3200 Member Posts: 2,065
    Are you talking to me or chewing a brick?
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,176
    No different than model building back in the 70s (or now).
  • SirBenSirBen Member Posts: 592
    It's not a toy, it's a highly sophisticated interlocking brick system. I'm not playing (generally), I'm creating sculpture by addition in the medium of ABS. I'm not hording, I'm gathering art supplies. It's cheaper than therapy and helps keep me sane.
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    edited October 2016
    If it comes up (it rarely does), I just show them a picture of an AFOL orientated set, usually #10214 Tower Bridge or more recently #71040 Disney Castle. Or for People interested in Star Wars one of the UCS sets. They are always in awe. Doesn't convert them to the AFOL life, but at least they no longer find collecting plastic bricks a strange hobby for an adult.
    Putting Lego bricks together also de-stresses me, just like jigsaw puzzles do. Now, when I need to explain why I order all my jigsaw puzzles from Japan: that's a much more complicated conversation...
  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,420
    I am an artist, and my chosen medium is LEGO bricks.
  • Darthtater147Darthtater147 Member Posts: 59

    Honestly, everyone that sees my collection and what I have built wants to go and pull out their old LEGO and start building, so I have not really had to explain myself. I have had to explain why I willing to pay so much for that LEGO, but that is easy since most of my friends have expensive hobbies that many would not understand.

  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    I just show them the modulars and they are instantly impressed!
  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Member Posts: 880
    Show them the big sets 
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    I say that this is something that I can do and enjoy, alone and with my son. That it gives me great pleasure and even fulfillment since I'm limited in what I can do. Moreover it's given me the chance to hang out on this great place online!

    - I don't mind collating the list in the morning.
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,585
    Show them UCS-Set of anything and tell them it's better than bring glued to social media all the time....
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,380
    I usually agree with them as it's true, but if they are interested in why I have my fascination with Lego  I just show them what I have built in the past as that usually works.

    If they are more stubborn I show them pictures of some of the great MOCS people have built to show what's possible with Lego.

    If they are just being ass-hats about it I just show them the DS2 & SSD UCS sets on Amazon then show them built on my coffee table and for afters show them The Millennium Falcon set & say that I haven't got round to building it yet. (They don't know that it's bricklinked, but it does stop derogatory comments). :)
  • woony2woony2 Member Posts: 336
    "I've come here to kick ass and build bricks, I'm all out of kick ass" Some of you on here will understand my messed up cross reference.
  • Bricklover18Bricklover18 Member Posts: 722
    I would show them the modulars and some great MOCs. 

    If the person was mean I would ask them why they have a brick up their a**.  
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,161
    I would probably show them the more adult oriented sets. 

    I would also inquire how they think collecting Lego is any different than collecting sports cards, coins, or stamps, since they are considered more adult oriented collectors' items.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    Everyone has a hobby!
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366
    "And your point is?"
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Member Posts: 1,437
    "How would you extol the virtues of our favourite plastic brick to a non-judgemental, but perplexed, adult... or, in simple terms, what do you say to someone who accuses you of playing with children's toys!?"

    This 'non-judgemental' and 'someone who accuses you' is completely contradictory, as an accusation is by definition a judgement, or at least an allegation that you are guilty of some fault, committed an offence etc.

    However, my experience is that, although I am sometimes apprehensive about sharing my Lego hobby with people, no one so far (except my mom, who thinks that I have bought more than enough of that stuff; well she can sod off!) of all my friends and acquaintances, girl friends/special lady friends etc. have judged me for being a Lego fan.
    And if they do; those that mind don't matter, and those that matter usually don't mind.

    And otherwise I will just tell 'em to: 'get the fudge out of my house! '
  • SalamalexSalamalex Member Posts: 297
    The Taj Mahal
  • TkattTkatt Member Posts: 472
    I compare my Lego city to model railroading. I then explain how I've been dreaming of and collecting bricks for my city since I was six years old. Most people are impressed by my 30+ years commitment towards my goal. 
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,144
    You only consider it childish because you stopped playing
  • cmrt1014cmrt1014 Member Posts: 396
    I don't.  I enjoy building with Lego, and find it relaxing and stress reducing.  I hope they have such an enjoyable hobby.

  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,781
    I just get on with my life and don't worry what anyone else thinks any more. But if I was trying to win approval I'd say it was better than smoking or drinking and I still have the Lego in the morning.
  • sukhsukh Member Posts: 142
    Relax yourself and give it a go
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Member Posts: 1,063
    "Try it! It's very relaxing and fun."
  • DoctorMcGannDoctorMcGann Member Posts: 37
    "It's really satisfying and fun, and it makes you think while you're doing it!"
  • FodderFodder Member Posts: 356
    The age range in the box is just a suggestion...
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    edited October 2016
    What else is there to do with my mom's basement?
  • solid_stridersolid_strider Member Posts: 209
    edited October 2016
    My plastic crack dealer gave me a free sample and now I'm hooked! 
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    Tell them about Mindstorms.
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 265
    To each his own...I won't disparage your crack use and you leave me be with my bricks. 8D
  • MasterBeefyMasterBeefy Member Posts: 122
    No, I just collect the boxes.
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Member Posts: 496
    Because I have a wild and impulsive past history I just say that there are many, many worse ways I could spend my time or my money. Or, "How do you like me now!"
  • thenosthenos Member Posts: 444
    It's a lot of fun. You should try it. 
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    Growing up is optional, why let go of that spark of carefree childlike blissfulness.
  • messymessy Member Posts: 253
    It's good for your mind, body and soul.
  • alldarkeralldarker Member Posts: 224
    Lego holds its value!
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    I don't give a brick what you think! :D
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty Member Posts: 545
    I believe I used the phrase "It's and excellent creative medium" while buying someones childhood collection once. 
  • Does your wife know how much those clubs actually cost?
  • janscjansc Member Posts: 60
    Does this UCS Falcon look like a toy? It sure isn't priced like one.
  • kezkez Member Posts: 831
    edited October 2016
    Since when did you become an old fart? XD
  • carnage717carnage717 Member Posts: 166
    Tell them at least I'm not wasting money on alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.
  • MextenMexten Member Posts: 73
    I say building with Lego is like meditating.
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