Hello, I'm an AFOL from The Netherlands.
I started with LEGO when I was about six years old. For my seventh birthday in 1968 I got the Starter Train Set with Motor #116
. I remember well that it had cost my parents 25 Dutch guilders which was a large amount of money at that time. It equals about US$ 80 in 2012.
From the age of 6 to 14, LEGO was the only thing I played with. Then I thought it was too childish to play with it any longer and I stored my collection -with pain in my heart- into a large box.
In October 2011 (at the age of 50) I bought my first LEGO Technic set (8065) and soon after a couple of other Technic sets. It was an extreme pleasure building all those sets and I found that it was very therapeutic... it calmed me down after a hard days work. To make a long story short: after buying five Technic sets I realised that although they were fun to build I had no relationship with cars/trucks/cranes. What to do after the build? Riding them over the floor?
Then I I bought a Star Wars sets and... I was completely lost.
Not only building was great fun but there's also a story to every set.
Still I haven’t seen the complete SW Saga on film/dvd, I only saw some parts. The complete DVD set now costs quit a lot of money but it’s on my wish list.
I'm enjoying brickset very much and the discovery of so many other LEGO websites and the build & review movies on YouTube are much of a surprise for me. I'm not the only adult who loves LEGO!!
Welcome! I hope you enjoy your time in the forum.
We're just about to start building technic sets, which is odd as we have degrees in engineering and physics, you'd think we'd start there. Architecture was always my first love though :).
Glad you're here,
PS We almost moved to Papendrecht a year or so ago, I was so sad when that fell through. Hope I can visit your country some time instead.
I like your idea for a backdrop. Looks like the sands of Tatooine without double moons.