An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a
family. There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at
age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of
them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master
model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who
are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of
What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down? In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he finds his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwine as he awaits the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.
Explores the world of adult fans of LEGO, from rediscovering the childhood joys of building with LEGO to evaluating LEGO's place in culture and art. Takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community taboos, and build challenges and goes behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND. Tells a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family.
Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.
About the Author
Jonathan Bender is a freelance features writer; his work has appeared in Time Out New York, Women's Health, CNN.com, ESPN.com, and the Kansas City Star. This is his first book. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Kate, and has significantly more than the 62 LEGO bricks that exist for every man, woman, and child in the world today.
Bender is a man on a mission. The mission is to explain the world of Adult Fans of LEGO. With 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world (true fact) Bender decided at the age of 30 that he was going to reconsider his childhood dream of becoming a master model maker.
LEGO: The Love Story explores the quirky and addictive world of LEGO.
By the way, if you are a closet LEGO-ite, here are his first five rules for living the dream:
1. Always have two of the parts you need when building something with a left and right side.
2. Leave your nails a little on the longer side, you're going to need them to pry apart bricks and plates; but not so long that you're headed for the Guinness Book of World Records.
3. Build what you're fascinated by in real life - you're more likely to pay attention to details and have a better eye for spacing.
4. It is always okay to begin building without an idea of what you're looking to build.
5. You can never have enough LEGO bricks. You'll always need more. This must be how vampires feel, if they had a thirst for plastic bricks and didn't eat people.
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 21st May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.5 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.57