Hello, I’m Caz, and I have loved LEGO since I was a small child.
My friends and I used to play a game where we would gather a huge pile of LEGO, build the most teetering and fragile wheeled contraptions, with bricks stacked high and outriggers hanging wide. Then we would give them one almighty shove along the carpet and see whose went the furthest before disintegrating. All great fun.
In the late 1970’s, LEGO brought out what is now termed the Classic Space themed sets (I’m also a space nut), and I was hooked. I had a large collection. But as I passed through my teens they gathered dust on the shelf and eventually I sold them to a friend’s little brother. Oh, how I regret that now! [And have been gradually re-collecting the sets I used to own at great expense.]
And so, I entered what Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) call their Dark Age. No LEGO, but plenty of other things to take up my time and money.
I got bitten again a little bit, early in 2010, when I started collecting the Minifigures which came in little poly bags. The rekindling of my love of LEGO took some time, but in 2012 I went to Florida with some friends and we visited the amazing Kennedy Space Center and LEGOLand Florida. I treated myself to the fantastic Space Shuttle set, complete with detachable rocket boosters and a little satellite in the payload bay. I left the box in the US and brought several bags of bits back in my suitcase, stuffed into various nooks and crannies. It took ages to build when I got home, but it then took pride of place on my shelf.
Fast forward to 2016, and with a few more Minifigs under my belt, I bought a some of the Star Wars Microfighters sets to amuse myself with building during some down time at work. They got made up and then sat in a drawer for a while.
In 2017, along came the NASA Apollo Saturn V set from the LEGO Ideas range. I just had to get one to go with my Shuttle, of course. And this introduced me to some other great sets from the Ideas theme – including Dr Who’s Tardis (inside and out), The Big Bang Theory (a favourite TV show of mine) and the excellent Women of NASA set.
And bang, all of a sudden I was hooked again, but what to build? I hadn’t attempted a MOC for about 30 years! I fiddled around with some bricks and came up with a most unsatisfactory little church. Then I discovered the Micropolis Standard while browsing online, and I instantly fell in love with the concept. Now I’m planning all sorts of Micropolis modules, both virtual and real. I’ll be blogging about them as they get built.
The most recent stage in my conversion to committed AFOL was to attend my first London AFOLs meetup near Euston in November 2017. I met a great bunch of people who were really welcoming, and I’m more than happy to go back again soon. No doubt I’ll do a little write up after each meeting.
I also plan to ramble on about any other LEGO-related business which I find interesting. I hope you do too.