I’ve been building LEGO® models regularly for about five years now and learned so much in the process. Most of that knowledge came from passive osmosis of ideas that comes from going to shows and crawling the internet, but the best ideas have come from communicating directly with other builders, and for that reason I am going to start holding workshops here at Brick Root HQ. Continue reading Workshops
Given any reasonable population of LEGO enthusiasts, there will crop up stores that specialize in used bricks. We have a chain of them around these parts that go by the name: Bricks and Minifigs. Most of their business seems to come from the collectables market (that I don’t have much use for), but they also feature big tables of used bricks. Continue reading Diggin’ in the Tables
The flip side of all the building that I’ve been doing is that I’m terribly behind in my sorting. A well sorted collection is key to being able to build well (since a piece you can’t find is a piece you don’t have). With Bricks Cascade behind me, it is time to get busy disassembling unwanted models, parting out sets, and sorting all those elements.
I’ve had to dial back my LEGO budget recently, which means that I’ve had to make my purchases count. This last weekend, I made a trip to my local LEGO store on the way to the monthly LUG meeting. With three empty Pick-A-Brick cups in my pack, I set out on my bike to see what treasures I could unearth. Continue reading February Cups
I am currently sitting at the Hillsboro Washington County Museum, listening to my darling husband and his PortLUG (Portland LEGO User Group) buddies talk about where they should set up Micropolis, mecha, and more. I actually know what those terms mean. I also have a paper cut on my left hand from a LEGO instruction manual. I got that the other day when I was helping my son with a set. You could say that I am involved in the world that is LEGO. Continue reading Life on the Edge of LEGO
Last summer, the Lego Stores made some adjustments to their Pick-a-Brick walls. Word on the street was that we would be seeing more thematic parts selection, and for a while that seemed to be true. A whole slew of ‘Friends’ themed elements (all those bright colors) started showing up and individual bins were getting signage to indicate that they would complement different themes. Then the wall started to get stagnant. Continue reading Pick-a-Model
This last week I made two trips to my local Lego store. I hadn’t planned it that way, but curiosity about the contents of the pick-a-brick wall took me there once on my own and then we took a family trip to the mall on the weekend. Two trips and two large cups of elements.