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The LEGO building experience…

by admin on March 6, 2013

in Community Articles

(Written by Chad Collins of Your Creative Friends)

Building a LEGO set is more than simply playing with a toy; it is an experience. For those minutes, hours, or in some cases, days spent assembling a LEGO set, something special transpires. It is during this time that your mind is solely focused on accomplishing a single task. All distractions dissipate, and you become one with the LEGO set. You find yourself in a bubble of serenity, one you never want to leave…

LEGO Reviewer Chad Collins from Your Creative Friends

This is me with my new LEGO Architecture set

After giving the LEGO box-art one last look, you break the seal and dump the contents waiting for you inside. Out come the instruction manuals, the clear plastic bags of LEGO bricks, and maybe even a sticker-sheet. You get everything into position and grab the first bag. The distinct crinkling sound of the plastic bags full of LEGO bricks symbolizes the beginning of your journey; however long or short it may be…

As the LEGO pieces lay scattered before you, waiting to be assembled, you peruse the pile for unique elements that you may have never seen before. Your mind starts to wander as you daydream about the new possibilities they provide. However, you quickly snap back to the task at hand and begin the build…

You open the instruction-book and first begin assembling the minifigures. Once they are complete, you set them aside but not too far away. You look at them, and they look right back at you. They will have the best view of all, watching you complete the set. They are stoic but excited. They need you to complete the set for them. You give them purpose. This build is for them as much as it is for you…

LEGO Review Channel Your Creative Friends

My daughter and I reviewing a LEGO set (see video below)

As the build continues, more bags of LEGO bricks are spilled and sorted as you begin to imagine what the set will look like when it’s done. The first feelings of pride begin to emerge. You know that the end is near, which makes you both happy and sad. While ecstatic about the accomplishment of completing the build, you quickly begin to think about what your next set might be. A true builder never rests…

Your new LEGO set is now built! You test the clever play-features and show them off to your friends and family. They congratulate you and ask things like “You built that all by yourself?” You proudly tell them, “Yes, I did!” which brings a smile to your face and theirs…

This LEGO set could have been a gift or something you saved up for. It could have been the first LEGO set in a specific theme or the one that completes your collection. It could have been brand new or one you had your eye on for a while. You may keep this LEGO set on display for days, weeks, or longer, or you may quickly break it down to work on your own creations. What comes next is your choice. You earned it…

What do you think? Do you have similar experiences when you build a LEGO set? Does it make you feel proud or excited? Or even meditative and serene? Please feel free to share your own realizations below. Would love to hear from you! ;)

My name is Chad Collins and this is my first article here at TBB. My daughter and I run a YouTube channel called Your Creative Friends (YCF), where we review new LEGO sets (as you can see in the video above). If you have some time please stop by for a visit! Thank you! :)

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan March 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM

he nailed it dead on :-)

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Strider March 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Beat me by two minutes :) I agree, he did do an excellent job explaining it.

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Chad Collins (YCF) March 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Thanks Ryan & Strider. It is good to know that you share these feelings too.

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Legoman640 March 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

That’s really touching…. :smile: Welcome to The Brick Blogger Chad! I plan on checking out your channel as soon as I can.

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Eric at a LEGO a Day March 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Yes, this article was perfectly written. Very heart felt. I look forward to checking out their YouTube channel!

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Strider March 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I too love the experience of building a lego set, everything just comes together so nicely, and it’s so much fun discovering new pieces that you somehow missed, (even after countless hours of looking at the picture in the LEGO magazine.) While I usually get the set for the car, plane, house, etc the minifigures always surprise me with the nice little details. I think Lego has done an excellent job in delivering a prodct that is fun for everybody, and terribly addicting. (A very good thing to be addicted to though.) Oh and nice Architecture set by the way :)

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Robin hood March 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ya think i like the mininifigs the best but then agan the minifigs woldint be any fun with out the peces wuld they

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Chris of Yoda Archives March 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Nice article, You summed up the fun of LEGO to a Tee. I’ll follow you on Twitter and Facebook.

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ninja of awesomeness March 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

what he just said is the same thing that goes through my head, kinda cool. he nailed it… perfectly

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Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) March 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Your article is like a poem. So beautiful.

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Chad Collins (YCF) March 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Thanks Taryn. So happy it touched you.

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admin March 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I agree… that was my thought exactly when I first read it. :)

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Robin hood March 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

It made me think of the ultra sonic radar i love that set :)

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NinjaMelissa July 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

When I built my Ninjago sets, I felt exactly like how you described! Well… my parents didn’t really show that much emotion when I built the Ultra Sonic Raider or any other of my sets. Oh well they were a blast to build!

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) March 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I HATE THEIR REVIEWS! I am sorry, but I do.

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Håkan March 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Could you come up with some more constructive criticism?

Or is it merely that their personal style aren’t to your liking?

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admin March 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Jay, please treat others as you would like to be treated. Everyone appreciated constructive feedback if delivered compassionately and with the intent of helping someone to improve. Chad wrote an inspiring article to share with our readers – other fans of the LEGO hobby. He also shares the hobby with his children and they have fun together playing, and making video reviews that many people appreciate. If you don’t like them don’t watch them. But to tell Chad and his lovely family that you hate what the are doing… not to best way to welcome a new contributor to our community. :|

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) March 6, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I am sorry…I don’t know why I said that…

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Eric at a LEGO a Day March 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Well, why don’t you edit it then? Or better yet, delete it?

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admin March 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Eric, it is not possible to delete your own comment on blogs. That’s why I suggested to count to three before hitting the send button. ;)

I can edit and detele comments by request, but I only do it if there is some absolutely dire need (like someone publicly posted their email address and wants to retract it). It is really best to take a moment to think before hitting that button. That’s what differentiate blogging from places like YouTube; using our brains. :roll:

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Robin hood March 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I like em a lot they did a really good job showing ever thin .

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Chris of Yoda Archives March 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Just realized you did that amazing pick a brick cup tutorial. I bookmarked that video a long time ago. I’m looking forward to whenmy son is old enough to build stuff with me.

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Chad Collins (YCF) March 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Funny! When we did that video, we had no idea if people would watch or not. We are happy you found it useful.

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Strider March 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I found the review very good, it contained everything I look for in such a video. It was straight, down to the point, and really well done. I ecspecially liked how you showed everything straight out of the box. So many other reviews focus only on the set after it is completed and we get no look into the build structure.

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Aidan March 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Man! You explained it just how it is. Really want to buy a set now!

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Allen March 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Great read! It inspires me to break out some unopened sets and start building again.

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) March 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I am leaving TBB, well..i wont be commenting. From what i said i fell like i am a jerk! :(

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admin March 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Jay, there is no need to crawl under a rock. We all have bad days and you already said you are sorry. I thought your comment was highly out of character as you are normally lighthearted, friendly and funny. It’s usually a good idea to count to three before hitting the send button. ;)

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) March 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

yeah…ok….

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Robin hood March 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Hey admin it would be really funny if you commented as some one else i mean get our e male wen we comment

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admin March 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Hm… I’m not sure if others would appreciate that even if done as something for fun. That would be pretty much identity theft. I wouldn’t want that happen to me, and I would not want to do that to others. Besides, I’m yacking enough already. There is no need for me to get a second identity to do that. :mrgreen:

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jpcpmp March 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I don’t really care for there videos. It’s just not my style. I watch Doctor Brik Daddy on YouTube. I also like the BrickShow’s reviews

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Frank March 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Interesting…

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CD's Lego Blog March 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

WOW! This is like a poem! It’s beautiful! :,)

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Chad Collins (YCF) March 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Glad you enjoyed the style of the article.

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) March 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

who saw the final epicsode of clone wars season 5? I was crying so much! I hope Ahsoka returns to the jedi order :( :’(

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Jay March 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I completely agree with the above statements, this article is spot on. Nice job!

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Chad Collins (YCF) March 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Thanks Jay! We plan to contribute here on a regular basis.

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Legoman640 March 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Awesome!

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Xi ninja March 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Wow, you caught the feeling of the moment really well! 8o

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Xi ninja March 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Oops, I meant to do this. 8-0

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Xi ninja March 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

That didn’t work either?! :shock:

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Legoman640 March 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Try typing the text for your smiley.

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Legoman640 March 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM
LisaLL April 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Well written! That exactly describes how I feel about LEGO building – I could identify with every word! How awesome that you can share this hobby with your daughter! LEGO has been a family hobby since my son was old enough to play with them instead of choke on them. He’s in college now and occupied with friends, girlfriend and exams, but his Christmas gift to me was 2 sets AND spending time with me to build them together.

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