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LEGO Film: AFOL – A Documentary

There is a really nicely done documentary by Solid Brix Studios that was recently shared at the LEGO Ambassador Network. LEGO is mostly known for kids to imagine and play with, but what about adults? LEGO is one of the most iconic toys that have lasted through the decades, especially for adult fans who dedicate their time, money, and passion to the hobby. AFOL – A Documentary features a diverse group of builders from across the United States, Canada, and Denmark and will explore what it means to be an adult fan of LEGO.

AFOL – A Documentary is a 19-minute long film, giving a glimpse into the life of adult LEGO fans via interviews and footage from various LEGO conventions, exhibits, LEGO User Group meetings, and private LEGO rooms. Kevin Hall from Solid Brix Studios shared that over a year’s worth of work went into producing the video. It is beautifully filmed and edited and is a pleasure to watch. See below.

LEGO fans featured in the video share their projects via LEGO fan conventions, social media, YouTube, LEGO User Group events, museums, hospitals, and more. Here are the links to their online profiles (whenever available), in case you want to check out their other work: Kevin Hinkle, Robert Murphy, Joshua Hanlon, Matthew Fanelli, Frederik Rabol Madsen, Jhaelon Edwards Smith, Palle & Tina Haulrich, Kat Harris, Nathaniel Stoner, and Sacha Erhardtsen.

What do you think? How did you like this LEGO documentary about adult LEGO fans? Do you have similar experiences as an AFOL?  Are you considered a nerd by your friends and family? Do you belong to a LEGO User Group, go to conventions, etc. or prefer to enjoy the hobby by yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • jabber-baby-wocky June 3, 2019, 12:59 PM

    This was nice! I wish they would have added the location for each afol featured in the video. I think they only did it for the couple in Denmark.

  • Martin June 3, 2019, 1:52 PM

    This is a very nice interview. I would love to see a longer version with more people featured. The Star Wars builds of Jhaelon are out of this world!

  • DavidH June 3, 2019, 2:39 PM

    Greatly appreciate this documentary. As Martin, said, I wish it was longer. I hope the creator makes more videos like this. I enjoyed watching it.

  • Legostuff14 June 3, 2019, 2:45 PM

    Wow! So awesome interviews. It make me think about where I stand in the Lego community. The things I learned from collecting and building Lego sets . You should never compare your work with other people’s work. When i first started collecting Lego sets and wanted to try a to build a moc . I was always was intimidated by the challenge that its not going to be good enough like everybody else’s. You are you and your creation is your own be proud of it . I’ve been collecting Lego sets for about 12 years and I’ve gotten better at creating moc’s for my city and other things . Like set and / or themes for lord of the rings and the hobbit. I built a hobbit hole because I couldn’t afford the one that Lego made as a set. I finale did get it ” Unexpected Journey set”. Then I made beorn’s house. It was open on top for play ability. I tried to make radagast’s home but, the tree that wraps around his house look kind of Blocky but I kept it anyways. Now I use it for my battle ready little red Riding Hood ( wolves beware). I haven’t been to a Lego meeting in a while but, I do go on various websites to learn and watch other people’s creations and ideas. I’m kinda a loner. Would love to meet more people to talk about Lego.

    • Håkan June 3, 2019, 8:17 PM

      Yeah, I know the story. Further down the hobbit hole…

    • admin June 3, 2019, 11:45 PM

      Thanks for sharing! Looks like you are having fun, so, as you said, it doesn’t matter what you build and how it compares to the builds of others. We can always appreciate the creations of others and get inspiration from them, but still build our own thing. As far as meeting other LEGO fans, if there are any conventions, clubs, or displays in your area, you might find some likeminded friends. 🙂

  • TomTom June 3, 2019, 2:46 PM

    This was very cool (watched it at work). Kevin Hinkle is the first guy in the video, right? I don’t think his name was added to the video. He is a great guy and used to work for Lego. I follow him on twitter.

    • admin June 3, 2019, 11:46 PM

      Yep, that’s Kevin. I follow him on Twitter too. He is also a really good artist! 🙂

  • LEGOJeff June 3, 2019, 3:19 PM

    Great documentary! I don’t know what squabbles AFOLs have as I’m not part of a LUG, but if it’s just about how to sort bricks, that’s not too serious. Every community will have its own drama. But as long as members keep building together, I’m sure they can sort out (ha-ha, see what I did there?) their differences.

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