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What Are Your Top Tips to Adults New to LEGO?

There has been an interesting discussion on the LEGO Ambassador Network about adults discovering or rediscovering the joys of building with LEGO. Some of these adult LEGO fans are discovering the hobby for the first time in their lives, while others are reintroduced to it after a long hiatus (often through their own children). In the past couple of years, LEGO has been putting a lot of effort into reaching adults with their now 18+ collection, and the recent pandemic also played a big role in people looking for creative hobbies they can enjoy at home.

On the LEGO Ambassador Network, we were asked to provide feedback on the following question; thinking back to when you first got into the hobby, what would be your top 3 tips to an adult? Especially those who are only now discovering the joys of LEGO? The responses will be shared with the creative team of the LEGO Marketing Agency and used to support an understanding of what might be helpful for new adults to become more immersed in the hobby.

Ambassadors have been sharing various tips and suggestions based on their own experiences, but I also thought to ask our community as it could lead to an interesting discussion. So what would you say? What would be your top 3 tips to an adult who is just getting into the hobby? Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below! And to see the kind of marketing LEGO is using to target adults, visit the Adults Welcome section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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  • Rob March 13, 2021, 11:21 AM

    I got into Lego as an adult due to a birthday request of one on my nephews. Toys R Us had a officially licensed Ferrari and I figured, “Well, I’m not going to own one in real life, so why not?”

    Tip #1. Pick a theme or interest you like.

    Tip #2 If you have room, a “work station” like a good sized table with plenty of room to set out pieces, the building instructions and the work in progress really helps.

    Tip #3 The brick separator is your (and your finger nails) friend! Oh, and if you get more into this hobby, I like using a PC with the instructions in PDF files from Lego, with PC on the floor and a monitor attached to a swing arm. Saves space!

    Tip #4. This hobby is both addictive and expensive. Run! Run for your life! Runnnnnn!
    Just kidding.
    Mostly. 😀

    • Elizabeth Leaverton March 13, 2021, 1:09 PM

      I would add a tip that teenagers in your neighborhood are always getting rid of sets. I find a wealth of them on Facebook marketplace. This comes with the added bonus of helping a teenager get money for their dreams.

  • Legostuff14 March 13, 2021, 1:06 PM

    Yeah, no kidding Rob. It is very addictive. I’ve been collecting and building lego sets for about twenty years( and still going but, slowing down too. Due to fewer spaces to display my sets). Besides, it’s better to be a ” kid” than to be an adult. The fact that Lego has come up with a way for us adults to get away with being a “kid ” and still be an adult at the same time. However, it doesn’t matter what level of interest you in this hobby. I live by this thought ” if adults can make it or create it , then why can’t adults use it too.” 🤔 as I said many times before. Building is a form of play. To change a once popular phrase ” I don’t want to grow up because if I did I wouldn’t be a Lego kid” . Lol!😁

  • Santa Ron March 13, 2021, 1:08 PM

    Be careful! Buy a couple sets and before you know it you’ll have a whole room full! 🎅🏼

  • Grim March 13, 2021, 4:46 PM

    My advice is to avoid the advice of Lego ambassadors. The worst people to ask would be a Lego ambassador. They are ego driven and so far up Lego’s proverbial butt they don’t know what people want. They will support any Lego set no matter what the truth. The biggest mistake they seem to make is telling people that Lego is a family friendly toy. It can be so much more! Adult play!! I build dungeons and kink related creations. I promote adult Lego as truly adult. My stream is for only those 18 years and above and we do talk about kink and human sexuality while building the ice cream truck or Brickheads or Star Wars..

  • Legostuff14 March 13, 2021, 7:56 PM

    To late. I have a Lego room. In fact, I’m trying to cut back on my buying Lego sets.,but, it’s not easy. In fact I’m afraid that pretty soon I’ll be hiding in a cave a start calling the Lego sets my precious. Lol!

  • Legostuff14 March 14, 2021, 12:42 PM

    You kinda have make your own choices when you start or get into a hobby. What interests you doesn’t necessarily interests others. Go with your heart. Sometimes, you learn as you go. You make great choices and sometimes you make poor choices. What I do , is go on YouTube and sometimes you can find someone has built the set that you’re interested in and see what it Intel’s. If you can’t find a building video on that particular set. Just go with your instincts and see if you what to take a chance on it. Don’t always take the advice of the person that sell the product because they are just there to sell the items at the store. Not all sales people give bad advice but, I would take it with a grain of salt. 🤔.

  • Lee Kibbler March 14, 2021, 1:32 PM

    My advice would be #1 don’t buy a set until you know where it is going to be displayed once built
    #2 don’t give too much credit to the YouTube reviewers about what is good and what isn’t (I don’t really care if Darth Vader has printed arms)
    #3 don’t get too serious about collecting everything and remember to have fun!

  • Håkan March 14, 2021, 2:28 PM

    That’s a strange question.

    Lego is easy. Adulthood is hard.

  • Robert R. March 14, 2021, 2:49 PM

    Don’t put your Lego in a sunny window! It will yellow and get brittle.

    Do organize your Lego. Otherwise, at some point, it will get overwhelming to clean up.

    Don’t feel any shame to be an adult building with Lego. It’s okay.

  • j.j. March 14, 2021, 4:02 PM

    1. Sort your pieces by part, not by color.2. Keep your Lego out of the sun. 3. Don’t invest in an expensive storage system until you’re sure that’s what you want to use. BONUS: build on a table in a well-lit room. It’s easier on your eyes and back.

    • jabber-baby-wocky March 14, 2021, 4:55 PM

      What? No! Build on the floor! Break the rules! BTW, if you build on the floor, pieces can’t fall off and get lost under the table. My other tip is to familiarize yourself with bricklink. You will be using it a lot if you want to build your own mocs.

  • philip111 March 14, 2021, 5:54 PM

    Be warned. Lego is addictive and it is going to cost you a pretty penny. And don’t get into Star Wars. That’s the biggest money pit. 😀

  • Undercover Afol March 14, 2021, 6:51 PM

    Life is too short. Buy more Lego. Seriously, just enjoy the hobby the way you want. And if you want to build your own stuff, check out Lego books, blogs, and tutorials. You can literally build anything you want.

  • Dewlanna March 14, 2021, 7:24 PM

    It’s my wife’s fault. She bought me the 6939 Saucer Centurion in the early stage of our relationship. She still regrets it, because it was the beginning of a LEGO obsession.

    #1. Don’t be ashamed to buy yourself a box of LEGO. Look for a theme that suits you, your history, your interests… No matter what people say, follow your feelings.

    #2 Enjoy every second of building your set. It’s cheaper than therapy. It’s a moment you put the world on hold, no white noise, no distractions. Just you and your bricks.

    #3 Put your creations where you can see them. On a shelf in your work place, in the living room, DO NOT store them in a box in the attic or hidden in a closet. You will pull yourself up mentally when you can look at your work and think back on that moment you built it.

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