My passion for those wacky plastic bricks was rekindled a few months ago. I’m sure that most people have a fond memory or two about time spent with Lego. There is something so satisfying about the slight resistance, then click of two tiny bricks. Not to mention the enormous pride of completing a project, whether or not you used the instructions. I investigated a little bit and found many facinating places created by the online Lego communty.
The first of these, was BrickLink. Originally BrickBay, the name had to be changed when somebody noticed the similarity between the two. This place is an amazing resource for any avid builder. You can pick a little store that somebody who catalogued all thier Lego set up, and fill your boots with anything you need.
This leads me to my next discovery, the LDraw project. These dedicated people are in the process of (and have taken a good chunk out of) entering every Lego piece in existance into a library that can be used by various CADs (my favorite is MLCAD), and so you can build your own things virutally. That’s totally not as fun as hands-on. But you have access to way more bricks, AND, you can always order your pieces up if you do something genial. It’s also great for home-brew kits and instructions.
The last spot that amazed me was a community server to hold pictures of people’s work, Brickshelf. I have trouble finding good stuff by just browsing the site head-on, but I did follow this link to a crazilly well-done StarWars piece.
In closing, I’d like to say that the plural of Lego is Lego. Not Legos. Wierd kids said that. Don’t be wierd.