minifigs and baseplates

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.


7 thoughts on “minifigs and baseplates

  1. Way back in the days when I got Lego presents for birthdays, I remember seeing on a brochure some VP of something or other telling me to say “Lego bricks” instead of “Legos.” This offended me personally for some reason, as I felt I had a legitimate right to call them “Legos.” No kid worth his hinge piece would ever say “Lego bricks.” It wasn’t until much later that I realized this was to protect their trademark. As for saying “Lego” as plural, I just don’t see it as that kind of word, like Water or Lasagna.

    >In closing, I’d like to say that the plural of Lego is Lego. Not Legos. Wierd kids said that. Don’t be wierd.

  2. I have never heard a child, normal or otherwise, use Lego as plural. We all called them Legos as kids, and my 6-year-old neighbor who comes over to play with MY Legos calls them the same.

    I was also disturbed by that disclaimer from The Lego Man telling me not to call them Legos, but I didn’t let that stop me, either. It’s just too weird.

    Legos rock.

  3. You’re all weird. Or from the wrong continent. The plural of ‘Lego’ is ‘Lego’. As in “I built it out of Lego”, “I have lots of Lego”, “I am playing with my Lego”, etc. No one I know calls them “Legos” – it just sounds silly. Like “Waters”. One Lego is a “brick” (or “Lego brick”. Multiple Lego bricks are “Lego”…

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