Lego was always the fall back when I was a kid. If you were bored and it was raining and there was nothing to do, the big drawer of Lego was full of possibilities.
Fast forward a few decades and I’ve rediscovered my childhood favourite. Of course it has helped that it has been fused with another childhood favourite, Star Wars. That set the stage for a walk down memory lane, recreating scenes from those iconic movies.
I’m forty three and proud to say I’m a Lego fan.
It appears that I am not alone. Adult fans of Lego are coming out of the brick closet in droves and Lego aren’t slow in seeing this demand. A lot of sets now have adult prices with many in the hundreds of pounds price band.
But it isn’t just revisiting our childhood that makes Lego good for us. In a world of increasing mental wellbeing issues, Lego provides a relaxation that is totally specific to the little Danish bricks. To sit down and dedicate time to building something is quite meditative and totally non-competitive so there is no pressure apart from when you can’t find that tiny yet essential component and you’re sure it’s missing. It isn’t.
It’s a far cry from building a rudimentary house with bricks on a green plastic board. I recently treated myself to the Death Star and its ace. It has tons of content and rooms from the original Star Wars. I was a happy wee soul, surrounded by bricks and constructing the technological terror that would prove no match for Luke Skywalker.
I guess it is an extension of the model railway fad that people are still obsessed with all these years on. There is huge satisfaction in creating your own little world.
As I said, Lego are capitalising on this big time with events and ranges that are purely aimed at adults. The collector’s edition of the Millennium Falcon goes for a cool £650, this definitely isn’t something to let the kids loose on.
Perhaps the ultimate accolade these days is to get a challenge show dedicated to your craft and Lego is no exception, Channel Four’s Lego Masters has just returned for a second series. It was a bit clunky the first season but the one I have watched recently gave contestants a bit freer rein with their imagination. It’s good to see kids and adults competing as equals although my money is on the kids to win, they aren’t mired in practicality like us grown-ups.
It’s not just us lowly civilians that are fans of the brick either. David Beckham is a big fan, whiling away time in hotel rooms recreating the Taj Mahal or building daughter Harper a Princess castle. Also, Britney Spears of all people has gone on social media to proclaim her love of Lego.
Whilst it may be hard to justify the cost of some of these sets, it is clear that with the growth of online communities, the power of a plastic brick can’t be ignored and that this power is for good, connecting people across the world who share creative ideas.
If you find yourself tempted and I would heartily recommend you do, remember the first rule of Lego, if you drop a brick, pick it up otherwise standing on it in the middle of the night could lead you to smash your latest creation to smithereens.