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Things non-AFOLs say WAY too often

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That crazed ( :P ) sister of mine says I have got to much LEGO that occupy too much room, then she has a walk-in closet full of clothes bought compulsively that she did wear just once of twice during her life. Bah!

A thing that hurt me and I think all of us is when that f****d betrayer of us, Eric Sophie, was sentenced to 7 years. In those comments on online papers, there were too much stupid people almost saying things that did mean "if an adult plays with LEGO(s), then he IS a paedo"!

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In those comments on online papers, there were too much stupid people almost saying things that did mean "if an adult plays with LEGO(s), then he IS a paedo"!

That's a typical example of speaking (or typing) without thinking. I can't express how stupid such comments are.

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"I need (insert set name here) because it comes with the (insert name here) minifigure!"

The poor kids who haven't heard of Bricklink. :cry_sad:

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"I need (insert set name here) because it comes with the (insert name here) minifigure!"

The poor kids who haven't heard of Bricklink. :cry_sad:

What's wrong with buying certain sets just for specific minifigures? :tongue: The parts are a bonus! :grin:

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^There's nothing wrong with it! It's just something that "non-AFOLs say WAY too often". :wink:

Haha, yeah. I've heard bunches of kids say the same thing before a few times in the Lego aisle. It is funny when they start pacing back and forth trying to figure in their head how to buy 'that one set' with their allowance to the point of even bribing their parents. :laugh:

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Haha, yeah. I've heard bunches of kids say the same thing before a few times in the Lego aisle. It is funny when they start pacing back and forth trying to figure in their head how to buy 'that one set' with their allowance to the point of even bribing their parents. :laugh:

Ah, the innocence of a child!

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It is funny when they start pacing back and forth trying to figure in their head how to buy 'that one set' with their allowance to the point of even bribing their parents. :laugh:

I think we can all admit to that. :grin:

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Did you build it yourself(looking at one o my mocs)

How much does such a big castle cost? (Again looking at a moc)

How many pieces did you use (yes, i count the single pieces)

Mistaking generic fig for a character from an intellectual property (for example mistaking the grey wizard from the 2008 castle line for gandalfor the barbarian from the current mf-line for conan...)

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How many pieces did you use (yes, i count the single pieces)

Just say: "At least 1,000,000." and see what their reply is. :laugh:

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I always get criticized by my family and acquaintances from school and work. One of the most common things I'm told, and something that my dad especially told me every time I'd show him one of my creations is "You need to grow up." Several times in the past girls I liked lectured me and said that I'll never get a girlfriend unless I grow up, stop playing with "kiddy toys", and act like a "real man". Most of the time the guys they like are into drugs, alcohol, football, hunting, and clubbing--all stuff that I find boring and uncreative, and just simply avoid. This has made me feel at times that I should sell every LEGO related thing that I own. The words still burn inside of me, and I still get the occasional urge to just sell everything. 一_一

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I always get criticized by my family and acquaintances from school and work. One of the most common things I'm told, and something that my dad especially told me every time I'd show him one of my creations is "You need to grow up." Several times in the past girls I liked lectured me and said that I'll never get a girlfriend unless I grow up, stop playing with "kiddy toys", and act like a "real man". Most of the time the guys they like are into drugs, alcohol, football, hunting, and clubbing--all stuff that I find boring and uncreative, and just simply avoid. This has made me feel at times that I should sell every LEGO related thing that I own. The words still burn inside of me, and I still get the occasional urge to just sell everything. 一_一

How old are you actually? Let me guess: you are under 20 or just a few years over.

Just keep it going. People start to become more open once they are over 25... or you will other people after you have left high school.

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I always get criticized by my family and acquaintances from school and work. One of the most common things I'm told, and something that my dad especially told me every time I'd show him one of my creations is "You need to grow up." Several times in the past girls I liked lectured me and said that I'll never get a girlfriend unless I grow up, stop playing with "kiddy toys", and act like a "real man". Most of the time the guys they like are into drugs, alcohol, football, hunting, and clubbing--all stuff that I find boring and uncreative, and just simply avoid. This has made me feel at times that I should sell every LEGO related thing that I own. The words still burn inside of me, and I still get the occasional urge to just sell everything. 一_一

How old are you actually? Let me guess: you are under 20 or just a few years over.

Just keep it going. People start to become more open once they are over 25... or you will other people after you have left high school.

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The most reactions people say too me are I didn't thought you would like LEGO.

I always get criticized by my family and acquaintances from school and work. One of the most common things I'm told, and something that my dad especially told me every time I'd show him one of my creations is "You need to grow up." Several times in the past girls I liked lectured me and said that I'll never get a girlfriend unless I grow up, stop playing with "kiddy toys", and act like a "real man". Most of the time the guys they like are into drugs, alcohol, football, hunting, and clubbing--all stuff that I find boring and uncreative, and just simply avoid. This has made me feel at times that I should sell every LEGO related thing that I own. The words still burn inside of me, and I still get the occasional urge to just sell everything. 一_一

Just do what you like, do you really want friends who don't like you for who you are?

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I always get criticized by my family and acquaintances from school and work. One of the most common things I'm told, and something that my dad especially told me every time I'd show him one of my creations is "You need to grow up." Several times in the past girls I liked lectured me and said that I'll never get a girlfriend unless I grow up, stop playing with "kiddy toys", and act like a "real man". Most of the time the guys they like are into drugs, alcohol, football, hunting, and clubbing--all stuff that I find boring and uncreative, and just simply avoid. This has made me feel at times that I should sell every LEGO related thing that I own. The words still burn inside of me, and I still get the occasional urge to just sell everything. 一_一

Don't think about what peaple say to much. At the end its your life an you can do what you like with it. Just don't forget to go out with friends sometimes and do other things than Lego. Lego is really fun but its not all there is in life. Try to find a balance you feel comfortable with, then you'll be really happy.

And NEVER sell your Lego (if you don't need the money) you'll regret that!

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How old are you actually? Let me guess: you are under 20 or just a few years over.

Just keep it going. People start to become more open once they are over 25... or you will other people after you have left high school.

I'm 23.

It seems like the older I get, the more I get criticized. I actually do need to somehow come up with $10000 to pay off my student loan debt, so I've been selling off Star Wars sets and other themed sets. I kind of want to start a clean slate, although I'm keeping all of my train parts and other useful things. Thankfully my boss where I work builds LEGO with his son, so I've been giving him some of my large boat hulls and other various parts that I'll never use. He's one of the few people that's actually eager to see how my trains and Mir space station turn out. I calculated that I have around 70,000 parts, so I at least feel the need to cut down on the clutter. I spent a good portion of my summer sorting them, and it was a nightmare. I found parts that I didn't even know I had.

Anyway, it's funny, because another guy I work with told me "Back when I was a kid, they didn't have all of the fancy parts they have now. It was just the basic blocks, and you had to actually be creative." I've heard that one fairly often...

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^oh to only have $10k in student loan debt :blush: ...

I have heard a lot of people say that too, about the only having blocks vs all of these specialty pieces. I think a lot of these MOCs show just how creative someone can be with the new pieces. I'd say the models are a lot more detailed now than they ever have, but most non-AFOLs wouldn't know that since they don't follow the hobby like we do. Building something interesting with basic blocks can be good, but probably have to use your imagination quite a bit to visualize it unlike the new "specialty" pieces.

It seems most adults I run into that know that I'm in the hobby seem interested, but then it's left at that. They have no interest in joining the community or anything.

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I don't hide that I like Lego but my Mother in particular likes to make me feel guilty about all of my hobbies.

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The absolute worst thing is when I go to garage sales. I always ask them about Legos (that's what we call it in my country) as soon as I get there. The response I usually get is, "Oh, we had a huge tub and we just sold it a few minutes ago."

I missed out on the largest Lego collection I've ever seen just a few months ago. Someone bought all the sets but left the instructions, idea books, Brick Kicks magazines, birthday supplies, etc. from the '80s and '90s. There were tons of classic space, forestmen, and pirates sets. There were some large sets that they had half a dozen of. All of the instruction manuals were in mint condition.

For $5, they gave me about a hundred instruction books, mostly for $100-range sets, over half a dozen mint condition posters from the '80s and '90s (including a classic space poster!), several idea books, and an entire unused birthday kit from the '80s. I also found a ton of cool random things like stickers and tattoos and stuff. Everything was in flawless condition.

I almost cried while I went through all of those things. Someone, somewhere now has the greatest collection I've ever seen, and they probably gave it to some toddler to slobber on.

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"Doesn't he want anything else for Christmas?"

-- my mom, to my wife, in reference to my Christmas Amazon wish list, which was about 75% LEGO kits. I'm sure someone else here has heard similar before!

Of course, to humor, I put some power tools on my list (I also do woodworking and other construction-type projects on the side, when not LEGO'ing) -- but in the end, she got me the LEGO kit (it was more affordable!).

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Reading some of the stories in this topic makes me thankful that I've never dealt with any AFOL shaming in the short time I've returned to Lego. I admit feeling a little strange when I'm standing in line at Target carrying nothing but a big Lego set under my arm, but I've yet to be given the dreaded, "Is this for your [young relative]?" or, "Toys, seriously?"

The closest I've gotten was when I was about sixteen (I'm 22 now) and I admitted to my friend, a very popular yet nice guy, that I bought a Lego Millenium Falcon and Snow Speeder. He said, "We need to get you into some kind of music." Since then, I did get into music, but jokes on him, I listen to power metal and Rush!

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