The unofficial LEGO Museum lies hidden in Bellaire, Ohio, with millions of plastic bricks sculpted into everything from robotic bands to Dirk Nowitzki to a goat on a lifeguard tower. A secret set vault slumbers beneath a hidden panel in the original house of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Christiansen in Billund, Denmark. An eleven-foot LEGO replica of a speedboat teeters on a rickety wooden dock in Seattle, Washington, threatening to plunge and sink into the Pacific Ocean as five men struggle to keep it balanced. And in the Kansas City, Missouri, home of Jonathan Bender, a massive Star Wars LEGO set leans against the wall in a vacant room.
Jonathan comes face-to-face with all of these scenes as he explores the obsessive and diverse subculture of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs), walking the line between art and commerce, play and Serious Play, and fantasy and real life, hoping to learn how the plastic brick of our childhoods inspires us as adults.
Awakened from the "Dark Ages"that period of time when LEGO bricks are forgotten in a childhood closetBender rekindles his dream of becoming a master model builder, putting his skills to the test at adult fan conventions around the country. Here he meets fans who design their own sets, customize minifigures (LEGO people) to resemble superheroes and movie characters, and amass collections that number in the hundreds of thousands of bricks.
Bender also recruits his wifethe furniture builder in their householdto build alongside him, attempting to fill the child-size void in their lives. As their home slowly fills up with LEGO bricks, the spare bedroom swings between build room and potential nursery. Immersed in a toy-centric world without children, LEGO: A Love Story is ultimately about what it takes to build a family.
EGO: A Love Story explores what happens when the imagination of your childhood intersects with your life as an adult.
Jacket art by Nathan Sawaya, a New Yorkbased artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His work has been featured in collections across the country. His most recent North American museum tours feature large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Learn more at brickartist.com.
My husband loved Legos as a kid, and now is an adult Lego fan I knew about this habit of his long before we were married; I didn't mind it then, and don't now, despite how its... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ash
I bought this book as well as another for my kids who are Lego fans. I ended up reading both of them when it turned out that my sons would rather build Legos than read about them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daniel S. Lee
This is only one reader's opinion...
I was a child fan of Legos. I'm a fan for my 3yo who loves them. His father loves them too. Read more
In a lot of ways I can relate to the author's experiences of discovering the addicting hobby of LEGO. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by willhx
This book is written with the same naive charm Louis Theroux attaches to his 'Weird Weekends' as the author wanders through the world of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of lego), buys large sets... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by D Kincaid
Nearing his 30th birthday, three years into his marriage and dealing with infertility, freelance journalist Jonathan Bender stumbles upon a bin of LEGO from his childhood and... Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by ChristineMM
This story is a expertly written glimpse into the world of Lego, it tells a good story while providing a history of the famous studded bricks. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Mark
I agree with the reviewer who called this a "project memoir", i.e. a book that the author chose to write without knowing much about the subject first. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Gavin Scott
If you are prone to obsessing over LEGO toys, do not read this book. If you struggle with the temptation to purchase more LEGO sets than any adult probably needs, do not read this... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Jenni French