Category: AFOL

Articles about the Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) community.

A to Z of Awesome

The LEGO group partners with LGBTQIA+ fans in celebration of Pride month.

Last year, The LEGO Group released #40516 Everyone is Awesome to celebrate Pride month. This year, they created a beautiful website featuring brick-built creations and stories from the rich community of LGBTQIA+ fans of LEGO.

Brick Architect contributor Jeannie Jonas is one of the LEGO Artists featured in  'The A to Z of Awesome'

Jeannie Jonas is one of the LEGO Artists featured in ‘The A to Z of Awesome’.

I was pleased to learn that Brick Architect contributor Jeannie Jonas was one of the LEGO artists featured on the website. Be sure to visit the A to Z of Awesome at LEGO.com to see Jeannie’s LEGO vignette The Trans Gender Garden as well as the rest of the people and creations featured on the website!

See more at A to Z of Awesome at LEGO.com. Happy Pride 2022.

Update: How LUGBULK works—and strategies for making the most of it!

I’ve updated Brick Architect’s guide to the LUGBULK program with data from January 2022. It’s a great way to see which elements are common, and which are are costly (or hard to find).

Last year, I published an article explaining what LUGBULK is and how to use the opportunity to improve your LEGO parts library (while saving money). I’ve updated the part availability and pricing data in the article for January 2022 — just in time to finalize your own LUGBULK order!

Table showing current BrickLink cost for some of the most common LEGO Parts.

Table showing current BrickLink cost & availability for some of the most common LEGO Parts.

Other improvements:

  • Table shows part availability for four consecutive 5-year periods.
    You can see how certain colors are gaining popularity over time by flipping quickly through the pages.
  • Added the new “Vibrant Yellow” color.
    Even though it’s only included in a few 2022 sets, it is already more common than two established colors!
  • Updated color rankings for 2017-2021.
    The most common colors appear on the left side of the table.
  • General readability/design improvements.
Learn more by visiting brickarchitect.com/lugbulk/

How LUGBULK works—and strategies for making the most of it!

LUGBULK allows members of a Recognized LEGO User Group to order LEGO in bulk. You need a strategy to make the most of this opportunity—this new article can help!

LUGBULK is an amazing opportunity for AFOLs, but it’s a slow and complex process with a number of restrictions. I just published a new article that explains what LUGBULK is, how you can get involved, and some strategies (and data) to help you make the most of it!

Get started by visiting brickarchitect.com/lugbulk/

The Guardian view on LEGO for adults: play is a serious business

Hot on the heels of the Washington Post article we shared a few days ago, here’s a short article on The Guardian about the trend, citing the upcoming USA LEGO Masters show, huge LEGO sets designed for adults, and LEGO as mindfulness practice.

According to the article, toy sales to ages 12+ (including adults) are up 11% in Europe versus two years prior. Good Job AFOL’s!

 The Guardian