11 jun I am an AFOL
I am an AFOL
It took me a while before I dared to confess and it is certainly not easy for me, but the time is now. Many of you already knew it and in a closed circle I certainly never denied it, but now but now I openly confess to it:
I am an AFOL!
Now you will probably wonder a number of things and the first question will probably be: What is an AFOL for God’s sake? If I write down out the abbreviation, a lot probably is already clear. AFOL stands for Adult Fan Of LEGO. A sigh of relief is now clearly audible to the average reader. So it is not all that bad? That’s right! As with many other hobbies, there is also a kind of mutual language among adult Lego builders. And if you say you are an AFOL, you are actually saying that you are just as a nerd as he is. Because that is a thing: 9 out of 10 AFOLs are real meganerds including glasses, pale skin and often very bad clothes. Cool AFOLs that I have come across can be counted on one hand.
What does that mean, being an AFOL?
That is very difficult to explain. Many people think that I am working with LEGO day in and day out and that I like everything that has to do with the Danish brick. That is not true! I hate Technical LEGO, girls LEGO is only useful if you need a pink stone or a horse. Star Wars LEGO is fun to watch, but that does not matter to me that much.
I prefer the standard LEGO that we all know. LEGO where you can build a beautiful city. And that is really the only thing I do with it: building. You will usually not see me playing with the structures that I make. Building houses, cars, streets and trains gives me time to be busy with nothing else. Just empty my head for a few hours.
Furthermore, I find the collection of exclusive LEGO sets a very pleasant challenge. LEGO is already expensive, but here you sometimes have to go all out and spend a few hundred Euros. An exclusive edition of the Eiffel Tower has already changed hand for about 1200 Euro and a simple replica of a Volkswagen Beetle is good for about 500 Euro.
That’s a bit ambitious to me, but you have to start somewhere, but it is something to look forward to. For those who have seen “The LEGO Movie”, I dream of having my own basement or shed full of LEGO where I can build and play together with my children.
Think of me
Another advantage of being AFOL is that every one you know will think of you when the subject hits LEGO. This produces the best conversations and sometimes even gifts! Gifts from colleagues who have been on holiday to a foreign country, to a colleague who goes for petrol a lot at Shell’s, they are all in my closet.
If you are in my living room you can also secretly see it a bit. In a large sideboard there are a few small LEGO sets and a pirate ship and on the dining table there are a few “half-saps”. Through the whole house you will find minfigs and in my bedroom you will stumble across two large 120 liter Curve branches filled with LEGO.
The question I had to answer the most negative is whether I have ever been to LEGOLAND. Unfortunately, it has never come this far and is high on my wish list. Now to find a traveling companion who does not irritate the seemingly childish character of this amusement park. Maybe I can get Fleur this far;)
Also read my blog about making choices