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Two teens send a Lego man into near space [Merged w/"Are There any AFOL out there?"]

Goofyhobbie

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[AFOL is an ancronymn for Adult Fan of Lego. The original thread which was begun on January 14th has been merged with a thread begun on January 28th by T R Oglodyte]

I have been an Adult toy collector going back at least twenty years; but only recently acquired my interest in Legos. I literally picked up my first Lego piece back in July, 2011 and have become hooked.

My first acquistion was two Lego Mindstorm sets originally produced in 2001.

Believe it or not, I acquired both of the sets at what you might call a garage sale of sorts. A store that sold the sets was moving their location and decided to sell off stuff that had been sitting in their attic or storage area for many years.

Turns out that both sets had been opened for display purposes but had never been played with and both were only missing a few pieces and the original CD.

After realizing that I had acquired two sets worth over $200 each for less than $10.00 each my fascination with Legos took off. I now own somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 individual Lego pieces and my collection is growing and growing and growing!

My current project is building the 2006 Lego Set 8674 Ferrari F1 Racer 1:8 which has 1,246 parts.



Are there any ohter AFOL's out there?
 
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I here I thought Timeshares were your "goofyhobbie" -- :hysterical: :hysterical:

I bought DW a lego set for xmas - she went eewwwuu - dang good thing I also got her a spa day.
 
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Hi Rick,

That remark about your DW's Christmas gift reminds me of my wife's present a couple of years ago. It was a very nice Laptop computer. Since she did not quickly become computer savvy, it became a useful source of on-going pleasure for yours truly when ever we went on long vacations to Florida.

Like you, I was smart enough to also buy her a few other things that she could enjoy at her leisure.
 

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My 10 yr old will probably become a AFOL! He put together a 400+ piece set in about 1.5 hrs on Xmas day. Surprisingly it is still in one piece, as he gets creative in building "something new" and harvests pieces from other sets.
 

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My son is "auditioning" today for the position of Master Builder at a new Lego Land. Probably didn't need that Mechanical Engineering degree he got, but I'm sure it won't hurt. :)
 

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I counted 1,245.
 

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Cool car! Did it come with a Michael Schumacher mini figure? :)
 

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I'm a HUGE Leog nut. I actually get teased about it by quite a few people. :)

It's bad when I'm on a first name basis with the staff @ the Lego store. They call me whenever they get new sets in. :D

My collection is actually quite large. I wish I had a place for all the stuff that is built. Most of its packed away in boxes as I start working on building display cases for the various sets.

If I had to count, I'm sure my block count is easily over 250,000. :eek:

I own every single Ferrari set that was ever made by Lego. I also own all the Lamborghini sets as well.

Outside of those, I have numerous Tecknic sets (cars, construction, motorcycles) and I've built all of the pirate ships, both lego pirates and pirates of the carribean lego sets. :)

I currently have a stack of about 8 sets in my storage closet to build. The full size space shuttle, the tecknic 1/18 scale car, tecknic helicopter, cars sets (lightening mcqueen, francesco, and mater).

I have of course built the Taj Mahal already. :) 6000 pieces and 18 hours to build.



My name is Nico...and I have a Lego problem. :D
 

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forced to be one...

+1 for my son becoming a future AFOL...and because of him I enjoy Legos too (although I don't actually build them) I bought the mini mod set for myself but he negotiated that I only get to build 3 of the 5 buildings (and then he'll "help" me build since he's the pro...)

Have you gone to BrickFair - Virginia? If you're not familiar with it - just google it. We've gone twice...first year as a public visitor and last year we registered and my son is already making plans to attend again this year! He's recruiting his father to take him since I started a new job recently and won't have enough time to take off...his dad is NOT a Lego fan at all...I may have to work something out at work to take the time off to take him...
 

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I've never actually bought a set for myself but I've "assisted' with hundreds of projects over the past 30 years. We have one of those lego tables and right now it is set up with a pretty good looking soccer arena. We also have maybe ten finished products "by the book" on display but most eventually get morphed into something original.

Deb
 

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Toronto teens send Lego man on a balloon odyssey 24 kilometres high

Today, I ran across an interesting article published by a Toronto Newspaper about two Toronto teens who created a remarkable space odyssey with a weather balloon, one video camera, three still cameras and a Minifigure that soared 24 kilometres high...


Based on what I can determine so far, the story appears to be a true account of an actual event with pictures and video to back it up.

Check it out!

Be sure to not only review the video but also the slide show. Links are provided within the news article:

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1120808#article

 

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Two teens send a Lego man into near space

Toronto teens send Lego man on an a balloon odyssey 24 kilometres high

Neither Mathew Ho nor Asad Muhammad can vote, or buy beer.

They haven’t been accepted to college yet, though that might change after this story.

The 17-year-olds have already sent a (Lego) man into space.

Two weeks ago, Ho and Muhammad launched a homemade balloon carrying a Lego passenger and four cameras. It fell back down to Earth 97 minutes later with astonishing footage from an estimated 24 kilometres above sea level, three times the typical cruising altitude of a commercial aircraft.

Their jerry-rigged contraption recorded the Lego man’s journey from a soccer pitch in Newmarket to the stratosphere — high enough to see their two-inch astronaut floating above curvature of our planet, clutching a Canadian flag with the blackness of space behind him.

The project cost $400 and took four months of free Saturdays. It wasn’t a school assignment. They just thought it would be cool.
Youtube video from on-board video cam

The Toronto Star article also has a video clip of an interview with the young men.
 

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I'm a HUGE Leog nut. I actually get teased about it by quite a few people. :)

It's bad when I'm on a first name basis with the staff @ the Lego store. They call me whenever they get new sets in. :D

My collection is actually quite large. I wish I had a place for all the stuff that is built. Most of its packed away in boxes as I start working on building display cases for the various sets.

If I had to count, I'm sure my block count is easily over 250,000. :eek:

I own every single Ferrari set that was ever made by Lego. I also own all the Lamborghini sets as well.

Outside of those, I have numerous Tecknic sets (cars, construction, motorcycles) and I've built all of the pirate ships, both lego pirates and pirates of the carribean lego sets. :)

I currently have a stack of about 8 sets in my storage closet to build. The full size space shuttle, the tecknic 1/18 scale car, tecknic helicopter, cars sets (lightening mcqueen, francesco, and mater).

I have of course built the Taj Mahal already. :) 6000 pieces and 18 hours to build.



My name is Nico...and I have a Lego problem. :D
There was a question on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' the other day that you would have easily guessed. It asked which of 4 different structures was a Lego set and Taj Mahal was one option (and the correct answer).
 

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Love the Lego Man pictures!

Deb
 

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Under Employment causes desperation in the Empire!!

It is not just humans here on planet earth who are some times underemployed or unemployed.

Astromechs across the galaxy are joining the ranks of the "under-employed."

Many are being given jobs far below their original programming level.

Hey! They too are just trying to make ends meet! :hysterical:

 
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