Illegal LEGO..

LEGO City Police, we’ve all heard of then, but have you heard of the LEGO design Police?

A friend just sent me these slides based on a presentation from a Master Builder:

http://bramlambrecht.com/tmp/jamieberard-brickstress-bf06.pdf

I’m having a pang of guilt that I reckon I’ve used nearly all of these techniques in my builds at one time or another, especially these:

Apparently, using these techniques may damage your precious bricks and, more importantly, rule your MOCs out of being considered by the Ideas panel – although whether or not you want this anyways, with last month’s Jurassic Park Ideas fiasco  🙁

When I was a child, the main issue I had was attempting to create a circular fairground ride, or indeed, anything circular – it just wasn’t ‘legally’ possible with the pieces available at the time (or at least the ones I had in my collection). 

I used to have to bend or wedge bricks to get some semblance of a circle but these days, we have it easy  – premoulded pieces and lovely Technic supports.. and the luxury of the Bricks and Pieces section of LEGO.com to provide multiples of these in the colours required.

https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/replacementparts

AFOLS like me may remember the old LEGO Spares department – take a look at these order forms from the 80’s – the Spares Dept, based in Wrexham

.. in those days we could only order a few choice pieces from a printed list, increasing to a couple of sheets at the back of an instruction booklet by the 90’s.   You certainly couldn’t order bulk or individual bricks (www.sparebrix.co.uk) and thus, most builds had a distinct multi-coloured appearance to them.

I’ll always remember nervously phoning the Spares department to order a bag of 10x (newly-invented) Technic half-pegs.. and then waiting the 28 days that was the norm – there was no Amazon Prime or premium delivery in those days!

We LEGOists have never had it so good J

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