LEGO: A Love Story

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Overview

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every man, woman, and child in the world. At the age of 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them.

Reconnecting with his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder, Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. And that begins with learning how LEGO has morphed over seven decades from a tiny European toy maker into a pop-culture juggernaut that is ...

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Overview

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every man, woman, and child in the world. At the age of 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them.

Reconnecting with his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder, Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. And that begins with learning how LEGO has morphed over seven decades from a tiny European toy maker into a pop-culture juggernaut that is pushing the definition of art and leading to advances in robotics. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and explores LEGO headquarters in Denmark, Bender finds his LEGO journey paired with a second creative endeavor-having a child. His two worlds intertwine in his discovery: will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world?

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now enjoys LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to your inner builder and reignite a love for all things LEGO. Fans everywhere will recognize and relate to the intensity of emotion, dedication, and community that surrounds these simple plastic bricks.

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  • Jonathan Bender
    Jonathan Bender  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470407028
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 792,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Bender is a freelance features writer; his work has appeared in Time Out New York, Women's Health, CNN.com, ESPN.com, and the Kansas City Star. This is his first book. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Kate, and has significantly more than the 62 LEGO bricks that exist for every man, woman, and child in the world today.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Back to School 1

2 I Need a Playroom 11

3 My First Con 23

4 Stealing from a Thief 33

5 Color Changes Everything 47

6 Brick Separation Anxiety 57

7 Pink Skulls 69

8 Everything a Princess Could Wish For 79

9 I Go on a Playdate 89

10 I Give my Wife a Beach House 101

11 The Stranger Side of Building 111

12 A Man and His Museum 121

13 It's Okay, I Work Here 133

14 Becoming a Brickmaster 145

15 Danish Rocky and a Real Star Wars Expert 153

16 A Guest in LEGO's House 165

17 Protectors of the Brand 177

18 Good Luck, Boys, that thing is Heavy 189

19 Building Blind and the Dirty Brickster 199

20 Children Not Included 207

21 Kate the Builder 215

22 You Can Go Home Again 223

23 There is No "I" in LEGO 233

24 Miniland Dad 243

Epilogue 257

Index 263

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    I want to be.....

    This book made me want to be as AFOL!!!
    I'm already a fan of Lincoln Logs. My mom wanted to glue mine together, too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    I TOTALLY agree with jan. 7 ITS AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMAZING book. I SO want to be an AFOL! TOTALLY worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Id give at least 30 stars!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    good work lego!

    lego has now officially mastered the art of writing! what will they accomplish next? legos in space? :P

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Wha

    I love this book because Zack is in collage having trouble but its to bad he goes to kindergarten again and sufferes his journey to a life of supprise i am a teacher at froghands elementery

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    @Anonymous Dec. 7

    Hey Anonymous Dec. 7, why dont u just keep ur opinions to urself and just write about the book, not ur opinions about legos. And dont use bad words either.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Best

    OMG i loved it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Ummmm...

    I got bored of it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Read this!!!!!

    Never read this!!!!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Omg

    It is so good that we all think you shod reed it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    eli

    cool

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    LEGO: A Love Story = Radical!

    This book ownz! LEGO is incredible! Along with mr. jonathan!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    A inside look into the World of LEGO fans

    A fun and interesting look at what Adult LEGO fans are really like. Travel with author Jonathan Bender as he goes from LEGO Fan Conventions, to the LEGO headquarters in Denmark, and to LEGOLAND California. Written in a fun and witty style Bender takes us all back to our childhoods and how some people never left their love for the brick

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    MINECRAFT RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SO DOES LEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have a minecraft lego set
    its $100 i so want it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Maxkr

    I AGREE WITH #8 I LOVE LEGOS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Hey brickarms guy i like brickarms too

    I love my brickarms A.K.47

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Brickarms

    I love brickarms

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    ????

    Who the crap are yall idiots? Legos suck!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Samuri and the "vesper"clue

    Second clue: aloe

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Say what now?

    Play with something modern, not LEGO ttoys they gt in the way and and hurt your feets play something worthwhile like Minecraft I know a good U.S server called Conspiracy just type
    Conspiracy if you eant address

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Read

    Reasons i hate legoes
    1. They are stupid (pieces of sh*t)
    2. They are sometimes hard to put together
    3.the bully named ethan in my class is absesed with them (he bullies me and all the other boys.
    Thats it

    Sincerely unknown651

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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