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Legos for Adults?

By paulabernstein |


Romance Over Legos

I have many fond childhood memories of playing for hours with my brother building Lego castles. Now I get a kick out of watching my girls build their own Lego structures.

Occasionally, I join in the fun, but I’m not exactly driven to play with Lego after the kids go to bed.

Apparently, Lego isn’t just for kids. The plastic toys building blocks of my youth have a large following among adults. Apparently, adults account for 5% of all Lego sales.

They even have an acronym – AFOLS (Adult Fans of Legos), CBS News Reports.

“CBS News Sunday Morning” recently interviewed one of the estimated 40,000 AFOLS, Mike Bader.

“When you’re a kid , begging for a Lego set, it’s hit or miss – Mom, can I get this? Dad, can I get this? The answer is usually no,” said Bader. “So as an adult it’s like being a kid again. Instead of just buying one of these, I can buy four of these and take the pieces out and use them for what I want to do.”

Bader recently joined 10,000 others at the  Brickfair in Northern Virginia, considered ”the Super Bowl of Lego Conventions.”

Most of the Lego fans play with them as a hobby, but some have even made a career out of constructing sculptures out of Lego.

Nathan Sawaya gave up his career as a corporate lawyer to devote his time to his career as a “Brick Artist.” His studio contains around 1.5 million Lego bricks. His artwork is now on national tour.

So next time your kids are playing with Lego, keep in mind that it could turn in to a future career. And don’t think you’re too old to play with Lego.

Tell us the truth: Are you an AFOLS?

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About paulabernstein



Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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  2. PlumbLucky says:

    Oh hecks yes!

  3. MsC says:

    I’m guessing you’re not an engineer? When I was in college, Lego was a staple in the dorm rooms of science, math, and engineering students. When our daughter got old enough to play with Lego, we didn’t need to buy any, we just took the crates off the high shelves and put them where she can reach them!

  4. Amy says:

    We all love – and play with – Lego!

  5. PlumbLucky says:

    @MsC – um…that (the engineering reference you made) would explain the sheer quantity of Legos that hubster and I own wouldn’t it? ;-)

  6. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never been into Legos, but my engineer-minded hubby definitely still loves his Legos.

    Timely article, since a bunch of Lego kits just went on sale at Toys’R'Us!

  7. Gary says:

    I think the 5% number has to be wrong, there’s no way it’s that low. The other 75%-80% must be adults pretending it’s for their kids. I have 8 shelves with 79 models and 1 NXT set, plus a laundry bucket full of spare pieces. Yah, I’d consider myself an AFOLS…

  8. Marj says:

    I bought big lego blocks for my toddlers because I knew my husband would get down on the floor and play with the boys with those. He doesn’t play with them on his own, but that is an activity he enjoys with them.

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