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?
Video and Photo: CBS News