A few models made with Lego bricks
As a kid, I had many sets of construction sets, but never Legos - they were just gaining in popularity about when I was outgrowing building blocks.
In 2014, I finally became addicted to the building blocks as a 'kid' in my mid-60s. I was working on the branding for JRW consulting and explored the option of building the logo out of Legos (a Lego Logo). I ordered hundreds of blocks from the website and had fun snapping the blocks together.
The JRW Lego logo
Legos, from the Danish leg godt, meaning “play well," and one of the simplest and most iconic toys, were created by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Early Lego "Automatic Binding Bricks" were hollow and could only be stacked (not locked together). They've twice been named “Toy of the Century".
Lego bricks are beautifully engineered with very tight tolerances. The snap when sticking blocks together is quite satisfying. The first project was to build my logo out of Lego bricks:
From the Architecture Studio
After building my logo out of Legos, I got hooked on the blocks. I was tempted to get the Architect's Studio once at Barnes & Noble in Union Square - it was on sale but still expensive. I vetoed the notion at that time. Not long after that, I splurged and ordered the Architect's Studio online. The blocks are either white or clear, no other colors.
A Broadway Theater
That's a ballroom, cabaret theater, or restaurant above the seating area. A marquee is on the front wall. The ubiquitous NYC water tower is on the roof.
A stadium with Party Decks
An intimate thrust theater or theater-in-the-round
Grandstands for a major parade
From the Creator series
Because I ordered hundreds of dollars of bricks from the website, Lego had me on their mailing list. I regularly received the catalogs and perused them at the table while eating (I love to read stuff while I eat). I had admired the series of Victorian era buildings that might line Main Street in a Disney park. They were a bit too expensive for casual purchases. But, after selling a Manhattan apartment and while Manhattan, my favorite dog, was living with a terminal aggressive cancer, I needed a diversion. I had become a canine caretaker and stayed home a lot to feed and med dose the dog. Another catalog came. Uh, oh, now may be the time to order one and see how I like it. The kit arrived in just a few days and, I loved it. I was hooked. I set up a work area in the office and immersed myself in construction. The detail and engineering was impressive and surprising. Manhattan would lay on her bed in the office and watch me work. She stayed by my side a lot at that time. As the time to put her to sleep approached, I drove in the rain to the mall to buy a second building set. I worked on it that night. The next morning, she took her last nap. As therapy for grieving, I continued to work on the model. And bought 4 more sets.
Months later, in September, I needed more therapy - I had total shoulder replacement surgery. The Lego kits gave me projects to work on that could do with 1.5 hands.
Below: I combined the 2016 Winter Toy Shop with the 2017 Winter train station and the 2017 Nutcracker to build a Winter Village.
• JRW logo: Febuary-April 2014; ordered online.
• Architecture models: 2014/15?
• Detective's Office/Pool Hall: Wensday January 4-7 2017; ordered online.
• Parisian restraunt: Sunday January 15-18; bought at mall on rainy Sunday, Manhattan's last full day.
Manhattan died: Monday, January 16, 11:10a.
Santa Fe with Brooklyn, Friday-Monday, January 20-23.
• Palace Theater: Tuesday January 24-25; bought at mall on Tuesday.
• Brick Bank: Friday January 27-29; ordered from car driving from Santa Fe on Monday.
• Assembly Square: Monday January 30 - Wens Feb 1 2017; bought at mall on Tuesday.
• Holiday Toy Shop: Friday Febuary 3-4; bought at mall on Thursday, Febuary 2.
• Pet Shop: Tuesday March 21-23; ordered online after BrickExpo downtown.
• Wine shop and crane: August 21-26 (pre-surgery); ordered online from China. Customized: November/December.
• Starbucks: September 27-30 (post-surgery); ordered online from China. Customized crane and cottage: November.
• Nutcracker, City Bus, Holiday train station: December 3-5; ordered online.
• Winter Village, Santa and Rudolph: December 10-15.
• Diner: January 5-8, 2018; ordered online.
• Newstand: January 30; ordered online.
• Bodega: May 14-30, customized; ordered online from China.
• Posh store: June 7-14; customized; ordered online from China.
• Rohe office: July; ordered parts online.