My son loves to play with Legos. It doesn’t really matter which kind, from Ninjago, to Harry Potter, to Star Wars, and on and on. He builds the sets then takes them apart and combines pieces from all different kinds of sets to build new things. As a kid I loved to play with Legos. (Okay, even as an adult I love to play with Legos.) My daughter is now starting to play with Legos.
So it’s been interesting to see how Legos have been in the news recently, and for very different reasons.
First, a U.S. Marine Captain has set a world record for the most Lego kits built.
While many have a hobby, few have the drive and dedication to turn that hobby into a world record. Capt. Kyle Ugone, however, not only has that drive, but also the certificate declaring him as the Guinness World Record holder for the most completed Lego sets in a private collection with an astonishing 1,091 sets.
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Ugone contacted Guinness to see what the current record for most sets was. Finding out there was none, he was told he would need at least 500 sets to claim a record.
“At the time, I had about 600-700 sets, but I wanted more,” said Ugone. “So, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet to purchase more sets and build them.”
Meanwhile, north of the border, two teenagers in Canada launched a Lego guy into space. Seriously.
Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, 17-year-old classmates at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, took four months, many Saturdays, and $400 to carry a Lego figurine and four cameras miles above the earth, a project that the two did for fun, not for class.
Here’s the video. It’s awesome.
And lastly, here’s a guy who makes a living by
playing building with Legos. From the Chicago Tribune.
Starting in 2006, with kits of the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower), Seattle Space Needle and Empire State Building, Tucker has been the force behind the toy-maker’s unlikeliest success, its Lego Architecture series. The pieces are pricey, serious, intensely complex and sold to teenagers and tourists — though, as a Lego executive told me, “many are bought by 45-year-old architects who put them on their office shelves.”
Lego has become this former Northbrook architect’s life. Tucker is now a “Lego Certified Professional,” one of the 13 artists and educators in the world endorsed by Lego to use its bricks in their projects. Though only Tucker has parlayed this into a Lego toy line, he would be fast to correct you: Lego is not a toy, it’s a medium, and Lego Architecture is only part of what he has accomplished with plastic bricks.
He’s a bit too serious, for my taste. He doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of joy from Legos. If a U.S. Marine can have fun, then surely this guy who works for Lego can lighten up a bit.
Regardless, take heart Lego Lovers: you are never too old or too young to play with Legos.