AFOLville

Welcome to AFOLville (Population: Hella)

AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) abound on the interweb, and that’s a good thing. Up until December ’09, I spent about a decade without touching the most brilliant ABS plastic toy on the planet. (“ABS plastic” and “the planet” are strangely uncomfortable in the same sentence…sorry.) To get my “fix”, I relied heavily on a couple key websites. During that time, some of these sites have really flourished, while new ones have propped up along the way. It’s a pretty good time for the hobby. I’m affectionately referring to this fun corner of the Internet as AFOLville, the enthusiasts’ own virtual LEGO neighborhood / ghetto / suburb where anyone’s welcome to witness some inspiring creativity and good-natured community building at work. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting sites to add. If you know of one, please comment with your suggestions below.

Forums: The High-Rise Condos, Convention Centers & Stadiums

These are the big sites that house a solid number of people actively connecting with one another via bulletin boards, post commentary, community contests, etc. In addition to the excellent forums, these sites have some thorough, consistent news reporting.
 

Showcases: Art Museums, Edgy Galleries, & Hip Arthouses

LEGO is a visual medium. Really, it’s not unlike sculpting with clay, marble, or concrete. These are the places, big and small, where one can go just to get lost in the MOCs and models; they’re a place to learn, get inspired, or simply appreciate the work. Oh, and we can’t forget, these are usually the places one goes to put her own work on display. You’ll notice there’s a ton of Flickr Groups. Personally, that’s my favorite way of checking things out. There are a ton of these out there, so I’ve focused on the ones that have more than 300 members.
 

Blogs: Downtown’s Bustling Avenues

Less focused on forums, membership, and regular reader interactions than the forums, these focus more on regular posts of interests to FOLs. They range from single-person efforts to sizeable staffs of writers, and have different editorial slants. Some of these blogs have since died or otherwise have slowed down their update schedule, but I figure it would be nice to keep them here for archiving purposes. After all, what’s “new” to you isn’t always the same for the next FOL.
 

Shopping: Artisans, Independent Sellers, & The Local Flea Market

Sure, there’s always the big chain stores, but AFOLs have also developed a thriving local economy in the ‘Ville that’s filled with everything from talented customizers creating unique minifigs and accessories, fashion-minded designers creating good-looking gear, and a pretty amazing marketplace where folks sell new, used, and hard-to-find sets and pieces. Wallets beware.
 

Resources: Natural History Museums & Reliquaries

I can’t begin to express how useful these sites are. Want access to all the information about any set ever released by TLC? Want to know all the different colors LEGO come in including their closest equivalents in RGB hexadecimal? Want to find out all the pieces that are used in a certain set? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you’re a huge nerd and fit in perfectly on this site. Ha. Seriously, all that info and more is below.
 

Video & Podcasts: AFOLville’s Community Broadcasters

AFOLs have seized the airwaves. I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like if I had access to this kind of stuff as a kid. Actually, that’s a scary thought…just sayin’.
   

Apps: Uncharted Territory

With the development of the iPhone, iPad, and the likes, these are some exciting times for the hobby. AFOLville is expanding into new frontiers, thanks to some talented developers. There aren’t a whole lot of apps out there geared at the community, but what’s out there is pretty useful.
   

5 Comments to "AFOLville"

  1. Gerfy's Gravatar Gerfy
    April 25, 2011 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    You might want to add bricks.argz.comto the list of Resources.

  2. randy's Gravatar randy
    April 28, 2011 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    thnaks for all these links!! also, i believe i saw you at bricks by the bay, you had some awesome pirate thsrts made i believe. do you have any larges left? id love one

  3. June 1, 2012 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    This is an amazing list of sites! Do you think you could add Groove Bricks?

  4. Gregory R Hess's Gravatar Gregory R Hess
    March 31, 2016 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Hello!

    I am an anthropology and museum studies major at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – and a lifelong fan of Lego! I am taking a modern material culture class this semester and seeking some feedback on a research question.

    Simply, “Why do we (as adults) build with Legos?”

    Thank you very much!

    Gregory R Hess
    grrhess@iupui.edu

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