In light rain, the queue snaked around the Hamyyn Harris Pavilion in the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds this morning as a large crowd gathered to witness Brisbane's first annual Lego fan expo.
Those bricks which can cause no end of pain when you step or when you open your wallet to grow the collection are celebrating their 50th year in Australia this year.
If today's turnout is anything to go by the popularity of the Lego is showing no sign of waning. Certainly the exhibit passed Naia's close inspection today.
Lego is one of those great toys limited only by your imagination with an appeal that spans people of all ages. It is a strong person who can see a partially completed Lego building on a table and not be tempted to add a block.
For today's post I shall borrow from the wisdom of Steve Klusmeyer who believes many of life's important lessons can be learned from Lego. Such as
- Size doesn't matter. When stepped on in the dark, a 2X2 LEGO brick causes the same amount of pain as a 2X8 brick.
- All Lego men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination.
- There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished.
- Playtime is important. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you are building, as long as you're having fun.
- Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.
- Every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot—most can adapt almost anywhere—but every one will fit somewhere.
- Color doesn't matter. A blue brick will fit in the same space as a red brick.
- No one is indispensable. If one brick is unavailable, another can take its place.
- It doesn't always turn out as planned. Sometimes it turns out better. If it doesn't, you can always try again."