FAQ

These are just a few of some frequently asked questions.

  1. What is LEGO?
    1. LEGO is a system of interlocking pieces, called bricks, that can be used to create infinitely many model structures.  It is the world’s number one construction toy, but it’s so much more than a toy.  If it can be imagined, it can be imagined in LEGO.  If you have just six 2×4 bricks, you can configure them in 915,103,765 different ways, so the possibilities are essentially limitless!  The LEGO brick as we know it today was first patented and produced in 1958.  Since then, over 400 billion bricks have been made, enough for about 62 bricks per human being on earth.  The word “LEGO” is actually a contraction of leg godt, which means “play well” in danish.
  2. What are some other uses for LEGO?
    1. LEGO is the world’s number one construction toy, so play would be the obvious first use.  Something that is easily overlooked, however, is that it’s also an educational toy.  LEGO models can teach kids about things like levers, pulleys, and gears, to more complex engineering concepts like pneumatics, robotics, and computer programming, all while building (literally and figuratively) valuable problem solving skills.  LEGO has also been used to demonstrate the concepts behind real-world machines.  The mechanism that drives the Falkirk Wheel boat lift in Scotland, for instance, was prototyped with LEGO Technic bricks and gears to prove the concept would work.  Another emerging use for LEGO is in therapy for those with a mental disability.  Studies in the UK and US have shown that interactive LEGO play therapy can improve the social and communication skills of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. LEGO building can also be a great stress reliever, fun hobby, and bonding activity for parents and kids.
  3. What is a LUG?
    1. LUG stands LEGO User Group.  It is an organized group of LEGO enthusiasts who meet periodically to exchange ideas and participate in events.
  4. Are there benefits of being in a LUG?
    1. You get the benefit of being a part of a large community which can provide insight and ideas to advance your own building technique.  You get the joy of seeing faces light up with inspiration when they see what’s possible with what you’ve built.  You get to have fun with like-minded people while participating in events like displays and brick drafts.  LEGO has also started the LEGO Ambassador Network, in which registered LUGs enjoy perks like discounted bulk brick ordering and advance previews of upcoming sets.  FortLUG is currently in preparation to join the LEGO Ambassador Network.  LUGs and the events they participate in provide free advertising to the LEGO brand that stirs public interest, so it’s in LEGO’s best interest to foster the community.
  5. How many members does FortLUG currently have?
    1. We currently have around 15 active members.
  6. When did FortLUG come into existence?
    1. FortLUG was formed in the fall of 2013 after Brickworld Fort Wayne that year.  LEGO sent a community representative to the show to put on a presentation about the benefits of forming a LUG, so the founding members got together and formed FortLUG.
  7. How regularly does FortLUG meet?
    1. We meet at least once a month, most commonly on Saturday afternoons.  Meetings usually last between 1-2 hours.  Check the “Meetings” section of the side panel for exact dates and times.
  8. How can I join FortLUG?
    1. Use the “Join” link at the top right of this page, answer a few questions, and hit send.  Someone will respond to you, usually within 24-48 hours.
  9. Is there an age restriction to membership in FortLUG?
    1. FortLUG is a group of AFOLs, so to be a member, you must be at least 18 years old.
  10. Are there membership dues?
    1. FortLUG does not charge membership dues.
  11. Is there a specific LEGO theme that FortLUG prefers?
    1. If it is LEGO, it is welcome to be built and shared in FortLUG.  We do not discriminate against LEGO themes.
  12. What sort of events is FortLUG involved with?
    1. The biggest one is Brickworld Fort Wayne, which happens in late summer to early fall.  We have displayed a collaborative layout the past four years at Brickworld and helped publicly promote it during the leading weeks and months.  We also had a display recently at the Great Train Show in Fort Wayne and have already discussed interest in displaying there again.  In the past, we’ve done an event for a church camp and also one for a local elementary school.  Some of our members have served and continue to serve as volunteers for the IPFW chapter of First LEGO League.
  13. What is an AFOL?
    1. AFOL is an acronym adopted by the LEGO community to describe adult LEGO hobbyists.  AFOL stands for Adult Fan of LEGO.
  14. Since FortLUG is for AFOLs, are there any resources for kids interested in LEGO?
    1. Yes there are.  The First LEGO League is a competition for elementary and middle school kids in which teams must build robots to perform a specified challenge.  The teams are then judged on various criteria, such as originality in how the challenge is solved, how well their bot performs, and its design.  Bricks4Kidz is another organization to check out.  They do various programs centered around LEGO, such as after-school activities, in-school activities, camps, and parties.  The Allen County Public Library also hosts LEGO clubs for kids.
  15. How long have you all been interested in LEGO?
    1. A long time.  Most of us have been interested in LEGO since we were kids, except for those that married into it.
  16. What is a MOC?
    1. MOC is another acronym that stands for My Own Creation.  You imagine it.  You build it.  No instructions necessary. 
  17. What is SNOT?
    1. SNOT may sound gross, but it is another acronym that stands for Studs Not On Top.  SNOT can be used to describe individual bricks with side-facing studs or, more generally, to identify the advanced technique of building entire structures in that fasion.
  18. How do you transport your displays from show to show?
    1. Our displays are built modularly so we can use boxes or tubs with varying degrees of internal padding to transport each module.  The larger parts of our displays have enough support built into them that they can be handled and transported with little risk of breaking.
  19. How long do you usually get to setup for a show?
    1. We usually get the day before the show to setup, but planning and building for the display begin months in advance.  The larger parts of our displays can be built offsite, transported to the show, and just dropped in place.  The longest part of setup for a display is putting out the individual details.
  20. Since LEGO models can break, do you use glue or tape to hold your models together?
    1. Absolutely not.  Glue and tape are both four-letter words.  It defeats the purpose of LEGO to permanently affix them.  LEGO is pretty sturdy, which eliminates the need for glue and tape.  Extra support can always be built in.
  21. Do you ever modify bricks to fit in certain places or perform certain functions?
    1. Modifying bricks is generally discouraged within the LEGO community, but there can sometimes be a legitimate need for a modified brick.  As such, brick modification should only be performed if there is no official brick workaround or alternative, and should be as unnoticeable as possible in the finished build.
  22. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?
    1. I’ll let you know if there is.
  23. If you were rolling down the ocean in a snowmobile, and a wheel fell off, would it still take the same number of pancakes to cover a doghouse?
    1. Orange, because ice-cream has no bones.