What is LEGO®?
LEGO® is a building toy system based on interlocking plastic bricks patented by the LEGO Company in 1958 in Billund, Denmark.
Who plays with LEGO®?
Traditionally, LEGO® has been a children’s toy, focused on ages 5-14. However, there are many adult users as well around the world.
Plural of LEGO®
LEGO® is a contraction of “leg godt” which means “play well” in Danish. It is also the name of the LEGO Group of Companies, and their brand. Please always refer to LEGO® as: LEGO® Bricks, LEGO® Toys, or LEGO® elements, etc. and not as “LEGOS”. This is to help preserve the legal protections of the trademark.
Where can I buy new LEGO® sets?
Almost any toy store, online at LEGO.com, or from LEGO® Shop at Home at 1-800-835-4386.
Where can I buy Used/previously played with LEGO® sets and/or parts?
How can I clean LEGO®?
LEGO® can be washed by hand, using warm and mild soap. Sometimes a gentle toothbrushing can help. But do not get electric parts wet! You can also put LEGO® in a mesh lingerie-type bag and wash it in the dishwasher or clothes washer, if:
- The parts won’t fall out through the holes in the mesh bag
- You have low/cold temperature water
- You dry them with no heat
It is best to wash clear pieces or minifigs by hand to avoid scratches and worn faces.
See also the Washing LEGO post on Bill Ward’s (past BayLUG President) blog.
LEGO® building assistance, parts purchases, tutorials, etc.
Can BayLUG/LTC provide LEGO® building tutors/training/advice?
Generally no. The club is not organized as a professional service or training business, and does not offer LEGO® building tutorials, etc. to the public. Sometimes though they will be on the agenda for regular club meetings. However, individual club members may, at their discretion, offer training or assistance to groups. Come to a meeting to meet them and assess their skills, suitability and availability for your particular purpose.
Can BayLUG/LTC help me/my school/group/company etc. do (some LEGO®-related activity/project)?
Generally no. Again, the club is not a service or training business. Again, however, individual members may, at their discretion, offer training or assistance to groups at their discretion.
I really need a particular part for a project I’m working on. How can BayLUG help?
If there’s a meeting or show coming up, post a “Parts Begging” note (clearly describing the part, color, and quantity) to the Chat mailing list so members can see if they have what you want, and bring it to the meeting. It’s a good idea to link to a site like peeron.com or other online inventory of LEGO parts to help be more clear which part you are talking about. Also indicate if there are any parts you offer to trade, or if you are willing to offer a certain amount of cash, include that in the note.