#21 - LEGO Fans

Episode 9 March 10, 2017 01:03:31
#21 - LEGO Fans
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#21 - LEGO Fans
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Are we building a mystery? No, we're talking about Lego fans! Who are Lego for? Is there more than just building? Is it about collecting (and making money??)? Stay tuned! Want to see more awesome fandom content? [Become a Patron on Patreon!](http://patreon.com/thenickscast) Find more like this: [fanthropological.com](http://fanthropological.com) Find us on social media Twitter: [@thenickscast](http://twitter.com/thenickscast) Instagram: [@thenickscast](http://instagram.com/thenickscast) Facebook: [fb.com/thenickscast](http://fb.com/thenickscast) Youtube: [youtube.com/thenickscast](http://youtube.com/thenickscast) Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) Citations ["Mechs, big ships and community: a chat with long-time LEGO fan and Mecha Builder, Mark Neumann [Interview]"](http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/02/06/mechs-big-ships-community-talk-long-time-lego-fan-mecha-builder-mark-neumann-interview/) ["Seriously Nerdy."](http://bricknerd.com/about/) ["Lego Fan Opens 'Brick Burger' Restaurant"](http://www.eater.com/2017/2/7/14538990/lego-burger-restaurant-philippines) ["Lego to open giant playhouse for fans by Danish HQ"](http://www.thelocal.dk/20170217/lego-to-open-giant-playhouse-for-fans-in-denmark) ["What are some of the best models for introducing an adult to LEGO?"](https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-best-models-for-introducing-an-adult-to-LEGO) ["LEGO Glossary"](http://www.brothers-brick.com/lego-glossary/) ["History of Lego"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Lego) ["BrickRecycler"](http://www.brickrecycler.com/) ["Collectors Weekly - Collectible LEGO Toys, Sets, and Bricks"](http://www.collectorsweekly.com/toys/lego) ["The Brick Fan - About"](http://www.thebrickfan.com/about/) ["BrickNerd - About"](http://bricknerd.com/about/) ["PCHLUG - Join Us"](http://www.pchlug.com/?page_id=25) ["Why Fans Are Sending the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Boxes of Legos"](http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/ai-weiwei-versus-lego/412402/) ["r/lego - What Pulled You Out of Your Dark Age?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/5ilehq/what_pulled_you_out_of_your_dark_age/?ref=search_posts) ["r/lego - The Evolution of a LEGO Addict: Part 3"](https://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/5mceef/the_evolution_of_a_lego_addict_part_3/?ref=search_posts) ["How Legos Became More Violent"](https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/484286) ["Lego is a way of life for some adults"](http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37716463/ns/business-retail/t/lego-way-life-some-adults/) ["Adult Fans of Lego: Why Lego is fun at any age"](http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/story/adult-fans- lego-why-lego-fun-any-age) ["Why we love Lego - Leading psychologist reveals the 'builder instinct' is the key to the popularity of the toy"](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2178872/Why-love-Lego--leading-psychologist-reveals-builder-instinct-key-popularity-toy.html) ["Adult Fan of LEGO"](http://www.brickwiki.info/wiki/Adult_Fan_Of_LEGO) ["Lego Certified Professionals"](https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/lego-group/programs-and-visits/lego-certified-professionals) ["The cult of Lego: why are people so in love with the colourful bricks?"](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11276191/The-cult-of-Lego-why-are-people-so-in-love-with-the-colourful-bricks.html) ["Notoriously expensive Lego prices scale linearly, remain constant over time"](http://nerdist.com/notoriously-expensive-lego-prices-scale-linearly-remain-constant-over-time/) ["I like Lego"](http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/01/i-like-lego/) ["How to Invest in Legos and Make a Bazillion Dollars"](https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-us/magazine/how-to-invest-in-legos) ["BrickPicker: Lego Price and Investing Guide"](https://www.brickpicker.com/index.cfm) ["10 Reasons Why We Love Lego"](http://whatculture.com/offbeat/10-reasons-why-we-love-lego) Credits Music: All this week's music is provided by our very own G! "lowerguncock" by [woodmoose](https://www.freesound.org/people/woodmoose/) used under [CC BY 3.0 US](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) Logo: ["Glasses"](https://thenounproject.com/term/glasses/132894) by [Anton Anuchin](https://thenounproject.com/antonwebium) used under [CC BY 3.0 US](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) ["Lego"](https://thenounproject.com/term/lego/19827) by [Iconic](https://thenounproject.com/iconicdesign) used under [CC BY 3.0 US](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/)

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