This little toy was the gateway that initiated me into the Way of the Brick. I love Science Fiction and so bought, begged and bartered for any of the classic space, blacktron and related sets I could get my hands on. I was also rather strange because unlike some of my friends, I would use the instructions to build the set but instead of letting it gather dust on a shelf like some kind of model, it would promptly get taken apart and join the other bricks in the box and get used to build bigger and better versions of speeders, space craft, buggy's and military all-terrain vehicles.
I never had a dark period. I kept at it and built, and built. Even in college I would go home and the first thing I would do, after sleeping in, would be to pull out the box of Lego bricks and make something. I do have to say that the discovery of MOCpages and the community on Flickr has been one where I have been learning much. There were techniques of which I had never thought, creations I had never attempted and now can say, I did that.
I never built a mech until the pages, never joined a contest or knew about Bricklink, knew that there were conventions and pro-builders...no, I may never have had a dark age but certainly I had been in the dark!
Builders like ElBarto inspire me. I try to figure out the techniques they use and make things of a quality that are MOCpages worthy. Then the Barto man got me into GIMPing and a new monster was born. I build regularly but post seldom unless Mr. Rutherford is leading a charge, then I jump in with both feet.
Both of my kids know my hobby and for Christmas and for Father's day it was system sets and mini-figs as presents. Did I say I love my kids? My wife of 25 years smiles benevolently at me when I now pull out the BOXES of bricks. She will tolerate my use of the living room as a studio for a couple of days, but eventually she wants "her" room back...oh well.
I will keep building and being creative as long as I can and my medium of choice is Lego, my theme is Sci-fi, and I am Ron "the Archon" Mitchell of Caledonia. Permalink