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Today, I'm gonna do something different. Gonna talk about THINGS, and STUFF.
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I had always had lego for as long as I can remember. my father with what little money he made got me something every once in a while. even the smallest set will distract a kid. when I was seven, my father's problems consumed him, in the midst of moving. my father stayed in rehab for two years, and then tried living in a small apartment.

when I was eight, I met someone in school that also liked lego, and he soon changed everything. for years, we made characters, had adventures inspired by books, video games, movies, etc. our lives were a melting pot that fed directly into storytelling.



when I was eleven, my father died. my friend had met him the year before. things like lego, and games, quickly became my source of distraction from what was happening around me. my friend had his own problems in this time as well, maybe even worse.



I tried to recreate a few samples of what we thought of as characters. when I had first met this friend, he had told me he didn't really like minifigures, because you were limited by the pieces available to you(although he probably explained differently). bricks were much more dynamic. colors flowed. characters could be any shape, any form, any size.



the designs you see here were some that I had remembered myself making, the one with the green hat was probably the first to use the 2x4 2x2 2x2 design. the hat was most likely inspired by the zelda games, my friend was obsessed with them. there were many other characters, but these are just a few sample ideas. my friend's characters never looked the same, but I wouldn't be able to recreate them.



the middle brick can be used to seat a character on a ledge, or as a backpack to hold small objects, that's what we had used it for. different types of clips can be used as hands.



I might update this page if I put together some other designs I can remember.

nothing will ever feel the same. after a certain time, your imagination and creativity begin to invert. when you're young, you're not very creative, but you're very imaginative. and when you grow older, you're probably more creative, but your imagination flips, in a way. instead of seeing things as something else, you'll see them how they really are.

when I look at these forms, I remember a thousand hours of lying on the carpet, suspending reality and distress.

EDIT: more will be added below, if I'm able to recall them.










Comments

 I like it 
  February 19, 2013
These figures remind me of something that I created a long time ago, I called it a "rahkshi", it was entirely made of bricks and looked nothing like one, :) Thats just a how it goes I suppose. I am getting my own memories from this.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2013
At least you had a friend that enjoyed LEGO as much as you. I am alone here.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2013
I agree with David Smith. This is a beautiful post, and those figures are wonderful. They bring back memories of some friends of my own and the times we shared over Legos :)
 I like it 
  February 9, 2013
I like how simple but affective the first builds are. The top of the hinge makes wonderful eyes on the red model. Small, brilliant characters. A great way to tell your story.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2013
I'm glad you voiced your issues through creations, they are great for that
 I like it 
  February 8, 2013
One thing we must all remember is that the Great Divine is always with us. I also fell in love with the last to characters!-Brick Boy
 I like it 
  February 8, 2013
Cath, that's a beautiful and brave post. I've lost close family in recent years, so I know how difficult life can be. Art and creativity were always positive outlets for me too. I know what you mean, or what your friend means by the rejection of mini-figs. They are the normaliser of the LEGO universe. But at the same time they do provide a common context for people to work in relation to each other. Those early builds seem more about building an alternative world to the one on LEGO's boxes; and that is the crazy thing with LEGO, every world is possible through the limits of the bricks.
 I made it 
  February 8, 2013
Quoting L.A. Miranda That was... strange. Indeed a very beautiful story behind your LEGO hobby, and the creation of those 'replacements' for the minifigures. Although I like them, I'm not very sure if they are a notable improvement of the figures... They seem more customizable, yes, but there are better options that those... Well, it was long time ago, maybe then there weren't. Anyways, I like the one with the Avohkii, it has a really cool look.
well, it's not really an improvement, I realize. but the point was, a lot of the figures back then were pretty themed, and there wasn't really much of an option for making something of your own, since everything is printed on a figure. so you're really limited to what you have. I'll probably post a few more designs on this page today, I just have to dig for some parts. they didn't all use that same design.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2013
That was... strange. Indeed a very beautiful story behind your LEGO hobby, and the creation of those 'replacements' for the minifigures. Although I like them, I'm not very sure if they are a notable improvement of the figures... They seem more customizable, yes, but there are better options that those... Well, it was long time ago, maybe then there weren't. Anyways, I like the one with the Avohkii, it has a really cool look.
 
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