Welcome to my abode, dearly esteemed Readers!
I’m very sorry for the delay in posting today. When I crawled out of my crate this morning, all the contributors were already up (a true rarity, let me tell you) and running amok. I was sternly informed that it was Andrew’s annual inspection and I had to rush about straightening and dusting all of their offices and suites. There were a lot of confusing references to Andrew and his white glove. Not entirely sure what it’s all about but I’ve been pretty busy, running from one rancid mess to another. It was almost enough to ruin my appetite. Almost.
Just now I decided that I deserved a break today, so I had a mango and peanut butter sandwich and sat down to answer your questions. I am a bit afraid that someone will come looking for me, so I’m writing from inside the vacuum-cleaner bag. No one uses it except for me, so they will never think to look here.
Off we go!
What is your stance on the word “Legos”?
This is a common question and it’s probably time to cover it again. Grammar police all throughout the hobby love to beat down people who refer to LEGO Bricks as “Legos”. The offender is generally someone new to the hobby and the enforcer gets to show off his or her superior knowledge. In all honesty, it’s not about being correct but usually about being a jerk. It doesn’t matter what you call our lovely little building elements. It’s about creativity and relationships. Don’t be a jerk.
And remember, in Denmark LEGO is pronounced “LEE-GO”. If you correct someone for saying “Legos” and insist the correct way is “Lay-go” without an ‘s’, you are just as wrong. There, now I’m a jerk too.
Is the “tile in clip” technique legal now since it was used in the Helicarrier set?
To begin with, I have to admit that I’m not an expert on what is “legal” and what is not. In addition, the legality of a technique is decided by The LEGO Company and only applies to set design and such. No one is going to get arrested or thrown into LEGO jail for using an illegal technique. Well…not many people. I heard that Mark Stafford once spent a couple nights in the LEGO slammer but that was for color-related crimes, if I remember correctly.
Anyway, I digress. Tiles in Clips. Since it appears in a set, that would say to me that it is legal. I’m told, by some of my underworld contacts, that is has always been a legal connection but is seldom allowed in a set due to the higher level strength and dexterity that is required for the technique. If that is the case, then we will probably not see it often and only in sets designed for a higher age range.
Current use aside, The LEGO Company can always change it’s rules. It is a fickle mistress. The technique could become more wide-spread or be disallowed entirely.
Will there ever be an A.Lemur minifig?
Hmmm…that would be awesome! But, no, there are no plans to produce a lemur at this time. Of course, the future is as yet uncharted and a whole realm of possibilities still exist!
Once again, thank you so much sending me your questions. It is truly a pleasure and honor to talk to you all!