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Questions Thread: February 14th-20th, 2010

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on February 15, 2010

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MOC Image Hosting

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on February 10, 2010

Chris writes:

Dear LFan,
Some questions regarding the various LEGO-picture-hosting website options (i.e. Flickr, MOCpages, Brickshelf, etc.):

1) Which is the most effective website for soliciting constructive comments for one’s MOCs?

2) To which audiences or contributors do the different websites cater?

3) A post on which site is most likely to get the attention of a LEGO news blog (i.e. ‘The Brothers Brick’)?

Thanks for any advice!

Chris

Dear Chris,

Flickr has an advantage because comments can be left directly on parts of a moc photograph.  Posting  a “my own creation”  in a thread on a community forum will also give you excellent constructive feedback.

Brickshelf and MOCpages cater directly to the entire community.  Younger builders tend to use MOCpages.  Brickshelf is great for fans because it only hosts Lego related images.

High quality of design is much more important than the location of hosted images.  Blogs often highlight mocs from the various image hosting sites, Lego theme sites, and individual’s webpages.

Sincerely,

LFan

Questions Thread: January 3rd – 9th, 2010

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on January 5, 2010

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Questions Thread: December 13th – December 19th, 2009

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on December 14, 2009

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Sincerely,
LFan

Questions Thread: November 22nd – 28th, 2009

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on November 23, 2009

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Sincerely,
LFan

Getting Started as an AFOL

Posted in General Questions, LUGs (LEGO Users Groups) by lfanquestions on November 19, 2009

Matthew writes:

Dear LFan,

You might be the best person to ask.  I just recently got really back into Lego bricks and as an adult wanted to know what I can do.  I see the websites of MOCs but my skill level (and budget) is not there yet.  Also Lego Groups website about activities for adults and even the certified/ambassador programs leaves me more questions than answers.

How can I become professional/certified/ambassador status?  Or at least..what would the first step be?

Thank you for your time and your quick response.

Matthew

Dear Matthew,

Getting involved in the Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL) community is a great idea.

First you should check and see if there is a Lego Users Group (LUG) near you.  Check out the map here:  http://www.lugnet.com/map/ Lugs hold regular meetings where you can join other fans to share creations, build new sets, and discuss everything Lego related.  They also have public displays several times a year.

Next you should look into online forums and sites for Lego fans.  Most themes have fan sites.  Take a look at the following communities and join the ones you are interested in:

www.fbtb.net – Star Wars

www.classic-castle.com – Castle

www.classic-space.com – Space

www.forbiddencove.com – Pirates

www.classic-pirates.com – Pirates

www.trains-n-town.com – Trains and Town

www.bzpower.com – Bionicle

The third step is to attend a large fan festival.  I recommend attending the convention that is near you.  Check out information about the North American Fests here:

www.brickfair.com – East Coast in Washington, D.C.

www.brickworld.us – Mid West in Chicago

www.brickcon.org – West Coast in Seattle

Lego Ambassadors represent lugs and online communities by giving fan feedback to the Lego Company.  Certified professionals build large models on commission for companies and individuals.  Both groups represent a small niche in the community.  I hope you have found this information helpful.

Sincerely,

LFan

Questions Thread: November 1st – 7th, 2009

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on November 11, 2009

Hello LEGO fans!

Please send in your Lego related questions to receive answers.  You may reply to this post or send us an email at lfanquestions@gmail.com  Thanks!

Sincerely,
LFan

Blog Format

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on November 10, 2009

Alex writes:

LFan, I think it is time to set up some FAQ pages! Every third question seems to be about buying LEGO.

I know you don’t want to scare off people, but I enjoy reading new topics much more.

Dear Alex,

Please check out the various Lego related “Categories” on the right menu.  Each blog post is tagged with at least one category.

I will answer any Lego related question asked by fans.  If you would like to see more general Lego questions, please submit a question that interests you.  Thanks.

Sincerely,
LFan