A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

Getting back to LEGO, Pt. 1

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ImageThis starts a series of posts about my venture back to LEGO at an adult age. I try to keep the posts somewhat short in order to make the whole thing a bit more readable.

During this holiday season, I took it up to go through my old toys – the ones I still had left – at the basement of our old home. I wasn’t expecting much, knowing I had donated most of my old toys to younger children among our friends and family (and that they had, in turn, given the toys away many years ago too). As LEGO was shaping up to be a prominent part of the Hybridex research project, I had familiarized myself with their more recent products involving digital technologies in some way or the other and, in the process, dug up a good deal of Lego history, including a lot of the themes present when I was a kid in the late 1980s.

During the last couple of years I had developed this habit of stopping in front of the LEGO section in the supermarket and longingly explaining to my girlfriend how great toys LEGO bricks really were and how I would love to build LEGO sets again, now at adult age, if I just had the nerve to go investing in something so “unnecessary” as toys. I had actually bought one set during my adult years, the AT-ST Walker from the Star Wars films with over 1000 pieces, and loved building it. But to a degree, it had been a curious exception; akin to a huge jigsaw puzzle grownups sometimes get for a present. Still, I was – not so secretly – craving for more.


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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