collectors are all wet

what kind of a fan is the greatest fan?

is it the fan that watches all the movies and collects the most merchandise?

that bathes their models to return them to the shelf, dust-free, instead of taking them apart to build something new?

i don't think so. i want to see people challenge themselves to build new and good things. you cannot be a weak bitch at the time you have finished building something new and good.

Let the stones have vengeance too! It is not too late!

When we entered our dark age, we expected the laygoes community to behave and not rock the boat in our absence, but THEY HAVE NOT. New sets and new colors and new MOCs and new trends have emerged.
C├ęsar Soares is a standout builder of this trend, his work championed by Bro-Bricks time and again.
His Blue Water Castle is also worth a look.

Today we examine an emerging castle aesthetic, which henceforth shall be dubbed Craggy.  It oozes with a fanciful and majickal sensibility.

Luke Watkins Hutchinson was blogged before, and is likely the most prolific Craggy builder.

These creations have texture.  Their creators mastered the techniques required to conceal the stud, and can now move on to embracing the stud strategically, using it to create ruinous and organic forms.*  Walls are askance, roofs curve and crumble, and the ground is alive.

David Hensel has an extensive library of Crag.  His Falling Water is an interesting non-castle Craggy moc, that feels more restrained and careful in crag application that these others.

And yet, for all this, we find that we cannot fully embrace it.  Conscious of the potential hypocrisy on our part, we feel these MOCs too affected.  They are self-consciously fiddly in their craft, noisy when subtlety would serve, overwrought, indulgent in displays of technical skill.

JaapXaap's Crag mocs boldly declare "dark purple is in"

The builders are good, though, and so we hope that the best parts of Craggy can be extracted and used in the next trend, as the community forever strives towards just rebuilding this beauty over and over again in rarer and rarer colors.

*These builders owe a perhaps unknown debt to the pioneering work of Steve DeCraemer, the builder of craggy robot Jesus, craggy gothick castle, and craggy other castle, being the only one of which we could find pics, and unfortunately the least whelming as well, if memory serves.

here you go

here you go, jonesy, your new, blaggable my own creation, on a prestigious legos blag

a recurring dream in which
i am locked in a store, after hours
it is lit by really terrible, cool fluorescent light
and there is nothing i would want to buy anyway

watermarks are in this season.

What are our thots on this, my dear estranged friends?

It has some twee, and some affect.  But if I turned it upside down, would it drift away?  Could it ever go in a suitcase and fly across the country?  Can we learn new techniques from it that involve clicking pieces together?

I do not know.  Perhaps all mocks are made of string and webs and rubber bands these days.  There are parts I didn't know existed.

Dearly yours,

happy birthday, blag

About five years ago we were just about to start our second year of college. That spring semester we had taken a humanities class that spanned from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance. The theme of the class was terrorism and the professor had us look at all the primary texts and interpret them through the lens of the state and terrorism. This class fundamentally changed how we think about the world and set us on a course to becoming more and more left-wing in our political beliefs. Also, Kevoh started this blag and asked us to write on it with him and some other AHOLs.

Unlike leftist party leaders, we (I) never had a plan for what this blag would be like in five years, what we (I), want to use it for, and how y'all will interact with it. Nor did it even occur to us that we might still be updating this blag five years later. The layout is more or less the same, we still write in first person plural, try to keep images about 500 pixels wide, and think that our opinions matter enough to share them with y'all. As we said a while ago, we're not really sure why we care anymore and if y'all care that we care (yes, college made us not only into a socialist, but also a nihilist), or even if we still like playing with our legos.

Most kids go away from home when they go to college, which often results in those who played with legos to to stop doing so, at least until later in life when they are lucky enough to land well paying jobs that enable them to get back into the hobby. We were one of the exceptions who stayed at home with their parents (and are still doing so because bachelors of arts in German and Linguistics are nearly useless except for when you need to correct someone who claims that all languages descend from Latin or for when you need to tell someone that Gesundheit actually just means "health"). This afforded us the luxury of still playing with our legos but, ironically, our interest in playing with legos has decreased dramatically over the past two to three years, despite having a pile of legos four feet from where we sleep every night. It may also be that our collection remains largely unsorted in large bins that make it nearly impossible to find parts and that we actively avoid researching prototypes and finding inspiration.

What do you do to find inspiration? How do you motivate yourself to build? To sort? Post a valued opinion below on what you do to play with legos. Post a valued opinion below so that I know that you care.