Calling all Lego lovers, this event is for you ...
Bottomless Bricks to host Brick and Brew event for AFOLs
ADAMS — Bottomless Bricks is changing the local nightlife scene for AFOLs, or, at least, creating a local nightlife scene for Adult Fans of Legos.
"We're trying to give a bunch of people who are Lego fans an alternative — something to do," said Erin Laundry, co-owner of the Park Street store that gives Lego aficionados young, and now older, a place to build, play and just immerse themselves in some 300 pounds of toy bricks of all sizes.
Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. AFOLs — true insider lingo that designates you know your Legos — and kids at heart with a soft spot for those iconic yellow, c-shaped mini-figure hands can enjoy a Brick and Brew event. It's a first in the shop's effort to expand Thursday night offerings. For $10, dive into the Bottomless Bricks collection, build with friends and bring your own beverages to enjoy.
"This is going to be a very adult event. ... It's kind of like a paint and sip," Laundry said of the 21-and-over evening, adding she was still figuring out light snacks to serve that were Lego friendly — no cheesy Doritos fingers allowed on the merchandise.
Laundry and her husband, Shane, opened the business in Adams about three months ago. Before they had the storefront, the couple, who live in Pittsfield, began doing brick-themed birthday parties for friends and family members, giving new life to their massive collection of Lego and brick pieces that had been amassed by their two sons and their own love of the classic toy. When asked how many pieces they have in their personal collection, Laundry replied with a laugh, "I have no idea, my husband has about 1,000 mini-figures in his collection alone."
Bottomless Bricks is open primarily on weekends and school vacation days to help give parents a place to bring their busy, little builders. There's a giant bin with 100-pounds of bricks to sort through and build with; a popular racing station where kids can build their own cars and race them down a ramp; binders filled with sets and directions for builders who like a plan to follow; and a mini-figure factory with heads, torsos and accessories that can be assembled and taken home for $4. The mini-figure factory is a big hit, according to Laundry.
"I'm always calling my suppliers saying, 'I need more heads!'" she joked.
Where does one get 300 pounds of extra Legos and building bricks? Laundry has become a brick hunter of sorts, honing her skills at bargain hunting on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and local auctions, scooping up sets when 14-year-olds decide they are no longer into the toys. But for every teenager who is over it, there's another adult fan keeping up their collection.
"I've had so many adults come in to reminisce about Legos or collectors who want to talk," she said. So, they decided to offer something just for the big kids.
This Thursday night event, they hope, will be a reoccurring event once a month, with other themed-events the other Thursdays. On Jan. 23, Bottomless Bricks will host a mini-figure trading night from 6 to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to the free evening. There is also a monthly Lego Club and Minecraft event.
Those attending Thursday's Brick and Brew can expect not only the camaraderie of other AFOLs but the chance to admire the Laundry's Stranger Things Lego set from their own collection, participate in a group build or tackle different models that are not yet finished. In the collaborative effort, builders will help make Nerf Gun darts, using Lego Technic pieces.
"The goal is to use those darts in a future event for kids," Laundry said. "Instead of us having to do all the event dart building by ourselves, we figured why not have some other grownups help too."
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