Hello, and welcome to the new Booster Bricks blog. We will look at, and discuss, a wide array of topics. From behind the scenes at Booster Bricks, to club member stories, and much more.
I guess I feel like starting things off by introducing myself. I am James Dyer. I am a 49 year old electrician from Detroit. I have loved LEGO for as long as I can remember. I still own my first set, a #420 Police Car. I have had periods of time where they sat in my closet. But through the years I still bought sets or received them as gifts. I am married to Renae, who also enjoys LEGO building.
It was about 4-5 years ago, I saw that a local church was having a LEGO build contest. I built a very large church with a full interior display. I won a prize in the 18+ age category. There were only 2 entries. It was around that time that I discovered some great books at the local library. I saw that LEGO could be an artform. It was then I realized that I wanted to build. No, create. So, I went back to buying more sets. I started buying all the Mixels and pick-a-brick cups I could afford.
I started to build daily and loved the challenge of coming up with new ways to use the same parts. As an electrician, I need to know a large variety of parts and their proper usage. For LEGO, it’s much the same story. You should get to know your parts and what they can do. I bought organizers for the parts in my stash.
Soon after that, I built a much improved church. I found a show that I was able to display my models at. It was at this show, I met members of the local LUG (LEGO User Group). I joined them about a year later and was introduced to a bigger world. I started displaying with the club at many venues and shows. My first commissioned work was bought through a show. Some displays I have joined the club with include county fairs, train shows, museums, charity events, and even at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during the holidays.
I also found myself as an entrant in Brick Factor, an elimination build off run by LEGO for the Master Modeler job at Legoland, Michigan. While I never got the job, the privilege of being chosen to compete was humbling. I was eliminated in the first round, where I had to build an animal in 30 minutes using only basic bricks. I built a very crude turtle.
It was Father’s Day, 2017. A strange box was sitting on my doorstep when I got home from work. Renae was out of town. I was very surprised when I found LEGO inside. She ordered Booster Bricks as a gift for me. I found new inspiration in building the weekly challenges, and new confidence in posting my builds on Facebook. Booster Bricks has since opened a new world to me.
Less than a year later, I was asked to become a moderator for the Booster Bricks Club Facebook page. I also began writing a weekly tip and build challenge, which is still going strong. Less than a year after that, I now find myself Managing Editor for the Booster Bricks blog. I am humbled that so many people have enjoyed what I have created. I don’t know what will happen next. I certainly would love to make a career out of LEGO. I have to say that LEGO is a big part of my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.