The Lego Connection: 'Just a normal guy, normal family, who likes building with Legos'
EUGENE, Ore. - A new store in Eugene is specializing in something that many of us have been familiar with, be it as a child or parent: Legos.
For decades now, Legos have remained popular among kids as they grow up, so much so that businesses are built around buying and selling the small build-able bricks.
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Brian Aljian, the owner of Bricks & Minifigs in Eugene, opened his store in November 2017.
So far, business has been booming.
"It's pretty cool, I love seeing people come in the door, particularly kids, who come in and their faces just -- their jaws drop," said Aljian. "They just look at the rows and rows and rows of minifigures and all the sets on the walls, and they're just amazed."
While some people might consider Legos just a toy for children, there is a growing group of people called AFOLs, or Adult Fans of Lego, who play with the toy.
Brian Marzullo, a self-proclaimed AFOL, lives in Albany, where he converted a work shed behind his house into a home in order to build and keep his impressive collection.
"I'm just a normal guy, normal family," Marzullos said, "who likes building with Legos."
"I have multiple different sets; multiple different themes. I have a lot of my own stuff that I've built, so, I mean, hundreds of sets."
Marzullos does much more than just assemble the sets out of the box; he brainstorms, plans and builds his own unique creations.
"I've made a big Tony Stark lab with all his suites," said Marzullo. "I've made a prison from season three of the Walking Dead, complete with zombies."
According to Brian, it is all time well spent, and a way to unwind with his hobbies.
"It's fun, it's challenging," said Marzullo. "It's kind of like a destress from my daily job, something completely different from what I do on a daily basis."
Brian builds Legos with his kids, and he believes his desire to build isn't any different from that of a child.
"The build part of it is the same, wanting to create out of nothing," said Marzullo. "To have this idea in your head and bring it to life, that's the same as far as kids and adults."
If that desire to create and build is something you're familiar with, then Bricks & Minifigs is the place for you.
"Some people are looking for the detail pieces, you know, rocks and windows and trees and things like that," said Aljian. "That's where I think we can help, getting customers those pieces they need for their creations, whatever it may be."
That's the desire that Bricks & Minifigs hopes to tap into; helping adults and children alike be able to build and create.