Demystifying LEGO® Instructions: Insights from Ana Beirão in Lisbon

Story #6 – What do you mean LEGO® Instructions?

When I was a child, I would borrow all my LEGO® from my cousins.

They were given to me in big shopping bags filled with bricks, or half-built with one or two parts to be rebuilt. I loved building and played with these bricks all the time building houses for my dolls or just doing official repairs for my cousins!

When I saw LEGO® ads on TV, I wondered the amount of imagination it took to build such boats and buildings – and I tried my best to replicate them with my bricks. 

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The years went by, and as an adult was time to do the same that my cousins did for me – spark imagination and creativity. So when my son turned 5, I bought him a LEGO® box and I was completely gobsmacked that there were instructions. I had no idea! 

I shared my amazement with a friend. 

Ana Beirão – Lisbon, Portugal

Building Brilliance: My Yellow Brick Tower by Diogo Lobo from Lisbon

Story #2 – My Yellow Brick Tower, by Diogo Lobo – Lisbon

It all starts with a single brick.

At 8 I had a big box of LEGO® bricks. I mean a big, BIG box.

It was so big that I could easily fit inside the box. I had all kinds of pieces, bricks and LEGO® stuff in there. I even had a smaller red box to sort LEGO® bricks, by color and by shape.

I think it was a box of some sort of appliance my parents bought. I used it to keep my LEGO® safe from the world (meaning my dog and other kids).

This is the box where Diogo kept his LEGO bricks over the years
Vintage LEGO®

And it was always the same ritual: I would bend the box slightly so all the pieces could lie on the floor but so that ALL the pieces could be in sight. DO NOT lose any piece was the absolute mantra. Even if I didn’t need it for a build, I would never lose one single brick. Never.

Then, creativity took over and castles, cars, buildings and even ice creams would see the light of the day. In the end, I would put all the pieces back in the big box and close it with that childish feeling that my treasure was safe. Those were the days!!

Many amazing structures were built and destroyed minutes afterwards, but one always stuck with me. The Yellow Tower!

But not just any tower, it would be a single line with one brick on top of the other straight to the sky. Will it stand? Do I have enough pieces? How many days will I need?

This image shows a 1x4 yellow LEGO brick
One Brick to Rule Them All

First try: 30 seconds later it fell, didn’t even reach the height of my forehead.

Second try: looking good and steady until someone opened the door and I looked away slightly touching it. Nooooooooo….

Third try: My hands are shaking.

Maybe I need help.

– “Moooooom!”

– “Why don’t you do it in sections and then put them together?”

– “What are sections? “ — I was 8…

– “You do one part with 20 bricks and put it on the floor. Then do another one exactly the same, and another, and another. Once you have 6 or 7 sections, let me know and I´ll help you.”

And then again I went. Section by section I was learning that a journey is made of small steps. One after the other just like LEGO® bricks, one after the other.

Once I had my sections ready to shine, we started to build it. And we only finished it when it touched the ceiling (almost). And there it was — a single line of yellow bricks from the ground to the ceiling, from down below to the clouds above.

I was 8…

I must have of photo of it somewhere. I still have the box. I still open it sometimes and remember that big tower.

It was tall. It was yellow. It was LEGO®.

Diogo Lobo, Lisbon — Portugal