The AFOL History Project
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October 19th, 1999
GFLTC's first meeting
The Greater Florida LEGO Train Club (GFLTC) holds their first meeting in St. Petersburg, planning for an upcoming GATS show in December.
October 17th, 2000
LEGO Shop@Home goes online
LEGO begins offering online purchasing through their website.
October 20th, 2001
LEGO World 2001
The first LEGO World event is held in Zwolle, NL, with more than 27,500 visitors in 4 days. The event is a collaborative effort between the LEGO Company and 'De Bouwsteen', the hobbyist group in the area.
October 17th, 2002
Brickish Association is founded
The Brickish Association is founded in order to provide a 'meeting place' for British AFOLs. It has since flourished, with increasing members and a wide range of public events.
October 18th, 2002
LEGO World 2002
LEGO World 2002 is held at The IJsselhallen in Zwolle, NL. The 5 day event had over 35,000 visitors.
October 17th, 2003
LEGO World 2003
LEGO World 2003 begins
October 20th, 2005
LEGO World 2005
LEGO World 2005 is held with over 48,000 visitors in Zwolle, NL. The show floor was more than 20,000 square meters.
October 19th, 2006
LEGO World 2006
LEGO World 2006 begins in Zwolle, NL
October 20th, 2006
LEGO Recalls Truck
One of the few recalls in LEGO history, LEGO decides to recall the 3509 LEGO Explore Super Truck. The truck's wheels were found to detach more easily than expected, revealing a dangerous metal axle.
October 18th, 2007
LEGO World 2007
LEGO World 2007 sells out admission with more than 50,000 attendees.
October 16th, 2008
LEGO World 2008
LEGO World 2008 starts
About the Project
This project is intended to mark the major milestones in the history of the LEGO hobbyist community. Although it is in part a history of the LEGO company, it's moreover intended to focus more on the myriad of happenings that we in the community remember-- landmark MOCs, community firsts, momentous events, and so forth.

The project was originally developed by Jason Wittenburg in early 2008, but was abandoned some months afterward. Using saved data from the original version, this incarnation is an attempt to keep the project alive, and is currently maintained by David Eaton.

Make a Submission
Help us by adding an event that you don't already see listed. If you aren't sure which ones we have, check the complete timeline.

Events in the AFOL History Project should focus on something that affected the LEGO community. Try to avoid events such as release dates for LEGO sets or themes, unless they made a particularly outstanding effect on the community. It's good to provide community 'first' events, such as a club's first meeting, but try to avoid subsequent repetitive events such as regular LUG meetings or train shows.

Your event text may not be accepted if it doesn't seem to fit, if it looks inaccurate, or if not enough data is provided, but we hope to include most submissions. Also be aware that your exact text may be altered in some cases to match the style of the existing entries.

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Things we'd like to know
There are some things we've looked for but don't have yet. Please let us know if you have any of the following information:
  • Date FBTB forums started
  • Date Tim Saupe announced his leaving FBTB
  • Attendance details for LEGO World events
  • Attendance details for BrickFair events
  • Attendance details for Brickworld events
  • Attendance details for BrickCon events
  • Date of Fibblesnork Guide
  • Date of SimLego's first version
  • Start date for Earthsea FTP Site (pre-ATL?)
  • Start date of A.T.L. (early 1993)
  • First LEGO hobbyist train show (1st known in winter 1985)

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