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1891 April 7th
Ole Kirk Christiansen is born
Ole Kirk Christiansen is born in Filskov, Denmark.
1920 July 6th
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen is born
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen is born in Billund, Denmark.
1932 September 10th
LEGO starts producing toys
The LEGO company is founded by Ole Kirk Christiensen as a toy company, with the "LEGO" name coming two years later.
1934 December 1st
LEGO becomes "LEGO"
Searching for a name for his company that started making toys in 1932, Ole Kirk Christiensen decides on "LEGO".
1942 March 22nd
Fire destroys the LEGO factory
When a factory fire destroyed the LEGO factory and its contents in 1942, Ole rebuilt all the production models himself to get the company back up and running. This was the 3rd fire to affect the LEGO company.
1947 December 27th
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is born
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is born in Billund, Denmark. His last name is incorrectly transcribed onto his birth certificate with a "K" rather than a "C".
1949 December 12th
Hilary Page is granted a patent for the studded brick
Hilary Fisher Page is granted a UK patent for his "Self-Locking Bricks", which was applied for in 1945 (and already being sold in 1947). LEGO would later slightly alter and market this design in Demark as "Automatic Binding Bricks".
1954 May 1st
LEGO officially registered as a trademark
The word LEGO was officially registered as a trademark in Denmark.
1958 January 28th
The LEGO Brick patent is filed
The original LEGO brick with its stud-and-tube coupling system is born
March 11th
Ole Kirk Christiansen dies
Ole Kirk Christiansen dies, leaving his son Godtfred in charge of the LEGO company.
1960 February 4th
Fire destroys LEGO's wooden toy division
The LEGO company's warehouse for the wooden toy division (Bilofix) is destroyed by a fire. This ended the LEGO company's wooden toy division completely, and was the 4th fire to affect the Christiansens.
1968 June 7th
Legoland Park in Billund is opened
Legoland Park in Billund is opened. 3,000 people visit on the opening day.
1991 March 16th
LegoWars rulebook written
Todd Ogrin writes the manual for a LEGO-based miniatures game developed in cooperation with Eric O'Dell, which they called "LegoWars".
1993 April 7th
First LEGO FAQ Posted
Tom Pfeifer posts the first LEGO FAQ (also later referred to as the RTL FAQ).
LegoWars Rules Posted
Robert Ogrin posts the rules for a LEGO miniatures game called LegoWars, developed with Eric O'Dell. The game would later evolve into BrikWars.
May 7th
First Set List Posted
Dik T. Winter posts the first attempt at a comprehensive LEGO set list, initially containing only sets from 1984-1993.
November 11th
List of Part Numbers posted
Peter Miller compiles a list of LEGO "Design IDs", which would later be used in systems like LDraw.
December 21st
The USENET newsgroup is voted in
In October 1993, about 9 months after, a proposal was drafted to create a more widely propagated group for LEGO, Voting concluded on December 21st, and results were announced on January 3rd, 1994.
1994 January 10th newsgroup is created
The (RTL) newsgroup is created in the rec.* hierarchy of USENET. Charter: "To provide a forum for the discussion of all things and experiences relating to the LEGO(tm), Duplo(tm) and compatible construction toys. Including interesting models that one has built, experiences one has had using legos, or questions about how to build particular components."
April 6th
Construction begins at LEGOLAND Windsor
LEGO begins working on its second theme park, located in Windsor, England.
Paul Gyugyi announces LegoNet
Paul Gyugyi starts collecting memberships for LegoNet, envisioned as a hobby-oriented newsletter. Within a week, he receives nearly 100 signups.
November 14th
Brick Kicks replaced by Mania Magazine
The quarterly Brick Kicks publication is replaced with Mania Magazine, which is longer and has 6 issues per year rather than the quarterly schedule of Brick Kicks.
1995 January 6th
RTL Roll Call Begins
Lou Zucaro begins the tradition of the RTL Roll Call, where fans introduced themselves with personal information as well as information about their LEGO habits.
February 26th
First AucZILLA LEGO Auction
Todd Lehman announces his monstrous LEGO auction, called "AucZILLA", with more than 30,000 pieces from 500 new LEGO sets. Unlike all other LEGO auctions at the time, AucZILLA introduces automated bidding, and becomes known for its high quality pieces.
June 14th
Acronym "AFOL" is first used
Matthew Verdier first coins the acronym AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) based on a post by Jeff Thompson, noting that it sounds like "A FOOL".
July 13th
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen dies
At age 75, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen dies, having retired from the LEGO company in 1992.
August 19th
LEGOFest Prime is held in Chicago
Minx Kelly hosts one of the first LEGO events (possibly THE first) for adult enthusiasts.
September 11th
LEGO publishes its increasing concern about "The Internet"
In an article of American Computerworld, LEGO expresses its concern regarding fan websites' use of the LEGO logo and appearing official, especially in the absence of an official site. Within the next month, AFOLs start discussing various preventative measures, and LEGO's legal team begins cracking down on various fan sites, mostly demanding the removal of their logo.
LEGO Geek Code v1.0
Derek Schin posts version 1.0 of the LEGO Geek Code, a sort of shorthand for describing your LEGO self.
October 13th
LEGO demands removal of "Lego" from LegoWars
LEGO's legal team pressures the LegoWars site to remove the word "Lego", because the company does not want to be closely associated with the violent terminology of "war". Steve Jackson (of Steve Jackson Games) contemplates boycotting the company.
1996 February 13th
LDraw becomes available
James Jessiman uploads his LDraw program for all to download.
March 22nd
LEGO hosts official website
Long awaited by hobbyists, LEGO creates an official website, Fans are largely disappointed in the light content, but the site does provide a "Fair Play" document for fans to refer to when designing their own webpages, and even mentions RTL.
LEGOLAND Windsor opens
LEGO opens its second theme park in Windsor, England.
April 13th
First meeting of British AFOLs
Soon after the opening of LegoLand Windsor, a small group of British AFOLs get together for the very first time at the new park.
Fibblesnork LEGO Survey
Todd Lehman posts a 147-question LEGO survey for hobbyists.
May 1st
Pause Magazine LEGO guide begins
Lou Zucaro's LEGO Set Reference Guide moves to, the site of Pause Magazine.
June 2nd
First Cool LEGO Site of the Week
Ed Boxer's LEGO Castle is awarded the first Cool LEGO Site of the Week.
Earthsea FTP site closes
Paul Gyugyi announces the closing of his FTP site,, which had been the central repository for the community since as early as April 1993.
July 20th
First Bay Area LEGO Get Together
LEGO fans in the San Francisco Bay area hold a gathering at a pizza place with more than 20 attendees.
December 13th
First Bring Your Favorite Minifig To Work Day
Before becoming an annual event, people are encouraged to bring their favorite minifigs to work (or school) all on the same day.
1997 February 1st
BrikWars Rulebook Posted
Mike Rayhawk posts his revised rules to Eric O'Dell and Robert Ogrin's LegoWars game, calling it "BrikWars".
March 14th
LEGO Maniacs Web Ring
Tim Courtney announces the LEGO Maniac's Web Ring to connect people's personal web sites.
July 25th
James Jessiman passes away
The worldwide community of LEGO fans lost a bright light in the passing of James Jessiman, creator of the LDraw file format and original LDraw program
RTL Toronto Meeting Proposed
Calum Tsang proposes a meeting in Toronto that would ultimately lead to the rtlToronto group.
1998 February 16th
Evil Stevie's Pirate Game
Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games first starts discussing his Pirate Game.
April 19th (BrickShelf) begins hosting instruction and catalog scans
Kevin Loch opens his personal website up to hosting scans of LEGO instructions and catalogs from the past. Eventually, this would become known as the BrickShelf Library for instructions and catalogs. Many people contribute by submitting scans of their instructions and catalogs.
September 18th
LUGNET goes live
LUGNET, a LEGO community site is launched, featuring a hierarchy of newsgroups, and soon after allowing email subscriptions and a web interface.
November 21st
NGLTC's first train show
The North Georgia LEGO Train Club (NGLTC) holds its first show in Atlanta, GA.
1999 February 5th
German AFOL forum goes online
German LEGO Fan Forum goes online, founded by Michael Schian (became part of in 2000)
March 4th
BayLUG is named!
AFOLs in the San Francisco Bay area agree on a new name for their club, and establish a website!
Legoland California opens
The first Legoland outside of Europe opens in Carlsbad, California.
April 10th
NALUG has its first meeting
NALUG (Northern Alberta LEGO Users Group) was born in a Boston Pizza in Edmonton, Alberta.
July 5th
Idea for Jambalaya first proposed
Todd Lehman pitches the idea of a traveling box of LEGO where people can trade their less desirable pieces, resulting ultimately in the Jambalaya boxes.
7th goes online
LDraw website goes online
MLCAD Released
Michael Lachmann releases a new LEGO CAD program, MLCAD, for creating and editing LEGO DAT models.
August 10th
First NELUG Meeting
NELUG has its first meeting in Melrose, MA with 5 members attending.
NOVALTC has its first meeting
NOVALTC (Northern Virginia LEGO Train Club) is held at Union Station. Later, the club would come to be known as WAMALUG.
September 1st
Datsville is born!
Following the desire for a community DAT project, John VanZwieten launches the Datsville project, first known as LCadville.
2nd becomes BrickShelf, the site of Kevin Loch's instruction and catalog library, is renamed as BrickShelf.
Tom McDonald discovers spamcake
Tom McDonald discovers spamcake. Its importance was unrealized... until later.
October 10th
First meeting of ILM
The Italian LEGO Maniacs (ILM) holds its first meeting. Later, the club would become the Italian LEGO Users Group, "ITLUG".
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.
MIT MindFest
One of the first national gatherings for AFOLs in the USA, the MIT MindFest was the inspiration for the first BrickFest event in 2000. The event was held at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. MindFest's primary goal was to serve educators working with LEGO, but a high degree of AFOL participation gave the event an additional LEGO hobbyist focus.
From Bricks to Bothans (FBTB) goes online
Tim Saupe launches his LEGO Star Wars fansite, From Bricks to Bothans. Initially the site was a blog for LEGO Star Wars information hosted on AOL.
November 14th
LUGNET offers paid memberships
LUGNET begins offering formal lifetime memberships for $10 USD.
28th goes online
The German LEGO fansite goes online, although the domain name was registered some time later on January, 6th 2000.
December 4th
Brickset is born
Huw & Grahame's set database, which had been growing for about a year, is officially dubbed BrickSet, a new independently compiled LEGO set database in addition to the already existing LUGNET/Pause guide.
Brad Justus announces LEGO Direct on LUGNET
Brad Justus introduces himself and the newest venture from LEGO, LEGO Direct, to reach out to the LEGO community and open dialog between the company and its fans.
FGLTC is founded
While planning for their 4th train show, Torsten Wernecke, Jan Weychardt, and Ben Beneke officially form the First German LEGO Train Club (FGLTC).
2000 January 14th
LEGO begins offering bulk ordering
LEGO Direct announces that bulk sales are available from LEGO. At this stage, these were accessory sets of many of an individual part, such as 50 2x4 bricks.
The idea for Castle World is proposed
Pawel Nazarewicz posits the idea of having a large LEGO-castle themed site, which received its name some 3 days later on Jan 22nd by co-creator Craig Hamilton.
DixieLUG is founded
DixieLUG is founded, first meeting in Macon, GA
February 10th
Brickshelf announces public galleries
Kevin Loch announces that BrickShelf will host people's images for free. Prior to this, it was difficult to host LEGO images without various restrictions.
VLC is founded
The Vancouver LEGO Club (VLC) is announced on LUGNET.
March 12th
BayLTC Established
BayLTC is founded-- a club for LEGO train enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay area.
First LUGOLA Meeting
Members of the LEGO Users Group Of Los Angeles hold their first meeting in Redondo Beach, CA.
The Guild of Bricksmiths is announced
The Guild of Bricksmiths is announced-- a select group of hobbyists designing custom LEGO model kits.
Train April Fools Prank
One of the most successful April Fools hoaxes, Ben Beneke releases a fake 2001 train catalog with many enticing models that got fans drooling.
May 13th
LUGNET Logo appears in Mania Magazine
The May/June 2000 issue of Mania Magazine displays the LUGNET logo in some artwork on a computer screen, unfortunately without consulting with LUGNET beforehand.
BrickBay Announced
Dan Jezek announces his upcoming site BrickBay (later BrickLink), getting feedback from the community, and soon after gathering beta testers.
June 9th
Mark Sandlin unveils the SpiffCraft
Mark Sandlin gives us one more little update that becomes one of the most recognizable crafts in the history of .space, based on the classic Calvin and Hobbes' Spaceman Spiff's spaceship.
Brickfest 2000
The first "BrickFest" event is held on June 9 to June 11 on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. It was the first major attempt at a purely LEGO hobbyist gathering, organized by WAMALUG. Approximately 60 people attended.
BrickBay Officially Launches
After completing the beta test phase, Dan Jezek unveils BrickBay, an online marketplace dealing exclusively in LEGO. Eventually, it would become BrickLink, the best known hobbyist source for buying LEGO.
July 10th Domain Launched
The BrickSet database moves from Huw Millington's personal webspace to its own domain,
GardenSLUG's first meeting
The newly formed "GardenSLUG" hobbyist group meets in New Jersey.
August 5th
The Galactic Shipyard goes online
Jon Palmer launches the Galactic Shipyard for profiling extremely large ships.
PNLTC sets world record
The Pacific Northwest LEGO Train Club (PNLTC) sets the Guiness World Record for longest LEGO train track, at 3232 feet.
Todd & Suzanne Announce Their Wedding
Todd publicly confirms the wedding plans for he and Suzanne, set to take place at LEGOLAND, California.
September 4th
Brickwise Shopping Report goes online @ LUGNET
Brickwise Shopping Report goes online @ LUGNET, intended to feature various sales and deals from around the internet.
Peeron hosts inventories
Dan and Jennifer Boger start hosting cross-referenced inventories on their personal site,
October 11th
Jake McKee begins at LEGO
Jake McKee, AFOL, announces his recent hiring by LEGO, eventually becoming the primary communicator for LEGO and the English-speaking online hobbyist community.
LEGO Shop@Home goes online
LEGO begins offering online purchasing through their website.
December 6th
LEGO announces its plans for bulk ordering
LEGO announces its nondescript plans for what would eventually become bulk ordering and LEGO Factory. Fans rejoice at the prospect.
BrickFilms Launched
Jason Rowoldt announces a new site, BrickFilms, dedicated to keeping track of LEGO movies across the internet.
2001 January 10th
Fleebnorks introduced
Mark Sandlin introduces the world to Fleebnorks, which would later become a staple of the LEGO space community.
MichLUG's first train show
The Michigan LEGO Users Group (MichLUG) displays at their first train show (GATS) in Novi, MI.
IndyLUG's first train show
Indiana LEGO Users Group (IndyLUG) has their first train show at the GATS show at the Indiana State Fair Grounds.
February 3rd
LEGO Train Summit held in NYC with LEGO Direct
A small group of Train AFOLs from around the United States were invited to meet with LEGO Direct (Brad Justus, Peter Andersen, Jorn Kristian Thomsen, Jake McKee and Steven Hawco) in New York city and talk about the future of LEGO trains. The AFOL attendees included John Neal (GMLTC), Steve Barile (PNLTC), Conan Collopy (GMLTC), John Gerlach (GMLTC), James Mathis (PNLTC), Dan Parker (PNLTC), Larry Pieniazek (poly-LTC), Mike Poindexter (BAYLTC), James Trobaugh (NGLTC)
March 23rd
ParLUGment's First Meeting
Hobbyists in Ottowa hold their first meeting, calling the club "ParLUGment".
April 7th
Todd & Suzanne's Wedding Canceled
Todd and Suzanne announce that their wedding (set for April 28th) is canceled.
June 8th
Legends Line Announced
Brad Justus announces the Legends line, a series of re-released classic sets. He also unveils the first LEGO Legend, set 10000 Guarded Inn.
LUGNET Requires Email Authentication
Following fraudulent postings by Matthew Moulton (previously banned from LUGNET months before), LUGNET implements e-mail post authentication to prevent further abuse.
July 21st
BZ Community Launches
A new forum for Bionicle fans is launched.
August 10th
Kanohi-Power Starts
Michael Edwards and Christian Gemunden announce a new Bionicle fan site,
Brickfest 2001
Brickfest 2001 was held in August on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, organized by WAMALUG. Approximately 150 people attended.
LEGO showcases Monty Python "Camelot" video
As part of LEGO's Studios campaign, Brad Justus announces the professionally done animation of Monty Python's "Camelot" song.
Fibblesnork domain goes rogue
The Fibblesnork domain, home to Todd Lehman's Fibblesnork guide and Cool LEGO Site of the Week, expires and is purchased by web squatters who link the URL to adult content.
September 12th
TCLTC is founded
Branching off from the Greater Midwest LEGO Train Club (GMLTC), John Neal and his son Ross found TCLTC (Twin Cities LEGO Train Club), and begin transforming their home LEGO train layout into one for public exposition.
October 3rd
The Brick Testament appears online
Brendan Powell Smith announces the start of his Brick Testament project. The BT has received extensive media attention beyond the AFOL community and has resulted in three published books.
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.
December 14th
LEGO Announces the My Own Creation Series
LEGO formally announces a new line of sets designed by fans, starting with Daniel Siskind's Blacksmith Shop, #3739.
2002 January 28th
BrickBay becomes BrickLink
BrickBay changes its name to BrickLink after receiving pressure from the online auction site eBay.
February 8th
Jon Palmer's Alphabet Project
Jon Palmer decides to create a starfighter model for every unused letter of the alphabet in the spirit of the Star Wars universe. Jon Palmer's Alphabet Project displays that small can also mean elegant, fighters can take the same design and planning as large capital ships.
May 3rd
LEGO Display at Star Wars Celebration II
Tim Saupe's site, FBTB is asked by Lucasfilm to display LEGO creations at the Star Wars Celebration II. The display included many LEGO MOCs including Shaun Sullivan's LEGO AT-AT and Joel Kuester's Sandcrawler.
LEGOLAND Deutschland opens
LEGO opens the doors to its 4th LEGOLAND theme park in Gunzburg, Germany.
June 25th
BrickShelf Imposes Moderation
Thanks to some inappropriate content being posted, BrickShelf starts requiring content to be moderated before becoming public.
NBLTC's first train show
The North British LEGO Train Club (NBLTC) has its first public show.
July 18th
Little Armory's First Offering
Jeff Byrd begins offering custom Star Wars guns through, beginning the Little Armory.
Brickfest 2002
Brickfest 2002 was held in August 2002 on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The lead organizer was Christina Hitchcock. Approximately 180 people attended.
BZPower Launches
The Bionicle fan sites Kanohi-Power and BZ Community join forces to become
The Moonbase Project is Born
Jon Palmer introduces the moonbase project: an easy to follow standard that would allow builders from around the world to build separate "modules" that could be connected seamlessly in a large Moonbase layout. The idea was an instant hit. Moonbase modules were being created within days and after only 2 months the first massive Moonbase layout was put together across the country at a LEGO fan convention in Seattle.
August 8th
Yoda Eyes Prank
Troy Cefaratti posted a fake LEGO set by Ken Koleda entitled Yoda Eyes and fooled quite a few people with this silly prank
October 17th
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.
LEGO World 2002
LEGO World 2002 is held at The IJsselhallen in Zwolle, NL. The 5 day event had over 35,000 visitors.
November 12th Message Boards launches its kid-friendly message boards. Due to various moderation issues, the hobbyist community doesn't make much use of them, but the boards provide a discussion ground for younger children that were previously unable to legally participate in hobbyist groups.
2003 January 4th
Bricks Magazine Announced
"Bricks" was to be the first LEGO fan magazine ever published, created by the LEGO fan community for the LEGO fan community. The announcement was made by Matt Gerber on behalf of BrickMedia, LLC.
LUCNY's first public train show
LEGO Users of Central New York (LUCNY) hold their first public display at a GATS show in Syracuse, NY.
AuctionBrick Launches
Matt Chiles creates a new site dedicated to LEGO auctions.
February 9th
COLTC Founded
The Central Ohio LEGO Train Club was founded by Paul Janssen, John Bucy and others.
BricksWest 2003
BricksWest 2003 is held in Carlsbad California, organized by Matthew Gerber.
First ISD Team Build
A team of 13 AFOLs at BricksWest built the 10030 ISD in 103 minutes, starting a trend at LEGO events trying to break the existing record for fastest team build.
International LEGO Train Club Organization (ILTCO) goes public
A briefing is presented at BricksWest which outlines the charter of ILTCO. ILTCO is intended to be a central organizing and collaborative body for LEGO train enthusiasts. Additionally, LEGO is able to leverage ILTCO as a central point of communication for the myriad of disparate LEGO clubs.
March 17th
Bricks Magazine Charter Subscription Offered
Bricks Magazine offers a charter subscription - $12 USD for 6 issues, announced by Matt Gerber as Editor-in-Chief. Many fans signed up, although it ultimately fell through.
April 1st
MOCpages goes online
Sean Kenney launches MOCpages, a site for LEGO Hobbyists to showcase their creations. Initially, this did not include image hosting, which was recommended through BrickShelf.
May 3rd
Eastern Block is Born
The Eastern Block sub theme is born when Chris Giddens creates the ZOG-31
Bricks Magazine Delayed
Tim Courtney, posting on behalf of BrickMedia, LLC announced that there were delays in the production of the preview issue of Bricks Magazine, and that the first full issue was to have been available mid-summer 2003. Sadly, due to various difficulties, the magazine never made it to production.
June 20th
LEGO Road Show
The 2003 LEGO Road Show kicked off with a practice run in Enfield, CT, before touring North America. AFOL representatives from NELUG were present (rather last minute) to help demonstrate to the company what might be expected from participating enthusiasts.
July 1st
LDraw Standards Committee Charter
The LDraw community proposes a charter for a Standards Committee to review standards and submissions to LDraw. The first Standards Committee take office officially about 6 weeks later on August 15th, 2003.
SPLTC is formed
The Southern Pacific LEGO Train Club (SPLTC) is officially announced, based in southern California.
August 8th
Brickfest 2003
Brickfest 2003 was held in August 2003 on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The lead organizer was Christina Hitchcock. Approximately 220 people attended. The first public expo drew about 1000 people.
LEGO Releases Color Chart
LEGO releases its official color palette to, with RGB, CMYK, and Pantone colors, and internal naming and numbering schemes.
September 15th
Classic-Castle goes online
Classic-Castle, a LEGO Castle resource and fan site, goes online.
3vil Emerges from Deep Space
3vil, a LEGO space building theme, is introduced by Mark Sandlin. The theme centers around evil-looking ships, almost always featuring prominent skulls.
October 17th
LEGO World 2003
LEGO World 2003 begins
November 18th
LEGO Acknowledges A Changed Color Palette
Jake McKee confirms the change in colors that LEGO enthusiasts had just begun reporting days earlier. He states that products from 2004 onward will use the new color palette, including new grays, as well as some other colors (the other major one not announced at this point being brown). LEGO hobbyists nearly unanimously argue against the decision, causing probably the largest outcry in the history of the community.
First Colossal Castle Contest
Classic-Castle announces the first Colossal Castle Contest, encouraging castle MOCs both small and large.
December 23rd
Travis Kunce passes away
The hobbyist community is stunned with the loss of Travis Kunce, one of the best and brightest space-theme builders.
2004 January 28th
EuroBricks Launches
EuroBricks, a popular hobbyist forum starts.
Brad Justus leaves LEGO
Brad Justus, VP of LEGO Direct announces that he is leaving the company.
February 20th
LUGNET begins transition away from Todd
Todd Lehman begins laying the groundwork to transition LUGNET ownership and administration to a group within the LEGO community, later named the LUGNET Transition Team.
Brickfest 2004 PDX
BrickfestPDX was held in February 2004 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. It was the first Brickfest to be held outside Virginia. Approximately 200 people attended. The public expo drew about 1200 people.
March 3rd
MALUG Forum goes online
The website for Hungarian AFOLs goes on line.
Jake McKee's book arrives
Jake McKee's book, Getting Started with LEGO Trains is available on The book had been in the works with LEGO as early as March 2002!
May 5th
LEGO Locks Colors and Finalizes Color Change
After much debate and many AFOL objections, the changing of LEGO's colors is announced as final by Jake McKee. The three main colors changed are light gray, dark gray and brown. Additional less mainstream colors such as purple are also confirmed changed, but are largely disregarded by AFOLs as unimportant. The term 'Bley' (from "blue" and "grey") becomes almost universally recognized among fans to indicate this changing of the greys.
First MALUG meeting
First MALUG meeting with 4 attendees.
June 28th
The L PRIZE is announced
Tim Courtney, Contest Director of the L Prize, announced the "L PRIZE ": a new and exciting open competition that was to be officially launched at SIGGRAPH 2004, and concluded in February 2005.
The L PRIZE was to foster advances in LEGO CAD technologies by stimulating competition and bringing the contestants and the user communities together.
August 13th
Brickfest 2004
Brickfest 2004 was held on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia from 08/12/04 to 08/14/004. The lead organizer was Christina Hitchcock. Approximately 250 people attended. The public expo drew about 2000 people.
October 21st
LEGO World 2004
LEGO World 2004 is held with more than 18,000 square feet of space, more than 40,000 visitors overall, and more than 200 adult hobbyists attending.
Kjeld Steps Down
LEGO announces that Kjeld Kristiansen is stepping down from his role in the management of the company, and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp is taking over as the new CEO.
November 7th
Russian community DoubleBrick goes online
The first Russian AFOL community,, is launched.
December 19th
Classic-Space Forum goes live
The Classic-Space Forum is launched, a site for discussing all things space.
2005 January 6th
LEGO Ambassador program announced
Jake Mckee heralds the creation of the LEGO Ambassadors, a group to help foster communication between the fan community and the LEGO company.
February 1st
Cycle 1 Ambassadors
The first cycle of 15 LEGO Ambassadors is announced by Jake McKee.
FBTB revives
After having the website hacked, FBTB re-deploys its forums in "FBTB 2.0".
April 23rd
Star Destroyer Speed Build Tournament - Celebration III
At Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis, Indiana, a team of 8 AFOL's and 2 kids win first place in a single elimination tournament. The objective is to build the 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer faster than the competing team. Eight teams start on April 22. The "Indy AFOL Knights" finish their 3rd ISD the next day to take first place.
May 11th
LEGO Affiliate Program Starts
LEGO announces the LEGO Affiliate Program for professionals outside the LEGO company that work professionally with the LEGO medium. The initial Affiliates are Robin Sather, Sean Kenney, Dan Parker, and Nathan Sawaya.
Steve Witt hired by LEGO
Steve Witt starts working for LEGO and begins communicating with hobbyists, initially through
First LEGO Inside Tour
LEGO hosts the first LEGO Inside Tour, allowing serious hobbyists a 3-day behind-the-scenes tour of LEGO in Billund.
June 17th
LUGNET Transition Team resigns
Following some difficulties with the community and the transition process, the LUGNET transition team resigns.
First issue of BrickJournal
Joe Meno releases the first ever BrickJournal issue in a free, downloadable format.
Peeron takes over the BrickShelf Scan Library
Hoping to ease bandwidth issues for BrickShelf, Peeron begins hosting of instruction and catalog scans.
July 7th
ILTCO displays at NMRA Show
ILTCO organizes a large LEGO display at the NMRA convention in Cincinnati. Previously, the NMRA preferred not to acknowledge LEGO trains as a legitimate hobby train scale, but instead just as a toy. At the 2005 show, 13 LEGO clubs contributed to the largest display at the entire event!
LEGO sells ownership of Legoland parks
LEGO announces its sale of majority ownership of the Legoland theme parks to the Blackstone group.
The Brothers Brick Begins
The Brothers Brick, a new LEGO blog starts commenting on all things LEGO.
August 12th
Brickfest 2005
Brickfest 2005 was held on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia from 08/12/04 to 08/14/004. The lead organizer was Christina Hitchcock. Approximately 330 people attended. The public expo drew about 3000 people. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen owner of the LEGO Group and grandson of the founder, attended. Jake McKee and Mark Hansen announced the release of LEGO Digital Designer. With LEGO Digital Designer, customers can design custom sets online, and LEGO will pack it up and send it them.
September 1st
Cycle 2 Ambassadors
The second cycle of Ambassadors is announced by Jake McKee with 20 AFOLs chosen.
PennLUG is founded
PennLUG is formed, first meeting in York, Pennsylvania
October 20th
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.
November 1st
ILENN alpha version announced
Kelly McKiernan launches the International LEGO Enthusiast News Network (ILENN), to consolidate news stories from websites across the LEGO hobby.
Bill Swanberg arrested
Bill Swanberg was arrested after stealing more than $200,000 worth of LEGO from Target stores by replacing bar codes.
2006 February 6th
Jake McKee leaves LEGO
After more than 5 years with LEGO working with the community, Jake McKee decides to move on.
March 2nd
Cycle 3 Ambassadors
The third cycle of 22 LEGO Ambassadors is announced by Steve Witt, who takes over the program for Jake McKee.
Ambassadors reveal the end of 9V Trains
LEGO Ambassador Eric Kingsley reveals to the community some of LEGO's plans for replacing 9v trains with battery-operated trains. Eric went on to start what would later be named the "Save 9V Trains" movement among fans, in an effort to convince LEGO to retain the 9v train system.
June 5th
BrickArms Opens For Business
Will Chapman starts BrickArms featuring his own custom molded accessories, making a lineup of military-themed elements.
Brickvention 2006
The first officially Australia-wide fan event was held on 10th-11th June 2006 in Melbourne. About 35 fully registered attendees participated. There were several presentations, various competitions, and a public expo on 11th, with about 150 guests.
MechaHub goes live
Bryce McGlone announces a new site dedicated to LEGO Mecha
LUGNET hosting changes
Administration of LUGNET formally passes from Todd Lehman to Rene Hoffmeister.
August 25th
Brickfest 2006
Brickfest 2006 was held at the Sharaton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, Virginia. The lead organizer was Joe Meno. There were approximately 420 people in attendance. The public expo drew about 3500 people. This was the first Brickfest since the launching of LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and many of the MUP and MDP members were there to talk about it. Allan Bedford, author of The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, was also there, signing copies of his book.
September 1st
Cycle 4 Ambassadors
The fourth cycle of Ambassadors is announced by Steve Witt, with 21 Ambassadors.
October 19th
LEGO World 2006
LEGO World 2006 begins in Zwolle, NL
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.
November 29th
LEGO Millyard Unveiled
The LEGO Millyard Project, a collaboration between AFOLs and LEGO, is officially completed and unveiled with sponsors Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Dean Kamen.
2007 March 1st
Cycle 5 Ambassadors
The fifth cycle of 30 LEGO Ambassadors is announced by Steve Witt.
Brickfest 2007
Brickfest 2007 was held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon from 03/30 to 04/01. This was originally slated as Brickfest PDX 2007, but re-labeled as simply Brickfest 2007 when the August convention was cancelled.
June 11th
Eric Brok passes away
Eric Brok, a Dutch AFOL active in De Bouwsteen, succumbed to the effects of cancer. Eric was an early pioneer in the on-line community with his site LEGO on my Mind, one of the first LEGO Ambassadors, and designer of the set 10190, Market Street.
JLUG goes down, the adult oriented LEGO site, went down due to a database failure.
20th goes online
Stajinaria, an adult-oriented LEGO forum, goes online. It was created as a response to going down.
Brickworld 2007
The first Brickworld event took place at the Westin North Shore hotel in Wheeling, Illinois June 21-24, with 230 registered attendees. The head event coordinators were Bryan Bonahoom and Adam Tucker. Richard Stollery was the keynote speaker.
July 14th
Brickshelf dies
The AFOL community was thrown into confusion when Brickshelf, the most prominent community site for displaying images of MOCs, seemed to die. Upon accessing the site, the following message appeared: "Brickshelf has discontinued operation. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Brickshelf revives
After a week of furious activity in the community, Brickshelf is officially resurrected.
August 22nd
Next-Gen goes up
A TFOL building site goes up.
September 22nd
"Castle Team" AFOLs announce their involvement
Ben Ellermann announces that he and 8 other hobbyists were selected to help develop the upcoming 2007 castle lineup, revealing details on the experience.
October 1st
RailBricks Issue #1
The first issue of Railbricks is released online, with senior editor Jeramy Spurgeon.
LEGO officially announces end of 9V train system
LEGO announced final decision to end manufacture of the 9 volt train system with electrified rails.
LEGO World 2007
LEGO World 2007 sells out admission with more than 50,000 attendees.
November 24th
LAML Radio #1
LAML Radio publishes its first interview.
December 8th
HispaBrick 2007
The 1st AFOL event in Spain, it was held in December 8 and 9.
2008 January 21st
Tormod Askildsen new head of Community Development
LEGO announces that Tormod Askildsen is the new lead for the LEGO Community Development, taking over for Richard Stollery, and working with Steve Witt and Jan Beyer.
Brickvention 2008
Brickvention is held in Melbourne, Australia, with 30 registered attendees and 330 visitors to the public day. Brickvention was moved to January because of clashes with other events. Brickvention 2008 was held on 26th-27th January at a new bigger location.
Google honors the LEGO brick's 50th anniversary
A LEGO brick-inspired 'Doodle' appears today on the Google homepage to the mark the 50th anniversary of the world-famous creative building brick.
June 3rd
Cycle 6 Ambassadors
The 6th cycle of LEGO Ambassadors is announced by Steve Witt, upping its ranks to 40 AFOLs.
Brickworld 2008
Brickworld 2008 kicks off in Wheeling, IL with 380 registered attendees.
July 31st
Palikkatakomo (Finnish LUG) Begins
After gathering fans from different forums, Finnish AFOLs organize themselves for the first time under the Palikkatakomo name. The first exhibition was held at Tampere's Ideapark in July, 2008.
August 29th
BrickFair 2008
BrickFair 2008 begins, hosted at the Sharaton Premiere in Tysons Corner, VA.
October 2nd
BrickCon 2008
BrickCon is held at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.
Neiman Marcus Features Custom LEGO Statues
Neiman Marcus's 2008 Christmas catalog features custom LEGO statues by Nathan Sawaya for $60,000.
LEGO World 2008
LEGO World 2008 starts
December 4th
BrickArms Gets Negative Press
The UK-based SUN newspaper publishes a negative review of BrickArms' custom building elements, accusing them of being violent and discriminatory. The story spreads over the next week, and BrickArms becomes surrounded in publicity, but is forced to close down temporarily thanks to a huge inflow of new orders.
2009 January 23rd
Brickvention 2009
Brickvention is held in Melbourne, Australia, with nearly 50 AFOLs and more than 1000 visitors on the public display day. Brickvention 2009 was extended to 3 days, with Friday 23rd for setup, 24th for convention, and 25th for the public expo.
February 10th
FBTB 3.0!
FBTB launches the new version of its website on a different domain, retaining its old domain (and discussion threads) for reference's sake.
March 27th
BrickFest 2009
BrickFest 2009 was again held in Portland, Oregon with about 240 registrants and approximately 4000 visitors on the public expo.
June 19th
Brickworld 2009
Brickworld 2009 is held in Wheeling, IL, with 570 registered attendees. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp attended on behalf of LEGO.
July 8th
Cycle 7 Ambassadors
The 7th cycle of LEGO Ambassadors is announced, with 45 members.
August 21st
BrickFair 2009
BrickFair 2009 starts, held at the Sharaton Premiere in Tyson's Corner, VA
September 18th
James May Completes LEGO House
BBC's Top Gear presenter James May completes a house made out of 3 million LEGO pieces for a TV show "Toy Stories".
October 2nd
BrickCon 2009
BrickCon 2009 is held in Seattle, WA.
LEGO World 2009
LEGO World 2009 begins in the Netherlands
November 20th
First LEGO KidsFest
The first LEGO KidsFest showcases in Hartford, CT, with the intent of being a traveling expo focused on LEGO and kids.
Bionicle Discontinued
LEGO announces the end of the Bionicle line for 2010, and its replacement with a similar constructable action figure product coming in the future.
2010 January 5th
LEGO Extends LUGBULK to the USA
LEGO's LUGBULK buying program for LEGO hobbyist groups extends to include clubs in the USA.
Brickvention 2010
Brickvention is held in Melbourne, Australia, with over 70 hobbyists attending and more than 2700 public visitors. With the large increase in numbers, a decision was made to once again move to a larger venue for Brickvention 2011.
LEGO Releases its 2010 color palette.
LEGO provides the fan community with a list of colors used in its 2010 lineup, as well as the corresponding internal names and numbers.
February 3rd
Mark Benz's MOCs stolen
Mark Benz, president of BayLUG has many of his models stolen from his truck. Most were recovered more than two weeks later on the 16th.
April 9th
Bricks by the Bay 2010
The Bricks by the Bay convention is held April 9-11, 2010 in Fremont, California.
Nate Nielson passes away
AFOL Nate "nnenn" Nielson passes away as a result of an automobile accident.
June 17th
Brickworld 2010
Brickworld 2010 is held in Wheeling, IL, with 800 participants and attracting about 10,000 visitors (est).
July 15th
Classic-Space recovers
Classic-Space discussions are brought back online after suffering an attack that temporarily took the site down.
LDraw Forums Start
Following difficulties with LUGNET, the LDraw Steering Committee sets up a new discussion forum on
August 5th
BrickFair 2010
BrickFair 2010 is held at the Dulles Expo Center.
September 24th
Dan Jezek passes on
Dan Jezek, author and administrator of BrickLink dies at age 33.
BrickCon 2010
BrickCon 2010 starts, hosted in the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center.
October 27th
Steve Witt leaves LEGO
Community liaison Steve Witt announces that he is leaving the LEGO company after more than 5 years.
November 3rd
Eric Sophie Arrested
Eric "LegoMaster" Sophie is arrested for alleged child molestation.
December 11th
Cycle 8 Ambassadors
LEGO releases the list of Cycle 8 (year 2011) LEGO Ambassadors, with 68 members.
2011 April 2nd
BrickSet forums start
The BrickSet website opens its prototype forums up to the community.
LEGO CUUSOO Goes International
LEGO CUUSOO announces that the program will be going international, allowing builders from around the world to submit their designs in the hopes of having their ideas made into LEGO sets.
May 16th
Space Shuttle Endeavour launches with LEGO
The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour contains various small LEGO sets as part of an educational program, showing how simple LEGO machines behave in space.
June 15th
Brickworld Chicago 2011
Brickworld Chicago is held at the Westin North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, IL with 920 registrants.
Kevin Hinkle appointed North American Community Coordinator
Kevin Hinkle, manager of the Austin LEGO Brand Retail store, is selected as the new Community Coordinator for North America.
July 23rd
Kyle Ugone Sets Guiness World Record
Guiness World Records verifies a new record for Kyle Ugone for having the most individual (non-duplicate) constructed LEGO sets with 1091.
August 4th
BrickFair 2011
BrickFair 2011 begins in Chantilly, VA. Over 20,000 attendees showed up for the public display.
November 4th
LEGO Universe Cancelled
LEGO decides to cancel LEGO Universe, citing financial difficulties with the game, despite having nearly 2 million players.
December 5th
LEGO Minecraft Announced
LEGO's international CUUSOO program announces its first set, LEGO Minecraft.
2012 January 4th
FBTB Introduces Studs Comic
FBTB begins a new comic called "Studs", leading off with a quick commentary on LEGO's recently introduced Friends line.
2012 LEGO Ambassadors announced
LEGO's 2012 Ambassador program is announced (cycle 9), extending to 86 members.
February 9th
LEGO Under Fire for Friends
After a barrage of negative press regarding LEGO's Friends line, and a petition to change LEGO's advertising and marketing behavior for girls due to sexism issues, LEGO attempts to calm the situation by meeting with members of SPARK.
World Record Monorail
NELUG displays the first attempt to set the world record for the longest LEGO monorail track, in Wenham, MA. The loop of track reached 736' 8.74" (224.55m).
Astronaut Builds LEGO In Space
Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa builds a model of the International Space Station while orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station!
March 21st
Lenoard Hoffman Arrested
Leonard Hoffman is arrested for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a former student.
Heather Braaten Reported Missing
AFOL Heather Braaten is reported missing, seen last a week earlier on March 20. Her body was found several days later on April 1st, 2012.
June 1st
BrickLink Attacked
BrickLink goes down after what appears to be a hack attempt on the site. Administrators work to get the sit up quickly from backups about a day later.
July 7th
ItLUG Sets LEGO Monorail Record
ItLUG breaks the world record for the longest LEGO monorail track with a length of 362.5m.
Byggepladen Sets New Train Record
The Danish LUG Byggepladen sets a new world record for the longest track at 1,500.64 meters.
2013 January 8th
Mike Crowley Passes On
Mike Crowley (Count Blockula) passes on after a prolonged battle with cancer.
LEGO Responds to Criticism of Jabba's Palace
Following online outrage from mainly Turkish websites, LEGO responds to critiques that it intentionally modeled its Jabba's Palace set 9516 on the Hagia Sophia.
March 13th
Bloomberg Calls LEGO "Most Valuable Toy Company"
Bloomberg reports that LEGO went from being on the verge of bankrupcy to surpassing its other long-time rival toy company giants Mattel and Hasbro.
May 10th
World Record Train Layout
Fans in Denmark, led by Henrik Ludvigsen, put together 93,307 elements to make the longest LEGO train track of 4000.25 meters long.
World Record Monorail Layout
In Manchester, NH, at the BrickFair New England convention, hobbyists assemble a LEGO monorail that reaches 1917 feet long.
June 1st
BrickNerd's First Post
Tommy Williamson's BrickNerd blog kicks off with its first post.
Likely BrickLink Hacker Exposed
The hacker responsible for attacking BrickLink is seemingly exposed publicly while attempting to launch his own site.
BrickLink is sold to Nexon
The Jezek family announces that it has sold to Jung-Ju Kim of Nexon.
Brick Owl Launches
A new LEGO selling forum opens, called Brick Owl, following much discussion about a BrickLink replacement, and its recent sale to Nexon.
September 10th
BrickLink Modifies TOS
Nexon-owned BrickLink published changes to their TOS to prevent the use of their data by third parties.

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