50+ LEGO Terms

Lego has been a popular toy for many decades. With such a vast fan base, it’s no surprise that there are some common terms that come up when discussing the product. Some of these words may sound complicated and confusing to those who don’t know anything about Legos, so we’ve compiled this list of definitions to help you out!

  • 3.18: The term for the height of a LEGO brick, measured in millimeters.
  • ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, the material that LEGO bricks are made out of.
  • AFOL: Adult Fan Of Lego, an adult who enjoys playing with Legos and building creations. AFOLs can be either male or female.
  • AHOL: Adult Hobbyist of LEGO, someone who likes to play with Legos but doesn’t consider themselves a hardcore collector or builder like an AFOL would be.
  • ALE: Adult LEGO Enthusiast.
  • Embassador: A LEGO fan who has certain permissions, most often the ability to attend special events or take part in contests and giveaways.
  • Anti-stud: The little peg on top of a brick that fits into another bricks anti-studs around it, allowing for stability when building creations with Lego pieces.
  • Bandwagon: To jump aboard a popular trend without really understanding why so many people are doing it; usually used as an insult against those who do things because everyone else does them too rather than out of personal preference.
  • Bignette: A short LEGO scene or scenario. It is longer than a vignette.
  • Billund: The Danish town where LEGO is headquartered and has been made for over 60 years.
  • Brick: The most basic Lego piece, usually made from ABS plastic with 2 studs on the top and 4 studs on the bottom. These pieces are used as building blocks in LEGO creations.
  • Brickset: Information website devoted to displaying sets with their retail prices and links to buy them – this site also provides information such as which pieces are included in each set so you know what you’re getting before buying one.
  • Brickshelf: An online photo gallery service where AFOLs can upload and share their LEGO creations with other like-minded individuals.
  • Builder: Someone who builds things out of Legos for fun, be it models or entire scenes – some builders make a living as well by selling the items they create!
  • Clone: A term used for sets that are designed by other toy manufacturers in a way that mimics the style and color scheme on original Lego pieces, often times with imitation logos as well!
  • Collector: Someone who collects LEGO sets or individual pieces – some collectors also create their own unique builds from these parts which they sell at shows or through galleries like Brickshelf.
  • Constraction: This is what LEGO calls their line of buildable figures; all Constractions consist of various modular sections which can be mixed together to form new characters!
  • Custom: A term used to describe a fan-designed LEGO creation – these creations can be found at various online galleries such as Brickshelf or Flickr and some creators make them for sale too.
  • Diorama: A type of build which features a scene from either real life, historical event, movie or book; sometimes this is an original idea but more often than not it’s based off something else!
  • Draft: A term typically used by fans who create their own custom designs for possible future Lego products (or just want to make their own build) – this is also what LEGO designers look for before they choose which ideas to produce into new sets.
  • Dump: A term used by collectors or fans who are retiring a set from play and want to sell it off, usually in bulk; dumps can be found on online forums like Bricklink where users post pictures of the items for sale as well!
  • Elements: This refers to any kind of piece that comes with Lego sets (or you might find individually); these include bricks, plates, windows, doors etc.
  • Expert Builder: Someone who’s spent countless hours building various creations out of LEGOs – many professional builders have actually gone on to work at the company as custom design experts too! Some of these, like Nathan Sawaya, display their creations at galleries or exhibitions.
  • Extended: When a LEGO set comes with additional pieces not originally included in the original design criteria; this is usually done to make up for something that wasn’t popular enough when first released but fans liked it anyways.
  • Fan-Build: A term used by AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) who spend time creating custom builds using parts from various different sets. These are often sold as well so people can buy them if they want to keep them forever without investing in an entire new kit!
  • Jumper Plate: A term used for a LEGO piece which has rods on the top and bottom; these are specially designed to provide pressure when you’re trying to build something.
  • KFOL: Kid Fan of LEGO.
  • LBR: This stands for “Lego Brand Retailer” or a store that has an exclusive contract with LEGO – this means they sell only those specific sets as well as the most recent ones from lines like Star Wars, Harry Potter etc!
  • LDD: The original program which was used to design digital projects in Lego form by inputting data into building instructions; this is also what people are referring to when they’re talking about using LDraw too.
  • LDraw: A newer version of LDD (or Design) which uses more advanced features such as rendering images on top of each other before you export your work in order to create realistic scenes!
  • Legal: When something is in compliance with the LEGO company’s rules and regulations for designers – usually this means it features a unique design, hasn’t been copied from other people or isn’t trying to replicate something that already exists.
  • LEGO: This is an abbreviation of “leg godt” which translates to “play well.”
  • LEGO Community: A website where AFOLs can talk about their latest creations/mocs (or models) near-live on social media.
  • Legos: The name that’s used to refer to the little plastic bricks, plates, minifigs etc which come from this company.
  • LUG: This acronym stands for Lego User Group which is what AFOLs call their LUGs when referring to groups who meet up locally at conventions or people’s houses just so they have a chance to socialize.
  • Microscale: These are minifigs scaled down even more than Minifigures – they’re about the size of a fingernail!
  • Minifigs: The term for these little figures which are made by LEGO; they come in all shapes, styles and sizes as well as with varying degrees of facial expressions too.
  • MOC (or Model): This stands for “My Own Creation” or something that’s been custom-made from scratch using existing pieces. It’s what you do when you want to build something new without having to buy an expensive set first!
  • Parts Monkey: This is an acronym which refers to a person who stockpiles parts from sets they have and then sells them on for cash – this can be useful when you’re looking for that one piece you need but don’t want to buy the whole set just because it includes something else.
  • Plate: A thin LEGO part, 3.2 mm high. It is a flat round brick with no studs on top or bottom and usually two holes (one near each edge). Plates come in all sizes from small to large and are used for building blocks, decorative features or as a baseplate.
  • Render: When people take a digital image and make it into something that looks like an illustration; this can also refer to those who create renders of buildings, landscapes etc using graphic design software as well.
  • RLUG: A shortened version of Registered LUG where these are groups made up of members who live near each other and meet up often so they can socialize with one another face-to-face at conventions/build days etc.
  • [email protected]: A shortened version of the Lego Shop at Home where AFOLs can buy kits, sets or individual parts from here as well as post reviews about them on this site so other people who visit know what’s worth buying and how good it is quality-wise. They also have their own blog with new things posted regularly such as product offers/special promotions etc.
  • Sigfig: An acronym which stands for “Significant Minifig” and is a term used when referring to any custom minifigure or character that has been made by someone in order to represent themselves – they’re often seen on posters, T-shirts etc!
  • SNOT: This stands for SNOT (Studs Not On Top) which means using studs sideways instead of putting them onto the top of bricks; there are several ways you can do this but usually people will use plates, tiles or slopes with one side being on so they stay put.
  • Stud: LEGO pieces have circular bumps on them called studs. Studs fit inside the anti-studs below another piece. These ingenious little devices allow for measuring, as well as holding pieces together to make models or other creations!
  • Studless: This term refers to any LEGO bricks with studs replaced by other parts such as connectors, pins or clips so they’re easier for those who have dexterity problems etc.
  • TFOL: This stands for “Teen Fans of Lego.”
  • Tile: When someone uses just one stud on each side of their brick instead of two; these are usually tiles but can also be plates, slopes etc which have been adjusted in order to do this – people like using this technique because they use less pieces than usual when making something.
  • TLC: A shortened version of The Lego Company who work hard in order to design new sets that we buy today from shops around the world; you’ll often see them introducing new products every year with themes like Star Wars, Ninjago and Friends etc.
  • TLG: This is an acronym for The Lego Group which is the company who own both LEGO Ideas as well as TLOTI (The Lego Online Team International) – they’re also one of the largest employers in Denmark!
  • TRU: A shortened form of Toys R Us.
  • Vignette: A vignette is when someone takes an image or video and focuses on one part, such as just two characters talking with each other; this can often lead people into thinking it’s not actually real until they look around more closely at what else it shows – so cool! So, this is a small LEGO scene.

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