Members of the AFOL Community may have noticed a few new names on some recent correspondence regarding our community support programs. I am very happy to share that both the Danish and US offices have made arrangements to offer part-time support for the Community Engagement & Events (CEE)’s Community Support team! What does that mean? Well- Jan, Kim and myself have been extremely busy over the last several months maintaining our global support programs such as LUG Support and Event Support. In addition to these great initiatives our time and resources are constantly needed on other fronts. To help lighten the load, each week both offices will have someone come in to help out part-time.
Now that they are getting more comfortable in their roles, we figured it would be a perfect opportunity to provide a proper introduction:
Ana Albouy joins Community Support team members Jan Beyer and Kim Thomsen in Billund, Denmark.
“My name is Ana Albouy, I was born in Costa Rica and went to live in France in 1999. My husband works for LEGO Education and together we have 2 kids: Chloé and Adrien. I started to work with the Community Team in January 2014. I am very happy to be part of Keith, Kim, Jan, Kevin and Kristin´s team and to support the LEGO Fans all over the world through my work.”
Kristin Labossiere joins Community Support team member Kevin Hinkle in Enfield, Connecticut; USA.
“Hello! I’m sure most of you are wondering who this new person is emailing you instead of Kevin. Well, here you go:
My name is Kristin Labossiere and I’m lucky enough to be the new part-time member of the Community Team! I received my Bachelor of Arts in French with a concentration in French cultural and literary studies from the University of Connecticut in 2012 – Go Huskies! I’ve been employed by the LEGO Group since March of 2013 as a French Consumer Services Advisor and in October of 2013 I became the Administrative Assistant for the Consumer Services department, which is where I spend most of my time. I absolutely love my new job working with the Community Team on Tuesdays because I get to spend most of my day chatting with wonderful AFOLs about what amazing events their LUGs are participating in or sponsoring. I’ve also secretly been creating a list of events I want to check out (Geek Market in Ottawa is right at the top!). As a heads up I should also tell you all that I’m getting married in May (very exciting!) and my name will be changing so don’t worry if all of a sudden your emails are coming from Kristin Petrone instead! I am also the proud mommy of two fuzzy little demons darlings (aka cats) named Jasper and Izze and I love to cook, read and build modular buildings, as well as pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. I’m becoming a bigger LEGO fan everyday because it’s so easy to love!”
Please join me in welcoming both Ana and Kristin to the Community Support team!
My colleague in the US, Kevin Hinkle has been interviewed by Beyond The Brick.
Even if the interview is quite long – almost an hour, it is definetly worth watching as they do get around a lot of the details of our job and what we do.
Great interview Kevin – looking forward to visiting you in June in Enfield – when I also get to visit BrickWorld.
Mr. ReBrick visits the city hall in Lima, Perú.
This week my colleagues over on ReBrick continue their monthly spotlight of LEGO User Groups from around the world. This month Mr. ReBrick has ventured down to a group that I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with in South America. Check it out here: http://rebrick.lego.com/en-US/BottomMenu/Blog/04092014-lugperu.aspx
Today well known AFOL Stephan Sander from Germany visited me in the office.
He is mostly known for his awesome cars in Miniland scale.
We had some very good discussion and talks and I got a very cool gift.
If you want to learn more about him check out his website.
The past 5 days I visited Taipei to discuss with LEGO Taiwan the AFOL cooperation and to meet with the 2 local LUGs Pockyland and TWLUG.
The time really gone by fast. I visited a cool event at the Red House done by Pockyland.
Visited some places where the AFOLs meet and buy LEGO bricks and sets.
Got shown around by local AFOLs to experience the local culture.
Visited Taipei Zoo to see the Panda built by Rack.
Enjoyed a meet and greet with TWLUG.
Look through the shops and saw luckily a lot of LEGO products :-) but unluckily also lots of other Brick products :-(
And got plenty of exiting food and drinks!
So it was an awesome experience. Thank you very much to all who took so great care of me!
So a couple of days back Carlos send me an LDD file of his take on Totoro.
He’d guessed that I am somewhat of a Miyazaki fan and therefore he wanted to share his LEGO version of Totoro.
And finally I got to the point of finding all the needed elements and some spare time in front of the TV last night, so I could build it.
Trust me when I say that printing the html-version of the LDD rendered instructions is a the best temper test there is out there right next to contests as speed build a small racer set or a timed build-in-bag contest.
I did manage in the end and I am proud to share a photo (selfie is the proper word these days, isn’t it?) of Totoro and me at work!
(and no, I can’t share the instructions as they are not mine).
This week (and some of last week) has been all about getting LUGBULK invoices passed on as the confirmations come in from the element warehouse.
And I also had the chance to do a presentation of the AFOL community and what we do in Community Engagement & Events to the company’s HR department.
Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the UK for a meeting with LEGO UK and then a meeting with some of the UK AFOLs.
Sadly I’ll be heading back to Billund tomorrow night, so I won’t be able to visit as many of the UK AFOLs and LUGs as I would have liked to.
I do promise to return at some point in the future.
The past 3 days I was visiting Shanghai partly to meet with my colleagues from LEGO China, get an impression of the City and market and also to meet with local members from China LUG.
The meeting with LEGO China was great and very productive – they are interested in working with AFOLs and we will look more into possibilities in future meetings.
Today I visited the China LUG workshop run by Joseph centrally located at a local high school.
Also Robin – a Master in LEGO Mindstorms was around to show his creations.
Afterwards we went for an AFOL dinner and had some very good talks and discussions.
Of course a little sight seeing and a small market run was included too on these days.
All in all a very succesful trip – thanks to all from China LUG and LEGO China who made this a remarkable visit.
Tomorrow I leave Shanghai and travel for a 4 day visit to Taipei.