Purist

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The models at the Lego theme parks and travelling shows often include modified bricks, meaning that at least some LEGO Master Builders are not purists


A LEGO purist is an AFOL who will only use pure or stock LEGO elements. This typically means they will not use building bricks from companies other than The LEGO Company and may choose to avoid customised parts or custom elements. A person may choose to be a purist for a variety of reasons such as a desire to limit the available piece selection as a design challenge or out of a strong brand loyalty for LEGO bricks.

Standards of purity

Not all purists use the same standards of purity. Some areas of difference or variation include the following ideas or activities that purists of various degrees tend to stay away from: (Note that some of these items include the counterarguments used to show why they are "not all that unpure", which of course not all accept. Some purity arguments are regarded asrunning jokes by many AFOLs.)

  • The use of stickers or decals. Some argue that since LEGO produce their own stickers, then fans may do the same. Others counter-argue that a user-designed sticker is not an official LEGO product and should not be used. A middle ground exists in which stickers printed by LEGO are cut and rearranged but fan printed ones are not used (this is common in the trains area where numbers are often reorganized for variety of numbers on rolling stock.)
  • Cutting of baseplates, especially the large 48x48 grey baseplate. It is argued that LEGO themselves shear these off (it is claimed that you can tell this is so by the whitish discoloration at the edges), and so it is considered acceptable for fans to do the same.
  • Cutting string (it is argued that LEGO does it!), or using non LEGO string. (either string that closely matches, or if "more deviant", string that varies significantly)
  • Cutting the 3 LDU Rod System compatible tubing to lengths desired (again, it is argued that LEGO does it).
  • Hollowing out bricks and inserting non LEGO electronics or devices inside them.
  • Cutting bricks to get them to perform other functions, or to make parts that LEGO "should have made but didn't" such as concave low slope corners, etc. (it is argued that LEGO does this when they are prototyping new parts)
  • Using parts from Clone brands.
  • Using Custom elements is particularly problematic as these are new parts created within the AFOL community.

Purity tests

There is a LEGO Purity Test floating around on the internet. One version of it can be found here.

Lore

Some arguments about purity and modding, and the justifications for or against have worked their way into fannish lore and even take on the status of running jokes.


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