I get a lot of looks and quite a few comments on my lego bag. On the subway, in shops, waiting rooms, etc.
Here are my FAQs:
- no, sadly I didn’t make it myself. I’d love to claim this idea, but it wasn’t mine. It is made by a Hungarian designer named Szilas Rita. I saw the bag in a small shop called La Masni in Budapest. I knew immediately I needed to have it.
- yes, the bricks are removable. You can make your own design.
- no, I don’t change the design every day, but occasionally. So far I’ve had a space invader, a tetris scene, a QR code of this URL, a few random patterns I liked and now Pikachu.
- yes, children love it
- yes, I imagine it’s easy to make yourself but a) I felt that this simple yet brilliant idea had to be rewarded and b) I know how clumsy I am and how difficult it would be to find just the right sized bag
- yes, I sometimes lose bricks, when I brush up against people and things. I can tell the sound of lego hitting the floor from several meters away. I now use mostly flat bricks, because they are more difficult to remove.
some more interesting facts:
- the brown baseplate is rare nowadays. I suspect the designer used one from her childhood. A lego store clerk in Hamburg told me that they get very good prices on ebay, apparently.
- I went all around Iceland in the summer of 2015 and only lost a single brick, a grey flat one, despite climbing around several lava fields, into a gorge, around rocks to get closer to waterfalls, etc. etc.
Edited to add:
I’ve had the bag for such a long time now, that it looks much worse than during its Tetris time. Here’s a recent photo from September 2015:
I occasionally overstuffed the bag, so two of the holes which fix the lego baseplate to the bag tore. It’s loose now at the top and the top right corner. For a while I considered getting another baseplate and simply fixing it to the other side. But now I also discovered that the strap has started to tear on one side. So maybe there’s not that much time left for this favourite bag of mine.
Based on a suggestion of somebody (I don’t remember who), I was going to make a QR-code of lego bricks on it, so people would find this page, if they scanned it. But then we moved and I gave away all my legos.
I learned that the french word for lego bricks is briques (unsurprisingly).
Edit No. 2 from May 2016:
In April 2016 a new lego store opened up in les halles. I finally bought a new baseplate, beige, this time, and took the bag to the nicest cordonnier in town. He fixed the new baseplate on to the bag and repaired the strap as well. I went back to the lego store to buy some stones for my QR code project. Et voilà:
The QR code should lead to this page. I wonder if anyone will actually try it out or if people are too discrete to take pictures of bags on the street.