Some think LEGO is only for children. But that’s not quite true. Skellefteå is home to Sweden’s biggest collection of LEGO. Of course, children are welcome, but an adult perspective is at least as important.
The first thing see is the Millennium Falcon. Han Solo’s characteristic smuggler ship from the early Star Wars trilogy and one of LEGO’s biggest commercial sets ever. Another is Hans Brettschneider’s broad smile.
– That is the jewel in the crown, he says, grinning from ear to ear.
And he has good reason to be pleased. Not only is he owner of Skellefteå’s most dedicated LEGO shop, he is also the father of Sweden’s largest permanent LEGO collection. Just inside the door, a couple of hundred LEGO Star Wars figures are on display.
– I’m missing a C3PO in 14 carat gold and a bronze Boba Fett. Otherwise, in one way or another, every Star Wars figure released by LEGO is represented in the collection.
I think I see a few doubles. Hans takes down two Luke Skywalker figures from Return of the Jedi, both in black, with green swords.
– Check out the pupils.
I can see difference. A very slight difference.
– Details are important to a collector, he says.
And those pupils set the standard. I now realize that LEGO building isn’t just a casual pastime.
This is serious business.