Do you love LEGO, but have a hard time justifying spending half of your paycheck on those beautiful interlocking bricks? Welcome to adulthood. Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer might be four feet of pure awesome, but $400 is a lot of money and it’s hard to devote the square footage necessary to hold that kind of hardware.
There was a time before “responsibility” kept me from playing with LEGO. In college my then-girlfriend/now-wife and I built the Batcave, an X-Wing (an Incom T-65 starfighter for you Star Wars aficionados), and several other LEGO sets over our four year college career. In the years since, our LEGO building has decreased by roughly 100%. LEGO Pley just might be the solution to the problem of growing older. LEGO Pley is like Netflix if Netflix delivered LEGO sets instead of movies you wanted to watch three days ago (I still love you Netflix). Pley offers hundreds of sets ranging from the kid-friendly Duplo sets to the aforementioned 3,100 piece Super Star Destroyer! To begin your journey into the LEGO world, you simply sign up for a Pley account (you can try a free trial first to get your feet wet), then set up your queue. There are three different plans based on whether you want to rent small ($15/month), medium ($25/month) or large sets ($39/month). Once you’ve chosen your particular plan you just build, enjoy, return, build, enjoy, return, etc. “That sounds great, but I hate the thought of playing with bricks tainted by the germ havens that are children.” Well good news, they clean each set upon its return to the facility. In fact, they clean them to the same standards used by the FDA for restaurants, meaning you could actually eat off them… you know, if that weren’t a choking hazard. Let’s just make a rule – don’t step on LEGOs, and don’t eat off of LEGOs. “My dog ate a few pieces… do I have to follow it around with a stick?” First, you might want to take the dog to the vet. Second, that’s fine. The company realizes that pieces get lost, and they won’t hold it against you (as long as you keep your incompetence to like 15 pieces, which is a surprisingly high number). Just report the lost pieces, and everything is good to go. This type of automation is becoming more and more prevalent. Need razors for your neckbeard? Dollar Shave Club has you covered. Want unique nerd merch (nerchandise)? Loot Crate is where it’s at. It only makes sense that someone would take a childhood staple like LEGO and make it more accessible to those of us that don’t have the disposable income to buy those giant sets. Head on over to Pley, and sign up for the free trial and let us know what you think! I look forward to when my kids are old enough to play with LEGOs so I can give it a whirl myself.