Acronym for "Adult
Fan(s) of Lego
". An AFOL is a grownup
person, such as a teenager
or >20something, who retains an appreciation for the finest toy
ever to spring from Denmark
. Anyone interested in meeting or lurking
's should investigate the Usenet
, and the Lugnet
website (at www.lugnet.com).
Most AFOL's go through a "dark age", between their childhood playing with the stuff, and their rediscovery of it as an adult. This can occur as a result of going away to college, parental disapproval or peer pressure, or just stuff (My personal dark age was very short, only about 6 months).
Recently, with the introduction of Mindstorms, AFOL's have regained a little respect from muggles and fellow geeks alike. It's more like "computer programming", and therefore more acceptable I guess, than just "playing with legos again".