Well, let me fill you in. RLFM is the new term used to describe what used to be known as an Online Recognised LEGO User Group. As you may know, LUGs are essentially LEGO clubs. They’ll commonly have scheduled meetings, participate in events, and more. The recognised ones are those that are members of the LEGO Ambassador Network (LAN), have a LEGO Ambassador as their representative, and are able to participate in all the benefits that recognition gives them. Online LUGs, or Registered LEGO Fan Media as they’re now called, are online versions of these, just like BricktasticBlog, and many of the other bigger sites we all know and love.
- A direct communication channel with LEGO and other Ambassadors to discuss hot topics
- Early access review sets and information (I have to be honest, I’m pretty excited about this one…)
- Support mechanisms like LUGBulk (The LEGO User Group Bulk Order Program) and project support (builds, activities etc)
- Participation in LEGO working groups and projects run by the LEGO Community Engagement department
Being able to have a bit of a say in what our favourite company does is extremely exciting to me, and I’m ridiculously excited and honoured to be accepted as a LEGO Ambassador. This role does mean that I’m not allowed to share any leaked images, news or rumours, but that’s ok as I try to keep away from it regardless of the recognised status. The early access sets I may receive would most likely have embargoes on them so I’m not allowed to post anything before that date, but it does mean I can keep up with the “big dogs” in the community.
I need to say thank you to all of you for taking the time to read this little blog! It means the world to me that you enjoy it enough to keep coming back, and this recognition would not have happened without you all. Thank you, and onwards to a very exciting new chapter of BricktasticBlog!