Born in the ’80s
Bobby Mihaylov (that is MetroiD, not the Bulgarian national ex-goalkeeper!) hails from good old politically messed up Eastern Europe. So if he seems a bit messed up sometimes, it’s probably because of that… (what a great excuse for random acts of stupidity!)
Being born in this weird yet inexplicably fascinating corner of the world automatically teaches one how to look through the lenses of humour at most things in life. That, combined with the knowledge that he always had his own LEGO world where he could retreat and arrange things the “proper” way, went a long way towards giving MetroiD a wonderful childhood.
Raised in the ’90s
That “properly arranged” (albeit dust-covered) LEGO world ceased to exist sometime during the mid-90s and ended up stashed in cardboard boxes. The onset of teenage years opened up the gates of MetroiD’s dark ages that lasted for roughly 10 years, during which time he was busy doing the entire plethora of seemingly trivial, yet life-enriching things that any teenager does.
Roamed in the …’00s?
Then came the time to grow up, which he did by roaming a bit before eventually returning to his home country where he found an inspiring “significant Otter” who also brought an end to his LEGO-less years. He ended up joining the online AFOL community after seeing one of their earliest MOCs featured on this very blog. And since January 2010, he has been trying hard to return the favour.
Back to basics. And plastic.
MetroiD enjoys MOCcing when he gets the chance – the online community has helped further his interest in LEGO and enrich his understanding of the brick, for which one can only be extremely grateful.
His desire to also be a part of such a community on a local scale has been the main reason why he helped set up the first Bulgarian LUG along with a couple of fellow enthusiasts in 2009. In 2010 Lebgo, as the LUG is called, earned the right to be represented before LEGO by its own Ambassador, a position which Bobby is honoured to currently hold.
As to MetroiD’s taste in LEGO – he has only kept a select few of his sets intact and prefers to have his bricks sorted and ready for MOCcing – even if he can’t find as much time (or space) to build as he would have liked. He is definitely not one to ‘collect’ LEGO sets and so has tried to experience first-hand a wide variety of themes. Throughout the years though, Town and Trains have remained his favourite, followed closely by Pirates.
His other hobbies include sports (ice hockey, swimming and the occasional freedive, to name a few), music (dropped pursuing a professional interest in favour of being able to simply enjoy music in all its nuances), model & diorama building (each winter the Otter couple build their Christmas village) and travelling (preferrably by motorcycle, but he also loves flying).