Rick has been a fan of LEGO since 1977, right in time for the introduction of the minifig in 1978. Many childhood photos show Lego bricks and most birthday presents were produced in Denmark. During early childhood, most sets were from the Town theme. Some of the earliest sets were ‘Legoland’ sets with three-digit set numbers and the first ‘modern’ minifigs still seen in today’s sets, such as 379 Bus Station and 675 Snack Bar. With the introduction of the Castle theme in 1984, for the first time his attention had to be divided among two classic themes. Things got even more complicated when Pirates hit toy stores in 1989. However, the money spent on toys slowly decreased and Rick started drifting into his dark ages in the early 1990s.
Awaking from his dark ages in the late 1990s, Rick experienced a rather big shock when he realized ‘Town Jr.’ had replaced his beloved Town theme. Slowly but steadily he gave in to the urge to start purchasing sets again after receiving 6420 Mail Carrier from his girlfriend. Rick’s collection really started growing again in the early 2000s with the introduction of the World City theme in 2003 and the greatly-improved City theme in 2005. He really knew it was a great time to be an adult fan of Lego when the first Modular Building 10182 Cafe Corner was released in 2007. Rick was pleasantly surprised again when The Lego Group decided to resurrect the classic Pirates theme in 2009.
The existence of an extensive online Lego community was an eye-opener to Rick when he came out of his dark ages. He quickly joined the Dutch LowLUG community. For a long time Rick was merely lurking on Eurobricks, but early 2009 he finally signed up and became active mainly in the Town and Pirates forums. Within a year of joining Eurobricks, he was asked by WhiteFang to join the Classic-Town.net crew. He gratefully accepted this invitation. Rick also is proud to be a Eurobricks Fellow.