Cordell Robinson speaks Lego lingo.
"That's a moc," the 10-year-old said matter-of-factly Saturday at a Wichita Public Library program when describing the Lego Bionicle he started working on when he was just 2 years old.
What's a moc?
"My own creation," he explained.
He built it with parts of various kits, including three Lego bodies from 2001 and 2002.
"I started Legos because my dad was a Lego fanatic," Cordell said.
He remembers getting a Lego cake for his second or third birthday.
"I play with them every day," he said.
And Jonathan Bender, author of "Lego: A Love Story," hopes Cordell will continue to do so through adulthood.
Bender told a packed crowd that he loved Legos when he was a kid. Then, around age 12, he discovered girls and soccer, and the little brightly colored plastic building bricks were benched.
Later, Bender, from the Kansas City area, reconnected with the beloved bricks that fit together to build just about anything you can imagine. He set out to learn as much as he could about Lego.
He even got to visit the Lego plant in Denmark.
Bender showed photos of Lego creations he's seen — an operable boat made out of the building blocks as well as a replica of the Titanic — which elicited a lot of "whoa"s from the crowd.
He explained that there are two types of Lego builders: purists and customizers. Purists use only Lego parts in their original form to build creations. Customizers alter bricks during the building process.
Noting that he painted bricks black and glued them to build a Sears Tower when he was 30, Bender said he is a customizer who wants to be a purist.
He encouraged the youngsters in the crowd — as well as the AFOLs (adult fans of Lego) —to use their imaginations.
"You don't have to build the Titanic," he said. "Be happy with what you build because you built it."
Zachary Viramontez, 9, said he has about 20 Lego sets and built the Taj Mahal, with nearly 6,000 bricks, with his father.
Lego couldn't ask for a better line for a commercial than one from Zachary when he explained why he likes creating with the bricks: "They're fun, and they're like hours of entertainment."