Lego enthusiasts from around the world have stepped in to help one of their own after burglars stole the young Frenchman’s giant collection of Lego sets that had taken him 14 years to build up.
The Lego community set up an online fundraising page that within hours gathered thousands of euros when they learned of Louis’ distress after he posted a tearful video on his Youtube channel.
He said that when thieves broke into his home in the Paris suburbs they ignored computers, cameras, and watches but emptied his “Lego Room”, which housed his collection of tens of thousands of Lego pieces worth an estimated €16,000 (£14,000).
"I cried all night. Beyond the financial loss, it is my entire childhood that is gone," he said on his Youtube channel where under the name Republicattak he has built up a mass following with videos of his elaborate Lego structures, many with a Star Wars theme.
“Most of my collection stolen, my last creation which took me 10 months that I was about to finish, destroyed; after 14 years of collection and eight years of YouTube, I’m just ending it. Bye,” he said, his voice shaking.
The 20-year-old’s video clocked up nearly 600,000 views in just two days and drew thousands of mostly sympathetic comments from Lego enthusiasts around the world.
In it he speaks of arriving home from work and finding broken windows and a trail of Lego bricks strewn around the floors and stairs.
Bonne nuit… pic.twitter.com/SeGseb96Pt
— republicattak (@republicattak) October 5, 2018
Louis said he believes the burglars knew exactly what they were looking for, as they ignored other valuable items, and he asked Lego enthusiasts to look out for suspicious sales online of Lego sets which might have come from his collection.
His plight led a fellow Lego enthusiast to set up a fundraising campaign to raise money to help him rebuild his collection.
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The GoFundMe campaign, launched on Saturday, set a goal of $1,000 but that was reached in less than two hours, and by Sunday it had taken in more than $15,000.
Many of the the donors sent words of encouragement along with their money.
“The people who did this are monsters, you’re a good dude and you should keep up your hobby don’t let these people ruin your fun!” wrote one donor who gave his name as Kurtis Alderton.