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The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 11:59:40 AM   
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Simply the greatest toy of all......

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 1:46:57 PM   
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Absolutely loved Lego as a kid, my Mum and dad thought that I'd end up working there when I was older. It was, admittedly, before the Lego Technic years, and before the film tie-ins and all that goes with it now, so basically I just had about 10 different sized blocks, to stick together to try and make something interesting (my favourite was making K9 the dog from Dr Who)

Luckily, I have 2 God-sons who adore Lego, so 3 times a year (2 birthdays and a Christmas) I get to excitedly buy the stuff. Lord knows what I would have done as a kid with the Star Wars/Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter stuff you can get. It's incredible.
Even cooler, I bought them both a Lego Wii controller last month. A Wii controller made out of Lego! And it works! A bargain at 17 each, you can change the colour, add bits to them, absolutely brilliant.
I'd never seen them so thrilled with a present.

I'm pretty sure the invention of Lego was a real educational tool as well, certainly for my generation. How many young lads (and girls - oops, sorry) went on to become engineers, mechanics etc as well as the practical mathematical skills it gave us.

I'd rank Lego as the most important children's toy of all time.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 1:55:53 PM   
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It's probably no secret from the amount of times I've moaned about it, that my fiance is a huge Lego fan. I've never known anyone who is so passionate about something before. He designs his own Lego decals to stick on Lego figures. He was making his own Lego Superman and Wonder Woman years before Lego clocked on!

This is his Lego Doctor Who and Amy Pond, using his own decal for the Doctor.


This is his custom Batman and Robin, made to look like Nolan-era Batman.


And this is his custom Spider-man rogue gallery. He painted Vultures wings, I think they came out really well.


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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 2:12:31 PM   
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I bought Jr his first Lego toy for his birthday and although it was relatively small - a fire truck - I have to admit that the concentration needed to put it together and the satisfaction of finally clicking everything into place was really quite something. And I say that as someone who never personally bothered with Lego as a child.


Of course, when he drops it and it falls into 100 pieces again, I want to kick the wall, but that's besides the point.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 2:31:02 PM   
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I've just made the decision to collect the singular minifigures that were introduced a couple of years ago with my son. We're currently enjoying trying to find them as cheap as possible. There's nine series at the moment and 16 in each series. Only need two to complete the latest series and then we can move on to the back catalouge for a while.

As well as that we have quite a lot of other Lego, lots of PoTc and LoTR Lego. The detail in some of the pieces is amazing and it's great fun to play with my five year old son with. Really is great father and son time. Even the Mrs is starting to get a bit hooked

Having said that, you can't beat just plain old Lego blocks. Just buliding anything you want. Such a great great toy.

I'm currently trying to get the Mrs to buy me this for my 30th in the summer, I think I'm slowly grinding her down:





My dad also recently rebuilt the Lego Castle I received as a present from Santa at Christmas when I was four! He bought a few missing bits from ebay and it's like we're back in 1987 again. Now my son plays with it when we visit....



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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 2:32:36 PM   
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They're really good! Unfortunately I just don't have the imagination or spare time to do anything like this. Loving the work though!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 4:02:00 PM   
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I have Star Wars Lego. Clownfoot junior will only be allowed to play with my Star Wars Lego when he reaches 18 years of age....

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 15/2/2013 6:21:27 PM   
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That's an awesome look of concentration on your son's face, YFU.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 16/2/2013 7:43:09 PM   
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Currently adorning my subwoofer are the Lego Millennium Falcon and the foot high Lego R2D2. One day my boy and I will get and build the Super Star Destroyer. Only problem will be working out where to display a 1.25m Lego model!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 18/2/2013 9:54:11 AM   
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The house is currently strewn with Lego Duplo and Lego Friends - Legofoot a common injury chez moi at the minute.

The real problem arises when your offspring have used a piece of Lego in their creation that YOU need to complete your killer space robot.
This requires some misdirection as you invite them to look elsewhere whilst you quickly dismantle their effort to snaffle it. Leads to tears sometimes, but hey! it's (Lego) character building for them.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 19/2/2013 12:35:45 AM   
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I actually got back in to Lego over Xmas, after the missus bought me a book and a small set as a gift! I turned 30 last December and think it might be my first mid-life crisis. We're getting this next week, and I can't wait. -



It's a part of their Modular range, aimed at hobbyists. The whole thing is really cool (I particularly like the department store), but Lego is just too damn expensive these days that it's not something I'll ever be able to take too seriously.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 22/2/2013 1:29:03 AM   
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I spent about 4 hours building the ground floor of the cinema this evening! Talk about intricate. I scoffed at the 16+ age rating when I first saw the set, but now I kind of appreciate it! Patience is the biggest hurdle, as there are so many pieces that it's easy to lose track of what you're actually supposed to be doing.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 27/2/2013 3:45:59 PM   
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Series 10 Minifigures have been revealed early by Argos of all people:



Love the 'Bald Cap' on the old man!

If rumours are to be believed the 'golden' figure will be rare. One in a whole box of 60. He's either going to be a pain in the bum to find or cost me a fortune. I have a good mind to buy a full box and then sell the extras!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 27/2/2013 3:49:12 PM   
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I'm all for licensed Lego but the Turtles stuff looks gash.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 27/2/2013 3:50:34 PM   
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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 27/2/2013 3:52:05 PM   
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I'm all for licensed Lego but the Turtles stuff looks gash.


I loved the turtles as a kid but I'm not interested in the Lego one bit. Just looks pretty rubbish to be fair.

Castles and Keeps is where it's at!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 2/3/2013 11:34:37 PM   
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Finished this tonight! It looks so cool.



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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 4/3/2013 6:19:05 AM   
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That's awesome! Has it inspired you to think of buying other modulars so you can build a street?

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 7/3/2013 5:56:17 PM   
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That's awesome! Has it inspired you to think of buying other modulars so you can build a street?


I said not initially, but I am quite tempted to carry on! I just need to convince the wife!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 10/3/2013 7:06:27 PM   
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That's an awesome look of concentration on your son's face, YFU.


Completely agree - the look on that little man's face is what Lego is all about!

I've been looking round the new Lego store that's opened near us, getting seriously tempted to buy some! Loved it when I was a kid, and my wife blagged me a pricey bit of Star Wars stuff for free when she used to work for Merlin Entertainments a few years back.

Can't quite decide if it's a bit premature of me, as my son hasn't even been born yet and I'm thinking "might as well buy some for when he'll be old enough", but fuck it, I think I'll buy some even if only for my own entertainment! My parents still have a bucket of Lego from when I was little in their loft, so will be having that next time I see them.

May start collecting the Lego Minifigures - think I'm a bit late to the party but they do look cool!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 11/3/2013 11:29:50 AM   
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Can't quite decide if it's a bit premature of me, as my son hasn't even been born yet and I'm thinking "might as well buy some for when he'll be old enough", but fuck it, I think I'll buy some even if only for my own entertainment! My parents still have a bucket of Lego from when I was little in their loft, so will be having that next time I see them.



Your parents kept you in the loft when you were little?

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 11/3/2013 1:27:29 PM   
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Can't quite decide if it's a bit premature of me, as my son hasn't even been born yet and I'm thinking "might as well buy some for when he'll be old enough", but fuck it, I think I'll buy some even if only for my own entertainment! My parents still have a bucket of Lego from when I was little in their loft, so will be having that next time I see them.



Do it. My boy is only two and quite contented with Duplo at the moment. So, I keep buying Star Wars Lego under the pretence he will play with and build it when he is older...

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 11/3/2013 1:41:18 PM   
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Can't quite decide if it's a bit premature of me, as my son hasn't even been born yet and I'm thinking "might as well buy some for when he'll be old enough", but fuck it, I think I'll buy some even if only for my own entertainment! My parents still have a bucket of Lego from when I was little in their loft, so will be having that next time I see them.



Your parents kept you in the loft when you were little?


They did - rather like an 80's, higher altitude version of Harry Potter...

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 18/3/2013 2:41:38 PM   
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Whats all this fuss about the new 'pink Lego' and all these feminist types kicking off saying it insults young girls and is a stereotype........................ what a joke!!

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 18/3/2013 3:12:10 PM   
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This is one I would love to have time/space/money to make.

http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/4/14/awesome-2001-a-space-odyssey-lego-set-made-of-3873-pieces.html

Includes a 215 page PDF of instructions...

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 18/3/2013 7:57:26 PM   
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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 18/3/2013 8:33:47 PM   
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Whats all this fuss about the new 'pink Lego' and all these feminist types kicking off saying it insults young girls and is a stereotype........................ what a joke!!


Well it is a bit of a joke. Lego ran a very good ad campaign in the 80s,




(An advert that shows both girls and boys enjoying the exact same toy! This should be in a museum, it's so rare.)

showing that girls don't need to have Lego made for them to enjoy it. Now the idea seems that girls will only enjoy Lego if its pink and they can make shops and boutiques.

Of course, Lego isn't the only toy manufacturer that is guilty of this. The thing is Lego is a great toy for both girls and boys, it's just bricks and kids love building, there is no need for it to be marketed at a specific gender.

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 21/3/2013 9:41:46 AM   
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To be fair to Lego I don't see the problem. The Lego 'Friends' range is great and it certainly caters for the 'girls'. Lego can't win in some respects, they have been slated for making sets that are mainly aimed at boys and not having enough 'girl' orientated Lego and as soon as they do they get slated for the opposite. They've tried it a couple of times over the years but never pulled it off, now the Friends range has been a hit so there must be a market for it.

My two year old girl loves playing with Lego with her brother but she's certainly more drawn to the Friends range as is natural. Lego are just catering to the market. I don't see the problem. It's not like they've made 'Olivias Ironing' and 'Teresas Cooking' sets. There's sets like the inventors workshop.....

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 21/3/2013 1:05:08 PM   
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This is one I would love to have time/space/money to make.

http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/4/14/awesome-2001-a-space-odyssey-lego-set-made-of-3873-pieces.html

Includes a 215 page PDF of instructions...


That's pretty doable I reckon. Based on my experiences with the cinema, which is 2194 pieces (120 pages of instructions), I'd imagine you'd only need a month to do it casually. The pieces wouldn't be *too* expensive either, there'd be change from 200. At the very least I'm tempted to give the Dawn Of Man thing a go...

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RE: The LEGO Thread! - 21/3/2013 1:16:53 PM   
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quote:

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This is one I would love to have time/space/money to make.

http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/4/14/awesome-2001-a-space-odyssey-lego-set-made-of-3873-pieces.html

Includes a 215 page PDF of instructions...


That's pretty doable I reckon. Based on my experiences with the cinema, which is 2194 pieces (120 pages of instructions), I'd imagine you'd only need a month to do it casually. The pieces wouldn't be *too* expensive either, there'd be change from 200. At the very least I'm tempted to give the Dawn Of Man thing a go...


That's assuming you could *just* buy those pieces though. I'd imagine to cobble it all together you'd end up having to buy much more than you need just to get the pieces you need specifically.

It's a thing of beauty though.

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