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Another Tar Heel...from North Carolina!

legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
Hi! I found LEGO (for ME) after buying and sorting them for my sons for 20 years as a Mom. It is great to be more than the gopher (who can find any part anywhere in our house,) the chief sorter (months, months and more months throwing these little buggers in the right bin,) and the bank account behind the kids' habit.

My favorite themes are Town, Duplo and Friends. I collect mostly pastel colors and non-yellow skinned female minifigs. I have recently attended events such as BrickWorld, BrickFair, BrickCon and EB 2013. And look forward to getting to know you through the forum. Cheers!

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  • dejavudejavu USAMember Posts: 235
    Welcome, legogal! I think you're the first AFOL I've come across who's into Duplo. What do you like to build with it?
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    dejavu,
    Thanks! With Duplo I mostly build towns with houses, gardens, shops and vehicles. Except for a bike and one doll, I did not have any store bought toys as a child and have to make up for that now!

    Duplo has some wonderful themes such as Cars, Disney Princess, construction, circus, pirates, zoo, farms, airports, trains, etc. Maybe when our minds become more adled with old age, we will revert to Duplo from LEGO and not choke on any small pieces we mistake for real food!
  • FurrysaurusFurrysaurus Hiding in the kitchen.Member Posts: 156
    welcome! not sure if you're closer to raleigh or charlotte, but we have support groups in both of those areas :) www.nclug.us has links for signing up on the NCLUG mailing list if you're interested in local events and such.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    Furry,
    Thanks! I have been to one of the nclug meetings in Raleigh, but often am not available on Saturdays. Which themes do you collect, and which town are you closer to? Cheers!
  • skeet318skeet318 Banned Posts: 375
    I like the title of this thread!
  • dejavudejavu USAMember Posts: 235
    @legogal - I didn't realize Duplo had so much. My kids had them when they were young, but only basic type bricks. I lean toward Creator, Modular, and Winter Village sets, although I have a few oddball sets here and there, such as the Wonder Woman, Superman and Lex Luthor set, #6862. It's fun to let Lex Luthor wreak havoc on unsuspecting shoppers at the Grand Emporium. I live nearer Charlotte than Raleigh but have not yet attended any NCLUG gatherings.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    Dejavu,
    Like your choice of themes! The Creator sets are awesome! We buy all of the houses in multiples when we can....hope they start building out the interiors soon as there are a lot of empty house shells. The modulars are first class as well. Have been slowly picking up Winter Village for a big holiday build in November.

    I bet that Lex does wreak major havoc on your Grand Emporium shoppers! Hubby creates pandemonium with random placement of his beloved trolls in my builds. Lots of entertainment for sure.

    How is the Charlotte LEGO store? Have not been to that one yet. Raleigh has a small, but well stocked one. Best to avoid weekends if you can.
  • dejavudejavu USAMember Posts: 235
    I go to the LEGO store in Concord, north of Charlotte, in a big mall. It's pretty nice, although I don't really have anything to compare it to, never having been in any other LEGO stores. Lots of fully built sets on display, very helpful customer service, good PAB wall, and many events for kids. I find their Build A Minifig tower to be a bit meh - not as much variety as I'd like to see. The store is an hour's drive for me, but I like to go every so often, just to see the sets in the flesh, so to speak, and pick up stuff from the PAB wall, otherwise I mostly order online.

    Yeah, I really enjoy the Creator sets but would like to see more interesting interiors. I recently built a Creator street of houses and a Creator lakefront community and I enjoy doing variations on the various Creator buildings.
  • dejavudejavu USAMember Posts: 235
    edited July 2013
    oops - error.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    Your Creator community sounds great! We have built some of those houses using different colors as I overdosed on the red roofs about 20 years ago...that was the only color they seemed to have for decades. Would be nice to see photos of your build if you have any. Have taken apart most of ours.
  • dejavudejavu USAMember Posts: 235
    I have pix on Flickr and MOCpages but can't seem to put a link here. On both sites, look for Lego Dreams. I haven't been building very long, about a year.
  • FurrysaurusFurrysaurus Hiding in the kitchen.Member Posts: 156
    i prefer the charlotte store offerings over the raleigh store - the charlotte store seems to have more of the one-off things like gear and what not - things that i've seen in the potomac mills store for instance, but half of the raleigh store is good friends of mine outside of their work, i suppose i shouldn't let that one go too public ;)

    fwiw,we're trying to get the meetings moved to sundays. we pushed them to saturdays a few years back as i worked sun-wed then, but i've since moved to a normal schedule, so ideally they'll be back. we've tossed around the idea of weekday night meetings at local eateries, but those seem to be really hit or miss.

    themes for me used to include giant swaths of star wars (i was the one with the 5' trees for endor if any of you were at brickmagic a few years ago). as of late i've been focused on adding motion to MOC's, focusing on a long running dream of getting an amusement park up and running.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    Furry,
    Sounds pretty interesting adding motion to MOC's. An amusement park sounds like a real challenge, especially during a summer like this one in which it has rained almost every other day and stormed on the others.
    Will have to check out the Charlotte store soon. Tend to go the other direction towards DC or to Asheville, but not south to Charlotte.
    Sundays might be a better idea than Saturdays. Hard to say until you try it.
    I have always liked the employees in the Raleigh store, too.
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