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Duchessa: New member, old collector

DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
edited August 2011 in Introduce yourself
Maybe I should introduce myself?

I'm one of those female AFOL's that pop up now and then on Lego forums. I live in the northern parts of Sweden (close to the artic circle), where Lego sales are very rare and shipping costs are huge. I'm not a new Lego collector. Around 10 years ago I was very active on several Lego forums, including FBTB where I was also a staff member for a few years.

I never gave up on Lego, but stuff like marriage/divoce, buying/selling houses and other changes in life afk meant that I haven't been active on any Lego forum the last couple of years. But now I'll give it a try again. I still have my old sets, along with a few newer purchases.

Who knows, maybe there are a few people out there who actually remember me? :-)


  • davee123davee123 Member Posts: 852
    Your name looks familiar-- I recall working with one of the female admins on FBTB way-back-when, but I forget the details. That was back when Tim was still around! Sadly, all the FBTB history from 2000-2004 was lost when the site got hacked in early 2005 :( But Ace is still over there (I think he's been around on FBTB for quite a while).

    Welcome back!

  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    who knows, maybe there are a few people out there who actually remember me? :-)
    Unforgettable ... hi Jo :-)
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    davee123: I think that Denise and I were the only female staff members during that FBTB-era. Don't know if she's still out there? Anyway, thanks for the welcome!
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Ian! Long time, no see! So you're working here now? :)
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,754
    Sorry to interrupt the old boys/girls club, but welcome to the forum !
  • georgebjonesgeorgebjones Member Posts: 224
    Welcome, it is a great place to be. :)
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Sorry to interrupt the old boys/girls club, but welcome to the forum !
    Thanks :) I'm really looking forward to getting to know new people, not just reconnecting with old ones.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,754
    Great - delighted that you're back in the fold and have joined us on the forum.
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Welcome, it is a great place to be. :)
    I've been browsing the forums for a couple of days before I joined, and I think you're right :) My lego interest is not limited to Star Wars stuff these days, so Brickset is probably the right place for me to be. I also collect old castle stuff, pirates, Ninja, Wild West and a couple of other themes.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    Welcome Duchessa! Although I was never on the FBTB forum, I was on the old RTL (1998) and early LUGNET forums back in the day. You come from what I call the "old LEGO" part of the world... Sweden has a LEGO history that goes all the way back to 1950 (although TLG only acknowledges back to 1955).

    Some of the rarest LEGO items in existence come from Sweden, Norway and Finland... mostly because they were relatively independent of Billund during the 1950s and early 1960s.

    Attached is an image of a 1961 Magazine Ad showing a Swedish Town Plan scene (Sweden still had driving on the left until 3 September 1967) using a Swedish left driving 200 Town Plan board. The Swedish LEGO road signs were yellow (only country that had that color), and the ones in this picture are prototypes, because they had blue bases.
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Thanks for the welcome, Istokg! I can reveal that the road signs in Sweden are still yellow :)
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    Hi Duchessa,

    Welcome to the forums - sounds like you'll be another font of knowledge for us! :)
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    Hello Duchessa! Nice to meet you. I'm relatively new here but I'm also an avid Lego fan. I haven't built anything original yet, as I just re-started my collection recently. Legos are so darn expensive where I live :/
  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 674
    Hey, I remember you from FBTB! Nice to see a familar username.
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Savage_Steel: Thanks! I know a lot about swedish road signs, how to pronounce IKEA furniture and lots of other useful things :)

    Silber334: I'm not a huge MOC-bilder. I have one always ongoing MOC - a replica of the house where I grew up. I'll post pics later.

    GIR3691: Always nice to be remembered! I hope I didn't ban you from FBTB? :)
  • LegogeekLegogeek Member Posts: 714
    Hello & welcome! I've been a LEGOholic for many years, but just came out of the closet recently. I'm looking forward to an old-timers perspective on things. ;-P
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
    Welcome Duchessa, good to have you on board.
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Legogeek: Hi, I'm also a Lego-holic. And I'm a very grumpy old woman :)

    Huw: Thanks, I'm really looking forward to read and talk about Lego with others again.. not to mention buying and building more stuff!
  • LegogeekLegogeek Member Posts: 714
    Legogeek: Hi, I'm also a Lego-holic. And I'm a very grumpy old woman :)
    LOL! That's okay, I'm a grumpy old man. I'll try to keep on your good side... BTW, did I mention that's a lovely dress you have on and your hair looks lovely today. ;o)

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