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Hello from Hampshire, UK

adi392000adi392000 Hampshire UKMember Posts: 5
I just wanted to say hello and tell you a bit about me.
I'm 54yrs young and I've been a fan of Lego since I was a child.
Had great fun with Lego when my son was into it (he's now 18 and into cars and motorbikes) and recently I've got interested in Lego again.
My partner bought me the Millennium Falcon 75105 for christmas a couple of years ago and I'm now keen to buy and build more Lego.
I would love to meet up with other likeminded Lego fans, but I've not yet found any local Lego user groups.
I still have the huge box of Lego that I had as a kid and I've downloaded missing instruction manuals for the sets that I can remember.
I have two questions for the members of Brickset........

  1. How old are you?
  2. What do you do with a set once you've built it - display it or break it up and put it back in its box?



  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 696
    Hello and welcome!

    I'm also from Hampshire (and so is Brickset itself, or its creator at least...). Where abouts are you?

    To answer your questions... I'm 30, and I have a two year old daughter and a two month old son, both of whom I'm hoping to get into Lego (my daughter is well on the way - she loves minifigures). 

    I don't but that many sets aside from minifigures, and I don't have space to display those I build except from a select few, so I mostly break up anything I build and either sell or store it. 

    If you do find any Hampshire-based Lego groups, let me know! I don't know of any either. 
  • adi392000adi392000 Hampshire UKMember Posts: 5
    Hi Benbacardi
    I'm from Southampton, but now living in Fareham with my partner and 4 out of 5 of our teenage kids!
  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Northumbria UKMember Posts: 406
    edited August 2018
    Welcome to the forum @adi392000 While I'm now at the opposite end of the country I did work in Southampton and Fareham back in the late 80's!
    I'm even older, the clue's in my name! And my wife is also to blame for my Lego habit, telling me I needed a hobby - 4 and bit years on I think she might regret that now.
    Modulars and larger buildings stay built, mostly stored in my shed. Smaller sets get broken down and stored, mostly in Really Useful Boxes (see threads on storage etc...)
    My next big concern is what to do with all the set boxes filling up my garage roof...
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 696
    adi392000 said:
    Hi Benbacardi
    I'm from Southampton, but now living in Fareham with my partner and 4 out of 5 of our teenage kids!
    It's a great part of the country! I'm from Portsmouth, but now live in Locks Heath. 
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,672
    Welcome Adi, good to see another fan from the South Coast! I agree that there appears not to be many LUGs down here, up North they seem to have loads in comparison. Even things like bricks & mortar specialist independent Lego stores or resellers are very few and far between, but we can get by on Bricklink etc.

    In answer to your question I'm 25 and sit in perhaps a more unusual group of people where interest in cars, motorbikes, hubby etc. hasn't pushed Lego out of the picture - well, at least in the range from 18-25 anyway. I try to build and display every set I buy (in a cycle) unless it's a polybag. The one other exception was Palpatine's Arrest from 2012 as I came into possession of a repeat copy when it was new - it now fetches crazy money on the aftermarket so it was a happy accident.

    In my huge box of Lego I had as a kid there was loads of Islanders which I only fully rebuilt in the last year or two. If you're wondering - "he's too young to have had Islanders" - you'd be correct as I have a brother 4 years older.

    Are you interested in any specific themes? The fact that the Millennium Falcon triggered your interest suggests Star Wars may be one of them?
  • adi392000adi392000 Hampshire UKMember Posts: 5
    Hi The_Rancor
    I love the Lego Star Wars theme and have the UCS Falcon and the Death Star on my wish list.
    I've just bought the Lego Porche 911 which I hope to start building next week.
    I saw a Minecraft set in Smyths Toys this week which looked really cool and I would love to have a go at some of the large modular buildings like Assembly Square.
    Having been away from the world of Lego for a long time I'm loving the challenge of building new sets and discovering all the new pieces and new construction methods available now.
    Where is the best place to buy Lego sets and which themes are you into?

  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,672
    ^ The best place to buy Lego sets is a difficult question to answer. In terms of online, I buy from Lego direct (for exclusives) and Amazon (for value) but in terms of bricks & mortar stores this is more a mix of Argos, Smyths and my local independent toy shop.

    The themes I like most centre around Star Wars, but I also really like pirates, castle, western, unlicensed space and a lot of the 90s/early 00s adventure themes e.g. Adventurers, Orient Expedition. I'm hoping a new in-house Lego theme will really grab our attention in 2019 but we'll have to wait and see.
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