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Ideas for a Lego model playground?

tk79tk79 Member Posts: 329
edited February 2012 in Building and Techniques
I'm looking for a template or instructions to use to build a playground for my kids...maybe something like this, but better playability (I don't see a swing on this one and the structure with the 1x1's looks like it might not hold up to kids playing with it very well):

http://www.brickbuilderspro.com/KIT_PLAYGROUND.htm

Any suggestions on where I can hunt down some instructions or ideas for this project?

Thanks.

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  • JenniJenni USAMember Posts: 1,372
    There were directions for sale on eBay at one time.
  • tk79tk79 Member Posts: 329
    @Jenni thank you, I didn't have any luck when I searched earlier, but maybe some different keywords will work.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    $125 for that?!?!?! it's a well designed set and all, but man, that is highway robbery. Heck, you could pretty much reverse engineer it from the pictures alone, or get close enough that no one would care/notice the difference.

    I made a really quick park for my girls about a year ago - not nearly as fancy as that one, and I like their slide design much better. In addition, I had a teeter-totter (very easy to make), a swing that was similar to the one in Olivia's House, and a merry go round (old style non-locking 4x4 turntable, with 4 rounded plates on top, finished off with some bar-style fencing and colored tiles.)
  • JenniJenni USAMember Posts: 1,372
    Sorry, I was answering you on my phone and wasn't about to start searching eBay. Here's the link to what I was remembering

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Lego-City-Modular-Park-Instructions-10182-10185-10190-10197-10211-10218-/290665701284?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ad069fa4#ht_2026wt_1189

    Also set 6403 is very simple but quite cute. You could always add the swing from Olivia's house.

    Share pictures when you're done? My daughter would love that too.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 806
    $125 for that?!?!?!
    This is why custom kits don't do better. If you try buying and selling custom kits, you'll see just how much work goes into making them (instructions, boxes, shipping), as well as the overhead from Paypal, and all that's not including the cost of the pieces themselves. I would've guessed $150, honestly, for a custom kit like that. .... Not that I'd *BUY* it, mind you.

    And not that there isn't a market for them. There are folks out there that are willing to spend money on these types of kits, but MOST people gauge LEGO prices based on what the LEGO company would sell the same kit for, which would probably be $50 or thereabouts. So your average buyer will balk at the price, and think it's too expensive.

    DaveE
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    oh, i now there's work involved. heck, i'd considered selling custom kits myself. but in the end, it just doesn't pencil out if you are trying to make money for your time investment. I think you are better off just selling the instructions.

    its ~350 bricks, non-licensed. LEGO wold sell something comparable int he $40 range.
  • tk79tk79 Member Posts: 329
    @Jenni thanks for the link, that's pretty cool...and huge! Not sure yet if I will use that, but whatever I end up with I will definitely share some photos. That Paradisa set looks nice and simple too...I might have to keep an eye out for it on ebay (or bricklink...haven't checked there yet actually).

    @dougts Speaking of photos, any chance you have one of the small park you made?
  • JenniJenni USAMember Posts: 1,372
    @tk79 Great, that's just what I need, more competition for Paradisa sets on eBay :)
  • hewmanhewman Member Posts: 90
    Have you thought about buying some second-hand Fabuland sets. They have some great playground components in them.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    unfortunately I never took pictures no....
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    edited February 2012
    Like others have mentioned, there are some Paradisa sets that would be great for building a playground. Two that comes to mind are 6403, 6489 and 6547. Check them out, or even better - buy them :)
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