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2. "Reading" #6000. I think the only letters that really appear in the story are "S.O.S."? Of course that didn't make a lot of sense for me at my age. In fact, there were so many things I didn't understand. For example, it was years later when I recognised that one of the buildings early on in the city is supposed to be a supermarket.
1. Building #928 for the first time. For a brief time, I actually believed that all these blue buildings and spaceships had been modelled after original bases standing on the moon. (Which later on prompted me to build Voyager clones from Lego.)
One thing that I recall loving to do was trying to construct the alternate models that were featured on the sides and back of the old packaging. In particular, I remember being pretty proud that I was able to construct the robotic-bird-ship that was featured on the 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager. I remember repeatedly trying to build the models on 6080 King's Castle, but I never ended up being satisfied with my attempts.
I think the idea books (I didn't have #6000, but I had the 200 Idea Book) were fun for me, but mostly just looking at the vast spreads, which were pretty similar to the catalogs and "posters", just bigger! I do remember being disappointed with some of the models, though, since I didn't have the right colors or elements to build what I really wanted.
I'm working on finishing a re-issue Main Street right now, and boy is that sucker hard to complete!
2. Getting #6803 space patrol one wet windy October Saturday afteroon in Woolworth's
3. Finding all my Fabuland and space sets in my dad loft after I came out of my dark ages
4. Last xmas when 3 generations of the family help to build and playing with all the city sets my daughter got
I still have those few bricks next to a picture of my parents as a reminder of who started my collection
Recently, it was getting all the Town and train sets in LEGO lots that I could not as a kid (like #1490, #6391, #6383, #6393, #7730). Main street reissue is nice, it allowed me to get a set I REALLY wanted as a kid, but could never get. I actually have the #6390 now as well but still will keep the re-issue.
So the mission was to save up for #7419 Dragon Fortress. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we were off to a local toy shop that carried the set. When I saw the blue rimmed box, I thought it was the biggest, most beutiful box ever. When we walked out, my brother (who was excited for it just as me and saved up for it as well) and I had to open it and look at the instructions. We opened the flip open lid and saw the big box of Minifigures and we were dazed at the size of the instruction booklet. That set completed our first series of sets ever. It was a defining moment at my days of early collecting.
The build took me a few hours and the string for the draw bridge had stuck to my shirt. When we where out on my grandmothers skiing boat my mom picked the string off my shirt and asked me where it had came from. Neither of us knowing what it was she threw it off into the lake.
When we returned to the floating house I resumed my build only to discover the string for my bridge was forever gone. I finished the build without the string and had to take it apart to store it back in the big box for the trip home. I remember looking through the lid on the box at least a million times to see all the amazing parts and pieces.
Oh what I would give to go back to those days!
Second would have to be building 6985 Comsmic Fleet Voyager whilst third would be 6980 Galaxy Commander.
I loved all three of those sets and wish I had taken better care of them. Whilst all three are still largely intact, they look a little worse for wear.
My fondest would be every summer. My mom taught at my school so she'd be off each summer with me. She'd let me bring out all my LEGO each summer and basically take over the living room. I'd build houses, stadiums...basically anything but the actual sets. Loved every minute of it.
My most recent Lego good memory is how I came out of my dark ages. My wife came home with a Queen Anne's Revenge for me as a get well present because I had a tooth break the day before and had to have it pulled. I sure made a bad day turn good. Next thing you know I have almost 100 new sets between my son and myself and this x-mas "Santa" is going to be generous to my son in the Lego department.