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What has the extent of your lego collection/obsession come to?
I was just wondering, how much has lego really influenced you these days? Mine is getting pretty crazy. I really try not to overbuy anymore since I'm getting broke from frenzied buying.
Eh, collection lego has given me such a cool reputation is school actually. I recently have a presentation in my economics class about Legos and everybody got blown away. I think think my teacher even went out and bought a couple to start. I'm permanently labeled as the lego guy and it's pretty sweet. Don't get me wrong, it's not a nickname that came
With malice. Alot of people genuinely think it's cool haha.
So what has it brought upon you? Is is a curse or a blessing?
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It's pretty crazy. I was into Legos as a kid, have always collected toys (Mostly Star Wars), and just missed the boat on Legos. I dont even collect other SW toys.
Love SW, LOTR, Super Heroes both DC/MARVEL, and have custom built my own Lego official Cloud City from dark bluish gray parts, MOC'd the middle computer screen piece of the original Batcave with the new one released (Frankencave), and working on MOC'ing a Rancor stall to attach to the pit, complete with desert entrance plate to put the tower from Jabba's Palace on.
it's a cursed blessing. HAHA!
My KFOL loves SW, like really cool little girls should, and enjoys the Friends theme on off times. We have custom built her a house based off Olivia's House to display all her Friends bobbles in.
Outside of work, my wife and I enjoy building together. When it comes time to do the Christmas Village, we split it 50/50 on putting the buildings together. A lot of the larger sets we'll do together too.
Our boys are starting to get knee deep in Duplo, ages 2 1/2 and 15 months. It's a lot of fun to see. Especially the 2 1/2 yearold because he is really taking interest in LEGO on top of the Duplos.
Overall I'd say it is a huge blessing. I've been able to meet some great people through the hobby and have some great bonding time with my family and coworkers.
Now the good: I have a ton of LEGO. Duh. But seriously, my son and I play more, and he is a wonderful help sorting and pulling orders. I think overall I am usually in better spirits than I used to be because my mind is preoccupied and no longer broods upon "The World." But this is also a mixed blessing... The side income is nice, nothing to pay the bills with, but enough to fund the hobby and surprise the wife.
Black Friday rolled around last year, and I just had to have the fire plane and the giant police cargo helicopter which I picked up on sale. It's snowballing from there. My office desk is a lego warzone with sets everywhere. Today my wife caught me... "hey what's that spacecraft? I don't recognize it? Did you just get it?" Me: "Um... an A-wing" Damn. caught again lol.
Basically the obsessiveness of new sets that our family has had for the past few years has been pared way, way down due to the release choices Lego has made this year. I understand many are happy, but the new lines have no draw for anyone here.
My son has no interest in Super Hero, Lone Ranger, bug aliens, Star Wars, LOTR, Hobbit, the new city releases, etc.
The main lines being released have almost no appeal to my girls, female minifigs in the lines continue to be fairly rare, there is no replacement to Harry Potter, and Monster Fighters was a one-off. Friends is it, and even that, my girls are tiring of because that is the only line out there, and their releases now are limited to two larger items and a few small items. Even if they had interest in all, between two girls, that still is not enough.
The only items new items this year...
Ninjago for my son
Master Builder for my son
Lego minifigs for all, and the animal Friends minifigs for all.
Winter Village for me.
I think, though, I will be using my stash of Lego for my son this year, since for our family, the picking are slim out there.
For us, our obsessiveness has gone from very obsessive to a very huge cool off.
I could probably add in the Lone Ranger mine as one that I would enjoy, but it is not one I will be buying.
As for my collection/obsession...
2012 was my coming out of my dark ages year and I went overboard like most do. 2013 should be a more focused year. For instance, I have 5 sets I want now. I'm not buying any others until I get those 5. I did pick up a few clearanced sets early in the year, but they were wants to. I'm definitely only looking to buy what I truly want.