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I've avoided the Lego section in stores for years because I knew how easily it would pull me back in. We bought a new (and larger) house about 2 years ago. Right around that time I broke down and bought the Medieval Market and now 80% of my office is filled with Lego toys.
Legohair.... those boxes may make you feel like Howard Carter... but I feel like Lord Carnarvon... dying to see what's inside (ops, shouldn't have said dying... didn't he get "offed" by an insect bite...)
My dark ages were soooooo long ago... they seemed like the dark ages... 1968=77.... back then the LEGO instructions were in hieroglyphics... ;-)
However, the introduction of the first LEGO wheels in 1962 and first LEGO trains in 1966 started a slide into what I would agree were the "primitive years". The first LEGO model cars/trucks/trains were not the best. Eventually they got better....
But when you compare the trees and other accessories of the designer sets today... they provide (in some instances) another slide in to the primitive...
I'm a town planner by profession so I'm in love with the early Town Plan stuff. I have the fragmentary remains of one of the sets - a shell petrol tanker, some (broken) flags and road signs, a couple of those tiny petrol pumps, an 'automatic' flip-up garage door kit, and some red vintage windows. Probably some bricks too. All given to me by an older boy down the street - more fool him. Precious...
I agree it was an early golden age that we tend to forget about but, for me, the change in scale is what makes today's Town/City system so awesome. And the minifigs. I'm with Lord_Mayorca on that one. But really? You don't like the sculptural trees of today?! Not the lolipop ones, but the realistic ones built up from branches like those from Bricktivity? I guess it's a choice between a 'model' and a 'built model'. I just love the inventiveness of them.
So, have you got me a spare #810 for, oh... I don't know... twenty quid?! ;-)
My Dark Ages lasted from about 12-13 until I started collecting when I was about 20, when the Star Wars Lego first came out.
I kept my end in by playing with the godchildren's bricks and buying the odd tiny set now and again, but LEGO left my consciousness altogether for many years (gasp). I reckon it was my trip to Billund two years ago (coincidental, was in Malmo, saw how close it was, went) that re-lit my light.
I've missed so much!
As she surveys our house, now struggling to contain my LEGO collection, I bet she rues the day she ever bought me that Death Star....
Since then, I've purchased a few things, all but one of which are in the (international) mail as I type: Motorised AT-AT, Death Star, (used) UCS Star Destroyer, as well as some extra parts for Star Destroyer customisation, swivelling stand for Death Star, and finally the pieces for Larry's power loader from Aliens: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3633300781/in/photostream
Only the AT-AT's arrived, so I have some epic building to do in the next few weeks/months. I honestly thought it would stop at the AT-AT.
My wife *sort of* approves of it all.
(She's less approving of the place I've picked out to display the Star Destroyer)
Although since the room only looks slightly less like a Lego truck exploded in there I'm not sure if she feels the same way.. I think she has the wanting need to organize it all but I already told her no.. there is a method to my madness, and organizing it all would throw that out of whack...lol
Unfortunately with a lack of a job at this time and unless LEgo "wows" us with some cool stuff next year for city I will more than likely cut back big time or go on hiatus again until i am more financially stable.
It has also been helpful to have young children also now at the right age for Lego - ages 5 and 3. I can always claim it's an investment for their future ;-)
It must be said that Brickset has been instrumental in stoking this madness !
Probably the most poignant coming out of the Dark Ages happened to Portuguese LEGO acquaintance Joao Mimosa. His story is very touching, and what I love best about it is that it give us one of those rare "time capsule" moments of LEGO sold in a particular country... in this case Portugal.
LEGO sales started in Portugal in the last half of 1957 (many years before it came to Spain in 1965)... and Joao gives us a snapshot of what LEGO parts packs were like that were sold in Portugal. Back in the late 1950s many countries had LEGO parts packs in the local language. Portugal was not one of them. They started with the universal "LEGO System" (possibly the first to do so). And interestingly enough, some of the spare parts packs sold in Portugal, had Swiss language (bilingual German-French) boxes.
Check it out... a Dark Ages spaning nearly 50 years....
So I don't wan't to go into a Dark age, can someone help?
...I sold my Kenner SW collection just before Phantom Menace came out and paid for a 1/2 year of private college with it, but I still just couldn't part with the Legos.
But anyway, time to start anew. I anticipate spending a lot more than I should on too many sets out there now and look forward to what's next!
Cheers ~ Perry
Most importantly, when you read brickset or other Lego sites, keep your credit card far, far away. When discussing new sets, I find it hard not to engage in a group shop-a-thon. And don't get me started on long retired $et$. I blame brickset entirely for popping my blissful ignorance. Must resist.
Since ive already got a rep for being a bad influence, perhaps I could point out that if you buy every single set you want then that solves your problem. :)
last year however, i found my a half finished lego crane set under my bed and on completing it i remember how much i missed it! it wasn't till the end of the year though that i bought some new sets, which were the fire brigade and the imperial flagship. my collection has just about doubled since then.
while i was on hiatus however, i visited legoland in california and missed out on the first modular buildings, which is something will never forgive myself for.