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Quirky/unusual or forgotten sets

MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
edited January 2013 in Collecting
Maybe it's just me, but I love stumbling across an expected set (either on brickset or ebay) that I've just not heard of before, but is delightful.
Here's one I found today, which is just such a lovely idea:
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7870-1
The Hans Christian Anderson bucket - featuring builds such as the princess and the pea. Made me smile.

Anyone else feel the same?
(this is just about sets that are pleasing not about what they're worth now!!!)

Comments

  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    Two words. Time Cruisers.
    plasmodiumPenkid11yys4uPitfall69bobabricks
  • JamesJTJamesJT Member Posts: 440

    That's a good one. I think it languished because the tie-in to the stories was not as obvious as it could have been. Instead of a bucket, a box set that also included a storybook with Lego illustrations would have been nice, I think.

    I like http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=364-1 because it's got a variety of buildings and vehicles and is just an all around great play set.

    -T

    This was my first ever lego set, I was 3 years old. I didn't bother with the instructions (still don't), I just built a big house. I didn't leave my room for days which is probably why they bought me more and more lego.

    MinifigsMeJenni
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 655
    edited January 2013
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=1593-1 is an interesting one: originally just a set of instructions to build a "super model" using the pieces from http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6929-1 and http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6880-1, it was later packaged and sold as a stand-alone set (available if you bought laundry detergent in the UK).

  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    @richo - oh no, please don't go there! ;-)

    @oldfan, that's a good find.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    I remember seeing 6355 Derby Trotter in catalogs as a kid and thinking it was different but interesting:
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6355-1

    There are other sets in the Town - Leisure line that are sort of quirky, for example:

    6552 Rocky Retreat
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6552-1
    6563 Gator Landing
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6563-1
    6444 Outback Airstrip
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6444-1
  • just2goodjust2good Member Posts: 247
    just2good's forgotten licensed sets: part 1
    Paul Frank set-
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    Top Gear set-
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    Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium set-
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    MinifigsMericho
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    The paul frank one seems an odd choice for lego!
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,897
    binaryeye said:

    I remember seeing 6355 Derby Trotter in catalogs as a kid and thinking it was different but interesting:
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6355-1

    There are other sets in the Town - Leisure line that are sort of quirky, for example:

    6552 Rocky Retreat
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6552-1
    6563 Gator Landing
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6563-1
    6444 Outback Airstrip
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6444-1

    In the US, at least, Outback Airstrip was not in the Leisure subtheme-- it, 6490 Amazon Crossing, 6550 Outback Racer, and 6553 Crisis News Crew formed the short-lived "Outback" subtheme. Which, on the whole, was quite a quirky group of sets in general.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    Was Leisure even a real sub-theme? I don't think it was
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    I just referred to it like that because that is how it's listed in the database here. Sorry for the confusion.
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,352
    #1490 town bank , hard to find, poor reviews, but still costs a fortune
    second-hand !!!!!!
  • BELTRADBELTRAD Scotland, United KingdomMember Posts: 91
    richo said:

    Two words. Time Cruisers.

    Never heard of these before so looked them up and wow, I mean just......... wow, those sets look like something out of a really crazy dream either that or some really sleep deprived designers lol
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    edited January 2013
    ^ it's a well known fact, or maybe myth lol, that lego used its spare parts for this theme.
  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 617
    Here's one that I wish I had. brickset.com/detail/?Set=4679-1

    There's something cool about the "mystery" of what bonus parts would be included. I went looking for this one and noticed that Brickset shows the inventory as 114% complete - showing 1709 parts for a 1500 part set!
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    binaryeye said:

    I remember seeing 6355 Derby Trotter in catalogs as a kid and thinking it was different but interesting:
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6355-1

    There are other sets in the Town - Leisure line that are sort of quirky, for example:

    6552 Rocky Retreat
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6552-1
    6563 Gator Landing
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6563-1
    6444 Outback Airstrip
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6444-1

    Loved the Rocky Retreat. Holds a special place for me as it was the last set I got before entering my first dark ages. Sadly, I've located every old set of mine except it in the last year. It even got as bad as me thinking maybe I never actually owned it, but just remembered seeing it in stores. But nope...found the instructions last week. Somehow that one set is gone though.
    OUWxGuesser
  • ZeyaZeya Member Posts: 36
    DadsAFOL said:

    Here's one that I wish I had. brickset.com/detail/?Set=4679-1

    There's something cool about the "mystery" of what bonus parts would be included. I went looking for this one and noticed that Brickset shows the inventory as 114% complete - showing 1709 parts for a 1500 part set!

    That one was during my dark age, but I read about it... Apparently the box on top would contain a random assortment of pieces, and also pieces in colors that had never been in sets before. And then people went insane for them. But I guess this wasn't really "fair" so Lego has decided not to make something like that ever again.

    Come to think of it, that reminds me of the mixed bags they used to have at brand stores up until recently.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,914
    #7870 is really cool! Never seen that before. Plus, the models are really adorable. Anyone know why the set is named Hans Christian Andersen Bucket?
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 588
    How DARE someone demean the Time Cruisers theme? That theme is awesome because the sets were a jumble of parts, and you could have pieces from sets that you might otherwise not own. The highlights were obviously the Hypno Cruiser and the Flying Time Vessel. Heck, with the lack of any hope for a Back to the Future theme, the Hypno Cruiser was the coolest time machine in my eyes after the DeLorean! Even CUUSOO's recently-approved BttF time machine model may not live up to the hype once we see the final produced set; that will leave the Hypno Cruiser as Lego's best time machine.

    Now, the Time Twisters from 1997 were a bit more suspect. I must admit though, that the Twisted Time Train is funky and quirky, and I'm glad I own it (though I am in no rush to rebuild it).
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 436

    #7870 is really cool! Never seen that before. Plus, the models are really adorable. Anyone know why the set is named Hans Christian Andersen Bucket?

    Just a hunch, but HCA is Dutch, 2005 was the 200th anniversary of his birthday, and the models were from fairy tales he did (i.e. The ugly duckling).

  • Standard_GrinStandard_Grin Member Posts: 24
    ^ Actually he's Danish which makes the link to LEGO even shorter.
    andhe
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,897

    How DARE someone demean the Time Cruisers theme? That theme is awesome because the sets were a jumble of parts, and you could have pieces from sets that you might otherwise not own. The highlights were obviously the Hypno Cruiser and the Flying Time Vessel. Heck, with the lack of any hope for a Back to the Future theme, the Hypno Cruiser was the coolest time machine in my eyes after the DeLorean! Even CUUSOO's recently-approved BttF time machine model may not live up to the hype once we see the final produced set; that will leave the Hypno Cruiser as Lego's best time machine.

    Now, the Time Twisters from 1997 were a bit more suspect. I must admit though, that the Twisted Time Train is funky and quirky, and I'm glad I own it (though I am in no rush to rebuild it).

    I collected more Time Cruisers sets, but in retrospect I really prefer the Time Twisters. First of all, they had a much more interesting color scheme IMO. Grey, Bright Yellow, and Tr. Light Blue is nice, but there's something quite neat about Black, Earth Orange (classic brown), and Bright Blue. Also, the minifigures in Time Twisters used exclusively pre-existing minifig parts and STILL looked cooler than the Time Cruisers main characters with their weird eyes and noses. On the whole, whereas Time Cruisers had an aesthetic of unbridled whimsy, Time Twisters had a more focused sort of anachronism, with lots of grim imagery like bats and skulls incorporated into their designs.

    I also thought the functions of the Time Twisters sets were often cooler than their Time Cruisers counterparts. Of the two Time Twisters sets I had, the Time Tunnelator had a spinning propellor AND flapping wings, while the Whirling Time Warper had dragon arms holding crossbows and dragon heads on each side that moved up and down, skulls in top hats that popped out of the cones on top, and a propellor in the back attached to a rotating cylinder full of treasure.

    What Time Cruisers and Time Twisters alike were good for was functioning as a crash course in LEGO Technic functions, much like Power Miners did many years later.
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 436
    edited February 2013

    ^ Actually he's Danish which makes the link to LEGO even shorter.

    He's from one of those countries over there. :) danish does make more sense doesn't it.


  • peterlinddkpeterlinddk DenmarkMember Posts: 170
    thenos said:

    ^ Actually he's Danish which makes the link to LEGO even shorter.

    He's from one of those countries over there. :) danish does make more sense doesn't it.

    2005 was the big Hans Christian Andersen-year here in Denmark, with lots and lots of failed festivities, all culminating in a concert with Tina Turner (!).

    But LEGO actually produced some rather nice sets inspired by the famous fairytales - sadly they were all in the Belville-theme: http://www.brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Belville&year=2005

  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 655
    richo said:

    ^ it's a well known fact, or maybe myth lol, that lego used its spare parts for this theme.

    Probably a myth, since the Flying Time Cruiser boat hulls at least are unique to that set; but the set designs sure feel like they were MOCed by the designers!

    The best contribution made by Time Cruisers might be all the Timmy jokes made by AFOLs over the years in various MOCs, stories, games, and forum posts...

  • super_curry_maxsuper_curry_max Member Posts: 75
    dear lord i want that monkey keychain
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 588
    I'll agree to that, @Aanchir. I definitely thought the Time Cruisers had it made with the aesthetics, but the Time Twisters had some cooler functions.

    Good to see I have some support in my praise for Time Cruisers and Time Twisters. In retrospect, it was a little too enthusiastic, but I take back no statement.
  • DanGPDanGP UKMember Posts: 66
    richo said:

    Two words. Time Cruisers.

    Hadn't heard of Time Cruisers until now. They look INSANE. #6499 looks like its been driven by one of the village people.
  • jdylakjdylak Member Posts: 281
    Those Time Cruisers sets are horrid! They all look like somkething you'd see in the Lego Club magazine that some 6 year old made and sent pictures in. Ugh!
    chrisdojo
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,897
    jdylak said:

    Those Time Cruisers sets are horrid! They all look like somkething you'd see in the Lego Club magazine that some 6 year old made and sent pictures in. Ugh!

    I don't think you'd say that about them seeing them in person. Many of them have got some quite clever Technic functions that help add a level of intricacy to their designs. I was six when that theme was out and I struggled to come up with models to fit that theme which shared nearly the same level of complexity. It's hard to remember any set with a flapping wings function cooler than that of the Time Tunnelator, and the way the top-hatted skulls would pop up and down on the Whirling Time Warper was a sight to behold.

    While there's something bizarre about the mish-mash of motifs the sets use, overall they were no more juniorized than most of the other sets of the mid-90s. And it helped that both Time Cruisers and Time Twisters adhered somewhat strictly to their respective color schemes, with the exception of the Magic Mountain Time Lab which struck me as quite weird even back then!

    Overall, as far as a "time travel" theme is concerned I think Time Cruisers did an excellent job reflecting that with an anachronistic sort of aesthetic, and Time Twisters tied its designs together even better with a consistently darker spin on the concept. The mid- to late 90s and early naughts may not have been the best period for set designs but they were a time of a lot of innovation, breaking from the basic "Castle/Space/Town/Pirates" lineup to introduce really imaginative new themes like Aquazone, Time Cruisers, Adventurers, and Alpha Team.
  • carlqcarlq Ruislip Manor, MiddlesexMember Posts: 792
    jdylak said:

    Those Time Cruisers sets are horrid! They all look like somkething you'd see in the Lego Club magazine that some 6 year old made and sent pictures in. Ugh!

    Actually, Time Cruisers has always had a very TARDIS-ish feel to me - bits and pieces from all over the timeline, which shouldn't work together, but do. :-)

    I have a very soft spot for that theme, as they were the sets which started my little nephew's interest in LEGO - and marked a brief surfacing for me out of my long Dark Age (who do you think bought, and built, those sets for him?).

  • HemelHemel Member Posts: 36

    dear lord i want that monkey keychain

    $45 on fleabay!

  • roguetrader1987roguetrader1987 Member Posts: 45
    The 1980's Bank- it was never in the UK catalogue and so freaked me as a kid and I had to have it!
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,840
    I think any of the old 1980's-1990's space, pirates, city and Johnny Thunder stuff was the best because even small sets with less than 200 pieces came with full baseplates and all of the sets were just very lively and fun. There is just something about those sets that make them better than the sets released today.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    I have the Robo Guardian #6949 and Saucer Scout #6835. I actually enjoyed building them. I don't usually like any of the space Lego, not even Star Wars unless it's R2D2. But these were fun with all the things it does.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    ^ I missed this thread the first time. Thanks!
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,430
    I'm sorry, but I thought Fabuland was creepy.
  • adventure_aladventure_al Scotland Member Posts: 243
    binaryeye said:

    I remember seeing 6355 Derby Trotter in catalogs as a kid and thinking it was different but interesting:
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6355-1

    There are other sets in the Town - Leisure line that are sort of quirky, for example:

    6552 Rocky Retreat
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6552-1
    6563 Gator Landing
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6563-1
    6444 Outback Airstrip
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6444-1

    These are great, GREAT sets! In terms of playability and design.
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