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Thankfully, the parents never threw out my old sets, so I was able to retrieve them a few years back. Brickset, Peeron, and Bricklink keep me firmly in AFOL-land every day!
What's funny is I can remember Lego related memories from my dark ages...the sets my brother played with after I became "too cool" for them in high school like Ninja and Western. I bought the Explorien Starship in 1997 from Target, only because it was like 75% off. I built it once and it sat built up until I rescued my Legos from my parents house 10 years later.
I remember seeing the UCS Star Wars sets in the Lego Store in Mall of America a few years after that, and I distinctly remember thinking "who in their right mind would pay so much for a Lego set??" The last Lego memory I can remember before coming out of my dark ages was my roommate in college. She had all the Harry Potter sets, and at the time I thought she was crazy for it. Funny how perspectives change.
They want to build my 10179 but I have resisted as the value keeps rising and I preordered the limited 1st edition in Feb 2007 and it was shipped in the 1st batch Sept 2007. Its gotta be a low # cert but I'm afraid to open it and have its value drop $500...
What is wrong with you man?!?!
I was up to my eyeballs in debt when 10179 and could only stare at that huge box in the Lego shop every time I went out. Of course, by the time I had some spare cash available, it had been discontinued and was on eBay for £700 and up. (£350 I would have done, but £700-£1000 is a bit much until I have some REAL spare cash!)
The joy for me is in the building and the display. Every set I own is open and built and I wouldn't have it any other way. No point in it sitting in a box. I'd get more enjoyment from building it than I ever would from enjoying the profit I might make by selling it on.
You're lucky enough to own probably the finest Lego set ever made and to have two lads who want to build it with you.
Whats stopping you??
Dark ages for 25 years! during which I have skipped, hopped and moved around a few countries and established myself here in the land of plenty (of cheaper Legos)!
The beginning of the enlightenment was 7 years ago. It all started again with having a kid, I started buying Duplo then Lego bricks as a dutiful parent . Just plain bricks. In the meantime I started paying more and more attention to what Lego's out there in the market. I would browsed through aisles telling myself how expensive Lego sets were, looking back I was coveting and then reasoning my way out of the temptation.
Last year when we started reading Harry Potter, I bought Freeing Dobby (small set) then Hagrid's Hut (bigger set) to build with my daughter. I also started buying CMF, series 5. I got Cleopatra (small steps) last Sept. Then I was really hooked. Now I have all complete CMF series 1 to 7.
Since I grew up with bricks only, I sneered and bristled at Bionicles and various licensed sets. Star Wars still annoyed me even now (another 10 years of licensing!). But I loved Harry Potter sets, I now have Diagon Alley regret missing all the earlier sets and made it up by buying a QAR yesterday (go figure).
I am still fond and partial towards sets that make buildings/houses (as opposed to vehicles or spacecrafts type of sets) I regretted missing out on Lego Creator houses from the early 2000s and rejoiced in the Architecture series.
I've joined this forum 6 weeks ago and I've been checking the news and the discussion boards everyday. My favorite is the steals and deals.
I've been scurrying boxes and boxes of Legos everywhere like a squirrel. I've admitted to myself I am an AFOL ... I think my husband knew about it but keeping quiet ...
Moral of the story: Resistance is futile. You must obey the bricks. :)
Thank you for listening to my story :).
That being said, I only found Brickset a couple of yeas back.
But, I had a dark age from August 2010-November 2011.
@just2good- Are you on eBay registered under the same username? I believe I just purchased an item from you a few days ago :o)
Getting lego buckets with a 1000 bricks for $20.00
Love the more intricate sets that Lego is coming out with now
Many different facial expressions of the minifigs
The different MOCs that you see and the diversity of the creations
Lego website used to have good sales on pieces and sets
Piece to Price ratio for sets today
Too many license themes
How many police and firefighters does a city need
Bad: Stickers on bricks Come on, LEGO!
Worse: Stickers crossing bricks build together (really, LEGO, this is wrong!)
Worst: Stickers on minifigs Why, why, why?
However, some of the best LEGO minifigures ever created had stickers:
As a kid I had a lot of space, town and pirates through the 1980s; Star Wars brought me back out of my dark ages from 1999-2004/5 and then arguably I had another "mini dark age" (which was really because of the number of re-releases - I am feeling the same about SW sets at the moment); and then have been active again from about 2007 to date.
Then when I turned the age of 20 I started to go to college, found a wife and got married. After we bought our house, I went back to my parent's to pick up my Lego's.
At my place I started to rebuild all the models. The funny thing is, that I kept all the boxes.
Then I discovered internet (ebay and the dutch marketplace) and saw that all the sets I missed, where still for sale.
By now I'm close to 400 sets. (I don't collect minifigs, so they're all real sets) and can't stop collecting any more.
Our house is for sale (really), because I'm out of space for me, my wife, three kids and ton's of Lego's. :)