When I was a kid, Legos were probably my favorite toys. Now, my kids are really into the Lego Friends kits, and I've bought several sets for them. That's all fine and well, but I would like to get my hands on some of the old-time bricks to stimulate their imaginations more. I mean, building Andrea's bedroom or the Dolphin Cruiser is fun, but it's just a matter of following instructions. With the old-time bricks I had when I was a kid, I built robots and bridges and forts and whatever else I could come up with.
You know the ones I mean. The 2x4 full-height red or white was the staple brick. Then there were the 2x8, 2x10, 1x6, etc. Some had little holes in the sides for wheels to be popped on. The #105
, 120, 135, 835 kits are the kind I'm talking about. Maybe a manual with a few "suggestions" of things you could build, but for the most part, they left it to the kids' imaginations
Yes, I see plenty of them on ebay. But I'm reluctant to buy them there. First of all, I'd rather buy NEW bricks than ones that have been in who-knows-what baby's mouth (or worse). I guess I could just wash them in the dishwasher, but still, on the whole, I'd rather just have new bricks. Second, you never know if the kits are going to be complete, or if you're even going to get them at all, with all the ebay/craigslist scammers out there. Third, the prices people want for those old kits, especially if they're in pristine condition, is pretty astronomical. I'm not looking for a mint-in-box set to collect, I'm looking for bricks that my kids can play with.
Problem is, as far as I can tell, Lego does not make those kind of sets anymore. I've seen lots of lego-compatible brick makers, but even among them I see no general building sets; they're all "kits" to build a particular thing.
I did a search on these forums but did not come up with what I was looking for. If anyone can point me to a source where I can buy some general lego (or lego-compatible) sets at reasonable prices, I'd really appreciate it. Again, I would prefer
new sets but will consider used ones, especially from reputable sellers, if that's all I can get. Thanks very much!