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How did you get started with LEGO?

Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
edited April 2014 in Collecting
I was just reading some of the comments on here, and it started me wondering what got you started with Lego?
And have your ideas changed from what you started getting/collecting to what they are now?

For me, I saw a picture of the Monster Fighters Haunted House, it looked fantastic, I have always been into the supernatural, spooky, horror type things, and when I saw this I wanted it. It took me weeks to find one that was cheap enough to buy.

I started wanting all of the Harry Potter stuff, I have about 6 of this set, I also liked Monster Fighters, but I didn't like all of them. Now I just want the modulars like the Pet shop, Cinema, Market, etc and I so want the Tower Bridge.

I would love to set up a street with buildings either side, and put the Haunted House up on a hill, with a graveyard next to it. That's my dream anyway.

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  • OUWxGuesserOUWxGuesser Member Posts: 92
    Bought duplo for the daughter- around the same time, my parents brought up my collection in a giant bin...
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,347
    I'm a history teacher and my students told me about the CMFs when the second series was out. One of my favorite topics to teach is Greek history, specifically about the Spartans at Thermopylae and when they told me about the Spartan mini figure (which by the way is more historically accurate than the movie 300....no Spartan would go into battle without chest armor) I had to get one. It then turned into students getting me history related figures and me looking for some myself. I've actually become such an expert on feeling for the figures that my students often ask me help them find figures. Eventually I caved and bought a castle set and just loved the building process. I bought Prince of Persia set because it was cheap and a nice design (Movie wasn't that great though). Then came the Avengers set with the Hulk and Thor that I had to have. When LOTR came out I was hooked...castle sets based on one of my favorite books and films of all time. The whole family eventually came along for the ride and now our house is filled with castles, superheroes, Lego Friends, and pirates...and any other odds and ends that catch our eye (we loved the movie sets).
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  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,347
    a couple Harry Potter sets thrown in there too.
  • MojoestMojoest UKMember Posts: 474
    As a kid I had a reasonable amount of Lego, which over time I grew out of anc forgot about. Then a couple of years ago my parents were looking to clear space and off load some of my old things back on to me now I have the space to store them. A few of the boxes contained my old Lego, which after a few minutes of nostalgia then got put in my attic. I think this must have been the spark though as soon after that I was in a shop with some CMFs and seeing how far the figures had come I bought a couple to put on display.

    Im into photography too and was taken by other's photos of the figures in life like scenarios so I bought some specific figures for a few shots I wanted. Around this time I also bought http://brickset.com/sets/8070-1/Super-Car to put on display as I had always been envious of one of my friend's older brothers as a kid as they had the original reg technic sports car, and would never let us play with it.

    The car and the figures then gathered dust a little over the last year and a bit until The lego movie came out. The film really set me off again. I love the city that they created. I think that sort of miniature real world is where my passion lies, but I'm also drawn by my love of sci fi to the superheroes theme. So in the past 2 months I've been buying far too many of the CMFs, turtles and Super heroes figures and sets, getting the Arkham Asylum on Friday, and spending a rainy day yesterday building it. Abit like the OP I'd love to eventually get some of the modular's together with the Asylum at the end of the street in its own little area and the turtles lair lurking under the modulars.

    ....one day
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 495
    I always remember having duplos. My sister and I had a large bin full of them. They were from parents, grandparents, and friends. I had a couple of Basic sets as a young kid, but nothing more. Then I was given 6062 as a birthday present. The whole thing just snowballed from there.

    I won't say that much has changed about my overall collection. Lego's themes and licenses evolve my collection does some. Castle and Pirate remain my favorites. As new themes and licenses come I collection what interests me.
  • jasonord69ajasonord69a UKMember Posts: 420
    Walked past the Lego store at Bluewater a few years ago and saw 10220 in the window. I love VW's and have a Beetle and a Camper Van. I now have both in Lego also (along with loads more).
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    Well, let's see. First the Earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes...Then my mom bought me my first Lego set in 1977-78. Engine CO. NO.9...and the rest is history.
    messyGothamConstructionCoYellowcastleDrLegOBrick
  • addemlitaddemlit CaliforniaMember Posts: 118
    Used to get them as Christmas presents as a kid. All started in first grade when I started getting Episode I sets
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    I guess I am making up for lost time. My brothers, sister or myself never had Lego as kids, that's going back to the 1950's and 60's. Though I guess it might have been too expensive. I made sure my kids had it though.

    Now I come to think about it, I don't remember any of our friends having Lego either.
  • cody6268cody6268 Member Posts: 269
    My first set, I think was the City excavator from 1999. As of now, I think only a couple pieces of that set survive. Before that I had mostly Duplo and the big Mega Bloks. Most of my early System sets came from KB Toys in the early 2000s.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,098
    One summer I saw the classic pirates release (2009) and I HAD to have BB. From that Saturday night on...
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 635
    edited March 2014
    Parents bought me #565-1 Moon Landing. This was only 7 years after Apollo 11...then I got #445-1 Police Units and #113-1 Universal Building Set. I had a blast building all sorts of stuff with those sets.

    Once Classic Space came into being, I was hooked for life!
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    Star Wars Movies... 1998 bought first sets for my son from the Phantom Menace, then started buying for myself around 2005 when ROTS came out..
  • plantmanplantman Member Posts: 97
    I had sets as a kid, but Lego was off my radar as a grew up. I tried the Lego Star Wars video game and it renewed my interest in the sets. That got me into buying most of the licensed sets - SW, HP, POTC, LOTR, Hobbit, etc. After that I just kind of transitioned into the creator and city stuff, as I dreamed of having a town layout. So I owe it all to getting a free copy of a game I can't even remember how I got.
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    I remember wanting more Lego as a kid. Had very little though. A few dozen years later my son turns 6. Shopping for his birthday turned into euphoric, long-delayed gratification. So the shortest answer to the titular question is: My son turned 6 and I went shopping (and haven't stopped since...that was 2+ years ago).
  • FodderFodder AustraliaMember Posts: 290
    I saw series 2 CMF near the registers at my local Target while I was buying christmas presents. I thought it would be fun to put one with each of the presents that I was buying for my family, so I bought a few and by the time I got home, I'd decided to open them for myself.

    Since then, I've collected all CMFs, The Toy Story and Spongebob lines that were available in Australia, and am almost finished the TMNT 2013 sets. I also have a smattering of pirates, castle, Cars, LOTR/The Hobbit.

    I also planned a fish-tank display using City Coast Guard/Boats etc but the best Beachside sets are in the friends line, but the colours are not compatible with my ideas..
  • JahabJahab Member Posts: 2
    I had been pretty heavy into the Marvel Minimates line and getting into those got me into the Star Wars figure line. One day I noticed the Hoth battle pack with the snow troopers — always a favorite. I picked it up on a lark and noticed the quality of the minifigures. What has followed is an economic onslaught the likes of which have never been seen.
  • ptericpteric Member Posts: 156
    I've always had Lego as a kid but my adult collecting started while walking through the clearance aisle of Wal-Mart, my girlfriend pointed out some star wars lego sets (she knows I love Star Wars). So I purchased #4500 for $7 and #4501 for $11. Loved building them, so went back the next day and got #4502 for $17 and #4504 for $50. The madness started.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,288
    Like most I lost all my childhood Lego in my teen years.
    I really got into the TT Lego games which I think kept a little bit of the spark alive. Then in 2011 (i think) my girlfriend got me the Star Wars Lego advent calendar and I really enjoyed that, I particularly liked having the mini figures displayed. As a result her mum bought me a couple of Lego Toy Story sets for my birthday the following year and a friend did me a bag of random goodies that included some CMFs. This got me focusing on the minifigs. The following christmas period I once again received a Lego Star Wars advent calendar and a couple of Star Wars sets for Christmas. The building began to be the real pleasurable bit for me, so while I do still collect minifigs I then started getting sets as well.
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas WalesMember Posts: 250
    Great idea for a thread! :D
    I had loads of Lego when I was young (born 1983), and loads of the Kenner Star Wars action figures (like, 250 of them, vintage and 90s stuff together!), but I did the classic thing of selling them all in my late teens for, in my case, guitars and stuff.

    We were visiting family around Christmas a few years back and I helped a nephew-in-law build a really cool creator plane, and not long later we saw it in Tesco going cheap so I got it for myself. That got me back into Lego, but the catalyst was discovering Lego Star Wars - I could relive my Lego childhood, and my Kenner childhood, all in one go! :P

    It grew from there, from having half a dozen sets that I'd enjoy pulling apart, mashing together and rebuilding without the instructions... to when I had so much that it took an entire day to do that... to now when I couldn't imagine even attempting that and have it all displayed across a few Billy bookcases. I've got into modular buildings to boot!
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    Can't remember how I got into my childhood LEGO habits - but as far as returning from the Dark Ages, when I started going out with my girlfriend I discovered her (adult) brothers were into it. One of her brothers had a UCS Batmobile, and the rest is history.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    edited March 2014
    I didn't really have a dark ages so to speak bc I wasn't into Lego as a kid. I had a few sets, but they weren't my block of choice - that spot was reserved for Construx.

    I got into Lego shortly before my son was born. I was searching for a Haunted House model that I coveted as a kid but never owned bc I wanted it for my son. After a little searching I stumbled upon a designers video for the upcoming Haunted House set and was blown away. I bought it the moment it released. From there it was CMF (for the awesome classic Monster and History figs), LotR, and superhero sets
  • messymessy CambridgeshireMember Posts: 241
    As a student in 1999 I nipped in to Argos to get a sandwich toaster but came out with #7110 it seemed like the coolest thing in the world, star wars and Lego, two of my favourite childhood toys combined! That's when my Lego problem started.

    I started collecting slowly, for a few years only buying star wars sets, at the time I could not afford a lot and did not think of it as a hobby, it wasn't until about 2004 when I moved in with my partner that I realised I had started to amass a fair collection.

    Around this time I had the most disposable income I will ever have in my life and started to buy some of the Star Wars sets I had not known I previously wanted via eBay. Whilst searching for sets I found Brickset and life was never the same again.

    I could not believe the amount of sets that were available, trawling the database my interest moved onto other themes for the first time and I started buying the odd castle set.

    In 2008 we had our first child and I started to buy city sets, using the excuse that they would be future birthday presents.

    When funds allow I buy any from any theme that looks like a good build or fun for either me or the kids, and I don't get hung up on having to have every set, oh that way madness lies.
  • Poisso3Poisso3 Member Posts: 196
    I loved Legos when I was growing up, but I stopped playing with them when i was a freshman in high school. Flash ahead to 2012, my daughter shows interest in the Friends sets and that's what brought me out of the dark ages. Sets used to be so expensive when I was a kid, but now as an adult, I really don't even think about it unless the set is over$40. Then I have to see if my wife will let us get the set. :)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited March 2014
    messy said:

    As a student in 1999 I nipped in to Argos to get a sandwich toaster but came out with #7110 it seemed like the coolest thing in the world, star wars and Lego, two of my favourite childhood toys combined! That's when my Lego problem started.

    I started collecting slowly, for a few years only buying star wars sets, at the time I could not afford a lot and did not think of it as a hobby, it wasn't until about 2004 when I moved in with my partner that I realised I had started to amass a fair collection.

    Around this time I had the most disposable income I will ever have in my life and started to buy some of the Star Wars sets I had not known I previously wanted via eBay. Whilst searching for sets I found Brickset and life was never the same again.

    I could not believe the amount of sets that were available, trawling the database my interest moved onto other themes for the first time and I started buying the odd castle set.

    In 2008 we had our first child and I started to buy city sets, using the excuse that they would be future birthday presents.

    When funds allow I buy any from any theme that looks like a good build or fun for either me or the kids, and I don't get hung up on having to have every set, oh that way madness lies.

    This was a close parallel of mine. I remember getting "back" too when I bought the first Star Wars sets if only as collector's items. "They will double their value and I'll be rich!" I said. I ended up opening one of each, amazed at how things had changed from the days of my Classis Space childhood.

    That didn't last all that long, until years later when our first child opened the door with the "excuse" that they were future sets for him. Accumulation of these sets quickly overtook what could possibly be distributed by upcoming birthdays, xmas, etc. Add in the great models, irrisistible sales and the realization that this artistic/engineering balanced hobby can self-fund itself, what was a gift stash suddenly transformed into inventory for reselling (funding), parts (for moc'ing) and just gifts (for building).

    Today it has evolved into a collaboration with my kids, building sets, moc'ing, learning new building techniques, appreciating the business angle, loving the creative angles a child will pursue and teaching each other there is so much more than can be done as a family with these little plastic bricks.
  • emilewskiemilewski CT, USAMember Posts: 475
    I had a lot of classic space a as a child, but at some point I got older and lost interest and moved on. Then three years ago or so my daughter was about to turn three. She had Duplo but I bought a #5932 for her and was wondering if she was too young for it as she was not quite three. So I opened it up to check it out, and built the little helicopter. It was such a rush and brought back the joy of building from my childhood.

    That is what did it. At that point I had to have anything and everything Lego and it was out of control for a little while. Then I was able to settle down about it. I now collect modulars and city vehicles that will work with my city (I have a basement layout that is ever slowly expanding) and all the Hobbit/LOTR sets as I love those themes. And then I have large SW ships and odds and ends sets that I like (Taj Mahal, Tower Bridge, Space Shuttle, Mars Rover, etc). I buy and sell to support my hobby and want to do some more MOCs. And now I am much more discerning about what I buy (space and cost being major factors).
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,097
    I picked up the Lego Indiana Jones game after seeing Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I loved the game. I even looked at the sets, but decided that they were more or less toys and didn't buy any. Oh well. A few years later my three old son is playing with an old box of Lego that my in-laws gave him. I decided to build a little house one night after everyone else went to bed. It sparked an interest in architecture so I bought the Farnsworth House. From there I proceeded to buy my son sets that he of course was too young to build but I myself liked. Looking back it was me trying to relive my childhood through him. And I still am except he is now old enough to build the sets by himself (with a little help from dad). Like others I've spent too much on stuff that was either on clearance or on sale instead of focusing on what I really like. I've sold off a lot of sets so I can afford new ones. It is a psychological addiction. But I think I've tamed it in recent months.
    Yellowcastle
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    As a kid, I loved castles and space. The fact that LEGO made sets of both made it a pretty easy toy for me to fall in love with. Hit my dark ages around 1993. Parents gave me back my bins of bricks around 2008, after we bought a house and they were downsizing theirs. I initially set out to just put my original sets back together, but I naturally noticed all the new great stuff LEGO was putting out as well.

    I kept it pretty calm for awhile. Did not really buy more than a set here or there. Then I joined a LUG. That pretty much cemented my status as an AFOL. Before I knew it, modulars were springing up all over my media room and the storage closet was having space re-purposed for set storage.
  • bellybutton290bellybutton290 Member Posts: 453
    Brickplumbers massive hoth display from a few years ago was enough to make me realise how far Lego had come since I put away my bricks in 91 and further searches online revealed such delights as the Ucs sets and modular buildings which further grabed my attention and not long after my disposable income.
  • joel4motionjoel4motion United KingdomMember Posts: 959
    Brickset has played a massive part in my lego buying. I have always collected the keychains and was looking for a database that had info on them. Found this place, then the deals/marketplace and the rest is history.
  • richlrichl NYCMember Posts: 245
    I was into Lego Space when I was growing up in the late 70s/early 80s, but despite my love of Star Wars action figures and especially comic books staying with me into adulthood I'd somehow managed not to get into Lego again until a few years ago. I'd held fast against Star Wars and the first Batman license (which I regret enormously now) - and then I saw #6862. Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and a great mech?

    How could I not buy it?!? Especially as my first son had just turned two.

    Fast forward 2 years and I have virtually every Super Hero set since the new license, almost all the LOTR, Hobbit and Monster Fighters, some Harry Potter, a few Star Wars, some City and I got my first modular a few weeks back.

    Damn you Lex Luthor!!!
  • legonickblegonickb Brighton, UKMember Posts: 57
    Bit like everyone else I was into lego as a kid growing up in early 80s, remember winning a space set at a model exhibition in brighton for this caption competion - I loved building spaceships. Need to find my old lego in my parents loft!

    Only got back into lego again when I saw series 3 of the CMF. At first I would buy any type of set, now I'm trying to focus more on what I want (superheroes is my main favourite as I do love collecting lego minifigures)
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Love my classic space Blacktron when I was a little boy. Especially Saturday mornings laying in front of the tv watching cartoons and building wonderous MOC's of spaceships and fighters. Though I don't recall how or exactly when I slipped into the dark ages, so must have been a gradual shift.

    Fast forward to my college years and my wonderful sister decided to give a fun bday gift to me using a Lego TIE Defender. Followed up a couple years later by my 'then-new' gf giving me a Luke Landspeeder set. Both sets kept the dim fire lit until I fully returned from the dark ages in 2011. Since then, it's been a raging inferno of Lego expeditions and USPS parcels.

    Star Wars, Superheroes, Modulars, Winter Village, LotR/Hobbit, PotC, Creator Landmarks, Expert Creator, Ferrari, Monster Fighters, The Lego Movie, with a dab of Ninjago. Full blown case of AFOL-itis. No cure, just a life-long chronic condition to be appeased and managed.
    BuriedinBricks
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 721
    When I was a child in the 50s, Lego was not sold in the US; I had Tinkertoys.

    My son loved Lego and we bought lots of space sets including #6990 for a special birthday, but I was not invited to play except to apply the stickers!

    In our later years, my husband and I stopped exchanging gifts (it was like an arms race - LOL) and just got each other a reasonable priced toy to open that we could then have around the house for grandkids to enjoy. I told him "I think I would like a Lego set." One year he got me a #5867 Super Speedster - meh. Another year #8095 General Grievous' Starfighter - better, but a still a one and done experience.

    Next year Target had #7946 King's Castle on Black Friday special. I was really drawn to it, but it was too expensive. It seemed rather self indulgent to spend that much on "a child's toy." The wonderful Mr. Klatu got it anyway put it under the tree. That was a magical Christmas day. I was hooked and off to collect and build more.
    DanGP
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    Can anyone tell me if there is a related topic about childhood collections? I would like to start a topic about collections you had as a child, but with pictures; much like the current Collections thread.
    chuckp
  • jtrjtr Member Posts: 37
    I was an 80s kid and in the context of lego I was exclusivly into space themes, although the odd non-space set was given to me ( I remeber being very disappointined). My dark age started just after blacktron/m-tron theme. In my early 20's I saw the first sw sets and started to purchased the odd set (nothing special) over the years.

    Then my brother bought me a small mars mission set, and now I can't get enough. I must say though, being space theme fan in my childhood I'm very dissapointed with the last couple of space themes - the last good theme was space police 3.

    I've expanded my themes, love modulars, train and city- but try to be picky and only buy the real good sets (theres too many trucks).
  • ptericpteric Member Posts: 156
    Pitfall69 said:

    Well, let's see. First the Earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes...Then my mom bought me my first Lego set in 1977-78. Engine CO. NO.9...and the rest is history.

    I thought you were gonna' say that your first set was an "airplane" set. Love that movie.
  • Indy24LAIndy24LA Member Posts: 6
    I remember in elementary school a kid did a space project using Lego, once I saw the classic spacemen and vehicles, I had to have them. So I had lots of classic space sets and some town as well growing up. Fast forward to last month, saw and loved the Lego movie, checked out Lego online and saw the Haunted House and it was like elementary school all over again.
    Brickarmor
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    This is a great thread, I have never actually been brought back to buying LEGO since I never left, but it is great to hear about how others made their grand returns.

    What is most interesting though is how recently some of you have got back into building, particularly @BrickDancer whose comment surprised me. I remember picking up the TIE Defender what feels like very recently, so it is strange to think that while I bought that set for the new pilot, it brought somebody else back to the hobby!
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    I suppose simply being a kid in the early 80s is what got me into LEGO. The earliest set I recall my parents buying for me is #3669, and the earliest set I recall picking out at the store and building myself is #6803. I had relatively few sets, and none very large; #6074, #6954, and #6054 were the highlights of my childhood collection.

    Credit goes to #3866 for indirectly bringing me out of my dark ages. I saw it on BoardGameGeek, went looking for other cool things LEGO, found out there was a Lord of the Rings theme, and bought #9470. At the time, I remember thinking, "Having the entire Fellowship sure would be nice. But spending another $150 on LEGO would be ridiculous."
    TheLoneTensor
  • ajm390ajm390 Nelsons own CountyMember Posts: 38
    Lego was the only toy \i really enjoyed playing with as a child, therefore I got bought a lot of 1970s sets including set #390 and #395. Gradually stopped collecting and the lego was stored in the loft. Fast forward 25 years or so and after a house move the Lego was now in a shed and easily accessible. While looking after a friends kids one day got the Lego out and rebuilt some sets including 390 & 395. A visit to a LEGO store followed and I soon got hooked on the modulars. I now have a decent collection of vehicles and Modulars.
  • beatlefan1966beatlefan1966 Florida, USAMember Posts: 31
    My husband and I were visiting the Lego store at Downtown Disney, and I bought a polybag of a turkey and a pumpkin because I thought they would be cute in my classroom. I really had fun putting them together! The following February, my husband bought me Cafe Corner for Valentine's Day, and I was hooked! So I had to have all the modulars...and of course I had to have the Eiffel Tower because Paris is our favorite place...and of course I had to have...well, hundreds of sets later, I guess you could say it's a bit of an obsession.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    Hubby has always had one toy collection or another, in fall of 2008 it was G Scale trains and K'nex roller coasters when he discovered he was having trouble putting the trains on the track and dealing with the smallest K'nex connectors. Shortly after that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. We sold off the G Scale trains that fall and the K'nex in the spring of '09. Shortly after that we decided to buy a couple of Lego sets and he was able to handle all except the smallest pieces which I helped with. Five years later we are completely addicted to Lego, but sadly his Parkinson's has advanced to a point where he needs help with more and more pieces. I love helping, and building independently as well, but it's hard watching the progression of this disease steal his ability to do the things he enjoys.
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    ^ So sorry to hear about the advancement of your husband's Parkinson's, but all I can think of is how lucky he is to have you. Stay strong @AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz‌.
    TXLegoguy
  • Short_RoundShort_Round Member Posts: 161
    I became ill, nearly four years ago. Crushing boredom led me to root around my Mum's attic, and found mine and my Brother's childhood Lego. Been addicted since.

    @AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz So sorry to hear that, hope the Lego cheers you both up.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    @AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz, so sorry to hear about your husband. My grandfather had Alzheimers and my wife's mother died from ALS. My grandfather had a massive train collection and is one of the reasons I love Lego Trains. Do you think that Lego has possibly helped with his dexterity in some way?

    Stay strong. It is sad to hear stories like this, but I'm glad you guys can share your love of Lego together in spite of your husbands disease :)
    AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    pteric said:

    I thought you were gonna' say that your first set was an "airplane" set.

    Surely you can't be serious!

    Of course you are. Sorry for calling you Shirley.
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    I was in the first grade. It was January 1981 on the first day back at school and the kid behind me had #6842. I had never seen Lego before and thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. After school I told my brother and parents about it and my brother and I insisted on a trip to the toy store (Kay Bee Toys, anyone remember them?) at the local mall. We went the next day and my brother and I got our first Lego sets. I got #6600 and my brother got #6602. That weekend, we got #6630 and, for me, there was no looking back. I've always kept up-to-date on what sets Lego was producing every year, new parts, etc. Even during the three years (2004-2006) I spent recovering from my auto accident and other health issues, I still kept abreast of Lego even though I was too distracted to actually buy any. Aside from those years, there otherwise hasn't been a year that hasn't seen me purchase anywhere from at least a couple Lego sets to hundreds of sets worth thousands of dollars.
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    edited March 2014
    I can say I was never really into Lego as a child(although me and my brother had a massive G.I.Joe and Transformer collection). When they started coming back out with SW action figures in the mid 90s, I started collecting them for several years, and when the first Lego Star Wars sets came out, I bought several, including the Pod Racer set, Slave I, Jedi Duel I and II, Gungan Sub, Y-wing/Darth Vader's Tie-fighter and others.

    Shortly after that, I became unemployed, and needed money(plus the constant onslaught of action figures and trying to keep up was daunting). So, I sold my collection of action figures and gave my young nephew my Lego sets(which he still has to this day 12 years later, and I'm glad he has them. I will never ask for them back).

    A few years later, I saw the Transformers Cybertron line in stores, and thought...pretty neat. Bought an Optimus Prime, and that turned into a 250 figure collection, complete with Botcon attendances, etc. Became unemployed again, and sold the collection for an extremely large amount(fortunately the movies were out and it was popular). Got a new job, started collecting Transformers again. Ballooned to a 160 figure collection. Sold that.

    Around September of 2011, I was strolling through my local Toys R Us and saw #7965 on sale for $109.99. Purchased it, and it has turned into a 52 set collection over the past 2 1/2 years. I guess I've always had a toy collecting bug...
  • DrLegOBrickDrLegOBrick UKMember Posts: 68
    I was never really interested in Lego as a kid, I was more of an Action Man/Matchbox/Star Trek/Marvel/Thunderbirds kid. I saw Lego more as a tool for making furniture or the like from various brick buckets I'd acquired from distant relatives.

    What got me really interested many, many, years later in 2008ish is when I walked into Forbidden Planet (a comic chain store in the UK) and saw Lego Indiana Jones Race For The Stolen Treasure. I love Indiana Jones, nuff said. Bought it, then went over to Argos and bought a few more. Then, while browsing the extensive catalogue full of everything that I didn't need or want, before the Indiana Jones stuff was the City stuff. Bought a few of those, they seemed interesting, after all I had great fun as a kid making cities with my Matchbox cars. Then the Star Wars battle packs...I'm a Star Trek man but those Stormtroopers looked so fun...Then the cheapest Mars Mission set looked alright...
    Went few a lows. The CMF's brought me back and then a bit later the Superheroes line came along. Never looked back since.

    Here I sit in 2014, 1,500 minifigures and 64,000 pieces later. I need help.
    mcvitie
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