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What brought you out of your 'dark period'?

stagusstagus Member Posts: 256
edited May 2012 in Everything else LEGO
I have been wondering what spark has brought people out of 'Lego retirement'. Just a little bit about my experience the feel free to share or comment. I was 41 years old and working away from home during the week. I have a flat to stay in whilst away. I do not go to the pub regularly as many people do but I do game online on my PS3 but you can only do that for so long and can only read so many books so what to do? Gym....not so much, golf....rubbish at it, etc. I was sitting at home with my understanding wife and I had my epiphany! "I am going to build a lego city" said I, based on my love of Lego as a child/teen and I had always studied the boxes in the shops and bought for the kids through the years (oh how I regret passing that stuff on to other families).

So here we are 18 months later and me with over 85,000 bits, my city ongoing in the loft, a Star Wars addiction added and about 10 sets in the build queue at the flat!

Perhaps it was a mid-life crisis to do something different and if it is then as my wife says; "it is pretty safe". So what started as a desire to do something different has become a labour of love (and the bank balance).

So I ask what happened to make the rest of you do it?
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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    It was last Christmas, 2010, that I was walking through the mall, stopped at the Apple store to look at an iPad (amazing device btw), and across from the Apple store was the LEGO store. Never even knew they had such a thing, had not played with LEGO in over 20 years.

    I'm 35 with 3 young kids, so I walked into the LEGO store and was amazed at how far they have come since I was a kid. Walked over to the trains section, saw the yellow cargo train, saw that it was powered and remote control, my 5 year old son had to have THAT! He loves trains...

    That started it, opened it for Christmas, built it on the family room floor, loved it so much that a week after Christmas went back to get the red passenger train, and it snowballed from there.

    Now we have a room in the house that is all LEGO, with 3 tables for building, track on the floor for playing, and 6 bookshelves for displaying.

    What an addiction!!! :)
  • Rollo_TomassiRollo_Tomassi Member Posts: 113
    It was autumn of 2009. A combination of idle time on my hands, eBay, and a nostalgia for all the old Vintage Space sets got me looking(without intent to purchase) at the sets I didn't have as a kid.
    Pretty soon, I was finding deals on Alpha Rocket Base and Beta-1 Command and the rest.
    From there, I started buying the current stuff, and after buying my kids' the Cargo Jet and Coast Guard city sets, I discovered I was really into the City line and just went crazy!!
    My son likes SW, my daughter likes Castle and Creator Houses, so between the three of us, I buy a lot.
  • bluelion3bluelion3 Member Posts: 156
    Short answer--It was the LEGO store.
    My original Golden Age was from 1976-1984 when I was in the target demographic age group for LEGO.
    Then, I had a serious dark age from 1984 (high school) up to maybe 1999 (first wave of LEGO Star Wars). I had always wanted LEGO to make Star Wars sets back in my Golden Age, so when they finally did, I had to get some. I bought a few of the first wave of Star Wars sets, just casually, nothing even close to "collecting", and then stopped in 2001. From then on, I would occasionally receive fairly random LEGO sets as gifts, mostly from my mother. I received Ferrari F1 Pit Set 8375 in 2004 when I was not even a Ferrari fan. I think I had just started to watch F1 on TV at the time. In 2006 I even asked my wise old mum not to give me any LEGO sets because I really didn't like some of them, like the Droids Battle Pack 7654 and Droid Fighter 7111. I didn't even open the Droids Battle Pack (still MISB!).
    However, in 2009 I requested the Camper 7639 and Police Motorcycle 7235 for Christmas. I really am not sure why I did that. The Camper is an awesome set, but I was still not "collecting". I must have thought they looked like very good small sets--no big commitment.
    Then, in August 2010, I was at the local mall and saw a sign saying that the LEGO store would open there in September. Suddenly I was interested again and started looking online for more information on the store opening. I found the official LEGO shop website and Brickset and started reading the news on new sets and got hooked. I pulled out my old sets which were in a big moving box in the basement. I dug out the nice minifigures and "Old" motorcycle
    and set up a baseplate to display them on a bookshelf. Then the shopping started. I might not be able to play with LEGO while at work, but I can definitely shop online.
    One of the first sets I bought was Kingdoms Prison Tower Rescue 7947 when what I really wanted was the King's Castle 7946. I later got two King's Castle at a Toys R US BOGO50%. Now I have a lot of City vehicles for playing with my two year old son. He also likes swordfighting with the castle knights. He doesn't quite understand Star Wars or even Classic Space. He will eventually have a nice LEGO collection!
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    My dark ages were my childhood. I did not step out of the dark until I was 30 years old around 1989 (probably with 6235-1: Buried Treasure, which is the oldest set I own). The child within me always wanted LEGO, and so I slowly started picking up a few small sets, sometimes more sometimes less. There was a burst when Bionicle came out. This period I refer to as my Dim Years. It wasn't until a few years ago when I decided to get the modulars that the light burned bright! 2011 has been my banner year with 111 sets to date. I'll probably slow down for 2012 as I'm hoping to be more selective with the sets I buy. I know it'll be difficult though... ;oP
  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Richmond, VAMember Posts: 338
    Last Christmas, I got my daughters a couple of sets they wanted. Shopping for them, I quickly learned how things had changed in the last 30 years (or so). So I picked up some other sets on the cheap after Christmas, then went to a Lego store for the first time in February, thought "gee that big ship looks neat (Imperial Flagship)", and it's been a whirlwind ever since...
  • bellybutton290bellybutton290 Member Posts: 453
    Bored at work last christmas eve and was searching the net on star wars and a guy called brickplummer popped up who had built a hoth scene (twice!) One or two of you may have seen it! Anyway went to lego site to check if it was something I could undertake with available sets and funds after giving up golf as a hobby. Here we are 11 months later and have bought 39 sets of hoth, various other sw and some city sets as they had pieces I needed. Fully back into hobby and a lot poorer now! Never did build that hoth scene and likely never will as don't have the time. I'm not sure to this day what made me think I could in the first place but I am loving the collect and building of individual sets regardless.
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    Some very interesting stories, I can relate to a lot of them too. I came out of my dark ages after college, and my dark ages were pretty short actually, just halfway through highschool and almost all of college. I don't remember what set I bought first, it was either some Imperial Guards from the pirate line off ebay, the Toy Story green army men, or CMF series 1 Robin hood. I think it was the pirates though...

    Basically it all started when I returned to my parents house for a visit, and we still get the catalog there so every once in a while I would flip through it, well this time I saw the Imperial Flagship on the back and was instantly excited, classic pirates being my all time favorite theme. I think that's when I ordered some vintage imperial guards on ebay, then went back to parents house to dig up some old pirate ships to rebuild them, then found some forest men, tried to find them on ebay and stumbled across CMF series 1 (Still only bought the forestman though, didn't get hooked on CMF till I found out they were discontinued to make room for series 2), and then just started ebaying all the classic pirate ships to complete my collection. I didn't even end up getting the New Imperial Flagship that hooked me until almost a year later.

    Sorry I set out on this post trying to make it short but its not often I get to tell people my story :) Btw @LegoTexasFan I would love to see a picture of that room!
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    @stagus...wow, just like an epiphany from above. Wife musta' been happy you didn't get a motorcycle instead.

    People hate hearing about Megabloks but it's how I got into Lego.

    4 years ago, my son got a Megabloks Pro Series Helicopter as a birthday gift. I was an old school model builder (tanks, battleships...loved building them but haven't for years)...so I was like oh (ignorantly), looks like Lego from when I was a kid..."...let's build some Legos son..."(I know, I know...it's Lego but that's what I grew up with, sheesh). Anyway we had a great time togther building and a great bonding experience.

    So I was like, let's get another kit when we hit Target the following week.
    But...when I got to Target I was like..wait a minute...oh Megabloks and Lego are two different companies...and one of those companies have better designs, better bricks and this friggin' cool Indiana Jones Raiders opening scene (Temple Escape)...LOVE'd IT!
    And fell in love with Lego.
    Literally, I'm in love with Lego...I bathe and sleep with them...;)
    As much as people hate Megabloks...I thank them for steering my son and I towards the light...of LEGO! Excelsior!
  • SupersympaSupersympa SwedenMember Posts: 534
    hehehe interesting topic!

    Christmas 2009, my son got the fire station from my mum...spent a couple of hours to build it, and I really enjoyed it...next day...lady goes to a mall find 3 sets police and fire 50% off, she buys them and is very happy when she gets home...she did not know that from now on, it would be sets coming every week home!!!

    I played so much while a kid with my brother, and luckily my mum kept a good part of our collection untouched in box (not sealed though) in the addic for over 15-20 years...So when she called me that day in january 2010 telling me that I had a lot in the addic...I was so happy!!

    Then it went bananas...and here I am, writing this story to you guys! LOL

    As most of us here, I have a dedicated room for Lego, but you have parts everywhere in the house really...only yoda and london bridge are allowed in the living room though!
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    I came out of the Dark Ages with the City Corner in July of 2010. I went to the Tigard, OR LEGO Store with my wife and at the time 2 month old son and came out with the City Corner. I was thrilled.

    Growing up I always wanted to build a massive city, just never had enough pieces to be satisfied with it.

    Anyways about 2 weeks later I scored the yellow airport on eBay #6392. I would say that was the purchased that started the snowball effect :)
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,258
    Two words : Death Star
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 500
    I was a Lego fan as a kid, from 1978-1985. Then, dark ages! In November of 2010, a woman from Australia flew around the world to visit. I lived in Minnesota at the time, and her son was six years old, so of course we had to stop at the M.O.A. Lego Store (due to the difference in LEGO price in U.A. vs. Australia.

    She stocked up on Lego for her son... and as I stood there, looking at the modular builds, I felt my wallet begin to empty ;) The woman is now completely out of my life, but the LEGO are stacking up in the home office :) Now if I'd only purchased the Green Grocer instead of Cafe Corner for my first purchase exiting my Dark Ages.
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    Every year I visit my Mum interstate at Xmas and she still had all our old Lego (1980-90) in a box which always came out. Aah the memories.
    Then forward to 3 years ago and I saw and bought the 2nd Lego Star Warss game for PS2 and got right into it.
    It wasn't so much the Lego but the animation that struck me, and believe it or not, I still didn't really get into the Star Wars stuff.
    I went about securing all the Lego from my Mums house and started animating....



    It doesn't get much dodgier than that (even the word 'dodgier' is pretty dodgy haha).

    I noticed how - unshiny it all looked and thus began buying up :D

    I only went for the city stuff mainly, then MOC as all the City cars were bl$%dy red for some reason haha and I needed specific stuff for new videos (thus justification for future purposes = drive for more animations)

    I can fully relate to some of the above stories too, quite amusing.

    And suffice to say (nay regrettably) I'm now buying some SW stuff for a SW animation.... *wallet sighs* and I guess that's my story....
  • hleonffuhleonffu USAMember Posts: 229
    I share similar stories as everyone else. LEGO fan as a kid (1970s), then dark ages until about 2001 when I started to collect Star Wars. Mostly collecting, but not building in any major way. As my daughter grew older (she just turned 10), LEGO let us bond and have an activity that we could both enjoy. This lead to the various Internet LEGO sites and my joining Bricket on Sep 2010. Since then, my wallet - like most of us - is much lighter. It would have been fine if I kept to current sets, but damn Bricklink and eBay as I have gotten sets that I missed during my dark ages at a premium.

    There is no regrets, only a lack of space to store and show the collection.
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    I was always tempted to buy Legos before getting into the hobby, as I've grew up with them during my childhood. I'd always go to my local TRU joint or toy discount store just to check out what new.
    One day, I was bored and wanted to find a new hobby that would be creative. I was checking out the Lego aisle at my local toy store and compulsively snatched a 3177 small car and 3179 repair truck ( I know, lame combination. But enough to stimulate me into buying more sets in the future! ). After that, I'd accumulate more sets and was surprised to see that I've totaled nearly 10,000 bricks within 6 months. I'm sure some of you have tallied much more in such a period:)

    Now I'm wondering what to build from my own imagination.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,349
    edited November 2011
    Back in 98 (or was it 99.. not sure now), My brother and I were called to help clean out our parents storage area, and consequently found our old LEGO box. Then we decided to check a very young eBay to see what sets would go for and were astounded.. In the process of looking through our old sets we were dismayed about parts that were missing and then found a very young Bricklink :-)... So as I was building the old sets I decided since I had a bit of cash that I would buy the old sets I wanted, but could not get, as a kid in the 80's. This included trains, I think 4561 was my first train set and it kinda steamrolled from there. Now I have most of the train sets (including the buildings like stations and whatnot) since 1980 and am only missing one, it being the mac daddy 7750, which I'm not sure if I will ever get.. I have come close to pulling the trigger on a guy selling one overseas for a bit of cash, but just could not do it... I think part of the thrill for me is getting a huge Lego Lot with a set I want in it and piecing it back together which is what I did with 7710, 7730, and 7740 among others...

    Now if I just had room to display it all.......
  • pantboypantboy EnglandMember Posts: 211
    edited November 2011
    @legoDad and what is wrong with motorbikes? my 2 passions are motorbikes and LEGO (after the wife and kids obviously)

    I got back into LEGO as my eldest son progressed from duplo to the proper stuff, when he was 4 one of my mates bought him 7748 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid for christmas, and i thought WOW, LEGO has come a long way, but i was a grown up and resisted buying any for myself because grown ups have to be serious and don't buy toys for themselves, move forward another 12 months and the same mate bought my son 8089 Hoth Wampa Cave, i could resist no longer, and a new AFOL was born, and my son has a building partner.
  • stagusstagus Member Posts: 256
    @legoDad - LOL - yes she was pleased about the lack of motorbike. She is even helping me look for a vintage display cabinet for the living room that the Death Star will fit in. ;)
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,760
    A friend brought back his childhood lego after a visit to his parents (I think they were clearing up). After an afternoon of reliving our childhood building, a trip to Toysrus followed, I bought the http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7040-1 dwarves mine defender, having never seen short legs, beards, dwarves or orcs in lego form before!
    The Dwarves Mine followed that Christmas (as a gift to myself during a particularly stressful time at work), I then discovered ebay, bricklink and brickset... and the rest is history...
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,767
    I have to admit im in a kinda twilight period having to pay for my MA means i cant get anything until MArch (unless some wants to give me £600). But what did bring me out of my dark ages was Anakins Starfighter from episode III i had seen a few other sets but had kind of ignored them and then on a whim decided to buy one. it was amazing and then went a bit mental from their and am now working my way across star wars and castle sets collecting them all.
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    I was in TRU in October 2008 looking for a Moses basket for our imminent new arrival to sleep in and happened to walk past 6212 - X-Wing (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6212-1). Looking at it in a simplistic manner, I just went, "that's cool, can I get that" to the wife, she said "Yes". Neither of us knew the full implications of that one little "Yes" at the time, the wife certainly regrets it a lot more than me!

    I'm not sure, but I'd say there were two massive influences on my emergence from the dark ages, one I've already mentioned, it was a couple of months before my son's birth, and the second was that it was only a month after my father had passed away. I think those two things combined probably had me yearning to reconnect with my childhood.

    Who knows, maybe I'm reading too much into it, but one thing is for certain, 3 years and 1000+ sets later, I'm in deep...
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    @pantboy....where did I say I didn't like motorcycles? It's called a little humor...little sarcasm...oy vey...
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    I blame @atkinsar entirely...

    It's only very recently have re-discovered my love for LEGO, thanks to my good friend and fellow AFOL (atkinsar) who helped jog my memory! After meeting him through my wife and getting talking about Lego, he then suggested we visit STEAM Lego in 2009 as it was just up the road and looked like a good day out! So under the guise of "taking my nephew" off I went! One purchase of Set 8017 (Darth Vader's TIE Fighter) and that was it, I had become an AFOL!! My main interest is LEGO SW, and in particular OT sets. Since then I have been collecting a number of the OT sets (somewhere 30 sets and counting now...) as well as other licensed themes (Indiana Jones/Toy Story/Cars/POTC).

    I wonder sometimes if there is a small amout of regret on my wife's part that she introduced me and @atkinsar ;o)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Don't blame me, blame the brick! Good to see you in the forum kempo, finally...!
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 942
    It was just before Christmas 2009 for me. I had been seeing my girlfriend for a little under a year, and both her brothers are AFOLs. In my teens I was a big action figure collector, so I had nothing but admiration for their collection of toys post-childhood :) Seeing their various sets (the UCS Batmobile was particularly influential) started knawing at my nostalgia-bone, because I was huge into LEGO as a child. Coming up to Christmas I finally decided I was going to take the plunge and get myself something (no prior research, just browsed my local Smyths and picked up 7036 Dwarves' Mine on impulse), then save it for Christmas day and relive my childhood just for one day.

    Little did I know that this 'just one day' business was a complete fallacy, and the floodgates were opened.
  • LambringoLambringo Member Posts: 104
    It all happened for me 13 November 2010. On a lazy Saturday afternoon I watched Star Wars Ep 1 on DVD and when it finished I was flicking through TV channels and an ad came on for some SW LEGO at a department store. I jumped straight in the the car and came home 20 minute later with 8088 ARC Starfighter and 8087 Tie Defender. I was LEGO mad when I was a kid and it all came rushing back to me, so I forgot that I was a mature adult and actually ripped the boxes open like a child at Christmas when I got through the door and built them. Now i open with a knife only and very carefully, if I decide to open a set at all.

    I then went to my parents house and collected the tubs of LEGO that were sitting in the spare room, and separated them all into colours and started building from the instructions that I had thankfully kept.

    I started with only SW, then thought maybe some of the HP, then City, then unfortunately I moved onto modulars and other LEGO exclusives. Now it is a free for all on everything with my latest venture into trains, except Ninjago, but there is always time. I have seen Fire Temple going cheap on amazon.fr

    Now I have a LEGO room with my childhood sets (1985-1996) rebuilt, a handful of newer sets built and scattered around, and a walk-in robe full of LEGO boxes. I love having my own LEGO store to select from, and I would say I have a more impressive collection that most toy shops in Perth, Australia.

    My girlfriend has not cared about my obsession at all, and actually puts on an 'interested' face when I show her all the sweet features of a newly built set, until the other week, when, for the first time she, said I have a problem. I got all of the boxes out and laid them flat on the floor in one bedroom. She was amazed as it covered the whole room, then I showed her the other bedroom, and she was less excited.
  • burakki62burakki62 Member Posts: 46
    It was around the end of 2008/beginning of 2009, I was having a really tough time at work and suffering from an anxiety disorder, eventually being signed off. I found a copy of Lego Star Wars for the gamecube and was hooked. I started looking on the internet and was pleased to see that Lego had lots of Star Wars sets too... so I started building, it was good therapy. Then I wanted to see if Lego had any other sets based on my other love - superheroes (marvel particularly). I couldn't afford what I found but then I stumbled on my real saving grace, custom made minifigures! I started making my own and haven't looked back since. I love minifigs much more than sets (sorry!) and my minifigure collection (official and custom) is now taking over my house and I love it! (o: On a serious note, Lego sets and minifigures (and the online community) really helped me to recover by giving me something else to focus on.
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,360
    I guess I had a false start in 1999 with the first run of SW stuff, had to have all of it but more as a SW fan than Lego and by 2003 I had stopped again. Then in 2007 I finaly got around to reading all the HP books and loved them so much that I wanted to remain engaged with that universe for a while and found the first HP castle on Evilbay. Very quickly over a few months it went from buying one peice of HP Lego to buying almost all of it and trying to build an entire castle, grounds and Hogsmead (picture up on the forum somewhere, don't have the link to hand). By that time my first child had been born and we were getting Duplo Lego and with Windsor only round the corner one thing led to another and I was buys loads of Duplo for my daughter and Lego for me. A few years down the line and no more Duplo but buying heeps of Lego for me and for the kids for when they are older, just bought the MMV and Castle for my 6 month old to have when he is older, along with a stack of Others. Also must say that the LDD has really added to the hobby as the only thing better that buying Lego for you kids is designing your own stuff and then getting it boxed etc for them.
    For the most part my wife doesnt mind as I have begun selling off over 1000 Hasbro SW toys to fund the hobby, and Lego takes up a lot less space than that :)
  • stagusstagus Member Posts: 256
    thanks for all the responses. I am really enjoying reading all this stuff. @burakki62 - I also find Lego theraputic and I find I get a sense of completion with it. A bit odd but that's just me.
  • UKver2UKver2 Member Posts: 13
    edited November 2011
    I had a false start somewhere around 2002 when my father commissioned me to build a LEGO castle for a music video he was making.

    The real return, though, came in 2006 and was thanks to Perplex City puzzle card # 253, which I assume was created by professional LEGO sculptor and puzzle inventor, Eric Harshbarger.

    Perplex City was an alternate reality (and card collecting) game. Each card from the game contained a puzzle which you could receive points for from solving. The cards were color coded by difficulty with Red on one end of the spectrum (easily solvable by a kindergartner) to Silver on the other end. (Some of the Silver cards took years to solve and a couple are still unsolved to this day.)

    Being the first to solve a Silver card was very special within that community. Puzzle card # 253 (from the first series) was a Silver card and was based on LEGO.

    I was one of the first to figure out that the puzzle was related to LEGO, but, like most players, I didn't have the pieces to solve it. After doing some searching, I found and used MLCAD and was the first to solve the card.

    The experience opened my eyes up to the fact that adults build with LEGO and make absolutely amazing things. So here I am.

    http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16194 -- forum where puzzle was discussed
    http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/index.html -- puzzle creator's site
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    "Legos can be very creative but extremely addictive............worse than narcs or video games. Not only can they ruin your relationship with your friends, families and other loves ones; they can turn you into a junkie. Please reconsider the consequences" is what I once thought jokingly :P
    Either way, I'm into the hobby, and I shouldn't be talking, lol
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    then I showed her the other bedroom, and she was less excited.
    We've all been there, man. ;o)

  • dino_girldino_girl LondonMember Posts: 107
    I think ive we got another one other their dark ages. lol
    My big brother was at bluewater on saturaday so i asked him to nip in to the lego shop to pick me up something and he came out with 2 sets for himself and wants towerbridge too he is in his 50's
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,258
    ^^ LOL !!
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    ^^^ 'like'
  • mcvitiemcvitie Sheffield, EnglandMember Posts: 291
    I'm 29 and about a month ago I ventured into my parents' attic looking for all my old toys to sell on ebay. Amongst the countless Turtles, He-Man and Thundercats figures I found a box of LEGO bits and after a bit of research (and stumbling upon this site for the first time) I was able to piece together about 10 or so 80's-90's sets. It was such a good feeling building LEGO again! Since then I visit this site every day, made a pilgrimage to the Liverpool store and have bought this lot...

    10210 - Imperial Flagship
    4842 - Hogwarts Castle
    7965 - Millennium Falcon
    7929 - Battle Of Naboo
    8092 - Luke's Landspeeder
    8089 - Hoth Wampa Camp
    7962 - Anakin + Subulba's Podracers
    8038 - Battle Of Endor
    ...and seriously considering getting the Death Star

    PLEASE HELP

    PS this is my first post, and can I just say this is a fantastic forum with a great community spirit. It has been of great help to me. Thankyou :-)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,520
    edited November 2011
    Help with what?? You're doing a grand job!! :) Great choice of sets you've bought.

    Edit: Welcome to the forum, obviously! It is indeed a great place to be :)
  • sirrich69sirrich69 Member Posts: 455
    ^^ you need to buy some city sets, and trains

    Does that help.

    Welcome on board by the way.
  • DunedinNZDunedinNZ Member Posts: 41
    Series 1 minifigures lured me back in.
    Even worse, didnt use the feel approach and didnt figure out the barcodes until it was too late. Even worser than that, couldnt get a zombie on the cheap, learnt a few lessons that day.
  • dimefielddimefield Edmonton Alberta CanadaMember Posts: 314
    I sent my brother to check out the Calgary Lego store as its in the mall across the street from his house. He phoned me to tell me what he was seeing and he started to marvel at some of the sets and how far lego has come. He ended the conversation by saying he "had to get out of here before i spend $600!" No word yet if hes been lured back.
  • legocrazy1234legocrazy1234 Member Posts: 8
    For me had lego as a kid gotg told to sell it all as a teen, got married 10 years later when my wife got me a 80,s lego house set from a charity shop!. 2003.
    8 years and five grand,s worth of lego later age now 36 I am mad about lego have three kids whom love it and now I have the whole basement for just lego.
    It has now started to fill other rooms in thehouse allso especially the minifig collection.
    What with the dc range next year it dose not look like letting up any time soon.
  • DavidRod8DavidRod8 Member Posts: 143
    For me it had to be the Eiffel tower set back in 09... I was at the mall and saw one build up and knew that I had to have it... I was home for a couple of weeks recuperating from surgery and bought a few sets (VW Bettle, couple of technics which were my favorites growing up) after that I kind of took a break because I couldn't fan anything I liked... Saw the shuttle set last year and kept looking for it but it was sold out everywhere (glad to see they got a new one) 3 months ago I saw they were coming out with the VW bus, and my wife got it for me a couple of weeks ago.... then I sort of went nuts and starting getting a bunch of sets... I bought a Tower bridge set as an "investment" set, but looking at it I'm tempted to build it and display it next to my Eiffel Tower...
  • brickscapebrickscape Member Posts: 18
    I had been buying the occasional Star Wars set here and there since the line appeared back in '99. I got back into Lego in a big way in 2006 when I had this strange urge to make minifigures from one of my favorite shows - Farscape. I made the figs and my interest in Lego just kept growing.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Girlfriend: I'm bored, wish I could build a doll house like I wanted as a little girl.
    Boyfriend: You can, out of Lego. (Shows some pics of MOC house with furniture)
    Girlfriend: Let's do it!
    Boyfriend: Ok lets go to Toys "R" Us and check some out.

    30 days pass, $1K less and many sets later...

    Boyfriend: I feel crazy, all I can think of is Lego. Can't wait for DC Superheros!
    Girlfriend: I want the Friends line to comeout already!!!

    We <3 you Lego!
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    ^ I like that you got back into it together. Couples that play together stay together ;-)

    For me there were a couple of false starts. I got the advent calendar for my hubby a couple of years ago, it made advent very fun, but that was the end of it. My nephew started on a few simple polybags at the same time, but still no real bite. Then last year I got hubby the winter toy shop for Christmas, it seemed a lot to spend on a novelty gift but thought it would make a nice decoration to get out and build every year. It was SO fun to build on Christmas day, really made the day special, sat doing that together.
    So I ended up on ebay with 15kg of loose lego "for my nephew", used brickset to find the sets...and then you lot (yes I blaming you) made me feel like it was ok to buy more sets, and more sets, and more....
    I now have 330+ sets.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Wow Savage, thats a whole lot in 1 year. Must have been a blast along the way. There's something special about discovering Lego during Christmas time =)

    We got started with the Toy Shop too and it snowballed from there. As a kid (5-9 yrs old) I loved the space stuff (Black & MTron). Got a couple SW and Ferrari sets as gifts during college to keep the light alive inside (Thanks sis!). Now getting back in and liking the city and modular buildings. Too bad I missed out on CC and GC. Its been an obsessive month and Christmas isn't even here yet.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    ^ it is a lot, and I'm fairly obssessed at the moment, I'm certainly on here a few times a day. but my collection is an eclectic mix right back from the 70s sets (from bulk buys) to new ones. Plus I just realised the CMFs count towards the total. Still...EEK!
  • tommyboatommyboa Member Posts: 35
    having one 5 year old with bricks onthe brain.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,876
    Like many of you, it was my child that brought out the kid in me again with Lego. I'm so glad too, because in my 20s I was still into football cards. Thank goodness I switched back to the good stuff!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Amen to that @tommyboa, I think Lego for young kids are a brilliant learning tool. I credit these beautiful little bricks to build amazing creations as the seeds to my interest in chemistry as I grew up. Now I play with bricks made of carbon and nitrogen to cure the world of cancer.

    Lego for work & play = wonderful life.
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