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Which sets did you 'lust' after as a kid?



  • mdellemanmdelleman Member Posts: 274
    I have always wanted a #6399. Always on the lookout so maybe one day!

    Since my dark ages ended (2 years ago with the VW bus) I have lusted after #10188 Death Star which I will building this Christmas!!
  • timinchicagotiminchicago Member Posts: 239
    For older sets it would be #6575 Polar Base and the Arctic theme in general. As for dark age regrets it would have to be #10196 Grand Carousel. Some will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    Thats an interesting point @timinchicago I mean, we all "lust" after ceratin sets from our childhood but there is also a certain "lust" for sets we did not get, could not get or could not afford immediately after our Dark Ages or even in an ongoing basis. I wonder how many feel that way about the FB now!
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam Member Posts: 574
    I would say the sets I lusted after the most as kid were Castle and Pirate. The first four Pirate sets released in the US, 6270,6274, 6276 and 6285 I spend hours looking at in catalogs. I also have to add 6274 to the list. Castle wise I think 6085, 6060, 6077 and 6074 were the one I most wanted.

    I would get all but 6074 as a kid. I waited to long before asking for it and it was retired. So my many memories, but a quick summary. 6270 was my first Pirate set and had a shooting cannon. 6274 was my first ship. 6276 was the first large set I bought with my own money. 6285 was the last set I built by dumping all the pieces into a large pile. 6273 was the first set I tried to build out of pieces and sets I already had. 6085 was my first large castle. 6060 was the first set I saw that had a "noble." And 6077 was the first set I had a completely irrational obsession over.
  • icey117icey117 Member Posts: 510

    Thats an interesting point @timinchicago I mean, we all "lust" after ceratin sets from our childhood but there is also a certain "lust" for sets we did not get, could not get or could not afford immediately after our Dark Ages or even in an ongoing basis. I wonder how many feel that way about the FB now!

    Great observation! The sets we a) did not get in our youth, or b) a favorite set from our youth - or c) a set we didn't want to spend money for right after we got out of the darkage :-)

    As for C - add the Imperial Flagship on my list!
  • DaxrsaDaxrsa Member Posts: 4
    Without a doubt the 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer.

    I used to stare at that set in catalogs only. I never saw it in any stores here in South Africa.

    I now have 2 and I still think its one of the best LEGO sets ever.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,836
    Daxrsa said:

    Without a doubt the 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer.

    I used to stare at that set in catalogs only. I never saw it in any stores here in South Africa.

    I now have 2 and I still think its one of the best LEGO sets ever.

    In my time of getting used LEGO lots, I have found only two of those. I think Magnetron line was not really a great line in the eyes of kids by then (I mean how can you really top Blacktron series I?), but some of the sets, notably the #6989, are outstanding.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister Member Posts: 212
    Gosh, when I was a kid, we didn't have many Lego sets such as mentioned through out this thread; Space Lego, Technics, even the humble minifig post date my childhood.
    We certainly received sets of Lego; Various 'Basic' sets; My brother received a battery operated train back in '69. I received the train station 342 I have one or two of the early trucks e.g. Transport 333. We had 329, 331, 332.
    My oldest brother still has most of his sets - still made up and with instructions! I'm working on getting him to pass them on to me ...
    By the time we had grown up (or mid teens, anyway), we had a banana box or more of loose Lego from all those old sets. Many, many pieces still find their way into my creations today ....
  • jockosjunglejockosjungle Member Posts: 701
    Has to be the pirate lego of about 1989 I had the Carribean Clipper but my parents were never going to buy me the big pirate ship as it as £50.

    Shows how much better off people are nowadays, kids would get multiple gifts much better than a mid sized Lego set nowadays, but for me this was it.

    My mate had it, which didn't help. But as a kid I knew my parents gift limits at Christmas and about £30 was it. Also the Robin Hood lego and early Knights stuff.

    It was the first time I recall that Lego wasn't just brightly coloured bricks and lego men and you used your imagination, it was also the first time I realised you couldn't do a MOC of the new sets out of your own collection from a picture in the Argos catalogue.

    I still cannot decide if Lego is better for it or not. I think on the whole it is, as there are some great sets nowadays, far superior to what we had in the 80's
  • ISDAvengerISDAvenger Member Posts: 205
    I remember as a kid I wanted the #487 Space Cruiser so bad, but I never got it. I thought for sure I was going to get it one Christmas, but was dissapointed with what I got. Apparently I was quite disgusted, but the gift was taken away from me for like a couple weeks because of it. I still have yet to buy that set today.

    When the Pirate line first came out, I wanted the Black Seas Barracuda really bad. It was too expensive for my parents to buy, so I requested only money for two birthdays and a Christmas. After over a year of saving my mom bought it for me, I was thrilled to death. Good times...and the memories.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    The set I wanted but never got was #360, The Gravel works. The set that I did have and loved was #730, Steam shovel and carrier.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    ^Guess that shows my age!
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca Member Posts: 619
    I was born a bit too late to lust after the #6990 monorail...the airport one was cool, but the gigantic #6991 Monorail Transport Base screamed, "unattainable!" to me, and that's what made me want it more. It was huge, almost $200 (so well beyond any limit my parents had at the time for spending on Christmas gifts), and had the switching points. Around the same time that behemoth was gracing the back cover of the S@H catalogs, I became aware of #8880 when I saw one that my father's boss owned at his house. Technic never really caught my eye, but after seeing that car, I couldn't imagine having a collection without it!

    However, there was no set I really wanted more than the Launch and Load Seaport. When I got my first Lego set, it was one of the first sets I ever saw in an advertisement, this one coming in a fold-out sheet included with the Mud Runner. I can't say if it was the blue truck, the giant crane, or the fact that it had over 1000 pieces (a rarity in those days) that caught my eye, but it remained fixed in my memory as one of the Lego Holy Grails.

    I am happy to say that I have obtained all three of those sets in recent years. Most of what I still desire are secondary in nature of desire, and therefore, "lust" might be too strong a word. But, I keep an eye out for the Spectral Starguider, Mega-Core Magnetizer, or King's Mountain Fortress, among others that don't immediately spring to mind.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    I don't remember the monorail sets but I definitely pined for (and still do) the Imperial Trading Post #6277 and Fort Legoredo #6769.
  • LegofanscottLegofanscott Member Posts: 622
    I always remember seeing the old technic crane from 2005? In the Argos catalogue and really wanted it.

    Although had i known exclusives existed probably wouldve been one of those.

    I always thought the Lego in the shops and the argos catalogue was all that existed :(
  • The_WookstaThe_Wooksta Member Posts: 1
    Showing my age here! The one I always wanted was one of the advanced basic sets - #910 - and finally managed to get one off ebay a few years back. Box battered, no instructions and some bits missing but worth every penny. I'd still like to get a boxed #911, although I have the complete set from a loose lot purchased on ebay.

    There are some others, but I've managed to assemble them from generic spares.
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366
    6080 King's Castle was THE set among those that I owned. Was, and always will be, my favorite. Actually tempted to pick up 70404 because, although people aren't too happy with it by today's standards, it has such a resemblance to 6080. Tempted to combine the two and see what I come up with. The mix of grays should produce a nice castleish look.

    As for sets I never owned...any train or airport. To this day, I still haven't owned either. I came out of my dark ages like a bat out of you know what, but still no train or airport. I don't know what I'm waiting for, but someday...someday...
  • LaGriffeLaGriffe Member Posts: 9
    edited May 2014
    The space sets were a hit with me, 891 Two Seater Space Scooter and 889 Radar Truck (which I still have) were firm childhood favourites. I always wanted a base for them, either 926 Command Centre or 920 Rocket Launch Pad neither of which I've ever owned.

    My favourite non-space set was 646 Auto Service.

    The earliest set I can remember playing with (now nostalgia has kicked in) was 390 1913 Cadillac.

    Ah nostalgia :)
  • ajm390ajm390 Member Posts: 38
    From the 1970s - the #391 (1926 Renault) and #392 Formula One car. Saw #392 at last years Great Western Lego Show with a large scale version - brought back memories!!
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    Several City Harbor and Train Sets. My parents never could afford them and I remember my "best friend" at the time was down the road and had a lot of these - so I was lucky enough to see just never to have!
  • pastelnerdpastelnerd Member Posts: 34
    I didn't really. I mean, I played with the Lego that my brother and I shared but when it came to "lusting" I went for Barbie most of the time. With time I've come to appreciate Lego more and I dress up my self instead of dolls. Or I would if I wasn't spending my extra money on Lego.
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,710
    #10210 Imperial Flagship
    #8635 Mobile Command Center
    #10211 Grand Emporium
    #8634 Turbocar Chase
    #8169 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Member Posts: 1,842
    edited May 2014
    @Adzbadboy Aren't those the sets that you're currently lusting after as a kid?

  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,710
    edited May 2014
    @rancorbait, those were the sets I wanted before I got into Lego. I'm only 17, I don't remember asking for any Lego as a young kid. The oldest set I own is #4753 Sirius Black's Escape.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Member Posts: 1,842
    Adzbadboy said:

    @rancorbait, those were the sets I wanted before I got into Lego.

    @Adzbadboy - Wait, how can you want those sets before you got into Lego?...

    I am 17 as well :o)
  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    edited May 2014
    GI Joe Aircraft Carrier. A LEGO one would have been better, but we know that's highly doubtful.

  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,710

    Adzbadboy said:

    @rancorbait, those were the sets I wanted before I got into Lego.

    @Adzbadboy - Wait, how can you want those sets before you got into Lego?...

    I am 17 as well :o)
    @rancorbait, sorry I didn't make it clear, I wasn't into Lego 24/7 like I am now. I thought Lego was cool as I would come across the Lego website but rarely got any, now I own over 15,000 pieces - I think?
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Member Posts: 1,842
    ^ Okay. That makes sense then.
  • DeyorewDeyorew Member Posts: 8
    Born in 1977. My prized sets were:

    6075 Yellow Castle,

    Then town sets from 1983-1988 like Victory Lap Raceway, Big Rig Truck Stop, Police Command Center, Shell Service Station and Airport.

    Then the first year of Pirates sets (6285 Black Seas Barracuda, 6274 Caribbean Clipper, 6276 Eldorado Fortress and 6270 Forbidden Island) These were probably the highest level of satisfaction.

    Lastly, the first couple Model Team sets (5510 Off Road, 5540 Formula 1 Racer and 5590 Whirl N Wheel)

    I always wanted the Model Team - 5580 Highway Rig. Never got it.
    I also drooled over the big electric train sets shown in catalogs like 7745 High Speed Passenger Train (even though I had 7722 Steam Cargo Train Set)

    As an adult I have acquired most of the "large" sets and only regret not purchasing 10179 Falcon, 10190 Market Street, 10129 Snowspeeder. I almost pulled the trigger on them several times but never did. I have since gone back and acquired (at high cost) Café Corner & Eiffel Tower. Thankfully bought all the other Advanced Models even though I haven't built all of them yet.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    They weren't around when I was a kid...or if they were it was something my parents couldn't afford to buy, I never saw any Lego sets or advertisements. I never saw a Lego set until the early 1980's when I started buying them for my son. He loved them.

    I myself didn't start to want Lego until February this year. So I am a late starter.
  • MathiasMathias Member Posts: 94
    I just recently got back into lego. I loved anything ice planet. They had that cool translucent orange color on a lot of vehicles I thought was cool. I forget which ship I had but I also loved pirate themes. Tomorrow my 7965 arrives. It will have to so until I can get my hands on the UCS sets.
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