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What brought you out of your 'dark period'?
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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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!!! :)
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 :)
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.
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....
There is no regrets, only a lack of space to store and show the collection.
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.
Now if I just had room to display it all.......
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.
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...
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...
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)
Little did I know that this 'just one day' business was a complete fallacy, and the floodgates were opened.
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.
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 :)
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
Either way, I'm into the hobby, and I shouldn't be talking, 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
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
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 :-)
Edit: Welcome to the forum, obviously! It is indeed a great place to be :)
Does that help.
Welcome on board by the way.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lego for work & play = wonderful life.