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Being freshly out of the Dark ages I don't have most of the fantastic sets you all have although I do have the Town Hall which myself, wife and daughter built together so that one is special to me. However my Crown Jewel is my humble little 75030 as this is the christmas stocking filler I got that started it all off........again :)
- Complete set of modulars
- Complete set of Discovery sets from 2003!
- All of the "Factory" sets
However, if I had to choose one "jewel", it would be the Nesquik Bunny, definitely.
(The other two sets that were my "first" sets were #7199 because of its ties to India and also #10187 because it was the first car my dad owned when he came to this country)
Showed my mom pics of it, and it was game over. She was like stop building sw sets haha.
Yes, I know that it is not an expensive set - nor does it command that much on the markets as TLG re-released it as 10039 a while back - but for me it was the one that I drooled over as a kid and now own.
If I ever get a hold of a Skulls Eye Schooner - this will change...
I wonder why nostalgia is such a big factor.
well, my sets were most of the time broken for my mocs, so I think I may have better memory of the minifigs. I remember I loved the original darth maul, but lego has done much better since then.
That said if I had to pick just one it would be the UC Falcon, it is just perfect. That would be closely followed by Mr Gold, he is the only CMF my daughter doesn't have and it awesome to see him in the set.
Close second is 10224 - Town Hall. My favourite modular, my favourite modern set and I think I have built this one 4 times...
Also, great topic
Aside from that, I guess it would have to be #10029 Lunar Lander. I also own all the sets from the excellent Discovery theme from 2003, and that's the only set that I have been able to keep on display and resist tearing down for parts.
As for other jewels, I really want to have a Galaxy Explorer someday (and a Deep Freeze Defender).
Other than extreme circumstances I don't see myself parting with some of my other favourites, such as
#10181 Eiffel Tower
#10226 Sopwith Camel
and also none of the LOTR/Hobbit, HP, and Avengers minifigures.
For me it would be #10229 WV Cottage.
My MOC :
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It's difficult to choose and some of my favorites are :
#4195 Queen Anne's Revenge
#10226 Sopwith Camel
#10228 Haunted House
They're still good sets (particularly the castle), but I'm not sure I'd say they'd count as jewels in my crown...I have one or two semi exclusives, like the white classic space man from last year which is one of the few things I actually display in my room at university, so I think that kinda counts.
As for one that would be a potential centrepiece, it would have to be #8880. I would love one of those if I could find it for around £60 or so.
He now has various cameo roles in whatever I have on display, (he's currently shopping at the Grand Emporium).
In terms of what I would like to add to my collection it would be the SDCC SH exclusives that I don't have and Mr Gold. I would never buy Mr Gold at current prices, but still hold out hope of coming across him in some back water toy shop for RRP, (yeah right!?).
It has to be my ucs super star destroyer. Its my most expensive set.
Its not my favorit set btw,that would be maybe the vw van. If I want show a non lego building friend something from lego I always show them the van and everyone loves it,its just so well designed and the object (the vw van) appeals to almost everyone.
If I could only have 1 lego model and get rid of everything else then I would probably keep the vw van most likely,though the ghost busters lego ideas set would make it a difficult choise , and i basicly don't even like cars. Its just based on the quality of the design and how much the theme is appealing for me.
I have a number of rare or hard to find items that might be consisted "jewels" but maybe not "crown jewels." These include, Esso oil cans, Esso gas pumps, marbled bricks, Sears and JC Penney's catalog sets, 6270 Forbidden Island with a US shooting cannon, 6086 with Dungeon Master's Castle box, 1271 and 271 Police sets, and 309 Church.
My most valuable set is 10182 Cafe Corner. Followed by the 852293 Giant Chess set and 10185 Green Grocer.
I think my top five sets that I would be loth to part with are 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, 6270 Forbidden Island, 6085 Black Monarch's Castle, 6054 Forestmen's Hideout and 6075 Yellow Castle. Only the Yellow Castle isn't originally mine. The other four are all childhood favorites.
My holy grail set would a 700/1 in wooden box from 1949. I know I have next to hope of every owning one of these, they are simply too rare and would cost too much. But I can always dream.
From a personal and more nostalgic perspective id have to say my BSB or SES at this point.
I'm sure most will agree it makes very interesting reading!!
If I get time I might try and collate the info into a top 10...