I just bought my first Lego set #60120
, Volcano Starter Set. How fun that was!
I purchased it as an add-on item from Amazon mainly to get the 4 people, but built it all and had a blast doing so.
My first thought was how on earth will all these little pieces form such big items, well it works as you all know.
Seems odd that a person could go 5 decades without using Legos, but it does happen.
Another forum I belong to had photos of the little Lego characters interacting with their Swiss Army Knives (something I collect), which is why I looked into buying Legos in the first place.
Long story short, I signed up here and at Lego.com to order that Palace Cinema. My concern after watching some YouTube videos is that I should probably build some other kits first as I'm at newbie status. The Cinema is considered expert.
Any recommendations for a kit that is between 83 pieces (Volcano) and 2000+ pieces (Cinema), that might be tailored for the beginner? I'm so new to this, I don't know if more pieces always equates to more difficulty.
I look forward to reading any replies.
More parts doesn't necessarily mean more difficulty because the instructions take you gently through the building process whatever the size of the model.
The only thing more difficult is finding and perhaps in your case identifying parts in a larger pile.
It's good to know that the instructions remain understandable.
I can relate to what you mean about identifying parts, as that did prove to be a stumbling block as I began this first build.
There is something very therapeutic for me when it comes to putting a set together. No need to rush. Learn as you go and enjoy the ride!
I have the Lego City Van & Caravan 60117 arriving tomorrow so hopefully, that will give me additional practice before the Cinema arrives.
I agree about the therapeutic element.
the palace cinema isn't a very hard build, the hardest part may be to sort the bricks. a lot of smaller sets have more complex builds.
sets that involve lots of technic usually seem more complicated to me.
one of my first set, coming out of my dark age was arkham asylum breakout. it's not as big as the cinema, but still comparable I guess, and possibly a more complex build, and I didn't find it hard, but I found it taught me a lot.
I had to Google, "arkham asylum breakout". I see now that it looks complicated.
I just found out that there is a Lego convention about 2 hours from me going on this weekend, I may have to check that out! May as well jump in with both feet!
I think I'll be just fine now with the Cinema.
Thanks for the reassurance GeordiePaul!
I agree with you MaffyD, that starter set sure had the right amount of something because it is memorable, and it's the little kit that got me started.
I wasn't even looking to get started on Lego. I just wanted that little Scientist lady in the kit.
I hope you enjoy the Palace Cinema; it was my first modular building, and the largest model I've made to date. While I'd never really stopped building with Lego since childhood, I think it was really more about the amount of sorting, as the others have said - that, and length of time. I like to spread a large model like that out over a few days, and since you build one floor of the building at a time it's easy to do. It's a really great display piece, and a great choice!
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Then there are things like Lego digital design to get into, also look for builds by the Arvo brothers.
If I am getting sucked into this game, I'm taking everyone i possibly can with me.
Thank you AllBrick, I already by-passed a couple of Swiss Army Knives I would have purchased in anticipation of spending some money at the convention.
I enjoyed Palace Cinema a lot. If you do, I'm guessing you'll get the rest of the modular buildings currently available. You might also like some of the other Creator sets, if you want some in between sized sets to work on.
Also depending on what direction you're coming from you might look up Frank and Sons if you go on Saturday. its a warehouse/indoor swapmeet full of vendors selling collectibles including Legos. I often find some good deals there. and it's about 40 mins from Pasadena. Franks is only open Wednesdays evenings and Saturdays.
There is also a Lego store in Glendale not to far from Pasadena and in the surrounding areas. Ontario is the one I frequent when I'm traveling about
Welcome to the forum and the hobby.
Palace Cinema won't be here for a few more days, so meanwhile, I might just buy something at the Pasadena show (thanks for the tip Aerros1 on price per brick).