Apologies, if a thread like this already exists. My first day here and I did a cursory search and couldn't find one...
So, I'd be very interested to know if there is a specific set that "bright aged" you. And why.
My story short: born in 1975 Germany, with parents who left no childhood Lego wishes unanswered. Dark aged around age 10, when the Commodore 64 took over for good. Then, 30 years later, I stumbled upon the Arocs, impulse bought it, and even though I loved everything about and building it, I didn't look into the Lego status quo much further. All the sets I saw here and there throughout the decades didn't do much for me. Especially since I got into papercraft 10 years ago, building (mostly) architectural models out of paper. Lego couldn't hold a candle (heh) to highly realistic papercraft sets (which are also, of course, waaay cheaper). [Eiffel-Tower
Now, this year, two things happened: the Saturn V and, get this, The Lego Batman Movie.
First, the Saturn V was the first Lego set I saw that looked realistic even up close. More so, the stage-design and everything else about it was pure delight. But then, just when I was probably about to dark age again, the other thing happened shortly after...
Now, I'm sorry to say, but the Lego Movie didn't do much for me. It's clever and everything, but many things didn't connect with me. But... but... Batman
?... boy oh boy. I haven't watched a movie 3 times in one week since Heat, over 20 years ago. The Lego Batman Movie is a straight-up masterpiece. Add to that, it just broke out my inner child like there is no tomorrow, for reasons I can't fully explain. Everything about it just hypnotizes me. I have been a huge film buff all my life (studying film-directing in college), but I have never experienced anything like this. Maybe, at 42, with no children and in a relationship that's set on having no children, this is my form of an early midlife-crisis? Heh.
No. This thing is perfect and pure magic. Not only is it funny in ways both children and adults can appreciate, but the direction and drama just sucks me in like ...bricks on drug. The scene where Batman jumps off the batwing to go after Robin, alone, might be the richest cinematic moment of this year. Though what makes this a masterpiece is the endless charm and thought that went into all aspects of it.
Anyway, things quickly snowballed from there! The Lego Batman Sets. The childlike fun of it all, especially the minifig variations on Batman. Discovering the modulars, the Technic and Star Wars golden-age (we're seemingly being in). And here I am now, less than 2 months and an insane 180 sets later. Loving just about any but the girl-themes. With 140 further sets to go build and probably having the year of my life...
All thanks to the public-idea Saturn, and the bricked Cruisader.
Now you, please.
P.S.: Judging from forum activites, I'm a bit surprised to find out that the adult Lego lover community is seemingly much bigger in English-speaking countries than here in Germany or anywhere else.
I bought five or six Creator sets 5.5 years ago, thinking I wouldn't get much more because it was a bit expensive for a new hobby. I have a million bricks now.
I grabbed a few more after that, usually on sale or clearance, to resell... And maybe keep a few. And then I kept a few more. And a few more... But nowadays I don't make excuses.
What brought everyone out of their Dark Ages?
What (or who) made you have an interest in Lego?
I moved onto Star Wars figures and vehicles when Hasbro restarted the line in '95 (I think). Pretty much managed to get all figs & vehicles up to ROTS then my wife picked up a #7163 on offer in Smyths, because the box was damaged and open, for my birthday. I had never thought about getting Lego SW as I remembered everything being blocky as a kid so it held no interest for me - then I built the set and was hooked! Turned out it was missing the magnets but a quick email to Lego CS and they sent the missing parts out pronto.
Have had to dial back on sets now (no more SW (until the USCMF) and into modulars)
My eldest collects Minecraft Lego, but I don't think he's as into Lego as I was at his age...
Maybe I'll build his sets
The real end to my Dark Age was when, on a whim, I asked for Lego for Christmas 2010 since I had no idea what I wanted. I got #5891 Apple Tree House and #5867 Super Speedster.
There was then a "Light-Bluish Grey Age" for almost four years where I was talking myself out of buying Lego for myself any time I saw other interesting sets. Still regret missing out on some excellent themes and particular sets from that era.
Sothen in 2014, the Lego Movie came out and made adults buying Lego seem like an ok thing to do for people in general. I cracked and bought a couple of small sets but made the terrible decision of looking online for the best ones available....that was the year # 10243 the Parisian Restaurant and #71006 were released so that was the beginning of a flood of orders to [email protected] that I also discovered on my hunt.
I'm still unsure if that innocent Google search was a good thing or not.
Hmm. I got into boardgaming about 18 months ago. Money sink is right!
Got any good recommendations, by the way? I've got a fair bit of the obvious stuff, but any recommendations for interesting and unusual games (3-6 players) would be great, and particularly looking to bump up my collection of games for two players.
The years in between I bought a Technic set here and there so the ages were not totally black, but still very very dark. Nowadays that's a whole other story - I could have been rich(er)!
But I run out of characters in the post.
Yes, a $7 set obtained in December 2013 is how I got back unti Lego. Well, I got 60007 a couple of days after. I should probably re-build that police jeep at some point.
Lego Star Wars, Clone Wars
Either it was the #7676 Republic Attack Gunship or #7675 AT-TE Walker.
I ended picking them up later, used.
But those were the ones that really drew my attention back to Lego SW.
I ended up buying SW sets at Borders bookstores with their 20-30% coupon email offers.