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What is your fondest LEGO memory?

mn280mn280 LondonMember Posts: 3
edited November 2020 in Everything else LEGO
Is it the first LEGO set you got? The Xmas set you build with your child?  Your partners' face when you gifted them their favorite set for Christmas?

Mine was how LEGO saved my sanity during lockdown - and I would to hear and collect stories from you guys too.



  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 318
    Searching for our presents(Santa thought it was a good idea to hide the presents about the house- no tree aswell) I got the post office my brother the medical centre. Oh how many times could I rebuild it and the box had alternative builds too. I moved to Britains tractors next -being a country boy ,but building tractors from what little we had. Apart from a quality toy that memory keeps it in my life
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,558
    Watching my 8 year old nephew open the #75055 I got him for Christmas 2015. Got a fist pump and everything! :-D
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,518
    One of the LEGO memories that stick out the most for me from my childhood is receiving my first "big" LEGO set as a gift from my grandma, the #6378 Service Station. This really solidified my LEGO obsession as a kid and would lead to my lifelong passion for the brick.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 1,010
    Very lovely topic of discussion.

    The fact that we are all AFOLs would indicate that at some point in a childhood we experienced a magical moment that stuck with us.

    I’ll enjoy reading this topic.
  • NateMN2020NateMN2020 MinnesotaMember Posts: 40
    Love this topic! This would fall under three categories for me...

    1) sets that I received as Christmas or birthday presents... #6396 International Jetport, and #6276 Eldorado Fortress are the two that come to mind most for this category. My first big sets that were the basis for my three decade love of Lego.

    2) smaller impulse buys usually with my Grandma at K-Mart. I specifically remember and loved #6850 Auxilary Patroller, #6851 Tri Wheeled Tyrax, and #6811 Pulsar Charger.

    3) the large sets I’d look at in the store, or ogle over in the yearly Lego catalog, knowing I’d never get to own them (at least not for a couple decades...) namely #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, #6542 Launch & Load Seaport, #4558 Metroliner, #6086 Black Knight’s Castle...many many more I could list. It’s funny, I feel like the sets I never got had more of an impression on me than the ones I owned. 
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,977
    Christmas Day in the very early 1980s, I was bought one of the basic sets. I remember picking a 2x8 brick in red and a pair of wheels on 2x2 bricks and making a simple car to drive around the dinner table while the turkey was roasting away
  • lowleadlowlead USAMember Posts: 215
    edited November 2020
    Far too many to mention from childhood, but in 1999 I picked up a small set from a grocery store of all places (1097 Res-Q Runner) just for fun...
    ...and I was completely floored to discover a tiny image of a LEGO X-wing Fighter in the booklet art!  That was the day I emerged from my Dark Age.  My wallet has been terrified ever since.
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,484
    Going into Woolworths to buy the very last #8860 anywhere near where I lived. £25, but I got 10% off because of shelfware! This was circa 1985 and the set had long gone everywhere else! I had been eyeing up this set in Woolworths for years (it felt like). I walked down the highstreet afterwards gripping that box so tightly, it was the most money I'd ever spent.
    I was also borrowing £5 to make it happen too and that was about three months pocket money iirc. I had been working on my parents for weeks to let me get it, I'd saved Christmas and Birthday money, I feared it would be sold before I got there. I was (am still) so proud.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 898
    edited November 2020
    Probably the Christmas of perhaps 1984?  My parents had bought the 12V goods train #7730, but had also bought everything needed for a town such as road plates and lots of different bricks to make houses, and had set the whole thing up for me on Christmas morning - to me it was the best Lego set up ever!  I don't remember really having any Lego at all prior to that, so it really kickstarted a life long hobby :)  Still got the train!
  • mn280mn280 LondonMember Posts: 3
    Hey guys - loved the detail of the stories. Wonder if you have some suggestions.
    I am collecting several stories like these (thank you bpk300) at I want to have stories from all over the world, even with different languages or simply just pictures. Do you guys have any ideas where I could reach more people that would want to write? And what do you think of the idea?
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 644
    My childhood memories are going to be similar to many of yours, but perhaps my best memory is as an adult.  Spring 2009 I wind up on a trip to Seattle, & visit the Space Needle.  As you might guess, the elevator back down drops you off in the gift shop.  Where as far as the eye could see were copies of #21003 which must’ve really just been released.  

    It looked like something I could justify buying as a souvenir even as an adult, but I was genuinely intrigued by this Lego Architecture theme it promoted.  Though I knew one or two guys that still loved Lego as adults, the idea of an AFOL was completely foreign to me at the time.  Of course more Architecture sets joined it, and eventually all kinds of expert and now 18+ sets.
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 493
    edited December 2020
    Probably when I got the 12v train one Christmas.    I played with that thing forever.  Each year, as soon as any present was put under the tree, I would shake them to determine which ones were LEGO.  It was always relatively easy to determine how many sets I would be getting.  I also remember building #6949 while watching Star Wars one year.
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 586
    My fondest memory is using my cousins' hand-me-down LEGO parts to build an AT-ST, Bespin cloud car, and carbonite freezing chamber for my Kenner action figures. I glued them with white school glue, and they stayed together for most of my childhood. They were made of a variety of colors, like I said it was all second hand LEGO bricks. My cousins must have had a couple of technic sets because I remember also building a number of contraptions with my dad with gears, string, technic beams, and motors (pretty sure there was at least 1 blue base thing).
    I think I have a Polaroid of the Star Wars vehicles around here somewhere....
  • 8BrickMario8BrickMario Member Posts: 29
    edited December 2020
    I used to go to garage sales in mine and surrounding neighborhoods, and family friends knew to dump any outgrown LEGO from their kids on me, so I got a lot of cool parts and minifigures from those hauls. One, I had for a long time: the dress slope for the Fright Knights witch (Willa in the U.S. ). The piece was unusual because those bricks didn't have tubes in them underneath yet and were a different, smoother texture, but I didn't have any torsos that went with the dress, so it languished in my collection for some years. I thought it would have been cool to have the whole figure since I love witches and she was LEGO's first, but I just had her dress. 

    Later, when I was about fifteen or sixteen, I went to the yearly fair hosted by the local church, and they had a rummage-sale table with a LEGO haul in one of those chunky parts buckets that had a 4x4 plate-textured lid. I scooped it up on principle, but when I opened it and looked through, among the pieces was the entire top half of Willa the Witch--and it was the caped version, too! As soon as I went home, I put the minifigure together. I'll never know if the halves belonged to one Willa originally and I reunited them from two LEGO clearouts within one family, or if I happened to get each half alone from two households, but I have the deluxe version of LEGO's first witch, and a minifigure older than I am. Having her is very special, but getting her? That was magic.
  • mn280mn280 LondonMember Posts: 3
    Loving the stories. I have been collecting a few more and already have 24, including from the son of a LEGO inventor in the 70's, a guy that built a wall out of a LEGO and story of a Master Builder in the Netherlands. In case you guys want to take a look - and if you have anything you would like to share there, pls let me know. It may take me 10 years, but I will get to 100.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,890
    It's funny how clearly I remember acquiring many of my childhood Lego sets. I never owned any of the huge sets until my teens, when a local toy shop began to deep discount the flagship sets from various themes, but it was always special to get to pick out one of the pocket money sets when I was younger, and the Castle sets are particularly vivid in my memory. 

    Back then, the overall range of pieces and colours was so much smaller, so any new item had a greater impact: it was quite something to get my first Lego ghost, for instance, or the Robin Hood figure. And there were a couple of Christmases, aged nine and thirteen I think, when I got a few sets and enjoyed spending betwixtmas building under the tree.
  • SpidraxSpidrax In Space Since 1978Member Posts: 15
    When I was a kid, my (much) older brother used to make scavenger hunts with encrypted clues that my younger brother and I had to use to find our "big" present each year.

    Each clue was printed out in code using WingDings or some similar font, with each symbol representing a letter of the alphabet. The first clue had 26 symbols representing A to Z printed out in a single sequential string, but A was somewhere in the middle. Here's an example of a possible string:


    The first clue also had the title of a popular Christmas song along written in code - once we figured out the song, we could find where A was in the string of 26 characters and use the code to decipher all subsequent clues.

    The clues, when deciphered, were cryptic notes about hiding places around the house where we would find the next clue. After a dozen or so clues we would find the present.

    Two of the most memorable hunts lead us to Lego - first 6990: Monorail Transport System, then a couple of years later 6285: Black Seas Barracuda. I still have both sets and we get together to build them every couple of years :)
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 339
    Spidrax said:
    That was a real joy to read, thanks for sharing!
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 632
    Hmmm my first real memory I recall is buying my first "big" set from my saved up pocketmoney - #6886 Galactic Space Keeper. I remember vividly putting it together on the table in the backyard of my parents house, and afterwards flying around the garden. I think I was about 7 years old by then, and already had a pretty nice collection of sets, but the first set you get get yourself... Wow!

    Also remember another set I bought myself, after some diligent saving up: #6484 F1 Hauler. One of two 9V sets I owned, and my pride and joy. One day, the husband of our babysitter saw it, and asked if he could borrow the tiny motor for showing in his classroom - he was an arts and crafts teacher. I got it back broken. I was SO angry... but my parents didn't want to make him get me a new motor. I still have the dead one in my collection.

    My most recent great memory concerns the utter joy my oldest (then 4,5yrs) had when Sinterklaas got him #60198 Cargo Train last year. He hugged the box for about 10 mins and then started building :)
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 444
    I would distill mine down to 1995, getting #6597 Century Skyway at the conclusion of 5th grade. 

    A much more recent example is merely several weeks ago when I was able to build my UCS Falcon and place it in its permanent home in my Death Star Docking Bay coffee table. 

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