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What is your fondest LEGO memory?
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 - https://100legostories.com/2020/10/19/mylegostory/
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I went to the Lego aisle and got #6579 and #6520. As a 10 year old, it was the greatest night of my life. My family was very frugal, and they never spoiled us kids, so it's the only time something like that ever happened. Receiving a Lego set outside of a birthday or Christmas was unheard of. Which made that night all the more special.
It is by far my fondest memory. I still have those two sets in pieces and I am trying to put them back together.
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.
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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.
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.
I am collecting several stories like these (thank you bpk300) at https://100legostories.com/. 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?
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.
I think I have a Polaroid of the Star Wars vehicles around here somewhere....
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.
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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.
Receiving #7727 for Christmas while on holidays and not being able to wait to build it so spent ages building and playing on an outdoor table near the beach.
Buying #7725 with my own money that I had saved up.
Getting #6399 and then finding another at a garage sale for cheap so picked up a second set.
Sitting with my Dad in town getting lunch and going through the catalogue and seeing the new 9v train line for the first time.
Building "huge" cities in my room then meticulously drawing out the layout on graph paper the noting the vehicles and every detail followed by some photos and making little booklets on each city.
The big hauls when you get to spend all your birthday money and pocket money that you've been saving up and you walk out with an arm full of sets.
Then of course there's the building with my kids as they started to get into the hobby.
Seeing MOCs come to life as you build them from LDD.
But if I go further back Christmas ‘99 was probably one of my most memorable ones in terms of Lego pressies. I managed to take a paused still of a home video including #4980 The Tunnel Transport from Rock Raiders but I also got some Adventurers and Castle Ninja that year too. Over 20 years later I’ve always loved the themes that took these as inspiration, even though I’m quite selective on Ninjago because there’s just so much of it!
Christmas 1979 I got #483 & I would go under the tree & shake the box every day. I remember counting off "2 [studs] in & 15 down" to put the blue 1x4 brick in place
& then at age 7 getting #948 & proudly completing it w/ no trouble cuz the age range said "9-14"
Then Christmas Eve came & I eagerly built the set but my younger cousin got into the stickers & screwed up one of the gas pumps. I think that was the same occasion she dumped all the fishfood AND Makit & Bakit crystals into my aquarium (IN MY ROOM) & killed all my goldfish.
Man now I feel like building that again!
Even just flipping through the little catalogs and circling the sets I want and going back through and continuing to look. I still have all of my catalogs from when I was a kid. I went through them not too long ago and would see which sets I wanted back then.
Fondest memory for my kiddo. She always talked about wanting to become a doctor when she grew up, so a stocking stuffer one year was a minifigure of a female head and hair that looked like hers on a doctor body. She was overjoyed. So weird when it is such a cheap present that they love the most.
I never got the opportunity to buy from the part order form, but I wish I had considering some of the parts packs they had in the 80's