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The oldest set I have in my collection is http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=3654-1 (randomly actually older than me, but I'm sure it was mine rather than big brother's! Perhaps @robnwcc can remember? :-)
The first proper (ie minifig) sets I remember drooling over in the catalogue and getting as 100% mine were the Pirates range. Not sure which was the first but I know I played for hours with http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6270-1
Still got it, but lost one of the rigging bits :(
Could a lovely mod please add the pics for me? @yellowcastle, @Matthew, @anybody?? Done - Matthew.
My sister has the box with old Lego now including the ground plates of these sets.
Sometimes, I wish I had this set.
The oldest set I own is 360-1, which was handed down from some distant family friend shortly after.
But that was my brother's.
The first set that was mine was 948 Go-Kart.
I too love all the old printed blocks. As simple as the printed designs were I think they still look cool. Of course I'm nostalgic nowadays for anything prior to 2000. Life was simpler, more enjoyable and hopeful in the 20th century ; ).
For me it was set 700/1 Basic Set. It was the Christmas before the year LEGO was introduced in the USA (1961)... (it was the first year for LEGO in Britain) and my uncle in Germany sent me this set. Although the box is long gone after a 1/2 century, I still have the gray 10x20 thick baseplate from this set.
Back then you had to ignore the box top image... in the 1949-65 era what was on the box top of basic LEGO sets had no relationship to what was inside. Back when I got this set, it was 1 baseplate, a bunch of white and red bricks and red classic windows/door.
The bricks went to a younger cousin, but I still have the 2x4 with a hole in it, that was used as a handle.
I had a lot of basic bricks during my childhood, but the first set I remember building, was the 600 Police Car
- I think it must have been a gift from the store at LEGOLAND.
But the first true "set" I remember was the Fire Station. LOVED the garage doors.
**Insectoids was so awesome!**
and many like it (early 70s).
I waited excitedly for a few weeks in 1978 for the Weetabix set 1589: Main Street to arrive:
196 Aeroplane, 250 Antique Car, or 613 Biplane. I do recall 487 Space Cruiser was my 1st Space set & I thought it was so cool. I can still build it from memory.
Consequently, Lego is how I discovered Santa Claus doesn't really exist. I was 3 or 4, and I remember that my mother would always get 2 Happy Meals even though I was the only child (at the time), I always wanted the other one too, but she'd say no and only give me the one toy. But those polybags later showed up in my stocking, and I asked her, "DOES SANTA WORK AT MCDONALD'S TOO?" to which my mother replied, "No, stupid, *I* bought those for you".
Well, she probably left out the stupid part, but that's how it sounded to me, even as a child!
No matter how many sets I've bought and built in the past half year, nothing is coming close to the magic I found in that one ~20 years ago.
I can't do an image from here, I'm on my iPad...sorry.
I posted my first LEGO set earlier on this thread... a very old 700/1 set (it was in Hieroglyphics! ;-)
But speaking of very old LEGO sets, today I posted this on the LEGO Facebook page (from my LEGO DVD).... the very earliest LEGO sets... called Automatic Binding Bricks (1949-54)... they are... (top to bottom)...
1) a 1950 basic set with thin lettering, sold in Denmark/Sweden (limited Swedish sales from a company called "Geas Konstharts", only lasted about a year due to poor sales).
2) a 1951 basic set with fancy lettering, sold in Denmark.
3) a 1952 basic set with fancy lettering and "LEGO Mursten", sold in Denmark.
4) a 1953 basic set (Norway prohibited toy imports in the 50s, so a Norwegian company "Svein Stromberg & Co. set up a LEGO subsidiary called "A/S Norske LEGO", and this red box set was sold in Norway from 1953-54.
616 Cargo Ship
622 Tipper Truck (I remember loving the big yellow skip)
886 Space Buggy (I think I bought several of these over a few years. Well, they were cheap, and I never really used to save my pocket money for very long. I was too anxious to get another Lego set)
891 Two-Man Scooter (I remember the tail strut, the wing pieces and the two 'boosters' at the front as at the time I thought they were unusual)
But the first set I remember having for myself is 602 - Fire Chief's Car - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=602-1
Probably still have most of the pieces mixed in with the others but I know the trans blue clyinder didn't last too long and got broken pretty quickly! Still to this day annoys me that the fireman didn't fit in his car - what was the point?
When I was 5 or so. I still have it now... but a lot of the pieces are horribly chewed. I have to apply pressure to get the pieces to fit. Gross! I wish my younger self had treated the bricks with more respect!