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LEGO suggestions for a guy who has everything he wants
My birthday is coming up and I want to get myself a LEGO (of course) present. As my wife is completely off LEGO and would rather get anything but LEGO, and if my kids had a say they would get me some ninjago, I've got to do this myself...
The trouble is, I kind of have everything that I want: the modulars, Grand Carousel, Taj, IF, Castle Giant Chess Set, MMV, a lot of good technic models. I'm kind of stumped, but still have the craving... I love big, aesthetically pleasing sets with interesting building techniques. But I've no interest in SW, HP, PoC, Tower Bridge, Eiffel Tower. Was thinking of Town Plan, but don't like that the buildings are open in the back.
MOCing is certainly an option. I'm working on a 48x48 modular school building. But that's not a quick fix, like buying a set would be.
Are the Creator houses interesting builds? How do they stand up compared to the modulars?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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I really like MMV. Even my wife likes it! My concern about Joust is that it might sacrifice small detail in order to achieve a grand scale: e.g. whole wall elements rather than brick-built walls, etc.
And like everyone else, I'm going to gobble up the Sopwith Camel as soon as it comes out!
@Lego_Lord_Mayorca. That's a great suggestion. But strangely, I was never into LEGO growing up. I was much more interested in chemistry sets, telescopes and microscopes and that kind of thing. My wife introduced me to LEGO when she got some simple sets for our young sons. I think she rues the day, now!
- get the unimog (if not already), or get some classic technic sets like the old crane.
- get into trains! the maersk and a motor plus some track
- the houses are fun, very different to modulars. Apple tree house is great value too.
- totally agree with the VW van suggestion above
- Joust! If you have MMV ... also do u have MVR? kings castle too ..
The unimog is one of my favorite Technic models. A very fun and varied build. It seems to get less love than 8043 and 8258, which I don't quite understand.
A second MMV is an interesting idea. I've got mine in a scene incorporating MVR. If I got another, I think I would take the bricklink route, to vary colors and builds a bit.
@Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK. Great suggestions as they along the lines of my thinking (great minds...). I love Emerald Night, which has pride of place in my son's bedroom; with the tracks and motor it's a great choo choo. I am thinking of picking up Family Home. And VW camper looks sweet.
I agree completely that MOCs are a great way to go. I'm working on a modular school building on a 48x48 baseplate. But it's a slow burn rather than the turbocharged pleasure of a stock build.
If I were into LEGO SW (love the original movies, though), the R2-D2 would be a definite buy.
I'm really looking forward to the new Sopwith Camel. Already have the Indiana Jones DC3. So am thinking of getting some of the older airplane sculptures...
Good point. My birthday present this year was a years pass for Legoland :o)
We used to love going to the park in Windsor when we lived in London. Have very fond memories: our youngest, now 4, was just starting to walk, and he loved walking around there; and come to think of it we in fact went there in May '09 for a combined birthday outing (his and mine)! Wish the ones here in the US were closer.
@1265. No hard feelings. I knew that I was being slightly provocative when naming the thread. It was not meant really as a boast that I had all the rare and dear LEGO sets. It alludes more to my having come out of my Dark Ages about a year and a half ago (with Grand Carousel) and that I had pretty much caught up on the backlog of sets that I really wanted. (And by some standards, I've not been a voracious acquirer, having fewer than 40k elements from sets...)
Thank you everyone for some really great suggestions! I've ended up making a couple of modest acquisitions: Family Home, 6754, and a used Wright Flyer (10124). The latter is in anticipation of the new Sopwith Camel. The former is a nod to the fact that we'll be shortly moving from our apartment in Manhattan (a very modular town) to a house in the country (with a LEGO/man cave for the boys and me).