Lego: C/D, S&D

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Can you still buy just regular legos?

Kris, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I bought a big bin of them a couple years ago. Selection was kinda bland.

Josh, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the newer legos are really annoying in general, it seems. there will be stoopid parts like a whole building wall in one piece, instead of having it be made out of bricks. LAME. I am pleased at the mention of the main street set. I remember at one xmas both my sister and I got a main street set. I think after a while i had raided the good stuff out of hers for myself. heh. she had a little town made up of the less desirable pieces which me and my cousin (best friend!) called FUNKYLEGOTOWN. or also funkylegeten.

I used to be kind of mean to my sister. these days she is a good friend. and if i were to see the two lego towns side by side at this point in life, i'd realize that hers was actually cooler.

my little neices and nephews play legos sometimes. well, i'm mainly thinking of a family get together a few years ago where my niece was quietly playing with the legos in the corner. at some point we went over to see what she was doing, and she had collected all the little flower petal parts in a pile, and taken all the yellow smiley heads and put them in a big long chain. for some reason, i thought this was the greatest use of legos ever conceived. or at least the cutest use ever!

Ron, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Can you still buy just regular legos?

Looking through the lego.com website and through a selection of lego catalogs, it looks like they've phased out (at least in the USA) your regular ol' non-specialized building sets like the kind I grew up with.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy the super thin lego, cool as it was it was a pain to take apart. Aside from searching the wonderful 2*4, also search the wheels/gears from the motorized sets.

Mr Noodles, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Legos for me were best for creating houses with multicolored walls. Hurrah!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I *heart* lego.

Was in the lego club, have a Gold Master Builders Badge!

Lego Star Wars are cool...and the other day I saw SPIDER-MAN LEGO!.

jel --, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh yes! lego spidey! oh yes!

jel --, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

At 6 years I built discoteques from my Lego-bricks, I wonder cause I had no real notion what a discotheque would look like at that age, they probably represented music tv-shows (the dutch equivalent of TopOfThe Pops or something) and it was basically NOT DONE to mix Lego with any other toys in my room.

I've seen horribble Lego-stuff lately, with silly fairy tale colours and totally prefabric ugly cute castles etc. it looked like my little pony. DESTROY!!!

the basic originals are CLASSIC. Why do they have to ruin everything and listen to some crap marketing sales manager that children want a nice cute Lego doll gggggrrrrrrr

Well I'm beginning to sound like some reactionary old teacher, who wants his pupils to watch Abstract Avantgarde Cartoons instead of Pokemon, who fumes about kids that can't use their imagination anymore blalablablah...oh hell!

SEARCH AS MUCH LEGO AS YOU CAN FIND, Lock yourself up in your room for a week and PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY

erik from holland, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

1: lego dragon
2: realm of valkayria
3: legobus is real!!
4: the apotheosis of the modern interweb pt.1
5: pt.2

mark s, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(actually 4 and 5 aren't much to do with lego are they? but i did find them by googling "lego alien")

mark s, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

lego rockso the partyo. I was perusing a 'meccano magazine ' from april 1965 and i chanced upon an ad for 'cliki'- the lego granddaddy or even daddy -the genetics are so similar. It is the same architecture but the raised bump sections have holes in them. wow.

"Click...click...click and your models are made. Cliki builds towns and villages with homes shops and garages. And their all so realistic, thanks to Cliki's special details.-baseplates that LOCK together cannot fall apart"

jeskam, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*flashback* lego memory - my neighbours dog ate a lego man and we found the lego mans helmet in the dog poooooooo. ooooooo.

jeskam, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(lego predates cliki and all rivals i think. as well as lego i had some lego knock-off as a kid, which worked the same and looked pretty similar — except all-white and slightly translucent — but it was a slightly diff.size so you couldn't combine em: its innovation was roof-tiles that looked like slates, except green, which you could balance atop the walls of yr little white translucent house)

mark s, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

speedy history

mark s, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

okay.

I remember the translucent stuff too, how did it ever infect the pure lego gene pool. (wistful rhetorical)

jeskam, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Crap.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm wrong, too. Nevermind.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

www.lugnet.com The main LEGO fan site. You can spend days looking through the BrickShelf gallery at people's designs.

http://www3.sympatico.ca/mladenpejic/ Mladen, the god of LEGO mecha.

fletrejet, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

creating houses with multicolored walls

sacrelige! YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!!!

...oh dear, i fear the obsessive-compulsive tendencies started young with this here one.

petra jane, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

also great for building rockoperas around the house

ducklingmonster, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

search: technic and duplo

destroy: nu-lego!! esp. the programmable 'mindstorms' cuz i know some of the ppl who developed them and it suXor

geeta, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Uh huh.

Tim, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i spose one could map the Dumming Down of yoof-cultch and the hypermediated short-attention-span innernet generation to the advent of those annoying already-built-walls in modern lego. also, the new Attack of the Clones and Harry Potter legos are the SUCK.

petra jane, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I still have boxed sets of the first Technical lego car, and the first tilting train set (circa 1983) and the big early 80's spaceship. I was very anal as a child. Though I prefered the 'build it yourself' stuff to the crafted pieces; it took all the fun out of it to have pieces that couldn't really be used elsewhere. Shame. Young people today have no sense of application.

My abiding memory of a family holiday to Belgium in 1979 was losing a piece of a space scooter; it was one of the 'special' pieces and I was never able to replace it, so the space scooter could never be finished again. It taught me the value of loss and it's role in the creation of desire, like any good Lacanian could tell you.

The lesson was reinforced when I lost one of the tiny cogs that made that car's differential gears work properly. I think my parents might have hoovered it up, as they had a bad carpet for lego, patterned as it was in such a way as to make small pieces invisible. Everyone I have spoken to who had that car lost one of those cogs. There should be a support group for us.

Nathan Barley, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The yellow castle destroys main street.

matthew m., Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Matt DC (Matt DC), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My son has just been given some Stickle Bricks for his (second) birthday, and they're great. Probably better suited than lego to little hands, and I'm enjoying them even more than him.

James Ball (James Ball), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 12:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sticklebricks, classic or dud?

Matt DC (Matt DC), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 12:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I feel so sad I missed this thread the first time round! I absolutely adore legos and would have happily sacrificed the rest of my toy collection to get more of them. It was not to be though -- because then, as now, they were awfully expensive. Not that I was particularly lego deprived, but I always craved more.

Nicole (Nicole), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if you call them lego not legos, it sounds like yr getting less so = less expensive

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Lego Loss

Nicole (Nicole), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My son has just been given some Stickle Bricks for his (second) birthday, and they're great. Probably better suited than lego to little hands, and I'm enjoying them even more than him.

Does Duplo still exist?

Matt DC (Matt DC), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the lego, the superlego and the lid

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know anything about Duplo, Matt - never had it as a kid. Is it a kind of Lego junior?

James Ball (James Ball), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, Duplo is just like Lego except that the blocks are much bigger and easier to take apart so that they are suitable for smaller kids to play with. As far as I know they still exist, I still see Duplo sets in the toy store.

Nicole (Nicole), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the entire cosmos in fact fits inside a single unit of monoplo

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Legos were and are expensive? How weird, I never knew.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I remember a phase where I'd get given second-hand lego sets for christmas and birthdays. They were all from my cousin, whose parents thought was now Too Old For Lego; and my parents couldn't afford to get me new sets.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 15:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

legos are the perfect toy

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I loved Lego.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 16:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Until that fateful day...

NA. (Nick A.), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 17:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Lego = classic, until stepped on with bare feet, which renders them infinitely DUD...at least until the swelling goes down, then they are once again classic.

Legos were the thing that united all of my toys as a child; thanks to legos, I managed to incorporate GI Joes, Transformers, hot wheels, Gobots, micromachines, etc, etc into one gigantic massive all-inclusive toystravaganza. My parents still have never forgiven me for that particular mess.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 17:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone here been to Legoland?

amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 20:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two: copenhagen and carlsbad

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 20:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Search: Everything I build with them. Destroy: Everything you build with them, because I need those pieces, fucker.

Millar (Millar), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 20:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I usually destroy whatever I build within ten minutes of building it.

amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 20:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Seach: Lego pr0n!

Leee (Leee), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 04:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
http://www.lipsons.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mathlego.htm

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Saturday, 21 August 2004 17:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://marvelsuperheroes.lego.com/en-us/videogame/default.aspx

Demo for the new Lego Marvel Superheroes game is out.

An Android Pug of Some Kind? (kingfish), Thursday, 17 October 2013 20:04 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vkt8l

Culture Show: Lego - The Building Block of Architecture

The Lego Movie (released 14 February) is the latest big-budget incarnation of one of the world's most popular toys. Yet Lego is more than a global brand. Tom Dyckhoff explores its fascinating relationship with architecture, and argues that it has changed the way we think about buildings.

(tonight at 22:00 bbc2)

koogs, Monday, 10 February 2014 21:10 (two years ago) Permalink

They're coming out with an Arctic line. Now you too can re-enact John Carpenter's The Thing only with minifigs.

Lego huskies and polar bear look cool, tho.

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Saturday, 15 February 2014 10:02 (two years ago) Permalink

That prog was ok, apart from Alain de whatever talking about how most toys are about destruction. No they are not.

Anyone watching the awful looking movie?

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 15 February 2014 10:13 (two years ago) Permalink

most toys are about abstraction

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Saturday, 15 February 2014 10:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone watching the awful looking movie?

actually, yeah, and we quite enjoyed it

THE LEGO MOVIE

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Saturday, 15 February 2014 10:23 (two years ago) Permalink

FYI: the Lego Marvel Superheroes game is $10 downloadable on Amazon right now. GET THIS.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FZ03PYS?pf_rd_p=1731075902

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Saturday, 15 February 2014 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

koogs, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:48 (two years ago) Permalink

They upped the price on minifigs; now $4 per, for this series at least.

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:00 (two years ago) Permalink

the lego movie minifigs were £2.50, up from £2 (olympics were £2.50 also). i didn't bother with either. might pick up these though.

koogs, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:23 (two years ago) Permalink

We never got the Olympics ones over here. The movie figs stayed the same price.

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:44 (two years ago) Permalink

actually, thinking about it, they were Team GB minifigs.

http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/8909_Team_GB_Minifigures

koogs, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
three months pass...

goth colouring book (anagram), Friday, 12 September 2014 15:15 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Friday, 3 October 2014 21:42 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Duder, if you get the chance, pick up the new Lego Batman game.

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 05:04 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I am on a big Lego tip at the moment.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:29 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13803131@N00/sets/72157651384781745/

The local Lego convention happened today, so I took the good camera and snapped photos

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Monday, 16 March 2015 04:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Monday, 16 March 2015 04:23 (one year ago) Permalink

oops:

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Monday, 16 March 2015 04:25 (one year ago) Permalink

And for some reason, there was a dude there in a full Steadicam rig filming it all:

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Lol at M.A.S.K. vs Galactus

toucan orca ink (how's life), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:24 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

make them only visible from one angle

I'm imagining people building stuff so that it appears like Jareth's face in Labyrinth.

passive-aggressive rageaholic (snoball), Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:59 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"WE GOT ONE!"

http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Firehouse-Headquarters-75827

koogs, Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bought myself the Lego Millennium Falcon over Xmas. It is perhaps the best thing I own. I have ordered some more specific parts from the Lego website to make it EVEN BETTER.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 11:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Coming in May:

http://www.bricktoynews.com/lego-disney-minifigures-series-1-figures-hi-res-photos/

Interesting design contrast with the human characters' eyes. Minifig black dots vs Disney large pupil.

Darkest Cosmologist junk (kingfish), Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think maybe yoda/jarjar were the ones that started this, but custom moulded heads for minifigs feel like a big design failure to me. At that point you're just making generic little action figures, it's only the claw hands that make them look anything like lego, and so selling them as minifigs starts to feel like a con.

JimD, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 09:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

(Actually I guess it was probably fabuland's fault, way before lego star wars was a thing).

JimD, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 09:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

I wish Fabuland was still a thing, my daughter would love it

a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly ill (James Morrison), Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

I loved Fabuland.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Me too! I loved Fabuland and then I loved the space sets and the knights and pirates and basically anything Lego and now I am one of those sad adults that still owns Lego.

So whenever people say that Lego Friends is bad because it's pink and girls like it, well... those Fabuland animals were a pretty great gateway drug, and who am I to deny the new generation that?

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 31 March 2016 12:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

I've got such a strong tactile memory of the smoothness of the inside of the ear of my fabuland mouse.

I was one of the people who moaned about the introduction of Lego Friends because LEGO IS GENDER NEUTRAL ANYWAY GODDAMNIT but I read the other day that TLG say pre-friends, the lego customer base was 90% male, since friends it's switched to 70/30. So...shrug.

JimD, Thursday, 31 March 2016 13:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

But my guess is that the different types of Lego have more a clearly defined gender split. Ninjago, Bionicals & Nexo Knights are clearly for boys and certainly my son and his pals all connect with the elements of those sets that are traditionally signifiers of boy toys - the weapons, baroque fighting details, booby traps, havoc-wreaking robot dragons and that kind of thing. Much more so than the old pirate sets, Lego City etc, which were essentially gender neutral.

everything, Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

Molded heads on minifigs work for me when the characters aren't humanoid

Darkest Cosmologist junk (kingfish), Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

The minifig series from last autumn was great, it was all Halloween monsters:

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

http://on.io9.com/BEicw9E

Lego Beatles, anyone?

(rocketcat) 🚀🐱 👑🐟 (kingfish), Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:07 (one month ago) Permalink

My daughter has been watching LEGO Elves webisodes on loop while recovering from a bad cough. The merchandising is strong, but the theme song is really catchy.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 October 2016 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh man, we went to the mall today and had a total meltdown in the Elves section of the Lego store. She wanted the $79 super dragon castle or whatever and that just wasn't on the itinerary. Negotiations went south pretty quickly. Next time if she's good it's hers, though, because it looks awesome tbf.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:33 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is a pretty good article http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/12/lego-is-the-perfect-toy.html

but most importantly:

Lego argues that the instructions serve as a way to teach children how the toys work. “If we gave you a piano, there’d be very few people who could immediately play something that is, like, fantastic and creative,” said Lego press officer Rude Roar Trangbaek. “You need to learn the notes to play the piano.”

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 02:44 (three days ago) Permalink

also my kid was totally crushing following the instructions in an ages 6-12 set all by herself this weekend. I'm out of yet another dad job! I'm basically here to help open bags and offer occasional course corrections.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 03:10 (three days ago) Permalink

I am excited about this upcoming city modular set, looks amazing:

https://shop.lego.com/en-US/Assembly-Square-10255

erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 03:41 (three days ago) Permalink

I swear, Lego is the only actual toy my kids will even play with anymore. Though I am intrigued by snap circuits.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:12 (three days ago) Permalink


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