Lego: C/D, S&D

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also great for building rockoperas around the house

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

Uh huh.

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

The yellow castle destroys main street.

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

ten months pass...
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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sticklebricks, classic or dud?

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

Lego Loss

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

the lego, the superlego and the lid

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

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

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

legos are the perfect toy

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

I loved Lego.

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

Until that fateful day...

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

Lego = classic, until stepped on with bare feet, which renders them infinitely 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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone here been to Legoland?

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

two: copenhagen and carlsbad

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

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

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

Seach: Lego pr0n!

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

one year passes...

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

two: copenhagen and carlsbad
three: Copenhagen, Carlsbad, Windsor, shurely?

MarkH (MarkH), Saturday, 21 August 2004 17:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My dad's Lego art.

Ian c=====8 (orion), Saturday, 21 August 2004 20:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ian c=====8 (orion), Saturday, 21 August 2004 20:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That is awesome.

beanz (beanz), Saturday, 21 August 2004 20:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That is awesome.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Saturday, 21 August 2004 21:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i prefer his t-shirt

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Saturday, 21 August 2004 21:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was talking about his beard.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Saturday, 21 August 2004 21:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He really should have turned on anti-aliasing.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Saturday, 21 August 2004 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(that is pretty fuckin' cool)

but is there even any question about Lego being Classic? PLZ!!

H (Heruy), Saturday, 21 August 2004 23:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

here is a picture of that artist in between ian johnson and jon williams.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 August 2004 00:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 23 August 2004 01:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dude actually looks like a law school professor i had. does he live in the philadelphia suburbs?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 23 August 2004 01:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ian johnson in having his face almost totally obscured in a picture shocker

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 23 August 2004 01:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm like the man in the iron mask, emily.

Ian c=====8 (orion), Monday, 23 August 2004 03:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jon still looks like a queer

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 23 August 2004 03:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eisbar's still a prick omgwtf shockah!

Ian c=====8 (orion), Monday, 23 August 2004 03:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm a prick & proud of it.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 23 August 2004 03:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i had tons of lego as a kid. my first was one of those basic early 80's sets. then i got the big spaceship from that time - the big one, but not the GIANT one. I think it was called Starfleet Commander or something. the one i wanted for the longest time and finally got was the Blacktron command base or something. it was this huge black space station built on two of those 12" plates and has this thing that opened up and a spaceship flew in and out of it. I've spent years of my life on lego.

AaronK (AaronK), Monday, 23 August 2004 14:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i work for the company that makes their online catalog

i was just in montreal last week, where lego was building the "world's largest millipede" was pretty awesome.

waxyjax (waxyjax), Monday, 23 August 2004 14:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Surely all of you fans have seen the Lego Factory.

I've been trying to build Mies' Barcelona Pavillion but I'm stymied by the lack of decent windows in the default brick set.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Monday, 18 September 2006 02:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I should tell my brother about this.

youn (youn), Monday, 18 September 2006 02:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


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

two months pass...

Coming in May:

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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

I loved Fabuland.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:59 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Lego Beatles, anyone?

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

one month passes...

This is a pretty good article

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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

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

two months pass...

Apparently 99c stores in the US are selling off tons of Lego Dimensions inventory, people are picking up complete year one collections etc. Kinda frustrating given that here in the UK you're doing well to find anything sub £7 but still, those of you who can should have a look. And if anyone feels like grabbing a load for me and shipping them over, even better!

JimD, Monday, 6 February 2017 08:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Works for me!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:35 (six months ago) Permalink

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