ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual)
ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual) Reader
12/5/16 1:06 p.m.

My 5 year old is in full on Lego mode, and we love building things together. I was the same as a kid. Shopping for his Christmas presents, I came across some truly amazing stuff. I guess I'd have to share, right? SWMBO has been warned.

Super Star Destroyer

Porsche GT3

Race Kit

The want is very, very strong.

ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual)
ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual) Reader
12/5/16 1:18 p.m.

And THIS. This wins all the things:

Lego VW T1 Camper

That's right, count the windows. You know you will.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/5/16 1:18 p.m.

My favorite thing about my Legos was that I had all of these shock absorbers and joints and wheel options. A full toolbox full of them. I would make all kinds of off-road trucks and race cars with working suspension and steering. I used to look at cars and try to duplicate how things worked.

Looking at sets today, out of the hundreds in the store I saw only one with shocks. I was also in sticker shock at how pricey even basic sets have become! Clearly they are available somewhere based on this image I found, bu all my store carries is movie-tie ins.

I hope my 5 year old gains an interest, but for now, I am happy with his dinosaur phase because it is much cheaper.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/5/16 1:20 p.m.

Used LEGO runs about $10/lb. Just saying.

dropstep
dropstep Dork
12/5/16 2:10 p.m.

My kids love legos but everything comes in kits now. I remember having buckets of 5000 peices to build with. Closest we have found too that is accessory packs of 500 but its damned exspensive these days.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/5/16 2:39 p.m.

There's a 790 piece kit. I don't remember a 5000 piece kit. It's never been cheap.

I've been into Technic since before it was available in North America. My little nephew is destroying all of my vintage Technic stuff, but hey. It's a toy. Like pinchvalve, I used to build working models of various things. And you'll find that the addition of 3D modeling tools has really, really pushed the boundaries of what people can do with it.

Personally, I've built the Lego camper. Along with a few of the big recent kits, such as a mechanized loader, the F40, an F1 car and a bunch of smaller ones. For car guys, the current speed champion series is really good value - I have a Porsche 917, 918, Audi R20 and a full pits for them along with a V8 McLaren F1 car. The 917 in particular is excellent.

There's been a revolution in how people build this stuff with "studless construction". Can't say I'm able to do it myself, but it's why the new stuff looks so sleek. Lots of clever little tricks.

I've had the chance to play with a finished GT3 and it's HUGE. I'm not a fan of the kits that sketch out the shape of the car, personally. I'm more excited about the Caterham. I'm pretty sure one is going to be waiting under the tree for me...

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
12/5/16 2:52 p.m.
Appleseed wrote: Used LEGO runs about $10/lb. Just saying.

Thanks for that; lego by the pound returns some good results on eBay! I had no idea. That seems really cheap. I know where I'll be buying some stocking stuffers for Christmas!!

Lego has never, ever been cheap. I remember blowing $35 of allowance money on a small/medium Technic kit when I was 12 .. that was 28 years ago. That was huge money for a 12 year old then. Equivalent to about $80 now. People think back to prices when they were a kid and forget to adjust for inflation.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/5/16 2:54 p.m.

There's a Lego reseller in our little town. I try not to go in there, it could end badly for me.

ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual)
ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual) Reader
12/5/16 3:59 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed:

Oh man, thanks for that, I just spent 45min online after googling "used lego"

A few months ago I came across a listing on the list of craig for "lego by the bucket." It was pretty close to the house... I ended up not buying anything because, well, before that I never knew lego could SMELL. I mean, dead fish in a used diaper smell. I think the seller was so nose deaf that he couldn't comprehend why it was a problem!

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
12/5/16 4:09 p.m.

In reply to ManhattanM (fka NY535iManual):

Yikes. Maybe that's why some of the eBay sellers are very specific that their lego has been "cleaned" and "sanitized." If it did come stinking, I've heard putting it in a mesh bag in the top rack of the dishwasher can work to clean it. No experience with that but did use it to clean the keys off an IBM keyboard successfully.

Robbie
Robbie GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/5/16 5:45 p.m.

I'm sure soaking them for a night or two in a bucket of bleach mix would work too.

Maybe they'd all come out white and I could make something that was color coordinated for once.

red_stapler
red_stapler Dork
12/5/16 5:59 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: a V8 McLaren F1 car.

Did they make a V8 one too? The MP4-29 is a V6 Hybrid.

Sine_Qua_Non
Sine_Qua_Non Dork
12/5/16 6:36 p.m.

My young son is really into it. I'm am but currently not since they are expensive, pieces are easy to lose, those mini figures be damned (bully trade at school or YMCA) equals upset kid wanting a new set because mini figures are gone/stolen/lost or traded. Kudos to Lego's for having profit margins better than Apple. Who knew?

NorseDave
NorseDave New Reader
12/5/16 7:57 p.m.

The Nat Geo Megafactories episode on Legos is way cool and impressive. All those Megafactories shows I've seen are pretty cool actually.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/5/16 8:38 p.m.
red_stapler wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote: a V8 McLaren F1 car.
Did they make a V8 one too? The MP4-29 is a V6 Hybrid.

My bad, then. I thought it was pre-hybrid, but it may be from the first hybrid year. Regardless, it's a really cool little set.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/5/16 8:39 p.m.
Sine_Qua_Non wrote: My young son is really into it. I'm am but currently not since they are expensive, pieces are easy to lose, those mini figures be damned (bully trade at school or YMCA) equals upset kid wanting a new set because mini figures are gone/stolen/lost or traded. Kudos to Lego's for having profit margins better than Apple. Who knew?

If you have a Lego store nearby, you can get a set of three custom minifigs for $10. I got some extra pit crew for my Audi pits.

WildScotsRacing
WildScotsRacing Dork
12/5/16 11:39 p.m.

Technic is what became of the Expert Builder Series. That stuff was amazing.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/6/16 12:32 a.m.

What was the short lived line of scale looking models they had in late 80s? I lusted so hard over the white semi with the red and blue stripes.

novaderrik
novaderrik UltimaDork
12/6/16 3:19 a.m.

They have boxes of lego at all the local Wal Marts.. they hide them, tho, since they make more money if you buy a $20 Star Wars lego set than a $30 box of generic lego.. i was disappointed that they no longer come inside a case shaped giant plastic lego block..

Ashyukun
Ashyukun GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/6/16 9:31 a.m.
Robbie wrote: I'm sure soaking them for a night or two in a bucket of bleach mix would work too. Maybe they'd all come out white and I could make something that was color coordinated for once.

I bought 3 gallon bags of Lego from a garage sale this fall (I always keep an eye out for them, but rarely find any Lego at garage sales...). I have two nieces who LOVE Lego and had a huge bucket with all of the pieces from kits they'd gotten that they just built whatever they wanted out of, so I figured I'd give them some more for Christmas.

I Googled how to clean them, and picked up a couple of mesh lingerie bags and sorted out the pieces that were too big, not plastic (like sails, ropes, etc.), and put it all through the washing machine and then put the bags out in the sun to dry (turning them over frequently). Worked great- they came out squeaky clean.

jde
jde HalfDork
12/6/16 10:18 a.m.
Appleseed wrote: What was the short lived line of scale looking models they had in late 80s? I lusted so hard over the white semi with the red and blue stripes.

Model Team...? I had the rig and a red/white generic F1-ish open wheeler.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit GRM+ Memberand UberDork
12/6/16 11:25 a.m.

My oldest has all of the race cars from the Speed Champions, I so far have talked myself out of taking the 917 to my office.

I got this one for me: gave it to my wife and said your Christmas shopping is done.

asoduk
asoduk HalfDork
12/6/16 6:55 p.m.

I was just in our local lego shop. Its an amazing place. They also sell misc lego pieces by the bag for about $15/bag, which doesn't seem bad.

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