David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/24 2:36 p.m.
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Airport vending machines have long progressed past sodas and snacks. Need a laptop charger, some headphones or even an ice cream sandwich on the go? It’s all there.

A new one to look out for? Lego vending machines at select airports.

We just came across this one at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. So, do we build the Skyline, the …

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BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/13/24 2:58 p.m.

I think I came across one of them in Las Vegas and very quickly walked past it while holding my wallet shut

CAinCA
CAinCA GRM+ Memberand Dork
5/13/24 3:17 p.m.

There was one in the Ontario, CA airport the morning of my fly-n-drive for the C8. I sent my wife a picture and asked what we shoudl get for my college aged kids. 

 

Unfortunately, it doesn't have anything I'd want to build ATM. I'm about 2/3 through the Technic Land Rover Defender I started in January.  I impulse bought the McClaren MP4/4 when we were at the Lego store a couple weeks ago. I'm on the fence about keeping it or returning it. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/13/24 4:27 p.m.

This sounds like a clever deal for a long layover ... or a delay. Time to see if I can expense Legos from an airport vending machine and file it under entertainment. laugh

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/13/24 4:30 p.m.

We'll back you up if anyone asks, J.A. Lego in an airport sounds like a great way to spend a layover.

Of the three cars in question, build the Countach. It's a surprisingly good model. There's one sitting on my desk right now.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/13/24 4:38 p.m.

I searched online for Lego kits and came across this custom deal: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-98985/besbasdesign/1973-cadillac-eldorado-version-20/#details

This might be a need, not a want.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/24 4:41 p.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

Legos are always a need J.A.

Luckily, most of the sets I need are usually just out of my price range.

Hoppps
Hoppps Reader
5/13/24 8:15 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:

This sounds like a clever deal for a long layover ... or a delay. Time to see if I can expense Legos from an airport vending machine and file it under entertainment. laugh


Or it could be content! "J.A. Has a 45 min layover, the gate is on the other side of the airport. He can only board the plane once he finishes building his Lego set...will he make it before the doors fall off....I mean close (pls don't murder me Boeing)"

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
5/13/24 8:49 p.m.

Given what airports charge for soda pop, those Kits should top out at $57.

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/13/24 8:54 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:

I searched online for Lego kits and came across this custom deal: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-98985/besbasdesign/1973-cadillac-eldorado-version-20/#details

This might be a need, not a want.

Look at that Cadillac!

 

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS HalfDork
5/13/24 9:04 p.m.

given the propensity of people to remove there shoes on long flights, maybe knowing that the opportunity to step on a lego is possible they will think twice.  

 

on that note, do you just burn the socks that you were wearing on an international flight when you walked into an airplane bathroom sans shoes on a transcontental flight?  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/24 11:25 p.m.

In reply to ClearWaterMS :

Yeah, definitely. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/14/24 9:08 a.m.
Hoppps said:
J.A. Ackley said:

This sounds like a clever deal for a long layover ... or a delay. Time to see if I can expense Legos from an airport vending machine and file it under entertainment. laugh


Or it could be content! "J.A. Has a 45 min layover, the gate is on the other side of the airport. He can only board the plane once he finishes building his Lego set...will he make it before the doors fall off....I mean close (pls don't murder me Boeing)"

You've seen me travel, haven't you? wink I like this idea ... minus the doors falling off.  I wouldn't want to lose my Lego masterpiece. laugh

P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/15/24 10:21 a.m.
Keith Tanner said:

We'll back you up if anyone asks, J.A. Lego in an airport sounds like a great way to spend a layover.

Of the three cars in question, build the Countach. It's a surprisingly good model. There's one sitting on my desk right now.

My kids got that one for me and I love it. It has some really innovative ways to make the angles; really cool. And I feel like I know the real car better now.

Compare that to the C3 Corvette I finished a couple minutes ago. It was totally meh, looked more like a C2 and as soon as I have another free morning I'm going to see how I can turn it into a Shelby Cobra.

theruleslawyer
theruleslawyer Reader
5/15/24 11:25 a.m.

These days I usually buy the Chinese versions of fan made kits. They typically have more interesting/accurate kits as something like it in real lego would be $1000. Bricks aren't quite as good, but for something I assemble once and it sits on a shelf, fine. 

P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/15/24 11:44 a.m.

In reply to theruleslawyer :

Where are you finding these? I would totally get all the family name ones

Purple Frog
Purple Frog GRM+ Memberand Dork
5/15/24 11:48 a.m.

When you spend the whole night not sleeping on the floor in the Dallas airport....

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
5/15/24 12:25 p.m.
CAinCA said:

There was one in the Ontario, CA airport the morning of my fly-n-drive for the C8. I sent my wife a picture and asked what we shoudl get for my college aged kids. 

 

Unfortunately, it doesn't have anything I'd want to build ATM. I'm about 2/3 through the Technic Land Rover Defender I started in January.  I impulse bought the McClaren MP4/4 when we were at the Lego store a couple weeks ago. I'm on the fence about keeping it or returning it. 

Land Rover is a fun one. I also added a light kit to mine. 

I'm still on the BMW Technic motorcycle I started a WHILE ago. Then still have the Ferrari GTB, the Bugatti, Lambo, and Ferrari Technic models in boxes in my office. I went on a bit of a buying spree before they announced the price increase a few years ago. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/15/24 2:08 p.m.
WonkoTheSane said:
J.A. Ackley said:

I searched online for Lego kits and came across this custom deal: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-98985/besbasdesign/1973-cadillac-eldorado-version-20/#details

This might be a need, not a want.

Look at that Cadillac!

 

Love this song. It's been playing on repeat for longer than I'd like to admit. Thanks for sharing!

theruleslawyer
theruleslawyer Reader
5/15/24 3:06 p.m.
P3PPY said:

In reply to theruleslawyer :

Where are you finding these? I would totally get all the family name ones

Aliexpress, temu. Sometimes ebay.

Lepin is probably the most well known 'brand'

https://lepinlepin.com/

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/16/24 9:50 a.m.
Purple Frog said:

When you spend the whole night not sleeping on the floor in the Dallas airport....

Nice. I have some Porsche Lego here that I haven’t built. Yet. 

Hoppps
Hoppps Reader
5/16/24 8:54 p.m.

All this talk about legos encouraged me to pull the trigger on one I've been thinking about for weeks!

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Dork
5/19/24 10:07 p.m.

Nabbed one today. I haven't bought many since they switched from the 6 to 8 stud scale.  Really neat build though.

Unfortunately the Stormtrooper's helmet is too tall to fit under the canopy.

I don't know if a 30 minute build like this is enough to fill up a layover.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/20/24 2:43 p.m.

Just thinking, I need a rainy Saturday for Lego.

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