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#27 Aug 15 2012 at 8:33 AM Rating: Good
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Seriously, Legos cost a god **** mint these days for anything besides the lame ten piece "Guy with motorcycle" sets.


Yeah, I popped in to a Lego store in the mall and made the mistake of glancing at the price tags. Some of the large sets were pushing $200, easy. Even those basic "lego dude with accessories" ones were like $14 min.

Is this a new thing? When I was a kid we had a Scrooge McDuck's vault-sized amount of Legos; you could dive into the pile and swim around in 'em. I can't see my parents laying down the kind of cash that it would take for that nowadays.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 10:34am by Eske
#28 Aug 15 2012 at 8:41 AM Rating: Good
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I usually got the generic Bucket o' Legos, which was like $20~$30 for 500 pieces. Which came with the handy storage bucket that was never used to store Legos.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 10:43am by lolgaxe
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#29 Aug 15 2012 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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I was an around-the-back guy until I married an over-the-top girl and she converted me. Even now that we're divorced, I still go over-the-top just because it's become force of habit.

Doesn't it sound like that post was about something completely other than toilet paper?
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#30 Aug 15 2012 at 8:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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Eske Esquire wrote:
Yeah, I popped in to a Lego store in the mall and made the mistake of glancing at the price tags. Some of the large sets were pushing $200, easy. Even those basic "lego dude with accessories" ones were like $14 min.


Even better, there are sets we got for like $20 that are selling used for like $100 on ebay... Smiley: rolleyes

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 7:47am by someproteinguy
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#31 Aug 15 2012 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
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someproteinguy wrote:
Eske Esquire wrote:
Yeah, I popped in to a Lego store in the mall and made the mistake of glancing at the price tags. Some of the large sets were pushing $200, easy. Even those basic "lego dude with accessories" ones were like $14 min.


Even better, there are sets we got for like $20 that are selling used for like $100 on ebay... Smiley: rolleyes


If you have one of the original space shuttle sets you can get even more than that for it.
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#32 Aug 15 2012 at 8:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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I remember some epic-huge sets running about $100 when I was a kid back in 70's/80's. Some huge ship/moon base set and stuff. But those were rare (like one or two sets) and $60+ for a medium sized set seems the norm these days.

I wonder if part of the price hike is all the licensing these days. Anything remotely popular with the kids gets licensed by Lego: Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. According to Wiki, I see twenty-two licensed themes. All that costs money. Back in my day (old man) you had "Space", "Town" and it was a big day when "Medieval" came out and we could stop using antennae as swords. Speaking of, it seems like every set has specialty pieces these days that never existed back during the dawn of man. All that stuff has to cost money too.
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#33 Aug 15 2012 at 8:53 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
I wonder if part of the price hike is all the licensing these days.
Nooooooo.
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#34 Aug 15 2012 at 9:15 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Back in my day (old man) you had "Space", "Town" and it was a big day when "Medieval" came out and we could stop using antennae as swords. Speaking of, it seems like every set has specialty pieces these days that never existed back during the dawn of man. All that stuff has to cost money too.


My favorite was probably the pirate set, but I actually preferred the 'imperial' side guys from it. Never was really into pirates, for some reason.

I remember when we got this set. Came out in '93. I think that's around the point when they started moving on from the regular ol' knights, pirates, space set and into some more unique-looking fare with more specialty pieces.

PS: Greatly prefer this discussion to the toilet paper one.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 11:15am by Eske
#35 Aug 15 2012 at 9:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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I just get my son a few of the smaller Lego kits these days. He usually makes them into whatever the kit is supposed to be once, then he dumps them in with his other Legos and just builds random crap. And I can't remember the last time I saw a box of Legos that wasn't some sort of kit or a Duplo set.
#36 Aug 15 2012 at 9:20 AM Rating: Good
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Your son has more self control than I had. I'd get new pieces and sets just so I could get pieces from them to combine with other sets and pieces to make random rocket car ship stuff. I don't think I ever actually made the "correct" thing.
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#37 Aug 15 2012 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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My little brother is getting older now, but he has thousands of dollars wasted in legos that he insisted my dad superglue together.

I have a good friend who's in his mid-to-late 30's, someone we might call a "nerd", who has a lego collection that would make any grown woman, man, or child weep. He has an exact replica Serenity (spaceship from Firefly?) model that he made way before the movie even came out (I think they have some actually Firefly legos now, I could be wrong). Projects he's spent thousands on buying sets for single pieces at a time.
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It looks like one of those foil swans you get your leftovers wrapped in.

Maybe the actual Serenity looks like that as well -- I never watched Firefly or the movie.
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#40 Aug 15 2012 at 11:28 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
It looks like one of those foil swans you get your leftovers wrapped in.

Maybe the actual Serenity looks like that as well -- I never watched Firefly or the movie.


Pretty much. The model's spot-on. It's supposed to resemble its namesake, but it's got more of a bumblebee-"doesn't appear like it's actually capable of flight"-kinda look to it. It's also ugly as sin, a-la the Moa or Osprey in EVE.

Maybe that's the charm?

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 1:28pm by Eske
#41 Aug 15 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
I usually got the generic Bucket o' Legos, which was like $20~$30 for 500 pieces. Which came with the handy storage bucket that was never used to store Legos.
The only correct place to store legos is on the floor, all over the floor.


Also, I remember getting this set because we moved and my parents sold the old house for way more than what the new house cost so we all got one really fancy gift. I lost some crucial piece after a month or so (presumably to the vacuum cleaner, never to be seen again.)
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#42 Aug 15 2012 at 12:01 PM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
I usually got the generic Bucket o' Legos, which was like $20~$30 for 500 pieces. Which came with the handy storage bucket that was never used to store Legos.
The only correct place to store legos is on the floor, all over the floor.


My dad took an old coffee table, glued lego "floor tile" pieces to the surface, and nailed gutters around the perimeter of it to catch/store the pieces. It was pretty nifty.

As an aside: He commonly uses legos to repair little things around the house (as spacers, or to replace a specific mechanical piece). It's not a bad idea; the way that their shaped takes glue really well, and there are a million and a half different permutations.

If he had a motto, it would be "There's a lego for anything", which he's wont to say.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 2:03pm by Eske
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#44 Aug 15 2012 at 2:16 PM Rating: Good
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This makes me feel a little better about the people I associate with.
#45 Aug 15 2012 at 3:01 PM Rating: Decent
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I once made a lego toilet, complete with toilet paper holder.
#46 Aug 15 2012 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
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I have a few small Lego sets these days; two mini Star Wars that I should have glued together years ago since they're now shedding pieces. I've got the $15 Snow Speeder and the AT-ST sets.
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#47 Aug 15 2012 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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This makes me feel a little better about the people I associate with.
There was an AMA on reddit with the guy who built that last week or so. There's apparently somewhere in the direction of $10,000 worth of lego in that thing.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Guenny wrote:


This makes me feel a little better about the people I associate with.
There was an AMA on reddit with the guy who built that last week or so. There's apparently somewhere in the direction of $10,000 worth of lego in that thing.
Yeah, when she mentioned the LEGO Serenity, that AMA is what I thought of.
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#49 Aug 16 2012 at 6:55 AM Rating: Good
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Yodabunny wrote:
I once made a lego toilet, complete with toilet paper holder.
Blocks will be shat.
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#50 Aug 16 2012 at 4:52 PM Rating: Good
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I think this question was asked already. I'm still waiting to hear what it all means....

I would surmise that over-the-toppers are probably type 1 perfectionists. Under-and-down are likely get it done quickly and efficiently types. Those that don't bother with putting it on the holder at all are unambitious potheads.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Yodabunny wrote:
I once made a lego toilet, complete with toilet paper holder.
Blocks will be shat.
Bill Gates might be interested.
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