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(The Week UK)   It's official: Lego is now the world's favorite toy   (theweek.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-02-28 12:46:03 PM  
Never had Lego as a child. I grew up with...Capsela!!! (far cooler)
 
2014-02-28 12:48:00 PM  
I'm a Playmobil enthusiast
 
2014-02-28 12:48:57 PM  
You mean it wasn't before?
 
2014-02-28 12:58:26 PM  
I like lego, capsela, erector and all those, but k'nex are my favorite.
 
2014-02-28 01:01:39 PM  
Not in Bahrain.
 
2014-02-28 01:07:46 PM  

gopher321: Never had Lego as a child. I grew up with...Capsela!!! (far cooler)


ha, I had that as well, but also legos.

/and Brio
 
2014-02-28 01:11:16 PM  
THE LEGO MOVIE RULES
 
2014-02-28 01:13:28 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: I like lego, capsela, erector and all those, but k'nex are my favorite.


I got my daughter this wicked roller coaster thing (Screamin' Serpent) from a garage sale and the instructions were hideous.  We had to rebuild parts of it in several places because the pictures were from weird angles where you couldn't tell what was supposed to be happening.

They're a lot like tinker toys so there's not you can really do with them:  want a scaffolding?  Great!  A house?  Well, not so much :)  I guess that's what Lincoln Logs are for...

Erector was pretty good, although the screws never stayed tight.  The modern LEGO Technic stuff is nearly the equivalent and they're compatible with the system bricks.

Robotix was neat (the t-rex head ruled) but it was a pain to build much of anything.
 
2014-02-28 01:17:33 PM  

craigzy: THE LEGO MOVIE RULES


Everything is AWESOME!

I have to admit I really want this set since the classic space series was my introduction to LEGO:
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2014-02-28 01:18:09 PM  
It's official: Legos is now the world's favorite toy

FTFY

/sorry pet peeve
 
2014-02-28 01:30:02 PM  
Also the most expensive per gram by weight.
 
2014-02-28 01:38:59 PM  
I think my kids like Playmobil more.

Minecraft is the bigger deal for them, though.
 
2014-02-28 01:46:27 PM  
Toy?
 
2014-02-28 01:48:52 PM  
www.womenyoushouldknow.net
The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She's Got Something to Say
On the day she went into the studio to make the 1981 LEGO ad, she was given a set of original LEGOs and an hour to play with them and make her own creation-it is what you see in the ad. (And those were her own clothes-the comfy jeans and blue striped t-shirt and sneakers without a hint of pink that she wore in off the street.)

The news van kit struck her as really quite different. She does not have children, so the change in LEGOs represented by the Friends line was startling: "In 1981," explains Giordano, "LEGOs were 'Universal Building Sets' and that's exactly what they were...for boys and girls. Toys are supposed to foster creativity. But nowadays, it seems that a lot more toys already have messages built into them before a child even opens the pink or blue package. In 1981, LEGOs were simple and gender-neutral, and the creativity of the child produced the message. In 2014, it's the reverse: the toy delivers a message to the child, and this message is weirdly about gender."
 
2014-02-28 01:49:26 PM  

sprag: Best Princess Celestia: I like lego, capsela, erector and all those, but k'nex are my favorite.

I got my daughter this wicked roller coaster thing (Screamin' Serpent) from a garage sale and the instructions were hideous.  We had to rebuild parts of it in several places because the pictures were from weird angles where you couldn't tell what was supposed to be happening.



Well people have trouble with ikea instructions, so I shouldn't be surprised; its not for everyone.
But you really don't buy a toy like that or legos to just follow the instructions; thats not the point.
 
2014-02-28 01:50:01 PM  
Until you step on one at night with your bare feet because your kid didn't pick them all up.
 
2014-02-28 01:50:58 PM  

I drunk what: It's official: Legos is are now the world's favorite toy

FTFY

/sorry pet peeve


FFS troll properly or not at all.
=Smidge=
 
2014-02-28 01:51:42 PM  
Mattel just purchased that rival Canadian company, Megabricks (or something).

/It's LEGO submitter.
 
Ant
2014-02-28 01:52:42 PM  
Now? Hasn't it always been?
 
2014-02-28 01:57:18 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: sprag: Best Princess Celestia: I like lego, capsela, erector and all those, but k'nex are my favorite.

I got my daughter this wicked roller coaster thing (Screamin' Serpent) from a garage sale and the instructions were hideous.  We had to rebuild parts of it in several places because the pictures were from weird angles where you couldn't tell what was supposed to be happening.


Well people have trouble with ikea instructions, so I shouldn't be surprised; its not for everyone.
But you really don't buy a toy like that or legos to just follow the instructions; thats not the point.


Well, the initial point was to get the roller coaster that was pictured on the box.  We got it, but not without  frustrations.   The LEGO instructions are far better in my experience.

And yes, building something new is the point, but sometimes it is nice to start with the suggested model in order to get a feel for how things work or to learn how the heck they did something.
 
2014-02-28 01:57:19 PM  

Smidge204: I drunk what: It's official: Legos is are now the world's favorite toy

FTFY

/sorry pet peeve

FFS troll properly or not at all.
=Smidge=


Legos is singular.

it's a art
 
2014-02-28 02:21:52 PM  

I drunk what: Smidge204: I drunk what: It's official: Legos is are now the world's favorite toy

FTFY

/sorry pet peeve

FFS troll properly or not at all.
=Smidge=

Legos is singular.

it's a art


No, LEGO is both singular and plural. You can say LEGO bricks if you must have a plural that looks like one.

/the actual company line, you can't make thus shiat up.
//also had Capsela, K'nex, and so forth
///two daughters, they have real LEGO, not that pink princess bullshiat.
 
2014-02-28 02:28:09 PM  
We didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up but my parents always found a way to add to my Lego collection every Christmas. It was money well spent; I spent countless hours in my room quietly creating and thinking and imagining.

I hate to be crabby old man again but the general brick collections of my youth opened a door to unlimited creativity. The kits of today which build a specific object are a poor substitute.
 
2014-02-28 02:32:32 PM  
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Agrees
 
2014-02-28 02:36:48 PM  
SPACESHIP!

www.starmometer.com
This dude all by himself had me all nostalgic. The farking helmets ALWAYS broke at that seam. ALWAYS.
 
2014-02-28 02:39:17 PM  

gopher321: Never had Lego as a child. I grew up with...Capsela!!! (far cooler)


I had those.  I loved those.  As a matter of fact, a box of mine containing old toys still has a few Capsela parts in it.  But I had no idea what they were called, nor did I know that they were still available.

I know what my daughter is getting for her birthday.

/already has all the lego, including Mindstorms
 
2014-02-28 02:43:27 PM  
Theaetetus: Obnoxious, ignorant bullshiat

If you can look at Lego Creator or City lines, which have been running for what, 5, 6 years? and say that they exclude girls and force people into narrow, stifled designs instead of open creativity, then the problem is ENTIRELY with you. YOU have grown up into a boring, narrow-minded asshole, lady.

The Friends line is an opening to the world of Lego for girls who would have previously been given yet another Barbie. It's an opportunity, and an introduction, for parents and relatives who previously would simply have skipped the "boys" aisle altogether and gotten something even shiattier. And if they like putting bricks together and making stuff? They can make monkeys, and robots, and dragons, and haunted houses, and castles, and cars, and hospitals, and airplanes, and WHATEVER THEY CAN IMAGINE, one aisle over, where everybody's welcome.

The pastel bus and science lab are just as targeted for narrow, introductory building as the ninja helicopter and lion tank are. These things existing have NEVER removed your ability to get the creative ideas and neutral sets offered by the other established lines.
 
2014-02-28 02:48:46 PM  
evilmrsock: A bunch of wharrgarbl and idiotic crap.

Huh, that's weird. I tried to reply to your comment using the quote button and it suddenly changed. Happening to you too, eh?

Perhaps you should try responding to me again, but this time use cut and paste so that you can address what I said.
 
2014-02-28 03:05:03 PM  
I spent christmas "helping" the nieces and nephews build their Lego sets. I missed doing that I want moooooore now and Knex. But then my neighbors will just think I am weirder than I already am.
 
2014-02-28 03:11:13 PM  
inflatable ball still dominates, even when you broaden it past 1st world countries.
 
2014-02-28 03:15:49 PM  
In college, we used to have LEGO parties. 20 or so people (surprisingly mixed gender) would bring LEGOs and we'd provide a few kegs at the house. Waking up with a naked lady, and some LEGOs in your bed was both exciting, and awkward.

/Still not sure why they were there.
 
2014-02-28 03:51:12 PM  
LEGO's will make you dance!

If you find one in the middle of the night.
 
2014-02-28 03:59:17 PM  

INeedAName: In college, we used to have LEGO parties. 20 or so people (surprisingly mixed gender) would bring LEGOs and we'd provide a few kegs at the house. Waking up with a naked lady, and some LEGOs in your bed was both exciting, and awkward.

/Still not sure why they were there.


A lady made from LEGO?
 
2014-02-28 04:22:23 PM  
Lego was my favorite all time toy.  I still have bins of legos and can't wait to share them with my son when he gets older.

I grew up with the space legos and I remember the Blacktron sets that came out (gotta have all the black legos).  At 35, I still get lego sets for christmas.

I always bulit the set to instructions once and then after that it got dismantled an added to the uber pile for my own buildings.
 
2014-02-28 07:06:08 PM  
Where the heck where all you LEGO guys when I was in sixth grade? I was laughed at by my entire class when I asked the teacher if there was a LEGO club when she was listing off all the available school activities. I didn't understand why it was something be looked down on, and every time I see a bunch of fellow LEGO enthusiasts like me posting in these threads, I still don't get it.
 
2014-02-28 07:18:51 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Where the heck where all you LEGO guys when I was in sixth grade? I was laughed at by my entire class when I asked the teacher if there was a LEGO club when she was listing off all the available school activities. I didn't understand why it was something be looked down on, and every time I see a bunch of fellow LEGO enthusiasts like me posting in these threads, I still don't get it.


Dude that sucks.  But 6th grade is when kids start becoming asshole teenagers and trying to be "grown up" (ie too cool for school, and asshole).  I bought most of my Lego in grad school, when everyone is desperately trying to hold onto a glimmer of simple enjoyment in life.  As a result MY daughter will have a freaking awesome collection right out of the gate (as soon as she's outgrown her Duplos).
 
2014-02-28 07:34:50 PM  
Everything is awesome......


until you step on a LEGO in the middle of the night.
 
2014-02-28 07:39:17 PM  
Legos used to be the greatest thing ever. Now they are just licensed characters and giant single-purpose pieces.

Good thing my parents kept 2 giant bins off my Legos so my kids can play with the good stuff.
 
2014-02-28 09:42:56 PM  

Mager: SPACESHIP!
[www.starmometer.com image 735x490]
This dude all by himself had me all nostalgic. The farking helmets ALWAYS broke at that seam. ALWAYS.


I still have about thirty of the classic helmets between Space and Town sets (and one random minifig from the Yellow Castle), and only a single helmet is split at that seam.The rest are still fine. I have more minifigs that either have an arm cracked from wrist to elbow, or the torso cracked from the arm socket to the hip. Just found one of my Blacktron torsos in that condition... very frustrating.


Theaetetus:But nowadays, it seems that a lot more toys already have messages built into them before a child even opens the pink or blue package. In 1981, LEGOs were simple and gender-neutral, and the creativity of the child produced the message. In 2014, it's the reverse: the toy delivers a message to the child, and this message is weirdly about gender."

I did some reading about that. The LEGO group actually struggled with it too - and found there actually is a difference in play style (generally speaking - there is always crossover) between boys and girls given identical toys. Look back at the System buildings of the 80s and 90s. For the most part - they are facades with very little interior detail. Because the fun part for us was the vehicles, the spaceships, the fights between the castles, etc. Girls will take those same toys, but focus on interior details, rooms, and activities. The FRIENDS range does that - focusing on creating detailed interior and exterior environments.

I talked to my 6-year-old about that, and she said she loved playing inside the rooms of buildings. She said she wanted to make a hotel and a school. So instead of building facades and adding city that we started, we grabbed baseplates and rectangular blocks, and I made her some "floor plans." She has spent days working on the interior rooms - making a restaurant/bar and swimming pool room for the hotel, coming up with the activity centers inside the classroom, etc. And zero interest in how those buildings would look on the outside.

She still likes grabbing the cars and spaceships for a few minutes here and there, but she really does get something different out of LEGO creations than I did.
 
2014-02-28 10:01:34 PM  
Blah blah blah THE PATRIARCHY!!!!

Yet the Friends line sells incredibly well.

/I BET THE PATRIARCHY DID THISSSS!!!!
 
2014-02-28 10:26:25 PM  
I've got a Lego-obsessed 5 year old at home who loves those specialty sets. You know what happens to them an hour or so after building them according to the instructions?

Robots. Lots of robots. And spaceships. And cars with no wheels and fake plastic fire shooting out where the driver should go.

It doesn't matter how specialized the piece or what color it is -- if it fits into his vision of a gigantic red and blue alien robot with Batman's head, it's going in there, dammit. That's what happens when you think like a kid and not an adult. So could everyone stop whining about specialty and licensed sets? Those are just a hook. The real fun happens after the kid realizes that he has complete control and can build whatever he feels like.

Also: Everything. Is. Awesome.
 
2014-02-28 10:46:36 PM  
Though I would suggest not getting Lego: The Movie the Game
 
2014-02-28 10:49:43 PM  
I never had Legos.  I had brick blocks, grew up poor.
 
2014-03-01 07:26:10 AM  
And then 3d Printers killed Lego when people realized they could print interlocking bricks in the home instead of paying a ridiculous overcharge for them.
 
2014-03-01 08:23:58 AM  

clkeagle: Mager: SPACESHIP!
[www.starmometer.com image 735x490]
This dude all by himself had me all nostalgic. The farking helmets ALWAYS broke at that seam. ALWAYS.

I still have about thirty of the classic helmets between Space and Town sets (and one random minifig from the Yellow Castle), and only a single helmet is split at that seam.The rest are still fine. I have more minifigs that either have an arm cracked from wrist to elbow, or the torso cracked from the arm socket to the hip. Just found one of my Blacktron torsos in that condition... very frustrating.


Theaetetus:But nowadays, it seems that a lot more toys already have messages built into them before a child even opens the pink or blue package. In 1981, LEGOs were simple and gender-neutral, and the creativity of the child produced the message. In 2014, it's the reverse: the toy delivers a message to the child, and this message is weirdly about gender."

I did some reading about that. The LEGO group actually struggled with it too - and found there actually is a difference in play style (generally speaking - there is always crossover) between boys and girls given identical toys. Look back at the System buildings of the 80s and 90s. For the most part - they are facades with very little interior detail. Because the fun part for us was the vehicles, the spaceships, the fights between the castles, etc. Girls will take those same toys, but focus on interior details, rooms, and activities. The FRIENDS range does that - focusing on creating detailed interior and exterior environments.


Yep.

My daughters have my LEGO now; ~80 to ~90, more or less,. but they've been getting their own sets, and some of them have been Friends sets.

They're really not that bad. My youngest bought a Friends "bedroom set" for the eldest, and the eldest promptly made herself a  house that would be recognized as a classic "bricks I got lying around" house for the set. Even figured out how to make her own bunkbed set in it.

The Friends highschool is quite detailed on the inside. It's kind of nice, actually.

Only thing I don't understand is why every other Friends building set has a sink and toilet.
 
2014-03-01 10:05:33 PM  

vharshyde: And then 3d Printers killed Lego when people realized they could print interlocking bricks in the home instead of paying a ridiculous overcharge for them.


Uhm, no.

People don't all have 3D printers or the knowledge on how to engineer several hundred brick structures.

So tell us another one, oh sage wise one...
 
2014-03-02 12:30:56 AM  

BMFPitt: Legos used to be the greatest thing ever. Now they are just licensed characters and giant single-purpose pieces.

Good thing my parents kept 2 giant bins off my Legos so my kids can play with the good stuff.


You mean this?.
 
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