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(Short List)   The 17 coolest movie-themed LEGO sets - if these don't make you want to have children, nothing will   (shortlist.com) divider line 53
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2014-06-03 09:59:50 AM
Buying the Lego sets would be cheaper, and more fulfilling.
 
2014-06-03 10:41:10 AM
Cool but needs another SPACESHIP!!!
 
2014-06-03 10:51:27 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Buying the Lego sets would be cheaper, and more fulfilling.


I don't need to have children to buy toys.

That's why I bought a house. To fill it with toys. And comic books.
 
2014-06-03 12:07:17 PM
Clearly, shortlist does not know what a Super Star Destroyer looks like.img.fark.net
 
2014-06-03 12:08:14 PM
Yay Lego's, Boo Children!
 
2014-06-03 12:43:38 PM
Only about 4-5 of those sets are actually available for purchase. The rest are pipe dreams wanting to garner the support required to have LEGO look into mass producing it. This is akin to a "the 17 coolest petitions on WhiteHouse.gov."

The coolest ones are the ones that you can't buy and the ones that you can buy are either discontinued (the Falcon) or are superbly lame.
 
2014-06-03 12:50:58 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Buying the Lego sets would be cheaper, and more fulfilling.


So. Much. This.

/son just crashed car last Saturday - he's fine but it makes you old quick.
 
2014-06-03 12:51:01 PM
Thanks Lego...now make a follow up to Lego Marvel for PS or Xbox. That game was AWESOME and my son and i loved searching for all the extra characters!
 
2014-06-03 01:00:27 PM
Not only are these not LEGO sets, some of them aren't even that cool.  Honestly you have all of Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and Monty Python to work with and that's the best that this article can come up with?
 
2014-06-03 01:12:07 PM
I have the Delorian set. It's excellent and looks great on my desk. The B-Wing that was released last year was a very fulfilling build. The Sandcrawler I just bought is fun too but doesn't have very good play value like the Death Star (which I have and is excellent).

I'm going to be picking up the Ewok Village (which should be on this list) and I'm always looking for a New In Box Millennium Falcon that is cheaper than $4,000 bucks. I'm working on a 1/74th scale model of the HMCS Halifax... I'm prototyping several of the more challenging features now. It'll be 4 feet long and "should" float.
 
2014-06-03 01:13:07 PM
Having kids made me hide my best LEGO sets for about 8 years.
 
2014-06-03 01:13:22 PM
My son's birthday is this month, I am buying him this contruct-o-mech walker from the Lego movie.  Can't wait to buy it for "him".  Legos were cool when I was a kid (early 80's), but they are amazing now.


www.bricksandbloks.com
 
2014-06-03 01:22:03 PM

DivorceWar Veteran: /son just crashed car last Saturday - he's fine but it makes you old quick.


In my family, both my siblings have crashed at least once.  We believe that getting into a car crash is really like a rite of adulthood.  My mother hasn't gotten into any crashes(that I know of) but I feel confident she has caused them with her erratic driving.
 
2014-06-03 01:23:36 PM
Good, the fact that less than half of these are actual legitimate kits that you can go out and buy (or could, if they've been discontinued...) has already been covered as has the fact you in no way need kids to enjoy them. I can't wait until I've got time to put together my Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!! kit that just came in.

My own personal pet peeve since I own one- DeLoreans have GULL-wing doors, not GULF-wing doors. WTF is a gulf-wing door? Made out of water and not big enough to be called an ocean or a sea?
 
2014-06-03 01:31:20 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Buying the Lego sets would be cheaper, and more fulfilling.


THIS

Kids come with a lot of other expenses which would take away from Lego money. Also they're messy, seem to have sticky hands more often then not, and would wreck/lose the legos.

Also it takes a gender opposite parent to produce offspring, and in my case that would be a woman, and women aren't usually that huge on letting there mate sit around and play with legos all day, if you are a woman and are okay with it, cool we should hang out sometime, but I think we both know my generalization covers the majority of women.
 
2014-06-03 01:33:25 PM

Tr0mBoNe: I have the Delorian set. It's excellent and looks great on my desk.


I got it for Christmas, and it does indeed look awesome.
 
2014-06-03 01:37:56 PM
Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.
 
2014-06-03 01:42:06 PM

Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.


So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.
 
2014-06-03 02:07:55 PM

zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.


Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.
 
2014-06-03 02:10:34 PM

zipdog: So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.


Now, I completely agree that these new Lego sets are cool, but there's something to be said about kids using their imaginations to build things as opposed to following instructions since half the blocks in the kit can't possibly be reused usefully.

And let's be honest - those blocks won't be stored together in a bin.  They'll be sticking into your feet anytime you walk around barefoot.
 
2014-06-03 02:15:17 PM

Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.


Or you could spend less money and just get a couple of general sets instead of the more expensive kits. Seriously why would you spend a hundred some dollars on a Millennium Falcon set if you just wanted to build random shiat?
 
2014-06-03 02:21:56 PM
http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/

All of the Legos, none of the barefoot hazards.
 
2014-06-03 02:33:42 PM

Mulchpuppy: Now, I completely agree that these new Lego sets are cool, but there's something to be said about kids using their imaginations to build things as opposed to following instructions since half the blocks in the kit can't possibly be reused usefully.

And let's be honest - those blocks won't be stored together in a bin.  They'll be sticking into your feet anytime you walk around barefoot.


These days, it's pretty rare to find blocks in a kit that can't be reused for something.  Download any random set of instructions off Lego's site and check the parts list for yourself.  The rare exceptions are stuff like boat hulls that aren't going to float when brick-built.

But reusing parts to make something else has always been half the fun.  I couldn't always get the latest transforming robot toys back in the day, but I had enough hinged pieces to make my own out of Lego.  Then I'd tear them down and build something else when I got tired of them.  That's just as possible now as ever.
 
2014-06-03 02:38:46 PM

tjsands1118: Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.

Or you could spend less money and just get a couple of general sets instead of the more expensive kits. Seriously why would you spend a hundred some dollars on a Millennium Falcon set if you just wanted to build random shiat?


Yeah, for kids, I figure the kits would be boring as hell. Those seem more like adult collector items.

The regular blocks seem more like something a kid would have fun with.
 
2014-06-03 02:48:37 PM

UberDave: Cool but needs another SPACESHIP!!!


cache.lego.com

SPACESHIP!

Seriously though, I found his spaceship from the Lego movie in a Lego store while I was traveling recently, and I had to buy it.  It gave me so much nostalgia for the big 80s and 90s spaceship sets I used to build.
 
2014-06-03 02:50:03 PM
I don't know about Legos but sometime I wish I had kids so I could sit silently in a restaurant or on a plane with a smug look of apathy and self-entitlement as my crotch fruit screams and annoys everyone around us.
 
2014-06-03 02:55:33 PM
"We imagine so you don't have to"
 
2014-06-03 02:57:52 PM

HMS_Blinkin: Seriously though, I found his spaceship from the Lego movie in a Lego store while I was traveling recently, and I had to buy it.  It gave me so much nostalgia for the big 80s and 90s spaceship sets I used to build.


I see I'm not the only one.  I also took the opportunity to dig out a small army of generic color-coded Lego spacemen (most with intact helmets) as crew.

All that's left is to wash off my old gray crater-marked baseplate and everything will be awesome.
 
2014-06-03 02:59:07 PM

Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.


Good god, this was Literally the exact plot of the lego movie.
 
2014-06-03 03:09:44 PM

The Homer Tax: Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.

Good god, this was Literally the exact plot of the lego movie.


I agree, but if the shoe fits...
 
2014-06-03 03:15:57 PM

zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.


Nah, that's when they are at their best. They are ready to become something new. Something from your mind. Only the best of the best should stay together.

In my house it's ucs x wing, the big red jet with the light up engines, mid sized x wing, star destroyer and millennium falcon, a couple of the bigger galaxy squads, jek14 fighter, and a couple of the bigger creator sets.

The creator sets are the best. But the Lego sets despite being 20% too expensive come with lots of wings and lasers.

The destiny bounty from ninjago is one of the worst values. It was expensive and comes apart easily.

All the bat man, and Chima and lotr sets are garbage.

I think there should be a law where they have to come out with a new 50 dollar creator set every month.

Its the number one way I spoil my son. Him upstairs listening to Bach playing legos is like my dream.

I'd love to find a 6211 falcon that's got all the pieces.

/Over 3k in legos since he's born
//Worth every penny and more
 
2014-06-03 03:16:01 PM

Comic Book Guy: The Homer Tax: Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.

Good god, this was Literally the exact plot of the lego movie.

I agree, but if the shoe fits...


The good god was more of exasperation at the notion that people like that actually exist. I basically cried in the lego movie (I had been drinking, have father-related baggage, and now have two sons of my own). The idea that someone could have seen that movie and been like "I don't know why they made the wil Farrell character out to be the bad guy" is fascinating to me...
 
Ant
2014-06-03 03:30:07 PM

stuhayes2010: My son's birthday is this month, I am buying him this contruct-o-mech walker from the Lego movie.  Can't wait to buy it for "him".  Legos were cool when I was a kid (early 80's), but they are amazing now.


[www.bricksandbloks.com image 600x786]


Yeah, I got Metal Beard's ship for my son for his birthday. It was a lot of fun to put together... I mean... he had fun putting it together.
 
2014-06-03 03:31:39 PM
I recently handed down the bulk of my Star Wars legos to my 5 year old son (there is the UC Tie Interceptor and the regular series AT-AT that he is not allowed to play with yet). It was like a second christmas for him. He played with the vehicles as they were for a few days, then began taking them apart and putting together his own ships. It was awesome.
 
Ant
2014-06-03 03:34:03 PM

tjsands1118: and women aren't usually that huge on letting there mate sit around and play with legos all day


My wife has a street full of those Lego buildings; French Restaurant, pet shop, dept store, etc.
 
2014-06-03 03:53:44 PM
What I've come to hate about Legos:

Most of the sets now have significantly more specialized pieces.  Yes, you can make a kickass looking Millenium Falcon, but the down side is that whatever else you make from it looks like you made it from a Millenium Falcon.

In the olden days (you see this lawn?  get the hell off!) it took more generic pieces to make the kits, but when you scrapped it and started over, you were pretty much starting from scratch.
 
2014-06-03 03:58:30 PM

Ant: tjsands1118: and women aren't usually that huge on letting there mate sit around and play with legos all day

My wife has a street full of those Lego buildings; French Restaurant, pet shop, dept store, etc.


But does she let you play with them?
 
2014-06-03 04:02:39 PM

ToastmasterGeneral: What I've come to hate about Legos:

Most of the sets now have significantly more specialized pieces.  Yes, you can make a kickass looking Millenium Falcon, but the down side is that whatever else you make from it looks like you made it from a Millenium Falcon.

In the olden days (you see this lawn?  get the hell off!) it took more generic pieces to make the kits, but when you scrapped it and started over, you were pretty much starting from scratch.


Here's the directions for the latest Millennium Falcon. Flip to the end where the parts list is.  Outside of the minifigs and the cockpit halves, it all looks like a pretty generic collection of parts to me.
 
2014-06-03 04:37:08 PM

PhilGed: Not only are these not LEGO sets...


You might want to qualify your statement or read a bit

http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Ghostbusters-Ecto-1-21108

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-06-03 04:52:27 PM
I remember when LEGO was good enough on its own and didnt need movie tie-ins.

I also remember when sets weren't +80% one-off special pieces.

I remember, and so does Pepperidge Farm.
 
2014-06-03 04:57:19 PM

The Homer Tax: Comic Book Guy: The Homer Tax: Comic Book Guy: zipdog: Nurglitch: Lego is a terrible gift for a child. Buy them for yourself, and if they want any they can buy their own with their own money.

So much THIS. It's an okay gift if you're not nerdy and your kid is, but it for a nerdy parent with even a smidge of OCD, it will drive you nuts when 6 months after purchasing a bunch of lego sets all the legos are stored together in a bin, hopelessly sitting where they will never be assembled into their intended form again.

Summon the micromanagers!

Seriously, LEGO is made to be played with and enjoyed, not made into some diorama and frozen in time.  If you have that much OCD that it would bother you to see a set ripped apart, save the instructions so you can build it again.  In the meantime, foster your kids creativity and nurture your own by taking a wrecking ball to the old stuff and come up with brand new things.

Good god, this was Literally the exact plot of the lego movie.

I agree, but if the shoe fits...

The good god was more of exasperation at the notion that people like that actually exist. I basically cried in the lego movie (I had been drinking, have father-related baggage, and now have two sons of my own). The idea that someone could have seen that movie and been like "I don't know why they made the wil Farrell character out to be the bad guy" is fascinating to me...


No basically about it, I straight-up cried because I remember how much fun I had with them when I was a kid.  My parents cleaned out their storage and gave me all my old legos, which I will keep and totally not play with here and there until I have children, then the cycle will continue.
 
2014-06-03 05:07:32 PM

lemurs: ToastmasterGeneral: What I've come to hate about Legos:

Most of the sets now have significantly more specialized pieces.  Yes, you can make a kickass looking Millenium Falcon, but the down side is that whatever else you make from it looks like you made it from a Millenium Falcon.

In the olden days (you see this lawn?  get the hell off!) it took more generic pieces to make the kits, but when you scrapped it and started over, you were pretty much starting from scratch.

Here's the directions for the latest Millennium Falcon. Flip to the end where the parts list is.  Outside of the minifigs and the cockpit halves, it all looks like a pretty generic collection of parts to me.


Ha.  Shown up on the Falcon example.

I still say that many of the more recent sets (clearly not the Falcon!) that I've used with nephews have a higher number of specialized pieces.  But nice to it's not a universal trend.
 
2014-06-03 06:16:52 PM
I have the Delorian set as well as the Temple of Doom set from that list.  The Delorian was a fun little build.  Next on my list is probably the Ecto-1 set.  My holy grail(s) right now are the Death Star and Executor, although I'll have to save up for a little bit for those.
 
2014-06-03 07:26:12 PM

Eddie T. Head: I have the Delorian set as well as the Temple of Doom set from that list.  The Delorian was a fun little build.  Next on my list is probably the Ecto-1 set.  My holy grail(s) right now are the Death Star and Executor, although I'll have to save up for a little bit for those.


Just offer up your first born.
 
2014-06-03 08:42:17 PM
Wait, they made a LEGO DeLorean and ECTO-1? Like, recently? To the website!

*Batman dissolve music*

Welp, there goes MY discretionary spending money for this week.

Literally the only thing greater than this would be the Time Train. Or a Giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man set.
 
2014-06-03 08:48:21 PM

Garbonzo42: Wait, they made a LEGO DeLorean and ECTO-1? Like, recently? To the website!

*Batman dissolve music*

Welp, there goes MY discretionary spending money for this week.

Literally the only thing greater than this would be the Time Train. Or a Giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man set.


The creator of the Ecto-1 also made a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and put it up for voting, so it may yet happen.
 
2014-06-03 09:15:02 PM

lemurs: Garbonzo42: Wait, they made a LEGO DeLorean and ECTO-1? Like, recently? To the website!

*Batman dissolve music*

Welp, there goes MY discretionary spending money for this week.

Literally the only thing greater than this would be the Time Train. Or a Giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man set.

The creator of the Ecto-1 also made a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and put it up for voting, so it may yet happen.


And the Time Train is under review!!!!!

static.fjcdn.com

/this was the 2nd Google result for "I came.jpg"
//it is fate!
 
2014-06-04 07:44:49 AM
Made the ever so wise decision to buy the Millennium Falcon Ultimate Collectors set 3 years ago for $700. Assembled once by my then 7 year old all by himself. Worth every penny to watch him taking time-lapse photos of his assembly process over 6 weeks and the look on his face when finished.

Birthday this year was the X Wing Ultimate Collector set...

Do not want him to get older...
 
2014-06-04 10:25:21 AM

BafflerMeal: PhilGed: Not only are these not LEGO sets...

You might want to qualify your statement or read a bit


Sorry...not only are SOME of these not LEGO sets :P
 
Ant
2014-06-04 10:46:34 AM

tjsands1118: Ant: tjsands1118: and women aren't usually that huge on letting there mate sit around and play with legos all day

My wife has a street full of those Lego buildings; French Restaurant, pet shop, dept store, etc.

But does she let you play with them?


No. She's Lord Business.
 
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