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Maelstrom
01-29-2008, 05:52 PM
Looks like LEGO just released a fantasy based set: A dwarven mine under attack by a troll and some orcs! I am strongly tempted.

http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7036&cn=473

Over 30 and still can't get enough of LEGOs...

Mulsiphix
01-29-2008, 08:31 PM
No shame there. I'll be 27 this year and I've already spent over $200 in the past year (365 days, not since January :p) on MegaBloks Dragon series. Check out this sweet trailer (http://www.megabloks.com/en/kids/dragons/toys/fire_and_ice.php) and the product line. Friggin awesome!

rabkala
01-29-2008, 09:07 PM
A few years ago, my brother bought me several sets of the Knight legos. They were the exact thing I always wanted when I was a kid over 30 years ago. I was always playing legos. I felt kind of silly, and thought I would give them to my kids. Well, I put the little sets together and they sit on a shelf for admiration. Why didn't they have all these cool toys when I was young?

We had rocks, and we were thankful!

tesral
01-29-2008, 10:38 PM
I love my Lego. The most recent one is the death cart. It's sitting on one of the computer cases now. My Pirate ship is never far away.

I need to get a few more storage items and get back to sorting the collection.

Mulsiphix
01-29-2008, 11:11 PM
I've always fantasized about making a PC case out of legos and plastic screws for fans. It would be soooo cool :rolleyes:

tesral
01-29-2008, 11:29 PM
I've always fantasized about making a PC case out of legos and plastic screws for fans. It would be soooo cool :rolleyes:

Been Done. (http://www.neatorama.com/case-mod/index.php#lego)

Mulsiphix
01-29-2008, 11:34 PM
Been Done. (http://www.neatorama.com/case-mod/index.php#lego)Don't I know it. I personally would like to accomplish it though.

tesral
01-30-2008, 03:23 AM
Don't I know it. I personally would like to accomplish it though.

Go for it. I hate to permanent tie up Lego.

GBVenkman
01-31-2008, 01:23 PM
That ogre is bad ass. Ohh, why weren't legos as cool when I was younger!?

Not to mention the SW lego sets.. And vikings! all they need now are samurai sets.

Maelstrom
01-31-2008, 03:20 PM
I did have one Samurai figure, complete with Katana and horned helm. Not sure if he was part of a series or a single figure.

cplmac
01-31-2008, 05:47 PM
I have to agree that I wish we had all those character figures when we were kids. Guess that's what helped us to expand our imaginations. I recall my brothers and I using Legos, Lincoln Logs, regular wood blocks, and anything else we could get a hold of in order to build a vast array of different items. Now, kids can get a set to make a specific item.

tesral
01-31-2008, 09:25 PM
I did have one Samurai figure, complete with Katana and horned helm. Not sure if he was part of a series or a single figure.

It's a series, a short lived one.

Mulsiphix
02-01-2008, 12:38 AM
At least lego's now days don't make it easy for kids to build the big structures. Have you ever seen the instructions that come with the larger sets? They're insanely long. Any kid with a short attention span won't be playing with them for long. Part of the fun of Lego's was figuring out what you could build. For me the most time consuming thing was looking for just the right pieces :D

tesral
02-01-2008, 01:13 AM
At least lego's now days don't make it easy for kids to build the big structures. Have you ever seen the instructions that come with the larger sets? They're insanely long. Any kid with a short attention span won't be playing with them for long. Part of the fun of Lego's was figuring out what you could build. For me the most time consuming thing was looking for just the right pieces :D

The main reason I am sorting my collection into small bins by part type. To shorten that process. I have some of the larger sets. It can take several hours to assemble that pirate ship. I to like to see what original things I can make. Here is my brickshelf page (http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=tesral) with a couple of my better projects.

I like giving kids Lego, or any construction toy. I like toys that fire the imagination, not toys that leave them drooling in front of the boob tube.

Mulsiphix
02-01-2008, 01:33 AM
I like giving kids Lego, or any construction toy. I like toys that fire the imagination, not toys that leave them drooling in front of the boob tube.Well said. Growing up I was determined that my kids would get to enjoy video games the way I did. After growing up I realized just how much I had missed out on by staying inside all those years and not interacting with other kids and by not doing things that stimulated my imagination more, like reading :eek:. I'm not against video games completely but I plan on making sure my kids don't sit in front of the TV their whole childhood the way I did. The imagination is one of life's greatest joys and it should be nurtured.

nijineko
02-01-2008, 08:37 AM
i allow my kids to play with my legos. ^^ my dream is to build a scale 'realistic' sci-fi starship of my own design. scaled to the lego guys size. complete with cargo bays and airlocks and detachable parasites and observation bays and landing gear and weapons bays and so forth.

Mulsiphix
02-01-2008, 09:54 AM
The great thing about your dream is that with today's moving parts legos, things like moving landing gear are totally possible :D

tesral
02-01-2008, 12:27 PM
Well said. Growing up I was determined that my kids would get to enjoy video games the way I did. After growing up I realized just how much I had missed out on by staying inside all those years and not interacting with other kids and by not doing things that stimulated my imagination more, like reading :eek:. I'm not against video games completely but I plan on making sure my kids don't sit in front of the TV their whole childhood the way I did. The imagination is one of life's greatest joys and it should be nurtured.

We didn't have video games when I was a kid. No statment of viture, we didn't have video games, no one did. Pinball machines were found in sleezy arcades and bars. We also didn't have VCR, cable or computers. We barely had a TV, and for a good deal of my teens we didn't have one at all. I now consider that a blessing. I had to amuse myself.

Count Arioch
02-01-2008, 04:13 PM
Although I think that modern ideas are usually better than what we thought previously, I do think we might have gone astray a bit when it comes to things for our children. Play should increase creativity and thought, not pacify and distract.

I credit my superior intellect to the fact that my mother played with me every day when I was little.

Anaesthesia
02-01-2008, 06:27 PM
:p When I see that I think of the LEGO's special feature on Monty Pyton & the Holy Grail!!

Mulsiphix
02-01-2008, 10:45 PM
I watched a news special around X-Mas this year about how even toddlers were asking for mostly tech toys in a poll they had done with 10,000 parents in the Dallas area. Then they were showing all the different tech toys. A psychiatrist commented that it wasn't that the tech toys were better than "standard" toys but that kids enjoyed emulating their parents. Cute but oh so wrong :(. Where would we be today without Lincoln Logs :confused:

Maelstrom
02-02-2008, 04:27 AM
Fortunately not all is lost. While there are many brain numbing toys, kids shows, etc out there, a parent still can spark some imagination with some of the new stuff.

Take robotics for example. That didn't really exist 50 years ago, but now you can get a 100$ kit which the kids can learn to program and learn how to put something together.

Even LEGO has taken that up.

nijineko
02-02-2008, 06:07 AM
and you should see what some people have come up with...
wild lego creations (http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/top-10-coolest-lego-gadgets)

tesral
02-02-2008, 10:33 AM
i allow my kids to play with my legos. ^^ my dream is to build a scale 'realistic' sci-fi starship of my own design. scaled to the lego guys size. complete with cargo bays and airlocks and detachable parasites and observation bays and landing gear and weapons bays and so forth.

Go for it, this guy did. (http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=126969)

nijineko
02-02-2008, 12:39 PM
that is very awesome!

GBVenkman
02-02-2008, 02:02 PM
My girlfriend is a wildlife biology major, so if we have kids, I doubt much time will be spent indoors.

I myself stopped playing video games, but I never had video games when I was a kid anyhow. Just a bike, the beach, and action figures I'd play with on crummy days with my friends.

I guess it depends on your location though. If i lived in a tundra like climate, I'd probably hole myself up too. heheh.

but yeah, I don't like where this "buy buy buy!!!!" tech/gimmick gear is taking kids...

It's pretty sad to hear in 3rd world countries, your status depends on how new your Cell Phone is.. Pretty shallow and base. Personal worth should never be based on something as base as what you can buy. An monkey can buy a cell phone if given a credit card.

But that's another topic. I hate cell phones personally... I don't update mine (3 yrs old) since I don't even use all the features it has in the first place. What do I need a phone that can recognize top 40 songs for? puke.

edit: ohh, I'm trying to volunteer for a group that mans medical clinics in baja mexico for natives that are treated as 2nd class citizens, amd a doctor told me that many of the homes have televisions with mexican MTV, etc, yet no running water or toliets.

rabkala
02-02-2008, 03:17 PM
I don't even own a cell phone. I don't answer my land line at all when I get home, unless I am expecting a call or I recognize the number. I generally use email to contact friends and family. Maybe, I'm just weird.

So, should status be based on lego construction skills?

GBVenkman
02-02-2008, 04:10 PM
So, should status be based on lego construction skills?


Yes! :D

it takes the skills to pay the bills... er... to make the buildz.. er.. nevermind:confused:

Mulsiphix
02-03-2008, 05:33 PM
Some of those lego creations are truly amazing. GBVenkman the info you gave about 2nd class citizens in mexico is one of the disgusting things that the modern world seems to provide. Entertainment seems to have moved higher on the priority list of standard utilities in many parts of the world. This I find absolutely disgusting. As a kid I had access to all sorts of wonderful outside activities yet I chose to stay indoors. Then again, while charismatic and more than capable of being the life of the party, I have always preferred self seclusion to the delusion of being important in a world where most will never be more than a grain of sand in the beach that is our world.

What a bleak outlook you say? Yes it is and I agree it is quite sad. Now is there some truth to it? Even sadder I believe there is :o.

nijineko
02-04-2008, 12:14 PM
in japan they have sat-nav in the cars, but the (newer, western style) houses are built out of tin and broken lumber that's tied back together with leather straps. they have awesome video game systems, but have never seen a rotary can opener. hovercraft bumper cars, but have never seen an electric popcorn maker.

classic example of a prime directive violation society, japan is. i've been to some parts of japan where the last time they had seen a foreigner, was twenty-thirty years before i set foot there. some places, japanese will get scared when you suddenly come around a corner, especially at dusk. you see, red or blond hair and red or pale skin and tallness all are characteristics of oni (ogres) which were reputed to be loud, obnoxious, violent, and would eat people. explains some of the reactions of japanese to americans, eh?

Mulsiphix
02-04-2008, 01:08 PM
nijineko your last post was like water after a lifetime of thirsting. Must drink more! :D. Thanks so much for the info. This type of "prime directive violation society" sounds quite intriguing for a short term GURPS campaign I had in mind. I had some theories but hadn't created a setting yet. Many thanks to you ;)

cplmac
02-05-2008, 11:33 AM
in japan they have sat-nav in the cars, but the (newer, western style) houses are built out of tin and broken lumber that's tied back together with leather straps. they have awesome video game systems, but have never seen a rotary can opener. hovercraft bumper cars, but have never seen an electric popcorn maker.

classic example of a prime directive violation society, japan is. i've been to some parts of japan where the last time they had seen a foreigner, was twenty-thirty years before i set foot there. some places, japanese will get scared when you suddenly come around a corner, especially at dusk. you see, red or blond hair and red or pale skin and tallness all are characteristics of oni (ogres) which were reputed to be loud, obnoxious, violent, and would eat people. explains some of the reactions of japanese to americans, eh?


With this in mind, one can only wonder what they were thinking when the U.S. Marines were landing on Iwo Jima.

nijineko
02-05-2008, 02:41 PM
pretty much. did you know that they built these huge canvas walls on hills near the shoreline so that the troops couldn't see each other?

i have more examples where that came from... i can even describe in more detail some of the reasons why they are a "pdv" impacted society. ^^

cplmac
02-05-2008, 02:47 PM
I guess as history shows, the canvass walls didn't do too much.

nijineko
02-06-2008, 03:10 PM
well, it kept them from guessing just how many troops their battleship cannon would kill if they did a bombardment.... ^^

Mulsiphix
02-07-2008, 04:16 AM
Those canvases were in the movie Flags Of Our Fathers I believe. They were pretty useful in that depiction.

cplmac
02-07-2008, 05:35 PM
well, it kept them from guessing just how many troops their battleship cannon would kill if they did a bombardment.... ^^


We were taught that the bombardment from the ships cannons didn't do very much, do to how well the Japanese positions had been built. That's why the fighting was so fierce.

cplmac
02-07-2008, 06:14 PM
To get back to the original topic, does anyone know if the make a military series of all five branches of the services. Provided they are good, that would be cool to collect.

Mulsiphix
02-08-2008, 07:29 PM
I'm not sure I follow your question cplmac. Are you asking if they've made military, branch specific, themed lego sets? That would be pretty cool. Seems like something they would have done long ago. Especially when GI Joe was popular.

rabkala
02-09-2008, 12:46 AM
The tavern set and strip club set of legos would be good sellers as well. Why am i NOT IN MARKETING?

tesral
02-09-2008, 01:48 AM
The tavern set and strip club set of legos would be good sellers as well. Why am i NOT IN MARKETING?

The slave girl Leia minifig was scarring enough, and you want strippers?

The mind just will not go there.

cplmac
02-09-2008, 09:31 PM
I'm not sure I follow your question cplmac. Are you asking if they've made military, branch specific, themed lego sets? That would be pretty cool. Seems like something they would have done long ago. Especially when GI Joe was popular.


Yes, that is exactly my question. I don't ever recall seeing them if they have already made some. I am pretty sure that they weren't making them back when GI Joe was popular, due to my brother and I each had a GI Joe.

It would be cool to see some of the old equipment that has been replaced by new stuff, Like the old Jeep as opposed to the Humvee.

Mulsiphix
02-09-2008, 11:57 PM
While not official, this page (http://www.mocpages.com/directory.php/53) has lots of military themed lego goodness. I did some googeing but couldn't find anything :confused:

nijineko
02-10-2008, 05:00 AM
you could always buy the generics and paint them, one supposes.

Mulsiphix
02-10-2008, 10:29 AM
Hardly the same thing. Anybody else have any luck finding official LEGO military themed sets?

nijineko
02-11-2008, 05:12 AM
here... (http://www.angelfire.com/mech/military_lego/)

and here... (http://www.mechanizedbrick.com/)

or here... (http://www.brickmania.com/Gallery2/war/)

here's some more... (http://www.mocpages.com/directory.php/11?page=13&sort=id)

some links... (http://www.mindspring.com/~ffilz/Lego/military.html)



and finally, the ultimate in lego miniatures combat (http://www.brikwars.com/)!!! (mulsiphix, this one's for you.)

Mulsiphix
02-11-2008, 10:47 AM
I never cease to be amazed at how many complex creations LEGO's and their dedicated fans give birth to :eek:


and finally, the ultimate in lego miniatures combat (http://www.brikwars.com/)!!! (mulsiphix, this one's for you.)AWESOME!!! This website rocks. Arigato nijineko :p

cplmac
02-11-2008, 11:41 AM
here... (http://www.angelfire.com/mech/military_lego/)

and here... (http://www.mechanizedbrick.com/)

or here... (http://www.brickmania.com/Gallery2/war/)

here's some more... (http://www.mocpages.com/directory.php/11?page=13&sort=id)

some links... (http://www.mindspring.com/~ffilz/Lego/military.html)



and finally, the ultimate in lego miniatures combat (http://www.brikwars.com/)!!! (mulsiphix, this one's for you.)


Some of this stuff is truely amazing!

Maelstrom
02-23-2008, 06:46 PM
I just picked up a set of legos "for my son" and am very impressed by what they can do with LEGOs nowadays. The set is a Star Wars clone wars set, with Hailfile and Spider droids: http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7670

Ammmaaaaazing. The treads on the Hailfire move, the joints are a superb mix of ability to stay in place without being to difficult to change, and the missiles attach well while are easy to pop out. The spider droid is equally as impressive, with fully articulated legs and a moving dome that looks to have a lot of use when I take it apart for other models.

While many toys nowadays are lower quality than those when I was growing up, LEGO does not follow that trend. They have gotten better and better with what they have to offer.

nijineko
02-23-2008, 11:18 PM
check this one out:

forbidden legos.... (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1593271379/)

rabkala
02-24-2008, 01:36 PM
Forbidden Legos! so awesome... stop drooling. While I was thinking naked lego's :o, this is cool too!

It just may be impossible to exhaust the creative potential of LEGO bricks. With an active imagination as your guide, there are endless possibilities-provided you follow the LEGO Company's official (and sensible) rules. This means no cutting or tampering with bricks, creating models that shoot unapproved projectiles, or using non-standard parts with any LEGO product. After all, those little precision-molded ABS bricks can be dangerous in the wrong hands! Well, toss those rules out the window. Forbidden Lego introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions.
Once you get into the spirit, you'll want to try inventing your own rule-breaking models. Forbidden Lego's authors, share tips and tricks that will inspire you and help you turn your visions into reality. Nothing's against the rules in this book!

tesral
02-24-2008, 08:40 PM
There as a site that had some intresting models, including skeletons with lit heads. (A 5mm LED fits nicely inside a Lego head.) Such pieces required surgery on the Lego. I cannot find the bookmark, I'll keep looking.