The 'Golden Age' of Lego, is it now?
Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:12 PM
It just seems to me - perhaps I should say up front that I'm recently back from a very long time in the dark ages - that they're really producing some very cool sets these days. Have they hit their stride? Can this be considered a 'Golden Age' or would those of you more familiar with their previous offerings consider the some point in the past to be the peak?
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:21 PM
But, I know there's a big controversy over quality going on right now. TLG has an amazing Customer Support so I wouldn't be too worried. Just saying if anything's bad right now it's the issues over quality.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:32 PM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 03:10 PM
Considering the set designs and Lego coming back to the top, I too would have to agree with 2009. This is the year TLG came out with many great sets.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:29 PM
Thankfully, it's not going to happen for another ten years with Star Wars.
Edited by legomr, 25 June 2012 - 04:30 PM.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:39 PM
The second Golden Age would be right now, starting in about 2008/2009 and still going on and still getting better with every year. How long can they sustain it? Who knows, but I doubt we'll ever see another true Dark Age for LEGO a la the mid-90s to early 00s.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:09 PM
Seeing pictures of the old advertisements makes me feel really nostalgic. It's great to see where Lego was and where it is now. But I will always consider that period the "Golden Age."
I totally agree, todays sets are truly awesome no matter what theme they come from but the sets from my youth, Classic Space, Futuron, Blacktron etc.... and the early Pirate stuff can never be beaten!
Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:39 PM
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:04 PM
At first, i couldn't see why the 80's and 90's sets are items people here are often talking about(especially when finding childhood collections) and buying/wanting to buy the sets. Well, i did the research and i can see why. I'd be in the "want to buy these sets" side if it wouldn't be for the fact I already plan on getting a 3DS XL and don't have have the funds to spare. Maybe one day.
IMO, we currently aren't in a golden age. The set quality is dropping, prices are jumping for no logical reason, and there are the problems going on with the superhero parts and the bricks in a monster fighter set along with the increase of missing/damaged parts in sets.
Edited by ACWWgal2011, 25 June 2012 - 06:06 PM.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:27 PM
I have to agree there is something about the time you first got into it that makes you feel that that was the golden age.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:35 PM
Back in the 80s and 90s, if someone outside of your circle of friends were having quality problems. How exactly would you know?
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Also, I know that as a child I was far less picky about quality problems, so unless pieces didn't fit I doubt that would have stopped me from playing with them. I sure didn't care about slight color issues, if I even would have noticed them.
I wasn't buying Legos so I wouldn't have noticed price issues, and my parents wouldn't have told me. I haven't noticed across the theme price increases on non-licensed sets so its impossible to say how things would have been in the 80s/90s. I see it in City sets, but not so much in Creator or D2C sets.
Edited by gotoAndLego, 25 June 2012 - 07:36 PM.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:43 PM
I used to think that the sets from my own childhood were the golden age... but after actually comparing those sets to new sets, I realised that it was just my nostalgia talking.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:04 AM
But that's just what I think.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:05 AM
Prior to that, the late 80s-early 90s.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:55 AM
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:28 PM
For me the golden age is early 80s to early 90s (or even mid 90s), i.e. the sets I knew as kid :D (I am born in 1980)
I like all the town/city sets from that time, and the 12V gray trains, but the first 9V trains seemed nice too. One of my favourite sets is the 6397 from 1992: at that time the sets were still really good I think, nothing to compare with the end of 90s.
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