Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:18 AM
As with hospitals we didn't get that many airports, either. Then again, it's not a fair comparison since they serve different needs.
So, which one is your favorite? Vote here and share your thoughts about the set(s) :-)
Here are the candidates
(Click thumbs for bigger pictures)
1. 6392 Airport
The first minifig era airport came in 1985. Its size reminded more of a small town airfield
with a main building but that was the general town design at the time. With 8 minifigs,
among them two females, it came with a good assortment of accessories for its size.
Notice the political correctness by using a female air traffic controller?
2. 6396 International Jetport
Five years later, with booming tourism, a restoration of the airport was needed. The old
one was destroyed and a new one in a more touristic place was set up to also accomodate
tourist attractions, like helicopter tours. The main building was re-designed to welcome the
passengers in a friendly, vacation-like atmosphere. Personnell stayed the same.
Thanks to hinckley39 for pointing out this set which I missed.
3. 6597 Century Skyway/10159 LEGO City Airport
Almost 10 years after the first airport LEGO City has grown and needed an upgrade of
its air traffic facility. The architects came up with 6597, a very nice (re)design, blending
in perfectly with the town designs of the time. The structure of the main building stayed
more or less the same, but it was expanded. So was the tarmac, and the tower was
separated from the main building. With the ever growing trade and transport needs it
now featured space for a transport helicopter. Also, 12 minifigs accompanied the set -
which is a heck of a lot of 'em. The redesign also prompted TLC to rename this set to
something catchy like "Century Skyway", a truly fitting name.
People were so pleased with this design that when restauration and maintenance were
needed another 10 years later no new design was developed but the old design re-
newed. The set was renamed to City Airport and had a few more pieces because old
molds had to be substituted by newer pieces.
4. 7894 Airport
In the meantime LEGO town grew into a bustling city. The airport needed another upgrade
to serve bigger planes "comin' to town". So, only two years after the last maintenance job
a new airport was built, its design adapted to the overall city look. As with everything new
today costs had to be cut and personnell had to be laid-off, hence the latest airport comes
with less minifigs, no tarmac, and looks like a modern re-design of the very first one. Also,
the helicopter was cut because tour bookings were declining...
Well, which one is it?
I will pin this poll for the voters' convenience and (try to) declare a winner in two weeks time, September 21. After that I'll unpin it again and you can find it via the City Index and still discuss and vote if you haven't already.
Vote on! © you know who... X-D
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:33 AM
Maybe, because it's the only one I have :-P
Speaking more serious, I like all. Each one have their special features.
The 7892 have the better plane, and the 6597 have the better helicopter (and problably the better building).
But I like the classic style, so I choose the 6392 :)
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:46 AM
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:01 AM
I voted for 6392 because I had this as a kid and I remember the countless hours of fun I had with this set ;-)
The building like you said really looked as a small town airfield which is nice !! Also I really liked those females MFs and the fact that you had one plane and a cool looking copter !!
For once, I think that TLC did a great job on all the versions they produced !! However, the newer one (7892) suffers from a severe case of scaling problem *wacko* WTF those planes are that big, its just insane !!
Fly On !!
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:34 AM
- Albert Einstein -
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:47 AM
I really like the old, small one, but the bigger 6597 with all the accessories and the many minifigs let me vote for it. An airport does need some space and this one comes with all that's necessary. I've never really appreciated it after I first saw it. Probably because I never liked the old plane design. Now we have new ones but we don't like them, either, because they're too big - hard job for TLC to please us ;-)
Nevertheless, 6597 got my vote, also because it has the nicest product picture of all, I think. I like this "Tropical Island setups", it reminds me of the airport at Pleasance in Mauritius where I've spent my most relaxing vacation so far.
S@H Austria has the Legend re-release at €30 off at the moment but somehow I'm still hesitant to buy it... dunno why... *wacko*
Posted 07 September 2006 - 02:41 PM
the 1985 version was brilliant... for 1985. a friend of mine had this one and those airplanes... wow! they looked fantastic!! ... in 1985. I think it was the first time that Lego tried to create a minifig plane model of only 4 studs wide. great design, cool cockpit! the rest was rather traditionel...
6396 is just a newer version of the first. Nice scenery, sure, better than the first in all, but not as groundbreaking...
6597... now that's a busy airport! unfortunately, i feel that the lego designers focused on quantity, not quality. the yellow choppers don't look all that nice, the cars are really boring and the building... hm... looks like a white and larger version of the first ...
the 2006 airport... hm... it looks exactly like a very busy airport of today, not style, but efficiency rules here. there's no soul in this one... the scaling, as yoda said, is way off..., even though i think the plane has great potentiel, just replace the wings, the engines and the landing gear, but still too BIG.
ok... so what's it gonna be?
i guess i'll just go for nostalgia and pick the first one...
Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:06 PM
Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:46 PM
I've got the legend version and I didn't regreted this purchase. It has all the ingredients to make a good set: a plane, a small coptre, a bigger cargo one, small cars for luggage and oil, boxes to put the luggage on, a policeman for the security, a telephone, some seats with tables for a quick lunch between two planes, a lot of minifigs (with a woman with a man haircut, sweet!) and a very good global look with all the elements needed!
I find it has a very good quality design, bigger than the old ones but it has a minifig scale.
But I prefer the other olds than the latest, even if it has a modern design. But without runway, how the planes could land? And those duplo planes for minifigs are so :-X !
which is a heck of a lot of 'em.
If you are interested just in the big crappy plane of the latest airport, I will be interested by the structure...
Bref, I really like the 6597 (there is a reason if it became a legend set...), and I think that everybody understand I voted for this set!
Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:07 PM
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:04 PM
It looks like something from a cargo station. And i like the terminal building from 7894, but the plane looks
like Playmobil.... Finally 6396 has a good design and a lot of playability, and its price is much more consumer-
friendly than for the later, bigger ones.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:29 PM
Posted 08 September 2006 - 12:21 AM
By the way, it bother me that several people think 7892 is out of scale. Real jets and airports are that big in real life, so I wouldn't say they are out of scale at all. *wacko*
Posted 08 September 2006 - 12:42 AM
And like you I really like the looks of the airport: classy modern look !!
Posted 08 September 2006 - 07:59 AM
Posted 08 September 2006 - 08:22 AM
It's interested to see the vision of scale of the younger people (cfol, c for child). But I totaly agree with Yoda and Snefroe1 (I'm from the old school scale!).
Posted 08 September 2006 - 08:28 AM
It's a matter of pure nostalgia, though... I still recall that cloudy day in December, I just had turned ten a fortnight ago, and going to supermarket I crabbed the new '85 catalog in anticipation what great thingies TLC had come up with that year... And leafing through the colourful pages, I hit the town section, and there it was... Oh, my imagination just took of, and I stared and stared at the picture of that set for weeks. It was the time when my love for little yellow men grew from sparks to bonfire.
Unfortunately, I never actually got the set, but one day I will moc it up... I too like the small-town feel that the early and mid-80's sets had, this Big City thing isn't really for me (I still like to give all my MF's a name and personal history...) These small-scale sets seem more closer to my idea of Lego's main idea, imitation of the day-to-day life of ordinary people.
"Next stop, a beautiful town of St. Mary!"
Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:47 AM
The first airport is sweet and we all love it cause the child inside of us loves it but if lego was to make smth like that today im not so sure we would like it as much.
The airport of 2006 is deffinetly out of scale the way i look at it..Sure the old planes were to small maby and they could only carry about 6 minifigs but thats how legoland is..!! The reason the new airport dosent have a runway is because they would need about 6 baseplates to fit that huge plane!..so its all about cost...I wonder how is the new airport selling to kids..Do we have any info about that?
Posted 12 September 2006 - 12:54 PM
Posted 12 September 2006 - 03:55 PM
Me too! I spent hours and hours lookin them, and try to see how the sets were built, and try to learn how for the sets I wanted...
Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:44 PM
Yeah, the 4-wide planes just looked silly next to any 6-wide vehicle. :-| I use both planes - the smaller ones as private jets and the larger ones as commercial airlines.
I just wish the newer planes weren't quite so juniorized... Not that it needs to be like 10177, but it would be nice if the nose wasn't just one big piece.
Posted 15 September 2006 - 04:05 AM
^Most hilarious video ever
Posted 18 September 2006 - 06:58 PM
After some consideration I voted for #1.
How does a person get into the control towers of #3 and #4?
Or is it just because of my lack of imagination :-)
The old airports just look more "cosy". (Is that a correct sentence?)
Posted 19 September 2006 - 11:56 AM
Or is it just because of my lack of imagination :-)
It is not the first time that the minifigs can't go to the uper level, just look the new hospital! And how do they do to enter in cars without doors, and...
It is that the lego spirit, not preftect but so sweet!
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