Lego World Show 1984
Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:18 PM
When I was a kid, at Christmas, the Eaton Centre was the place to go in Toronto. The seven or so floors of Eaton's, bought out by Sears in the 90's, but then the main department store in Canada, reinvented itself, and its piddly 3rd floor toy department expanded to a large chunk of the 7th floor, with fantastic displays to captivate the kids. Across the road was the competitor, Simpsons, bought out by The Bay in the 90's <research the Hudson Bay company, a fascinating and bizarre part of Canadian-British history still in business today>.
Simpsons had some sort of deal with Lego at this time, and scored a touring Lego show for the whole of the Christmas season at least twice that I went to. It was quite unbelievable to me at the time. The show generally featured 'Inventions', but the showcase was near a life-size Castle creation, and a massive mini-figure scale Space set. This program features all the creations on display that I remember. I pored over this book as a kid, and around this time I joined the Canadian Lego club.
Visiting the Eaton Centre this year, without Eatons or Simpsons existing, those stores probably a vague memory for some younger members here, I think that a lot of the magic spectacle that companies used to try to create at Christmas. Lord knows, Toys R Us doesn't bother with anything other than a catalog. The Christmas spectacle seems to have gone the way of the dodo, and the young kids out there are all the poorer for it. Christmas shifts from amazement to checklists.
I'll let the program pics speak for themselves. Mods, if the pics are too big, let me know and I'll resize them and link to an outside folder.
And to make this thread more worth your time, here is a stitched pic of the Castle, which was the most intimidating for me. It felt as if my toys had come to life. Either this pic delights you, or it doesn't.
The Space scene also was amazing. I recall the trains moving, but that could be my imagination playing tricks on me. Bottom line, it was fantastic, and it made the somewhat weird Space Lego sets I had seem absolutely realistic. When looking back at this build, I try to imagine that the builders are now in their 50s or 60s. How do they look back on their involvement on such a project? Did they think they were making magic, or was it just a paycheck?
Thanks for reading my ramblings about my childhood memories. There's no Legoland in Canada, much less in 1984, so this stuff was a head trip. Hopefully you can find it just as fun as I do.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:21 PM
I agree that the Christmas spirit has gone down a lot the past few years, but at least the Bay still has their Queen St. window displays and the Eaton Centre still has a huge Christmas tree.
Edited by prateek, 19 January 2010 - 04:23 PM.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:52 PM
Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:02 PM
Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:46 PM
we used to have a lego show as well in the early 80's. think it must have been 1981 or 1982, in any case, the white-grey spaceship had already arrived in the shop, but no grey castle just yet...
I belief our show was at the center of Antwerp, in this stylish shop called "Innovation" or "Grand Bazaar", compare it if you will with "Kaufhof" in Germany. They had this big exhibition on lego models and i remember the big space scene, which was quite similar to the 1984 one in this topic. it was made up of those trans dark blue space windscreens (of the white-grey spaceship)... as a spacefreak... that was... simply amazing. I remember the grammophone, even though i may have seen that in a brochure on the net or something. Still, most other parts of the exhibition were similar to the 1984 show, unfortunately, i can't remember it all very well. I must have been 8 or 9 and nobody carried a cell phone with a camera back then... I went there with the sister and mom twice, but we never took pictures ...
yes, lego was very primitive... i guess it's like a car of the 50s... many old people would love to have one of those classics, but the younger generations would probably go like "g... this thing doesn't have an mp3 player and where the heck is the airco?" oh well... it's still a great memory...
I was thinking of going to the archives of the antwerp newspaper to see if they had any photo or article, but it's still on my 'to do list', i'm affraid...
btw, did you guys read the space story? engineers dealing with meteors destroying buildings... no weird aliens killing space cops, no trucks in space... no shooting mechanisms... ahhh... the world was so simple back then...
Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:55 PM
I'm going to save these pics when I get home!
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:57 AM
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:02 PM
I have a second, all space themed program, I'll try to scan soon. I'm a bit under the weather today
Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:33 PM
Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:20 AM
Honestly, seeing that space station in motion was absolutely incredible. No matter what I built, I always looked to the LEGO World Show models as a source of inspiration as a child. I remember trying to duplicate that Space train as a child (a precursor to the monorail perhaps). It's funny looking back at this though. The colour and parts selection in 1984 was so limited. Dark grey bricks were a rarity outside of Legoland so it was no surprise that many of the knights were stuck with light grey helmets. In fact, I was absolutely in awe of the Legoland photos because of the light and dark grey mottling on the rooftops and the castle in the background.
Even today these models are quite impressive.
Posted 09 February 2010 - 01:06 AM
It was one of the first displays in the museum, was incredibly large AND was motorized! .
Or... it was a MOC done by the people from the museum instead of this particular exhibition.
Anyways, it looked great
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