Did anybody else get into Star Wars through Lego, rather than vice ver
Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:40 PM
For many of the AFOLs I've come into contact with, the Star Wars theme was their gateway into the world of Lego. What started as a purchase or two of iconic vehicles turned into a fully blown Lego addiction once they discovered the vast array of other themes that were out there. I'll hazard a guess that this also applies to a number of members here, but how many went in the other direction?
I watched the OT when I was a kid, but I have to confess that they didn't leave too much of a lasting impression on me. I saw the prequels as they were released, but they did nothing to reignite any bit of interest that was there. Flash forward several years to my emergence from my 'dark ages' - I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Lego SW universe, but I didn't take more than a passing interest in the theme, given my general apathy towards the films as a child. I focused my renewed love for bricks on other themes; but when you get into the habit of reading Lego blogs and forums daily, it is impossible not to notice the volume of discourse on Lego Star Wars. In fact, I started to realise that a significant amount of tacit learning about the Star Wars universe was sinking in, just by reading Lego news.
Being impressed by a number of SW sets, I decided that I should re-watch the films. Then I thought this was a terrible idea, given that my Lego interests were already pulling my budget in a number of different directions. It took a little over two years into my Lego renaissance to finally cave and watch the original trilogy. Given how long it had been since I saw the films, it honestly felt like I was watching them for the first time (some of the more iconic moments aside). Furthermore, seeing the likes of the Imperial Shuttle and the Death Star in their source material form, having salivated over their Lego counterparts for two years seemed to enhance my viewing. Upon finishing the OT, I was left wondering how 10-year-old me didn't fall in love with them all those years ago. But without Lego, I'm not sure I ever would have watched them again.
The thing I feared about re-watching Star Wars (the anguished cries of my bank balance) hasn't quite materialised (my purchase of the Death Star notwithstanding); the percentage of back catalogue that is taken up by remakes has helped, and I've just accepted that the likes of Cloud City will never happened unless a future generation is made (and with the license renewal, I guess this isn't beyond the realms of possibility).
Anyway, apologies for my long musings, but I'm interested to know how many others developed their Star Wars/Lego addiction this way rather than what I'm guessing is the more conventional order.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:47 PM
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:35 AM
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:11 AM
Fast forward to 2010, my first set as an AFOL was the 6212 X-Wing, which launched an interest in both Lego and Star Wars. Since then I've watched the movie trilogies several times over, and frequented sites like wookiepedia to educate myself on the various vehicles and minifigures that I had in my Lego collection, so I'm far more passionate about Star Wars now than before. I've watched pretty much every extra on the blu-ray collection, and even braved my way through the Star Wars Holiday Special (sadly so, I'd have to say...).
Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:49 AM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:35 AM
I had heard about Star Wars growing up but didn't see it for a while, but then in my 1999 LEGO magazine started featuring that first wave of Star Wars sets - and they were awesome. I read the LEGO Star Wars comics (With the LEGO Maniac) in those magazines countless times, and eventually got myself the X-Wing,Snowspeeder, and Speeder Bikes. I became obsessed with what little Star Wars I had access to; countless MOCs all over. It wasn't until Phantom Menace came out that I actually got to go see a Star Wars movie, and for 9-years old me it was the coolest ever. Shortly after I watched the original trilogy that just sort of started the whole thing.
I'm sure I would have seen the movies eventually without LEGO, but I'm also sure that it was LEGO that inspired my passion for it with their great sets. The original 7140 X-Wing will always be one of my favorite sets; and it held up surprisingly well as the best official minifig X-wing until the new 9493.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:01 PM
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:49 AM
This was definitely the case for me. I started with LEGO when I was 4 or 5, but I only got into Star Wars when I was about to turn 8 with the release of AOTC. I've been a fan since, but it was the CW TV show that really caught my interest set-wise.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:48 AM
However, I can say that whatever interest I have in Harry Potter has come about largely because of LEGO (and to a certain extent, my appreciation of various directors, actors and composers who've worked on the films). When the books and movies first began several years ago I already knew other adults who were into the series, and I was curious and intrigued (and it didn't hurt that TLG was making nifty sets from them), but I never actually started reading or watching the series until just a few months ago. I'm now most of the way through the movies, and aside from just enjoying them for what they are, I'm finding it gratifying to finally see all those scenes I remember first encountering as LEGO sets. I still don't think I'd call myself a "fan" of HP, exactly, but I do have an appreciation for it, and honestly it's largely because of the LEGO sets.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:09 PM
I grew up across the river from Shepperton Studios at the time Star Wars was filmed (and where our local family hairdresser was responsible for a certain princess' hairdo)! The first thing I did after seeing the film at an Esher cinema was pull out lots of red Lego bricks and build a trash compacter for my little green army figures to contend with!!!
Now if only I could MOC like I use to do!
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:20 PM
Oh, and I should add I hadn't even heard of Avatar: The Last Airbender until it became a LEGO theme. I still have seen almost nothing of it, but I do at least have an inkling of what it's about now.
Now if only I could MOC like I use to do!
Same here. I was building Star Wars-esque vehicles for my "Classic" Space minifigures long, long before TLG did an official SW theme, and I made a lot more of my own creations then (though I hope to change that soon!).
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