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    Classic Space
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    U-Wing Starfighter

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  1. hagridshut

    Why do you collect LEGO?

    Good to hear everyone's perspectives. I also enjoy LEGO as a hobby for one tangential reason: the community and shared interest with people, both local and around the world. It's just fun sometimes to build a random MOC with a friend, or assemble the latest Winter Village set.
  2. I have found myself wondering why I occasionally buy a LEGO set, or spend time refurbishing my old sets from the 1980's and 1990's. Here are my reasons: Nostalgia. I enjoyed building LEGO sets and still do. Experiencing sets that I missed out on. Although I had a good number of sets as a child, and some of my friends also had a lot of LEGO, there are many LEGO sets that I did not have the opportunity to either build or see in person. Appreciating LEGO as art. I like discovering how LEGO designers take something complex, and create a LEGO model that captures the essence of that thing, with only a few hundred or perhaps a few thousand components. For example, the world of Harry Potter is very rich in terms of people, locations, and stories. It is a great challenge to convey the vastness and random curiosities of Hogwarts, or the decrepit yet charming and cozy Burrow, or the personalities of the many characters. More generally speaking, I also like to see different building techniques, creative new uses for existing pieces, and interesting color palates. Do you collect LEGO? Any thoughts on why LEGO has great appeal to people across many generations?
  3. hagridshut

    [MOC] Zephyrus Fuel Miner

    Nice work. I would buy this if it were a LEGO set. I like the green/white color scheme and use of Octan logos. The use of mechanical valves, hoses, and varied types of control panels also gives it a look that very much reminds me of Classic Space. I wish LEGO would bring back sets that are in the spirit of this build.
  4. hagridshut

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I agree with this. What I liked most about LEGO Space from the early 1980's through the mid-1990's was the variety of original, inspirational designs. MTron and Ice Planet were not merely rehashes of Classic Space or even Futuron. The themes and their follow-ons were unique takes on how exploration and life in space might work. I don't think re-makes of Blacktron or 900-series spaceships are what LEGO Space needs. What's needed are fresh designs that capture the imagination of kids and adults alike. Some of the sets from The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part have this. I bought the Super Secret Police Dropship because it was a fresh take on Space law enforcement, and it has a very cool and playable design. I also bought Emmet's Rescue Rocket, because it was a whimsical "Jules Verne" type of spaceship that made me think of exploring the stars. What makes a good LEGO Space set? It should look interesting and have nice play features. I also feel that it should not be too complicated in terms of greebling or other non-functional d├ęcor. I understand why greebling exists on Star Wars sets representing huge vessels like Star Destroyers or Death Stars: to give a hint at all the smaller structures that are dwarfed by the larger ship. However, I don't think they add anything to a smaller 1-2 person spaceship, or even a bigger spaceship that can accommodate 6-7 mini-figures. The ship should be of a size and weight where it is not unwieldy for a child of appropriate age to fly around. Empty space is ok and even good: it leaves room for creativity and expansion. For example: the Space Police 2 Galactic Mediator and the Classic Space Cosmic Fleet Voyager had interiors that were empty in some areas and customizable. Inter-Galactic Command Base is another example of a set with a lot of "empty" room for customization. I do have hope that LEGO Space will make a comeback. A new generation of children will become interested in space exploration, inspired by the creativity of commercial space launches (like SpaceX) and the real possibility of Moon and Mars colonies within the next few decades. I think there should be plenty of demand for Space sets to help kids give form to their imaginings of a future where many people live in space.
  5. hagridshut

    How do you buy LEGO?

    I usually go to a store in person to buy a new set. Most of the large retailers near me will sell LEGO at a discount. Occasionally I will buy from an online retailer like Amazon, or from an independent shop on Bricklink for sets that are out of production.
  6. hagridshut

    1980 Something Space

    This is a great reference site with nice photos of all the old sets. Space was my favorite LEGO theme from the early 1980's through the mid-1990's. I lost interest after Spyrius and Unitron, because the designs from the Exploriens through Insectoid themes just didn't resonate with me. It wasn't until Star Justice and Space Police III, almost 15 years later, that I regained interest in Space.
  7. hagridshut

    LEGO Creator 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    I noticed this too, but I don't mind. I don't intend to buy 31052. While 31107 has some stylistic similarities, it is close enough to classic space that I intend to add it to my collection. I like the space terrain wheels and the crane. I always wanted an M:Tron Celestial Forager (6896), but never got around to acquiring one as a child. 31107 is even better.
  8. hagridshut

    Space Turtles! (part 2)

    A beautiful and wonderous design. This is very different than most spaceship MOCs and I like the zoological inspiration.
  9. hagridshut

    [MOC] Space Station Radon

    Nice! I wish LEGO had given Unitron a bit more attention. I always liked the minifigures and color scheme, and wished for more Unitron sets.
  10. hagridshut

    [MOC] A-83 Exploration Base (Neo-Classic Space)

    Nice work on the terrain and the facility built into the brick mountainside.
  11. hagridshut

    [MOC] M-Tron Light Mech

    Nice design! I like the mechanical hand and the magnet hand.
  12. hagridshut

    M Tron cafe

    Haha, this is great! I like the detailed cooking area and M-Tron guys in different hats. Nice use of trans-neon green pieces too, particularly the main radio dish piece stacked with the dark gray one.
  13. hagridshut

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Not a Harry Potter set, but is anyone considering converting this into Malfoy Manor? It's supposed to be an amusement park attraction, but the architecture and "dark artifacts" make it a compelling candidate for the lair of Lucius Malfoy & family. https://brickset.com/article/51362/this-year-s-fairground-set-revealed!
  14. hagridshut

    Fairground Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The moment I saw this, I thought MALFOY MANOR This has all the vibes of the ancestral estate of Harry Potter's schoolyard rival.
  15. hagridshut

    LEGO Sci-Fi 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    I'd forgotten about Star Justice. That would make sense. Star Justice is one of those big sets I kind of wish I'd bought. I remember seeing it in a LEGO store and being reminded of Classic Space. Agreed that this looks like it's from before "Mars Mission". The Mars Mission stuff looks very futuristic, more so than "Life on Mars". Life on Mars vehicles and ships don't look too far ahead of today's City Space, so my guess is that the 2020 Rover is from somewhere near that era. Mars Mission vehicles are also obviously militarized, which the 2020 Rover is not.