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    Classic Space
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  1. hagridshut

    Do you "follow the instructions", build your own, or both?

    Interestingly varied responses! Haha, I can imagine Harry, Ron, Hermione, and all the Hogwarts kids rocking out, while Snape and Filch look on in horror.
  2. As a Lego enthusiast, do you "follow the instructions" and build sets for collecting/display, build MOCs, or both? Question inspired by these scenes from The Lego Movie: Follow the Instructions for a happy life Escape from Bricksburg I am conflicted. As I child, I always followed the instructions, but then disassembled the sets after a few days to build MOCs or add components to existing MOCs. Decades later, I've re-built many of my old sets using the original instructions. I occasionally buy new sets because I like the designs, although I inevitably end up tinkering or tweaking the designs if I think improvements can be made. Some of my old sets are missing a lot of pieces. I integrate them with other partially complete sets or even brand new sets to form creations that are half-MOC (builds that have subsections which are recognizable from an original set or sets, but may have sections from other sets or custom builds).
  3. hagridshut

    How would you clean used Lego?

    DO NOT use a washing machine! Hot water can warp pieces. Prolonged agitation can add scratches or other damages to pieces. I clean used Lego by putting a few drops of un-scented, clear liquid dish soap into a glass bowl and then filling the bowl with cool or warm water (do not use hot water). I then put the pieces into bowl. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub pieces. I place scrubbed pieces into another bowl. Once pieces are scrubbed, I rise them with clean water several times. To dry pieces, shake water off, and place them stud-side down on a clean towel to dry overnight. A salad-spinner can also be useful for getting excess water out of bricks before placing them out to dry.
  4. hagridshut

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    I agree that as the villain in the story, he was a clever creation and excellent opposition to the heroes. I just didn't like him, because he has the personality of a scam artist and reflects the worst aspects of "bro culture". Which was probably the intent of the movie creators!
  5. hagridshut

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    The Rex Dangervest Spacesuit w' Jetpack minifigure is probably one of my favorites from this series. I despise the character, but the jetpack, dual-molded legs, and detailed printing all make for a very interesting and unique minifigure. Reminds me a bit of Boba Fett.
  6. hagridshut

    "Golden Age of Lego"

    For me it was 1985-1995, but that’s because I am a Space theme fan. 1994-1995 were the years of Spyrius and Unitron, which are the last two Space themes that I found really enjoyable. The Space themes that came after, like Exploriens and Insectoids, seemed to have clunkier and less aesthetically pleasing designs. I didn’t particularly like the two Mars series, or the 2013 series with insect-like invaders. Space Police III in 2009 was good, as are many of the sets from The Lego Movie and TLM2, but there’s no consistently good space line anymore.
  7. hagridshut

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

    I began playing with Lego near the end of the Classic Space era. Twin Starfire and Intergalactic Command Base are my earliest memories of assembling Lego sets. While I was not as prolific a collector as some of my childhood friends, I did consistently buy many of the smaller space vehicles during the period spanning Futuron through Spyrius. What I miss most about the Classic Space era is that it actually required a lot of imagination and encouraged expansion. For example, look at the Intergalactic Command Base. It's a volumetrically large structure, but only a bit more than 300 pieces, and much of it is unused space. While there's a lot going on: a rocket launch facility, spaceship launcher, and hover vehicle, the builder seems to be almost enticed to add things. That's what I did. I built rooms on the empty ground level where the support pylons are located. I added more computers, places to sit, and equipment racks to the main deck and control room. When what I wanted to do outgrew the basic structure, I demolished the whole thing and re-built a new Space HQ MOC by combining pieces of the base with elements from other Classic series sets. A few years later, I was very fortunate to receive a Blacktron II Alpha Centauri Outpost as a gift. Again, this is an imposing structure that is mostly empty. This set too, turned into a sprawling, crazy MOC with a Space Traffic Control tower, starship maintenance facility (complete with gantries and catwalks for workers to bring welding equipment and replacement parts), and strategy room for plotting exploration or military campaigns in deep space. I do not mind themes like Star Wars and Ninjago. I own several Star Wars Lego sets, but they are in no way a replacement for the "classic" Space themes. Star Wars and Ninjago already have a story written for them, and the sets are often so intricate and complete, that they feel more like display models to me than imaginative toys. I watched a YouTube video review of Ninjago City, for example, and it is delightful in its detail and clever features, but I don't feel compelled to modify or expand it. The same goes for the many variations of the Millennium Falcon. It would almost feel like smudging someone else's finished painting! Sets from The Lego Movie and The Lego Movie 2 probably come closest in spirit to the sets of the classic Space era. Yes, there's a story to TLM, but it is one of continuous evolution, destruction, rebuilding, and creativity. A huge number of the vehicles and buildings in those movies are modified, blown up, cobbled together into something different, or combined across themes. The whole franchise encourages creative endeavors. That's my 2 bricks on the subject. Sometimes, less is more. Classic Space sets often had a lot fewer bricks than SciFi sets today, but the relative simplicity of classic Space encouraged the builder to put more of themselves into modding and creating.