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What is LEGO?



LEGO (trademarked in capitals as LEGO) is a line of construction toys manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. The toys were originally designed in the 1940s in Denmark and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, video games, competitions, and four Lego themed amusement parks.

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The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934 his company came to be called "Lego", from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".

It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947. In 1949 Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". These bricks were based largely on the patent of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the United Kingdom in 1947. Lego modified the design of the Kiddicraft brick after examining a sample given to it by the British supplier of an injection-molding machine that the company had purchased. The bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were a development of traditional stackable wooden blocks that locked together by means of several round studs on top and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they required extraordinary effort to be separated.

The Lego Group's motto is det bedste er ikke for godt which means 'only the best is good enough'. This motto was created by Ole Kirk to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly. The motto is still used within the company today. The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned after poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.

By 1954 Christiansen's son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their locking ability was limited and they were not very versatile. In 1958 the modern brick design was developed but it took another five years to find the right material for it. The modern Lego brick was patented at 1:58 p.m on January 28, 1958;bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks.

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Shamelessly stolen from Wetwired's OP for the last Lego thread.





Click the logo to be taken to the Lego home page for the theme.







All currently available Lego themes







In addition to all the regular themes, Lego also has sets and sub themes aimed at adult fans of Lego (AFOL) and those with deeper pockets.





Ultimate Collector Series

Once reserved for just Star Wars, the UCS series has branched out into Super Hero territory and beyond in the past couple of years. Featuring absolutely massive and intricate builds, these sets are made to be displayed with pride.

They are also on the pricier side, ranging anywhere from $200-$500+ a pop.




Modular Buildings: Prices range from $150-$300 MSRP

Released at a rate of one per year for the last several years, the modular buildings are designed to mimic buildings seen on a normal downtown street. Beginning with Cafe Corner, a new building was released each year to keep the street growing. Beginning with Green Grocer (now OOP), the buildings started to feature extensive interior details. Like the UCS sets, these tend to spike in price once going out of print.

These sets also feature a fantastic price per brick ratio, as sets average 2000+ pieces for only $150-$200. The newest Modular, Assembly Square, was their biggest and most expensive yet.





Lego Creator Expert: Prices range from $80 MSRP and up

From miniature modular buildings to the Ferrari. From Winter Cottages to Tower Bridge. These sets, usually identified by their blue boxes, are timed exclusives to Lego stores and feature very detailed builds and high piece counts. These sets also spike in price in the after market after going out of print.







One of the most iconic pieces of Lego, and what helps drive the collector craze. Not only do many sets come with unique mini figures, but Lego also releases a line of unique figures. Each series consists of 16 different figures, and it is a mystery as to what you get in each package.



Or is it? Many figure out tricks to decipher which figure is in which bag. One method is to know the dot code that is embossed on the packaging itself. This one is a bit trickier than the good ole feel method. Just feel the bag to figure out which figure is inside. The trick is to feel for unique pieces to certain figures, such as the unique wings that are on the Man Bat figure show above, or Santa's sack of toys. Is it an exact science? No, but it will help you get the figures you want to complete your collection.

There is also an active community in here for trading figures among users.



Wanting to display your mini figures? Our very own Wetwired, Lego Nut Extraordinaire has one of the coolest methods for displaying your collection:

Wetwired's Flickr Gallery of Minifigures



The frames are IKEA Ribba Frames.
 

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What is the VIP program? It is a program at LEGO stores and on LEGO.com where you earn points for every dollar spent. For every 100 points, you get $5 in credit to use later at a LEGO store or on LEGO.com. Basically a free 5% rebate to use later.

Occasionally (usually October and March), LEGO runs double VIP days, where you earn 10% back instead of 5%. This is a great time to buy tons of stuff and accumulate points to redeem later.



In addition to earning points to use later, VIPs also sometimes enjoy exclusive sets like the wonderful Mini Modulars, and also get early access to new sets. This year VIPs were allowed early access to Palace Cinema, Tower of Orthanc, Ewok Village, and others.



TLDR: It pays to be a VIP member. And it is FREE.








Below is one of the single most useful things you can own if you are into Lego.





The new and improved Lego Brick Separator. You can buy it on its own, but over the last year Lego has been putting them in most moderately expensive sets, so it is easy to amass a collection of them.



What can you do with them?









Easily separate bricks. Whether it be plates, bricks, or jumper plates.







Use the flat edge to pop flat tile pieces off. Great when disassembling the Modular series.









Use the technic peg at the top of the tool to remove axles and pegs.




But for the ultimate use of them, you need two of them for this dirty little secret:



Use two to pull apart plates that are together, including the ultra annoying 1x2 tiles stacked on each other.













So, now that you have amassed a large collection of plastic bricks, how do you store them? And how do you sort them?



There is no perfect or official way to sort your collection. But there are several popular methods for keeping your stash of bricks organized and neatly out of the way (to avoid fights from significant others).





1) Sort by type, not by color. If is far easier to find a red 1x1 brick in a sea of randomly colored 1x1 bricks than it is to find that brick in a sea of identically colored bricks of all sizes.

-Exception: If you have significant quantities of one particular color of a certain type of brick. It usually works out better to make a separate stash for that one brick in that one color. You will know when you get to that point. This is the preferred method of Wetwired and some others on here.



2) Organize bins by type: this is an extension of the above idea. Keep all your 1x? bricks separated in their own area, and all your 2x? bricks separated in another. Labeling your drawers/bins with what style (1x? tiles, 1x? bricks, 2x? bricks, wheels, windows, etc) makes it easier to find the parts you need quickly. Having a drawer with a pocket for wheels, and a pocket for 1x2 plates while your 1x3 plates are in another drawer just adds confusion.



However, once you hit a certain size to your collection, why not separate by both color and piece? Many ERA members have stuff sorted by color, but in each color bin it is sorted by piece.



It really is all about what works best for you. These are all merely suggestions to get you started down the road of sorting and storage. What works for one member may not work for others.



Again, it is all personal preference. Some prefer to keep their sets separate and in Ziploc bags. Some like to lump their entire collection together.



The three most popular methods (outside of custom cabinets for those lucky people) are:



Stanley Sortmaster


Small, stackable bins with adjustable pockets inside. Easy to stack in a corner or slide under the bed. Also fairly inexpensive, and easy to keep buying more as your collection grows.



Plastic storage drawers


Small, shallow, and easy to put on a table. These are clean and out of the way, and easy to label. The only issue is if you want to move the cabinets. The backs are usually open, so tilting the cabinet can result in pieces spilling out. However, if you don't move the bins much, these are very clean and easy to organize pieces.



Third is to use lots of these guys:



Separate containers for each piece type (or however else). This is nice because you can pull out only what you need, and if you need a larger bin you just dump your smaller one into the larger one and can keep expanding. Easily labelled, and cheap to buy as well. These are also nice to use when building a new set. I particularly like dumping a bag into a separate bin. It keeps things organized like they came in the box, but I still get to dig for pieces like all the psychos that mix them all.





I have recently added Stack-On sorting bins. They can easily be found at hardware stores or online.







The 12x12 Sterilite drawers are also very handy. Inside are the Ziploc brand plastic food containers in different sizes. Only thee Ziploc ones seem to fit perfectly though, and should be the shorter height ones.





Again, there is no perfect solution. You gotta do what feels right for you, and what you can do with whatever space you have in your home.



A gallery of my storage methods.



Or take a gander at Ryuuroden’s awesome storage drawers.
















The best thing about Lego is the infinite replay ability of it all. You can take a set apart and rebuild it, or you can take it to its logical conclusion and begin creating your own sets. This is referred to in fan circles as MOCing.

Links to galleries are provided as well. Thank you to the posters that wanted to share!


Wetwired's genius at work:





He even got it made into an actual set!



Dark Knight Rises Batcave
by Brent Waller, on Flickr



Some of Wetwired's work on display.



He almost got an X-Files set made, but it failed the LEGO Ideas inspection.



Mulder and Scully with Mulder and Scully!
by Brent Waller, on Flickr

Even if it didn’t get made into a set, it still got the seal of approval from the people that really mattered.



My Bookstore MOC:



Gallery of images of the Bookstore



My Steampunk Airship MOC (which Ryuuroden will shame by turning the idea up to 11 in 2016.)







Dwarfing the Sea Cow





Oh, and I have a remote for it. :)







Gallery of my Halloween diorama for 2013, which utilizes many Monster Fighters sets.



Halloween 2015 MOC





Ryuuroden’s amazing work:

A gallery of Ryuuroden’s MOCs



His comically massive Orthanc MOC.







There will be no dawn for men!



Kotaku reporting on his ridiculously awesome work.



SiegfriedFM’s brilliance at play:

Neo Classic Pirates: Black Seas Barracuda





Shaana





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PhoncipleBone

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These sets are ones that are usually very well regarded by many of us here on ERA. Many I will personally recommend, and others I have not secured yet but come highly recommended by other users on here. Links and prices are for LEGO USA.



































There are obviously many more that come recommended by users on here. Feel free to ask for other suggestions from all the fine people here.







There are additional waves of Batman sets due to release this year, as well as movie tie in sets for Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Pirates of the Caribbean.



Rumored UCS or Expert sets include a massive POTC ship, carousel, Star Wars Snowspeeder, and a new revision to the UCS Millennium Falcon.








Minifig or Minifigure - The official name for the little LEGO men and women.

MOC - My Own Creation, the term used in the community to describe your LEGO creations.

Stud - The name given to the little protruding round circles on the top of LEGO bricks.

AFOL - Adult Fan of LEGO

TFOL - Teenage Fan of LEGO

TLC and TLG - The LEGO Company and The Lego Group respectively.








(Click the pics for purchase links)

Stuff for kids and adults. Some contain exclusive mini figs inside (great for collectors and thieves), while some feature great building ideas and MOCs that many of us cannot begin to dream of creating ourselves.























LEGO BATMAN, OUT!




PSA: AS A REMINDER, THIS IS FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT LEGO BRAND PRODUCTS. WHILE THE OCCASIONAL TALK OF KRE-O OR MEGABLOKS IS FUN AS THEY ARE LEGIT PRODUCTS, TALK OF LEPIN IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED DUE TO THEIR THEFT OF IDEAS AND DESIGNS. THANK YOU.
 
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Really wishing I had a picture of my modular layout with the newly added Assembly Square to welcome the new thread, but unfortunately away on vacation now. Still, glad to see it back!
 
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So back on that other place, I mentioned I ordered a Mario K'Nex kit because the minifig intrigued me

I put it together today.

Yucky. Stinky. No no no no. Don't buy K'Nex construction kits. Just buy the minifigs if you want a sorta-Lego compatible Mario character minifig. It was a simple Mario Kart. It had like 15 pieces. They didn't snap together right. They're weird rounded bricks that look like the sandbags you get in dollar store army men bags. Either they're far too loose, or one piece just outright did not fit into the other and I had to force it on. The kart itself is one giant piece of plastic that is about 2x the scale of the minifig for unknown reasons. The chassy just kind of sits in the kart, with a two stud connection, so if you pick it up, it falls right off because two studs is not enough to lock the under carriage in place. They don't give you enough parts to have both alternate wheel types assembled to switch on the fly, you need to take the hub caps off every time you switch between gravity and anti-gravity. To make matter worse, if you accidentally put the hubcap on the wrong side of the tire, RIP, it never comes off. So I can't even change to anti-gravity mode because I don't have enough hubcap pieces because they're locked onto the tires because I built the tires backwards on accident.

The minifig is alright, but pretty awkward. Very limited range of movement, although you can rotate the hips so Mario can look a different direction without moving his head, which Lego can't do. I guess Mario is a robot now or something. That's a good way to describe the motion. It's very robotic and stiff and nothing can really have any range of movement. The legs don't even go back far enough to have Mario in a proper jumping pose. Nothing other than the bottom holes on the feet are compatible with Lego. Even the hands have awkwardly small pins that don't fit in Lego arms.

I give it a 3/10, only because the minifig looks alright, and in a pinch to make a Mario Lego build, he can work good enough.

Also hello Lego-Era. I didn't post that much in the old world, but I was around.
 
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So happy to see this new home. Was a long time lurker, and Lego was my favorite thread. Will try and be more active here, esp if he Harry Potter DTC set pans out.
 
#24
So is ResetEra more the New Republic or the Resistance? Or is this more after A New Hope where they've just won their first battle against the Empire
 

PhoncipleBone

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For everyone that survived the migration: welcome!
I am aware that there are some broken images and links in there, but that is par for course with the new site. They might self correct or I will fix later.
Also, depending on how this goes, I might update all the info to more reflect late 2017 than when I first made the thread back at the end of 2016. But that is going to take a lot of work. Right now, I am just happy that many of us landed here.

HUGE thank you to Kswiston and BronsonLee for this.
 

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I also want to thank everyone for pitching in and bringing people together during the exodus. While it was open at the beginning, restricting it to Ghostmind and myself for a bit was for the best to prevent trolls in. And thank you to Ponn and Ryuuroden for managing invites as well when the other site went back up to allow us to get more people to the lifeboats.
Everyone's assistance in rescuing as many members as possible was invaluable, and goes to show what a great community we had before, and still have here.
 
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Incredible OT!

Here is one of my favorite builds I've ever done, it's actually been together for over 20 years now:



I still plan on making a newer and better version, started planning it out but just need to get the brick order together.
 

PhoncipleBone

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So I won the goddamn contest right
Contest ain't up yet, Bronson! But don't worry, it will still be cheap enough for ya when it goes up.
I should post it next week, along with a new deadline of around christmas time. Give enough time for new members to join and come up with ideas. Also give time for a prize pool to develop.


On a different note, I added a PSA at the end of the OP about the discussion of LEPIN products. While the occasional Kre-O and Megabloks discussions are fun since they have original designs, LEPIN is extremely discouraged since they outright steal and bootleg other's ideas and designs.
 
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Incredible OT!

Here is one of my favorite builds I've ever done, it's actually been together for over 20 years now:



I still plan on making a newer and better version, started planning it out but just need to get the brick order together.
Straight fire
 
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