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A blast from the past, a really looooooong time ago ... almost like carbon dating.
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"The Set That Started It All"



I was introduced to LEGOŽ when I was around 5 years old. My cousins owned the #40 Universal Building Set. It was the best thing on earth considering we spent most of our day playing marbles, hide-and-seek, or make believe Voltes 5, Star Rangers and/or Jack Q (... yes, before Power Rangers there were Star Rangers: Star Ranger 1 had his own motorcycle. Star Rangers 2 and 3 rode together in a motorcycle with a side car; same setup for Star Rangers 4 and 5 ... Jack Q was like Star Rangers, only their group consisted of 4 characters whose masks were the spade, diamond, clover, and heart ... and I think they rode a van ... moving on ...)

My dad was sent abroad for some work training and he came back home with the #30 Universal Building Set, our very first set!


"Primary School Sets"



We were poor. Selling your soul would not be enough to acquire more LEGOŽ. What would a child do? ... Yes! Save lunch money and starve to death for the sake of the bricks. Whoopie!

The first set I ever bought with that darn lunch money was the #6650 Fire and Rescue Van. The order of the other sets is now murky in my memory ... because, besides LEGOŽ, there were also lunch money purchases of He-Man and Skeletor action figures and Nintendo Game-and-Watch (pre-Gameboy for you youngins).

My first Technic Set was the #8845 Dune Buggy. In fourth grade, a classmate was selling it. I bought it used. It wasn't in the best condition. But I did not care. It was the most awesome toy ever (until, of course, I saw the other newer models later ... @##$%$#%*)! In my mind, it was as real as a car can be - functional steering wheel, shock absorbers, gears, u-joint, etc.

"Secondary School Sets"



We moved. I can't remember if my parents gave away or sold all the LEGOŽ (and action figures and Game-and-Watch). I never saw them again.

The last two purchases I remember before entering the Dark Ages were the #8815 Speedway Bandit and #8832 Roadster. Even after a couple of years, I was still bummed out from losing the #8845 Dune Buggy. Maybe that started the decline ...

I'd put the start of my dark ages around 1992.



Comments

  March 1, 2012
My dark age began in 1998-1999, when Technic sets became very specialised and omitted all of the basic and familiar pieces such as technic bricks. When pipes and moulded fairings became the norm, I left off. It was such a shame.
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  February 23, 2011
8845 was my first intro to technics. up till then it was all the original space lego.
  March 5, 2010
Quoting Master of Fooing Shee Maybe we should change the acronym to R(eally) O(ld) FOLs!
Why not R(eally) O(ld) F(ans) O(f) O() L(ego)??? XD Spell it out!
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  February 5, 2010
6678 ahhh...nostalgia...those were the days of blunt head on Lego action...
  January 28, 2010
HAHAHAHAHA, ok, I did not want to say it, but I remember all of these sets....
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  January 27, 2010
Quoting Mister Bones Dude....how old ARE you? HAHAHA
As old as your bones!... XD
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  January 27, 2010
@shifu: ROFOL! :P Wait, an extra O? Anyway... Nice collection! No wonder you have 2 Masters in your name!
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  January 27, 2010
Dude....how old ARE you? HAHAHA
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  January 27, 2010
Quoting Luka_ Cody geez these are really old :o
Quoting Commander Flare =D GAH... TOO OLD... BLOWING MIND... HELP... XD a
Quoting John Moffat Your dark ages started before I was even born. Wow.
LOL! That's why AFOLs exist! Maybe we should change the acronym to R(eally) O(ld) FOLs!
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  January 27, 2010
geez these are really old :o
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  January 27, 2010
GAH... TOO OLD... BLOWING MIND... HELP... XD and BTW I see you rate a lot of my mocs, would you mind commenting on them too/
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  January 12, 2010
Amazing how for lego has come, my mom had one of the original sets too(though its mine now) Old times :)
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  October 16, 2009
Yep, had a few of those, too. Amazing how a couple of pics can bring back so many fond memories...great stuff. Thanks for the stroll down amnesia lane!
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  October 15, 2009
Ah, memory... Like Yuri, it was always "space legos" for me, never "earth legos." I feel so fortunate that I've been able to hang onto basically all my Lego since the age of four whenever I hear these horror stories of the parents getting rid of collections. We were poor too (plus my birthday's right after Christmas so you just KNOW I was getting hosed on presents over the years), and Lego was almost all I ever wanted or ever got. I could build any toy I wanted, but GI Joe was just GI Joe. He-man was just He-man. Lego: Greatest Toy Ever.
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  September 21, 2009
Lol nice. I have a bunch of old sets sitten around including the original castle (yellow :)) Sorry to hear about you loss of classic sets due to parents.
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  September 21, 2009
Your dark ages started before I was even born. Wow.
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  September 20, 2009
that is AWESOME 2 hear, I like the Shoulen Monks 2
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  August 20, 2009
I'm with Cody, born into the Dark Ages. I never even set eyes on these sets before...but I wish I had. :(
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  August 20, 2009
wow, I don't even think I was born then! it's amazing how far lego has come.
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  August 2, 2009
No, wait! I'm almost sure I had the Technic roadster! AND my dad should still have its instructions in an old (sigh!) photo album, along with some others.
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  August 2, 2009
Ok, wow, I have most of those sets, thanks for the memories!!!!!
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  July 24, 2009
Do you know those bricks without the line in the middle on the inside. Well, I have one of those.I don't know how I even got it lol. ~Moses btw, can you check out my AT-RT v4 please? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/138807
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  July 20, 2009
I had none of these. I was into Space all along. I may do something like this, sometimes. I hope others will, too :)
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  July 17, 2009
ahaha I remember having the little fire truck it's was such a cute set ! Nice to see those old and cool sets... Thanks for your comment !
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  July 14, 2009
hey leo! can you review my new mech? i love these sets.. they bring a feeling of nostalgia even though im only 13 :)
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  July 11, 2009
Very inspiring story about your life-with-Lego. One day I will write my own also! Thanks for sharing.
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  July 6, 2009
THANK YOU!
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  July 6, 2009
heyi have a request when you rate my MOC (Thanks By the way) can you please comment?Thank you
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  July 6, 2009
Great story and I can relate. Never had enough bricks as a kid, and they all got thrown away. Maybe that's why I still occasionally put an MOC together. Loved seeing those old boxes on display. Cheers.
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  July 2, 2009
You have an interesting story with LEGO, nice post any way. It's really impressive how LEGO improved a lot thru years, who could imagine that some people couldn't tell that some creations are made of LEGO bricks!? I'm looking forward to see what this great company is coming up with in the future.
  July 1, 2009
Looks like it must have been a lot of fun. Too bad i'm too young to have been around at that time. The first set I got was either the LEGO system set 4244, or one of the old castles.
 
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