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Old 03-30-2019, 01:55 PM   #541
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i'm pretty pumped right now. my daughter turned 6 a couple weeks ago and one of her presents was a basic lego set. up to this point she has had zero interest in lego, but this set was different... the lego had pink and purple pieces... "girl pieces" (as she puts it). i have TONS of lego in our crawl space, but it's "old" (again, as my daughter puts it) - mostly city lego from the later 70s thru the 80's, the early sets of space lego and lots of the earlier star wars lego with a little bit of old technic thrown in too . definitely not "girl lego" - ha! ha!
well, let's just say the 'girl' colours peaked an interest, so this past week my wife posted a 'looking to buy girl lego' ad on some mom's webpage she's on. a lady replied back that her daughter was just going thru all of her lego and getting rid of it and we could stop by and have 'first dibs'.
these are what i got...

https://brickset.com/sets/41317-1/Sunshine-Catamaran
https://brickset.com/sets/41318-1/Heartlake-Hospital
https://brickset.com/sets/41313-1/Heartlake-Summer-Pool
https://brickset.com/sets/41095-1/Emma-s-House
https://brickset.com/sets/41124-1/He...-Puppy-Daycare
https://brickset.com/sets/41039-1/Sunshine-Ranch
https://brickset.com/sets/41104-1/Po...-Dressing-Room
https://brickset.com/sets/41126-1/Heartlake-Riding-Club
https://brickset.com/sets/41175-1/Fi...on-s-Lava-Cave

and then this for my son (if we showed up with nothing 'for him' there would have been a ton of tears)...
https://brickset.com/sets/41100-1/Heartlake-Private-Jet


now here is the kicker... ALL of that for.....
Spoiler!


the cool thing is that this has sparked a huge interest in lego in our son (he's 3.5 yrs) which is awesome.

as much as he loved his private jet he said to me, 'daddy... i have no where to land!?!?'
i told him i'd be right back and went down to the crawl space and grabbed my old airport set and things were all good!
https://brickset.com/sets/6392-1/Airport


i'm just sooooo excited that they are interested in it as it was such a huge part of my childhood!!
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:05 AM   #542
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I actually went to a Lego store for the first time over the weekend. We don't have one in Tulsa, but we were over in OKC for a weekend getaway and I made a point of stopping at the mall to check it out. Our boys loved the minifig creation station. And I went ahead and loaded a pick a brick cup full of 2x4's as they both love just building with them. They are only 2.5 and 4.5, so its still a pretty simple level of building for us.

I unfortunately don't have any Legos from my childhood to pass down so I have started all over with them. We have a few small sets and then I got a bunch of the Lego classic bins to really get the collection going. But there are so many small specialty pieces, we just need more bricks at this point.

I need to keep a better eye on facebook groups to see if I can find anyone unloading collections for cheap like Chris got.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:41 AM   #543
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How do you guys and your young kids handle playing with normal Lego?
Ive got 3 kids, the older ones are turning 5 and 3 this year.

1) The Lego will inevitably break as the kids fight over it.

2) The Lego will inevitably break as the kid plays with it normally.

3) The Lego pieces will inevitably get lost in the house resulting in the Lego not being able to be made anymore (unless we substitute pieces).

And because of 1, 2, and 3 above, my kids are constantly asking me or my wife to re-build it as they cant do it themselves. I like Lego, but it gets annoying.

We actually just get them to free play now instead of building the actual item. Seems to be the key at this age. But they like playing with the complete helicopter, or monster truck or whatever it is way more than being creative at this point.

We've gotten a bunch of sets over the last little while, and Ive hidden them un-opened for now as there's basically a temporary Lego ban on unveiling new sets at my house right now. lol.

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Old 04-01-2019, 09:45 AM   #544
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i'm pretty pumped right now. my daughter turned 6 a couple weeks ago and one of her presents was a basic lego set. up to this point she has had zero interest in lego, but this set was different... the lego had pink and purple pieces... "girl pieces" (as she puts it). i have TONS of lego in our crawl space, but it's "old" (again, as my daughter puts it) - mostly city lego from the later 70s thru the 80's, the early sets of space lego and lots of the earlier star wars lego with a little bit of old technic thrown in too . definitely not "girl lego" - ha! ha!
well, let's just say the 'girl' colours peaked an interest, so this past week my wife posted a 'looking to buy girl lego' ad on some mom's webpage she's on. a lady replied back that her daughter was just going thru all of her lego and getting rid of it and we could stop by and have 'first dibs'.
these are what i got...

https://brickset.com/sets/41317-1/Sunshine-Catamaran
https://brickset.com/sets/41318-1/Heartlake-Hospital
https://brickset.com/sets/41313-1/Heartlake-Summer-Pool
https://brickset.com/sets/41095-1/Emma-s-House
https://brickset.com/sets/41124-1/He...-Puppy-Daycare
https://brickset.com/sets/41039-1/Sunshine-Ranch
https://brickset.com/sets/41104-1/Po...-Dressing-Room
https://brickset.com/sets/41126-1/Heartlake-Riding-Club
https://brickset.com/sets/41175-1/Fi...on-s-Lava-Cave

and then this for my son (if we showed up with nothing 'for him' there would have been a ton of tears)...
https://brickset.com/sets/41100-1/Heartlake-Private-Jet


now here is the kicker... ALL of that for.....
Spoiler!


the cool thing is that this has sparked a huge interest in lego in our son (he's 3.5 yrs) which is awesome.

as much as he loved his private jet he said to me, 'daddy... i have no where to land!?!?'
i told him i'd be right back and went down to the crawl space and grabbed my old airport set and things were all good!
https://brickset.com/sets/6392-1/Airport


i'm just sooooo excited that they are interested in it as it was such a huge part of my childhood!!
OK this is awesome and I can't wait until this phase with my kids!
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:53 AM   #545
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How do you guys and your young kids handle playing with normal Lego?
Ive got 3 kids, the older ones are turning 5 and 3 this year.

1) The Lego will inevitably break as the kids fight over it.

2) The Lego will inevitably break as the kid plays with it normally.

3) The Lego pieces will inevitably get lost in the house resulting in the Lego not being able to be made anymore (unless we substitute pieces).

And because of 1, 2, and 3 above, my kids are constantly asking me or my wife to re-build it as they cant do it themselves. I like Lego, but it gets annoying.

We actually just get them to free play now instead of building the actual item. Seems to be the key at this age. But they like playing with the complete helicopter, or monster truck or whatever it is way more than being creative at this point.

We've gotten a bunch of sets over the last little while, and Ive hidden them un-opened for now as there's basically a temporary Lego ban on unveiling new sets at my house right now. lol.
Unfortunately, at their ages you're going to be dealing with this for a few more years. Unless they're awesome at following step-by-step instructions, they won't be able to build these themselves for a couple years.

As for losing pieces, we made a rule that Lego has to stay in the basement, otherwise we'd have it all over the house.

I've really had to learn to let go with Lego and sets being taken apart and parts used or lost in the big bucket. I used to be pretty Lord Business about it but now I just let them do their thing. If they want to rebuild a set they'll figure it out. My boys are 9 and 10.
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How do you guys and your young kids handle playing with normal Lego?
Ive got 3 kids, the older ones are turning 5 and 3 this year.

1) The Lego will inevitably break as the kids fight over it.

2) The Lego will inevitably break as the kid plays with it normally.

3) The Lego pieces will inevitably get lost in the house resulting in the Lego not being able to be made anymore (unless we substitute pieces).

And because of 1, 2, and 3 above, my kids are constantly asking me or my wife to re-build it as they cant do it themselves. I like Lego, but it gets annoying.

We actually just get them to free play now instead of building the actual item. Seems to be the key at this age. But they like playing with the complete helicopter, or monster truck or whatever it is way more than being creative at this point.

We've gotten a bunch of sets over the last little while, and Ive hidden them un-opened for now as there's basically a temporary Lego ban on unveiling new sets at my house right now. lol.
I think it depends on your kids quite a bit. We have a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The 5 year old is pretty good at building sets by himself (he can do anything where the age range includes 8 years old). He also mostly likes to display them, although he plays with some of the vehicle ones. He gets super mad if his brother takes his sets crashes them though.

Our three year old is much interested in 'playing' with the lego sets, and inevitably breaks them. We bought some of the "junior" vehicle sets for him (helicopter, police truck). Two big reasons are his attention span is long enough to actually build them, and when I'm putting it back together for the 5th time that afternoon it isn't very complicated so doesn't take very long. When he broke his brothers big Ninjago dragon it took me a full hour to put it back together - which was necessary to prevent fight to the death.

TLDR Our older son has all of his sets nicely displayed and keeps them together. Our younger son has a giant drawer of pieces that he puts back together however he wants making new vehicles every time. They both seem happy with that, so keeping their stuff separate has been the key for us.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:09 AM   #547
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Hmm, looks like I need some of these for the time being.

https://shop.lego.com/en-CA/product/...e-Bricks-10692

Maybe my new Lego ban can be lifted as those look manageable for a 4.5 year old.

Being asked to re-build an item 10 times over a weekend gets old real fast and should go into the WRGMG thread.

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RIP my wallet in 2019 -Liebherr R9800 Excavator releases in August

https://zusammengebaut.com/lego-tech...der-box-68666/

Spider crane and car transporter are coming in the summer as well, but no pictures yet
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If you've held off on getting the Saturn V it's now available at Costco.ca for a great price. I'm going to get that and the 911 RSR.

https://www.costco.ca/LEGO-Ideas-NAS...100428600.html
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If you've held off on getting the Saturn V it's now available at Costco.ca for a great price. I'm going to get that and the 911 RSR.

https://www.costco.ca/LEGO-Ideas-NAS...100428600.html
Costco seems to be hit and miss for prices. The RSR is actually $20 cheaper on the Lego site right now. $150 compared to $170
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Costco seems to be hit and miss for prices. The RSR is actually $20 cheaper on the Lego site right now. $150 compared to $170
Are you sure you were looking at the Canadian site? It says $199.99 for me.

https://shop.lego.com/en-CA/product/...-911-RSR-42096
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with our little guy (3.5 yrs) starting to really like lego i went and grabbed this for him that he'll get tomorrow morning for an easter present...

https://shop.lego.com/en-CA/product/Garbage-Truck-60220

he LOVES garbage trucks!


this will be his very first *new* set.... can't wait!
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That is one massive banana. It's bigger than the guy's arm.
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If you've held off on getting the Saturn V it's now available at Costco.ca for a great price. I'm going to get that and the 911 RSR.

https://www.costco.ca/LEGO-Ideas-NAS...100428600.html
Same price on Amazon right now.... and it'll be here on Tuesday.


Oh and while we are talking cool sets ...

The New Tantive IV (Not a UCS?)



a bit pricey at $269.99 CAD
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When we were in Europe a couple of weeks ago we went to Billund and went to Lego house and Legoland. Lego house was pretty awesome. My kid was in heaven. It was an exhausting two days but a lot of fun.
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When we were in Europe a couple of weeks ago we went to Billund and went to Lego house and Legoland. Lego house was pretty awesome. My kid was in heaven. It was an exhausting two days but a lot of fun.
Have you been to Legoland in California? Apparently the Billund one is still owned by Lego, while all the others are owned by Merlin. Be curious to know what is different.
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I have not been to another Legoland, so can't comment. One thing that would definitely be different is the people. Denmark was awesome. People were all very nice and polite. My wife made the comment, "People here are so civilized"



Found this...


https://travelwithboys.com/best-lego...goland-review/


Based on this, It seems lego house isn't at the other legolands, and that was the highlight for my wife and I. It was like a lego science center.
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The Stranger Things set is pretty awesome. So many things, so little money.
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