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    Happy Birthday, Lego.

    Google's logo right now is made of Lego bricks, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the bricks.



    According to Wikipedia, it's not the 50th anniversary of the company (it's much older), but the brick system as we know it today was introduced in 1958.

    I grew up with these toys. I had (and have) a ton of them, and many an afternoon was spent annoying my parents with the sound of me digging through a large box, looking for just the right piece, and many messes were made constructing and reconstructing all kinds of items, and generally leaving special pieces laying about, for quick retrieval, or "I might need that later."

    I rarely made the model depicted on the box more than once. It was more fun to build other things. It makes me kind of sad that there are so many pieces now that are good for only one thing, the picture on the box. It was a lot more fun when a bunch of nondescript pieces went together to eventually form something recognizable, and then those same pieces could be used to make something completely different.

    Was Lego a huge part of anyone else's childhood? Anyone still play with them?

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    Yeah, I had more than my fair share of lego space sets growing up. Used to spend hours building giant spaceships with all kinds of doo-dads.

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    I miss when my daughter was young enough to play with stuff like that. I would play right along beside her. I could still have fun with those toys today.
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    I used to love playing with lego, particularly Technic. I could play with hours with it.

    My younger sister won a competition for the regular lego blocks, the lucky so & so. She got the closest to the number of blocks in a large container and won it. There was over 5,000 pieces which, if we were nice to her, we were allowed to play with.
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    Is it odd that I can still remember the exact feeling of a small piece of lego beneath my foot?

    I used to play with lego a lot... that and another system called Construx. Between the two of them, I (and my parents, I'm sure) stepped on a lot of little pieces of plastic

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    I had quite a few sets that I saved up allowance to buy at King Norman's Kingdom of Toys. The best and my all time favorite will always be the Classic Space Galaxy Explorer. That was the ultimate space ship and nothing ever topped it in my book. I also saved up for the first Castle series when it came out in '83 ? I always planned on keeping at least some of them but the pure evil that is my older sister sold them at a flea market.

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    Happy Birthday, Lego!



    I used to also enjoy playing with an erector set. Anyone remember those? Could be one reason I wound up as a mechanical engineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    Yeah, I had more than my fair share of lego space sets growing up. Used to spend hours building giant spaceships with all kinds of doo-dads.
    Heh. Extra bonus points if a car could transform into a spaceship of some sort.

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    Is it odd that I can still remember the exact feeling of a small piece of lego beneath my foot?
    Only if you can determine which piece it is, and what color.

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    another system called Construx.
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    I used to also enjoy playing with an erector set.
    Ah, I had a chest full of Construx as well. Not quite as flexible, but easy to make really big stuff. I went in search of some more of them at some point, but there were none to be found. I guess they didn't last long.

    I had one small Erector (*giggle*) set as well, but I guess they'd fallen out of favor by then, because I didn't see many of them around.

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    Lego's were for wimps!
    the really cool kids played with lincoln logs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Is it odd that I can still remember the exact feeling of a small piece of lego beneath my foot?

    I used to play with lego a lot... that and another system called Construx. Between the two of them, I (and my parents, I'm sure) stepped on a lot of little pieces of plastic
    Legos are cool, i've got a bunch still built sitting on the top of my dresser at home (i'm too lazy to take them apart and pull out the boxes to put them away).

    I always thought Construx were waaaaaay cooler though. I had (still have) a bunch growing up and during college i picked up a huge box of them on EBay. I still have yet to get them out and make anything cool since i got them though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen View Post
    Happy Birthday, Lego!



    I used to also enjoy playing with an erector set. Anyone remember those? Could be one reason I wound up as a mechanical engineer.
    yes'm Erector Set was great for children. Not only the engineering aspect that you achieved but the simple working with tools is a plus.

    Lincoln Logs and what was that other one with the sticks and the connectors were disks with holes in the sides...TinkerToys, that is it.

    With three brothers, we had 'em all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psydotek View Post
    Legos are cool, i've got a bunch still built sitting on the top of my dresser at home (i'm too lazy to take them apart and pull out the boxes to put them away).

    I always thought Construx were waaaaaay cooler though. I had (still have) a bunch growing up and during college i picked up a huge box of them on EBay. I still have yet to get them out and make anything cool since i got them though...
    My son liked the Construx. Early 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Lego's were for wimps!
    the really cool kids played with lincoln logs!
    Yeah, Lincoln Logs! We had the square (not round) ones from the late 50's.

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    I like teh legos. The legos nowadays are lame

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    I played with Legos more than any other toy. In fact, if I had some here right now I probably wouldn't be typing this because I'd be busy playing with them. When I was young I also played with Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, and Construx, but Legos were always more versatile. My brother had an Erector set, but we never used it much because it was a lot more trouble and we didn't have enough pieces.

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    Loved my Legos, Tinkertoys, Erector Set, Lincoln Logs, and Girder & Panel as a kid.

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    Yep, used to love the Legos too.

    And yep, the newer ones all have lots of model specific parts, so it has gotten lamer...

    There's a program you can download from Lego thats basically a virtual Lego set.
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    My parents still have a big box of 30 to 40 year old Legos from when my brother and I were kids. It is cool to watch/help my boys play with them. I agree, life was better when Lego had no truly specialized parts.
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