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Carbohydrates
Nov 22, 2006

Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog.
Law don't go around here.
Savvy?


This is the new LEGO thread for LEGO fans of LEGO! We're starting again here because the old one is very long, very disjointed, and a bit outdated.
(old thread)

So you've (re)discovered LEGO!

Welcome (back)! This thread should be useful to you, whether you're rediscovering all those awesome sets you had in the 70's/80's/90's/00's or just getting started for the first time. We'll be happy to answer any questions you've got, such as advice on your current MOC (My Own Creation, the term used for a model you've designed yourself) or what set your mystery piece came from.

I myself just got back into LEGO last year and am blown away by some of the awesome sets and themes available right now. Check 'em out here:

http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/

There are subthemes of your traditional Space, Castle, City, Trains, Technic, and all sorts of others available, as well as licensed themes like Star Wars, Prince of Persia, and Toy Story (if you look back a couple years, you'll find Batman and Indiana Jones, too), so there should be something to interest you.

Also, LEGO has taken notice of its large adult following and has available a number of sets aimed largely at the AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) crowd, such as the following ridiculously badass sets:



It's a pretty great time to be lookin' at LEGO.

MOCs (My Own Creation)

MOCs are what keep the community alive. There are a ton of bricks available and a ton of creative people making great things with them. If you've only ever collected and built sets by the instructions, consider taking something apart and trying to create something new with the pieces! It's the most rewarding part of this hobby. Here's neat stuff made by goons from the last thread:


by TremorX


by InfinEight


by Shuppiluliumas


by 3


by pbpancho


I made that one!

Sorting and Cleaning

If your collection has been stashed away in an attic for a while or you just bought yourself a random bunch of bricks, it's probably disorganized and likely dirty. A lot of us like to use compartmental tackle boxes or, better yet, units with many small sliding plastic drawers. You can sort by part type or color. It's generally a better idea to sort by type since a color is easier to pick out of a pile at a glance than a certain shape of brick, but for large collections, you'll probably want to sort by color first and then organize each color by part type.

As for cleaning, many have had positive results throwing a bunch of LEGO into a pillowcase, tying it off, and running it through a short cycle in a washing machine.

Acronyms and Key Terms

This isn't hugely important, but LEGO fans tend to speak with acronyms and terms that can be hard to follow. These are some that get used a lot:
- MOC, My Own Creation, something you designed yourself.
- AFOL, Adult Fan Of LEGO
- SHIP, Seriously Huge Investment in Parts. A couple of those giant spaceship MOCs in the OP, for example.
- SNOT, Studs Not On Top, which is any building technique where the studs point any direction but straight up.
Here's a more complete list: LEGO Glossary

Things to point your cursor at and click on

Here are some links and resources that you might find useful:

- Bricklink, an online LEGO marketplace run by AFOLs all over the world. You can find whatever parts and old sets you need here - the combined inventory is staggering. It's easy to get carried away. It also has an extensive parts catalog for informational purposes.
- Peeron, a comprehensive informational site with parts listings, set inventories, parts color availability, and free building instructions for almost any set 4 or more years old.
- Brickset, a clean and high-quality website with listings of sets available by year, reviews and comments on them, and the ability to track your own set collection and wanted list.
- LEGOONS, the SA Flickr group.
- Brickshelf, free image hosting for LEGO-related images.
- MOCPages, where you can post and receive feedback for your MOCs.
- LDD, or Lego Digital Designer, a user-friendly CAD program for designing MOCs that can then be ordered through LEGO's website.
- LDD Universe Mode, which unlocks a massive pile of pieces and colors to use in LDD, but you cannot order Universe models through LEGO.
- LDraw, another LEGO CAD program. It's community-made and while not as user friendly, does include essentially the entire Lego parts library. It also includes powerful tools for making photo-quality 3d renders of your models.
- Brothers Brick, a fantastic blog that showcases news and MOCs from the worldwide community.
- Classic Castle, castle blog!
- Classic Space, space blog!
- Rail Bricks, train blog (and magazine)!

edit: Check this stuff out if you wanna be completely blown away:

Captain Invictus posted:

The last thread was chock full of display pieces like ships and such, as well as plenty of videos of truly amazing things like Autofabrik above, or The Lego "Useless Machine", the stunning piece of art Pop-Up Kinkaku-Ji, Containment; the auto-functioning space salvage facility (complete with working mineral harvester, cargo train, and garbage dump conveyor), Pirates and the NXTfied Theatre, or the working Lego 40k Dreadnought(with some extra computer stuff).

edit 2: How to buy a set in pieces from Bricklink, a handy guide by djfooboo: click

Carbohydrates fucked around with this message at Jan 22, 2012 around 03:45

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InfinEight
Apr 25, 2007

What planet is this again?-- OH SHIT

Bout time we had a new thread! If you're a lego lover, be sure to check this thread often for info on sales and deals. We all like to bargain hunt and will share info on Toys 'R' Us and Lego.com specials.

As for myself, anyone can check out my gallery here:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/g...i?m=ragnarock01
Or on Mocpages:
http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/1193

Here's to another good thread!

Carbohydrates
Nov 22, 2006

Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog.
Law don't go around here.
Savvy?


I made some figs for all the Western crap I've been doing lately. All guns and pointy implements are from Brickarms.


Official LEGO figs with better equipment


Bandits and thugs


Morally ambiguous gunslingers with mysterious pasts and townfolk

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

Carbohydrates posted:

I made some figs for all the Western crap I've been doing lately. All guns and pointy implements are from Brickarms.


Official LEGO figs with better equipment


Bandits and thugs


Morally ambiguous gunslingers with mysterious pasts and townfolk

Why are so many of their hands upside down?

Carbohydrates
Nov 22, 2006

Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog.
Law don't go around here.
Savvy?


Flavor Bear posted:

Why are so many of their hands upside down?
Hahah I knew that would bother someone / a lot of people. For the angles of the guns, mostly. They can't hold a gun straight up vertical or down at their hip as if they just drew it if the hands are facing the right way. They can only hold stuff extended out in front of them.

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

They're awesome anyway.
I am torn about BrickArms stuff.
I'm not as much of an anal purist as I was when I was a kid, but I still don't know that I could tolerate their presence if I ordered some.

That Awful Nick
Oct 7, 2008

Excuse me, sir. Can I see your license and registration?


When the new Imperial Shuttle comes out I am buying that thing and then locking myself away for weeks until I have MOC'ed up a complete hangar-scene diorama with it. Moff Jerjerrod will be promising to redouble his efforts to get the Brickstar built in my den or I will simply not be satisfied with my Lego skills.

Boneitis
Jul 14, 2010


I wish legos didn't cost so much. I'd buy the poo poo out of that train

Shuppiluliumas
Nov 9, 2006


Those are some sweet figs, Carb. I am very excited to see your western town come together. Definitely an underrepresented theme in official sets and in what AFOLs build as well.

As for personal links, here's me on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/34338074@N06/

Also, if you happen to be in Pennsylvania, northern Delaware or south Jersey, consider looking up the LUG (Lego Users Group) I'm a part of!

http://pennlug.forum-motion.com/forum.htm

There are other clubs scattered around the country and around the world, so if you ever feel the need to be surrounded by other people who know what the hell you're talking about when you rant about which Slave I best captured the look of the original, or how Space totally went downhill after Exploriens, you do have some options.

Also, BrickFair, the big east coast Lego fan event, is in a couple weeks. We'll be at the Dulles Expo Center August 7-8, so consider coming down. There'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 registered attendees, most of whom will bring MOCs. My club is bringing a massive layout.

http://www.brickfair.com/

Flavor Bear posted:

They're awesome anyway.
I am torn about BrickArms stuff.
I'm not as much of an anal purist as I was when I was a kid, but I still don't know that I could tolerate their presence if I ordered some.

I feel the same way. The problem for me is that they make more than weapons. Like, look at this little beauty (the clip holding the rocket on)and tell me you can't imagine a ton of uses for it.

Big Mean Jerk
Jan 27, 2009

I've never done good things.
I've never done bad things.
I never did anything out of the blue.


Using BrickArms stuff is just as bad as using MegaBloks.

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

Big Mean Jerk posted:

Using BrickArms stuff is just as bad as using MegaBloks.

Yeah, that's what a little voice in my head tells me every time I consider making a purchase from there.

ExtraNoise
Apr 11, 2007



I've been sort of interested in starting a collection of just the figs. I looked into it a year or so ago and realized quickly how ridiculously enormous a collection like that might be. Is it a silly idea? Are there any sites out there that note where certain figs came from?

Tanith
Jul 17, 2005

Private transactions


Shuppiluliumas posted:


I feel the same way. The problem for me is that they make more than weapons. Like, look at this little beauty (the clip holding the rocket on)and tell me you can't imagine a ton of uses for it.


Glue two hands back to back and make your own?

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

Tanith posted:

Glue two hands back to back and make your own?

I'm too anal to buy non-official bricks and accessories, I'm sure as poo poo not gonna cut up bricks.

Shuppiluliumas
Nov 9, 2006


ExtraNoise posted:

Are there any sites out there that note where certain figs came from?

If you go to Bricklink (link in OP) then Catalog, then Minifigs, you'll find a complete listing of them. Also note that you could probably put the down payment on a new car for the cost of a complete set of Star Wars figs. People sometimes buy the larger sets, sell the figs and basically recover the entire cost of the set that way.

itthingy
Aug 27, 2009


edit: ^^^^ Yeah or that

ExtraNoise posted:

I've been sort of interested in starting a collection of just the figs. I looked into it a year or so ago and realized quickly how ridiculously enormous a collection like that might be. Is it a silly idea? Are there any sites out there that note where certain figs came from?

I happen to have the LEGO Book (thanks to a loving girlfriend and a birthday like a month after I saw it and said 'I want this a lot.') and it comes with Standing Small, which ~90 pages of minifigures, between 3 and 15 per page (about 10 per page on average) and as I glance through it, I recognize that even that is missing several for each one (like I have a king or two that I don't see under the LEGO Castle pages). So you're looking at in excess of a thousand minifigs.

edit 2: Or in excess of a hundred thousand jesus christ

Carbohydrates
Nov 22, 2006

Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog.
Law don't go around here.
Savvy?


Big Mean Jerk posted:

Using BrickArms stuff is just as bad as using MegaBloks.
I'm OK with aftermarket stuff for figs, but absolutely not for MOCs. I can re-shoot all those figs holding generic revolvers and rifles tomorrow if you'd like.

runlegosleeprepeat
Jun 17, 2010


So is this just an OCD Lego nerd thread? I'm way into Legos, I use them for my job, I teach kids how to use them properly, but I'm not excited about the decoration pieces the way you guys are. I'm much more interested in how Legos can be used to express engineering ideas and actually DO things.

Some MOC's I've made:
motorized & hand-controlled tower crane with block & tackle, moving trolley, rotating boom, trussed tower.
motorized car with rack & pinion steering, 2-speed transmission, rear differential - all operable from remote.
motorized pneumatic robot arm, complete with creepy life-like grip.
motorized telescopic handler with pneumatic controls, accumulators, skid-steer drive system.
elevators, conveyor belts, transmissions, battle trains, race cars, top spinners, inchworms, gondolas, etc.
many many more...

I'd be happy to share some of my creations, but I'm afraid it'll get lost among all the fancy spaceships and other crap (sorry, that's just one guy's opinion).

DocBubonic
Mar 11, 2003

Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis

Big Mean Jerk posted:

Using BrickArms stuff is just as bad as using MegaBloks.

MegaBloks never seemed to fit quite right with lego pieces. I think that's why I don't have MegaBloks. Brickarms stuff fits well with lego pieces. In addition, they tend to make pieces that Lego doesn't. I really like the bandoliers and holsters put out by Brickforge.:



Carbohydrates
Nov 22, 2006

Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog.
Law don't go around here.
Savvy?


runlegosleeprepeat posted:

So is this just an OCD Lego nerd thread? I'm way into Legos, I use them for my job, I teach kids how to use them properly, but I'm not excited about the decoration pieces the way you guys are. I'm much more interested in how Legos can be used to express engineering ideas and actually DO things.
Hey, different people like LEGO for different things. Some like the fancy spaceships, some like the minifigs, some use it as a medium for sculptures and busts, and some use the Technic side of things for advanced mechanics like yourself. I think we'd be more than happy to see what you've come up with, but I don't see any need to disparage somebody else's appreciation of the hobby because they prefer a different aspect.

3
Aug 26, 2006
-tagonist


Nice OP, and I'm not just saying that because I'm in it

I know LDD gets ragged on a lot, especially in non-universe mode, but I use it religiously because I have brain problems. That also means I know my way around the program pretty well, so if anyone needs help getting around LDD's more interesting quirks, I'm your man.

Uglycat
Dec 4, 2000


runlegosleeprepeat posted:

So is this just an OCD Lego nerd thread? I'm way into Legos, I use them for my job, I teach kids how to use them properly, but I'm not excited about the decoration pieces the way you guys are. I'm much more interested in how Legos can be used to express engineering ideas and actually DO things.

I'd really appreciate your participation in this thread. I have an NXT, an RCX, the dark side developer kit and the droid developer kit, and I play with my autistic brother.

And I kinda got obsessed myself as a result, lol.

But yeah, I'll want tips and advice and such. But right now I'm such a novice, I'd like just about the most basic stuff you have.

Pain Wizard
Mar 26, 2010



I'm glad there's a new Lego thread, I started into the old one at one point but that was a terrifying prospect.

On the other hand I just recently moved back to the town I grew up in, which means all my old Legos are around here somewhere. If I make anything impressive (will not happen) I'll be sure to put it in here. Also, engineering dude: I'd love to see that kind of stuff, though I'm sure my own moving parts Legos are all long broken.

djfooboo
Oct 16, 2004



Fantastic thread title.

Just bought Atlantis Exploration HQ. I'm a sucker for all that trans-green.

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

It costs you four hundred thousand dollars to change this avatar...for twelve seconds.

runlegosleeprepeat posted:

So is this just an OCD Lego nerd thread? I'm way into Legos, I use them for my job, I teach kids how to use them properly, but I'm not excited about the decoration pieces the way you guys are. I'm much more interested in how Legos can be used to express engineering ideas and actually DO things.

I'd be happy to share some of my creations, but I'm afraid it'll get lost among all the fancy spaceships and other crap (sorry, that's just one guy's opinion).

I'm sure we'd all love to see examples of your stuff, but leave your condescending tone at the door. "Your stuff doesn't automatically run a car-building assembly line? Heh, what crap"

The last thread was chock full of display pieces like ships and such, as well as plenty of videos of truly amazing things like Autofabrik above, or The Lego "Useless Machine", the stunning piece of art Pop-Up Kinkaku-Ji, Containment; the auto-functioning space salvage facility (complete with working mineral harvester, cargo train, and garbage dump conveyor), Pirates and the NXTfied Theatre, or the working Lego 40k Dreadnought(with some extra computer stuff).

In fact, Carbohydrates, if you want to stick the links to those videos in the OP as examples of what Legos are capable of, go right ahead. Everyone needs to see them anyways, as they're all pretty amazing.

mmx2000
Sep 19, 2008


Captain Invictus posted:

I'm sure we'd all love to see examples of your stuff, but leave your condescending tone at the door. "Your stuff doesn't automatically run a car-building assembly line? Heh, what crap"

The last thread was chock full of display pieces like ships and such, as well as plenty of videos of truly amazing things like Autofabrik above, or The Lego "Useless Machine", the stunning piece of art Pop-Up Kinkaku-Ji, Containment; the auto-functioning space salvage facility (complete with working mineral harvester, cargo train, and garbage dump conveyor), Pirates and the NXTfied Theatre, or the working Lego 40k Dreadnought(with some extra computer stuff).

In fact, Carbohydrates, if you want to stick the links to those videos in the OP as examples of what Legos are capable of, go right ahead. Everyone needs to see them anyways, as they're all pretty amazing.

OMG that 40k dreadnaught is AWESOME. Makes me wish I did better in my computer engineering classes.

I'm currently working on a giant spaceship myself, and have started on part of the side of the ship. I want an array of 4 launch tubes (for fighters, no missiles; also not to scale, whole ship will probably only be like 3ft long), can't make up my mind if I want them like this:

[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]

or like this:

[ ]-[ ]
[ ]-[ ]

If that makes sense. I have a concept done of the 2nd way in LDD, but it just seems... lackluster compared to what most of you make. There's no SNOT involved, which makes it seem very simplistic. I'll post up pics later, on the wrong computer atm.

TremorX
Jan 19, 2001

All Hail Big Hairy Mike

I ran across this yesterday and thought it was cool as poo poo.

http://roila.org/

I have an NXT kit, and while I can usually build some OK stuff, the programming has just never clicked in my head.

kensei
Dec 27, 2007

Bo Knows Posting


Wooo hooo new thread with an awesome OP.

I still plan on doing the Exclusive European Advent Calendar order again this year, and my goal is to get it in by September.

This year it looks like it will be Kingdoms Set 7952:

(click for big)

The goods:


It isn't up on bricklink yet, but I will keep checking and updating this thread.

mmx2000
Sep 19, 2008


Speaking of castles, just stumbled across this amazing piece of work:









from here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=414806

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

It costs you four hundred thousand dollars to change this avatar...for twelve seconds.

I love it. Ancient and gloomy, ancient and gloomy, ancient and gloomy, LASERS

Mascot
Feb 10, 2010


Big Mean Jerk posted:

Using BrickArms stuff is just as bad as using MegaBloks.

For some projects, you just need to get some custom gear. This is a ghostbuster MOC I built last year, and the guys all have brickforge proton packs, particle guns, and gun belts and Ray has brickforge goggles.



You can't get this kind of completeness from standard LEGO.

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

Mascot posted:

For some projects, you just need to get some custom gear. This is a ghostbuster MOC I built last year, and the guys all have brickforge proton packs, particle guns, and gun belts and Ray has brickforge goggles.



You can't get this kind of completeness from standard LEGO.

You could totally build a proton pack using one of these as a base.

Sham I Am
Jan 14, 2008
I Am Sham

I am curious as to how much you guys tend to spend on this hobby a year?

eightysixed
Sep 23, 2004

You can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don't mean just like in no paper cup, I'm talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald's. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?


This makes me want to start buying LEGOs again

Flavor Bear
Jan 13, 2008

Bear Love is Best Love

Sham I Am posted:

I am curious as to how much you guys tend to spend on this hobby a year?

According to peeron, I have spent $633.50 (without sales tax) since last December.

But that's going in cold without any old LEGO from when I was a kid or bought at a junk sale.
I think I would have spent way less if I had a good stash of bricks.

afflictionwisp
Aug 26, 2003

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Sham I Am posted:

I am curious as to how much you guys tend to spend on this hobby a year?

Trying to stay under $800 this year, which is almost certainly pretty light compared to a lot of people.

Mascot
Feb 10, 2010


Sham I Am posted:

I am curious as to how much you guys tend to spend on this hobby a year?

I tend to spend about $2,000 a year on LEGO, but that number is a bit misleading...because I tend to make about that much or more selling LEGO each year as well.

The recent upswing in people's LEGO interest has left the market rife with money-making potential

Sham I Am
Jan 14, 2008
I Am Sham

Mascot posted:

I tend to spend about $2,000 a year on LEGO, but that number is a bit misleading...because I tend to make about that much or more selling LEGO each year as well.

The recent upswing in people's LEGO interest has left the market rife with money-making potential
So you buy bricks to replace the bricks you just sold? Or are you buying and selling used kits?

Nighttheii
Nov 21, 2007
hi

So, i made a robot i guess, i think my camera sucks.

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That Awful Nick
Oct 7, 2008

Excuse me, sir. Can I see your license and registration?


Sham I Am posted:

So you buy bricks to replace the bricks you just sold? Or are you buying and selling used kits?



It's more like "buy two copies of set, build one, wait for the set to go out of production or stop being available at retail outlets, then sell the second set at a markup that covers at least the cost of both."

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