As kid I’ve played with Lego City and space sets, later I moved to Lego Technic.
This Lego Technic Space Shuttle (8480) was one of the last sets I bought as a teenager. It’s a great Lego Technic model (abstract and with a lot of functions).
Yes, that’s one of the many problems with Lego: It seems like they are concentrating solely on making UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) sets for adults for crazy prices…
Lego City and Lego Technic got horribly bad. Generally Creator sets (especially 3-in-1) are nice. Lego Friends wouldn’t be that bad if it weren’t for those figures…
I do. For some reason I got a video from him recommended by YouTube several years ago and I remembered him at the end of last year. I’ve watched a bunch more of him since then.
Regarding alternative brands:
I’m a Star Trek fan and thanks to the Held I know that since beginning of this year BlueBrixx starting releasing Star Trek models (44 sets total at the moment).
BlueBrixx is a German company importing and selling brick sets. They are also making their own sets but they don’t produce bricks themselves (those are bought from Chinese manufactures). The Star Trek models are officially licensed from Paramount/CBS and designed by BlueBrixx.
Here you can see just the bricks brands BlueBrixx is selling: BlueBrixx
But there are many, many more.
Most are Chinese.
COBI is a nice example for a company producing in EU only (they are Polish). They are making mostly stuff for adults though (vehicles, military).
The Arc de Triomphe is not good. Why is it white, and especially: why is it square??
One very important building is missing…
Hmm, now that I think about it… maybe Lego put it on fire so they don’t have to live with the shame not including Notre-Dame in this architecture set? But it survived.
Haha, who am I kidding? They have no shame!
For this person who got the Lego set I also got this MOC which is a really great Paris skyline:
Of course it has Notre-Dame!
And if you like, for some reason, you can remove that screwdriver from the top of it.
It’s also bigger than the original, more or less a beefed up version, let’s call it: A Remaster!
A lot of parts have been introduced since 1979, but they didn’t go too crazy on that model. But it has a nice modern finish with tiles.
There are quite a lot of custom parts but it’s all about prints this time. Yep. No stickers. Crazy! (Can you hear all the Star Wars fans weeping?)
It doesn’t come with cool moon landscape base plates though.
It’s like Special Editions of Monkey Island but no code wheels
Yep, classic space. I like those simple helmets without visor!
(Don’t try this at home! If you live in space.)
Yes, this applies to many of the models, IMHO. Some parts are very good, but other … well …
Some of the bigger Architecture models are better in that way. Really great are for example the London models, for example the tower bridge (which has a friend of mine):
The modular buildings are really great. They are designed to have a lot of fun during the building process: They are full of details and at least I am surprised which ideas the designers had. For example they used croissants to build ornaments on a roof:
They used to get broken. I loved that they used this in the Lego movie(s):
I loved the plot twist at the end of the movie. The picture of “Benny” is from the second movie, which I have to watch too.
Same here, never heard of it. But it was after my active Lego time and back then I was never a fan of robot models. And after seeing the pictures, I have to admit that I like the “classic” space sets more. Especially the monorail(s) were great: