Anyone here collect toys/Action Firgures?

SouthtownKid

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The size of sets are all over the place, depending on what you want to pay for. The Disneyland castle set is 4,000-some pieces for example and takes most people several days to put together. Some sets look kind of janky, true, but, in general, I'd say LEGO models have a more polished appearance today than when I was a kid, due to more brick variety and blocks with smooth surfaces instead of studs on top.
It's those custom pieces that make the sets look so cheap and lazy. Like the sides of the drag car. At one point, a set like that would have simulated the sides of the car with existing lego bricks. And it would look Lego-y, but that's part of the point. The culstom pieces make it look not like Lego, but also not as good as a regular plastic model would. So there's no meaning to it, imo.
 

terry.330

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Agreed.

I started to really notice it when my nephew was getting Bionical sets. They looked like shit and he was putting them together in like 5 min because the custom pieces were like half of the set.

At least on the higher end sets they're almost all regular pieces and they look awesome. The new 89 Batmobile that's like 3' long is insane.
 

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That dragster you're talking about isn't a normal LEGO set, it's Technic, and that's an almost completely different building system. Traditional LEGO stud blocks are very minimal, almost nonexistent, in Technic sets. The models are composed mostly of girders, rods, gears, and posts--Technic is more comparable to an Erector/Meccano set (but with pegs and holes instead of screws and nuts). A Technic car is more like a real car in construction: a frame with internal mechanisms and chassis pieces attached on top of that, not an object built up out of bricks.

Bionicle/Hero Factory are more customizable action figures than traditional building sets. You assemble a simple buck body and then attach armor chassis bits and weapons to that. They're mostly ball-and-socket and Technic peg affairs; again regular LEGO stud bricks are minimal with these. I like them and own several, but, they deviate quite a bit from traditional LEGO expectations too.

The Thor, Thanos, Spider-man, and Iron Man mech suit sets I recently bought are probably more the direction that Bionicle should have gone, but, Bionicle was pretty popular and profitable for a while too.
 
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Space used to be its own dedicated line, like Castle and Pirates, but, LEGO has stated that they're trying to move away from that and fold more of the thematic stuff into the broader Creator 3-in-1 line rather than having a bunch of sublines, which I understand and support. Contemporary, realistic space exploration fits with the City theme, wilder, futuristic stuff like the green alien above doesn't.
 

terry.330

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Bionicle and Ninjago are the dumbest shit Lego has ever produced second only to the NBA line they had awhile back. That was just baffling.
 

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I like both Ninjago and Bionicle, but, it's been established that I have shit taste in everything. 😂 I didn't know there was LEGO NBA; focused on mini figures I would guess (I don't know that we'd need a dozen different courts/stadiums)?

Ninjago is pretty popular, probably largely because of the TV show--those generally help drive toy sales. I just looked on Wikipedia and 376 different boxed Ninjago building sets have been released since 2011, that's both impressive and scary.
 
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My all time favorite LEGO sets were the Space Police in the nineties. I had the gigantic police ship with the removable prison cell inside. I even made a stop motion film using an old 8mm film movie camera. Those were the days....
 

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I liked the vintage LEGO Space Blacktron and M-tron sets.
 
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More fooking LEGOs.

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Yes, I had to get the Friends Central Perk set, even though I don't really give a shit about the TV show.

And I felt bad for my outnumbered and outgunned Battle Droids in the 501st set, so, now things are more evenly balanced (well, not really with a Jedi padawan in the mix, but, somewhat fairer).

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Initially, the blocky Minecraft sets turned me off, but, thinking about it more, they're good retro style LEGO design and Minecraft is arguably one of the best possible fits (pun intended) for an intellectual property adapted into building blocks.

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If any of you want to get into LEGOs, or introduce your children, this Classic 1,500 piece set is a great starting point and an excellent value (compare the $160 I spent on the 1,267 piece Star Wars AT-AT to $40 for this: 233 more bricks for 1/4 the price, that's crazy good!) I might pick up another box of these myself to build up my stock of multicolored basic bricks even more, for custom builds (I've been thinking of doing some video game pixel art with them). The 4-99 age recommendation cracks me up too. Fuck off if you're 100+ I guess!

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One more large Ninjago set still en route, then maybe I'll take a break from burning through my money on LEGOs...maybe. The new Star Wars Probe Droid and Harry Potter Fawkes the Phoenix kits are enticing.

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I was just going to put the three gals under my pillow tonight and truthfully tell you all that I slept with all three women. Maybe Joey too; Matt LeBlanc is so super hot (squee--swoon)!
 

sylvie

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No just dominate the women by sticking them down your penis. Make Ross, Chandler, and Joey watch.
 

M

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I'm a firm believer that things should come out of my urethra, not enter it. I'm into Soundwave and his cassette menagerie, not sounding.
 

sylvie

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Look, it's better than having a penis small enough to fuck lego sized women. There's probably some masculine law of nature about this very thing, but trust me when I say: if you can't fuck it, force it to fuck you in reverse
 

M

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Last LEGO set arrived Ninjago Fire Stone Mech. Reminds me of the giant samurai in Suckerpunch and you know I love that. Murt & Moe, the little orc dudes, are SO fucked. Seriously, the theme of a lot of LEGO sets seems to be the heroes overcompensating for tiny brick dick or something.

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Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy plush I snagged from the bin at the thrift store before I left after work. They had the brown bear and purple rabbit too, but, fook them, they weren't battle damaged like this one. The previous owner cut off the the tags, which always pisses me off (shakes fist at sky and unleashes the collectard howl lamenting the loss of mintness).

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May the 4th be with you! So, I opened and built one of my Star Wars sets.

LEGO AAT (Armored Assault Tank). 286 pieces.

The tank is pretty sweet and a reasonably accurate model of the source material. The build was fairly engaging (3 large bags of bricks and several smaller ones). There are two spring-loaded projectile launchers in the front bumper, and they pack quite a punch--you could probably knock a mouse unconscious with one and my cat was like, "Holy crap, what was that?!" when I test fired one (not at her) and she chased after and pounced on it. Both the body and turrent have opening hatches. The turrent cockpit is way too small though--you can fold up a Battle Droid to make them fit when it's closed, and those robots ARE designed to do that, but, I don't know how they'd aim or control the cannon in that position! No wheels on the bottom, just transparent convex disc bricks that facilitate it sliding over a surface and simulate hovering--for play purposes, small wheels would have been better. The largest cannon swivels up/down and the turrent rotates VERY freely--so you can swing Jar Jar Binks (not included) around like the fool he is?

You get Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, her Clone Trooper, and two Battle Droid mini figures. Ahsoka wields a pair of lightsabers and the others get a blaster pistol each. Ahsoka has two expressions on her head cylinder, but the clone only gets one. Usually, the bad guys are horribly outnumbered and outgunned in LEGO sets, and I'd say that this kit is a nice change of pace, but, realistically, Ahsoka is going to utterly destroy the droids and their tank in seconds!

I paid a discounted 32 bucks for this set, which is normally forty, but, even so, I'd say it's still a bit overpriced, but, you're paying for the Star Wars license too, so, that's expected. Other than the price tag, and a few design quibbles, I am pleased with this kit and would recommend it if you're interested. 4.3/5.0 stars.IMG_20210504_220714659_48.jpgIMG_20210504_205421022_48.jpgIMG_20210504_214150683_48.jpg
 

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M, one of these days you should take a pic of where you keep all these kits. I want to see what your hoard looks like
 

M

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M, one of these days you should take a pic of where you keep all these kits. I want to see what your hoard looks like
I don't display them, I just disassemble them enough (cars usually slide in as-is) that they'll fit back inside the boxes and toss/stash them somewhere in the house. I've got probably a couple dozen I haven't even opened or built yet (and three more on the way in the mail this week). Those are my future M got laid off/disabled/fired projects. 😁
 

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No one misses Jar Jar Binks.
Everyone misses Jar Jar Binks (with their lasers, explosives, and lightsabers); that's the only reason he's still alive. LoneSage was right, he's secretly Force sensitive and fucking with us all.
 

profholt82

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I went on a He-Man kick about a year ago, and bought about a dozen of the classic figures from the 80s. My daughters love to play with them, so I keep all the little weapons set aside because those things get lost easily. Somehow I still had Orco, He-Man, Skeletor and Mosquitor from when I was a kid even though all the rest of my toys were long gone. Cool that they survived.

As far as the new ones I picked up last year, Tongue Lasher and Robotnick were probably the coolest looking. And I like Kobra Khan because when you squeeze his head, he spits out water mist. I chase the kids around with him. Hahaha
 
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