Lego lovers...

It’s me who has the falcon in the coffee table. I build to enjoy them. My neighbour has tried buying and then reselling sets after they have gone out of production & has never made more than a couple of quid at best. He always thinks he’s going to make a big score & never does

The lad does his six monthly valuation of his collection and tells me that it has gone up in value. He does not seem to grasp that an item is only worth what someone is willing to pay. personally having been bought up playing with the stuff pre-internet I would love to see them built and put on display.

That said though we have met a couple of full-time lego dealers specialising in mint and boxed collectible sets. They do not seem to make a bad living. One told me that when he started out doing it as a side hustle buying and tucking away for five years was the norm. Nowadays, according to him, you have to buy and stash for ten years at least. He is in a position nowadays to go along and buy ten or so sets of each potentially interesting release.

I reckon the bargains of the moment for future potential are discounted on @mazon. just make sure they are in the fully boxed packaging and not the frustration free packaging.

Ducati Panigale @ 30% discount
Defender @ 20% discount
Porsche 911 RSR @ 17% discount
 

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The end of pack seven leaves us with a completed cockpit and rear 'bunk room' complete with several computer screens and twin transyellow opening hatches, and a clever sliding airlock door to the vehicle hanger:
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You are enjoying this immensely I believe:):)

Oh, yes indeed. I have told t'other Mrs Legs that she has created a monster...

I am scouring the LEGO catalogue concurrently with building. I also am trying to figure out how to move/sell/disassemble the living room furniture to make way for LEGO display space. Or maybe the spare room will become a LEGO room. I'm sure Legs Junior won't mind staying in a hotel when he visits. ;)
 
Oh, yes indeed. I have told t'other Mrs Legs that she has created a monster...

I am scouring the LEGO catalogue concurrently with building. I also am trying to figure out how to move/sell/disassemble the living room furniture to make way for LEGO display space. Or maybe the spare room will become a LEGO room. I'm sure Legs Junior won't mind staying in a hotel when he visits. ;)
I like your commitment go for it, there comes a time in all offsprings life when their bedroom gets repurposed.
 

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Pack eight provides the vehicle hanger doors and manoeuvring thrusters. The 1979 Galaxy Explorer had one piece thrusters, whilst the 2022 version has bigger multi-part thrusters. Also, if you look behind and below the thrusters you will see a downward pointing arrow. The original had a single printed piece, whereas now it's cleverly made with multi-depth interlocking pieces. I'm not sure I like the vertical tail pieces though. It seems a little overdone.
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IT'S FINISHED! So time for my thoughts.

Lots of great 'playability' points scored. It's most definitely 'swooshable' if that's your thing. It's fairly robust except for the edges of the wings that are fairly easy to pop off. However the retractable landing struts are pretty robust and look the part.

The vehicle hanger doors have a clever friction latch to keep them closed. The deployable vehicle ramp is a neat touch, and the Rover shoots out at speed. It is held pretty snuggly when packed away though. The sliding airlock door is very clever. I'm still not convinced that it needs so many vertical tailpieces though.

The two engines on the wing pylons do double duty as they easily pop off and then they become 'scooters' for our Astronaut Minifigs, should get them going at a fair clip.

Internally there is space for all four Astronauts in the cockpit - Captain, 1st Officer and two (disposable?) 'Red Shirts' (little Star Trek call back...). Off duty there are two bunks so our crew can have a sleep even with their air tanks on.

The building experience. It was fun! The only LEGO I've built since Legs Junior grew out of it was the Space Shuttle with Hubble. I enjoyed that, although I undertook it as a display model rather than... well... a toy. Plenty of new methods of connecting pieces since my childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Final thoughts. As a 'homage' to the 1979 Galaxy Explorer it is top notch. Similarly shaped, similar spec and similarly equipped (well, except for the little building in the original). The ship has all the features of the original and then some. Instead of the single seat cockpit it takes all four crew plus they have bunksace. Oh, and a robot. I think LEGO Group deserves a hearty "well done" for pulling it off without going overboard. As a nostalgia piece... well, I'm chuffed with it.


@Grownup_Rafbrat - can you please contact LEGO Group and ask them for review kits of all their upcoming sets? Pretty please...?
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It’s me who has the falcon in the coffee table. I build to enjoy them. My neighbour has tried buying and then reselling sets after they have gone out of production & has never made more than a couple of quid at best. He always thinks he’s going to make a big score & never does
Btw. The Falcon table is on its 2nd iteration now! First version has been replaced with one a bit less chunky.
I have a very understanding wife! Both the Falcon & Star Destroyer, along with all the helmets & Probe Droid are displayed in the living room, as are the Defender & Ecto 1.
At Xmas we set up a Lego winter village as well , with train
 

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IT'S FINISHED! So time for my thoughts.

Lots of great 'playability' points scored. It's most definitely 'swooshable' if that's your thing. It's fairly robust except for the edges of the wings that are fairly easy to pop off. However the retractable landing struts are pretty robust and look the part.

The vehicle hanger doors have a clever friction latch to keep them closed. The deployable vehicle ramp is a neat touch, and the Rover shoots out at speed. It is held pretty snuggly when packed away though. The sliding airlock door is very clever. I'm still not convinced that it needs so many vertical tailpieces though.

The two engines on the wing pylons do double duty as they easily pop off and then they become 'scooters' for our Astronaut Minifigs, should get them going at a fair clip.

Internally there is space for all four Astronauts in the cockpit - Captain, 1st Officer and two (disposable?) 'Red Shirts' (little Star Trek call back...). Off duty there are two bunks so our crew can have a sleep even with their air tanks on.

The building experience. It was fun! The only LEGO I've built since Legs Junior grew out of it was the Space Shuttle with Hubble. I enjoyed that, although I undertook it as a display model rather than... well... a toy. Plenty of new methods of connecting pieces since my childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Final thoughts. As a 'homage' to the 1979 Galaxy Explorer it is top notch. Similarly shaped, similar spec and similarly equipped (well, except for the little building in the original). The ship has all the features of the original and then some. Instead of the single seat cockpit it takes all four crew plus they have bunksace. Oh, and a robot. I think LEGO Group deserves a hearty "well done" for pulling it off without going overboard. As a nostalgia piece... well, I'm chuffed with it.


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There's a thought. I wouldn't have to tell the offspring though...
 
When I was young, I was a great fan of Lego. I never had any of my own but played enthusiastically with the Lego owned by friends, cousins etc.

As the complexity and variety has increased over time, I am left feeling that is was perhaps best in its more basic form to build simple structures comprising mostly of 90 degree angles. The current output reminds me somewhat of something designed in a heavily pixelated, 16-bit, Windows 3.1 environment.

The more satisfactory looking stuff is usually for specific, single-purpose model building and therefore lacks the versatility of the original.

The viewpoint of an adult, no doubt.
My partners youngest has got into building Lego due to it’s similarity to Minecraft , an interesting regression.
 

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