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LEGO |OT5| DARKNESS! NO MONEY! (or Break the Rules! Mix the Bags!)

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Apr 12, 2005

What is LEGO?

LEGO (trademarked in capitals as LEGO) is a line of construction toys manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. The toys were originally designed in the 1940s in Denmark and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, video games, competitions, and four Lego themed amusement parks.
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The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934 his company came to be called "Lego", from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".
It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947. In 1949 Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". These bricks were based largely on the patent of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the United Kingdom in 1947. Lego modified the design of the Kiddicraft brick after examining a sample given to it by the British supplier of an injection-molding machine that the company had purchased. The bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were a development of traditional stackable wooden blocks that locked together by means of several round studs on top and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they required extraordinary effort to be separated.
The Lego Group's motto is det bedste er ikke for godt which means 'only the best is good enough'. This motto was created by Ole Kirk to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly. The motto is still used within the company today. The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned after poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.
By 1954 Christiansen's son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their locking ability was limited and they were not very versatile. In 1958 the modern brick design was developed but it took another five years to find the right material for it. The modern Lego brick was patented at 1:58 p.m on January 28, 1958;bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks.
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Shamelessly stolen from Wetwired's OP for the last Lego thread.

Click the logo to be taken to the Lego home page for the theme.

Probably the most diverse and all encompassing theme for Lego sets out there. Almost all sets come with complete instructions for three different models. Sets include things ranging from dragons to eagles, cars to jets, and houses to robots. One of the most well regarded themes going right now, and the best gateway sets to introduce someone to Lego. It is also the theme with the greatest bang for your buck, with many sets coming in below the magical $.10 a brick threshold.

One of the most popular and enduring themes in Lego history. It focuses on city life and normal city services. Popular sub themes include Fire Fighters, Police, and Construction. LEGO City must obviously be more crime infested than NYC in the Marvel Universe since all they have are police and fire sets. However, we did get underwater exploration stuff in 2015…

Introduced in 2012 to much controversy, Friends was a series designed mainly to appeal to girls. Featuring unique figures unlike any other Lego series, the sets also feature bricks in very unique colors such as pastels and pink. The uniqueness of the brick colors make this a popular theme with collectors.
Don't be put off by the girly nature of the sets, as the sets are still full blooded Lego goodness, and feature many neat and advanced building techniques. It also represents good everyday life items and scenes that seem woefully unserved by the City theme.
There are even subthemes available in Friends, such as jungle explorers and pop star fantasy.

LEGO® Brand Disney Princess allows girls to build and play stories from their favourite fairytales. Princesses including Cinderella, Ariel, Merida and Rapunzel, in glamorous dresses, will come to life for them as they recreate romance, adventure and heroism. LEGO Brand Disney Princess has all the elements, such as castles, towers, a carriage, treasure chests, gateways and more, for girls to play out these classic stories, time after time. Yet among the spells, secrets and hidden treasures¬ there is plenty to inspire them to build their own fairytales.

One of the biggest selling themes for Lego, the Star Wars theme encompasses not only the film series, but also the animated Clone Wars series as well as extended universe properties like The Old Republic. The cream of the crop from this line is the Ultimate Collector's Series (UCS) line. Massive sets focused on extreme detail and meant to be displayed proudly.
New this past year were sets tying into the Rebels TV show, and The Force Awakens.

Featuring some of your favorite super heroes from Marvel and DC. Many sets are on the smaller side, as the big appeal of this theme is the array of mini figures. But there are some fantastic builds from them as well.

You can't keep a good ninja down. One of the best selling themes ever, LEGO took it out of circulation in 2013. But due to overwhelming demand, Ninjago made its triumphant return in 2014, and continued its domination throughout 2015.

If Friends was made to appeal to female fans of the City theme, then Elves appeals to the magic and fantasy female fans. Featuring wonderful fantasy elements as well as unique colors and builds, Elves is a welcome addition to the LEGO family.

Newly returned in 2015! In the LEGO® BIONICLE® world, six Toa must seek the Masks of Power before they fall into the hands of the evil Makuta and his helpers. Children can easily build and rebuild durable action figures. Each Toa comes with an elemental mask and a golden power mask, as well as a mask pop-off trigger. Figures can also be combined to enhance powers. On the Mysterious Island of Okoto, fight Skull Spiders and their evil lord! Fend off their attacks with cool dual weapons and rapid fire shooters! LEGO BIONICLE sets offer children intuitive building, intense action play, cool weapons and the chance to save the world from evil!

Scooby-Doo, where are you!? Rumored to be a one off theme, the small assortment of sets released in summer 2015 may be the only things we get from the classic and beloved cartoon. Featuring the entire gang, as well as villain figures to unmask, this theme basks in the warm glow of nostalgia.

Designed to recreate famous buildings in micro scale, this series appeals mainly to adults and make fantastic desk decorations. Some sets are vastly overpriced in the price per brick ratio, but some are amazing display pieces, such as White House. New entries to the series coming in 2016 include skylines to famous cities.

For the truly advanced builder, Technic focuses more on the mechanical and engineering aspect of Lego. From gears and levers, to actual motors and pneumatics, these sets are both challenging and rewarding to assemble.

Technic a little too tame for you? How about building an actual working robot? Used in universities around the world to help teach robotics, the Mindstorms line has just been updated with the brand new EV3 kit.

Have an idea for a set? Upload it to the LEGO Ideas website. If it gets enough votes and approval from LEGO, it could become a real set that anyone can buy. Just look at what happened to Wetwired!

It started with one little micro world set, and then it became four. Now, Minecraft is exploding into a full fledged line, complete with mini figures!

Cute and fantastic little creatures. Each wave features three tribes, with three sets per tribe. Buy all of one tribe and download instructions for how to make a Max Mixel. Also very popular for MOCs due to the unique joint pieces.

LEGO® DUPLO® bricks are twice the size of ordinary LEGO bricks – perfect for small hands and growing imaginations. For ages 5 and under.

The nice stopgap between Duplo and the rest of the LEGO line, the Juniors series features small and simple builds, but also fun and unique mini figures. Another bonus is the printed parts.

BREAK THE RULES! Introduced in 2015 is the ultimate LEGO video game, Dimensions! Featuring a vast and ever expanding world, you can by special sets that allow you to upload the characters and creations from the set into the game world. It also allows you to cross over with many other worlds. How else can you actually have Doc Brown fly the TARDIS!?

All currently available Lego themes

In addition to all the regular themes, Lego also has sets and sub themes aimed at adult fans of Lego (AFOL) and those with deeper pockets.

Ultimate Collector Series
Once reserved for just Star Wars, the UCS series has branched out into Super Hero territory and beyond in the past couple of years. Featuring absolutely massive and intricate builds, these sets are made to be displayed with pride.
They are also on the pricier side, ranging anywhere from $200-$300+ a pop.

Modular Buildings: Prices range from $150-$200 MSRP
Released at a rate of one per year for the last several years, the modular buildings are designed to mimic buildings seen on a normal downtown street. Beginning with Cafe Corner, a new building was released each year to keep the street growing. Beginning with Green Grocer (now OOP), the buildings started to feature extensive interior details. Like the UCS sets, these tend to spike in price once going out of print.
These sets also feature a fantastic price per brick ratio, as sets average 2000+ pieces for only $150-$200.

Lego Creator Expert: Prices range from $80 MSRP and up
From miniature modular buildings to the Ferrari. From Winter Cottages to Tower Bridge. These sets, usually identified by their blue boxes, are timed exclusives to Lego stores and feature very detailed builds and high piece counts. These sets also spike in price in the after market after going out of print.

One of the most iconic pieces of Lego, and what helps drive the collector craze. Not only do many sets come with unique mini figures, but Lego also releases a line of unique figures. Each series consists of 16 different figures, and it is a mystery as to what you get in each package.

Or is it? Many figure out tricks to decipher which figure is in which bag. One method is to know the dot code that is embossed on the packaging itself. This one is a bit trickier than the good ole feel method. Just feel the bag to figure out which figure is inside. The trick is to feel for unique pieces to certain figures, such as the unique wings that are on the Man Bat figure show above, or Santa's sack of toys. Is it an exact science? No, but it will help you get the figures you want to complete your collection.
There is also an active community in here for trading figures among users.

Wanting to display your mini figures? Our very own Wetwired, Lego Nut Extraordinaire has one of the coolest methods for displaying your collection:
Wetwired's Flickr Gallery of Minifigures

The frames are IKEA Ribba Frames.


Apr 12, 2005

What is the VIP program? It is a program at LEGO stores and on LEGO.com where you earn points for every dollar spent. For every 100 points, you get $5 in credit to use later at a LEGO store or on LEGO.com. Basically a free 5% rebate to use later.
Occasionally (usually October and March), LEGO runs double VIP days, where you earn 10% back instead of 5%. This is a great time to buy tons of stuff and accumulate points to redeem later.

In addition to earning points to use later, VIPs also sometimes enjoy exclusive sets like the wonderful Mini Modulars, and also get early access to new sets. This year VIPs were allowed early access to Palace Cinema, Tower of Orthanc, Ewok Village, and others.

TLDR: It pays to be a VIP member. And it is FREE.

Below is one of the single most useful things you can own if you are into Lego.

The new and improved Lego Brick Separator. You can buy it on its own, but over the last year Lego has been putting them in most moderately expensive sets, so it is easy to amass a collection of them.

What can you do with them?

Easily separate bricks. Whether it be plates, bricks, or jumper plates.

Use the flat edge to pop flat tile pieces off. Great when disassembling the Modular series.

Use the technic peg at the top of the tool to remove axles and pegs.

But for the ultimate use of them, you need two of them for this dirty little secret:

Use two to pull apart plates that are together, including the ultra annoying 1x2 tiles stacked on each other.

So, now that you have amassed a large collection of plastic bricks, how do you store them? And how do you sort them?

There is no perfect or official way to sort your collection. But there are several popular methods for keeping your stash of bricks organized and neatly out of the way (to avoid fights from significant others).

1) Sort by type, not by color. If is far easier to find a red 1x1 brick in a sea of randomly colored 1x1 bricks than it is to find that brick in a sea of identically colored bricks of all sizes.
-Exception: If you have significant quantities of one particular color of a certain type of brick. It usually works out better to make a separate stash for that one brick in that one color. You will know when you get to that point. This is the preferred method of Wetwired and some others on here.

2) Organize bins by type: this is an extension of the above idea. Keep all your 1x? bricks separated in their own area, and all your 2x? bricks separated in another. Labeling your drawers/bins with what style (1x? tiles, 1x? bricks, 2x? bricks, wheels, windows, etc) makes it easier to find the parts you need quickly. Having a drawer with a pocket for wheels, and a pocket for 1x2 plates while your 1x3 plates are in another drawer just adds confusion.

However, once you hit a certain size to your collection, why not separate by both color and piece? Many GAF members have stuff sorted by color, but in each color bin it is sorted by piece.

It really is all about what works best for you. These are all merely suggestions to get you started down the road of sorting and storage. What works for one member may not work for others.

Again, it is all personal preference. Some prefer to keep their sets separate and in Ziploc bags. Some like to lump their entire collection together.

The three most popular methods (outside of custom cabinets for those lucky people) are:

Stanley Sortmaster
Small, stackable bins with adjustable pockets inside. Easy to stack in a corner or slide under the bed. Also fairly inexpensive, and easy to keep buying more as your collection grows.

Plastic storage drawers
Small, shallow, and easy to put on a table. These are clean and out of the way, and easy to label. The only issue is if you want to move the cabinets. The backs are usually open, so tilting the cabinet can result in pieces spilling out. However, if you don't move the bins much, these are very clean and easy to organize pieces.

Third is to use lots of these guys:

Separate containers for each piece type (or however else). This is nice because you can pull out only what you need, and if you need a larger bin you just dump your smaller one into the larger one and can keep expanding. Easily labelled, and cheap to buy as well. These are also nice to use when building a new set. I particularly like dumping a bag into a separate bin. It keeps things organized like they came in the box, but I still get to dig for pieces like all the psychos that mix them all.

Again, there is no perfect solution. You gotta do what feels right for you, and what you can do with whatever space you have in your home.

A gallery of my storage methods.

Or take a gander at Ryuuroden’s awesome storage drawers.

The best thing about Lego is the infinite replay ability of it all. You can take a set apart and rebuild it, or you can take it to its logical conclusion and begin creating your own sets. This is referred to in fan circles as MOCing.
Links to galleries are provided as well. Thank you to the posters that wanted to share!

Wetwired's genius at work:

He even got it made into an actual set!

Dark Knight Rises Batcave by Brent Waller, on Flickr

Some of Wetwired's work on display.

He almost got an X-Files set made, but it failed the LEGO Ideas inspection.

Mulder and Scully with Mulder and Scully! by Brent Waller, on Flickr
Even if it didn’t get made into a set, it still got the seal of approval from the people that really mattered.

My Bookstore MOC:

Gallery of images of the Bookstore

My Steampunk Airship MOC (which Ryuuroden will shame by turning the idea up to 11 in 2016.)

Dwarfing the Sea Cow

Oh, and I have a remote for it. :)

Gallery of my Halloween diorama for 2013, which utilizes many Monster Fighters sets.

Halloween 2015 MOC

Ryuuroden’s amazing work:
A gallery of Ryuuroden’s MOCs

His comically massive Orthanc MOC.

There will be no dawn for men!

Kotaku reporting on his ridiculously awesome work.

SiegfriedFM’s brilliance at play:
Neo Classic Pirates: Black Seas Barracuda


Author's home


Apr 12, 2005

These sets are ones that are usually very well regarded by many of us here on GAF. Many I will personally recommend, and others I have not secured yet but come highly recommended by other users on here. Links and prices are for LEGO USA.

31044- Park Animals. $14.99

Mixels- $4.99 each

76036- Carnage’s SHIELD Sky Attack- $12.99

76031- Hulk Buster SMASH!- $29.99

21108- Ghostbusters Ecto-1
Why should you buy it? Because it was designed and brought to life by our very own Wetwired!

75082- TIE Advanced Prototype $39.99

70734- Master Wu Dragon $39.99

21304- Doctor Who $59.99

70736- Attack of the Morro Dragon $69.99

31039- Blue Power Jet $69.99

75102- Poe’s X-Wing Fighter $79.99

10248- Ferrari F40 $99.99

Modular Building Series. $149.99-$199.99

10247- Ferris Wheel $199.99

70751- Temple of Airjitzu $199.99

75060- UCS Slave 1 $199.99

76042- SHIELD Helicarrier $349.99

75827- Ghostbusters Headquarters $349.99

The new original LEGO theme of 2016 is called Nexo Knights. Let’s hope it is a worthy replacement for the fantastic Ultra Agents theme, which deserved much better.

And supposedly THREE Star Wars UCS sets. Echo Base, Snowspeeder, and potentially a new Death Star!

Minifig or Minifigure - The official name for the little LEGO men and women.
MOC - My Own Creation, the term used in the community to describe your LEGO creations.
Stud - The name given to the little protruding round circles on the top of LEGO bricks.
AFOL - Adult Fan of LEGO
TFOL - Teenage Fan of LEGO
TLC and TLG - The LEGO Company and The Lego Group respectively.

(Click the pics for purchase links)
Stuff for kids and adults. Some contain exclusive mini figs inside (great for collectors and thieves), while some feature great building ideas and MOCs that many of us cannot begin to dream of creating ourselves.


Jun 13, 2011
Nice work, i even browsed through it which is something i almost never do with OTs , i made sure i didn't miss a little gem in the "recommended" section but alas, i didn't :( i know indeed of all the sets currently out that i have any interest in!


Apr 14, 2011
I will start the year off by rebuilding Quinjet 1.0 to be used with my respectable SHEILD strike force who will be facing off against my Hydra army in the modular city very soon.

I'm certian some heros will show up to assist.


Mar 6, 2010
Great job on the OT.

Grabbing Detective's Office and Brick Bank early in the year to finally secure every modular that is available. That would make it 5 modulars in a little over a year.


Jul 11, 2005
Welcome OT5 and thanks to Phon!

To christen the launch of OT5, I bring an image of a most-anticipated theme. :p



Nov 14, 2013
Southern California
Damn the nostalgia! Loved LEGO so much when I was younger and my parents got me some of the coolest stuff over the years. Quite jealous of kids who get the new Star Wars sets to play with


Apr 14, 2011
Man, that Ferris Wheel is insane. Truly a "wow" set. I'm hoping to get that for Xmas, the modular bank on release day (Jan 1st), and the Ghostbusters HQ after we get back from Disney World in April.


Wants the largest console games publisher to avoid Nintendo's platforms.
May 4, 2007
Fun fact: latest generation NXT brick is a linux box.


Aug 24, 2009
Mixels 1H 2016:

Ghostmind, continuing to bring the heat in OT5.

I need to state again how amazing this Mixel is. I don't particularly care for the theme (don't do much MOCing) but this thing is amazing. Definitely getting all three band members but this one is so tight.


May 29, 2013
It's too bad the Bionicle sets don't show up in stores until January 1, when I'll be out of country.

The Flash

Jun 6, 2013
Central City
Bought the First Order TIE Fighter set after seeing the movie. Star Wars Lego were always my favorite growing up. Hadn't bought a Lego set in about 12 years. Putting that sucker together made me feel like a kid again. It'll probably get Poe's X-wing at some point as well.


Jul 7, 2004

I'm pretty broke at the moment, and Lego prices are extra high here, but my Force Awakens fever has gotten the better of me and i purchased Rey's speeder.

I feel like such a kid again when it comes to Lego. Love looking at all the sets in shops.


Apr 14, 2009
Bought the First Order TIE Fighter set after seeing the movie. Star Wars Lego were always my favorite growing up. Hadn't bought a Lego set in about 12 years. Putting that sucker together made me feel like a kid again. It'll probably get Poe's X-wing at some point as well.

This is how you go down the dark path. I build it last night after seeing the movie (it was in my backlog). Look great and was surprisingly enjoyable to build.


Nov 29, 2009
Great new thread PhoncipleBone! I'm looking forward to spending many a happy hour in here. It's already off to a great start.

I'm very much anticipating everyone's Christmas Haul posts :)


Nov 10, 2013
I saw the Slave 1 at the Lego store...I wanted it so bad. I think I'll go home and get my old Lego Star Wars kits out for old time sake.

Jeff Vader

Sep 9, 2013
Nice OT you got here :p

Finally built my X-Wing after watching the movie and yeah now I need a few TIE fighters to go with it.


Dec 5, 2008
Thames Ditton, UK
You know, those don't actually look half bad.

Yeah they look fully bad!


Great new thread. Hoping to have a cheap 2016. I had a few LEGO Movie sets but for my birthday in August this year bought the Detective's Office. Building that opened some brick-built floodgates which ended with me spending nearly a thousand quid probably on amassing a set of all the modulars from the fourth onwards - those first three are way outside my price range.

Next year, beyond the Brick Bank, there's not much I've got my eye on. Some Mixels here and there and anything I find heavily discounted. My wallet certainly doesn't need another 2015.


Jun 7, 2004
Close-ups of most of the Angry Birds sets, via dimaks13 on Eurobricks:

Mentioned this in the previous thread but saying it again: I saw a set of 5-6 Angry Birds minifigs at a couple of shops in my local LEGO mall for around US$40. Entirely possible that they're knockoff Chinese figs, but it seemed odd to me because they were in shops that (as far as I can remember) have only sold genuine LEGO minifigs and they were only sold as a complete bundle, which is extremely unusual.

I didn't think too much of it at the time because I hadn't paid any attention to this theme and assumed the sets were either out or imminently out. But now I think I need to take a closer look the next time I go.


Apr 23, 2008
Gonna see TFA tomorrow and hopefully I'll appreciate Poe's X-Wing more afterwards. It was ok; pretty similar build as the 2012 X-Wing so no surprises. I don't really like how the top and bottom wings aren't completely lined up, but I assume that's movie accurate since I haven't heard anyone else complain. BB8 falls out really easily.


Jul 11, 2005
Mentioned this in the previous thread but saying it again: I saw a set of 5-6 Angry Birds minifigs at a couple of shops in my local LEGO mall for around US$40. Entirely possible that they're knockoff Chinese figs, but it seemed odd to me because they were in shops that (as far as I can remember) have only sold genuine LEGO minifigs and they were only sold as a complete bundle, which is extremely unusual.

I didn't think too much of it at the time because I hadn't paid any attention to this theme and assumed the sets were either out or imminently out. But now I think I need to take a closer look the next time I go.

Some of the minifigs have already leaked out of the factory, so what you saw may indeed be legit.
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