This may well be the Geek Dad equivalent of the Zara Melbourne opening for women. It’s THAT exciting…. The BrickLink Unofficial Lego Market Place.
The Sets for Sale page is wondrous. I spent a good half an hour surfing through the ads, dreaming about buying all the amazing sets that I couldn’t even dream of being able to afford as a ten year old, but can now totally buy if I want to as a successful professional. It’s like travelling back in time to flick through the old Lego catalogues (did other people do this), but this time with a credit card. Of course I’m only looking for NKOTB…
The 1989 Black Seas Barracuda:
A hippy multi-age class I was in at my primary school had one of these in the classroom. It was torture. I could touch and feel it, but never bring it home to play with by myself!
Another favourite; the 1992 Dungeon Master’s Castle
I used to love the Knights Lego the most when I was a kid. But I never had any castle sets. Instead I had to ‘use my imagination’ and use generic bricks to build castles with mosaic coloured walls. Nowhere near as cool as the “Dungeon Master’s Castle”!
But while pouring over the sets that I coveted from my childhood was fun, the Pièce de résistance was a set made only a few years ago. The largest Lego set ever sold; the Lego Taj Mahal. Measuring over 51cm wide and over 41cm high and including 5,922 pieces, it is truly something to behold:
And at the BrickLink market, you can get it for about half the retail price (about $400 best case which is still pretty wallet hurting, even for grown up Tim).
This time lapse Youtube video suggests that it takes at least 15 hours to build, and I think this would be a fantastic school holidays project for NKOTB when she’s a (much) older. Kind of like a jumbo puzzle, but in 3-D and with a ‘learning is fun’ historical back story. I’m sure any young girl would swoon to hear about Mughalemperor Shah Jahan‘s love of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal and be saddened to learn that Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb then put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort – to live out his life locked in a single room, but still able to look out his window and see the Taj.
She might even like to see a slide show of Dad’s time in India after we finished building it… but now I’m day dreaming ;)