A while back, I got fizzygeek a cute little Lego Millenium Falcon:
Later, I got her the big one:
Today, this 24-pound package was waiting for us, elaborately double boxed:
This is the granddady of them all, the biggest Lego set ever produced, complete with a signed, numbered certificate of authenticity, and it's quite possibly one of the first ones shipped, directly to our house.
Some of you may not understand my long-standing fascination with Legos.
Allow me to illustrate:
Here's a nice Lego airplane, along with the included loading stairway, flight attendant, and ground support guy, complete with flashlights. You can see the beverage cart along to the back. The passengers are mostly minifigs from a 22 pound gift of Legos from fizzygeek's mom. Note that this idyllic scene was soon demolished by some cats flinging about passengers as if they were cat toys.
Here's the interior of the plane, showing the (operating) door, the bin the (included) suitcases sit in, and the little cubby the beverage cart fits in, beside the tiny sink. Not shown are th pivoting seats in first class. The plane is a lovely design, most of it is made of standard Lego parts, including the bulk of the fuselage, all the windows, seats, even the beverage cart with its clear hinged door and the bottles inside. The (somewhat outsize) glasses, the doors, and the nose and tail are custom pieces.
Here's one of the four jet engines. It's cute and pretty much looks like a jet engine. But let's see what's inside.
Aside from the front fan and the housing, all the parts are cleverly re-used existing Lego parts. Notice the attention to detail. Assembled, the red piece representing the combustion isn't even visible. But it's in there. The little black bracket inside was originally made as part of the stem assembly for a Lego plant. The little spools on that are common Technics parts. Why are they there? For those who are into turbine technology, they're can combusters. Completely invisible when the engine is assembled, but they're there. And when you put the engines together, you know they're in there. The whole plane is like that. Building it is a hoot. I put a couple of other pictures of it here and here. And here's where the folks at Lego show they understand folks like me.
This is one of the graphics on the very carefully designed box the plane came in. Unlike most of the other pictures, it doesn't add any real information. People already know that when you open the box, Legos will come out. But seeing this makes us Lego fiends' hearts leap with delight. Folks like gale_storm, werewulf, and maugorn will understand what I'm talking about here.