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Christmas Day, December 25, 2009

Posted in 1 by cesco7 on December 25, 2009

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  1. Balok said, on December 25, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Lincoln Logs (back in the days when they were actually made of wood) were great! My cousin and I used to build log cabins, put various plastic soldiers from my plastic soldier set inside, bombard the cabin with the leftover Lincoln Logs, and, when we were done, see who (if anyone) survived. . . is that a great American pastime or what?

    • red4 said, on December 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      About 10 years ago, my little brother bought a new set of Lincoln Logs for himself, and they were still made of wood.

  2. RT (Panzer Time!) said, on December 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    You spelled height wrong.

  3. red4 said, on December 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    The Lego segment is incorrect. Even within the boundaries of 1 Lego set, you can build various things. And if you combine it with other sets in whichever way you want… well, it’s limitless. Really, I don’t get what the joke is in the Lego segment. It doesn’t describe Lego at all. *shrugs*

    • Burrill said, on December 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      If anything, I’d argue it’s more applicable to modern Lego sets than to older sets. Every set includes pieces that can be used for anything, but some of the modern sets have (in my mind) too many pieces specific to one purpose.

      Or maybe I just have fond memories of the huge bucket full of random Lego pieces that consumed countless hours of my childhood. I think Legos are better when they’re all jumbled together in a big pile with all imagination and no instructions, but I guess I’m not in agreement with Lego marketing and the whims of some modern children. Then again, my nephew immediately builds what he’s supposed to and then (eventually) tears it down and puts it into his growing pool of Lego pieces, so maybe there’s hope.

  4. josh said, on December 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I think the misspelling on height had to do with the strip showing the pride of ignorance . all in all good strip and legos are better today with the expanded sets on which you can buy. Thank God I got a nephew because, I am to old and have to big of an ego to purchase some for myself lol.

  5. Harold said, on December 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    The fun thing about Legos is that those limited-application pre-designed sets can cost $50 or more…and if you lose some of the pieces and/or the instructions, you can’t build the specific thing anymore! My brother has been buying random Lego piece grab-bags by the pound on eBay, then putting them in buckets and washing them off with water and bleach before letting my nephews sort through them. That way they get a lot of general-purpose pieces as well as random specialty pieces.

    The name “Ouija” comes from the combination of the word “yes” in two obscure Old European dialects.

    • Julie said, on December 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      (Modern) French and German are obscure Old European dialects?

    • red4 said, on December 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      “…you can’t build the specific thing anymore…” I hate to correct you, but yes you can. Very rarely is a piece non-recurring. Same way your brother buys grab bags off Ebay, he can also buy replacement parts for the ones that were lost. The instruction manual very conveniently shows which pieces are needed, so the hassle is minimal. And since every single piece is compatible with every other piece ever made, the term “general purpose” becomes very subjective.

  6. Blaze said, on December 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I recall an encounter with a teenager holding a recent Lego kit purchase. He very smugly boasted how he was special since he didn’t follow the directions but used the Lego to build whatever he wanted.

    I don’t think he quite understood why we, the pre-kit generation, alternated laughing at him and crying softly for the future.

  7. Tom said, on December 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, this strip really brought out the intense Lego-related discussions. Who knew?

    I loved it, though. “See you on the roof!” Good stuff.

  8. flatlandnomore said, on December 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I’m detecting a slight overanalysis re: the Lego panel.

    I remember having pretty basic Lego when I was five or six years old. I’d build houses, motorhomes, tractor trailers, and who knows what all else; and don’t recall feeling bad because I didn’t have speciality sets or pieces. It was an awesome way to develop one’s imagination.

    And now, 30 some odd years later, I’ve moved on to Mechano.

  9. ljdarten said, on March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I kind of agree with both sides of the lego specialty pieces debate, most sets still give you plenty of general purpose pieces, but there are more specific ones than there used to be. Whether that’s good or bad depends on if it works in stuff you try to build.

    The real problem, i think, is bionicle. there are so many specific pieces in each set that I had to tell my wife to stop buying them for me because I know I’ll never make much more than what the instructions have.

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