Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Coolest

After the misery of the previous post (so sorry folks) it’s time for something a bit more lightweight and frivolous to restore the balance.

Some of you may know of my fascination obsession with Lego. Some of you no doubt may think it deeply sad and unfathomable.

But.

Isn’t this just the coolest model ever?

Lego Death Star 10188

Details here: Lego Death Star.

Admit it, even if you’re not a Star Wars fan this is super cool. If you’re a kid (or as they are sometimes called, a grown man) this has to be the ultimate super must-have.

It’s got everything: the garbage compactor scene, Luke’s showdown with the emperor, Obi Wan turning off the power generators... and more.

Plastic doesn’t come anymore beautiful than this.

I’m composing a letter this very afternoon.

Dear Santa...

30 comments:

Deirdre said...

my son is 23 and has loved lego since he could first play with it..we have trunkfuls of the stuff and must have spent a fortune over the years....I hope he has a son and we can pass it on!

Steve said...

Definitely. A fine inheritance indeed!

The Sagittarian said...

I can remember playing with my brother and his metal Meccano set, it was so cool except hard to make girly stuff with as I recall. We have got our daughters the girl version of Lego, and they love it. Damn stuff is hard to pack up tho', there is always a piece found weeks later in some obscure part of the couch usually reserved for toast crumbs!

kate5kiwis said...

It’s got everything: the garbage compactor scene, Luke’s showdown with the emperor, Obi Wan turning off the power generators... and more.

i. want.
(for the star wars fetish within, not the plastic lol) X

Steve said...

I know what you mean Amanda. As a consequence of long familiarity with the stuff Karen says I have developed "Lego eyes". I can spot a stray brick from 200 yards away and recover the tiniest piece from the most unreachable of places. Even from the cracks down the side of the sofa.

A good distinction to make, Kate. Though for me the combination of Lego and Star Wars just makes the whole thing an absolute dream.

Brother Tobias said...

It's fantastic! The best thing about having children was having a legitimate reason to spend time in toy shops - not that one should need an excuse. My favourite bit of lego kit was the transparent bricks with tiny bulbs in. They cost about two weeks pocket money.

Steve said...

I've given up making excuses. I'm quite happy to express my enthusiasm for Lego to all and sundry and Christmas isn't Christmas for me unless I have a Lego set or two in amongst my pressies. I remember the light bricks well - I believe their modern equivalent is still doing the rounds in Legoland.

Inchy said...

Much as it pains me to admit it, it's cool.

I have my shed featured on readerssheds.co.uk, so I can hardly take the piss out of someone who likes Lego.

Steve said...

Sheds are a man-thing, Inchy. I can totally empathise.

MOTHER OF MANY said...

You must live in BOY-TOY heaven with three males in the house.
Even though I have all girls,funnily enough they all loved toy cars.
Now that Lego Death Star looks amazing.

Steve said...

It's weird but even Karen prefers boys-toys. Er... nothing rude intended...!

Ivor Josephson said...

Yup it sure is fine. We still have a huge box full of lego bricks plus most if not all the instruction leaflets. So given time we have the capability to make a pretty good castle and a space ship and lots of vehicles.

Steve said...

Ivor, that sounds like a weekend of sheer bliss to me! :-)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

"Look at the size of that thing !"
"That's no moon...it's a space station !" :)

Inchy said...

"Don't get cocky kid! This ain't like dusting crops!"

Steve said...

"Get this walking carpet out of my way!"

Inchy said...

"Nerfherder?!"

This could go on all night.

Steve said...

"A shot in a million, kid!"

You're quite right Inchy. And it probably will.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Yeah but have you noticed how nobody quotes from the prequels ! :)

Steve said...

"You will learn your place, my young padwan..."

Hmm. You're right, Andrew. It's just not the same.

Inchy said...

Don't even get me started about the God damn midiclorians!

Steve said...

"At last we shall have our revenge upon the Jedi..." Oh God. Someone stop me please!

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Quick, give it to the Swiss to destract them from creating a black hole next Wednesday!

Steve said...

Yes, I heard about that on Mock The Week funnily enough. The really worrying thing is even if nothing happens on Wednesday they aren't going to spend billions of dollars (or whatever their currency is) on this super-gadget and then only use it once. They'll use it again and again. I'm not sure I can live with the stress of imminent death by black hole for the next 10 years...

Inchy said...

I watched the tv show last night all about the LHC (Large Hadron Colider) and the bit that worried me was when they explained that rather than do any 'low energy' collisions to test the thing, the first time it'll be switched on will be when for the big one, when protons travelling the 17 mile ring 11,000 times a second, cooled to -271.25 centigrade, will smash into each other, releasing . . . well, we're not entirely sure what will be released. I hope it's televised.

Steve said...

Inchy, I totally misread that as Large Hard-on Collider. Combined with the possibility of black holes it created a very nasty image in my head...

But seriously, I think the whole premise is rather scary and unsettling... if these people aren't really sure what is going to happen should they really be doing it? Personally I won't miss Switzerland if it gets sucked into a tiny black hole but it's everything that's attached to Switzerland and everything that's attached to that (i.e. us) that worries me...!

Inchy said...

Steve, you trouble me sometimes.

Steve said...

Inchy, it's nice to know you care.

You have to admit though, a "large hard-on collider" is a very funny concept.

Old Cheeser said...

What kind of conversation have I strayed into?

Loving the Lego Death Star. I remember when Lego launched its first "space" range back in the ... late 70s? Me and my mates all ran down our local toy shop to snap up the new stuff. Radar trucks etc ... Space age toys rule!!

I hope Santa comes to fill your sack, Steve. And perhaps he'll give you a Death Star too...

Steve said...

Hope you hung onto them OC - I'm the proud owner of some of those sets - all lovingly restored - and they're now worth a surprising amount of money!

As for Santa... I'm just worried he won't be able to fit down my chimney...