Saturday, May 14, 2016

Reviewing a Set of Basic Classic Legos

The Lego Building Bricks

Source: Wikipedia

We all know the Lego toys, beginning from our own childhood experiences, and on to the toys we gave and are giving our children and grandchildren today. The Lego, described as a construction set toy, began as a wooden toy by a carpenter (Ole Kirk Christiansen) in Denmark in 1932. He eventually called his company LEGO, from the Danish phase leg godt, which means "play well"

When plastic was introduced for toys, the Lego Group company began the basic interlocking brick design (based on the traditional stackable wooden blocks of the time) that we know today as the LEGO.

Lego pieces are universal in that each piece remains compatible in some way with existing pieces. Also, each Lego piece is manufactured so precisely that when two pieces are put together, they fit firmly, yet can be easily disassembled.

Lego bricks from 1958 still interlock with those made in the current time, and Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers. Six pieces of 2x4 bricks can be combined in 915,103,765 ways.~ Source: Wikipedia.

The Lego toys have evolved into a large variety of themes based on popular games, movies, books and more, such as Star Wars and Disney.  Themed sets can be found from individual vehicle sets with less than 75 pieces for under $10 to really large sets with over 900 pieces and prices over $100.


Grandson David's Birthday


(c) Wednesday Elf

Last week my grandson David celebrated his 7th birthday. David (like most kids, including all five of my grandsons) has been a Lego fan for several years and has collected several sets which he plays with almost daily. One of his favorites is a Star Wars set. 

When I asked his parents for a birthday gift suggestion, my son said that a Basic Lego set would be perfect because David, while enjoying his themed sets, has a vivid imagination and wanted to make his own designs out of Lego pieces (difficult to do when a themed set only goes together one way).


LEGO Classic Creative Supplement Set



Available on Amazon

The set of Legos I sent David for his birthday last week is this LEGO Classic Creative Supplement, which has 303 pieces in 20 different colors and includes a brick separator. It also features 2 sets of eyes for building all kinds of creatures and different shapes to use for animal arms and legs.  The set comes with an Idea book, and more ideas can be found online at LEGO.com/classic.  All models pictured can be built from this set simultaneously. 



(c) Grandson David, Age 7

As you can see by the first toy David made with his new set (a Dragon created within minutes of opening his gift), he LOVES his basic Lego set, an ideal supplement to all his other Lego collections.

Turned out to be the perfect birthday gift from Grandma.

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21 comments:

  1. He looks like he's really going to enjoy this toy. Lego has got to be one of the best toys for kids, girls and boys alike. They love to make things with their hands and it's good for their creative side. Love his smile.

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    1. David already enjoys his Lego set, Olivia, and will have many hours of fun with it. It IS good for kids' creative side, I agree. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Legos are awesome unless you step on one! LOL

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    1. Yep, agree, Heather. Been there, done that....LOL.

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  3. I love Legos and love this post. Happy Birthday to David (and his wonderful Dragon... they now share a birthday!)

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    1. How sweet, Dawn. I'll tell David that he and his Lego dragon now share a birthday! :)

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  4. We love Legos at our house! Adults and children ... all love to sit and create new things with those little plastic bricks. Great review of a most wonderful toy for boys and girls.

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    1. Thanks, Bev. Legos are one of the most popular toys around.

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  5. Must start first by saying Happy Birthday David!

    My sons favorite toys have always been Legos! I honestly don't remember what his first Lego set was, but I do know he had (has) several of the basic sets. It was/is always fun to see what wonderful creation he can build with these blocks. I think they are the best toy ever created.

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    1. I agree, Mouse. Lego toys have become classic toys, enjoyed by generations of children (and us adults enjoy playing with them with the kids too). :)

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  6. Our grandson spends hours building with his Lego sets. I never knew the meaning of Lego until now thanks for that little bit of history. Our local library has a Lego club once a week and both of our grandsons just love it. Wishing your grandson David a very Happy Birthday and many more to come :)

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    1. I didn't know the history of LEGO until I researched this article either, Sam. I love learning the back-story to companies, especially toys that have been popular for several decades. It is so cool that your grandsons' local library has a Lego Club. David & family just moved to Ohio. I'll have to ask them if they have a similar program at their new library. Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. Happy birthday, David! Sometimes getting back to basics is the very best way to go. I just love seeing how creative David already is with his new set of classic Legos!

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    1. In today's fast-paced world of technology, it is 'definitely' nice to get back to the basics in some areas, Susan. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. These toys will outlast every toy on the planet! They never get old, they're a staple toy for every child. They're also a fave of one of my step grandkids. And yes, so nice to have a toy that is completely based on creativity without technology!

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    1. Creativity - the keyword, in my opinion, Barbara. Legos are a most clever toy indeed.

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  9. My son loved Legos, and another young man, the son of a friend, was still playing with them at the age of 14. I'm not sure children really outgrow Legos. I'm sure your grandson was thrilled. It's so much better to give a toy that will inspire creativity rather than the latest battery-operated gizmo being advertised on TV.

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    1. Hey, Barbara, us adults use playing with our kids/grandkids as our excuse for getting to play with the Legos...LOL. We all have fun with them.

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  10. I saved all of my son's Legos and passed them down to his son.

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    1. I did the same thing, Linda. Legos are probably the best toy ever invented! Thanks for visiting my article.

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  11. Originally Lego only had "basic" sets and were beloved because they encouraged creative play. I think the first themed set was one that kept them from going out of business. Love Lego of all sorts, including this basic set.

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