It's my birthday today...

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Rocket Base

Rocket Base

©1973 LEGO Group

So my gift to you is some new images of sets released in 1973! I won't tell you how old I am today but I was ten in 1973 ( :-) ) and set 358, Rocket base, pictured, was one of my favourite sets as a kid and it's possible I got it for my 10th birthday (but I can't remember for sure!)

1973 marked LEGO's entry to the US market. Previously sets has been made under license by Samsonite and the last few such sets were released at the start of 1973. Later in the year LEGO established themselves in the USA and began manufacturing and selling sets there. For some reason best known to LEGO, US sets were released with different numbers to those released elsewhere, possibly because of different packaging requirements. (US set boxes have more text including the set name and the number of parts on them. To this day these do not appear on the majority of boxes sold in Europe). Consequently, from a database point of view, things became compilcated!

Also of note this year was a large increase in homemaker sets, but still it would be a year before LEGO figures would appear to populate them. Floating boats were released, as were a range of supplementary parts packs.

All in all, a good year...

101 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw!

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By in United States,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

happy birthday huw!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

have a good one, be lucky and have fun

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By in United States,

Happy brickday. :)

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By in United States,

Happy birthday Huw!

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By in Germany,

Happy Birthday Huw! Best wishes from me! Woah, it's nice to see the pieces of the time inside the box through those clear "windows"... Hm, if I've done my calculations right, you're... well, if you don't want to reveal your age, I won't say it! ;)
Alemas

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By in Ireland,

happy birthday huw.Dont worry i dont like doing maths so i wont reavel your age.

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw, but please don't make me do math after 2nd Hour on weekdays!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday to Huw! I hope you have many more to come. Otherwise, who would run Brickset? ;) (Just kidding!) But serousley, (spelling?) Happy birthday to you!!!

==Murdoch17==

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By in Canada,

Happy Birthday, and thanks for maintaining such a great site.

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw!!! Hope you're having a happy 47th birthday!

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By in Ireland,

@sky guardian,dont give away his age

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday Huw! Here's hoping you got some nice presents today :-)

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By in Italy,

i was 10 in 1974 and this set has remained ever since in my mind as one of my most beloved gift I ever received... happy birthday!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw, hope you're having a nice birthday!!! - R2D2QA

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By in Serbia,

happy birthday huw!
that brickset logo for my forum, we talked about, would be nice

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By in United States,

@shieldsy: Huw gave us his age though, so Sky-Guardian wasn't giving any-thing anyway. ;-)
Happy Birthday Huw!
Sev

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you everyone. My wife bought me one of those minifig torches and I have a package waiting to be picked up at the UPS depot shipped from the USA containing some PoP sets (thanks Frank!) so it's not been a completely LEGO-free birthday!

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By in United States,

Happy Brickthday!!!! So uh...I got 16 candles here, is that enough? So...less...more...not enough...?

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By in United States,

happy birthday dude! And thanks for all your hard work and efforts on the site!
Cheers

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By in United States,

Happy birthday!!!

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By in United States,

Happy birthday!

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By in United States,

happy birthday! must be pretty impatient to order them from the US, then again the PoP sets do have those nice ostriches and camels...

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By in Brazil,

Happy birthday!

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By in United States,

Happy birthday!! :-)

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By in United States,

tomorrow's my birthday! if i was alive back when that set came out, i totally would have gotten it. happy birthday!

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By in Canada,

can i say how old you are huw?

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday! I should make a lego cake, could be hard to digest though :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy birthday Huw :-)

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By in Canada,

Happy birthday ! Funny today is my friend's birthday too.

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By in United States,

A very happy birthday to you, and lots of Legos too!

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By in Philippines,

happy b-day huw :)

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday! if it wasnt for you, i wouldnt be so entertained going through years of lego sets every afternoon!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday! =D

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By in United States,

Oh nice more pics! Happy Birthday too!

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By in United States,

Nice. Start an awesome lego catalogue-ing and news site just so you can get a whole bunch of people to say happy birthday....very crafty indeed....
Just kidding, Happy Birthday Huw

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By in United States,

Happy Happy Birthday! Hope it was a good day!

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By in United States,

Happy birthday Huw! (Yay)
I just had mine a few days ago.
Thanks for the pics, and we hope to enjoy many more successful years of Brickset.

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By in United States,

Have a very happy day Huw! (I can't say birthday because of my religion) But have a very well and swell coming of age. Also, it is nice to see LEGO make a rocket ship there aren't many of those around anymore. Best wishes Legofanatic2414.

PS. I'd like to see a review of those POP sets! :)

LEGOFANATIC2414 OUT!- (geez haven't done that in a while)

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By in United States,

I just took a look at all five Prince of Persia sets on your wonderful site, and I must say they all look well worth it. The prices are very reasonable too, and there are lots of great new pieces, animals, and minifigures! I can't wait to buy some myself, but I want to watch the movie first so I will be able to have the full experience.

You are very lucky Huw -I hope you enjoy them and I hope that you had a great birthday.

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By in United States,

Happy birthday Huw!

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By in Netherlands,

happy birthday, with a lot of lego!!:p

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By in United Kingdom,

Belated HBs- I was looking for this set on the database when I was creating my profile- it was probably my first set and I have really fond memories of it- it was probably my favourite for years.

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By in Singapore,

Happy Birthday, love ur site!

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By in Australia,

Happy B-day Huw!

P.S: I recently looked at your collection of LEGO sets. It is huge!

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By in United Kingdom,

happy birthday Huw. hope it was an awesome one!

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By in United Kingdom,

Ahhhhhh - 358 Rocket Base ! One of my all-time favourites, and it was a real red letter day when I managed to pick up a boxed example on eBay for not too much dosh earlier this year. I still have most of the pieces from the first time I got this - as a present in '73 or '74 - but unfortunately no instructions or box, and hence the 'need' to buy one with a box ! The box art is so evocative and atmospheric - possibly the first time I can remember LEGO getting arty with a background.

I also think I probably had the London Bus set and the Tug Boat set, but it's so hard to remember when you get to my age !

Dr. D.

PS. Happy Birthday, Huw, and keep up the fantastic work.

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By in United States,

Joyeux anniversaire Huw!
I was ten in 1976. :)

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By in Sweden,

A very happy birthday to you, Huw! I hope you enjoy some rattle-sounding presents!

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By in Estonia,

Gratz Huw!! Hope you have the best day of the year!

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By in Singapore,

Happy Birthday to you, Huw. This is a really, really GREAT site, all thanks to you.
btw, I was 13 in 1973 and didn't start "brick-ing" until some 30 years later!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday Huw. Thanks for all your hard work on the site!

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By in United Kingdom,

happy birthday!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw! <:-)

7op

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By in Canada,

Happy Birthday Huw! Hope it rains lots of lego *clunk* Wow, was that a Grand Emporium that fell at my feet? Just Kidding.

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By in Denmark,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUW!!! :)

Hope you had a great day- nice story about your fav. LEGO set. (nice images ;)

All the best from the Brick Heath-

Megs and Mark

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By in Australia,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope it was a lot of fun. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this site.

I was looking at the new pictures and I really liked the packaging on the supplemental parts. I thought it was very creative. One thing I did notice is that the picture for set 410 Payloader from 1973 does have a minfig in it and you mentioned minifigs had not come out yet. However, the picture is of three different sets and the set with the minifig appears in 1976, the other set in 1975. So, is Payloader labeled with the wrong production date or did it really come out in 1973 and stayed in production through 1976?

I know that cataloging this old stuff can be really challenging; I think you've been doing a marvelous job at it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday Huw! All the best

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By in United States,

Happy birthday!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brickmatic, that's an interesting observation about set 410 payloader. The picture we have also shows 492 'Truck and payloader' at the back which wasn't released until 1976 so we can conclude that the picture is from 1976 and that 410 was available until then. They had a long shelf-life in those days: these days it can be less than 6 months!

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By in Italy,

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

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By in Bulgaria,

Cheers Huw! Have a very happy birthday!!! :)

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By in United States,

Cheers! Happy birthday, Huw.

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By in Brunei Darussalam,

Happy Birthday Huw! Many happy returns!

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By in United States,

happy belated birthday, Huw!

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By in United States,

Hey Huw, today (the 30th of March) is my bday!

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By in Switzerland,

All the best to you Huw, hope you were able to blow out all the candles in one go (at some point it starts getting pretty hard...lol).

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By in Finland,

Happy birthday Huw!

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By in Ireland,

Happy birthday! Have a happy "____" birthday! *I won't say it aloud* ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday Huw. I can't believe your 10 years older than me, my paper round was obviously a lot longer!

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday Huw, hope you have a good one mate!

Thanks for working so hard to make this site what it is, my thanks also goes to everyone involved (though I gotta choose Huw today ;-)) as, without you folks, I wouldn't have such a lovely place to keep my childhood alive!

I look forward to meeting you guys sometime!

Kindest Regards,
Harv :-)

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By in United States,

Happy B-Day Huw! Thanks for making brickset. Its very usefull.

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By in New Zealand,

Happy birthday Huw. I started work in December 1973 (born in 1956) and bought my first LEGO set in 1985.

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By in United States,

happy 47th huw

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By in United States,

Woah everyone here is a lot older than me! :O

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw!!! =D
Hope you have a nice b-day!! (but more importently a 'lego filled' birthday! LOL)
so i guess you've been a AFOL for about 29 years! Keep on bricking, and buying, and building, and creating, and MOCing,and birthday celabrating, and cake eating, lego shopping, and web site visiting, and buying, and buying, and creating AWESOME lego sites, and........................................................................................................................................!
LOL

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Indeed! Keep up the great work!

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By in Indonesia,

Happy Birthday Mr Huw..heheheh thanks for making brickset useful and an enjoyable website

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By in Hungary,

Happy Birthday!!!! It's ok you're never too old for LEGOs!!!!

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By in Ireland,

Happy birthday Hew. 1973 was a great year indeed. I started playing with Lego that year! 611 and 686 were among my first ever sets.

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By in Australia,

A (belated) very happy birthday to you Huw! Thank you for Brickset! (and also for your WinGrep application!)

I hope you've had a wonderful birthday, and have many, many more to come!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday! Thanks for a great site!

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By in United States,

Happy birthday, Huw!

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By in United States,

A very Happy Birthday to you!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday! Hope you received many sets for your birthday. :D Thanks for building a great site.

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By in United States,

Happy birthday Huw. Without you Brickset wouldn't be here and we wouldn't know about the new sets. Add me as a friend. Happy Birthday again.

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By in United States,

Happy B-Day, Huw!

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By in United States,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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By in United Kingdom,

bit late but happy brithday!!?!

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Birthday!

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By in Spain,

Happy Birthday Huw!! Thank's For this all
WiWa

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw!! I was born in 1973! Thanks for the images!

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By in United States,

Happy Birthday Huw!!! Thanks for keeping brickset up to date!!! Great rocket set, wish I had one!

Kevin30

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By in Israel,

Happy birthday Huw, have a great one!

Cyaround,
~Flare

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy Belated Birthday Huw

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By in United States,

Happy Belated B-Day Hope it was great (100th comment! I think)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a bit late for the party, but happy birthday Huw. I'm insanely jealous that you got to play with the Rocket Base http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=358-1 when you were young. The set that sticks in my mind most from this year is the Legoland Fire House http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=357-1 - I got it for Christmas around 1975 and it was my most-played-with set for many years. These new images bring back so many good memories. Thanks Huw!

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