Random set of the day: Camping Trip

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Camping Trip

Camping Trip

©1999 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 3143 Camping Trip, released in 1999. It's one of 14 Scala sets produced that year. It contains 60 pieces and 1 minifig, and its retail price was US$41.5.

It's owned by 55 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


This article has been posted automatically. Its purpose is to increase awareness of database content and encourage discussion about old sets.

 

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25 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

I spent my childhood playing with my amazing classic space sets, then became an AFOL 8-10 years ago after an almost 20 years legoless period.
What is that ? When I looked at the picture, i didn’t think it was a Lego set!
Fortunately, minifigs came back?!

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By in Slovakia,

Minifigs never left. That was just the wrong experiment to try to get girls enabled before the Friends and other themes came using mini-dolls. Which is fortunate, as mini-dolls are close to minifig size and recently they have some really nice buildings that can be reused in minifig city (which has mostly police and firefighters). Builds from these 'monsters' if they caught on would be unusable... ;)

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By in United States,

So weird...

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By in United States,

Its like they combined barbie figures with lego pieces

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By in Australia,

Yeah, Scala's another one of those themes that I never really got. I think Skela makes the good point. This was Lego's attempt to appeal to the Barbie-buying market.

Lego made some interesting decisions in the late 90s/early 00s.

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By in United States,

Forget the bizarreness of the set; can we talk about how this thing, of all sets, was $41 USD in 1999 dollars????

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By in Australia,

^ Meanwhile, in the picture, it looks like the horse is trying to figure out how to assemble the tent.

Smart horse.

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By in France,

When Mattel was the biggest toy manufacturer... It's happy TLG came back to the brick only eventually.

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By in Belgium,

You can understand Lego trying to leverage their way into the doll market when it was at its height. Some of the items/pieces introduced for Scala are still in use today, though the 'flower' studs used on baseplates never really seemed like a good idea.

Oh yeah, this was one of the handful of sets that included a hot dog in flesh colour. Make of that what you will.

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By in Bulgaria,

I didn't know that LEGO had Barbie sets :D

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By in Netherlands,

"It's owned by 55 brickset members"

Yeah, no surprise there...

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By in United States,

So the larger part of the photo is of a bunch of stuff dumped on the ground and the smaller part in her dream is the completed tent? Who let that be the promotional photo?! Put the finished tent and camp site as the photo of the set! Imagine if the Millenium Falcon had a pile of bricks and a Han Solo minifig dreaming about the completed ship.

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By in Poland,

@MrJackson 41$ in 1999 equals roughly 61$ today (plenty of inflation calculators online). Barbie with a horse on amazon is 75$ now. So the price was not that bad. But the whole concept of Lego making dolls was really bad.

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By in United Kingdom,

Flesh hotdog? Fnar fnar!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love in the promo pic they couldn’t even be bothered to separate the leaves from the carrying frame... almost like the designer knew this was a disaster from the outset

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By in United Kingdom,

What I find interesting about the picture is that they didn't even take the leaves off their sprues. It looks like they just dumped the parts, dressed the doll, stood the horse up and took the photo.

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By in United States,

I don’t think it’s that bad. I was looking through the instructons of some Scala sets that are linked here on Brickset, and they are pretty neat. The insteuctions for the house from the first year showed the dolls building the house in each set. The house was framed and then the walls put in. As I was looking through though, I kept thinking that the pieces used to make the furniture all looked so specialized and could only serve one purpose, but I was wrong. The instructions included at the end after the build was complete, ways to use the pieces to make different furniture pieces. Fir example, a bed box, low shelving unit, and cabinet were turned into a work desk. I think it’s kind of neat.

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By in United States,

This Random Set of the Day feature has been a fun, strange trip. I'd seen some Scala sets in the database before but never looked that closely at them. They were during my dark age, during which I regret missing many a great set, this set nor theme being among them. What it strikes me as is a very Breyer-like horse, basic doll, and a cool mini camping tent; all for the sky high price of 41.00. Although if it were a real Breyer horse one could argue that they alone fetch 30.00 for a single horse, plus don't come with cool camping equipment. My daughter is really into horses now, and it makes me wonder if she would want this set if it were available now, although I don't think I'd be eager to plop down over 40.00 for it. And I have to agree that not taking the parts off the sprues, especially for the main set pic, is pure laziness and poor decision making combined to craptastic perfection.

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By in United States,

i really dislike Scala

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By in United States,

It's interesting that Emma, Andrea, and Olivia were all Scala characters and are now Friends characters. I remember seeing an interview with a Friends designer that said that there are a really limited number of names that are common in enough countries for Lego to consider using.

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By in United Kingdom,

The first few years of Scala were fantastic, those based around "dolls' houses", and my 2 girls, who were just the right age at the time, loved them.

Like many themes, though, it went off the rails a bit in later years as it sought to diversify.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh, this was from that weird period when they started using giant foam pieces.

We really do live in a Lego Renaissance.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would've loved this as a kid without the Lego context, which feels a bit tacked on! (Sorry, I swear there'll be no more horse puns.) Then again, I spent a lot of time building Lego riding stables and gymkhanas with all my horses from the Castle theme...

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By in United Kingdom,

Was Scala ever available in the UK? I don't remember ever seeing it and I was working in retail (Woolworths - we sold a lot of toys!!) back then. However had I been aged about 8 when this was out I probably would of liked it!

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By in United States,

Unusual looking set but average for Scala.

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