Random set of the day: Family Room

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Family Room

Family Room

©1979 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 268 Family Room, released in 1979. It's one of 3 Homemaker sets produced that year. It contains 244 pieces and 2 minifigs.

It's owned by 111 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'm sure it was fine and maybe even innovative at the time, but seeing minifigures used to represent children like this is somewhere on the spectrum between uncanny and horrifying.

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By in United States,

I never knew minifigures were used for children, that's a great idea. However the guy holding one is creepy, like a giant is about to eat him.

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By in United States,

1979...the Homemaker sets and the "maxi-fig" was on the way out. I don't know (on account of not being alive at the time), but LEGO must not have noticed a growing popularity for the minifigures and sets designed around them yet (it had only been a year, and this set was likely designed the year before) to figure out this was a zany, soon-to-be-ridiculous mashup. Of course, it is equally likely the set designers were aware at the time, and this set was a surefire great "inside" joke upon release.

I can only imagine what the "kids" in the set are thinking with regards to their monstrous parents. "Ma...Pa...when I grow up, will my legs fuse together and lock at the hips, just like you? I can't wait until my claws grow into each other to create that beautiful hollow stud of a hand that you guys have!"

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By in Australia,

There's some good and useful pieces in the set ... but mostly, looking at the picture, I was thrown by the contrast between the brick-built large figures and the minifigs. Honestly, my first thought was that those two poor minifigs are being held hostage by a pair of giants, and we should send the Avengers in to rescue them.

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By in United States,

I loved these sets when I was younger, but we didn’t have many. The minifigures were babies. The girl with red hair in this set was a child. The tall guy was an adult.

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By in New Zealand,

Coool Baseplate!

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By in United States,

The funny thing is, a minifig's proportions are sort of babylike anyway, what with the big head and the short legs...

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By in Turkey,

I never knew minifigs were used as kids/babies in Lego sets. Looks good, if not dated (because of brick built adults). Studless design of furniture also looks kind of modern actually, colors aside.

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By in United States,

@Lego Lord Mayorca: you are hilarious. You gave me quite a laugh.

My dad owned a few of those big figures. And I remember seeing them from my early childhood. But with the minifigs in the set, it looks so ridiculous.

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By in Poland,

I am sure the Minifigs are Dolls in this set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love it!! I have one Homemaker set (not this one - I have a kitchen) and the cupboards etc worked well in my Fabuland houses.
(when will we have a Fabuland set as random of the day.......)

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By in France,

I have had a set of this serie. But I cannot remember which one, even searching in BS database. I know it because I still have... Loose articulated arms of those figures in my spare parts bin, and I remember their specific hands too ! I can remember easily each Castle or Space sets I owned as a child, almost each one I played with and each minifig, but this strange range did really not impressed my mind. Minifig as babies look so out of place... Someone can tell me if furnitures were brick built or one piece parts please?

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By in United Kingdom,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoteny

"Both neoteny and progenesis cause the retention in adults of traits previously seen only in the young. Such retention is important in evolutionary biology"

We are witnessing the evolution of the modern minifigure. In fifty years time kids will only be playing with microfigs and they'll look at Minifigure Factory with similar horror

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By in United Kingdom,

^ @JonMarten, you've put w-a-a-y too much thought into this, but I like the way you think!

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By in Canada,

"And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

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By in United States,

This was creepy when it came out, and I remember this set gathering dust on the shelves at Child World, along with Bathroom and Kitchen. The original versions of those sets just had the maxi figures, which were really just the head and arms. After real minifigures appeared, someone clearly thought, "Oh, that looks like a baby," without thinking it through. You can see why the minifigures are there, but that doesn't make it any less wrong.

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By in United States,

I never thought I'd see the original brick-build figures and Minifigures together. I'm equal parts horrified and intrigued.

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By in United Kingdom,

That baseplate though!

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By in United States,

I was lucky enough to get one of those cool base plates as a bonus in an old unrelated cheap partial set I'd gotten off ebay a long time ago. I had never seen one with that design and actually took me a few minutes to figure out how to search it. I think it's only in 4-5 different sets...these 3 home sets, a school room set, and a Technics set I think. I'm thinking it has good potential for some water uses.

I had also not seen the different styles of figures in the same set before.

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By in Germany,

The minifig-boy has a prototype brown hair on the instruction picture: a pigtail part with cut hair. The final male hair piece was different.

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By in United States,

@tsi
So that explains the crease in his hair!

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