LEGO sets out of the vault at Brickworld Chicago

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Things are well underway here at Brickworld Chicago! Today I’ve participated in a LEGO magic trick, learned about how LEGO was used in a university classroom, watched LEGO boat races, and more!

Of course there are hundreds of terrific MOCs to see, some of which I’ll highlight in a later article. I happened to stop by the LEGO Games area today, where LEGO is offering attendees the opportunity to play the new LEGO Towers game as well as LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed involves sets pulled from the archives. Adam and Kay from GameLoft, and Edgaras from LEGO Games, walked me through the game this afternoon. I have to say it’s very cool and I can’t wait to be able to download and play it.

To support the launch, LEGO has sent along about a dozen sets straight from the vault in Billund to be here at Brickworld Chicago. All original sets, and for some of them, it’s the first time out of Denmark. I’ll post all the pictures to flickr. The quality isn’t the best, but it’s what I can do with a camera in an iPad.

Regardless of how you feel about the games, I think all AFOLs would be interested in seeing these classic sets (they’re all behind glass, so don’t even think you’ll be able to touch them!). If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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27 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Megan: I’m really interested in what exactly this game you speak of entails. Will you be posting another article describing it in further detail?

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By in United Kingdom,

What was the university thing? I’m curious since I have also used Lego in a university classroom :)

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By in Romania,

Thank you Megan! Compliments to whoever did that Mount Rushmore...

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By in Portugal,

I had that police station! Still have the prison with some modifications! And some of the figures as well! Good memories!

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By in Netherlands,

Those 3 sets in the picture were some of the best of their era.

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By in United States,

Guarded Inn is one of the best sets they have ever made. Iconic for its era with a timeless charm. I have most of the rest of the Dragon Knights but never got that one, and have the previous police station, Central Precinct HQ

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By in United Kingdom,

Random shark doo-doo doo-doo-doo-doo.

Guarded inn is on my most coveted list, seeing the sets is nice but there's something about the boxes that makes an Afol drool.

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By in United States,

I own the reissue of Guarded Inn, one of my favorites. Although I never got the police station as a kid, it was featured in the original Lego Island PC game, that I played a lot, so, it's still nostalgic for me.

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By in United States,

Wasn't the castle set on the right, #1906-1, a random set of the day recently. Do like what they did with the back and side box, which you can barely see, so you could play with it along with the set. Kind of.

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By in Turkey,

I have seen the videos about the vault in Billund. It's a magical place. Thay have multiple boxes of many classic sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Haha, I still have that police station. Good memories!!

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By in Hungary,

Regarding to the current conversations: Now that was the golden age of lego.

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By in United States,

Please tell me they didn't crack open their only sealed set copies for this display...I can't wait to see them on Sunday, though!

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By in United States,

I have loads of nostalgia for Majisto's Tower, although the "Magic Castle Box" gimmick struck me as pretty strange even as a kid — particularly considering how vastly different the box illustrations which became an additional castle segment for the set looked from the set itself (or any LEGO castle, for that matter)!

Most of the other sets are ones I knew about as a kid from catalogs, posters, idea books, etc, but which I didn't personally own. Dragon Masters is really the only theme/subtheme shown here I collected with any degree of dedication. I owned City Police, Ice Planet 2002, and Pirates sets, but not these ones in particular.

I didn't regret not owning them, either. For as much of a fuss as a lot of AFOLs today make about it being too expensive for a kid to get all the sets they like, in my childhood I usually wasn't too hung up about missing out on sets as long as I got plenty of enjoyment out of the ones I actually ended up getting.

I really, REALLY hope this game turns out good and enjoyable, and not as exploitative as some of Gameloft's other stuff. I'm not against "in-app purchases" on principle, but it sucks when the game structure is designed to be difficult or frustrating for people who don't regularly spend real money on IAPs, or when they employ a gambling-like randomization gimmick to obfuscate what you'll actually receive with each purchase.

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By in United States,

Ahh, now there are some classics! The Metro PD Station was my Christmas gift from "Santa" back in 1997. Loved that set and it was the centerpiece of my Lego Town. The pieces have sadly yellowed since I kept it displayed out in the open. Seeing it here in such pristine condition brings those glorious memories to the forefront of my mind! Even Ice Station Odyssey looks gorgeous, even though that was not the exemplar of the Ice Planet 2002 line.

If they were really bold, they should've brought a monorail set. That would draw a lot of attention!

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By in United States,

My brother has 6270 Forbidden Island from the Pirates theme. What a fun set, and great features like the jail cell, the rope bridge, and even the baseplate itself. Great memories.

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By in United States,

And here I was hoping they were going to sell these again... just for display eh? Too bad.

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By in United States,

Galaxy Explorer is one of my favorites.

I believe Rushmore was done by Rocco Buttliere.

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By in Australia,

Sounds like you're having a fantastic time, wish I could be there to see it all too, so much going on!!

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By in Spain,

The Guarded Inn, 6067!!! Great set I love!!

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By in Italy,

I can touch most of those sets, they're in MY vault :D

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By in United States,

Wow, Galaxy Explorer with the box... so cool!

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By in United States,

@oldfan:
They used to give quite a few tours of the Vault to press, until they discovered that something had been stolen (I'm not sure how they determined that it was, in fact, someone on tour and not one of their own employees), and they really cut back on how many people get access to it, but they did let on that they had reserve copies so they were able to replace whatever was stolen.

As for whether or not they opened copies for this, I couldn't say. Given the age of these sets, it's _possible_ they had pre-built copies to send in, but the last time I remember them putting sets on display like this, it was back when they still used to display upcoming releases at Brickworld, and for those they'd actually bring sealed copies that attendees could build for the display. Based on the sets I recall being on display, that would have been 2010.

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By in Japan,

Dammmm... I miss so much those classic themes... Castle, Pirates and Space...

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By in Netherlands,

@jlskywalker Poor minifigs...sentenced for life? ;-)

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By in United States,

Every time I see pics of classic sets that I own (only 6270 Forbidden Island and 6080 King's Castle in this group) I want to immediately dig up their instruction books and pieces and start rebuilding. Then I remember what a pain in the rear, time consuming project that entails, and my enthusiasm quickly dims. 928 Galaxy Explorer and 6067 The Guarded Inn will always be #1 and near the top of my Most Wanted of All Time List, respectively. Thanks for sharing and for the warm feeling of nostalgia Megan!

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