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 HUGE Lego minifigures!

 

I have just completed the build on 3 large minifigure scultpures following the instructions for set 3723. We stock thousands of sorted parts so we are in a position to build some of the bigger models when time permits. This model contains around 2000 parts and weighs more than 4kg and it took nearly a week to build three of them! The parts used were carefully selected for good clean quality so the finished models look pristine and highly presentable. More than most Lego models this huge minifigure really is an attention getter and grabs everyone that passes - even people that have no interest in Lego think its great and want one! The build is very tedious but the design makes for a very sturdy and robust model and although the function is limited the quality of the design and its impressive scale makes it a thrilling and interesting model to view and explore. We have advertised these models for sale on our sets page (click on image to open our models page) and the models have been priced to sell so we anticipate they will be gone quite quickly.

At some time, that dusty box of Lego parts in your attic that holds so many childhood memories has to be dusted off, opened up, explored and enjoyed again!

 

Frustrated at the difficulty of sourcing replacement parts for my own sets is how Spareblocks.com was born more than 10 years ago. Re-living the memories of Lego birthdays and Christmas's past is not a unique desire, and from personal experience, the thrill of building an old Lego set is no less enjoyable than when you first did it all those years ago...maybe its even better!

When you think of why Lego is so special, it is no surprise that so many of us (grown-ups) hit the floor and shuffle through plastic parts for hours on end surfacing occasionally to ease leg cramps and grab a fresh cuppa. Lego is so well made and the sets are so ingeniously designed...the precision and simplicity of the system is unlike anything else in life, and yes, even the instructions make sense and are easy to follow!

The average age of our customers is somewhere between 30 and 60 and many are in the process of living Christmas's past after rediscovering their Lego collections.

Discovering that a few pieces are broken, chewed or lost is soul destroying, and of course that's where Spareblocks.com comes in. Receiving the correct and authentic replacements needed to complete your model is priceless as owning an unfinished set is pure mental torture!

After crawling around in the attic, shuffling around the floor and clicking parts together for an age, that completed model took some work and skill to complete! you tolerated your families annoyance that the lounge light was permanently on all evening and they couldn't watch their favourite soap properly for your head bobbing in front of the TV. With an eagle eye, you searched the internet and found the perfect supplier for your missing parts (that's us), found and ordered the right items and finally completed the mission to perfection. Although now filled with inner peace and contentment, don't expect the family to be the slightest bit impressed or interested - they are still annoyed that the lawn wasn't cut and you forgot to put the bin out! No, your accomplishment is worthy of interest, merit and may even attract envy from those of us who really appreciate and reminisce Lego, but don't expect enthusiasm from those who tolerated the sight of your builders bum for 3 full days!

On this page, we hope to feature some success stories and finished projects that may inspire, interest, enthuse and finally get your project the interest it deserves! Personally, I have considerable interest in hearing the stories behind Lego projects and as a 40 something year old that has loved Lego from being barely 4 years old I relate so readily to the pleasure of resurrecting a vintage set and reliving those warm and happy memories of childhood. I get many people that write to me to update me on their progress and success with whatever project they are currently undertaking. I believe these stories and pics are well worth sharing and much appreciated by others that share our sentiments towards Lego, so if you would like to share your own story, send us the details as we would love to feature it here on this page.

To get us started, David Wardle of New Zealand updated me on his own personal Lego mission after buying replacement parts from us - its a great story, and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did.

My first and favourite Lego Technic set

·  Motorbike with Sidecar

857-1 TECHNIC 1979

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My first and favourite Lego Technic set

Written by flagsnz (AFOL) in New Zealand

This is my first Technic Lego set which was given to me when I was 12 years old in 1980. My father travelled to Norfolk Island which is a duty free island and he brought this home as a present.

I can still remember sitting in my father's cabin in the ship he worked in being amazed at this set.

The size of the box and the complexity of the build left me speechless.

I can remember being overwhelmed by the technic parts and I started building the model from step 14 which is where the more conventional building skills were needed. Step 14 and onwards is where the mud guards, fuel tank, seat and side car are built with studded parts.

When I got home, I was able to concentrate fully and worked through the first stages and build the chassis and engine.

Box/Instructions

I don't have the box but I still have the original instructions.

Parts

I played with this model and built MOCs combined with Technic set 855 Mobile Crane. Through hard use, the 16x1 and 12x1 blue technic beams suffered. I am fortunate to have obtained replacement beams from Spareblocks.com.

The model is now complete in its former glory. I even have the original Lego rubber band on the kick start.

This set included the big wheels. I believe these are Lego's biggest rubber wheels.

These wheels float, and I once made an offshore oil drill platform which floated in a swimming pool. The three wheels provided buoyancy and stability to the drilling tower and platform.

I was able to make dragsters with front wheels being made from the wheels from 855 doubled up.

The build

This model remains my favourite Lego set and brings back fond memories. It unleashed years of technical creative play.

The completed model

The motorcycle engine is mostly concealed underneath the red fuel tank and really can only be seen if the model is upside down. The one square cylinder sounds great as the motorcycle drives along.

Originally I preferred the model without the side car. I also took off the rear mudguard. The model looks more like a trail bike in this configuration.

Overall opinion

This model has always taken pride of place. I am ecstatic that I have been able to return it to its original condition.

My old Lego sets are now complete again!

William Hurst, UK.

 

While visiting a car boot sale during the summer I came across a stall selling a number of vintage Lego sets and it pressed a button in my head!

 

As a child, I had Lego sets bought me for Christmas and birthdays and I amassed a large collection. The collection was stored at my parent’s home in the spare room and in recent years my parents had allowed my nephew to play with it when he stopped over. The fact that the Lego was still occasionally used cheered me up a little as I had promised myself I would one day make up the main sets, but I just never got around to it so I felt like the Lego was being neglected. I knew some parts were missing and broken and some were in poor condition as it was all mixed up and played with so much, and it really bothered me that I never got around to sorting it out correctly.

 

Seeing completed sets for sale there at the car boot sale was a perfectly timed reminder as I had just moved house and taken 3 weeks off work...a plan was immediately hatched to collect the Lego from my parents home and devote a few days to fulfilling my promise to get the sets back together again.

 

My collection included many sets, but it had 3 main Technical sets that I desperately wanted to resurrect to original built condition. Set 853 is a real old car chassis set and this was bought for my brother when he was around 12, I was given it to add to my collection when he left home. The other sets were 8853 (Excavator/Loader) and 8865 Test Car which was a modern version of the 853 set that I bought with birthday money. I often saved up money to buy Lego sets, and as a child, my favourite outing was to visit Redgates toy store in Sheffield to see the latest Lego sets available...what a shame this store closed down, it was fantastic!

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Lego Set 8865

The condition of the Lego was worse than I had thought, it really had been well played with and much of it was 30 years old or more. I ended up taking the parts off the instructions and I created a list of the parts that were either damaged or completely missing. I was fortunate enough to discover the Spareblocks website and I acquired all the parts I needed to finish the models correctly (the service was great and I would highly recommend them). I really enjoyed the challenge of building the sets and I got a great deal of satisfaction sorting out the jumbled mess of parts, not least finally removing those annoying pens, pen tops, paper clips, peanuts? and key rings that had somehow made home with the Lego.


Model 853
Lego Set 853

Since reviving my old Lego sets I have occasionally bought myself small to medium sized sets to complete over holiday periods as I find the challenge of building a Lego model extremely therapeutic and relaxing. Some people argue that Lego is expensive, but it can provide many hours of entertainment and it can be used/built time and time again for many years, so for me, in terms of value for money it has no competition.

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Lego Set 8853

Model 8860 created in CAD and 3D Studio
I created the graphic below some years ago. It’s a 3D computer generated model of the classic 8860 car chassis model (1980). Each brick was individually drawn in 3D and pieced together on the computer before being rendered. There's nothing inventive or creative here, but I enjoyed creating the model on the computer even though it took considerably longer to assemble than it would have with the real pieces. Perhaps others out there have created computer generated Lego models either replicating Lego's own classic sets, or perhaps featuring their own designs - if so, submit them so we can all enjoy viewing them...

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8860 Car Chassis

Send your own Lego stories along with pictures or video to info@spareblocks.com - if we really like what we receive we may send you something in the post as a thank-you, so include your full postal address!

Lego solar powered vehicle
Solar vehicle

The sun was shining, and I had a sudden desire to make something. This model took well under an hour to build, test and adjust. Considering my limited time, it works very well. The gearing is set just right for optimising the motor fed from this small Lego solar panel. The panel can be adjusted easily and safely to face the sun and the soft tyres mean it crawls quite smoothly and firmly even on sloping or rough surfaces! Between picking and packing Lego parts for customers, I have very little time, so my solar vehicle is a little basic. maybe we have some experts or younger builders out there who could show us how it should be done?

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The above image shows a picture of me (Carl / Mr Spareblocks.com) back in 1981 showing off my free-style built Autogyro. I was very proud of my model as I invented a way of adjusting the rotor blades and tail fin with the use of sleeved plastic rods I made myself. I wrote to Lego several times about my ideas (I hoped to be a designer for Lego when I left school, but I never got a response to my letters - I  was quite naïve!). Lego invented a similar connecting method to mine some years later and other ideas I had in the early eighties also came to pass. Back in the eighties, the number of parts available was far more limited and it was frustrating to be left without the bits I felt were needed, but the upside is that I learned a great deal about design and making prototype parts.

Maybe we have some other Lego builders out there that have also invented new parts or new methods, improvements or shortcuts for their models... if there is, we love inovation, so please share.

Lego's classic 853 car chassis built with black parts

Lego's 853 model marked the start of the technic car era. The design of the car was relatively basic but it introduced a scale not seen before - moving pistons, working steering, rudimentary gear box and those classic large scale wheels. The design was very playful in terms of colour - the main chassis was formed in red beams and plates, the engine and gearbox were built from grey and blue parts and the seats and exhaust were yellow.

If you ever wondered how the model would look if built using only black and grey parts, then wonder no more. The images below are of an exact 853 build using black parts throughout while maintaining the original grey detailing. The 16 x 6 red and yellow plates used in the original model are prone to breaking and are generally a less common part. Black 16 x 6 plates are relatively common as are the black technic beams, so constructing the model using black parts could be a practical way of building the model if you don't have it in your collection! full build instructions for this set are readily available online - visit peeron.com if you wish to view or download them.

 

Lego 853 model in black

853 technic car chassis in black

853 Lego tschnic car chassis in black

Lego compatible light blocks

We stock a range of Lego compatible light bricks which we sell for very little over cost - they are available elsewhere, but to the best of my knowledge we sell them far cheaper than any other retailer. These items are a good edition to any Lego collection and a perfect addition to any order for spare parts.

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 More information / specification

The quality of this product is high and demand has grown, so we have obtained further stock and we have extended the range to include a selection of through colour bricks. Stocks are still limited, so please don't order more than is shown available. These items are new and unused and shipped with batteries installed (pull out plastic tab to commence use).
 
# Lego compatible size
# Sizes 4 x 2 and 3 x 2 peg modules
# Made from robust precision made clear translucent / coloured translucent plastic
# No wiring / cables or batteries needed (batteries included)
# Twin lithium cell batteries included to give great battery life (although not  intended for continuous use, as a guide, these items will work for over 200 hours continuously (naturally brightness will fade as batteries wear))
# Various coloured lights available including flashing different colours (RBG), and through colour bricks
# Batteries can be changed via small access panel and batteries are readily available (we sell batteries here on this page - see item DE100)
#Integral on/off switch to rear of brick - can be operated with Lego axle or similar
# Fully recessed switch so brick can be fully built-in to models

All bricks toggle either on or off using the rear switch. Only the multi colour version has a patterned flashing sequence (red, blue and green) - e.g. the plain colour lights do not flash. Coloured bricks shine the colour of the brick. These items are difficult to photograph in terms of accurately portraying colour but the light and brick colours are vivid, and add warmth, and interest to Lego or compatible building brick projects.

Click on the image below for a closer look.

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