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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 26, 2008
Memories of Flight 497
Posted at 12:47 PM


My favorite Lego set of all time: 497 - Galaxy Explorer

This was the set that put me over the edge at six! I can still remember how cool the cargo area was, and, the absolute awesomenes of the little computers that were in the little station! The best. This is what my childhood was about: Legos.

My finest memory of this chapter was when dad, Sarah and I would spill everything out into a big pile, and then we’d build a tower out of everything, right down to the last Lego.

Well, except for one feisty little stray, which, of course, was the sharpest one, which, for whatever reason would find its way into dad’s heel in the middle of the night when he was walking across our living room floor to go pee or something. “Aaaaaronnnnn!” Ha.

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Here’s a bigger shot of that ship and the original building instructions!

And just in case you’ve been living under a rock since 1979: Here you go. Pure awesome. Nothing less.

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Some of Rhajer Cameron’s favorite creations from some wild brickhawk in Japan!

PRETTY AWESOME: “A Model House Modeled with LEGO.”

There Are 8 Comments

Definitely a favorite one of mine. I think I still have some pieces of wing and a rocket. Oh, and the piece with the globe decal, that made it’s way into everything I ever built.

Posted by: Peter Baker on 02/26/08 at 2:10 PM

Darn, that really was the best ever. Though I loved the base piece that had the 3 craters… or was it 2. Used for a record cover by the Sneaker Pimps once. Gold.

Posted by: Ben Lewis on 02/26/08 at 4:48 PM

vague childhood memory: feeling pretty good about my ample lego collection until coming to visit my cousin aaron in traverse city. You had at least one huge tub of legos that were soon poured on the floor, into a mind-blowning pile. I also remember praying to god that when i die, i would revert back into a kid so i build huge lego cities…and i still stand by that.

Posted by: Scott Steele on 02/26/08 at 6:08 PM

Mine was #381, “Police Station.” I have a photo of me and my dad building it on Christmas Eve. Thanks Aaron, I need to get my hands on that…


Posted by: Cris on 02/26/08 at 7:42 PM

Wondering if this post was in part inspired by the recent Interview with Bjarne P. Tveskov, Classic LEGO Space Designer over at Boing Boing


Either way, the Lego space toys were, and still are my favorite of sets.

Posted by: Chris on 02/26/08 at 11:27 PM

I had the castle but, the spaceship is no joke.

Posted by: Dave on 02/27/08 at 12:58 PM

Lego f-ing kicks ass =)

BTW Since your not coming to Sweden, Sweden is coming to you. BEWARE!

Posted by: Eddie on 02/28/08 at 3:44 PM

I remember building that Lego model with my Dad and brother as we watched the FA Cup final in England in 1979… I was gutted, because my team lost the game, but building that model with two of the people I care most about stays with me still! Thanks for the reminder…

Posted by: sano on 02/29/08 at 9:23 AM
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