View Full Version : LEGO System 50th Anniversary

08-16-2005, 10:22 PM
The LEGO System of Play, first introduced in Denmark in 1955, is celebrating it's Golden Anniversary this year. Although details surrounding the anniversary have been conspicously absent in the USA for most of the year, I've seen the first promo items for it today. (LEGO was first sold in the US in 1961 by another company, Samsonite; LEGO didn't establish an official presence in the US until 1972-3 so LEGO celebrated a 25th Anniversary in the USA with a cross-country tour in 1998).

Hostess (http://www.hostesscakes.com/twinkies_anniversary.asp) is celebrating LEGO System's 50th in conjunction with their 75th Anniversary of the Twinkie in a mail-away back-to-school contest.

The grand prize is a trip for four to LEGOLand California. The first and second prizes are 50th Anniversary tubs that include a gold-plated brick and a Twinkie the Kid t-shirt. The third prize is a Bionicle set and a free box of Twinkies.

Has anyone spotted these 50th Anniversary tubs in the US? I've read reports of people finding them in Canada.

08-17-2005, 06:59 AM
Wow 50 years. I still have fond memories of playing with LEGO's as a child. I still have lots of my old sets still put together with instructions and boxes packed away in my storage garage. I'm still searching for my holy grail though, the Big Rig Truck Stop. I got it for Christmas in 1987 I believe and took it apart and mixed it in with the rest of pieces. If I could find one for cheap I'd so buy it.

08-18-2005, 12:14 AM
I had no idea! I hadn't seen the tubs or the twinkies promotion at all, seems like this could have been the Summer of System if only they had started promoting the anniversary earlier.

My mom when she was a kid had the Lego toys that were imported from Samsonite, making me a 2nd-generation Lego fan.

08-18-2005, 10:37 AM
I loved Lego's growing up. One of my favorite sets was the Forestmen sets. It was the hideout one. I also liked the Ice Planet sets even though I didn't get many of them.

08-18-2005, 01:58 PM
I think we're getting ripped off in the US with this 50th anniversary. Everything I've heard about is either European or is happening real late this year and will have a S@H deal. But the good thing is Lego could really stretch the whole thing out for a number of years if they wanted to. This year is System's 50th, '07/'08 is the brick's 50th and '08 would also mark the mini-figure's 30th.

Slicker if you still have the instruction's for your Big Rig Truck Stop (6393) (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6393) it looks like it would be pretty easy to get the pieces for it. I checked the Peeron Database (http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6393-1) and didn't see too rare or hard to find parts off hand. If that's the case you might just be able to hit BrickLink (http://www.bricklink.com/) and buy the pieces you need cheaply.

08-18-2005, 08:24 PM
Other partners in the LEGO 50th food promotion are Life Cereal and Quaker Oats. LuciferSam is correct, the 50th Anniversary tubs and buckets are now available at LEGO Shop @ Home. (http://shop.lego.com/50thAnniversary/) Hopefully we'll see them at retail. The Sandcrawler is also included in the promo since it comes with "Golden Rod" himself, 3PO.

I bought the Silver Anniversay tubs back in '98, but those only came with one silver-plated brick. These new 50th Anniversary Tubs have a "handful" of gold plated bricks. Gold bricks will look nice in your Castle treasure room or Pirate grotto :Pirate:

That Big Rig Truck Stop is a neat set. I almost bought one in my LEGO buying frenzy in the late 90s. Maybe LEGO will reissue it as part of their ongoing LEGENDS line.

I think it would be neat to have some old Samsonite LEGO in the box. The oldest sets I have date from the mid-70s. My oldest sets are 760 London Bus (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/760_2) (complete with instr. and box) and 780 Road Construction (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/780) (complete with instr.). I also have a few of the original mini-figs. They were in the same scale as the ones today but just had little nubs for arms on the torso and blank yellow heads.

08-22-2005, 09:53 PM
I spotted the 50th Anniversary Basic & Duplo buckets at K-Mart and Wal-Mart today. Unfortunately, they didn't have a part inventory on the bucket's decal, unlike other buckets. I haven't seen the tub yet, which is the one I'll probably get.

08-24-2005, 02:57 PM
I got an e-mail from Lego the other day saying they had the 50th anniversary Basic packs now in stock at S@H. I'll pass on getting getting these. As for right now I already have two tubs and 3 buckles that a bubbling over with unused bricks I really don't need another tub of bricks I won't use. Now if it had a lot of the old grays or were all gold colored bricks, I might be singing a different tune.

Ji'dai you were talking about the silver anniversary packs, one of my over stuffed tubs is the big silver tub. It was one of my odd eBay purchases last year. This mom was selling her kid's legos in two big lots and the one that I bought had a Castle set I was after. But it also had a dozen or so other sets, one of which was the silver anniversary tub. One of these days I'm going to try and build a sphere of those spare bricks. In the mean time they just keep piling up.

08-24-2005, 10:01 PM
Multi-color basic bricks are good for hidden internal support to add structural integrity to a MOC. The exterior facade is built around it using your favorite color, that way you can stretch your favorite colors farther.

I suppose you could even use Duplo and Quatro bricks inside large structures or earthworks such as hills and mountains. Those pre-school bricks would give you height fast.

09-24-2005, 12:01 PM
In the recent issue of LEGO Club Magazine (Sept-Oct 2005), there's a full-page ad for Quaker Oatmeal, which is offering a $5 rebate when you buy $25 worth of LEGO. Not a bad deal there.

Boxes should be specially marked with the promo and it expires in Jan '06.

09-24-2005, 01:45 PM
Me likey oatmeal too. SOunds like a marriage made in heaven

09-30-2005, 05:54 PM
Me likey oatmeal too. SOunds like a marriage made in heaven I'm not a big fan of oatmeal myself. So fortunately I know my parents like to eat that mush so I told them to buy the boxes with the LEGO promo and give me the rebate coupon :yes:

In other news, the 5 Free Gold Bricks (System or Duplo) promotion that LEGO Shop@Home is offering with a $50 purchase expires today, September 30. I've been procrastinating, but I finally got an order in yesterday.