Brickology
Brickology

Episode 2 · 1 year ago

LEGO Sports

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On this weeks episode of Brickology, LegoLee dives deep into the history of LEGO sports from lines such as soccer, hockey, and basketball. Additionally, this episode features a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.  

Good morning, good afternoon, goodevening, wherever, whenever you're listening, thank you so much for makingme a poty of your day. My name is Leparmyo might know me as Lego, Lee orLegolee. Three, two, nine from Instagram Youtube: Patreon, facebook,twitter, you name it I'm all over the Internet, and this is brick ology. Thestudy of small plastic bricks, your number one source for awesome, Lego,podcast, neats, and thank you guys so much for listening to the first episodeof Brikology. Last week I had a blast making it I've goten some very goodreception, very encouraging reception. The views aren't quite there yet, butyou know what it's my first podcast. I think I made a ton of mistakes. A lotof you be to shreds in the comments ecause of the mistakes I made, butthere's a learning curve with your first podcast. I want to get better. Iask that y'all, please be patient with me, because I think this is going to besomething special. I really hope this ends up being something special and Ihave some great ideas for the future. But speaking of ideas, my ideas forthis week's episode kind of got messed up. Well, not really. I messed them upmyself, because I had a plan, but then I had to alter that plan because of anevent and I'll explain that in just a minute, but essentially for brick,allogy, I'm not going to go into a ton of detail about what I want brickOllengo to be. I did that last week, where I coing to do that again, butessentially what I want brick alge to be is each week I examine a differentleg of theme or subset or subetheme of Lego. So last week I examine sets fromLegostar wards episode, one the Phanto MINUCE and I dove deep into the historyof not only those sets and Lego form, but that movie and Star Wars and starworst toys as a whole, and I just uncovered a lot of history about thattheme. That's my goal for brickology, but a the same time, I would like tokeep brickology somewhat topical and what I be my that is, you know ifthere's a new avengers movie coming out or something maybe I'll do an episodeabout some subtheme of Lego marvel sets that's kind of what my goal is forBricology the episode one one of the Super Topical, but we were pretty closeto the release of episode. Nine Star Wars is fresh in our minds. So, forexample, when Star Wars season, seven of the clone wars comes out here. In afew weeks, I'll probably do abrick ology episode about the clumwars. Ithink you guys are getting my drift. I want to keep brickology somewhattopical, but this week I didn't really have a topic that I wanted to discuss.So I was just planning on doing a generic lego thing and I was likeexcited aout the episode that episode is still going to come out. However,there was a particular event that made me rethink what I'm going to do so thisEppluta brickology, I had already gotten midway through writing my scriptfor the episode that was planned and then something happened, and I was likeyou know what I need to do something different for this episode. So I kandchanged my plan upbricology like any good, podcast or woold, not to bragabout myself, but I've been planning ahead right. I have episodes ofbrickology plan for pretty much the entire month of February. Essentially,I just took the one that was going to be today and I moved it to my firstopen slots. That episode will be coming out here in a few weeks. I'm not movingand not pushing back everything else and just moving that one. So I can putthis episode ahead and this episode is going to be very topical. It's going tobe extremely important to the world extremely important to me as a fan ofthis particular thing, and it's actually a harder episode to record andyou've. Probably you know if you've seen the title, you know what I'm goingon about. It's no secret. This week's episode of Brick Ology is about Legosports. Now some of you might not even know this, but Leco actually did apretty large line of sports sets back in the day. They haven't really donetoo much port stuff, although there is a very recent set from you know kind ofthis theme not really, but there is a very recent lego sports set, but Legoactually did a really big line of sports sets in the lates and earlyTosands, and the reason I decided to do this episode this week is one it issuper bowl weekened. So obviously you know the chiefs and the forty ninersplaying the super bowl on Sunday Soe doing an apisode about Liko Sports. Youknow it seems right aftere Woll weekend, although Lego has never done anythingin FL based. I really wish they did, because I would go crazy for that, butthey have not, but it is still to bro Wecan. It's a big Weekendin sports, butthe main reason I'm discussing this...

...topic today is the absolutelydevastating and tragic loss of NBA superstar, Los Angeles, Lakers player,Cobe brynt and his daughter, gg Ganna brigant as well, and before I even dive deeper into LecoSports. I need to talk about Kobe and what Kobe meant to me as just a humanbeing because, like I know, a lot of people in the Lego community probably aren'thas invested in basketball in the NBA. As I am there's kind of this weird myth.I think that if you're a big leg, O fan your huge nerd, which I am I'mimmettedly a Humongousner, I'm not trying to say I'm not a nerd butthere's. I think a myth where it's like huge nerds can't also be huge sportsfans, because I'm a huge nerd, I'm obsessed with star wars and HarryPotter and Marvel superheroes and Lord of the Rings. But I am also equally asobsessed with football and basketball and just sports and general. I followthose sports almost religiously and when I first got into basketball in theNBA, the two players that stook out to me, the two players that you knowreally got me into the sport and hooked me were one Lebron James S, no onesurprised Lebron James and then of course the other one was Kobe Bryant. Ifirst really got into basketball around the year two thousand and eight I wouldsay, and that actually just a so happens to be Kobe Bryant's one MVPseason. He Wont invp in Two Thousand and eight he was in the NBA finaldoesn't at he lost the Celtics, but then he won the next two championshipsagainst the magic and then against the Celtics, the next two seasons, and so my young MBA fandom. I was teneleven years old was watching Kobe Bryant play and I even had the pleasureof going to a Lakers game in Los Angeles, California, at the stablecenter. Almost a decade ago, Spring Two Thousand and ten, I went to a Lakersracturs game which one Likus rectors is an important game, because TAT's,actually a team, Kobe Bryan scored. Eighty one points again come on: Let'sjust take a minute to really think about the fact that he scored eightyone points in a modern NBA game. That's absolutely insane, but the game I gotto go to Kobe, Bryant and just vintage Kobe form hit a game winning shot. Itwasn't technically a buzzer beater because he didn't, you know, beat thebuzzard. There was like one second left in the clock, but he hit, I think, along to point shot from the right corner and it was incredible. I got towitness Kobe Bean Bryant at his peak. This was like the best head ever beenat this point in time he was the best player in the world. He was the bestplayer in the world, pretty much that entire decade and Kobe Bryan meant alot to me. Growing up. The man is one of my heroes. Ere was one of my herems.It's so sad to say that he was one of my heroes because he's gone, and I meanit was a freak accident. We really probably will never know exactly whathappened, but the fact the matter is the world lost, Kobe and Alask copy, ofcourse, the NBA superstar but Thass last Kobe, the father, four daughters,the husband to Vanessa and just the man in general, and I meanhe want an Oscar. He won five championships. This guy was not onlyprolific on the basketball court, but off it as well. He was doing big things, so the loss of Kobe Bryant is so hardand I don't think a celebrity death death has ever hit me that hard. I eventried to record this podcast a couple days ago and I just could not get thewords out during this Kobe segment, because I was crying so hard. I mean itreally hit me. It's so heartbreaking that we lost Kobe, and obviously this is a Lego. PODCAST isnot a sports podcast. I want to talk about Lego. I don't want to talk aboutsports. That would completely defeat the purpose and probably alinate a lotof my audience. Wyo might not care about sports, but I was like how cul Ihonor Kobe Bryant and immediately after he died, I went online and found apicture of the lego figure that cope had from the NBA line. Thay will talkabout later in this episode, so I posted that pick of the Kobefigure on my instagram and I posted this pick not for likes or for anything. I postedthis pick just to honor somebody that was important part of my childhood. Thecaption wasn't some witty question to try to get the audience involved. I usezero Hash Tags. I was like this jus...

...needs to be a respectful post for KobeBryant. I couldn't you know, make this some big public post of mine, that Itry to get a bunch of likes or capitalize in someone's death, becausethat would be the worst thing to do. I tried to make this as honorary of Kobeas possible. The captule was just like rest in peace,O the legend love you Kobe, and it got it's like my seventh most like post ofall time. I think it's my most like post. That's not something from StarWars. Now, that's incredible! The fact that I didn't even Hash, tagget tat. Itwasn't trying to reach a huge audience and that so many people just liked thatphoto either sure Lov for Kobe Bryan, even in the Lego community whath. Youknow I talked about kind of what I think is a myth, but has some validityto it. You know all stereotypes have some history to them. The stereotypethat Lego fans can't the sports fans, but here we are, with my picture ofLego, Koby Bryant, being one of my most liktd photos ever on instagram. Thatwas just special to me that just illustrated to me what Kobe meant tonot only me but to just the world and how broad of a reach the man had that's incredible so to honor, KobyBryant. I decide to change kind of my course with this episode. This episodeis now going to be about the history of Lego sports as a theme, so Lego Sports. It's kind of a strangetheme. It's almost like an oxy Mori, Lego Sports, because you know Lego,obviously champions creativity and like it was usually something you do insideand while you did move your hands a lot and if your Ribbin, like a technic saidit can be physically strenuous for the most port like it would not beconsidered, exercise right and then sports has obviously a Journalan basedand very physical and something you usually do outside or on a court. Soit's kind of funny that those two things combined to make a toy line andLego sports is a very unique toy line. It's kind of a product of its time. Itkind of has some weird experimental stuff going on that. We will definitelytalk about in this episode and if you listen to my episode last week issomething I'm definitely going to mention. Just in a lot of episodes ofbecology the early twosands, the lates early tosands were not a great time forlego seriously. Lico was not planned very well at this time. In history,they were almost bankrupt. They were considering. Selling to a bigger toycompany. Lego was in dire need of something to kind of help, andsparkthem like o star wars and like a bionicale or kind of the themes that Ithink are responsible for that, and then you have some themes like like asports when you kind of look back in them, you're like maybe that wasn't thebest idea, or maybe there wasn't a great idea- or maybe it was a good ideaand there's just some very poor execution, which I think is one of thethings that I'm going to talk about. This episode is the execution of Lecosports wasn't great, but I think the idea of Ligo sports was great and Ithink there are some great components to it now before we actually get intoLikeo sports. As a theme, we had to talk about kind of the origins of Legosports now the first ever sets that were based off ot, some kind ofsporting event from whone. My research says from Brikipedia and on bricksetthere were three sets in the late s: the Er one thousand nine hundred andninety eight that were actually based off of soccer. Now. These sets were thePressbox, the television tower and the paramedic unit. These three sets, whichthese sets are more kind of based off of soccer stadium, sort of things. Itwasn't really based off the game soccer. It was more like hey. These sets hereare supposed to be sets based off a stadium and there's things that youhave in a stadium like lights and TV stations and, of course, a paramedicunit that had like a stretcher and an ambulance kind of a weird littlesubthing. All this stuff came out, one thousand nine hundred and ninety eight.They were under the Lego, Assistan theme, because everything was underlego system back then, the kind of part of you know the town city theme that weknow today interesting subething there. Ninety nine, nothing. There was no Legosports and any nine. That's e course. The year that Star Wars like a starwere started, and then we move on to the year twothousand, and this is whenLego, sports kind of becomes its own theme, and the reason I said kind of isbecause it actually wasn't branded as Lego sports at this time. So in theyear two thousand were actually still a few years removed from Lego sports as atheme starting, but this year saw the birth of Lego soccer, so actually justfor two thousand tthousand and one and...

...two thousand and two we just had lecosoccer now. This makes sense to me because look I'm an American I'm superignorant about soccer. I personally is probably going to tick a lot of peopleoff. I don't like soccer. I think soccer is very boring. I just don'tfind it entertaining to watch, especially compared to other sports,and I was never very good at playing soccer. So I don't have that attachmentto soccer and e've been a big fan of the socer video games like FIFA,Preferr to k or madden soccer is just not my sport and I'Mi'm very sorry toanybody who love soccer. I know Al Lot. People do because soccer kind of hasthe unofficial title of the most popular sport in the world. I thinkthat's upso up to up for some debate, but it does have that title soccer isabsolutely huge in other countries. Now it is growing in the United States, itmoless is growing Charlotte Orth Carolina, which would be you know closeto where I live, is getting an M lets expansion team. I might get a littlebit more into it once that happens, but American sucker it's not considered toeven be one of the top four sports here: Basketball Hockey Baseball and footballor ahead of it- and of course we call it soccer here, because we haveAmerican football Europeans would call this all football now leco soccer ligerfootball was its own theme for a few years, and the sets were super basic.They were very, very basic. It was things like a goal with e kicker, maybea team bus. There actually was some US team, brained stuff, which is like theonly brainded stuff that we saw from this theme. Maybe besides, like somepartnerships with you know, brands like Adetas and sports wear, but for themost part it was all just generic soccer stuff, very basic many figures.Some of the figures actually even had sticker torses, which I hate, but thatwas you could customize the jerseys it was. It really wasn't a superelaboratetheme. However, they did invent a few new pieces. I mean there were newpieces for the soccer ball. Of course, there's a new piece for this hongergoals, which makes sense, but they actually made a very gimmicky set ofpieces, so you can actually play. There was soccer like play features withthese sets now those pieces. It's like this, I think, like an eight by eigtplate that was very modified and special. It had like a weirdindentation and the then there's a hole in the center and in them Centur. Youcan stick a technic pin with a weird like kind of chair, looking piece thatcould hold one many figure and there's a spring in the chair, and the chairhad a slight indintation in it. So when a soccer ball went there, you couldhold the soccer ball with this chairpiece pull back on the chair andthen the spring would help to kick the soccer ball. Obviously- and you couldkick it at the goal and whatnot, and because all these pieces had this lightlike curve indintation, whenever the soccer ball would roll towards you, Utdalways roll towards the player, who you know it wouldn't get lost, that's kindof cool, that's kind of cool actually, and it made for this interestingplayfeature, where you can actually play soccer with your Lego sets, andthese pieces were very easy to connect to other ones. You can make a biggersoccer field and they had small soccer sets and they had much much much biggersoccer sets big soccer stadium sets, and actually, I think the only soccersaid I ever got was the last soccer stadium they made. This set came out intwo thousand and six. His is now when it's is all being brained as Legosports. This said, I think, was like only available in Europe or somethingbecause I got it when I went to Switzerland in two thousand and eight,and I like freaked out when I found this set. It was really like a bigevent. I was like, oh my goodness. I can't believe I'm finding this set. Itwas super cool to find this set, and it's got this weird piece: It's like acarrying handle the whole stadium is built on this massiveis got to be oneof the biggest ligo pieces ever made. This massive piece that you attachedeverything else onto thet had like handles. You can carry it around. Itwas a super super cool piece and I'm just very glad that I got that site andit was really fun to play with. I was a young kid at the time, even though Ididn't like soccer really as a sport, it was still fun to actually get thisset and yeah that's lekgo soccer it soccer lico soccer was kind of thebirth of Lego sports and it makes sense to me that Letgo before they made anyother sports sets, they went out there and they're like all right. We'reGOINNA MAKE SOCCER SETS WHY? Because soccer was the most still is the mostprominent and popular sport in Europe. Now, if you don't know, Lego is aDanish company, so soccer is probably super popular and dinmark. It's superpopular in England and Germany and...

France, which are som of like tosebiggest markets, so it makes sense to me that Lego actually try to capitalizeon soccer as a brand and they still are to this day a lot of these other thingsI'm about to mention Lego, doesn't ev acknowledge anymore, but they're stilldoing soccer stuff. To this day. I don't know if you guys heard that, butI am extremely sorry th someone actually messaged me on faceboock. Ihad no idea of it. Had facebook open my computer and it made that superobnoxious, facebook noise. I hope that wasn't too distracting, but again earlydays in my podcast there's definitely going to be some growing pains and nowI know dod not have facebook open, while recording brickology, but'continuing on with lego soccer. Now, technically, the two things I'm aboutto mention are not actually branded under lik of soccer or Lego sportsbecause they have come out in the modern, the more recent LEGO era. Theseare things that are new. They don't really have their own theme they're apart of a different theme. So the first one is in the year two thousand andsixteen Lego made a collectible minifigure series for the German soccernational team. Now, if you don't know some brief World Cup history, Germanyactually on the World Cup, the Big International Soccer Championship inthe year two thousand and fourteen, so the German soccer team is huge andthey're very, very good and, like I've already mentioned, Lego is huge inGermany and so is soccer putball. Now this stuff, these these packs were onlyavailable in Germany. I personally it's the only many figured series I havenever acquired a pack from maybe Sumeday I'll have to order one, an Ebijust to say that I've had at least one figure from every series: it's prettycool, stuff and they're all based off real people. They all have their ownjerseys and harrpieces and face frants. It's pretty cool. Each one came with asoccer ball, it's really cool stuff and I'm sure, if you're, a huge Germansoccer team fan. This was probably like a surreal moment to get this entirecollection of this sort of thing. Like I know if they made my favorite team,like I, they made a Denver, Broncos Mani figure series or like a NewOrleans Pelicans, or something like that. Like one of my favorite teams,Duke Basketball, I would flip flip out. I would be so excited for that. It'spersoonl not a sport that I care about, but I still think it's a very coolthing and speaking of things that Lego has created based off of soccerliterally this year, literally, it's released tomorrow for everybody. It'sbeet now for VP NEMBERS for a couple weeks, but tomorrow February first Legois releasing a creator. Expert set a very big scale, almost four thousandpiece set of old traffer stadium, which is Manchester uniteds soccer stadium inEngland. This sit is super cool. I mean it seriously, looks really cool. It's agreat design, it's kind of architecture microscale, which I know a lot ofpeople don't like, but personally I think it looks really cool and it's acool left design. I didn't make somebody like me, who really couldn'tcare less about soccer, actually be interested in acquiring this set. Thatbeing said, it is three hundred dollars and there's a lot of oother things. Iwould rather sping three hundred bucks on t. That being said, I still thinkit's a really cool set. It looks super cool, so I'm sure again, if you're, ahuge Manchester United fant is probably like the dream set for you, and I hopeLego does more of this sort of thing in the future because they make someAmerican ball porks like Finway Park, Rigley field soldier field, Lambo field,or if they made a basketball arena like imagine if they made a Madisin SquareGarden set, oh my goodness at they made an MSG set, I would buy it day one. SoI think this is a really cool thing and I think it's encouraging for Lego tomake more sport space sets in the future, but now we're going to rewind abit we're going to go back in time of bit back to Leco Sports. Now I alreadymentioned succer we've gone through soccer and all this soccer stuff andall this stuff wouldn't exist if it weren't four soccer, because soccerkind of started like a sports before even was branded as Lego sports. Butthe year is two thousand and three and Lego officially adds Moore sports totheir repetoire. They added hockey they added gravity, Games and I'll talkabout what that is, and just a second and they added basketball. I'm going tostart off by talking about Lego hockey. Now there were sixteen sets based offlikea hockey that came out in the years, two thousand and three and two thousandand four, and these sets were really strange again. I think the decisionmaking with thes sense might be a product of Lego struggling a bit as acompany and they're trying to capture the lightning in a bottle that wasbionical literally in a bottle, because these nal sets they made came incanisters that also seconded as bottles.

That is not a joke will be a picture onthe screen if you're watching on Youtube and if you're listening onspotifior itunes after you're done. Listen, I the episode. When you havetime look up, these INA show Legos tets, because you know how bionicals used tocome. Those plastic cancers, I loved those canaters, are so cool. They did tsame thing for these NHL sets, but these NHL sets the canisters had lidsthat were water, bottle lids and you could fill up wi wetter and drink outof them. You know that's just something I always wanted for my lego sense. Ialways wanted to be able to drink water. Out of my Lego sets packaging verystrange idea, and it's weird because again it kind of does this oxy moronicthing where you've got this toy that you play whith inside, but it's a waterbottle, so it's encouraging you to stay hydrated, probably while you'reactually know playing hockey and doing something athletic. So I think that's avery strange, just weird miscalculation on legos part and speaking ofmiscalculation. These original hockey sents that came out to San Three. Theyweren't many fig sets. The sucker said we talked about were all Mani figures.These sets were pretty much technic based and they were pretty much justagain like bioticals. They actually used a lot of bionical pieces and theywere super weird ban. They were just so so weird. They didn't look realistic atall. They had a cool play feature you could like push on their heads and itwould make up. You know hockey stick hit a Puck, it was cool, it was a goodplayability feature, but I think people would have been more excited if theyactually made figures and again instead of making things based off specificteams and specific players, it was all generic inhl and what I mean by that is, it was branded by the NHL. So BICO hasthis license with the National Hockey League, which is great right, but theydon't do anything with the actual teams or popular players Ow. My hockeyhistory is not great, I'm not sure exactly who the huge players wereexactly at this time, but it seems like people would have gotten way moreexcited. If one of these figures was a Chicago Blackhawks player- and maybeyou don't even have to do a speciical player, but they could be wearing aBlack Hawks Jersey or a New York islanders, Jersey or a CarolinaHurricanes Jersey, but instead it was like here's just a guy and he's wearingNHL shirt. It's dumb. It's really dumb in myopinion, and I think that probably hurt the sales of these sets and it's amystticthey did not make with the NBA sets that will talk about later on inthis podcast. But I think that was just a dumb, dumb, dumb miscalculation onLego's part. Now my best friend my next her neighbor, who I used to be my nextdoor neighbor growing up. He actually had a lot of these sets. He was a bighockey fan and he had the big ice rink set an this is Asua, weird Lik I setbecause because these were big figures, they were bionical size, technic, stylefigures. The ICE TRINK was actually built out of this weird, like thinvinyl plastic piece. That was super thin, but very long. You could like putit on a table or the floor. It was really strange and had like technicholes to attach goals and stuff on to it, but it really just didn't feel likeLeco. It was fun to play with, but it didn't feel like Lego and it's reallyfelt like some of the creativity of Lego, and even you know, the succerstuff was gimmickey, but that stuff still felt like Lego. This really feltlike a departure from Lego and, like I did a lot of stuff kind of like this inthe early twoousands. That will definitely talk about in later episodesof brick Ology, but there's just some weird stuff going on with this theme,man, I think Leo really messed up in two thousand and three with the hockeysubthing of Lego Sports. However, they kind of redeemed themselves a yearlater in two thousand and four they made an NHL set. That was a stadium, the NelChampionship Challenge Whith the set was called, it was kind of a hockeystadium, it had a rink and it was like the soccer sets, combined with Foosball or remember that Legostar wars, Duela Mostafar, said that came out twothousand and five, where you had those rods, we can move around Annacan ObiWan make them fight each other. It was very similar to that. An actually cameout a year before that set. You had rods, you control the hockey players,they had sticks, they had armor and they were many figures. They weren'tdumb, weird technic things. They were actual Mani figs and you could havethese actual hockey games with hockey Lego figurgears and it was a full rink.It was really cool, it was a great set...

...and it said that I personally wish. Ihad again all the figures ware, just generic NHL branded things which Ithink is dumb, and I really wish they'd actually made some real NHL players,but it was much better than the dumb technic stuff and the last hockey setwill mention was called street hockey. It was a twenty dollar set. It onlycame with two figures, but it was just a cheaper way to get some of thesehockey things and get a taste for this hockey play feature. That was a prettycool set as well. So hockey was a strange thing for Lego'm, actually kindof surprise they made hockey because hockey compared to some other sports inAmerica, just really isn't as popular. I like hockey, I think hockey isentertaining but ESP doesn't cover it that much it's hardly ever on nationaltelevision. So I'm kind of surprised, Lego actually committed to a pretty bigline of hockey. Sets like the NBA makes sense, but in some ways I thinkfootball or MLB would have been a better decision to make sets based onthan hockey, and they certainly made some horrible miscalculations with theLego in hol hockey sets. So that brings us into the next sub theme of Legosports and that was called gravity games. Gravity Games, I think only hadabout eight sets. It's the smallest subtheme of Leeo sports and it's calledgravity games, because it's not really based off any specific leagues. It'sbased off of a couple of specific sports and those are the board sports.You got skateboards and snowboards, and these were kind of like a spiritualsequel to island extreme stunts, which is a very popular old leg of theme fromthe early twosand. I Love Island. Extreme stants. Well, probably do abrick ology episode about island estream stunts here, and the skateboardsets borrowed some of the pieces from other stream stunts like the littleskateboards and like the little skateboard Rams, and I think this isprobably legos attempt to catch on to the tech deck craze. I don't know ifTyou as Ar Rotectex, it was all the rage. When I was in middle schoolpeople loved techtics. They were small little skateboards that you could skatearound with your fingers, it's kind of silly thinking about it, but it wasSuper Fun and people always brought them to school. We were always doingcrazy tricks with teir tech, tecs and the halls ere honestly, even duringclass, and if you didn't have a tech deck, you would turn a pencil into aTECTAC. It was really fun, love, tectics, and I think this was kind ofLego's response to a very different but another. You know toy theme intectixthey made these skateboard sets and the skateboards you could do similar playfeatures like techtics. They had these big ramps, it was pretty cool, it waspretty cool, stuff, interesting pieces and they also made snowboarding sense.They only made three sets ever from snowboarding and the SNOWBOARG was alittle bit of a bigger piece and it was kind of a strange thing because theyhad these giant turnpikes like these really huge pieces to make theseturnpikes. So these sets have really poor price for pieces, but you hadthese big turmpikes and it was kind of this, a similar concept to theskateboard ones. But of course they don't have wheels, so maybe a littlebit harder to control, but still a pretty cool feature and some veryunique parts were used with gravity games. But ultimately, I think gravitygames is kind of the most forgotten, something wit Liko Sports. It wasn'treally affiliated with any major brand or anything it was cool, but it wasn'tanything spectacular. Now that briaks us into the final segment of today'sepisode of brick, Ology on Lego sports, we're about to talk about basketball,now, basketball, I've already elaborated. How much Kobe Bryant meantto me and basketball is my favorite sport. I just love the way they drippleup and down the court. I'm sorry I had to. I had to go there, but seriously. I love basketball. Igrew up in Durn. North Carolina. Durham is one of the biggest basketball placesin the world. The Triangle area here we've got Duke and U Ndcss were legendslike Michael Freakin, Jordan came from granthill, COACHK, Kairi, irving and ElZin Williamson. I mean this is seriously like we're one of the biggestplaces for basketball in the country, so growing up in Durham. I was tryingto buy basketball every day. They do ou and see. Basketball rivalry is heated.I'm a huge, Duke Fan. I love basketball. I love following basketball and ittruly is my favorite sport. Now, unfortunately, I was really young whenthese hets came out and these sets actually came out before I really gotinto basketball. However, in the year two thousand and ten I remember- I wenton brick link and somebody was selling. These basketball sets for a very gooddeal and actually got six basketball sets wor, I think, like thirty dollars,for one bricklink cellar and if you're watching on Youtube, you can go all theway back a decade ago and find my Vino...

...reviews for some of these classicbasketball sets. Those videos are horrible. I was super super young, butit's just kind of DOSTALGIC. For me, they made twenty nine sets based off ofbasketball, and these sets were kind of like soccer. Thare were some verygeneric stuff and then the rest was actually based off specific things fromthe NBA, and I love that it didn't make the mistake they did like I mentionedwith the NHL sets where it was all generic. There were actually specificplayers represented in these sets, but I think like it did a good thing wherethe sets were they had like the shooting sets, the shooting drill set,O Slam, Dun Competition set and, of course, the big stadium set. Those setscame with players, but they were generic players, they weren't, theywere, you, know, kind of like the hockey ones they were NBA branded, butthey weren't specific players. However, they did make the spacific players, butthose guys came in their own little packs. So if you wanted to populateyour stadium with the specific players, you could you just had to buy the extrapacks, and that thing that is smart, so you don't have to buy the big sets toget the specific players and it's smart, because if you want to use the sigofplayers and you want to play with them in the biggest stadium set legos doingthis thing- they've been doing for years, where it's hard to geteverything you want, and you have to buy as many sents pretty much aspossible to really maximize the potential of the product. Now thefigures for basketball. This is the most noteworthy think about basketballfigures, because this it on the only times ever Lego, has really heavilymodified a figure and it's kind of annoying, because it kind of makesthese figures a little bit less interesting and they don't really fitin with the rest of your lego figures because they were so heavily modified,but the reason they are modified was so they could be played with in thebasketball court sets. So essentially what they did is the figures. They putsprings in their legs, so their legs actually weren't able to move. Youcouldn't move the legs individually, like a normal lego figure. They werethe same size, same wase, attachment to the torso, but they had springs in them,and the arms had stationary hands that weren't able to turn, and the arm wasjust a little bit thinner than the normal legofigure arm. So what youcould do is take that soccer ball piece. That'snow been turned into, of course, the basketball piece you could put thebasketball piece in between their very skinny arms, pull them back by the headbecause they had springs ind their legs and you pulled them back and released.It would actually shoot the basketball and you could aim that basketball atthe goals in the bigger basketball sets. So again, like the soccer sets and evenlike the hockey sets, it was a very gimmicky play feature and it definitelyhindered the figures, but it also made for a very unique style of figure andspeaking of these figures, these figures are actually kind of importantwhen it comes to race in Lego. Sets, that's something you know. I don't wantto make this this big political race issue thing right, but this episode hasto touch on the fact that before the year, Sosen, four so twohsand and threeis actually the last year of this, every lego figure pretty much an anyset was yellow. I think the only exception at this time was the LandoCarisian figure that came with the original cloud city set and then snapeen the Harry Potter sets had like a weird glow in the dark face, but that'sfor another episode, but all LEO figures were yellow at the time andthen in to thousand and four Leko change number of colors. They changethe gray color. They Change Brown. A number of things change an tosand, anfour with legos color palete. One of the most notable changes, though, wasthey made. This switch from yellow heads in license teem so for charactersbased off of something real. They made them no longer be yellow and fittingwith the rest of your legal collection. Those figures were now flesh tones,which I think, ultimately I know a lot of classic Lego fans. Don't like thisdecision. I think ultimately it was for the best and it makes them morerealistic and they've been doing that for a decade and a half and even morenow so it's gotten you've gotten very used to it. However, Jsan three was the last year they werestill using, yellow heads. You know the Star War sets then, and Harry Pottersets had yellow heads, but I guess because the NBA figures were based offof real life, people not characters, they are based off. Real human beings.Lego didn't want to make them yellow, so these are actually some of the firstever Lego. Figures with realistic quotes unrealistic because some oftheir skin towns just looked wack because they hadn't really invented theright color for this contonet. But...

...these figures are some of the firstrealistic figures from Lego, which I think is super cool. It's super shipercool and very historic and important. Now the figures themselves, if you'relistening on Sfieto Find Itunes, definitely look this up. If you'rewatching on Youtube, they'll be a picture of them, they look really wack.They look so weird. This is Leke. Yo Headn'td really figured out a goodstyle for eye balls at this point and kind of similar to the figures that yousee in the Star Wars, the clum wor sets where they tried to inlit the animaedstyle. They try to make them have these quote unquote, Realistic Eyes, and theyare just so big and awkward. Looking and everything just doesn't look quiteright and it definitely doesn't fit in with your normal lego figures. So Iapplaud the effort to make them more realistic, but these figures,especially by today, standards, do not hold up. However, they made eight setswith three many figures: each. I think they were seven. Ninety nine, when theyfirst came out- and essentially these sets, came with a little basketballstand a had a holder for a trading card, so you got a basketball card of thisfigure you could put behind and then have the stand with the mini figure onit. So you had your figure and the card and he got three of those in each set,so Ye said only had like twenty or so pieces, but it made this really cooldisplay for these basketball figures and each set came with three NBAplayers. Each and here are the selections they made so collectorsnumber one which I think is one of the best ones s in terms of the three theycame with, because all three of these guys are very important players in NBAhistory got Palgasal on Memphis Grizzlis, I think he's still in the NBA,an Mi've been the trill, but there's ament o just gotten cut. I can'tremember but paugasaw on the Grizzleys Ray Alland. Of course, the ALTIMEleader in three point field goals, made NBA Legend and future champion for theCeltics, but this wis reat Olen on the bucks and the attend Duncan on theSpurs. Now, of course, Tim Duncan I mean he's a leged two tine NBP fivetime champianies. Now an assistant coach back with the Spurs you had TimDuncan on the spurs that I think was one of the most complete sets they madeof any of these three figures love that collectors number two Yohad AntonWalker on the Celtics who kind of a forgettable player these days. Din'think a lot of bi modern, inba fans. Remember him, but he was quite thebucket for the Celtics back in the day: Ahso you it Caquillo Neel. You know,shack somebody you've, probably heard of on the La Lakers and then TonyParker, who also wont of Finals, MVP, todoes and seven with the Spurs. Sothat was a pretty good set as well. The next set, I think, is another one ofthe best ones you had derknavisky, who just retired last year, he playedtwenty years for the Dallas Mavericks Dirt Navitsky an Gary Payton for theseSeattle Super Sonmics. You know these are old when we're talking about stufffor the Seattle Supersom, because that team wis no longer even in Sattle, F,the oclemacity thunder and then, of course, Vince carger for the raters. Ithink Vince Carter is the only player on this entire list and is somehowsomeway still in the NBA dirt Evet, her retired last year, but Vince Carter.The man is forty. Three years old, he's still playing on the hawks he's theonly player in NBA history to play in four decades. He playd the S, theTWOSAN, the twodoesan twins and now he's even played in Ha game of thetwothousand and Tis. That man is a warrior. I cannot believe he' stillplaying the NBA and, of course, when he's on the ractors, this was like peakVince Carter and those classic raters Jersey, a like a recrated with thisparticular figure love those Ratis Jergeyis, one of he, my favoritejerseys, an MBA history. The next set we had, we had Tony Kuk Cock for thebucks. I honestly had to look at this guy, not super familiar with him. Noidea for pronounced that name right, not a great player, but then the othertwo. This woman got Jason Kid who is now an assistant coach on the Lakers? Ibelieve he want to Chang I ti, but the Mavericks Great Player, Love, Jason,Kidd and then the fourth guy, the third guy that came. This fourth pack wassomebody known as Kobe brant yeah. So back to Kobe, this is Kobe's.Lika figure compy actually also had a promotional, polly bag or Cun just getKobe without all the other axcessories on their players, but they tid come toCobe Bran. This was to set that chemicoe brand. Unfortunately, I don'thave this set. I have six out of the eight and I'm missing the one that hadKobe, which really sucks it really really Sike. I wish I had this cubbyfigure. I'm probably GOINNA have to go on Ebay and purchase him, and this iscoby, of course, the Lakers he didn't play for anybody else with the Lakers,but this is comby wearing number eight, which was his number for the first tenseasonis career before he switched to, I think, is more. I kinic number thatLov p fore my generation associated with that is number twenty. Four. Bothnumbers, of course, are retired by the...

La Lakers and the said did come with.You know the now deceased, Kobe brant, which is the reason me this episode and,of course they dimention. That Het came in the NBA collectors pack number fournumber five. This is undher a really good pack. You had Steve Francis in therocket who was a presil player, but then he had Clara Malone. com alone isthe second all time leaving score n NBA history on the jazz. The jazz uniformsthat he wore also awesome in iconic those s jazz uniforms are beautiful andCamalone is one of the greatest players, probably the goodest Playn NBA history,who has not won an Inba Championship. You never want a championship, is kindof sad for Carll, but he's still a great figure. Then HEU had AllnArverson N. I know where Ly Geard ist players ever not Wen to chammionshipone of the best point guards ever. Here's an absolutely explosive player,Love Alan Irison. This was him on the Philadelphia E sixers number six JerryStackhel, who went to UNC, which is very close to duck that I mentioned forthe trip pissons, then Steve Nash, on the Dallas Mavericks. Now I think aSteve Nashmore on his years in the Phoenix Sons, but he was a mariksplayer, ind, a teammate of dernevitsky early in his career and Steve Nashwals,one of my personal favorite players. DROWING UP, I love Steve Nashhe was somuch fun to watch and he won NBP twice with Phoenix Sons, then Paul Pierce onthe Celtics. Of course he wented to win fials NBP for the Celtics and he was anabsolute monster, especially from three point range and clutch shots. Kio Love,some Paul Peerce, O just number seven came with Jalan rose, I don't likeJalyn rose. He said some really stupid things. He was on the fat Fi team inMichigan. Jillan rose to the Bulls ass. I think Hes, a horrible horribleanalyst on spand. I wish they would get rid of him, but Yit did a Jil and RoseAshe got page Stoyakovich on the Kings. Who was one of the best players forthose kings? Teams actually made some deep runs in the early twousands andthen, of course, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Garnette on the Minnesota temberalwoles he's probably a little bit more well known now for being on the Celticsand winning a championship doesn't ate, but kg on the temper wolls was 't NVP.He was an absolute force and like Kevin Garnett, anything as possible, so God olove. That lego has made a kg figure. I actually have his Jersey for the teawolls Hn. The final set came with Tracy macgradi on the Orlando Magic. He was amonster, especially for scoring on the Magic Chris Webber on the Kings. I mean,like I mentioned already, these kings teams in the early twousands. The kingsare horrible. Now the kings have been bad for fifteen years, but the kingsback in the day, man. They were a force to be reckon with, and they actuallyprobably should have made the NBA finals. The Lakers just got a lot oflucky calls there's. Actually some videos about held those werepotentially rigged. OAND SUGGEST IK those up on Youtubev at the time. Lookat the Kings, Becaus the two doezend two playoff watchour carrents finalslikeers, had some very fortunate calls of the referees in those games. Then,finally Allan Houston on the New York Nicks. So there were twenty four totalplayers that Lego made from the NBA. I love this. I love this so much the factthat they made all these guys into legofigures. I think is super supercool and I wish they would do this again. I highly doubt that they're evergoing to do anything like this again, but I would love to see it, especiallywith the Higher Standards Lego figures havetoday, but I think these figures were kind of ahead of their time. They hadreally good prints and their skin tones and all that stuff that I've alreadymentioned. These figures were ahead of their time. They don't hold up superwell, but it is still super cool that we have figures of these NBA legends,especially that we have a figure of Kobe Bryan as well. I think that isincredible and finally, for the NBA we had, I think, the best set that Lecosports ever produce. That's the big NPA stadium already mentioned. It alreadymentioned how this works, but it was a very big NBA Stadiom and, of course youcould populate it with your favorite players. If you got the extra packs,and this set was voted on by my fans on Instagram as the best Lika sports setever produce- and I personally would have to agree this. In my opinion, isthe number one Lego sports set ever made, so there you have it that is Legosports. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Brick Ology. I hopethis wasn't too bad. I had to kind of reckon and change some of my scheduleto make this episode. I hope it didn't feel too rush, but I felt like in orderto honor Kobe braand a so it is topical because Ald Triper Stadium is comingout this weekend, and this is these super bowl weekend. It felt topical tomake an episode about Lego Sports. I hope you learn something. Thank you somuch for listening, also just prayers up man for Vanessa, Bryant and Kobe's,three remining daughters. What a tragic loss I still and having trouble evensaying that Kobe Bryan is no longer with us. That is so so sad, so justthoughts and prayers to the briant family. This episode is for you Kobe. Ihope. Maybe you somehow learn about it...

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