The Tower was my first ever Lego creation. It was built in the April of 1990 using Lego I'd been bought for my birthday.
It was not a pleasant building to look at. Building techniques were relatively primitive. No SNOT, no lights; virtually nothing of merit. And I made some horrible additions to the building over its life. In 1996, when Lego released the Wild West Fort Legoredo, I took the brown log panels and inserted them into the Tower walls. No idea why; it looked horrible.
Inside the tower was an observation deck on the roof, a restaurant underneath, an apartment, office, lobby and shopping centre. It was just over one metre in height and included a small plaza with jail cell and police station underneath the tower foundations.
Despite several efforts, notably in 1994 when my younger brother fell into it and knocked it to the ground (it didn't shatter though), the tower survived until July 2003. In that year, after putting together other creations that did use more experimental techniques, the tower looked very dated and there wasn't a lot I could do with it. So it came down.
In July 2003 my brother and I grabbed party poppers and decorated the building (two of the pictures here show this). With the ones left over we put them against the foundations of the building and pulled. The tower's walls eventually gave in and it collapsed to the ground.
Now, seven years later, and reaching twenty years since I originally put it together, I found these pictures of the tower and have foolishly decided to recreate it. There are some differences:
- The original tower was 16 by 18. The new one will be 16 by 20.
- The horrible log panels will be replaced with trans-black panels
- The Tower (1990) had a plaza surrounding it. The Tower (2010) will have no such plaza
- The new tower will make use of SNOT techniques
- The new tower will have lights; preferably on each floor.
The 1990 Tower was completed on April 15th. I am hoping the 2010 Tower will be completed on the same date.
Pictures of the 1990 Tower. These were all taken in 2003.
In this photograph the top part of the tower can be seen along with the horrible brown walls. Shortly after this photograph was taken the tower was demolished; having stood for 13 years.
In this picture the tower 'facilities' can be seen. On the same level as the large grey square was a cafe/restaurant. Near the very bottom of the picture a large grey floor can be seen. This was an office. All of these, and some new floors, will be added to the 2010 Tower.
That sounds fun!I love finding old pics of my creations and or instruction booklets from the classic lego sets and rebuilding them.Its pretty cool looking and lately with The Lego Company making these very complicated and fragile sets its good to see some classic and simple building.