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Just curious how many of you had this in the past, or are still into it now?

I had a decent collection in my childhood which I still have at my dad's house. I haven't shown it to my kids yet as I dont' want it trashed. 

For fathers day I was given a new bucket of bricks for myself and the girls. I put together a few bits and gauged how constructive or destructive they were.  They had a lot of fun and generally were better than I expected.

I managed to get a set for free recently and built it with my 5 year old who surprised me with her level of concentration.  I helped her to find bits and we did it together. Once it was built they have been quite good.  Of course some looser bits come off, but they tell me and we put it back on.  It doesn't get thrown around. 

It DID end up in the rubbish bin at one point, but that was a misunderstanding with my 3 year old.  I was trying to tell her to get some half eaten food and put that in the bin.  The food was still on the table.  I managed to rescue the lego and it wasn't dirty  :o

I've now bought a rather large model for Christmas time and feel the Lego bug has bitten me again big time.   https://brickset.com/sets/42078-1/Mack-Anthem  I'm thinking about getting my old stuff moved here when I can too.

I was also thinking about why I stopped in the first place.  I remember being told as a kid, that kids hit a certain point and "stopped playing with toys".  Also there was different times, when everything was fun and everyone wanted it.  Then later the peer pressure if you admitted you had LEGO you were basically a lepper. 

I compared that to my time gaming where I've never stopped and thought "I'm too old to play games on my computer now".  I remember a surfer type guy in my university hostel making a comment "you play games? thats just not cool man" but at that point I wrote him off as someone i'd be generally friendly to, but try not to interact with again.

I guess as an adult I will be using it differently than before, but since I have kids I'll be "playing" with it when its built.

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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2018, 09:19:33 PM »
I always enjoy my enounters with legos. Usually at friend's houses playing with their kids. I just don't have room for legos at the house here.


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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 09:49:55 PM »
I have a collection of Lego Elves. I think they're adorable. Fight me.

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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 04:14:12 AM »
I have a lot of Star Wars Lego, but no obscene Millenium Falcons.

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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 08:22:45 AM »
I had them as a kid (and still have some of them), and our kids have all of theirs still.  The kids are older now and spend time with their electronics more than legos.  We wound up putting all the legos into bins sorted by color because we didn't keep the original boxes.  They are a toy that never really goes out of style.

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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 09:24:32 AM »
have a giant plastic tub where most of mine (space sets, pre-lego star wars) have been mixed. lost most of the instructions but they all can be found online these days. my older daughter's played with them some, tho i think i have more fun than she does.
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Re: Lego (the awesome blocks from Denmark, not the awesome forumite from Ohio)
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2018, 09:49:36 AM »
I had a huge pile of them growing up and I built all this cool stuff from my imagination.  It was really fun.  Spent hours at as a kid.

My son loved legos growing up too, he just had a different approach to them.  He loved building them following the instructions.  When done he would put them on the shelf.  By the time he was twelve he had probably twenty different things built.  One Christmas every family member on both sides of the family contributed to buying him the Death Star.  It was freakin' awesome.  He spent months slowly building that.  I helped him figure out the trickier parts.  Again when it was done it went on the dresser.  He never play with them once he was done, just collected them.  We stopped buying them for him when he got to the point of building something complicated in two hours.

I never had the choice to build something following instructions, and I wish he would do that also.  It was probably the first indication as a parent that my child was going to be a different person than I was.