A blast from the past, a really looooooong time ago ... almost like carbon dating.
About this creation
"The Set That Started It All"
I was introduced to LEGOŽ when I was around 5 years old. My cousins owned the #40 Universal Building Set. It was the best thing on earth considering we spent most of our day playing marbles, hide-and-seek, or make believe Voltes 5, Star Rangers and/or Jack Q (... yes, before Power Rangers there were Star Rangers: Star Ranger 1 had his own motorcycle. Star Rangers 2 and 3 rode together in a motorcycle with a side car; same setup for Star Rangers 4 and 5 ... Jack Q was like Star Rangers, only their group consisted of 4 characters whose masks were the spade, diamond, clover, and heart ... and I think they rode a van ... moving on ...)
My dad was sent abroad for some work training and he came back home with the #30 Universal Building Set, our very first set!
"Primary School Sets"
We were poor. Selling your soul would not be enough to acquire more LEGOŽ. What would a child do? ... Yes! Save lunch money and starve to death for the sake of the bricks. Whoopie!
The first set I ever bought with that darn lunch money was the #6650 Fire and Rescue Van. The order of the other sets is now murky in my memory ... because, besides LEGOŽ, there were also lunch money purchases of He-Man and Skeletor action figures and Nintendo Game-and-Watch (pre-Gameboy for you youngins).
My first Technic Set was the #8845 Dune Buggy. In fourth grade, a classmate was selling it. I bought it used. It wasn't in the best condition. But I did not care. It was the most awesome toy ever (until, of course, I saw the other newer models later ... @##$%$#%*)! In my mind, it was as real as a car can be - functional steering wheel, shock absorbers, gears, u-joint, etc.
"Secondary School Sets"
We moved. I can't remember if my parents gave away or sold all the LEGOŽ (and action figures and Game-and-Watch). I never saw them again.
The last two purchases I remember before entering the Dark Ages were the #8815 Speedway Bandit and #8832 Roadster. Even after a couple of years, I was still bummed out from losing the #8845 Dune Buggy. Maybe that started the decline ...
My dark age began in 1998-1999, when Technic sets became very specialised and omitted all of the basic and familiar pieces such as technic bricks. When pipes and moulded fairings became the norm, I left off. It was such a shame.
Ah, memory... Like Yuri, it was always "space legos" for me, never "earth legos." I feel so fortunate that I've been able to hang onto basically all my Lego since the age of four whenever I hear these horror stories of the parents getting rid of collections. We were poor too (plus my birthday's right after Christmas so you just KNOW I was getting hosed on presents over the years), and Lego was almost all I ever wanted or ever got. I could build any toy I wanted, but GI Joe was just GI Joe. He-man was just He-man. Lego: Greatest Toy Ever.
Do you know those bricks without the line in the middle on the inside. Well, I have one of those.I don't know how I even got it lol. ~Moses btw, can you check out my AT-RT v4 please? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/138807
Great story and I can relate. Never had enough bricks as a kid, and they all got thrown away. Maybe that's why I still occasionally put an MOC together. Loved seeing those old boxes on display. Cheers.
You have an interesting story with LEGO, nice post any way. It's really impressive how LEGO improved a lot thru years, who could imagine that some people couldn't tell that some creations are made of LEGO bricks!? I'm looking forward to see what this great company is coming up with in the future.