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Originally posted December 5 2004 at 17:12 under Moments. 0 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled.

Now That One I Do Remember

Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand

I recently discussed how I don’t really remember one of the traditions of my youthful christmases. Whilst browsing around the same newspaper site I did find something I do remember though. Lego is undoubtedly the greatest toy ever (along with Sticklebricks which I loved when we had them the first year I went to school) and the World Show was, to a ten year old boy (who had another tradition of wandering around Fenwicks toy department in awe), was simply fantastic. I seem to recall it was my father who bought me my first Lego; think he bought a big tub of it from someone he knew at work when I was very young (and not really old enough for bricks on which I might choke), so there was always Lego in my childhood (I think that also meant I skipped the whole Duplo stage). Looking around it doesn’t seem much of the stuff I remember is still available. It all seems a lot more strictly themed now. I know my favourite was always the space theme (probably influenced by this being the 80s. Star Wars and the original Battlestar Galactica spring to mind) but now it seems we make do with actual Star Wars models and models of historically real space missions. The space is gone. Which is a shame. Half the fun was always Lego’s very unstructured universe. Yes, you bought the sets for the thing on the box, which you invariably made. But a week later you’d have pulled it apart to add those pieces (and concepts) to your own creation. Are you really going to be as willing to do that with you’re X-wing or Space Shuttle?

I’ve still got my Lego away in storage (i.e. my parent’s attic). Maybe when I visit at Christmas I’ll just have to hunt some of it out :-)

Edit: Link changed to Battlestar Galactica series entry rather than that for the Pilot/Movie.

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