Owing to a transit strike and too much time to kill before I could get a ride home I found myself doing something I rarely do. I did a complete tour of a shopping mall at a leisurely pace. Normally I am a get in, get what you came for and then get out kind of person. I can’t really say I had a great time, but it wasn’t a complete waste because I came across the Lego store.
I have always liked Lego, but never really had any. I had one set when I was a child. but it wasn’t a huge “megaset.” I could maybe build a small house or car, as long as colour symmetry wasn’t a priority. If you’ve read my blog called The Massive Collection and the Mind of a Child you might remember my friend’s Playmobil collection. What I didn’t mention was that he also had a very impressive collection of Lego. Impressive because he had enough Lego to build a small village of houses, all tastefully colour coordinated. I was pretty jealous, but we played with it together often enough that I only have good memories of it.
The Lego store is a pretty amazing place. I hadn’t realized how many products they had. There were so many cool kits and stuff that I had no idea they made. For a moment….. actually longer than a moment, I was a kid again.
I spotted that Lego train and made those important financial calculations that all hobbyists have to do. It is a complicated formula involving the (fun quotient X the building time X the buddy brag factor )/ (the cost factor + the once finished dust collector factor+ the wasted money factor)
I walked out of the store without a box of shiny new Lego and a healthy respect for the store clerks who patiently dealt with children (including one who listed every kit he owned in alphabetical, then chronological order.) And although I managed to thwart the temptation, the seed has been planted, the need has been created. Only time will tell where this will lead.