I have a love/hate relationship with Legos. On the one hand, I love how they inspire my children’s imaginations. My oldest is just starting to out grow them after years of playing, but my youngest can spend hours…HOURS…playing with his Legos. He has them all; Batman, Avengers, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, Ninja Turtles, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Creator sets, and many more.
It’s actually pretty cute when he watches a DVD because he immediately pauses the movie and races to his room to pull out all of the matching Lego sets. For example, when Toy Story 3 was his favorite movie we had to buy him all but the most expensive sets of the Toy Story Legos. Then he would happily play with the Legos while the movie was on. This continues to this day. Just this morning AJ put in The Avengers DVD and by the time you could count to ten Casey had out his Thor, Ironman, Loki and Captain America mini-figures.
Another positive is that Lego is forever developing new sets and new themes, there is always more to be bought, which makes for easy birthday and Christmas ideas.
But, because Lego is forever making new sets and themes, that means your child is always begging for the next set. You never reach a point where you can say, “That’s it, you now have them all.” And, let’s not forget that Legos are super expensive. Plus the people who market Legos are some real sneaky sons-of-bitches.
Let’s face it, bricks and cars and planes are fun, but what the kid really wants is a complete set of mini-figures, and the marketing team for Lego knows it! So if your child is really into the Batman Legos, getting a Batman is a piece of cake. He is in ALL of the different sets. But if you child wants to get Penguin, Bane, Robin, or the Scarecrow, you better be ready to lay down the big bucks! I am ashamed to admit that I have actually clicked on Ebay and laid down $11 to purchase the Croc mini-figure because his set had been discontinued and Casey had been begging for him for months.
Also, for obvious reasons, Legos are not durable. Some of the smaller sets we actually crazy glued together so Casey wouldn’t be able to break them on a moments notice. This strategy works for a while but eventually the crazy glue seal will break and the toy will be smashed. There are few things less traumatizing to a four year old than a broken Lego Bat plane when you can’t find the direction book, or even worse, lose pieces and thus can no longer put it back together EXACTLY the way it was before.
Next, Legos are painful. My husband and I have let fly a few expletives from stepped on Leogs. Those things are engineered for the maximum infliction of pain! They are so damn small that you don’t see them until it is too late and you are suddenly hopping on one foot cursing.
Then there is the fact that they get everywhere. I have Legos in and under my sofas, under end tables, under pillows and mattresses, in every drawer in both boys’ rooms, under my bed, all over the family room, and even on the fireplace hearth. Apparently the stones that make up the hearth are the perfect height for playing with Legos.
I have come to the conclusion that Legos are self replicating, kind of like the Tribbles on the original Star Trek series. Sure, the little fur balls were cute and adorable at first, but then they started taking over the entire ship until Captain Kirk finally said they had to go! I’m not ready to toss the Legos just yet, but very soon we may be reaching a tipping point!
So tell me, Legos, love or hate them??