Monday, 20 June 2016

"We built this city on rock and roll..."

When I think about the long relationship I've had with LEGO I can go back around 30 years, right back to my excitement one Christmas morning when I unwrapped a LEGO Firehouse (6385). I remember putting my road baseplates together and attaching the Firehouse before using the remaining bricks I had to attempt to build a police station and an airport. That is where my love of these bricks started and when I wasn't building robots (I loved a good robot build), my attention was on creating my very own LEGO city. These 30 years have passed and the variety of themes that LEGO have in their current and back catalogue is huge but I will always have a nostalgic soft spot for the range that shaped my building development. 

Of course, it wasn't called 'City' back then, after Googling for the set number it seems it could have been 'Town' but I remember it simply as LEGO! It was a LEGO city kit back in 2011 that awakened my LEGO obsession from its slumber when Seth asked for his first ever kit (7498 - Police station). Seth wanted to keep that kit built forever but when he accidently broke it one day I saw that as my chance to explain the full educational and creative advantages to LEGO. At 5 I don't think he had a clue what I was talking about but what stuck out more for him was us sitting together and building something as a team and it has been that way ever since.

The LEGO City range has come a long way since I was a boy and it is great to see that the boys are as excited about the new products as I am. From a home education stance, LEGO is a great resource on so many levels and the new Volcano exploration base is about to start a new project for Opeie after the build spurred on many many questions. The boys wanted control of this post so with a little camera help from me they set about their LEGO volcano adventure...

It's great 30 years on to be watching the boys fully embracing their love of LEGO as I did at their age. I'd have loved the variety of LEGO kits that are available today but the great thing about those amazing bricks is that even though the kits weren't available back then it didn't mean that you couldn't build a volcano, a limo or a cargo plane. The magic of LEGO has always been the same. If you've got the bricks in front of you, all you need is an imagination.

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