We have a passionate Lego lover in our family. This is the very first kit he received as a two year old. I was so worried he would swallow or lose the tiny pieces. But I could not have been more wrong.
He carried it around everywhere like a priceless treasure in a little bucket. Yesterday, he rediscovered it. It was dusty and a few pieces had fallen off. So off he went.
First, the little tow truck was disassembled and washed. Then he braved the depths of a dingy, dusty shed and uncovered three large tubs of lego pieces. And found the missing bits in amongst Lord knows how many thousand others.
Assembly took two very long days. Five assembly stages from tip to toe. 1969 pieces to commemorate the year of Apollo V’s landing on the moon.
It is 100cm tall, accurate in detail and scale. Construction was peppered with cries of anguish and frustration.
‘There’s a piece missing!’
‘This can’t be right – I just know!’
‘Why is this not working?’
‘There is something wrong here….’
The kit is designed for 14+ years of age. Dare I say TRH is more than just a tad over that age….
But who am I to criticise?
Santa also brought me my very first ever own Lego kit. Word was that over the years I had bought lots of kits for the kids. True. They still have all the bits, including instruction manuals.
It was time to have one of my own. A meagre 123 pages, my manual only had 175 steps. *Gulp* On the box it proudly stated that it was for ages 12+. Like TRH, I have well and truly surpassed that age barrier.
It was comforting to hear ‘It’s OK Mum. This is an advanced kit. I’ll help.’Given that I needed that help with the 1989 tow truck, I dare say construction would have been severely hampered with this ginormous kit.
With expert tuition on hand I took a deep breath and plunged into the depths of Lego building. Step by patient step over an afternoon and well into the evening Wall.E began to emerge. Note the bowl of sugar hits in the background on the left. A necessary confidence and energy boost.
I am now the proud owner of Wall.E the Lego Robot as well as the movie which we watched all together with Wall.E sitting proudly on the table grasping his little green plant.
© Raili Tanska
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong