NASA, Robots and Lego

Today’s Theme Music

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.

My challenge was to reassemble it. I did. But not without help.

For Christmas, he gave his Dad (TRH – The Retired Husband) a NASA Apollo Saturn V kit. The instruction manual has 179 pages with 337 steps…..   

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

Steps for Peace

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong

21 thoughts on “NASA, Robots and Lego

  1. Yes – a great movie. My eldest grandson is nuts on lego models and one of my best friends – living in OZ – worked for lego and helped design the lego park. Great stuff – keeps you out of mischief.

  2. Lego kits are so much fun. I get to enjoy them with my 4-year-old grandson. I must say the space shuttle would have taken me over the edge but wow what a nice one. And WALL-E is adorable, well done! Happy New Year!

  3. WOW! I spent Christmas Eve with an 8-year-old Lego lover, building a Nexo Knights fortress, and Christmas day with another, 9 years old, who got a wonderful Lego train set. I know which I prefer! Long live Lego (which has changed out of all recognition over the decades).

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