Tuesday, September 8, 2009

still trying to figure out my camera...

My oldest has started getting into Lego's-- and of course I can't find our box. We had some on the mainland- but have moved twice since then... and I can't find them!

And it just reminded me... Lego's ARE EXPENSIVE!!
I had bought our sets when they were on sale-- and with coupons--etc... but to just buy them for the heck-of it... yikes! It's easy to drop $100 bucks or so to get a set that can make more than one car. (actually big sets cost about $300!!!)

Anyway- I was looking on-line. Trying eBay, Craig's list, Lego.com,
Amazon actually some sets more in my price range...(if any of you have any Lego collecting secrets- feel free to share them. OR if your child has outgrown his Lego's.. feel free to ship them to me! We'll give them a good home! PROMISE!)

So on my hunt I came across this picture advertising a set....

Does anyone else see something disturbing here??
Do I have to wait until I've reached my golden years to be able to afford these toys? To me: this picture shows a man whose parents never could afford a set of Lego's-- so finally when he could afford it -- he bought a set for himself! Look at the joy in his face!

I'm not really complaining about the price. I mean- I willingly buy toys for my kids. What frustrates me is the mini sets that cost $30-$40 and you can build one little car or structure. They are so "specialized" now. I love the set I had growing up... we had windows, and wheels and doors and tiles and could build airplanes, or houses, cars, towns whatever! Not just one little project or scene from spider man or Indiana Jones, etc...

Again-- seriously willing to adopt any Lego's if some of you are cleaning out your teenagers closets! (I'll even reimburse for shipping!)


7 comments:

Sarah said...

Yeah, Lego's had to change quite a bit in the last decade or so. A lot of the time it's advertised as an action playset rather than a construction toy, because a lot of kids apparently don't like building things anymore. Lego seems to be making most of its money off licensed sets or from the video games (lego star wars etc) these days.

What also annoys me is that it's marketed almost exclusively to boys, even though there are plenty of little girls out there who like it too (I was definitely one of them). They don't want to show a commercial featuring a girl playing with Lego, since that might put the boys off.

It's a shame to hear that the prices are going up, though. It makes me wonder whether I'll ever be able to afford them when I have my own kids...

T said...

I'm such a lego fanatic... I'm not sure I'll ever outgrow them myself let alone let the boys outgrow them... I can totally relate to that guy... well, except that I still have my hair :)

If you end up with too darn many lego sets flying your way I'll happily take the overflow - with 5 kids who all fight over the pieces our little bucket gets used up too quickly :) (haha, like THAT will happen ever...)

ooh, your WV is wise... it says "ackski" - which is exactly how I feel about skiing

Amanda said...

they are expensive!!! I bought most of Connor's on ebay in big bags/lots. Just don't get caught up in bidding wars as there are plenty of people selling legos.

Good luck!!!

Lindsaygail said...

The price thing really is a shame, because I LOVE Legos. My husband and I don't have any kids, but we still debate dropping the cash to pick up some of these sets from time to time. For our six month anniversary (back when we were dating) he bought me a castle set which we built together. Now I really love the little village shops you showed here, but he's more interested in rockets and pirate ships.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

hee hee! I couldn't get rid of our legos before we left. They are on their way. I'm glad I didn't now.

LY!!!!!!!!!

Sandra said...

Not that it matters to you really, but there ARE tons of Legos for girls. If you ever make it to Legoland you will see that the pink and purple Legos come with princes and princesses and you can build castles and doll houses. My girls were in heaven there with all the girly legos.

UK lass in US said...

Ha, I was just complaining about 5 minutes ago about how specialised the sets were getting.

I did get my son a more generalised set that I found in England - why they don't sell it over here I don't know. I hadn't thought about Legoland, though - we really ought to go one day. It's not far from here at all.

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