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In The Land of Lego, Walk Softly And Carry A Big Gun

LegoI remember when we were younger, our parents got us a pile of little gifts for Christmas and one big thing.  Some years, when times were good, it was "big" in the sense of dollar value.  Some years dictated a tighter budget and our "big" gift was simply large in size.  Others, it was both.  But one year, my gift was a giant, 25 gallon Rubbermaid container filled with LEGO.  It was the greatest gift in history. 

My huge box of LEGO would entertain me and my siblings hours at a time, for years on end.  My sister and I would create elaborate housing complexes, complete with multiple stories and detached storage facilities.  We would divide up the little LEGO people and would create multi-faceted roll play scenarios.  My brother would cobble together whatever military vehicle he could assemble given the oddball, mismatched and broken pieces he was allowed to use.  The youngest sibling always gets the shaft.  It's a rule. 

We were less than skilled, but what we lacked in talent, we made up for in dedication.  Our creations would consume half the day and the mess left by our construction would carpet an entire room.  The best structures would earn a place on our dresser for a day or two before we needed to steal bits and pieces from it for whatever we had moved on to.

But one thing we never thought of was building anything that had any sort of real function.  Our LEGO cars didn't drive.  They were nothing more than the pre-fab axles beneath a standard flat base with a couple dozen bricks clicked together so that it looked like it maybe could be some sort of vehicle if you squint your eyes real tight.  Our robots were often people we couldn't make look right.  They couldn't bring us snacks or anything.

And our guns?  Well, they certainly didn't do this:


I was going to make fun of this guy for probably being a virgin and living in his parents' basement and hahaha what a loser making guns out of LEGO.  But after some extensive Googling, I found that he's actually only 15 years old.  So, yeah.  Probably all of that.

My kids have been begging me for a Nerf gun for weeks now to which I have vehemently insisted "Guns Are Not Toys!"  But like a right proper hypocritical parent, I have to admit that these are kind of cool.  When I was young, it would have made LEGO battles much more epic if we had real guns instead of just whipping the pieces at each other.  These kind of make me want to break out my old Rubbermaid container. 

Just don't tell my kids.

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Jen O. made guns that went *pew pew*.






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Dawn

I was going to put in what Amalah's kid said when firing a 'gun' but on second thought decided to leave that out.

But yes, LEGOs have come very far. My kid likes to build...letters. Mostly Ts. Very tall Ts....




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