I have a love hate relationship with my son’s favorite toys.
On the plus side, they are hours of fun. They help young minds conceptualize, build and be creative. That’s why I buy them. That’s why I fork over big bucks for them. Which brings me to my next point:
They are eye popping, brain blowing expensive. You know that feeling you get when you’ve just checked out of Costco and you’re sitting there eating your hot dog, looking at your receipt and wondering to yourself, “what the heck just happened? How did I spend all that?” That’s how I feel every time I check out with a set of Legos. I saw the sticker price on the shelf, but somehow I can’t help but ask the cashier, “I’m sorry, how much?”
Andy got two sets of Castle Legos for Christmas. But now he “really, really, really, really wants” another set. This time from the Star Wars series. Out of morbid curiosity I looked it up on amazon to get a ballpark figure. Are you sitting down? $239.99. That’s in American dollars. 239 bucks for plastic bricks. Granted, they have a registered trade mark marketing their bricks, but still.
If I, as a parent, am supposed to teach the life lesson of delayed gratification to my little protege, how is an eight year old supposed to save that kind of money?? By the time he’s finished pulling that many weeds, he’ll want a car.
We did brainstorm a few entrepunerial ideas, but reaching that three digit figure seemed too daunting. He even tried to lower his sights and browsed other Lego sets that were less expensive. He settled on a $139.99 set. Wow.
Why doesn’t Lego have any competition? Have they patented the interlocking plastic brick so tightly, no one can produce a generic brand? Aren’t there laws about busting monopolies like this?
And then, of course, there’s the size issue. All those teeny, tiny pieces. And those bookoo buck sets? They get made once. After that, the pieces get scattered and mixed in with the other Legos. That’s assuming all the Legos are in one spot. Legos are the perfect size for hiding in between the couch cushions, under the refrigerator, even that little tunnel where the seat belt buckle comes up out of the seat. I’d really like to know, has anyone ever put together an entire Lego set twice?
But I will say this: Legos have stood the test of time. Most 8 year olds are so sold on video games, toys have a hard time holding their attention anymore. Except for Legos. I think we’ll keep brainstorming business plans so our budding entrepenuer can start a “Lego fund.”