I hate people that build fancy stuff with LEGOS. There, I said it. Like, seriously, who do they think they are? I played with legos as a kid like most kids of the 70’s. Kids today have no idea how spoiled they are. With their smart phones and Candy Crush level 954. I hate to be the “walked uphill in the snow both ways” old man here, but dadblammit, I walked uphill both ways as a kid. We literally had two toys growing up boys and girls. LEGOS and Lincoln Logs. The fact that you don’t even know what Lincoln Logs are kinda makes my point.
I could build exactly jack shit with Legos. Like a four walled symmetrical house was about the most advanced thing I ever produced. The crazy fancy prefabbed kits didn’t exist back then. You had like four different shaped blocks. We pretty much just plugged pieces together and tried to imagine them as cool things. Like you look at clouds. It was sad. You should mourn. When Minecraft became popular a few years ago, I checked it out. It took me about 2 minutes to realize what it was and I ran screaming from my computer “IT’S F&%$$ING LEGOS”.
My childhood wasn’t totally devoid of cool toys. I had a Stretch Armstrong doll. It was a superhero that would actually stretch out all over the place. Yes, it was probably filled with asbestos but let’s not rain on my memory parade. I also had a motorized game that had a spinning wheel at the bottom and you manually released little bombs from a plane hovering over the surface. That may have been the coolest game I ever owned. I am pretty sure Ted Cruz had one as a child. There was also the coolest football game ever made, Mattel Electronic Football. With all its little green lines. Then Atari came out and I was the #1 defender of the Earth against Space Invaders. Along with Pong and the tank battle game.
I also got many hundreds of hours of entertainment out of a magnifying glass. I literally burned every insect in the general vicinity of Edgewood Ave and 14th Street. I still remember getting in big time trouble for holding a 4 inch magnet to the tv. Which left a permanent 4 inch magnet shape in the television tube. I also used to cut the comics out of the newspaper. Peanuts and Garfield and all the rest. I actually had big paper grocery bags filled with them at my grandparents house. I suppose I thought they would someday be worth money.
I just wonder if today’s kids, being dumb as stumps as they are, will look back on their childhood toys with such nostalgia. Or if we have become so immune to everything that they won’t at all.