This is a photo I took today of the very first Lego Space set I ever owned.* It’s the Rocket Launcher, and it was the first time I had ever seen a minifig, a sloped ramp piece with a computer printed on it, and the piece we always called the Gas Tank. I must have put this thing together a thousand times–and when I put it together at the desk in my office today, I was astounded at how my fingers seemed to automatically find each piece even before I knew which one I needed.
I was 12 when I got this, and as you can see, I still have the instructions and the box. Which is a good thing, because I’m sending this set–and lots of others–off to my nephews. They’re big Lego fans, and I think they’re much better off being sent someplace where they’ll be enjoyed, rather than sitting in the box in my basement.
*Lego Crater Plate not included.