I got them as a gift when I was in high school. Then there were some incidents where little kids were swallowing them and getting them stuck in their stomachs and they became illegal. I’m glad I got mine before then.
I would just sit and watch TV and play with them for hours. Even now I have them at my desk—I play with them when I’m bored or stuck. They make all sorts of cool shapes. They represent endless possibilities. They are irresistible, these little round magnets. They’re called Bucky Balls.
The Ferrari 288 GTO was released around 1984. I was probably about 7 or 8 when I first noticed this car in a book I checked out from the library. I always idealized that car.
I used to get it for Christmas every year as a gift, but I was never disappointed. Every year, I would get several of the little kits. I’d make one on Christmas and then another the next day, and slowly build all of them.
I am, of course, talking about Lego.
I remember building with them, always following the instructions closely the first time through. And then after about two weeks, I’d take it all apart and reassemble everything and change it, using the same parts to build something completely brand new.