We didn't have the opportunity to play with such toys when we were kids. They were out of our parents' reach. But it was a toy that we dreamt of owning. So, when we got our first kid, he became our excuse to get them. And we'd fix them up first ourselves since at the time of our acquiring them, our boy's motor skills were at best still rudiment. LOL!
But even back then, money was scarce for us. With modest salaries, a kid in tow, study loans to repay, we had little spare. However, Lego was one of few luxuries that we allowed ourselves. We would hunt for good bargains wherever we went. The mid and late 90s were times when quite a number of supermarkets were winding down. Closing sales meant we could sometimes get Lego with a 70% discount! So we hunted, scrooged and bought.
It's hard to find Lego toys where we are now. The shopping complexes here don't seem to be stocking them any more. And this is one toy that got more expensive with time... My gal can spend hours building and rebuilding her Lego... and they're really durable. Our first set is as old as our boy and though it's a little 'discoloured' from all the handling, the lego bricks are still good.... Every once in a while, I'd still take them out and give them a good wash.... But Lego, they're not just toys for our kids but also our excuse to revisit our childhood in our adult years! LOL!