Major Nostalgia Wednesday May 18, 2011, 0 comments

When I was 5, I was given my first set of “Space Lego”.

Now, in this day and age, nobody would blink an eye hearing that. Whatever. There were a million sets of Space Lego, they’d say. I suspect my kids (who have more Lego than I ever did by at least an order of magnitude) would shrug. They might express some passing interest, but it wouldn’t really matter to them. Unlike me.

Lego Space Explorer - May 18, 2011

The Space Cruiser, set number 487 (that’s three digits, not four, to show how old it is) was the single most awesome set of Lego I ever had. While it’s true that I lusted after the bigger Galaxy Explorer (set number 497) that came out in 1979, I spent endless hours playing with the one I had. I was particularly fond of the opening back cargo area.

Today, quite by accident, I learned that the original set retailed for about $10, and that one can find the set online from collector sites for a minimum of $150. I don’t often get attacks of nostalgia, but this totally hit me in the heart.

I still have all the parts at my parents house. I wonder if I could rebuild it. I still have all the parts, including those pieces with the classic Spaceship-and-Moon logo and the lide pieces marked “LL 924”.


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