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Not your mama's Legos, and it's too bad.
on January 27, 2011
I had a ton of Legos as a kid (who didn't?), passed down from family members and friends so it was a mish-mash of whatever was available in the 70s. Today's Legos are very neat in that they come in lots of great colors and there are so many fun sets out there with unique pieces to play with. My kids and I love them!
The base plates, however, are a huge disappointment. First they're not included with most sets, which just seems stupid to me (especially the complex kits that are so $$ to begin with!). I finally ponied up to get a few in various sizes for my kids and I'm surprised at how flimsy they are! I remember the base plates being thick - the edges were nearly the same depth as your standard Lego brick - and most importantly they were rigid. I have many memories of stepping on the corners of these things with bare feet, ouch! But I'll tell you what, those base plates wouldn't flex and shatter your creation into a million pieces, either. The larger base plates are the worst - my kids like to play with their Legos in the living room where we've got a rug on the floor and my youngest (who is 3) has a hard time getting bricks to stick flat as every time she pushes down the entire thing warps inward. I try to encourage them to build on the hardwood or on a table but they prefer the rug (it is Winter, who wouldn't). Anyway I just think that the base plates, especially at $5-$7 for a piece of molded plastic, should be the same quality they were thirty years ago and stand up to a lot of play.