Before my teenage years hit, when playing with toys was deemed immature, my imagination pushed my play out into stories and adventures with plastic figures from Kenner and plastic bricks from Lego. The combination of both in scenarios, my brother and I would devise, was a defining influence over my childhood. So with over thirty years now passed, it’s almost ironic that this influence has now come full circle.
After the rocky path of 2015, I made a promise to myself to engage in some new activities that would help reinforce my resolve; creative and therefore good for mental wellbeing. The first of these is building Lego kits.
I had toiled with the idea of modelling last year but it remained just an idea and got forgotten about. That is until I overheard a few work colleagues discussing their Lego collections. It fired my imagination and took me back to a happy place that I once enjoyed as a child. Before I knew it I was absorbed by how much Lego has changed since the 1970’s. Thoughts returned to how vehicles and ships were cobbled together with Lego for the Star Wars figures that my brother and I had in our collection(I still have a good number of these). Yet now there are all manner of vehicles, ships and buildings that come as official Lego kits.
So I’ve taken the plunge and what helped me in part on deciding where to begin came from one of the standout moments from Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Although not seen after the first third of the movie, Rey’s Speeder really stood out over all the other designs from the film. And so with the Lego model kit sitting in my Amazon wish list, I waited for a price drop. With a piece count of 193, I knew building this set wouldn’t take too long but would at least allow me to explore if the old childhood-feeling would be rekindled. That and at £14(yes the price did drop) it was affordable. You can view the final build above left by click on the photo.
Safe to say building Rey’s Speeder was successful in juicing up the part of my brain that needs supporting. Importantly it also gives me time away from all things digital which is something that certainly needs to be kept in check. A bit more ‘analogue’ in my life is definitely needed.
Since the speeder I’ve completed the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium(75094) and have plans afoot to build the second most important ship(am waiting for the arguments here!) in the Star Wars universe, Slave 1(75060). At nearly 2000 pieces Boba Fett’s iconic ship should keep me busy for a little while and at twice the price of the Imperial Shuttle it will need to!