A thought struck me with this week’s challenge: Nostalgia isn’t as good as it used to be.
My submission this week is the above image. It recreates the nostalgia from when I first started building with Lego, using the pre-articulated minifigures from my collection (that is, boxes of Lego). I even found an original car grill and windscreen – again, not difficult as they are in the trays that I use today. Which I guess begs the question: is this nostalgic if I use things that are still being used?
Lego celebrates 60 years this year and there are a number of sets which now carry the special birthday tile. They’ve even re-introduced the “classic” minifigure (although my own small collection of figures would suggest that there have been many other figures that were classic, such as “hands in their pockets people” but I guess they don’t have the flexibility and size of the now standard).
As the group running this challenge is focused on Lego (hence the Stuck In Plastic name) I didn’t feel like I could divert away from Lego – which wasn’t hard, but from a nostalgic view was a limitation.
You see, being the age I am and the type of person I am I still have toys that I had growing up (apart from the Lego of course), such as these cars. I was never one to think “Oh I must hang onto this and make sure that it remains perfect for resale” (which is still something I don’t do… it comes out of the box and is used). and with a TV diet of Smokey and the Bandit, Dukes of Hazzard, the A-team and James Bond these cars have leapt across ravines; crashed down mountain sides, fallen into watery dooms and got thoroughly bogged down in the mud (and all from the geographic location of my house). They earned those dings!
Having said I never take things out of their boxes – I did see that this is an exception! For a collector magazine, they have started to reproduce toys that pre-date me, such as this model of a Bedford van. Originally I’d bought it with the intention of passing it on as a gift but as it’s a modern reproduction rather than an original I decided to just hang onto it myself. Nostalgic perhaps, old and valuable – no.
I posed the question earlier about my submission piece – and whether the fact that I was still using old parts today meant that the image couldn’t be considered nostalgic. For me, this was a rhetorical question – pretty much all the parts are over 30 years old, the building style is as it was, SNOT (Studs Not On Top) wasn’t a building technique it was stuff that came from my nose, and there was never enough bits to quite do what you wanted – so you would improvise a little (for example, build a chimney at the end or have a weird bit at the top… 🙂 ). I’ve also managed to get the photographic style back to the ’70s too which I’m quite pleased about.
For anyone with their “geeky” head on, yes I know there are parts that are no inkeeping – the windows and doors are modern by comparison. Below are some of the original windows of varying ages. The red door is fixed, but the white door came in around the same time as the minifigure we know today (so they could actually go in and out of their buildings… hand-in-their-pockets people could never get into the houses and cars they owned and I suspect they couldn’t fit in them either. Plus of course, even if they could have got into the car, they’d never be able to see out until years later when the windscreens started to become more transparent – as can be seen from the three screens below!
Next week – Friendship.