My Star Wars Day - April 1, 2016 Edition: The Force Awakens, LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon, and My LEGO Dark Ages
I wanted to take a moment and document/share exactly how I spent my "The Force Awakens on Home Digital Video Day." Don't worry, there is a LEGO component to this story. Obviously, I'm a huge LEGO fan [hence this blog and all of the hours spent researching and building LEGO - somewhere my wife is shaking her head], and if you spend around 10 seconds browsing this blog you'll quickly asses that I am also a huge Star Wars fan. This being the case, I decided to bring these two loves together on a day meant to embrace one's love for all things spawning from George Lucas's spacey brainchild, Star Wars - the home release of a new Star Wars.
My plan was to call off work [of course] and spend the entire day watching the latest film in the Star Wars saga, bonus features and all. Where's the LEGO component of this story which you were promised? Well, I also decided to pull the trigger [or blaster in this case] and purchase a LEGO Star Wars set which I've had my eye on since it's release last September: Millennium Falcon . Believe it or not, this is the first LEGO Millennium Falcon set I've ever owned. All of the other Millennium Falcon sets were released during my, as it's referred to by adult fans of LEGO, "Dark Ages." That is the period between childhood and adulthood when LEGO becomes a part of your life again as an adult. You know, when things like romance, a social life, finishing school, finding a job, maybe even starting a family tends to get in the way your LEGO interests. Seems absurd, right? This being the case, in a way I've been dreaming of a LEGO set like the Millennium Falcon for most of my life. When I was a child playing with LEGO back in the early 1980s there was no such thing as a licensed LEGO theme, such as Star Wars. I remember walking down the LEGO aisle at Toys "R" Us, examining the selection of sets from which to choose, and imagining how incredible it would be if one day I just happened to find a LEGO X-Wing set or a LEGO Indiana Jones set just hanging out there on the shelf waiting to surprise me. If I only knew as a child all the incredible licensed sets which were to come - Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo! - I would probably have pitched a tent in the LEGO aisle at Toys "R" Us and not left until these sets began to appear.
Luckily, I didn't have to do that. I went off, had an enjoyable Dark Ages, and came back to LEGO with these incredible Star Wars LEGO sets, etc. all ready for me to purchase. This brings us back around to the day I bought my first LEGO Millennium Falcon. My personal Star Wars Day plan worked out perfectlyI called off work ["cough, cough...gosh, I think I suddenly got the flu or something"], and I did spend the majority of the day watching The Force Awakens all whilst building my first LEGO Millennium Falcon. You could say that it was a day I had been waiting for since the mid 1980s when I was a young child strolling the LEGO aisle at the local toy store in hopes of one day discovering a LEGO box with the words Star Wars boldly printed on it. For all of you LEGO Star Wars fans out there - a silent prayer for the existence of the wonderful LEGO Star Wars theme seems appropriate. Happy building!