My husband still has his.
I really enjoyed my Legos as a kid. I even had a few blocks that I picked up near the old loading dock at the then recently-closed Lego factory in Loveland as a kid. I also enjoyed Mattel's Tog'l blocks, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and probably a few others I don't remember.
It's actually very cool that you're passing something like this on to your son. Even though I "collect" things like Hot Wheels to this day, I always remember that they are "toys" first and foremost, and should be enjoyed as such, especially by kids. :)
I had boxes of Legos like that too when I was Tim's age!... and I even half recall a hull like that, hmmmm. (They're all long gone now, though.)
Another thing we apparently have in common. I too also have a large 20x20x16 box FULL of Legos that I'm about to pass on. Most of mine are the space series though... but I've got EVERY set from like 1984-1990. :)
It's going to be a hard day when it comes, I already know it.
Still have mine. Same hull too; it was a firefighting ship, iirc. I think I even have a similar amount. Used to build castles, skyscrapers and giant transport planes. Good times. Most are in storage, but there's a loose bag in the garage.
Recently, I found a dirty brick while cleaning the front yard. I was surprised to find that one had escaped! Took it inside and cleaned it up with dish soap and a soft-bristle brush. Once I was convinced that it was clean enough, I went to put it back in the bag...and noticed that none of the bumps had LEGO stamped on them! Between the bumps, there was a logo; it read MEGA-BLOKS. It's like finding Canadian coins in your pocket change, you want lo unload it before someone else notices that it's not the expected tender. Don't know who it belongs to, but I don't want an imposter LEGO in my stash. Frickin' first-world problems... ;)
Lego is awesome - it was my favourite thing as a kid too. My bucket 'o bricks went to a friend who was starting a daycare centre.
That's a big step. They grow up so fast.
I have a similar box hanging out at the parent's place. :) Hull included!
Wow - reminds me of the time I tried to pass on my beloved jumbo box of Tinkertoys to my sons. But, sadly, my boys showed surprisingly little interest in them. Good to hear Tim took a satisfying interest in your old Legos.
That is an awesome hand-me-down. I still have my legos too and play with them when I can. My dining room table is currently filled with various complete Lego projects :).
You have a nice looking kid there and he sounds like he appreciates what he is given. Good for you both!
I was a deprived (depraved?) little kit. I didn't have Legos. I had just about every war/fantasy/scifi board game and miniature you could imagine though. hehe.
I'm certain my mother still has my space legos (and many of them), my GI Joe's and my Star Wars figures all still hidden away in her Hoarder's style attic. She believes they will all be worth huge amounts of money some day. I just want to find them and play with them again!
Man! that sure brings back memories. :) Believe it or not, there is a box with the words "For Use in Engineering Emergency" in the closet of the main conference room at NASA Ames Research, in San Jose. Within that box is a butt load of Legos. All sorts and sizes. I understand that box has been there since the moon landings.
The amazing thing is that the Legos have saved more than one NASA mission. If you remember, it was one of the Poisoner or Voyagers mission (I forget) that got its camera boom wiring tangled up. The engineers pulled out the "Engineering Emergency" box and proceeded to make a pseudo model of the arm to play with. They figured out how to untangle the wire, and saved the mission.
Got to love that. :)