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Ok, this is a thread for AFOL confessions. Describe the origin of your particular LEGO illness. Mine follows.
The year is 1977. My brothers challenge me to yet another spaceship design challenge. (We make spaceships and then throw them down the stairs. The ones that survive are the best designs) I go for the boxy lander-type of spaceship. My brothers go for the Apollo re-entry type of ship—the designs are not important. (Star Wars has not yet involved our young lives.)
What is important is that times are tough and we have not seen a new LEGO set since the late 1960s. Special elements for spaceships are in high demand. Actually, it is so bad, our one shoe box of LEGO retains only—the one and only—one red, round, 1 x 1 brick. Now this brick gets a lot of action: it represents the laser on one design, the bomb device on another. And there is only one. We fight for it. Regularly.
How does this consistent childhood event contribute to my LEGO illness about thirty years later? Simple. I horde small, 1 x 1, elements. Not 1 x 2s, not 2 x 3s. 1 x 1s. With God as my witness, I’ll never go without a red, round, 1 x 1 brick again. (Actually, when I first discovered Bricklink upon leaving my dark ages, I purchased 20 of the little suckers. Ha! Keep me from such technology again, will you? I don’t think so!!! I also purchase amazing Star Wars sets for my nephews. When I see strange, 1 x 1, greebley parts, I utter the word “Excellent!” like some sort of James Bond villain. Those kids don’t know how great they have it! Why, do you know how valuable a Gungan shield would be in my day??!? Bah!)
So this is what plagues my collection—hundreds of 1 x 1 elements. The rarer, the better. Recently, I discovered the strangeness of trans light blue 1 x 1 tiles: good lord. Yes there were purchases.
So what LEGO behavior can you attribute to your pre-dark ages?