Play well

Since picking up some of my old toys it has been the Blood Bowl stuff that has kept me most busy and most entertained. There are a couple of boxes that went straight up into the loft and there are a few left at my dad’s house including a wonderful old Hornby train set collection.

One of the boxes that went up was my old Lego. Frank is only 18 months so is a couple of years away from being ready for Lego, but that didn’t stop me yesterday afternoon. I did what I used to do as a kid – cleared a big space on the floor and tipped it all out. It looked so familiar, there were even pieces still built. It’s mainly space and technic pieces with various other smaller bits thrown in for good measure. I couldn’t decide whether to build a space ship or a moon base, so ended up making something in between. It was quite tough to put together as I’d forgotten just how many different sizes and shapes the Lego blocks come in. It took a while to get my eye in as I tried to get the right lengths and heights to make it all fit neatly. Looking at some of the bits that were still together, my brother and I must have spent a lot of time making it.

With Frank’s nap time coming to an end I packed it all away and recalled the other thing about playing with Lego – putting it away. Some of the bits are so small and I found bits of arms and technic stoppers in between the floorboards for hours afterwards.

I loved playing with Lego and can see how it is such an enduring toy. Looking at today’s prices, there must be hundreds of pounds worth of Lego there that I hope Frank will love when he’s older.

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The cupboard is open! First reactions.

So the cupboard is open and I have mixed feelings really. Part of me is disappointed that more of the action figures and cars weren’t there. But I am the guy that sold his entire Star Wars collection for £50 at a car boot sale, so that chances are that I got rid of these many years ago and have since blanked it. The bigger part of me is really pleased with the haul. Blood Bowl is my new fixation and there is loads of it. I’ve now got metal teams of Elves, Orcs, Humans and Halflings(!) as well as several assorted Skaven, Goblins, Dwarves, Snotlings, Ogres, Trolls, Treemen, Chaos, Star Players, Mutants, Referees and Fans. I think that I must have had a chainsaw fixation too. Then there are the complete Human and Orc teams from both the 2nd and 3rd editions. I’m really pleased. Add to that a big box of Lego and a well stocked Hornby train set and Frank and I have hours of fun to come in the years ahead.

I’ve decided that a life rule is the more dice you own the bigger the geek you are. I am a massive geek 😉 I also found White Dwarf 173 which is the issue to go with the release of Blood Bowl 3rd edition. There’s a great turn-by-turn match report of the Orcs versus the Humans using the then new rules. I had forgotten that they used to have mail order pages in the back of the magazine. Mail order?! You were meant to cut out the pages and hold punch them to make your own catalogue. Mail order?!

I have a feeling that there is some stuff missing and that there may be another stash of toys somewhere. I’m basing this on that fact that only the red Blood Bowl Companion is there and not the yellow Star Player book. Both were equally loved and well-thumbed so to have one and not the other is a puzzle.

For now I’ve got several busy days ahead of me sorting, recording and photographing everything that I got. Then there’s going to be a lot of paint stripping as the paint jobs aren’t very good; which I did expect. I’ll post pictures and details when I have them.

Must get back to it now as I’m too excited.