a bottle...made of "bricks"

When I first saw the Lego modeler's original concept of a ship in a bottle, I was fascinated and hoped this guy's submission to Lego would become a set. 

But when Lego decided to produce the set, it was very different from the original concept.  The bottle design was a little better but the ship inside the bottle looked as though it had been smashed to fit inside the bottle design.

I bought the set anyway.

There are difficulties with any set, but this one had its own particular type of problems. The clear pieces were difficult to sort, so I had to find a higher magnification pair of glasses and sort the pieces by type.  (Even then, I came up 8 pieces short, so I had to improvise.) Then the side pieces of the bottom were not very cooperative when it came to assembly, and there were a couple of intense moments when the base of the bottle would snap apart when trying to get them in place.  The ship itself "felt" a little flimsy; some modelers turn the ship's sails side ways, but I preferred the ship's sails to be straight.

Attaching the ship to the base constructed inside the bottle was clever. "Pouring" in the "water" bricks was cool. But I thought it was pretty unfair that the original modelers initials were not used on the bottle's "seal"; Lego opted to put the Lego Master Builder's initials on the seal.

Was it worth it? Well, once constructed it looks OK, but I still would have preferred the original design.


imagination is the limit

Lego turns 60 today! (The patent for the little plastic brick was granted on January 28, 1958.)  It has become my favorite toy. I think we got Lego bricks as a toy at one time and added to the brick collection from time to time. During the years of school and work, the toy didn't get much attention from me. But with visits to Disney World, and seeing their presence at Downtown Disney, my love for the sets of bricks has grown. Happy Birthday, Lego! Thanks for reminding me that life can - and should - be playful.