My first reaction I first saw the Shell LEGO Ferrari collection poster while passing by a Shell Petrol Kiosk one Saturday morning was to take out my iPhone and dialed for mom’s personal assistant. I was full of excitement - Ferrari theme LEGO to add to my collection!
Neoh: Ah Girl…mom is not in the office yet.
Me: Can you help me to collect the whole set of the Ferrari LEGO?
Neoh: They come in batches. Now we have 3 while others need to wait for the launching. Never mind, I will collect everything for you. How many set you want?
Me: One will do. Thanks.
Mom suddenly took over the receiver on the other end.
Mom: You sure one is enough? You love LEGO the most of all toys.
Mom: Make sure you pay the cost that we pay the supplier. (jokingly)
Me: What ??? I thought it is always free for your daughter.
Mom: Your old collections in the boxes at home are free.
So mom’s faithful assistant, whom had been working with mom for the past 20 years at our petrol station dutifully, collected the whole set of LEGO models for me. Still in their packing, the whole thing now sits in my storeroom waiting for the day when I will assemble each of them and find a place at home to display them. (They will have to fight for the limited space still available with my ever growing purple clay teapots, porcelain vases and more).
When I went back to Teluk Intan over the weekend, I was delighted when I saw dad decorated the Ferrari models on display in his petrol station with pieces from my old collections that must be at least half my age. Nobody other than mom and dad and perhaps my cousin Jenny understand the deep meaning of LEGO bricks to me. I love LEGO bricks because it gave me intellectual stimulation.
They were the trophies of my academic success as well as the bribes offered after each round of canning by dad. Looking back at those boxes of LEGO bricks, I will never forget that each time when dad see my report card, I’ll be assured of a box of the latest LEGO in the market. But I will also never forget that when dad canes me for my mischief, he will also get me a box of LEGO as a bribe to be good next time.
They were also something that bond Jenny and me because whenever she visits, both of us will definitely be bringing out the bricks and start our “project” of creating a “city” that will take days to complete. Jenny has this artistic skill that I lacked. The buildings that she builds from the bricks were always something creative, new and beautiful. Seeing her fingers and brain at work with the bricks was always an eye opening for me. Gradually, I will wait for her visit before the both of us will assemble the bricks together instead of me doing it solo.
As we grow older and occupied with study and other activities, those LEGO bricks were semi forgotten and no more “projects” ever came up again.
However, each time when I pass by shops selling LEGO bricks, I’ll surely drop in to check out their latest product. Five years ago while shopping in Singapore; I passed by a LEGO specialty shop in Orchard Road. Out of compulsion as well as memories, I spent quite near to one thousand dollar buying a few boxes of those bricks, promising myself that I will assemble them again. Alas, those boxes are still as good as when they came out from the shop with the wrappers still on.
Nevertheless, LEGO bricks are one of the few things that are sentimental to me. It doesn’t matter whether I assemble the bricks into something or left them in their boxes, LEGO is something that can pass the test of time and can still be relevant even a few generations later.