Here at Nason Labs, we are always on the search for understanding the human mind and condition. Today we reveal a new ground-breaking science to better understand the development of children of the late 1970 and early 1980s with LEGOTHROPY!
While having a mild-mannered Lego building session this morning, in attempts to build a dump druck, Nason scientists discovered that by examining the remains of a Lego containment device (or “bucket” as they are commonly referred) one can uncover the culturally relevant items of one’s past.
We present experiment case A01: The Nason “bucket”
This was my personal Lego bucket from my childhood, growing up in Kingston, NH. As I grew, the bucket found it’s way to my Mother’s attic. I recall her saying to me in my teens “Someday, your kids will play with these!” Of course, to a teenager, that kinds of prediction doesn’t hold a lot of weight but I didn’t revisit and the Legos remained in storage for decades. Flash forward to 2012 where my very own children play with the very same Legos (yes Mom, you were right).
This morning while making what I think turned out be a pretty rad excavator for my son, I decided to “filter” my 30+ year old Legos. You see, as with any child, I often let other things get mixed in with my toys and it was time to “clean up”.
The concept of Legothropology came about while sifting though a dumped out bucket of Legos, making sure that nothing but Lego pieces were put back in. This leaves a pile of trash and miscellaneous pieces to other parts of my past. These pieces tell a portion of the story of Mark Nason’s childhood (yes, talking about myself in 3rd person…deal with it).
Much like an archaeological dig, by sorting through the non-Lego items, you can learn more about a childhood.
I present my findings:
Once throwing away the multitudes of paper scraps and mangled Lego directions, I was left with an interesting assortment of stuff.
I will address the findings in no particular order
1) A collection of Dr. Doom images and a shield they can be put inside (was never a big superhero fan growing up so I have no idea where it came from.
2) Plastic light covers from our Christmas tree we had growing up in NH. The covers kept coming off and ending up in the strangest of places.
3) 2 M.A.S.K. figurines and 3 of their helmets: If you were a kid of the 80s you might remember the short lived phenomenon of M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armed Strike Command) toys and cartoons.
4) Connectors from some straw toys I remember having. Yeah, that sounds like fun, take a bunch of straws and make something.
5) A few MicroMachines. If you didn’t have these on the playground at D.J. Bakie school in Kingston in the 80s, you weren’t cool, man!
6) Fisher Price Construx pieces: I recall having a LOT of these (but not as much as I had in Legos). These are doubly-impressive because upon inspecting them, I found “Made IN USA” printed inside. When was the last time you saw something Fisher Price made in the US? Ah the 80s, a simpler time.
7) He-Man’s Shied: Yeah that’s right, I had He-Man toys growing up and I don’t care who knows. It takes a strong man to admit he had the Power of Greyskull.
8) Checkers: ‘cause I liked playing checkers with my Dad. In the Lego bucket I found both regular and travel sized checkers
9) A rock and a piece of electrical equipment: Children of the 80s were allowed to play with ANYTHING as long as they left their parents alone.
10) A tiny metal ball: This might be the most unimpressive piece in my findings but for me, it means a lot. This little ball came from a Pachinko machine that my Father brought back from his time in the Navy. We called it a Chinese Pinball and it was placed in the little hallway between my Sister’s room and my room. We loved this machine, although we never knew how to play it exactly, it was just something cool that made a lot of noise. Consequently, it’s sure to be the reason that my Sister and I love seeing Plinko even today on the Price Is Right.
11) Mega Blocks. For when you’re too cheap to buy a kid real Legos.