Heres two of my kits that I've had since a young child. I am now 36. The crane taught me a lot about gear ratios, different kind of gears, and of course pneumatics.
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RB211, that pneumatic Unimog crane is one of the best Lego kits imo..they really packed alot into it.. very clever. The metal hook brings good money nowadays. Having a son has given me license to revisit ie buy the kits I never had as a kid! It's educational right?
I built a 6' snowman (I'm 5'6") tonight because I wanted to. I wanted a big one, and decided to stop rolling when I couldn't get the base to turn any more. I had to get my sister to help me roll the second section up a ramp.
All being an adult means is that you keep an eye out for your responsibilities while having fun. Don't buy so many Lego you can't buy Eggo, eh?
They are fun. My daughter is a 30yr old competitor, she travels to events around the country from her at home. This clip
shows a bit about the fun that can be had, she and her team got a second prize for their contribution to this scene shown. My 10 yr old grandson, her son and I build things from scratch as the video shows all the time.
Mr fixit for the family
I was a Mechano kid, not Lego, but times change. Someday, I hope to entice my kid into the maker (rather than consumer) world, but it's not easy these days. I'll probably succeed at making him a programmer first, before maker. Then, maybe robotics, and then full-on making. I have dreams anyway, and tubs full of Lego. But, I have fun
Lego don't just make toys, there are the architectural model sets (you really don't want to see the price, 3 X zeros, the hybrid electronic block sets amongst other things)
However the 'themed' sets like birds, etc to me aren't conducive of imagination, you buy a set and build a Death Star or whatever, it does teach following instructions pictorially but people good at those tend to suffer compared to written instructions, we used the 2 methods to interview people, kids who were really good at Lego were hard to retrain industrial instructions are verbal so they were having trouble.
I'd prefer a kit of parts with no instructions, just suggestions, get the grey matter working but that's mho
Land Mines planted by small childern. Only active at night
Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.
My 4 year old is getting into Lego big time. I love it. I still have 2 big rubbermaids from my childhood, and we're working on building up his. I'm not (neither is he) a "kit" guy. Yeah, build it once, to play with it, but then it all goes back in the same bin to be remade into something else. His little sister (2.5) loves to "pay yeahgo's tooooo" ha ha. Fun times in our house after dinner.