My post today is a little different. No resto or beauty product review today. Nope. Today, I rant. What good is having a blog if you can’t use it to vent from time to time?
So, apparently Lego is, like… a thing. A big thing. It no longer just fun building blocks that I used to play with as a kid. It’s a HUGE deal for collectors. I have been noticing Lego is gaining popularity again, with Lego stores and lands popping up all over the place. But, I don’t think I understood its magnitude until now.
Did you know that there is an entire site (www.bricklinks.com) that is dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage Lego pieces and sets? It’s the eBay of Lego. I didn’t.
I digress; let me start from the beginning. For those who may be reading this and do not know, I am a librarian. Another fun fact that you may or may not know is that a master’s degree is required for librarianship. One of my good friends Suzanne has recently completed this degree (Yaaay, Suze). I heard that there is a new, limited edition Lego librarian, so I thought it would be a cute little grad gift for her. You may be rolling your eyes at this, but I will have you know that both Suzanne and I are proud owners of this little gem. Yeah, that’s how we roll.
So, I mosey into the Lego store thinking I can just pick up this little librarian, and be on my way. Except, it doesn’t exactly work like that. You see, the librarian is one of Lego’s minifigures. Minifigures are released in series sets that are only available for a limited time. The librarian I was after is part of series 10, only available for a few more weeks. Now, here is the kicker about the minifigures, they come in sealed “mystery bags” So, you don’t know which figure you are getting until you open it.
The Lego staff informs be that you can easily feel the bag and try and find the figure you’re after. My librarian gal has a book and a mug, so she should be easy. Each bag is tiny, and the minifigure is even tinier. To make matters worse, the minifigure is in pieces.
I ask if the staff can help me. “We are not allowed because of Mr. Gold.” Umm, I’m sorry, who?
Mr. Gold, you see, is an extremely rare minifigure released in series 10. Aside from being a collector’s dream, he is also worth about $1000. I do not care about Mr. Gold. I just want to find the librarian. Still, they cannot help. “Feel for the book and mug.” staff suggests. May I also point out that the Grandpa (also in series 10) is holding a mug and newspaper as well? “Don’t worry” says the Lego staff, “the newspaper and the book feel WAY different.” Did I mention that the entire minifigure is only 1.5 inches when put together?!
So, for the next 90 minutes I set out on the quest for a librarian. Feeling my way through bag after bag of teeny Lego parts for a miniscule “Oranges and Peaches” book. In case you’re wondering, it is an old librarian joke that someone once came in to a library asking for a book called Oranges and Peaches, when they actually wanted Darwin’s Origin of Species. Hardy har har.
I think that past the hour mark, it really became more of a personal mission of mine to track down this little lady. Did I absolutely have to have this for Suzanne? No, but I had come too far to give up.
Finally, I thought I felt a little mug and book. I felt around for hair and thought I had it. Otherwise, I’d be gifting Grandpa.
So, I purchased the mystery bag and set off on my way. I decided shortly after leaving the store that I would open the bag. Although I would obviously rather gift the unopened bag, I’d be chancing giving the wrong minifigure.
I tore into the bag and with great delight saw a teeny argyle vest, spectacled librarian lady (stereotype much?) looking back at me.
So really, this is not so much of a rant as it is me sharing my elation at my teeny tiny (literally) Lego victory.
I should also note that this post will be published before I actually give my friend her minifigure. So, if you’re reading this Suzanne, ummm…SURPRISE!