Several weeks ago I decided to do something that I don’t normally do. I spent money on myself.
I like to think of myself as a fairly frugal individual, so it’s rare that I will buy something that could be considered frivolous. But, in this case, it was something I really wanted and I argued (with myself) that this is a once-in-a-blue-moon sort of moment.
I pulled the trigger and purchased the LEGO Time Machine from Back to the Future. Right? I mean, how could I not? It’s my favorite movie of all time. If I’m going to get an impressive LEGO set, it may as well be from Back to the Future.
I’ve been tempted in the past to get some of the Star Wars or Harry Potter sets. I have friends who have put together Hogwarts castle and X-Wings and TIE Fighters… But I haven’t built anything with LEGO since I was a kid.
And back then we didn’t have these elaborate sets. I mean, yeah, I had a few smaller things that would come with instructions on how to build a proper spaceship. But nothing as insanely detailed as what we see today. And these sets are hundreds of dollars apiece. Crazy, right?
But I decided I didn’t care because I wanted the DeLorean to put together myself. And the page on Amazon said they only had six left! So I got it…
I have to admit… It was a lot of fun putting this thing together. The box arrived and contained 11 separate bags full of tiny LEGO pieces. I started building and, well, it didn’t look like much at the start. But I knew it would eventually turn into the iconic time machine from my favorite movie.
And then I got to the seventh bag… This is the part where a lot of the car is shaping up and it’s really looking more and more like the DeLorean. And bag seven is where I put together the hinges for the gullwing doors. I was able to build and attach one of the hinges. But as I worked on the driver’s side hinge, I discovered a piece was missing.
I looked everywhere. I know it hadn’t fallen off the table, but I looked anyway. I looked under the sofa. I looked under the rug. I walked around barefoot, knowing that it would be inevitable that a bare foot would find a stray LEGO. Nothing…
Those same friends who have built impressive LEGO structures in the past… they insisted that LEGO doesn’t make mistakes. The fault must lie with me. But I swear the piece wasn’t there.
Thankfully, the good people at LEGO are much more forgiving and admit that mistakes can be made. They sent me a replacement piece at no charge. The only problem was I had to wait nearly two weeks for the piece to arrive.
But it finally came earlier this week. And I was able to complete the entire vehicle.
Something neat about this set is that you have the choice of which version of the time machine you want to settle on. I went with the classic, from the first Back to the Future. But one could also complete it as the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II or the modified car from Back to the Future Part III.
Now that I’ve finished this project, I’m a little afraid that I’ve unlocked a desire to purchase more LEGO sets. I really enjoyed building this thing. But this could be a very expensive hobby…